Pravashni Nirghin, CA(SA)

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Pravashni Nirghin, CA(SA)

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Pravashni Nirghin is an accomplished Chartered Accountant (South Africa) with over 17 years of extensive experience in finance, specialising in managing overall financial functions, group and statutory financial reporting, and strategic financial planning. Proficient in multi-currency accounting, business unit acquisitions, and disposals.

Pravashni is not just a seasoned finance professional but also an exceptional team leader. Her leadership style is defined by a commitment to empowering her teams, fostering an environment where individuals thrive and contribute their best. She sets high standards, encouraging her team members to reach their fullest potential while providing guidance and support. Pravashni’s approach involves nurturing talent, promoting collaboration, and instilling a sense of accountability. Her ability to lead by example inspires those around her to deliver exceptional results, fostering a culture of excellence and achievement within her teams.

Pravashni’s career is punctuated by a series of remarkable accomplishments that underscore her exceptional abilities and contributions. She’s been the driving force behind numerous successful initiatives, notably spearheading pivotal group-wide implementations and continual improvements within Vodacom. Her dedication has earned her prestigious Long Service Awards, along with recognition as a Top Performer. Beyond her professional realm, Pravashni actively engages in community initiatives, leveraging her expertise and leadership to make meaningful contributions both professionally and personally. Her impact extends far beyond the confines of her roles, reflecting a commitment to excellence and a profound dedication to making a positive difference.

Education:

  • Postgraduate Degree in Digital Business – University of Witwatersrand Business School
  • Qualified Chartered Accountant – South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Honours in Bachelor of Accounting Science – University of South Africa
  • Bachelor of Commerce – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Experience:

Hulamin: Pravashni is an accomplished professional serving as the Head of Group Financial Reporting since September 2022. In this role, she oversees the Group’s financial accounting policies and procedures, ensuring the accuracy, timeliness, and integrity of consolidated financial records, reports, and statements. Her responsibilities extend to providing comprehensive JSE and statutory financial reporting. Pravashni actively collaborates with Financial Managers to support subsidiaries’ needs by implementing top-tier accounting practices. Moreover, she is currently serving as the Acting CFO from October 2023, demonstrating exceptional leadership and financial acumen in steering the company’s

financial strategy. Her contributions include the delivery and maintenance of a robust finance control framework, emphasising compliance and providing necessary training across the organisation.

Vodacom Group Limited, Midrand, Johannesburg

  • Principal Specialist: Consolidation (January 2020 – August 2022)
    • Responsible for producing consolidated financial results, ensuring compliance with IFRS and shareholder guidelines.
    • Oversight of month-end and year-end consolidations, budgeting, and forecasting.
    • Management of acquisitions, disposals, and multi-currency entities in Hyperion.
    • Strengthened internal controls and streamlined financial reporting, contributing to improved efficiency.
  • Senior Specialist: Compliance (October 2018 – December 2019)
    • Preparation of group financial statements
    • Ensured subsidiary compliance with IFRS accounting standards.
    • Collaborated on introducing WDesk for annual financial statements.
    • Facilitated external reporting for shareholder obligations, XBRL submission, and training on revised accounting policies.
  • Senior Accountant Consolidations / Senior Specialist Consolidations (August 2006 – September 2018)
    • Led intercompany transactions, group consolidations, reconciliations, and compliance with IFRS for local and foreign entities.
    • Played a pivotal role in maintaining accuracy and compliance within the statutory pack.
    • Supervised intercompany processes, training, and implementation of new accounting policies.

Previous Roles:

  • Administration Manager at Clinix Healthcare Group
  • Audit Clerk at Desai, Bhagat and Jeena
  • Bookkeeper at Taxperts

Pravashni is the embodiment of commitment, expertise, and leadership, paving the way for excellence in financial management while nurturing a culture of continuous growth within organisations. Her legacy extends beyond achievements, resonating in the systems she’s meticulously crafted, which outlive her tenure, benefiting successive teams. Pravashni’s adeptness at building robust frameworks and empowering teams ensures that the seeds of success she sows continue to flourish well into the future, leaving an enduring impact on the organisations she serves.