Nabeelah Kolia’s proudest moment was when she became a fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. “It felt like all the countless hours of studying and 16 board exams had culminated in that very moment,” she says. From winning awards to becoming the newly elected president of the Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals, Kolia wants to lead the charge for change in South Africa’s actuarial profession so it reflects the country’s demographics. “I’ve been given the responsibility of transforming the actuarial profession – this is an opportunity for me to make a difference and ensure that gender transformation is at the forefront.” Kolia waits for no one. She believes in asking for opportunities, as “the worst thing that can happen is that you are told no”. “Search for daily opportunities to make a difference,” says Kolia, whose passion is developing and empowering people, particularly those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
One thing that drives me to excel is the smiles on my clients faces when I assist them. I love my job; I love working with people and communities.