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Nana Madikane is a member of professional services firm PwC’s South Market Area Leadership Team (executive team), and is responsible for driving the firm’s diversity and transformation strategy in the Southern Africa region.
She is a qualified chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience, and services major audit clients in the telecommunications, entertainment and media and hospitality, gaming and leisure sectors.
Nana was admitted as a partner at PwC in 2011, after having been a partner at an emerging firm. She is currently the only female (and one of only a few candidates from the PwC Africa practice) to be identified for a PwC global leadership programme aimed at developing future network leaders. She also serves on various other committees within PwC, such as the Human Capital Committee, and the Social and Ethics Committee of the firm’s Governing Board.
Nana is the Transformation and Diversity & Inclusion Leader for PwC’s Southern Africa Region, a role that she’s very passionate about. Coming from very humble beginnings, Nana is passionate about providing opportunities to individuals who would ordinarily be excluded based on their background, geography or gender. This has shaped her focus in driving the transformation and diversity agenda for PwC, based on creating equal opportunities for all.
Under her leadership the firm attained a level 1 BBBEE contributor status for the first time (also a first for any of the Big Four professional services firms) through driving enterprise development programmes focusing on small black-owned and black-female owned businesses.
Nana is the main driver of female-focused programmes within the firm, aimed at accelerating the development of females and increasing the pool of females eligible for leadership roles. In addition, she is a role model to many young black females in the firm, and has been instrumental in driving mentorship initiatives for young females with potential, as well as mentoring young girls.
Prior to making the move to PwC, Nana gained experience in a start-up company, which she and her partners grew from a firm of eight individuals, to over 100 employees in four offices in four different provinces – in the space of four years. She considers herself fortunate to have gained experience in both a large corporate environment and a small enterprise, which positions her uniquely to drive the development of small enterprises due to understanding their challenges.
She's also served on certain sub-committees of the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors (IRBA), namely the EXAM Committee, the Transformation Committee and the Proficiency Interviews Panel.