Hlengiwe Ndlela is an auditing lecturer and researcher in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance under the Law and Management Studies College at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) (Westville Campus). She is also currently a PhD candidate at the UKZN.

Hlengiwe is a panellist on the young academics segment of the 2019 Forbes Africa Woman Leading Women Summit. She is also programme manager for the Thuthuka Bursary Fund and runs an intervention programme for African CTA students at the UKZN.

Hlengiwe recently addressed learners at the SAICA Mathematics Development Camp (KZN) and the EY Next Gen (Durban Office).

She has a passion for youth development through education and mentorship and serves as chairperson and CEO of 1Woman1Girl (a mentorship programme for young school girls) where she runs Grade 9 career day workshops for over 900 learners, and collects donations of sanitary towels for primary school girls in a drive to ‘keep the girl-child in school’ in Inanda north of Durban.

Hlengiwe sits in the KZN regional committee for the Advancement of Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) where she looks after student chapters at UKZN. She recently served as the secretary of the KZN region of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA) fostering youth development and providing support for aspiring black CAs(SA) in the region. She also volunteers at Meals on Wheels community services KwaZulu-Natal and Free State Area as finance committee chairperson and board member.