Professor Nirupa Padia has become the first non-white woman to head the School of Accountancy, adding to her groundbreaking achievements in recent years. This young PIO is an Associate Professor in Auditing, and has now come full circle having being appointed as the Head of the School of Accountancy at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) – her Alma Mater where she first completed her B. Com degree in 1985. At that time, with three yough children to be cared for, she opted for a lull in her academic career. Ten years onward, Ms Padia resumed studies, this time going in for a Bachelor’s in Accountancy. She then did her articles at Price Waterhouse Coopers, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. This energetic and inspiring lady then went back to Wits, not as a student but as a lecturer. Her children are now professional dentists. She made significant contributions to develop undergraduate and post graduate modules as a lecturer, and at the same time has continued to further her studies. Her students were consistently at the top ten in the examinations set by the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). Ms Padia serves on the Auditing Guidance Committee of this Institute as well as the PwC Business School. She also teaches Yoga at the Art of Living Foundation.

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