I got to chat with @Kvaati , his love for numbers and finance is definitely something about him that stands out. Inspiring a generation of nerds and making it cool lol. Enjoy the read and share widely.
- Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Jacques Kioko and many people know me by my chaotic Twitter handle @Kvaati. I love numbers especially if they relate to money. I am old. The supplements old. Of the I have a love-hate relationship with some football team from Manchester but that is a story for another day. I am a Senior Internal Auditor in one of the Premier Hospitals in the country.
- What did you study?
I took a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) and then topped up with a few professional courses among them CPA and CIA. I am currently struggling to finish my post-graduate in MSC Finance and Investments and CISA but 2021 has given me another chance.
- What does Your Job entail?
My role is basically to provide independent and objective assurance that the organizations established Internal control processes, risk management and governance are operating effectively through regular audits and/or special investigations. It is pretty interesting and challenging at the same time.
- What would be your advice for anyone looking to enter our line of work?
Please come and join us. It is an evolving profession across the world and there is so much to learn and offer. The basics are knowledge of how processes work and the touchpoints where efficiency and economy in the operations can be achieved.
- Your best social media platform?
This is the easiest question of the day; Twitter takes it… That is one platform where you can unwind, learn, laugh, engage with strangers on different topics of interest, banter on football, be enlightened (We learn every day). It is a platform where you can be connected to the next big opportunity of your life.
- What do you use social media for mostly?
For me, it’s to learn about different aspects of life and unwind.
- Name the top 5 businessmen/ corporate leaders you admire:
- Jeff Bezos
- Manu Chandaria
- Polycarp Igathe
- Bob Collymore (RIP)
- Edward Ouko (Former Auditor General.)
- What are your top 5 skills?
I would definitely say that these are skills I use for both my day-to-day work and life generally;
- Analytical Skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Communication Skills
- Listening Skills
- Accountability and Integrity.
- Which global companies would you love to work with most?
- Saudi Aramco
- John Hopkins University
In that order.
- What do you think can be done to improve the Kenyan economy?
I think everyone knows we have borrowed too much but that money is somehow not helping the economy. We need to slow down on borrowing as well as the run-away graft we have seen over the last few years.
Manufacturing needs to be revamped and supported. There is no way we will improve by importing everything including toothpicks.
- What would you advise your younger self?
You did your best Jack. Whether it was for character development or career development.
- Kindly tell us your parting shot in regards to both life and work:
“Book Smart and Street Smart aren’t just phrases we talk about, they are real. A blend of both is a big plus”
Also in the intense COVID Period in 2020, I learned that employment should be your second stream of income.