Phuti Mahanyele is currently the Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital is the former CEO of Shanduka Group, a multi-billion rand diversified African investment holding company that was established in 2001. Shanduka held a diversified portfolio of listed and unlisted investments, with holdings in various sectors including resources, telecoms, real estate, energy, industrials and food & beverage, across various jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Mauritius and Ghana. She joined Shanduka in 2004 as the Managing Director of Shanduka Energy. Ms Mahanyele was previously Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Prior to that she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office.
In her tenure as CEO of Shanduka Group, she held directorships with a number of companies, including inter alia Lonmin Plc, Mondi, McDonalds SA, Coca Cola Shanduka Beverages, Macsteel and Helios Towers (Nigeria). She has been awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award and the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards in 2014. 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, 2011 Rutgers University conferred on her the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award”. In 2009 she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business by Financial Services”. And Wall Street Journal counted her among one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008”. Ms Mahanyele was also selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum and awarded “Top in Project Finance, 2003” by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP).
She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She is currently mentoring young professionals and students. She is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people. She is also a Patron of NEET (National Education Empowerment Trust). She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Blue Label Telecoms Limited, Comair Limited and Reunert Limited.
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.