60 Seconds with Zenzi Tinkorang, Underwriter

As a child, what was your dream job?

As a child, I thought it would be cool to have a job as an air hostess. I dreamt about the luxury of travelling around the world and experiencing the diversity of different countries. It was only when I realised that I was actually scared of heights that I decided against it.

 

Do you have any secret talents?

It’s no longer going to be a secret, but I’m a pretty decent boxer. I love going for boxing classes to keep fit and let out some steam.

 

What is the best advice you have received?

Say yes to every opportunity. Even if, at that moment, you don't know how to solve it, you'll find a solution. Every solution was once a problem which had to be solved and that’s how people become leaders.

"A large part of underwriting is carried out on a human level, which takes into consideration the whole picture to arrive at a decision."

Who is your all-time hero, and why?

It may sound like a cliché, but my all-time hero is my Mum. After more than 20 years of working with my Dad, she has taken the leap to start her own business, fulfilling her passion and I am super proud of her.

 

What is the biggest misconception about your job?

The biggest misconception of my job is that underwriters rely heavily on systems to make a decision. That's far from the case at Pepper Money, as a large part of underwriting is carried out on a human level, which takes into consideration the whole picture to arrive at a decision.

 

What do you like to do after work to unwind?

There are a few things I like to do, but on top of my list currently is an hour in the gym, followed by relaxation in the sauna and Jacuzzi.

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