Life at Deloitte

Leading at every level

Deloitte invests in its leaders, helping them grow beyond their current role to maximize their contribution and impact. Read about some of their career journeys here.

Lwazi Bam: CEO, Deloitte Africa

Deloitte is all I’ve ever known. I joined the firm from university and began my journey in what was then known as Entrepreneurial Services which formed part of our Audit Service Line and then spent a large part of my career in Corporate Finance.

In my 22 years with the firm, my biggest highlight is the year I made Partner – this is an achievement I cherish to date.

As a firm, our integration into becoming Deloitte Africa is a monumental shift that we have the pleasure of celebrating; we now reap the successes of a more transformed business, and one that’s globally represented. As CEO of Deloitte Africa I’m filled with pride, and honoured to say that in my career I had the opportunity at Deloitte, to lead, and be part of such a progressive step into the future of our business.

I feel privileged to work in an environment that is passionate about its people, where we do away with hierarchy and encourage an open door policy for all. As a firm, we have set an influential example of a continuously evolving business because we’ve challenged ourselves to remain relevant and stay ahead of our evolving client needs. I am proud to be a part of an organisation that strives to work with and within our community, country and continent, for the benefit of all.

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Lwazi Bam: CEO, Deloitte Africa

Deloitte is all I’ve ever known. I joined the firm from university and began my journey in what was then known as Entrepreneurial Services which formed part of our Audit Service Line and then spent a large part of my career in Corporate Finance

In my 22 years with the firm, my biggest highlight is the year I made Partner – this is an achievement I cherish to date. 

As a firm, our integration into becoming Deloitte Africa is a monumental shift that we have the pleasure of celebrating, we now reap the successes of a more transformed business, and one that’s globally represented; As CEO of Deloitte Africa I’m filled with pride, and honoured to say that in my career I had the opportunity at Deloitte, to lead, and be part of such a progressive step into the future of our business. 

I feel privileged to work in an environment that is passionate about its people, where we do away with hierarchy and encourage an open door policy for all. As a firm, we have set an influential example of a continuously evolving business because we’ve challenged ourselves to remain relevant and stay ahead of our evolving client needs. I am proud to be a part of an organisation that strives to work with and within our community, country and continent, for the benefit of all. 

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Glen Krynauw: Director, Human Capital

It may be hard to imagine an organisation that will support your decision to hold off a promotion for 7 years, one that would afford the luxury of time, to pause and align one’s personal and career aspirations - this is a rare value add to any employee. 

A few years ago I was afforded the decision to enhance my career growth with a much desirable promotion. To my heart’s content, I instead made the decision to continue to grow my family – in this moment I experienced the greatest impact Deloitte could have made on me; whole-heartedly supported by my leadership, they encouragingly accepted my decision. 

Surpassing my expectations, the offer to grab the promotion at a more suitable time was left available for me to pursue. This act of kindness, understanding and support will forever be a memorable one and has inspired me to encourage others to instil confidence when faced with difficult decisions. 

I am a firm believer in giving back to the community, and I do so by aligning the Deloitte values and internal initiatives with my children's charity work to help underprivileged communities. The collaboration of these experiences bring together my personal and professional lives, this has made a distinctive impact on my 18 year journey with Deloitte.

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Ruwayda Redfearn: Director, KZN Regional Leader

It’s been an awarding 19 years to say the least. From the word go, upon joining the firm as a trainee accountant in the Durban office, I’ve been afforded exciting experiences to venture on. The opportunity go on secondment to Deloitte New York offices opened a world of opportunity and growth. In retrospect, coming back from New York into a managerial position and being awarded Partnership in 2004 comes the realisation that these achievements were only the begging of the highlights I was yet to experience.

In 2009 a council of 22 young partners from various countries around the world had elected me to Chair the Young Partner Advisory Counsel. We worked together on a year-long global project on Innovation, where I reported to our Global CEO at the time. This has been one of the most impactful and unforgettable highlights in my career with Deloitte.

In 2010 I was assigned Audit Leader for KwaZulu-Natal, serving our largest clients. Well aware of the demands placed on practitioners from a professional aspect, and the responsibilities we carry from the demands of our family, I became actively and passionately involved in asserting a culture that creates a healthy balance.

Driving wellness in our offices, I initiated a “goal campaign”, this focuses on all practitioners identifying a few personal goals they’d like to achieve. Goals are placed on a wall, communities and networks are established among those who have similar goals, and together we motivate each other to achieve them. From decisions to quit smoking to finding the time to attend book clubs or running a marathon – this is a way of encouraging our Talent to prioritise involvement in hobbies and re-engage with that which we are passionate about.

Deloitte is a place where impacts are both experienced and made.

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Valter Adao: Chief Digital and Innovation Officer

During my time at Deloitte, I have had the freedom to shape my career capital. Deloitte has given me the leverage to create new businesses and brands, conduct business in a way that is suited for the modern economy and attract and grow talented individuals.

My journey of creating both local and global eminence and the ability to build an impactful profile is rewarding. Whilst exposure has been fundamental to my growth in the firm, I appreciate the challenges that continue to develop me, the chance to develop the best talent and the trust to contribute to the growth of Deloitte alongside dedicated, focused and ambitious people.

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Kevin Black: Partner, Audit

The launch to my career at Deloitte began 23 years ago when I came in as a trainee to complete my articles. After qualifying, I left the firm for close to 9 months, testing myself in a different field, I ultimately returned to Deloitte and was honoured to be made Partner.

Throughout my time here, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have met some amazing individuals who have gone on to become some of my closest friends, locally and globally. Deloitte not only offers you a challenging and meaningful work environment, but it affords you the opportunity to work with like-minded, talented people who share all the same values in an organisation with a great culture. These are the things that have made, and continue to make my time with the firm memorable.

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Joe Eshun: CEO, Deloitte East Africa

I’ve been fortunate to lead several large scale multi-year projects for both private and public sector clients. The highlight for me is the comprehensive US$ 150 million USAID funded Health/HIV programme designed to assist individuals residing in Tanzania to receive care. Through this program, which was launched in 2004, Deloitte has managed to serve more than 15% of the over 800,000 people on ARV treatment in Tanzania, and changed their lives for the better. The results from our work includes the improved access to quality, integrated and comprehensive HIV care and treatment services in four large regions in Tanzania.

Traffic is a major problem in most cities and Dar es Salaam is no exception. I had the privilege of leading a multi-functional team to develop the business plans and financial models for Tanzania’s Bus Rapid Transit system. This PPP plan is in its first year of implementation and anytime I drive past the dedicated bus lanes it is humbling but a joy to see how our work has helped reduce the traffic in Dar es Salaam and allowed thousands of residents to travel in dignity. To see the impact of well thought out plans is a great motivator to go the extra mile and raise the bar that much higher.

In 2011, Deloitte carried out a strategic review of the National Health Insurance Fund in Kenya at the request of the International Finance (IFC). Health insurance is always a contentious issue whether in Africa, Europe or America and it was therefore not surprising to find this to be the case for this very uniquely challenging assignment. There were sleepless nights but it taught the team and I great lessons that we have used in other assignments. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment when I see majority of our recommendations being implemented that have led to greater access to health financing in Kenya.

These are just a few of the accomplishments that I have experienced in my 15 years with Deloitte and it does fill me with a sense of pride. I am a strong champion of our behavioural and business approach of as “OneDeloitte” which I believe is an asset that we can leverage to create a significant impact for our clients and communities. Deloitte will continue to influence change and deliver sustainable solutions that matter to our stakeholders.

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