Riaz started his career in the ICT Financial Services sector as an IT professional across the disciplines of programming, business analysis and project and team management. He was employed at Nedbank, Old Mutual and SITA (State IT Agency). After a successful career spanning 10 years, he co-founded Telecoms Services company Motivity (Pty) Ltd, serving as COO initially and then as CEO. Motivity achieved a turnover of about R150m, employed about 400 telecoms professional staff and provided support services to the major telecommunication companies. After selling the bulk of his shares in Motivity, Riaz became a founding member of Apexeon (Pty) Ltd and serves as COO.