Director and Chair – BCom
Richard joined Simeka in 2011 and is currently the managing director of Simeka Consultants and Actuaries and an exco member of Sanlam Corporate. Richard is a graduate of the University of Port Elizabeth with a BCom degree and also holds a Diploma in Investment Management. He has over 20 years of experience within the employee benefits industry, has served on various industry bodies and has also consulted extensively to labour on retirement fund-related matters.
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Managing Director – MBA
Mbali joined Simeka Health in October 2021 and is currently the managing director. Mbali holds numerous academic achievements, including, but not limited to, a National Certificate in Commerce, a Marketing Diploma from the Institute of Bankers, and an MBA from Business School Netherlands. She has also completed a Management Advancement Programme through Wits Business School and a General Management Programme through Harvard Business School. She has over 33 years of experience in financial services, including banking, financial advice, retirement fund administration, medical scheme administration, and health insurance administration.
Director – BCom Honours (Economics)
Sharon joined Sanlam Life in 2004 and Sanlam Healthcare Distribution Services in 2009. She is currently Director of Simeka Health Pty Ltd. Sharon is a graduate of the Rand Afrikaans University with a BCom Honours (Economics) degree, and she also completed the GIBS Global Executive Leadership Programme in 2007. Sharon has over 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry.
Chief Client Officer – BCom Honours (Actuarial Science)
Rigitté van Zyl joined Sanlam Corporate as Chief Client Officer in January 2020. Rigitté holds a BCom Honours degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Stellenbosch, and she is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (FIA). Rigitté has 12 years’ experience in the insurance industry and is a qualified actuary. Her experience includes product development and pricing in the health and employee benefits industry.
Chief Financial Officer – BSc (Actuarial Science and Statistics)
Hitesh Baba joined Sanlam Corporate as Special Projects Actuary in 2019 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in 2021. Hitesh is a qualified actuary and a Fellow of both the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Actuarial Society of South Africa. He has a wide range of industry experience having filled senior roles at various insurers.