Born in Kimberley, South Africa, January-McLean holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Sociology acquired from the National University of Lesotho (1977) and an MA from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (1980). She also holds a Diploma in Public Relations and a Diploma in Organisation Development and Strategic Management.
January-McLean’s career path is a varied and successful one and she has developed a network of personal contacts with both ordinary and extraordinary people. She represented South Africa as Ambassador to Portugal, was CEO of South African Tourism during the World Cup and beyond, and served as Deputy Director General to the Department of Arts and Culture amongst other achievements which include Director and Founder member of Nozala Holdings, a women’s empowerment company. As former Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Council Member, she played a very active role in the South African Higher Education environment. January-McLean is very committed to the national transformation agenda.
Currently Executive Director of MaxiTrade, a South African black and female led consulting company, January-McLean also holds positions on various boards, with a focus on economic and business development, and wealth creation, through facilitation, networking, consulting and public speaking. She was recently appointed to serve on the Board of SAA Express by the Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan as well the BMW South Africa Board.