Deloitte Africa Board
- Mike Comber
- Nkondola Uka
- Eshak Harunani
- Billy Joubert
- Charles Larbi-Odam
- Anthea Scholtz
- Gaba Tabane
- Tony Zoghby
- Sudasha Naidoo
- Eric Tshabalala
- Olufemi Abegunde
- Augustine Nkwume
- Professor Njabulo Ndebele
- Professor Pat Utomi
- Rik Vanpeteghem
B Acc, CA(SA)
I stand for Deloitte and endeavour to live out its values throughout my daily activities.
I believe in a culture that displays a "tone at the top" which is above reproach, and which drives a robust and effective governance process. This ensures that the Board oversees the activities and management of the firm at the highest possible level.
Trevor joined Deloitte in 1979 and was admitted to the partnership in 1988. He was appointed Partner-in-Charge of the Johannesburg Audit office in 1997 and was appointed to the firm's Executive Committee (Exco) in 1998 as the Service Line Leader of Audit. During 2005, he was appointed as the Clients & Markets leader of the Southern African firm and continued to serve on Exco. In 2011, Trevor resigned from Exco and was elected to the Southern Africa Board on 1 September 2011 as the Johannesburg representative. He was then elected by the Board as its Chairman and was re-elected to this role in August 2014.
He has been actively involved as Advisory Partner to many of the firm’s audit clients and is currently the Relationship Partner to The Bidvest Group. He was appointed the Chairman of the Africa Board on 1 June 2015, and also serves as a Southern Africa representative.
Deputy Chairman (East Africa)
MBA, BCom, CPA
I stand for a culture of unquestionable integrity and aim to build a strong Deloitte firm that will excel through generations to come.
Each day, I set a goal to work relentlessly towards entrenching a high-performance culture among our Deloitte people.
Joe Wangai joined Deloitte in 1997 as a direct-entry Partner. He is the Audit Business Leader for Deloitte East Africa, a role he has fulfilled since 2002. He served as the Finance Partner in East Africa between 2003 and 2010.
He has serviced several clients in the region, including Britam Holdings Limited, First Chartered Securities Group, African Reinsurance Corporation, Telkom Kenya (Orange) and Kenya Airways. He is a member of the Deloitte East Africa Financial Services Industry team and holds specialist skills in the insurance industry and in corporate sector audit.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Joe was a lecturer in accounting and finance at the University of Nairobi from 1982 to 1984, and he worked at PwC between 1984 and 1996, the last three years as Senior Manager. He served as President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya between 2005 and 2007, as a Member of the Executive Committee of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Federation of Accountants from 2005 to 2010 and as the Federation’s Deputy President from 2009 to 2010.
He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), a member of the National Board of Auditors and Accountants in Tanzania, and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (iCPASR).
Joe held the position of Chairman of the Deloitte Africa Board from 2013 to 2015, and since June 2015 has been serving the Africa Board as Deputy Chairman and East Africa representative.
Chief Executive Officer
CA(SA), Advanced Management Programme (Harvard University)
I'm a champion of the Deloitte Africa story and purpose-driven leadership, and I'm proud of the role our firm is playing in leading the profession continent-wide. Every day, our talented people from across the globe serve our clients and communities with integrity and distinction.
I believe in making an enduring, positive impact – an impact that matters.
Lwazi joined Deloitte in 1994 and was appointed to the partnership in 2003. He was appointed Chief Executive of Deloitte Southern Africa on 1 June 2012 and Chief Executive of Deloitte Africa on 1 June 2013. He is also a member of the Deloitte Global Executive Committee. Prior to this, he served on the Deloitte Global Board and on its Risk and Strategy Review Committees. Over his more-than-20-year tenure with the firm, he served in a number of roles, including being a member of the Deloitte Southern Africa Board of Partners and Directors, holding executive responsibility for the firm’s strategy and the Corporate Finance service area, and being the Head of Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory.
His portfolio of Corporate Finance experience covers valuations, due diligence and mergers and acquisitions. His work has covered many industry sectors, including transportation, financial services, fuel and fleet management, technology, media and services.
