SINENHLANHLA NZAMA (32)
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.”