Aakanksha is passionate about empowerment of the minorities and is a thought leader on matters close
to her heart representing the voiceless and minorities on matters of women empowerment, inequality
She commenced her career in Financial Services, specifically Asset Management in the financial markets
space. She has worked for some of the leading financial companies in South Africa such as Old Mutual,
JP Morgan and Sanlam. Thereafter, following her passion to make a difference at grass root levels, she
became a civil servant and joined the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and
Tourism, looking to grow the various sectors within the economy.
She completed her undergraduate studies from University of Cape Town, specializing in Statistics and
Mathematics and holds an MBA from University of Stellenbosch. She also holds the PRINCE2 project
management designation and is a risk management and alternative investments specialist. She was also selected as one of Top 200 Young Leaders in South Africa by Mail & Guardian.