Getting to know Anneline Booyse-Mofokeng, Security Director for Africa at ISOS

Anneline Booyse-Mofokeng is the new Security Director, Africa, for International SOS and Control Risks. Her appointment came into effect in February.

Anneline says her background has always been in security and forensics. Before ISOS, she worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as the Regional Security Advisor for Africa. But there is more to it than that.

Anneline’s career spans over 16 years, and began with the Board of Healthcare Funders. Her interest in security came from seeing what she calls the “phenomenon of fraud” in the medical sector. This led to her fascination in forensic investigations. A graduate from the University of Stellenbosch, University of Johannesburg, Wits Business School, Wits School of Governance, the University of Pretoria, and the International Security Management Institute in the UK, Anneline also has experience in analysis, intelligence, operations and crisis management within the Africa region.

But Anneline says her biggest challenge in her role at ISOS is time. “I never have enough time to do what I want to do,” she says. “On top of that, I am learning the processes and procedures at International SOS.”

Having been in the job for only a few months, she says the scariest thing she has so far had to deal with was getting back on a plane after the fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302. “For some reason, I was very badly affected by the incident. But it also made me realise just how vulnerable we are in a global setting.”

Constantly dealing with risk and security, and making sure corporate travellers are safe can be challenging. But there are also rewards. “The most rewarding aspect of my job is going home in the evening and knowing that I have made a difference in someone’s life that day,” she says.

Away from work, Anneline enjoys relaxing by being in nature. “I go camping in the mountains to relax outside of work,” she says. “I love camping! But my favourite holiday destination would have to be India. The temples, the meditation, the Yoga. Peace.”

Anneline also believes in giving back to the community and gives an annual talk in her home town school to motivate rural learning. She is part of the NPO Sizanani, who support learners from grade 10-12 in Alexandra Township to improve marks and better their level of education at school and university.