Amasi Mwela, young CEO of Fundi-former Eduloan, talks education finance and career planning
The Future CFO Magazine Junior Editor Buhlebenkosi Mkandla, hosted
To start off please share with us, who is Amasi Mwela?
I often refer to myself as an emerging African global citizen. As the third child in a family of 5 children, I
What motivates you in life?
I’m driven by clear goals, pushing to break just about every societal barrier that’s been placed in front of me. In general, I don’t allow anyone to place limits on what I can or can’t do. This quest for excellence has been shaped by my own life and observing my parents’ lives. We were fortunate enough to have a father who set very high standards for us and an ambitious mother who
achieved the impossible in business. They set a great example for us and I want to better it.
Did you have a Career Plan to become CEO and have you stuck to it?
After I got my first job 13 or 14 years ago, I think I was 22 years old then, I
looking at job specs for CEOs very early on, learning what sort of skills I needed to develop and what qualifications I needed to acquire so that I was clear about what I was moving towards. I developed my Career Path around those specs.
I started in Finance, five years later I moved into Customer Service, learning the importance of Relationship Management and also doing a bit of
This collective journey has exposed me to more disciplines than most. My qualifications which
What is most exciting about being CEO of Fundi?
I joined Fundi, formerly known as Eduloan because I wanted to make a significant contribution in the Education space based on my own challenges and experiences whilst I was a University Student. I actually gave up an exciting opportunity at Old Mutual because I was – and still am – convinced that Fundi can help define and shape the Education Finance industry and build a sustainable organisation into the future. The opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of Ordinary Students who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to study if we didn’t exist is one I do not take for granted.
You’ve recently relaunched as Fundi. Why the change? What is the significance of the name?
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