When we begin our careers, the one common thread across the jobs and industries that we choose is the yearning to be successful - the hunger to make our mark is a driving force. We are fortunate in the CA (SA) field that there are many outstanding young professionals to learn from and to motivate and push us forward in our own quest to do well.

The sheer number of successful professionals across the industry is the reason Accountancy SA hosts the annual 35-under-35 competition: to showcase and celebrate those individuals – all below the age of 35 – who are not only excelling in their chosen careers, but who are also passionate about giving back to their communities and improving the lives of those less fortunate. Shiluba Mawela is one example of such an individual, and she was selected as one of the finalists in the 2014 edition of the competition.

Shiluba currently holds the position of Corporate Finance Officer at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, a role that she has held since May 2013. She completed her articles at one of the Big Four – Ernst & Young – in the organisation’s Johannesburg office. During that time, she was also involved in Project Endeavour as the EY Co-ordinator. Project Endeavour is an initiative aimed at providing entrepreneurs in emerging markets - who have been identified through the Endeavour Project - with strategic advice, access to key networks and other tools to enable them to reach their highest potential.

In 2012, she was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in the Tshwane Hub. The Global Shapers Community is a network of hubs developed and led by exceptional and successful young people committed to improving the communities that they live and work in. Shiluba is one of approximately 6 000 shapers in 453 hubs worldwide.

She was then recognised by Destiny magazine as a Top 40 Outstanding Young Leader, Innovator and Job Creator for her work in social activism in November 2013. She also received the AfriTrust Community Award in 2013.

In addition to being the founder and co-director of Lesedi Entrepreneurial Hub, a social development enterprise that provides support, advice and mentorship to start-ups, she further serves as co-director and treasurer of Transitions Foundation, a non-profit organisation that helps young people to realise their dreams through education.

Through her work as a Global Shaper, Shiluba is currently working to establish an Impact Investment fund in order to support high growth early-stage social ventures addressing education, healthcare, agriculture, financial access and energy challenges on the continent. She is passionate about impact investing and responsible finance in emerging markets.


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