Nancy Chakabuda, 34

Nancy’s career spans more than 12 years in auditing, internal controls, risk management, process improvement, and corporate governance. She currently leads the Internal Controls function for the Africa Middle East (AME) region for Cummins Inc, a global power leader and Fortune 200 American multinational. In this role, Nancy has successfully implemented a data analytics-driven strategy for controls and risk assessment for the region’s multi-faceted environment. She chairs the Regional Controls Council, where her team’s data analytics provide a benchmark for driving process enhancements.

Nancy incorporates and aligns multiple business stakeholders’ interests for goal congruence towards controls objectives. She has launched initiatives to support her strategy, such as regional controls reports and annual training schedules focused on policy alignment, controls awareness and implementing accounting standard changes; the strategy is a benchmark for controls practices globally. As the key liaison for external audits across AME, she successfully coordinates a structured audit monitoring process for more than 12 entities.

Nancy’s responsibilities extend beyond leading a high-performing, multi-cultural team – she is a member of the region’s Finance

Leadership Team and performs the chief of staff role for the CFO, supporting finance leadership initiatives.

Nancy’s humble background fuels her passion for coaching and mentoring young professionals for success. She carries out formal and informal mentorships within her organisation and was selected as a sponsor for the organisation’s Young Professional Network. She is an active member of the organisation’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Team, planning and executing events that support the D&I strategy.

Nancy is an alumni mentor of the Dream Girls Academy, an NPC supporting and empowering young females for personal development.
Outside her organisation, she demonstrates her commitment to uplifting others. She is a member of the Professional Development Sub-committee of African Women Chartered Accountants, which executes exam preparation and career development workshops for prospective African female CAs(SA).

Nancy is also a non-executive board member of Indalo Inclusive South Africa NPC, an organisation focused on promoting, advancing and strengthening eco-inclusive entrepreneurship.

She is a strong advocate for lifelong learning − she holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), attaining top student awards and course distinctions during her PGDip and MBA. Notably, she received a Top Student award in personal leadership development and a distinction in her dissertation on corporate governance for MNCs in developing economies. Nancy is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE).

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