Impact and purpose are recurring themes in George Mubipe’s career, culminating in his current role. For the past six years, he has been an Executive Director with Focus Financial Services, a lender to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Zambia. The company began with the goal of providing finance to early-stage small businesses that might not otherwise have had access to capital.
After spending five years in Germany, Dennis Tan returned east in 2012 to take up the role of CFO for DHL Express Asia Pacific in Hong Kong for a move he describes as “a bit of a homecoming”. “It allowed me to reflect on how incredible the growth in this region has been with the company having solidified its leading market position in Asia in 2011 with 40 percent market share,” he says.
Zarin Patel has finance in her blood. One of her most vivid childhood memories is going with her father, a bank manager for Barclays, to his place of work and playing in the vaults. “It was one of those old-fashioned branches where the manager would sit on a raised platform literally overseeing everything.
Sizwe Nxasana has a personal philosophy that a CEO should lead an organisation for no longer than 10 years. “It’s important – not only for your own personal growth but for the development of the company. After 10 years, it’s time to create opportunities for others to take a firm forward and create new challenges for yourself.”