The NYDA CEO, Waseem Carrim (33) is one
of South Africa’s youngest-ever CEO’s bringing with him his belief in the
current young generation. Waseem believes that the current generation sees
integration and globalization not as threats but as opportunities for
education, exploration, employment, and exchange.
This generation sees differences of
pluralism and diversity not as a curse, but as a great gift. He believes that
together as a nation we can achieve much change, he is confident that the
future is brighter than the past, and that our best days are still ahead of us.
Long before he was appointed as CEO of
the NYDA, Waseem attended the University of Pretoria and received his BCom
Honours degree in Accounting Sciences in 2009. He began his career at the same
university, spending a year as an Academic article trainee, lecturing first to
third-year students in Accounting. He completed his article traineeship with
KPMG and was admitted as a member of the South African Institute of Chartered
Accountants (SAICA) in 2013. Waseem also holds a Master’s degree in Taxation
from the University of Pretoria.
After completing his articles, Waseem
joined KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice, where he served as a specialist
in public sector accounting and assurance matters and served on committees and
initiatives related to the public sector. He also served on committees relating
to social integration, as well as driving transformation initiatives in the
Chartered Accounting profession. He held a portfolio of audit clients, which he
managed within the public-sector space, one of which was the NYDA.
Waseem led the turnaround of the
finance and Supply Chain Management divisions that culminated in three clean
audits and a fundamental reduction in irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure. In 2016, Mr Carrim was named one of the
Top 35 under-35 Chartered Accountants by the SAICA. The Agency has praised the CEO for the
work he did turning around its finances. NYDA said in a statement:
“Mr Carrim has served as the Chief
Financial Officer (CFO) for the NYDA since 2014 at the age of 26. During this
period, he has presided over the turnaround of the NYDA finances. The
organisation has moved from a dire financial state to a viable one.”
From 2014, the NYDA moved from an
organisation characterised by wasteful and fruitless expenditure to the tune of
R100 million to an organisation of clean audit opinion. In the last financial
year, fruitless and wasteful expenditure amounted to R0.
In 2017, Mr Carrim was appointed as the
CEO of the NYDA and has driven a culture change within the agency. Under his leadership, the NYDA has
continued to move from good to great. During
the Financial Year 2019/2020, the agency achieved its sixth consecutive clean
audit, reinforcing the NYDA’s commitment to good governance.
Mr Carrim would like to see both
private and public sector rally behind youth development programmes which will
in turn enhance the livelihood of the young people of our country. Mr Carrim continues to fight for the
youth to access any opportunities that are available to them.