Rachel Nkgodi started primary school at the age of four. This was the blueprint for her life − being non-conformist and daring to be different.

11 years in the insurance industry in both highly technical and leadership roles have developed Rachel’s skills and abilities. She is a member of the SAICA combined long-term and short-term insurance project group.

Throughout her career she has focused on her passions, mentoring and developing others, as a member of Deloitte Women in Leadership Africa Committee and previously a volunteer on the Deloitte Siyakhula Project and Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Programme. At Deloitte, she threw herself into mentoring young professionals, guiding them through their careers, technical and industry knowledge as well as personal mastery and branding.

Rachel believes in authentic leadership − where the leader is courageous and fearless enough to use their life as an example for and encouragement to others. She also believes that leadership is about the ability to lead yourself through the most difficult times of your life. It is also about the ability to be there for others when they face their life’s most challenging times. Rachel believes that leadership is about recognising the best in people and allowing them to flourish.

Her most notable achievements are the Deloitte Africa CEO Impact Award she received as part of the partner team that successfully bid for the firm’s biggest audit insurance client and the opportunity to make an impact as Deputy Group CFO of Alexander Forbes from 1 July 2019.

Rachel is also a wife and a mother of twin boys almost three years old and she faces the challenges of raising her boys and having a successful career head on.