Andrea Klassen, 30

Andrea was born in Port Elizabeth and moved to Pretoria to pursue the CA(SA) dream.

She went on to do her master’s degree in tax at the University of Pretoria as tax is a significant line item of the business. Upon passing her master’s she was invited to become a Golden Key International Honour Society member. While doing her master’s, she mentored individuals to become chartered accountants and participated in community projects such as the Circle of Life (an organisation that supports those affected and infected by HIV/Aids). She then went on to win the New Member Golden Key Chapter Award for her commitment to her academic studies, leadership skills, involvement in extracurricular activities and participation in community projects.

However, she realised she had much more to learn and to give back to those who were striving to become CAs(SA). She started her career at Bayport Financial Services 2010 (Pty) Ltd where she learnt the ropes of the financial services industry and shared her story of what it took to become a CA(SA). She was then voted one of the top 10 Phenomenal Women of the organisation. She loves teaching finance or tax to those who want to learn and is patient enough to help others understand the world of finance.

She wanted to make a difference in the lives of others by providing a health and fitness club in promoting positive mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The club provides weekly healthy habit and aerobics classes through Zoom that are realistic for people with busy lifestyles.

She loves the John Quincy Adam’s quote, ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’ She feels that one does not have to make a difference in people’s lives when one is at the top of the ladder − start by impacting one person’s life and your work ethic will speak for itself.

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