Amogelang Kgaladi

Blessed Sbusiso Nxuseka Company:FirstRand Short-term Insurance Limited
Position:Head of Corporate Actuarial

  1. Why did you choose a career in insurance?
    Given my actuarial background and current MBA studies, I felt that this would provide the ideal platform to test my skill set and business acumen. The Insurance Apprentice also provides a platform for me to highlight to individuals who look up to me that the sky is the limit and should therefore continuously strive to challenge themselves.
  2. In your mind, what qualities should an ambassador of The Insurance Apprentice have?
    The Insurance Apprentice ambassador should be innovative and creative, I think with the advent of 4IR and disruptive technologies, the ambassador should be able to provide solutions to how the insurance industry should develop moving forward to take advantage of the opportunities technology provides. Most importantly I think the ambassador should be ethical. Given the various ethical breaches that we see in this day and age, it is important for the ambassador to uphold the highest standards of ethics especially given that we are in an industry that is premised on trust.
  3. Did you choose a career in insurance or did you fall into the industry like so many others? Briefly share your story.
    A bit of both, I think by naturally choosing to become an actuary the choice was implicit at the time. I only knew of actuaries working in this space and by default I followed suite. How the choice came about between life and short term was that my first interview was in a short term company and therefore ended up in the industry.
  4. How important is winning for you?
    I am a very competitive person and thus always challenge myself to be the best that I can. In this instance, this would involve winning the competition. Therefore, once I enter into something, I believe in winning and it is no different with regards to the Insurance Apprentice. I am in the competition to win and will give a 110% to ensure that I make that a reality.
  5. A message to all the TIA sponsors?I wish to earnestly thank them for the wonderful platform that they have provided each one of us. The Insurance Apprentice is, because they are. May they long continue to sponsor this initiative.
  6. Advice to yourself about what you should remember and focus on as you are going into the competition.
    That it is important to keep my feet on the ground and enjoy the journey to the fullest. Even though I may be stretched in ways that may feel uncomfortable at the time, the learnings and development are important.