Timeless Wisdom From A Millennial Achiever! Ebrahim Tootla, Head Of Shari’ah Treasury & Finance, Standard Bank
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The maxim “there are no problems in life, only opportunities” and working his passion has enabled Ebrahim Tootla, fondly known as Toots to clock up many achievements in just four years of having qualified as a chartered accountant. In this inspiring discussion, Toots shares how he self-funded his studies initially and how stayed the course after the devastating loss of three of his grandparents in his honors year, the same year he helped to start a bank within a bank. He discusses his lessons learnt working in remote parts of Africa, the barriers in setting up a bank within a bank, what it takes to overcome the challenges and the competitive edge that won them the 2020 Global Islamic Finance award making it the best emerging Islamic bank in the world. He shares how being a Chartered Accountant is not just about the numbers, it’s about understanding what drives the numbers and how banking has a role to play in facilitating the whole business ecosystem. Hard work and a never-give-up attitude have allowed him to merge a formally excluded part of the financial sector into the formal economy. This solution not only touches South Africa but has the potential to reach deep into unbanked Africa − which is where his next challenge lies. An inspirational story of a millennial leader making a notable impact… toot toot watch this space.

Episode Themes

Work life balance
Self-funding university education
Loss as a driving force
Perseverance, a lesson from Africa
Difference between Islamic & Traditional banking
Working in your passion drives up effectiveness
Barriers in setting up a bank within a bank
Getting buy-in, in a complex environment
Creating a competitive edge
Mentorship accelerates success
Accountable leadership
Advice to fellow CA graduates
The next big milestone
Bringing humanity back to banking
Banking facilitating the business ecosystem
Doing what you love brings fulfilment
It’s exciting to be in a digitised world
Let’s respect planet earth and each other

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