Manuel Rodrigues, CFO of African Operations and MD of Escolha Do Povo (EDP) Mozambique, has been announced as the overall winner of the 2020 Top 35-under-35 chartered accountants [CA(SA)] award.
The 34-year-old always wanted to change the world but realised soon enough it’s not about the world as a whole, but rather about growth in small underprivileged communities. He therefore changed his philosophy of changing the world to changing their world, and he has certainly succeeded. The judges were blown away by Manuel’s impact on the communities in Mozambique and the fact that he went and learnt two different languages to make sure that he interacts with people on the ground and with the locals.
The Top-35-under-35 competition was launched by The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in 2014 to recognise its young CA(SA) achievers. It has proven to be a huge success in recognising and promoting young CAs(SA) under the age of 35, who are not just achieving extraordinary results in their professional capacity, but also have a significant impact on society.