Dhahini Naidu’s previous boss and mentor, a director at Fairbridges Wertheim Becker Attorneys, fell terminally ill just before the national lockdown last year. Her team was left in the lurch, without a leader amid high-stakes litigation. In what she describes as a sink-or-swim situation, Naidu opted to don some water wings. She managed to keep the operation afloat: the culmination of a highly successful spell as a senior associate at the firm, which sealed her promotion to director. Her precocious talent and ability to withstand the pressure of the transition flowed naturally from the all-systems-go mentality she appears to have embraced since first stepping into legal practice. She attributes the motivation to her having underachieved during her undergraduate studies; something she now regrets, but also recognises as having provided the impetus to crank up the intensity during her articles. It certainly paid off.
I want South Africa to be seen as a global thought leader on bioethics.