Phuti Mahanyele

Phuti Mahanyele is the Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital and the former CEO of Shanduka Group, an investment holding company. She joined Shanduka in 2004 and left in 2015.

Prior to that, she was the Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Before that she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets which she joined in 1997 in New York. She later transferred to the South African office.

In 2013 she was awarded a “Distinguished Achievement” by The Douglass Society, and the Africa Investors recognised Ms Mahanyele as a “Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year” in 2012. A year earlier, Rutgers University conferred on her the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award” and 5 years after that, she received a Distinguished Alumni award.

In 2014, she was awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award as well as the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards.

2009 saw Phuti Mahanyele being named the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business’ by Financial Services. The Wall Street Journal counted her among one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch”. Ms. Mahanyele was also selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum.

She was awarded “Top in Project Finance, 2003” by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals.

She holds a BA Economics from Rutgers University, USA , and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Ms Mahanyele completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ at Harvard University in 2008. She is on the board of Comair Limited, Reunert and Blue Label and is also on the advisory board of Stellenbosch University. She chairs the Brain Academy which supports professionals in corporate Africa.

Phuti mentors young professionals and supports students and is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and a Patron of the Bosele Foundation.