The nature-loving actuary
Gys Els, who’s an actuarial strategist at BrightRock, started his life in a small town called Brits on the outskirts of Pretoria. At the age of 15 his family moved to Switzerland where he completed high school. “I quickly realised that I wasn’t going to make it as a professional snowboarder (you need good balance) and I really missed braaivleis, biltong, the bushveld and the luxury of sunshine, and I moved back to South Africa to study actuarial science at Stellenbosch University.” After graduating in 2006, Gys left the tranquillity of the winelands for the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to work in the life insurance industry. On weekends, Gys enjoys spending time in the bushveld with his wife and two insufferably naughty but sweet Staffie kids: Zeus and Zara.