Lwazi is a former member of the Securities Regulation Panel (SRP) and is a past President of the Association of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA). He is also the Chairman of the African Children’s Feeding Scheme.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and Strategy
CA(SA), BCom (Hons), Banking Law Diploma
I stand for excellence in everything we do!
My goal is to drive distinctive client service and outstanding people development, together with meaningful and purposeful impact.
Sihlalo joined Deloitte on 2002 and was appointed to the partnership in 2007. He became the Financial Services Team (FIST) Business Unit Leader in July 2012, which is a multi-disciplinary team of over 350 professionals who focus on audit, advisory and actuarial services in South Africa and the rest of Africa.
He focuses on audit and advisory services for banking institutions in South Africa and the rest of the continent, particularly on universal banking and development financial institutions. In 2010, he served on the Deloitte Global Advisory Council, a group of approximately 30 partners from the firm’s top 20 countries who advise the Global Executive Committee on the firm’s strategic direction towards the year 2020.
Sihlalo is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Association of Corporate Treasurers South Africa (ACTSA), the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) and the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants in Southern Africa (ABASA).
He was appointed the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Deloitte Africa on 1 June 2016.
Chief Operating Officer
I stand for excellence and for exceeding the benchmark.
My goals are to achieve standard systems and processes across our Africa practice, which support our client service teams in delivering seamless quality services, and to build a world-class finance team.
Mike joined Deloitte in 1987 and was admitted to the partnership in 1996. He spent two years (from 1989 to 1991) in the USA as part of the firm’s global exchange programme. In 1999, he was appointed Leader of the Deloitte Multicultural Development Programme for a two-year period. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic implementation of the firm’s transformation process. He also served as a member of the Southern Africa Board of Partners and Directors from June 2003 to August 2008.
He was later appointed as Head of Johannesburg Audit in March 2007, a position he held until August 2013. During this period, he also held the role of Audit Southern Africa Chief Operating Officer. Over and above his operational responsibilities, he was the Lead Client Service Partner on a number of listed entities in the Manufacturing, Mining and Tourism sectors.
Mike was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of Deloitte Southern Africa on 1 June 2014 and the Africa Chief Financial Officer on 1 June 2015. Further to this role, he was appointed the Chief Operating Officer for Africa on 1 June 2016, and he serves in his ex officio capacity on the Southern Africa Board and Africa Board of Partners and Directors.
Reputation and Risk Leader
I stand for excellence in client service.
My goal is to find the appropriate balance between risk management and the achievement of sustainable growth for Deloitte.
Mike joined the firm in 1973. He studied through the University of Natal Durban and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1979. He spent two years working in the United States and United Kingdom in the early 1980s and upon his return to South Africa in 1985 was appointed as an Audit Partner.
He was the KwaZulu-Natal Regional Staff Partner for six years, which was followed by a further six years as the Business Unit Leader of the KwaZulu-Natal Assurance and Advisory Services business. During the 32 years he spent in the Durban office, he served many clients in the region, including Illovo Sugar Ltd, Dunlop Africa Ltd, the Massdiscounters Chain, a division of Masstores (Pty) Ltd, Crookes Brothers Ltd and McCarthy Retail Ltd. He also had Advisory Partner responsibilities in respect of a number of other clients.
Mike relocated to Johannesburg during 2005 to take on the role of Lead Client Service Partner on Sappi Limited, which has its primary listing in Johannesburg, but which, at the time, was also a foreign private issuer listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He was also the Lead Client Service Partner on Imperial Holdings Limited and currently leads the firm’s Risk Independence & Legal team.
He was appointed to the Southern Africa Board on 1 September 2008 and was elected Deputy Chairman on 1 June 2010. He was re-elected to this role in August 2014.
Mike currently serves on the Africa Board as the Reputation & Risk Leader.
FCCA, CPA(M), BSoc Economics
I’m committed to ensuring that our firm maintains its pre-eminent position in the local market through excellent service delivery and attracting the best talent.
I stand for a culture of excellence and a caring and learning environment.
Nkondola Uka joined Deloitte in 1983 and was admitted to the partnership in 1996.
He is the Managing Partner of Deloitte Malawi, a role he has held since 1998.
