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SIS Global Connect RSVP

RSVP for our Connect event on 16 October 2018



Rashied Small – Education & Training Executive

South African Institute of Professional Accountants

Professor Rashied Small is the Education & Training Executive at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) – one of the country’s leading accountancy institutes, representing and supporting its members to fulfil the increasing demands of businesses in South Africa’s growing economy by equipping the Professional Accountant (SA) with the latest knowledge, techniques and accreditation required to render key services.

His current position involves, among other things, providing input and support to aspiring Professional Accountants (SA); developing SAIPA’s CPD programmes; running the Fasset-SAIPA partnership: Project Achiever and Project Achiever Extended programmes; setting and moderating the SAIPA Professional Evaluation; consulting on educational and technical issues; presenting training and technical workshops; and assisting in providing input and comments to IFAC and accounting standards.

Rashied holds BCom, BSc CTA, BA, and MBA degrees; as well as holds a certificate in Outcomes Based Education, case study writing and action research.

For further information, please contact Rashied Small on 011 207-7840 or rsmall@saipa.co.za


Gary Griffin – Business Development Manager


As the 2007 recipient of the Accounting Deans bursary, Gary started his studies in B.com Accounting at the University of North West Potch in 2008. In 2012 he graduated with an honors degree in cost and management accounting as his major.

It was only during his SAICA articles, served at Crowe Horwath Sandton that he realised his actual passion lies with people, building relationships and assisting companies with streamlining their operations. This lead Gary to take on the role of Strategic Accounts Manager at Sage where he assisted accounting firms in making the transition to the cloud and assisting them with their digital transformation strategy.

In 2017 Gary decided it was time to write his SAIPA board exam which he passed in November 2017, placing first in Gauteng and second nationally during the prelim in August 2017 through the Project Achiever program.

Gary’s current role is Business Development Manager for Unit4 PSA and UBW in sub Saharan Africa focusing on Professional Service Companies. His passion for digital transformation and knowledge of accounting systems and business processed serve as the perfect fit when engaging with clients and helping them with their overall strategy and finding the best solution for their business.

Riedwaan Bassadien – Azure Open Source Sales and Marketing Leader

Microsoft South Africa

has over 25 years’ experience spanning Technical Engineering, Sales and Marketing. Born a talented computer programmer and destined to craft beautiful computer code for the rest of his life, he found the lure of business, sales and marketing too irresistible to ignore.

Presently he leads the Open Source Strategy at Microsoft South Africa and has been with the company for over 15 years.

In his free time, when he is not hacking electronic gadgets, drones and robots, he can be found spending quality time with his wife and son or strumming his guitar.