Max MacKenzie was brought up in Zimbabwe where he attended Plum tree school. After that he read for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg). He did a brief spell as a school teacher before entering the commercial world as an accountant. Over eight years he held a broad range of financial positions across several different industries (retail, financial, leisure and services) working in both the UK and Zimbabwe. His last commercial position was that of financial manager in a service industry, which he held for three years.
Eleven years ago he came to Johannesburg to study for his MBA and really enjoyed the experience. On graduation he was offered a position on the staff to lecture accounting and finance. During his long association with Wits Business School Max has held several positions and taught across a broad spectrum of levels. He gets great enjoyment from demystifying introductory finance and the more specialised work he does in Strategic and Project Finance.
Max is currently working as a freelance educator and continuing to pursue his passions for finance and developing people. He is also enjoying searching for a more obvious link between the classroom and the operational success of the organisation as he believes this is an opportunity for improvement in most training and development initiatives. His interest in the numbers currently sits with statistics and analytics as a bridge between the boardroom and operational KPI’s. Max has twice received the prestigious full-time lecturer of the year award from WBS.