Sat Oct 21 12:36:43 SAST 2017

Corporate champion Lesego Maphanga on top of the world

2017-03-15 12:45:08.0 | Abdul Milazi |

Systems engineer and transformation champion, Lesego Maphanga, has the world as his oyster.

Picture credit: Praise Magidi.

At only 27, the maths and science whizz sits on top of the pile at Standard Bank as process design manager responsible for finding new revenue streams and new ways of doing business.

He also has his own radio show on CliffCentral called Gentlemen By Choice, and is founder of a social entrepreneurship movement called Unplugged and In Charge.

Standard Bank headhunted him straight from the University of Pretoria, after completing his research paper titled "Re-engineering how Corporates view social impact" in his honours year in 2014.

He began working in the Business Transformation and Enablement unit at Standard Bank in Rosebank.

He says he excelled in maths and science at school but was also very entrepreneurial.

"I wanted a career where I could marry all of these components. I studied industrial and systems engineering which was a lot of maths and science. Now I'm a manager at Standard Bank and host a radio show on CliffCentral which is my entrepreneurial spirit shining," says Maphanga.

He says the person who inspires him the most is Standard Bank group regional executive head Lincoln Mali, who is responsible for Nigeria, Ghana, Angola and Namibia.

"I've yet to meet a person with such grounded leadership resolve. He understands people and truly values them while nudging them to fulfil their potential."

Maphanga says his most embarrassing moment was in Grade 10, when he got the lowest mark in class (28%).

"From that day, I vowed to be a distinction student throughout my academic career, and so I was."

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