Wihann Rabe Partner - Mazars Academy

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Experience

Wihann joined Mazars in 2009 as an undergraduate SAICA trainee accountant. He completed his degree with UNISA in 2013 and obtained his Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA). Wihann passed SAICA’s Initial Test of Competence (“ITC”) and successfully passed SAICA’s Assessment of Professional Competence (“APC”).

Wihann spent time abroad in 2015, gaining valuable experience at Mazars in France and was promoted to Senior Audit Manager in September 2017. As part of his role as an audit team leader, he was responsible for the operational effectiveness of plus-minus 40 trainee accountants during 2017 and 2018.

Wihann was promoted to Director in April 2019, and part of his role was to oversee the operations of Mazars Academy. During this time, he founded a new start-up for Mazars called Upskill Studios (Pty) Ltd. and is still responsible for overseeing the operations of Upskill as the entity grows.

Wihann is the lead for innovation at Mazars in South Africa and the chairman of the Mazars innovation steering committee. He works closely with the Mazars
executive committee to ensure strategic innovation projects are deployed across the firm. Wihann was promoted to audit partner in 2022 and is now responsible for a portfolio of audit clients.

Professional memberships

• SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants).
• Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).
• Vice-chair of SAICA’s Training Programme Sub-Committee (TPSC).

Sector experience

• Retail;
• Transport and Logistics;
• Sectional Title; and
• Leisure and Lifestyle Achievements
• SAICA Top 35 under 35 finalist (2017).

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