More Young Leaders Complete Trustco’s Junior Board Mentorship Program

Seven young people recently completed Trustco’s Junior Director Mentorship Program, which takes place over a period of one year.

The program was first introduced in 2018. At the time, Trustco identified a need for young professionals who all had impressive CVs and leadership potential, but lacked essential boardroom experience.

This board education program has its origins in Trustco Group Chief Executive Dr. Quinton van Rooyen’s quest to help develop future business leaders.

“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Trustco. At the time, I did not imagine the success of the group 30 years later. With a capable team of skilled Namibians with an immense drive for success, we have established a strong culture of leadership that can be emulated by the next generation, if we only give them the opportunity to show their courage. I have no doubt that Namibian youth regard our program as their favorite to shape their own legacy for their country and people,” said van Rooyen.

Adv Raymond Heathcote, chairman of Trustco’s board, said the young people are full of ideas and general enthusiasm. He explains that the improved skills of young people in the areas of corporate governance, finance, branding, communications, digital marketing, advertising, social media, public relations, web and graphic design, strategic partnerships and technology leave a new national asset as future skills legacy. sharing and generational transition.

“Their ability to work on substantive programming challenges with senior executives is part of the appeal of this development program,” Heathcote added.

The following seven Junior Board mentees have successfully completed the grueling program:

– Fwafwa Lysen Sifu, holds a Masters in Financial Management from Amity University, a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy as well as a Certificate in Financial Risk Management from the University of Namibia. He is currently employed as a financial analyst.

– Charmaine Taati van der Smit, holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial Law from the University of Cape Town and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Namibia. Taati is the current Senior Legal Officer in the Legal Advice Branch of the Attorney General’s Office.

– Ndapwa Tulina Kwedhi, holder of a degree in economics and a postgraduate diploma in financial planning. She has over six years of experience in the financial services industry.

– Hosea Kambonde, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration: strategy and corporate leadership. He holds a degree in Software Engineering and a National Diploma in Information Technology from Namibia University of Science and Technology. In addition, Hosea also earned certificates in Project and Business Management from Stellenbosch University Business School. He currently runs a software development and business solution provider company, iMarketing Consultant.

-Auriel Aweries, has been in the marketing and advertising industry since 2005 with extensive experience working for some of the nation’s leading companies and agencies. She is currently the Acting Head of Media for Trustco, heading Mixed Marketing, Multimedia, Informanté News and Informanté Live. She has been part of the group for almost five years.

– Iyaloo Akuaake, is an environmentalist with an honors degree in environmental management from the University of Cape Town and a postgraduate degree in renewable energy and sustainability from the University of Stellenbosch. Iyaloo was previously appointed Chief Environmental Officer at Trustco Group Holdings, but passionate about the environment, renewable energy and sustainable development, Iyaloo will pursue her Masters in 2022 at the University of Cape Town.

– Hilya Herman, who holds a Masters in Commercial Law (LLM) from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Rhodes University and a Masters in Philosophy and Development Finance from Stellenbosch University Business School. Other qualifications include a Diploma in Banking and Financial Institutions, Strategy and Management from the Galilee International Management Institute and a short course in Pension Fund Law from UNISA. Hilya is also a member of the Law Society of Namibia. Hilya is currently Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of the Central Procurement Board of Namibia and is also Chair of the Committee of the Institute for Open Learning Malpractice.


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