Vumela Enterprise Development Fund Heather Lowe

Heather Lowe

Head of Enterprise and Supplier Development, FNB and Co-Founder Vumela

Diploma in Technology and Innovation, the Da Vinci Institute

Heather started and manages Enterprise Development for FirstRand, and, together with Edge Growth, established the Vumela Enterprise Development Fund. She works with Edge to manage Vumela on the deployment and post investment sides of the business, as well as playing a critical stakeholder management role.

Heather has been in the banking industry for 20 years, working in retail and commercial banking, product development, fund management and enterprise and supplier development. She has extensive knowledge of the SME ecosystem and experience in debt financing, traditional bank financing products, sales and governance in the deal-making process.

Heather was selected as one of 30 women from all of South Africa’s banking groups to participate in the first Bankseta Womens’ Development Programme. She is the media spokesperson on SME development, job creation and ESD for FNB, and is responsible for FirstRand’s Enterprise and Supplier Development strategy development and implementation.