S’onqoba Maseko

Chief Orchestrator

After completing her postgraduate studies at Wits, S’onqoba served as an Executive Committee member of the Wits University Convocation until July 2014, often addressing graduates at graduation ceremonies. In this role, she also headed up the communications sub-committee, was the editor of the bi-annual newsletter Cutting Edge and represented Convocation on the University Forum.

S’onqoba served as the founding Operations Director of a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that focuses on Youth Development in the Soweto and Alexandra areas. On two occasions S’onqoba has been a speaker at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. S’onqoba also worked as the Chief Operations Officer of a black-owned start-up Investment Holdings company called Lante Investment Holdings; co-ordinating the operations and strategic direction of the company, while also being the editor of the company’s inaugural magazine. S’onqoba was an independent member of the South African Market Research Association until October 2015. She is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper since 2014, served as the Johannesburg Hub Deputy Curator in 2015/16 and takes over as the Hub Curator in July. The Global Shapers Community is a network of over 450 Hubs across the globe, developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities and the world through WEF and other platforms.

In her career in Corporate South Africa, she progressed from an Actuarial Analyst role on the First National Bank (FNB) Graduate Programme to Brand Insights Manager for FNB Brand Management, while being actively involved in the company’s Graduate Recruitment and Girl Child empowerment initiatives. S’onqoba then worked as the Executive Assistant to the FirstRand Limited Group CEO, Mr. Sizwe Nxasana between 2013 and 2015. In this role she provided daily strategic support to the Group CEO’s office. In addition to this role, she worked as the Head of the FNB Innovators Programme which facilitates innovation in one of the most innovative banks in the world, until 2015. In 2016 she moved into the start-up world, specifically in the private education space and heads up Special Projects and Operations for the Sifiso Learning Group.

In the midst of all this she still finds time to MC events, speak at motivational functions and facilitate workshops. She is passionate about young people and education – in this regard she is the founder of a Girl Child initiative called Kamv’elihle (Beautiful Future) that works in partnership with Tsebo Education Network (TEN) and is registering the Nhlamvu ye Sizwe Education Trust to fund the high school education of high school learners attending low-cost private schools.
To further her role in inspiring young black people to consider the actuarial career, she continues being actively involved in the South African Actuarial Development Programme, after the programme funded her tertiary studies. She served as the Programme’s Alumni Association Secretary until she was appointed the Alumni Association President in 2013, a role she still holds. S’onqoba tutors and mentors actuarial science students and exposes high school learners to the high performance profession, while being featured in different publications talking about the profession: all this while working towards becoming a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries (UK) and becoming one of very few black female South African actuaries..