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Councillor Profile: Education committee

Letlhogonolo Tau – IIG Head of Education Portfolio and Head: Customer Relations Management at Sasria SOC
Letlhogonolo Tau has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Milpark Business School and is well-versed and qualified in the fields of short-term insurance and business. He worked for eight years in various roles for Standard Bank before moving to the American International Group (AIG) in 2011. In 2012 he joined Sasria SOC Ltd as their customer relations manager.

As the current head of customer relations management, Tau is responsible for the development and implementation of a sustainable gross written premium (GWP) growth strategy, increasing market share on targeted industries as well as business development.

Last year, in an effort to make a contribution in skills development and education within the industry, Tau joined the Insurance Institute of Gauteng (IIG) as a member of their education portfolio. For Tau developing skills and enhancing education within the insurance industry is a winning formula for industry sustainability and progression.

However, he is not all work and no play. In his spare time Tau enjoys spending quality time with his “lovely wife and eight-month-old energetic, beautiful daughter. And a camping trip with the boys is always a must for short-term relaxation, just to unwind and unplug. Being in the wilderness really refreshes my spirit,” says Tau.


Neesha Parbhoo – IIG Education Portfolio and Director at RFIB
Neesha has worked in the short-term insurance industry for over 12 years. Her key expertise are in the areas of short-term reinsurance, where she has held senior executive positions in multi-national companies. A passionate entrepreneur, Neesha has been the co-founder of two broking operations and has been responsible for bringing international Lloyd’s broker investment into South Africa.

Having successfully launched the Matrix brand in South Africa, together with Lee Ellis, former CEO of Guy Carpenter Africa, both were approached by RFIB to establish an African hub for their business in Johannesburg in 2016. The reputation and global capabilities of RFIB, headquartered in London, offered an attractive proposition and afforded a toolkit to develop a multi-faceted broking operation across the continent. Less than 24 months on, RFIB has significantly widened its spectrum of clients on the continent and Neesha has furthered her business development credentials through the delivery of strong results to shareholders and clients.

As a broker, Neesha has worked with a broad spectrum of insurers in South Africa and possesses a unique perspective of the ongoing practical and regulatory challenges facing the industry. Her experience enables her to interrogate insurer practices, to advise and to structure highly beneficial reinsurance programmes that align to customer needs. She is unyielding in ensuring the most exacting of service standards are adhered to and works tirelessly to exceed client expectations.

Neesha is passionate about the empowerment of women in business and is dedicated in her pursuit of equality in the boardroom and in the workplace as a whole. It is her fundamental belief that femininity and the attributes that define our disposition as women are a prerequisite to modern day, organisational competitiveness . To this end, Neesha is a frequent guest speaker on the subject of women in leadership and devotes much of her spare time promoting the enfranchisement of women at all levels, in all walks of life. Neesha is also involved in a number of mentorship programmes, developing the next generation of female industry leaders.

Neesha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science from WITS, completed her MBA from GIBS in 2015 and is set to complete her Masters in Actuarial Science by 2020.


Daphne Peter – IIG Education Portfolio and Head of Risk Finance at Hollard Insure
Daphne began her illustrious career in 1982 when she joined the finance team at Robert Enthoven Insurance Brokers. Here she was mentored and trained across all finance disciplines within the company.

Two years later she accepted a position within the company as an internal technical backup to the Corporate Team. This led Daphne to discover that she had a keen interest in all the technical aspects of Corporate Insurance Broking and this soon became one of her major strengths. The next 8 years found Daphne working across a diverse list of corporate accounts from various industries, which enabled her to gain in-depth insurance technical broking experience.

In 1993, the company was bought by Alexander Forbes after experiencing a number of mergers and Daphne was promoted to the Technical Director position of the broking technical team which dealt with large multinational accounts.  In this arena Daphne was exposed to large SA Multinational Companies with diverse insurance portfolios which solidified her technical knowledge.

Having spent 22 years in Corporate broking, Hollard Insurance came knocking on her door in 2005.  The timing was perfect to make a career change and she joined the Risk Finance Team, which she currently heads up.  In addition to her responsibility as the head of the division, she also plays a role on a couple of SAIA committees where her technical knowledge assists in adding value.

Throughout her career she has been mentored by what she believes are the most highly skilled individuals in the industry, all of whom have enriched her knowledge of insurance and contributed to her career positively. For this reason, she joined the IIG’s Education committee and is very excited to use her time, skill and knowledge to give back to the industry through this very important role.

Daphne is passionate about education and wants to ensure that whatever the IIG does under the Education pillar, it is imperative that it promotes the development of our people, nurtures talent and develops insurance expertise.

In her spare time Daphne enjoys reading and paper crafting.