Nkondola is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants in the UK.
He has serviced various clients over his more-than-30-year tenure with the firm, including Telekom Networks Malawi Limited and ADMARC Limited. He is a generalist and is often called upon to advise on tax assignments and serves as a Tax Partner on accounts in addition to leading our Deloitte business in the Central Africa region.
Nkondola currently serves the Africa Board as a Central Africa representative.
FCA, CPA(T)-PP, CPA(K), BSc (Hons)(London)
I stand for integrity and excellence in everything I do and a commitment to making an impact that matters to those around me.
My goals are to drive quality client service delivery, empower and grow our client service teams and work towards a Deloitte Africa that thrives on our diversity while making a meaningful contribution to our communities.
Eshak is the Managing Partner of the Tanzania office, as well as an Audit Partner. He has over 25 years’ experience in serving a diverse clientele in Kenya, Tanzania and the UK, with extensive experience in accounting and assurance work as a result of his responsibility for a wide variety of clients.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant in the UK in 1994, he moved to Deloitte & Touche East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. He relocated to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2002.
Eshak currently serves the Board as East Africa representative.
BA LLB, HDip Tax, HDip International Tax, Admitted Attorney
I stand for achieving the best possible levels of client service by getting the best out of my team.
My goal is to maintain the pre-eminent position for our Transfer Pricing team in Southern Africa.
Billy joined Deloitte in 1991 and was admitted to the partnership in 1998. He has extensive experience in specialist consulting across a wide range of tax disciplines and has been a specialist in transfer pricing since 2002.
Within Deloitte, Billy is the leader of the Transfer Pricing team within Taxation Services. This team has done extensive transfer pricing assignments for all the major banks in South Africa as well as for clients across all business sectors within the country, including mining, telecommunications, freight and logistics, and the motor industry. As a subject matter expert, he regularly contributes to articles for publication in the press and is regularly interviewed on TV and radio. He was appointed to the Southern Africa Board of Partners and Directors in 2012, where he is responsible for the Taxation Services portfolio.
Billy currently serves the Africa Board as a Southern Africa representative.
BA (Hons) (Ghana), FCCA
I stand for continuous improvement of myself, my family, and the people that surround me.
My goal is to help foster an environment in which people want to work, and to build on our wonderful culture which empowers every person to feel free to raise challenges or concerns and which fosters the highest standards of integrity and behaviour.
Charles Larbi-Odam is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). He joined Deloitte in January 2000. He moved to the Corporate Finance practice of Deloitte in 2003 and was admitted to the partnership in January 2007.
He has been responsible for developing the firm’s services around valuations required for financial reporting purposes. He currently leads the IFRS valuation work in Deloitte Southern Africa, and was appointed Business Unit Leader of Corporate Finance in 2012, a role he held for two years.
Charles was appointed to the Southern Africa Board of Partners and Directors in August 2011, where he is a member of both the Remuneration Committee (REMCO) and the Performance, Reward, Succession & Nominations (PRSN) Committee. He currently serves the Africa Board as a Southern Africa representative.
CA (SA), BCom (Accounting) (Hons), BCom (Tax) (Hons)
I stand for authenticity and humility. I believe that no matter who you interact with, you should be exactly as funny, independent, complicated, smart and imperfect as you are. Someone will appreciate it.
You cannot touch the Deloitte brand, you can only experience it… Our brand is built from the heart, by our people, every single day, in many different ways. This is what makes Deloitte the powerful and enduring brand that it is today.
My goal is to drive innovation and to always try and bring together the exceptional and diverse talents of our people. It is by doing this that we will better the lives of our clients and make a real difference to our communities, our country and our continent.
Anthea joined Deloitte in 1994. She is a Partner in Taxation Services and the leader of the firm’s Tax Oil & Gas industry group. She provides tax advisory services to various multi-national oil and gas companies and heads up the Oil & Gas industry group for the Western Cape office. She is the leader of the Global Employer Services unit for Deloitte in the Western Cape region, is the author of the comprehensive book on taxation Pay Less Tax and co-authored the book Everyone’s Guide to the Tax Return.
