Top 35 under 35:Kubendren (Kuben) Pillay

SAICA Admin Dec 18, 2017

 As a 32 year old chief financial officer, Kuben currently heads up the finance and administration departments at TB/HIV Care Association, an organisation which is focused on preventing, finding and treating TB and HIV in areas and communities where the need is greatest.

He has a Bachelor of Business Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town. He completed his articles at Deloitte and after gaining significant audit experience, became a manager at Deloitte’s advisory division. It was his exposure to the public and non-profit sector that motivated him to leave the corporate world and follow his true passion into the non-profit space where he could do something to change the socio-economic imbalances challenging South Africa. It is this quest that has led to his involvement in a number of programmes in this field, from working on the issues facing children in South Africa to supporting projects aimed at the elimination of HIV/AIDS in the country.

He gained experience working at Kheth’Impilo, a national health non-profit organization, prior to serving as finance director at the National Assocation of Child Care Workers where he was influential in helping steer a large national roll-out in partnership with government and international donors.  

Kuben has enjoyed a number of career highlights to date: he has set up a grants and compliance unit which manages a number of sub-recipients with a budget total of $26 million annually. He was also selected to be a judge on the Youth Empowerment through Entrepreneurship Programme (YEEP).  

In addition to being committed to developing people and passionate about using his skills to further South Africa’s development objectives, Kuben is very systems driven. He has significant experience in streamlining, optimizing and developing both manual control systems as well as electronic systems.

Through his role at TB/HIV Care, Kuben has built stakeholder confidence in the support service units of the organisation, including IT, procurement, finance and travel. TB/HIV Care itself has grown exponentially in a short period of time, becoming one of the country’s largest organisations funded by the President’s Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR). The organisation’s annual budget has grown from $10 million to over $50 million, and currently employs 1 500 people.  


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