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Building Resilience: Courage in Adversity

July 9, 2020 @ 5:30 am - 6:30 pm EDT


Building Resilience: A #FinBiz2030 Series
“Courage in Adversity”

Thursday 9 July 17.30 BST / 18.30 SAST / 12.30 EST

About the event

At this time, professionals and students alike may feel the odds are stacked against them. The global economy has faced a reckoning, the job market doesn’t inspire confidence, and success feels increasingly unattainable in these circumstances.

But during this next edition of the Building Resilience Series, you will hear from leaders whose hardship emboldened their purpose, enhanced their focus and led them to brighter days. You will leave this session with the fuel necessary to drive your optimism and resilience for the future.

Join us to hear from:

  • Kate Robertson. Co-Founder, One Young World
  • Freeman Nomvalo, CEO the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, CAW Board Member
  • Nathaniel Japhta:  Business owner and Managing Director of PRO 226 Africa, OYW Ambassador
  • Fadeia Hossain, Associate at Clifford Chance, OYW Ambassador
  • Dr. Mosima Mabunda, Head of Vitality Wellness at Discovery Limited

The event will be presented by Lyle Malander and Mandy Muchnick (Benjamin)

Who should attend?

The ‘Building Resilience’ webinar series is aimed at young finance, accountancy and business professionals, students and One Young World Ambassadors.

About the series

Every corner of the world has been touched by this pandemic unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. As it stands, the socioeconomic outlook is uncertain and the future is challenging as millions have experienced some sort of displacement in their professional and personal lives.

But as the world begins to adjust to COVID-19 and move forward, we need to ensure the world’s workforce is ready to rebuild with optimism and lead with resilience. We must work towards creating a more sustainable future, and that requires each and every one of us to play our part.

As part of the ‘Building Resilience’ Series, we will bring you insight and experience from young leaders and experts that will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to lead through this uncertain time.

Find out more about the speakers

Nathaniel Japhta, Business owner and Managing Director of PRO 226 Africa, OYW Ambassador

Nathanielis a Chartered Accountant and Entrepreneur that is passionate about people and changing lives. There have been several experiences that defined Nathaniel’s upbringing and his outlook on life. He grew up in the Cape Flats in South Africa – one of the toughest places to live for any youngster. There is a constant lure of gangsterism, violence and drugs, extremely under-resourced schools and many don’t know how to escape it all. Nathaniel overcame these challenges and he was the first in his family to go to university and earn a tertiary qualification.

Despite being a smart and hardworking young man, he admits that he would not have gotten as far as he did have it not been for the people around him, who spoke potential into his life.

Today he is a business owner and the founder of Pro 226 Africa, an organisation focused on education and sport. Its global partner is GSE-AAU, led by ex NBA and Euroleague superstars.

Fadeia Hossain, Associate at Clifford Chance, OYW Ambassador

Fadeia is a full-time lawyer despite being Visually Impaired. She is a Member of the ‘Lawyers with Disability Division’ at the Law Society. She is a voice for those with disabilities in law in the hope of inspiring other disabled law students and graduates to pursue a legal career. She has offered her legal advisory services to charities, most notably ‘Free Representation Unit’ where she represented people at employment tribunals and managed employment cases independently. Fadeia completely lost her sight partway through her legal training. She came to the UK from Iraq at the age of 21 to obtain treatment for her limited vision – an opportunity she had been awaiting for 15 years. However, the ophthalmologists in the UK told her that her condition was incurable: she was going to lose what sight she had. This happened not long afterwards.

She decided to not let her lack of vision stop her, and to embark on a legal career in the UK. As she had undertaken three years of my law degree in Iraq already, she was able to complete her Arabic law degree at the International College in London. In 2006, she went on to study for an English law degree at the University of Greenwich. She was the first totally blind student in the law department.

Dr. Mosima Mabunda, Head of Vitality Wellness at Discovery Limited

Dr. Mosima Mabundais a medical and business professional with a multinational career spanning the United Kingdom, Kenya and South Africa.

A medical doctor holding a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Oxford University, her background is an asset to organisations in the business of healthcare. She currently holds the position of Head of Vitality Wellness at Discovery. Her current role affords her opportunities to develop innovative products and apply the principles of behavioural science to drive the adoption of protective health behaviours among members of Discovery Vitality. She knows first-hand how resilience and grit can assist you to overcome adversity. This inspirational woman from Limpopo in South Africa moved to the UK while she was seven months pregnant to do her MBA while on maternity leave. She had to face many challenges to pull through and finish her MBA.

Freeman Nomvalo, CEO the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

Aside from being a Harvard alumnus, Mr. Nomvalo was also South Africa’s Accountant-General from 2004 to 2013 where one of his highlights was working with the British Commonwealth to assist in promoting internal audit and risk management in 18 Caribbean Countries from 2009 to 2011. He started his tenure at SAICA on 1 February 2019 and is passionate about restoring trust in the chartered accountancy profession. He also sits on the board of Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW).

Kate RobertsonKate Robertson. Co-Founder, One Young World

Kate served as Chairman of the Havas group from 2006 to 2015 and as Global President from 2013. Working mainly in global roles, Kate became convinced of the importance of the roles of global institutions and global businesses in the certainty that what unites people is greater than geographical distance and national distinctions.

Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Kate’s world view is defined by having witnessed the creation of its new way of life. Awed by the leadership of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kate believes in the limitless possibilities a sense of shared humanity can create. One Young World is Kate’s idea. Inspired by her love for the Olympic movement and its values, One Young World should, in Kate’s vision, give young leaders a chance to meet their counterparts from every country in the world and resolve to make the world a better place.

Find out more about the presenters

Lyle MalanderLyle Malander

Lyle Malander is a qualified Chartered Accountant, whose ambitions are fueled by making a difference and creating a legacy. In 2018, Lyle was named the winner of the SAICA Top 35 under 35 competition and in 2019, he was named the Young Professional of the Year at the South African Professional Services awards. He is the co-founder of the Malander Group, a diversified group of companies providing financial advisory and human capital services and has also launched Malander for Change, an initiative aimed at providing technological resources and career guidance to prospective jobseekers. Lyle is a co-chair of the South African FinBiz2030 task force.

Mandy Muchnick (Benjamin):Mandy Muchnick (Benjamin)

With a passion for social upliftment, alongside her full-time career in investment banking and private equity, Mandy has run a non-profit called imagine.nation which focuses on formative year education and social entrepreneurship. In the early years of her career at Investec, she developed a deep passion for finding ways to drive change from within companies and developed an Adopt A Creche partnership between CA Trainees at the various audit firms and banks which up to this day support a network of 300 children. She represented Investec and imagine.nation at One Young World 2015 as a Delegate Speaker, returning in 2016 as a Returning Ambassador and in 2018 as the Coordinating Ambassador for Southern Africa. Mandy is now the Chair of the One Young World Organising Committee for Africa and the FinBiz2030 Task Force.

Mandy holds a Bachelor of Business Science, a PGDA from the University of Cape Town and is a CA(SA). She works in private equity as a transactor.