Destiny Man - - ED’S NOTE -

Head Prod­uct Ac­tu­ary: In­vestec Life, Jo­han­nes­burg

As a child, Nzama wanted to be a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer and even se­cured a schol­ar­ship to study to­wards it – un­til a twist of fate in his ma­tric year sent him on a dif­fer­ent path. “One of my class­mates de­liv­ered a pre­sen­ta­tion on mod­ern­day ca­reers and pro­claimed that ac­tu­ar­ial sci­ence was the most dif­fi­cult ca­reer, with the best-pay­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in the mar­ket. That re­ally got me in­ter­ested and I started look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion about it,” he re­calls.

He sub­se­quently ob­tained an Hon­ours de­gree in busi­ness sci­ence (ac­tu­ar­ial sci­ence) from the Uni­ver­sity of Cape Town and be­came a fel­low of the Ac­tu­ar­ial So­ci­ety of SA be­fore join­ing the in­dus­try and hold­ing se­nior po­si­tions at Old Mu­tual and Dis­cov­ery.

“My an­a­lyt­i­cal skills and my abil­ity to sim­plify com­plex ac­tu­ar­ial and math­e­mat­i­cal busi­ness prob­lems are my great­est pro­fes­sional strengths,” says Nzama. “I also be­lieve my pas­sion and op­ti­mism have helped ac­cel­er­ate my growth in busi­ness.”

In his cur­rent role at In­vestec Life, he’s re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, pric­ing and in­surance in­no­va­tion. He also man­ages re­la­tion­ships with rein­sur­ers and is re­spon­si­ble for sup­port sys­tem de­vel­op­ment.

“In the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, my plan is to broaden my global per­spec­tive as a pro­fes­sional in fi­nan­cial ser­vices,” he says. “Ul­ti­mately, I want to lead an or­gan­i­sa­tion that will be at the fore­front of fi­nan­cial ser­vices’ evo­lu­tion.”

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