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 Succeeding in all areas of your life, personally and professionally, is definitely cause for celebration – but so is being able to give back to the communities you live and work in, and being recognised for all three by Accountancy SA in their 35-under-35 competition. Every year, Accountancy SA selects the best and brightest as examples to the rest of the industry of what can be achieved. In this post we are featuring finalist Evita Nyandoro, who is Vice President of PC Governance and Controls at Barclays Africa Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB).

Evita believes everyone has a story to tell and tries to learn one thing from everybody she meets, even those she doesn’t necessarily click with.

She completed her articles with Deloitte, with her focus mostly on banks. After completing her articles, she struggled to get work, partly because of the scarcity of jobs after the 2008 financial crisis, as well as not yet being in possession of a South African residency. “I decided to go to the UK to widen my horizons and get international experience,” she explains. “It turned out to be the best thing for my career, as the experience not only broadened my horizons but also exposed me to experiences that I might not have had in Africa.”

She worked for three years at Deloitte and Santander UK, where she was responsible for liquidity and funding reporting for the group, with a £300 billion balance sheet.

Heading back to South Africa as a resident, she took on her current role of the review and implementation of Governance and Controls at Barclays Africa CIB. The role gives her the opportunity to work with 12 African countries, particularly around the policy that has to be rolled out.

Evita sits on the inspections committee of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), as well as on the board of JSE Altx-listed company, RBA Holdings, as an independent non-executive director, chairperson of the social and ethics committee and member of the audit and risk committee. “These appointments are close to my heart as they come on the back of memberships of organisations such as African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA), which strives to enhance the number of women in leadership positions.”

Evita still aspires to run a successful large business in Africa. “As a continent we are still playing catch-up to the rest of the world but in my opinion we have the right calibre of people to lead the right businesses,” she asserts.

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