Memory Zimba

Company: Centriq
Position: Actuarial Manager

  1. Why did you choose to enter The Insurance Apprentice? While preparing to take over as the President of the Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals (ASABA), I realised the lack of exposure for Actuarial professionals. Combined with the fact that I have qualified while working in insurance, believing in the value proposition of insurance, it seemed an opportunity to be an ambassador for my profession and industry in spaces where I will have the privilege to contribute. This was affirmed, as I was a guest speaker at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Multi-Party Women’s Caucus soon after entering the competition.
  2. In your mind, what qualities should an ambassador of The Insurance Apprentice have? Leadership is key to demonstrate the strength of the industry. Understanding of the insurance industry and its challenges. Being able to take insurance in spaces where it would not normally be found and demonstrate the value it brings to society.
  3. Did you choose a career in insurance or did you fall into the industry like so many others? It was the first job I got after university. I was researching opportunities in the cell captive space; I then got a job at Centriq. The impact I saw us make in people’s lives made me stay.
  4. How important is winning for you? It is highly important. While winning isn’t everything, one enters a competition to win.
  5. A message to all the TIA sponsors? Thank you for the opportunity to display ourselves and launch our careers.
  6. Advice to yourself about what you should remember and focus on as you are going into the competition. Enjoy the process, learn as much about your strengths as possible through introspection and applying yourself fully to every task and the other contestants.