Our Team

Shamla Naidoo

Head of Cloud Strategy & Innovation

Shamla Naidoo was born and raised in the slums of South Africa. Her experiences have given her greater understanding for the challenges that face so many, while reinforcing that the tools for well-being can often be found within.

Against the odds, she climbed her way out of poverty, creating a successful technology career in South Africa, where she worked for 15 years before moving to the USA in 1998, which she now calls home.

She approaches life with passion and energy and believes that anything worth doing, is worth doing well. She makes a point of learning continuously, looking at the world from multiple viewpoints and applying innovation and technology to create opportunities for herself and for those around her.

She has worked in Strategy, technology, cybersecurity and risk related roles for four decades , including as a C-Suite executive at some of worlds largest and most powerful companies.

Shamla now has a portfolio career where she serves as:

  • An independent director at multiple publicly traded companies
  • An adjunct professor at UIC Law, the law school of the University of Illinois in Chicago
  • An industry thought leader and head of Cloud Strategy at Netskope, a cybersecurity company.
  • A coach and mentor to many

Having had a long and illustrious corporate career, Shamla’s most important roles will always be mom (to children with two legs and four), wife, daughter and friend. Her goal is to continue making the world a better, safer, kinder, more inclusive place. Joining the Contentment Foundation offers her a way to accelerate these most personal of goals.