Rod Wolfenden
Driven to realise the potential of people and organisations.

Roderick G Wolfenden

EY Africa Markets Leader

Believer. Thinker. Family man. Sports enthusiast who loves photography, reading and contemporary jazz music.

Rod is EY’s Africa Managing Partner for Markets. He sits on our Africa Executive Committee and our EMEIA Markets Executive Committee. He is responsible for topline growth and ensuring that EY continues to build renown and distinction.

Previously, Rod was Africa Managing Partner for Advisory, where he led its significant transformation, accelerated its growth and deepened its digital transformation capability.

Rod previously worked in mobile telecoms at Africa’s largest mobile operator, focusing on strategy and M&A. He also worked in London, for a Fortune 500 company, as European Financial Analyst.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has attended senior leadership programmes at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Management. Rod is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business (University of Cape Town) and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Science (University of South Africa).

How Roderick is building a better working world

Rod lives his purpose and finds fulfilment in making positive difference in the lives of others, which he does in a variety of ways.

He mentors young professionals from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as a school principal from a low-income community. He raised funds and collected resources to open a library at this school, and he sits on the diversity sub-committee of another school’s board.

Rod has served on the Eldership and Council of his local church, and on the supervisory boards of the outreach ministry and an orphanage in a poor community.

He participates three-day cycling tours to raise funds for his church outreach programmes, all of which focus on supporting vulnerable groups, including child-headed households, elderly people with limited family and income support, and a Saturday school that supplements young children’s education.

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