The indomitable, inimitable Nik Rabinowitz will once again be emceeing at the annual CFO Awards.
Every year, over 350 top CFOs, VIPs and business partners attend the CFO Awards, which recognise CFOs for outstanding performance and leadership, to enjoy networking, a scrumptious dinner and excellent entertainment.
Emceeing again this year will be veteran stand-up comedian Nik Rabinowitz, filling in the gaps in the proceedings with his inimitable brand of irreverent humour that’s very different from anything you might hear in a boardroom.
“The Oscars of the Finance Industry is one of the highlights of my year. After graduating from UCT with an honours degree in Business Science, I became a stand0-up comic so I wouldn’t have to attend accounting Christmas parties. And look at me now, going to one in May!”
About the theme for the 2019 awards, he said the following:
“This year’s CFO Awards theme is PW Botha’s favourite: ‘ADAPT OR DIE’. Last year it was ‘Do the Right Thing’, which sounded a lot like a theme for the year-end Grade R play, after a particularly bad year of bullying at the school.”
Nik was also the MC for the 2017 and 2018 CFO Awards, and has poked fun at everything from his Jewish heritage and mid-life crises to nominees’ Twitter accounts and parliamentary debates.
Nik grew was raised in Constantia, Cape Town. He sports an impressive list of achievements, including representing South Africa at the Jewish Olympics, which he says “is like the Special Olympics, with more accountants.”
He has performed internationally, in countries including Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Zimbabwe. He’s been a guest on BBC 2’s Mock the Week, performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and has “intentionally driven on the wrong side of the road in Nigeria.”
He’s already amped for his evening with South Africa’s top finance professionals: “Can’t wait to see you on the Red Carpet!” he says.