She also held the role of national Chairperson of Deloitte Women in Leadership in South Africa from 2012 to March 2015 and continues to serve on this committee as the Southern Africa Western Cape representative.
Anthea was appointed as a Southern Africa Board member in 2012, and holds responsibility for the Western Cape and Namibia portfolio. She was appointed to serve on the Deloitte Africa Board of Partners and Directors in 2014 as a Southern Africa representative.
BCom (Ed), BCom (Hons), MBA (Finance and Marketing) (USA)
I stand for the highest level of integrity, and I’m passionate about building an environment where our talent thrive and build careers of a lifetime. I believe in contributing positively to the economic development of South Africa by availing our very best to change the game.
My goal is to contribute meaningfully to transformation in corporate South Africa.
Gaba joined Deloitte in 2010 as a director. He has extensive experience in business management and strategy, business process re-engineering and programme management. He is currently the Public Sector Growth Unit Leader and serves various clients, including the North West Department of Education, Government Pensions Administration Agency, the Gauteng Department of Finance and the Gauteng Department of Education.
He is a member of the Deloitte Consulting Leadership Committee and the Transformation Leader for the Consulting business area. Some of his key achievements include BMF Manager of the Year for 2008, a 30-year Alumni Lifetime Award from NWU, and mentoring a new director at Deloitte from the position of senior manager.
Gaba was appointed to the Southern Africa Board of Partners and Directors in September 2014 and holds responsibility for the Consulting portfolio. He currently serves the Africa Board as a Southern Africa representative.
I stand for sustainability in all that we do and for making a difference each and every day.
My goal is to deliver value to our clients, through excellence.
Tony joined Deloitte in 1981 and was admitted to the partnership in 1988. He is currently the Deloitte Assurance industry leader for Mining, having served two terms as the Deloitte Global leader for Mining.
He is also Lead Client Service Partner on two Office of the CEO clients, the Anglo American Group and the Murray & Roberts Group, where he is responsible for the delivery of all services from Deloitte on a global scale.
With almost three decades of experience as a Partner serving a range of clients, particularly those in the mining industry, Tony has built his career focusing on clients with international interests that require multinational client service.
He was appointed as a member of the Southern Africa Board of Partners and Directors in 2009, where he is responsible for the Assurance portfolio. He is also the Chairman of the Partner and Director Remuneration Committee. He currently serves the Africa Board as a Southern Africa representative.
Advancement of Women
Sudasha joined Deloitte in 1994 and was appointed to the partnership in 2007. She is a Corporate Tax Income specialist and has served various large companies, including Anglo American Platinum, Anglo American Coal, Kumba, Kansai, Dimension Data and AFGRI. She has held various roles, including Talent Director for Tax; and she is currently the Tax representative on the Deloitte Women in Leadership (DWIL) committee.
Sudasha was appointed to the Southern Africa Board in August 2014 as the DWIL representative, and she serves on the Africa Board in the same capacity.
CA(SA), BCom (Hons) Accounting
I stand for integrity and being authentic at all times. I stand for living our Deloitte values. I commit to continue making an impact that matters to our clients, our staff and our partners.
My goals are to contribute positively to our Transformation targets, which are key to the sustainability of our business, and to continue to deliver quality services to our clients in an innovative manner.
Eric is an audit partner in the Deloitte Africa member firm and is based in Johannesburg. He joined Deloitte as a trainee in January 2002 and was appointed a partner on 1 June 2010. Over the years, he has served a large number of public and private-sector clients, as well as large multinational audit clients as an audit manager/senior manager and audit partner.
He was appointed as the Talent and Transformation Leader for Audit for the Johannesburg business unit in September 2013 and the Talent and Transformation Leader for the Deloitte Africa Audit business in June 2015. He also represents the Africa firm on the Global Audit Talent Advisory Council.
He has been a Board member responsible for the Transformation portfolio since August 2016.
BSc, MBA, FCA, AMP
I stand for doing things right, always.
I drive knowledge acquisition, competence development and exciting clients with exceptional service delivery.
Olufemi (Femi) joined Deloitte as a direct-entry partner in 2005, having spent most of his earlier career in professional services, including serving as a partner at Arthur Andersen.
