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Cyril Madiba is a chartered accountant (CA(SA)) with financial services experience that cuts across auditing, investment banking, finance, change, and sales environments. Cyril is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF).


Cyril is an aspiring philanthropist with a passion for the personal development and empowerment of South Africa’s youth as well as inspiring the next generation of leaders. To this end, he has performed the following roles in addition to his role at CRF:

- the Managing Director of the Growth Switch, a platform he founded to coach the youth on their development journey.

- a published author of 5 books that outline the learnings he has had thus far based on his own personal and leadership journey.

- an avid motivational speaker on matters relating to youth development as well as leadership.

- the founder and Managing Director of CMEF, the Cyril Madiba Empowerment Foundation, which to date has positively impacted the lives of over 70 young South Africans.

- a board member at SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) as appointed by the SAICA members.

- a former board member at NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) as appointed by the Minister of Higher Education.

- a former member of the Adopt-A-School Foundation‘s Finance, Audit and Risk subcommittee.

- a former chairperson of the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust Advisory Board.

- a former board member at the Youth Managers Foundation (YMF).


Cyril’s work and dedication to the youth has not gone unrecognized. In 2020, Cyril was recognized as one of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Top 35 under 35 finalists. In 2021, he was recognized by the Hope Givers Foundation as a Community Builder Nominee which was followed in the same year by the Mail & Guardian’s recognition as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans.


There is still much more to be done to promote a culture of innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement for professional growth and youth development.

Through his foundation and his involvement in all youth empowerment related initiatives, coupled with his in-depth understanding of corporate finances and performance measurements, he believes he has a role to play in this mammoth task of improving the life of a South African child – and that is his mission.



Analytics  Writing     Problem Solving    Coaching Board Director
Mentoring    Stakeholder Management    Leadership    Advisory

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