Phuti Mahanyele is the former CEO of Shanduka Group, a multi-billion rand diversified African investment holding company that was established in 2001. She 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 specializing in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined Fieldstone in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office.
She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Blue Label Telecoms Limited, Comair Limited and Reunert Limited.
She is a recipient of numerous awards. In 2014 she received the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award, as well as the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBC Awards. In 2013 she was awarded a “Distinguished Achievement” by The Douglass Society, and the Africa Investors recognized 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 2011. In 2009 she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business by Financial Services. And Wall Street Journal counted her among “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 was 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 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.