Mohamed CassimMohamed Cassim

South Africa


Occupational Information

Occupation: Professional field

Occupational Position: Managing Director of Abacus Advisory

Professional History

Mohamed Cassim is the managing director of Abacus Advisory, a niche consulting firm focused on challenging and transformative assignments on the African continent. He has advised leading corporations, multilateral organizations and governments on strategic organizational, financial and change-management initiatives. He enjoys working with people on assignments that promise high-impact or transformative outcomes. One of his recent engagements includes advising the President of Liberia, as part of a team from the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), on optimizing resource and strategic management across the Government of Liberia.

Another notable project that Mohamed participated in, from the treasury perspective, was the establishment of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Work on this involved defining new fund-flow pathways and associated governances for administrating funds accessible to the Agency (including approximately USD 10 billion annually in social grants). Mohamed is also a recognized expert on financial management issues and processes. He managed the effort to deliver a standardized chart of accounts for national and provincial government departments in South Africa, and was a key member of the team designing a process to regulate mega projects in South Africa.


Master of Business Administration degree from Bond University Financial Risk Management (FRM) qualification.


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.