Difference Makers Discuss Ep 6. Breaking Barriers in Accountancy with Kudzai Zendera

Embark on a fascinating journey with Kudzai Zendara, an accomplished Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland, as he shares insights into his life and career in our latest episode.

Born in Zimbabwe, Kudzai arrived in the UK and eventually graduated as a Chartered Accountant, working for the likes of PwC and latterly Standard Chartered Bank, Kudzai’s narrative spotlights the diverse landscape of the accountancy profession.

We will delve into his personal history, where he will offer an intimate glimpse into the familial influences and formative experiences that have shaped his professional outlook, emphasising the profound impact of community bonds.

Kudzai will share his insights into transformative leadership—an area where a CEO’s personal touch becomes a catalyst for organisational change, fostering a culture of inclusivity and empowerment among employees. Don’t miss his candid reflections on spearheading initiatives such as an Employee Resource Group and the ICAS Black Members Network underscore the importance of empathy-driven leadership in driving positive organisational change.

Furthermore, he offers candid insights into navigating the delicate balance between career ambitions and familial responsibilities, highlighting the indispensable role of strong support networks both in the workplace and at home.

Looking toward the future of the accountancy profession, we will hear Kudzai’s thoughts on how the educational curriculum needs to embrace the changing tides of the industry, encompassing themes such as financial literacy, digital transformation, and entrepreneurial acumen.

Join us for an enlightening session that not only offers valuable insights but also inspires individuals to carve their own path within the ever-evolving realm of finance.

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Meet the Speakers

Kudzai Zendera

Kudzai Zendera has worked in Financial Services for around fifteen years and currently works as a Director within the Treasury Markets division of Standard Chartered Bank.

He is currently a mentor within the ICAS mentoring scheme and has actively participated in several ED&I initiatives throughout his career

His interests outside of work include sports, travelling and spending time with his young family.

Sinead Donovan

Our Host: Sinead Donovan, Chairperson of Grant Thornton and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland

Sinead is the Chairperson of Grant Thornton and in the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Sinead joined Grant Thornton in 2002 and was admitted to the partnership in 2005, becoming the first female partner. She specialising in providing services to multinational companies and is partner in an international team which services the global needs of these mature and large companies, with particular regard to central reporting on multiple jurisdictions in Irish headquarters and/or Shared Service Centres. She was instrumental in founding the Irish/US Group, which is a permanent department, consisting of an Irish directors based in the US. This link ensures a seamless service offering between the Irish and US firms to relevant clients.

Sinead has been on the Council of the institute of Chartered Accountants for some 10 years and is an advocate for the accountancy profession. She is passionate about the need to ensure the profession utilises technology and AI smartly and effectively and is also a firm believer in the global qualification of Chartered Accountancy as the world becomes more connected.

Sinead is a strong believer in the importance of Inclusion; Diversity and Equity to ensure a motivated, effective and thriving work place. She is an advocate for mental wellbeing initiatives and a former chairperson of CA SUPPORT which is the body tasked with providing support to all Chartered members and students in Ireland.