He is an Audit partner and was responsible for setting up the Energy and Resources (E&R) Audit Practice of the Nigeria firm, where he is currently the Business Unit Leader. He also serves as the firm’s E&R Industry Leader.
Femi is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria (ACIT). His key skills lie in the Audit, Advisory and Taxation business areas. His clients include Sahara Energy Group and Conoil Group.
He was elected a Member of the Africa Board in 2013 and continues to the serve the Board as the West Africa representative.
HND (Accountancy) FCA, ACIT
I’m passionate about the Deloitte Brand and our business, and I’m committed to Deloitte’s goals and to living the Deloitte values.
Augustine joined Deloitte in 1989 and was admitted to the partnership in 2005. He is the Audit Leader of Deloitte Nigeria. His former roles include serving as the Professional Services Review (PSR) Partner in charge from 2005 to 2008 and the Managing Partner of the Port Harcourt office from 2009 to 2012.
His skills span audit technical, and he holds specialist industry experience in the consumer business and transport sectors. He has served many large clients over his more than 25 years of service with Deloitte. His clients include Lafarge, P&G, Indorama Group, Unicem and Dangote.
Augustine is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
He currently serves the Africa Board as the West Africa representative.
Professor Njabulo Ndebele
PhD English (USA), MA English Literature, BA English and Philosophy,
Research Fellow, Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative, University of Cape Town
Professor Ndebele is renowned as an academic, a literary and a writer of fiction, with a PhD in English in American literature and creative writing from the University of Denver. Apart from completing a number of literary works and publications for which is he has been widely recognised, he has achieved the distinction of 11 honorary doctorates from universities across four continents. He has also served as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town. Currently he serves as the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg.
He was appointed as an External Advisor to the Deloitte Southern Africa Board of Partners and Directors in 2013.
Professor Pat Utomi
PhD, MPA and MA (USA), Bachelor of Law (UK)
Pat Utomi is a Nigerian professor in political economy and management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and a former presidential candidate, with a notable passion for the dignity of the human person and the spirit of enterprise.
He served as the vice-chairman of Platinium–Habib Bank and also served on key apex private-sector associations, including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA).
He has coordinated the establishment of several civil society groups on good governance and accountability, such as Transparency in Nigeria, The Centre for Values in Leadership, The Concerned Professionals, and the Restoration Group.
Professor Utomi earned two master’s degrees and a PhD at 26 and became one of Nigeria’s top managers in manufacturing before his 33rd birthday, reaching a Presidential Advisory position at 27. In his forties, he achieved a professorship and global acknowledgement as a leading scholar in business, political economy and media studies.
He is active in the international speaking circuit, where he regularly expresses his insights, particularly in growth economics, comparative development, leadership and “The curse of oil and China’s economic surge and growing influence in Africa”. He has collaborated frequently with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington and Chatham House in the UK and has written commissioned papers for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), including his latest collaboration with colleagues from Oxford on the political economy of growth in Nigeria.
He was appointed as an External Advisor to the Deloitte Africa Board in 2016.
EMEA Managing Partner
Degree (Law and Business Management), Degree (Tax Law)
I’m committed to our strategy and our purpose – to make an impact that matters.
I continually strive towards ensuring that our firm becomes the undisputed leader in professional services.
As Belgian CEO, Rik leads and manages the Executive, and he sets the strategic direction of the firm. He also represents the Belgian firm in the Deloitte global network, as a member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) Governance Committee, DTTL Board of Directors and the EMEA Council.
Prior to becoming CEO, Rik was the managing partner of the Tax & Legal practice in Belgium (2004–2008) and a member of the Belgian Executive. He began his career at Deloitte in 1985.
He became a tax partner in the Belgian firm, specialising in international tax planning. Throughout his career, he has worked directly with many large clients; he was named several times as one of Belgium’s top tax advisors in the International Tax Review’s World Tax surveys.
Rik is an active member of business organisations such as VBO/ FEB, VOKA and IFA. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the KULAK, a division of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL); and he is a member of the King Baudouin Foundation’s West Flanders support committee.
He serves the Deloitte Africa Board in his capacity as the EMEA Managing Partner.