Smangaliso Mkhabela (FASSA, FeASK)

Chief Executive

Smangaliso Mkhabela (FASSA, FeASK)

Chief Executive

Smangaliso Mkhabela has been the Chief Executive of The Shard since its founding in September 2013. The Shard was founded to offer the financial services industry the unique combination of skills that actuaries, auditors and accountants possess for the effective management of the control environment.

He has more than thirteen years’ experience ranging from traditional actuarial work in employee benefits, life Insurance, internal audit and data analytics.

Smangaliso holds a BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science from the University of Pretoria and is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (FASSA) and a Fellow of The Actuarial Society of Kenya. 

Under his leadership The Shard has evolved into a company offering diversified business solutions across multiple industries aimed at meeting the needs of our clients and delivering value.

Smangaliso is also an independent director at Aurora Insurance company.


Meet our team of success driven professionals.

Smangaliso Mkhabela

Chief Executive

Smangaliso Mkhabela has been the Chief Executive of The Shard since its founding in September 2013.

Aishwarya S. Nair

Chief Operating Officer

Aishwarya is an engineer experienced with a Bachelors of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication.

Mbali Mahlaba

Managing Director: Risk Assurance and Advisory Services

Mbali has 12 years' experience in Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance and IT Audit within financial services and other industries.

Mathias Sithole

Managing Director: Actuarial

Mathias Sithole is an approved valuator and liquidator of both Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution retirement funds as well as a Key Individual in terms of the FAIS Act.

Kediretse Molokoane

Financial Director and Managing Director: Accounting Advisory Services

Kediretse is a Chartered Accountant CA(SA) who is currently a Financial and Managing Director of the Accounting Advisory Services (AAS) Department at The Shard.

Oupa Mokgoantle

Head of Risk Assurance & Advisory Services and Chief Information Officer

Oupa leads the information technology and systems auditing team, comprising of specialist IT audit professionals.

Mpho Chiloane

Senior Accounting and Risk Assurance & Advisory Services Manager

Mpho possesses over eight years’ experience in Internal Audit from an International Audit Firm (EY) and a top Financial Services Provider (Liberty Group).

Ashanti Mabena

Senior Risk Assurance and Advisory Services Manager

Ashanti has been a professional Internal Auditor for more than 12 years with experience within risk management, compliance and governance, and forensics.

Agreement Ndlovu

Actuarial Manager

Agreement Ndlovu is a qualified actuary with specialisation in life insurance and enterprise risk management.

Claude du Plessis

Actuarial Manager

Claude du Plessis is a qualified actuary with more than 17 years’ actuarial work experience in life insurance and life reinsurance.

Jayadevan Vijayan

Actuarial Consultant

Jayadevan Vijayan is a qualified actuary with six years of Actuarial work experience in the Life and Life Reinsurance industry.

Phenyo Diswai

New Business Manager

Phenyo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and is currently studying her Bachelor of Arts honors in Integrated Organisational Communication.

Melody Nare

Actuarial Manager

Melody is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and holds a B. Comm (Honours) in Actuarial Science.

James Gachomo

Actuarial Manager

James Gachomo is a qualified non-life actuary with six years of actuarial work experience in the general insurance and general reinsurance industry.

Precious Bhebhe

Office Assistant

Precious performs clerical duties, including, maintaining stock of supplies by anticipating work requirements, ordering supplies, and distributing where necessary.