Zakiyya Cassimjee


Job Title: CIO

Company: Astute FSE


Zakiyya Cassimjee is an executive responsible for the project and operations space for a financial services company with vast experience over several industries including finance, insurance, and banking. Heading up the team whose mandate it is to both deliver the operational and strategic objectives of the organization. She's also passionate about leadership and diversity transformation within the corporate environment and uplifting women.

2021 - Present Chief Information Officer, Astute - The Financial Services Exchange
2020 - 2021 Executive : Project & Operations , Astute - The Financial Services Exchange
2019 - 2019 Project Delivery Manager Consultant, Comair Limited
2017 - 2019  Delivery Consultant, IQbusiness South Africa
2016 - 2017 Program Delivery Manager, Smollan
2014 - 2016 Program Manager, PPS
2012 - 2014 IT Project Manager & Scrum Master, Discovery Holdings
2012 - 2012 Functional Consultant, FOXit 
2008 - 2012 I.T Project Manager, Nedbank
2001 - 2008 Cobol Programmer, Nedbank

2021 - 2022 Master of Business Administration - MBA, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University
2015 - 2015 P3O Practitioner ( Portfolio, Programme and Project Management), AXELOS 
2013 - 2013 Certified Scrum Master, Scum Sense
2012 - 2012 Practitioner, Information Technology Project Management, AXELOS
2009 - 2010 AdvDIP in project management, Cranefield College of Project Management

About Astute FSE: Astute FSE was launched in 2000 as a collaborative effort between the major Life Insurers in South Africa. We provide intermediaries with a single point-of-entry to client’s investment and insurance portfolio data. We are trusted by more than 20,000 intermediaries and we are fully integrated into the business systems and processes of many Life Insurers in South Africa, with more than 150 integration points. This allows us to keep in line with our strategic objective of providing a Single view of the client. Our service offering includes integrations into regulatory offices and government departments to detect and prevent fraud, as well as assist our clients in complying with legislative requirements.


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