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We created this podcast in order to celebrate the lives and work of people who have transformed communities, businesses, and the wider world, making a real difference in the lives of others. We call them "Difference Makers". Some overcame great personal adversity in their journey. They all showed the knowledge, perspective, skills and capabilities to lead, to achieve, and to make real change when it is needed most. Oh, and by the way... they are all Chartered Accountants!

Difference Makers Podcast Chartered Accountants Worldwide

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We created this podcast in order to celebrate the lives and work of people who have transformed communities, businesses, and the wider world, making a real difference in the lives of others. We call them "Difference Makers". Some overcame great personal adversity in their journey. They all showed the knowledge, perspective, skills and capabilities to lead, to achieve, and to make real change when it is needed most. Oh, and by the way... they are all Chartered Accountants!

    Zahid Fakey - Fulfilling his greater purpose

    Zahid Fakey - Fulfilling his greater purpose

    In this episode Indy meets Zahid Fakey, the CEO of weFEEDsa, an organisation conceived during the lockdown of COVID-19 with the principle purpose of feeding the less fortunate in a dignified manner.

    In 2018, he'd left his role Price Waterhouse Coopers as regional head of risk assurance for cases in South Africa and Swaziland to fulfil "his greater purpose".  
    He has since devoted his time to improving society through such endeavours as his consulting company "Unplugged", his many board positions.  During lockdown, his organisation We Feed SA, provided 12,000 meals a day to those in need in KwaZulu Natal as well as the project "The House of Opportunity", which helps the homeless obtain skills and jobs. 

    Zahid holds multiple board positions. He is a non-executive director of National Bioproducts Institute and the Chairman of their Audit and Risk Committee. He also serves as a trustee on the board of the organisation’s Provident Fund. He holds a non-executive director position with Albaraka Bank Limited where he serves as a member of the main board, the Chairman of capital, risk management and compliance committee and as a member of the social and ethics committee.  
    He has been appointed as the independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Dube Tradeport Corporation as of September 2018. 

    • 18 min
    David Nussbaum - A prisoner of hope

    David Nussbaum - A prisoner of hope

    In this episode we meet David Nussbaum, a true Difference Maker.  Throughout his career he's fought corruption, battled climate change, and worked at the highest levels of industry and politics to make meaningful change in the world. 

    He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, moved into venture capital with 3i, and then into manufacturing, becoming the  Financial Director of Field Group plc 

    In 1997 David left the world of business and finance and  joined Oxfam as FD and Deputy CEO and was later seconded to head up Oxfam’s operations in India. David went on to become Chair of  Transparency International, the leading global anti-corruption organisation, CEO of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK,  and now Chief Executive at The Elders.  The Elders are an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights. They were founded by the late Nelson Mandela, and are currently chaired by Mary Robinson.

    In each of these roles he used  the knowledge, perspective, skills and capabilities that he gained from his background as a Chartered Accountant to make a difference.  Whether that was through using his skills with numbers to improve logistics for  aid operations, using numbers to help tell the story of corruption in countries around the world, using communication and interpersonal skills to help further the goal of persuading leaders to work with a greater sense of justice, ethics, and consideration for the good of all.
    He ends by quoting Arch-bishop Desmond Tutu, who when asked why he was such an eternal optimist, replied: "I'm not an optimist, I am a prisoner of hope".

    • 23 min

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