Marjorie forged her own path through consistent effort and tremendous hard work. This is her story.
The Story Begins
Marjorie was born in the UK and raised in vibrant and diverse post-independence Zimbabwe where she completed her primary and secondary education.
She returned to the UK to pursue degree studies in Actuarial Science at the London School of Economics. Due to financial challenges she was unable to complete her undergraduate studies and she entered the workplace as a school leaver.
Despite not holding an undergraduate degree she undertook professional examinations while working. She studied and completed a taxation qualification before qualifying as an actuary in 2006.
She has worked and lived internationally and continues to grow her global network.
She has held a number of leadership roles having taken an early interest in service and volunteering when she was elected as Junior Deputy Mayor of the City of Harare at the age of 17.
Marjorie enjoys music and in her early years in London she was lead singer in a 70s disco band.
Marjorie is proud to have served as the first president of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries to be based outside the UK. She is also the youngest president in the IFoA’s 160 year history, the third female and the first person of colour to have held this role.
As well as being a speaker and consultant, she currently serves as a non executive director on a number of boards in the insurance and not for profit sector in South Africa.
In the press
Under the Spotlight – Marjorie Ngwenya
The actuarial qualification was still emerging in Zimbabwe when Marjorie Ngwenya was growing up, but that didn’t stop the now President of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) from advancing in the profession. Here, she tells us about her favourite sport, hobbies, work history, career advice and the legacy she hopes to leave.
PowerFM interview, May 2016 (audio)