One look at Amogelang Kgaladi’s qualifications, starting with a BSc in actuarial and financial mathematics (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and culminating in a master of business administration from the University of the Witwatersrand, and it all adds up. A fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and barely out of his mid-20s, Kgaladi’s meteoric rise has landed him the gig of chief risk officer at a division of First National Bank (FNB). Starting off as an actuary at Hannover Re and Ernst & Young, he was headhunted by FNB to set up the corporate actuarial function at the division he now leads. As the title suggests, he is charged with identifying, monitoring and mitigating the business’ risk, and ensuring risk-adjusted optimisation. Kgaladi is wary of falling into a blinkered drive to reach the next milestone, and emphasises the importance of enjoying each step of the journey.
Surround yourself with people who are like-minded, who are already where you want to be, or who are striving to be where you want to be — this makes your journey a little easier.