Farzanah Mall is the President of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa
(BWASA) which is the largest and most prominent non-profit association of business and professional women in the country, with 10 regional branches. The association focuses on recognising the achievement of women, skills development and capacity building, research and advocacy, leadership and social investment.
Farzanah is also a qualified chartered accountant and is currently a Director at KPMG with extensive experience in providing business advisory consulting services, including risk consulting, strategy and business development to a number of key organisations both locally and internationally. She oversees some of the key accounts at KPMG, heads up brand and strategy alignment in her region, and is responsible for human resources for her division.
She has participated in a number of public forums on gender diversity, leadership and issues facing women in the workplace and has written numerous articles on business, leadership, and key economic sectors. She has successfully hosted mentorship and development programs and round table leadership economic discussions and debates. She is a sought after speaker and facilitator on governance, strategic risk planning, leadership, and economic issues and was instrumental in driving the growth strategy of the BWA.
Farzanah mentors young leaders within KPMG and externally, is passionate about economic growth implementation strategies and youth development, including contributing to the education sector in South Africa and Africa.
She attributes her success to hard work, passion, innovation, learning from one’s mistakes, delivering on promises, having great mentors, leading by example and working with great teams.
She has an 11 year old daughter and loves to paint, travel and read in her spare time. She believes women have a key role to play in the African economy and that men and women need to work more closely to drive programs of economic and social benefit.