When Mamello Matikinca became the chief economist at First National Bank at the age of 29, she became one of the youngest chief economists in South Africa’s history. Now, three years later, and recently appointed as a member of the president’s economic advisory council, her role has taken on some new considerations, particularly in light of Covid-19.
She says, “I have been humbled by the opportunities that have been afforded to me, some which I did not anticipate would come so early in my career. With that said one of the principals I’ve tried to live by is trying my best to be in a position to receive the opportunities. One of my favourite quotes from Oprah Winfrey that speaks to this point is: ‘Luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky’.”
Her rise from student to macroeconomist to chief economist can be attributed to hard work, long hours, and a potent mix of ambition and motivation.
She says, “Being of service and the ability to help gives me a great sense of purpose. I am very fortunate that my profession affords me this. As we are all aware, the current pandemic has had a devastating impact on many lives and livelihoods.
“Part of my job is to help the organisation that I work for and our clients navigate through this difficult period.”
“I am fortunate to also be part of a group of renowned thought leaders who are thinking about what’s next for the country as we emerge from this crisis and working towards solutions that will change the course of the country for the better.”