Phuti Mahanyele

BA (Economics), MBA


Phuti Mahanyele is the Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital an investment holding
company. Ms Mahanyele is the former CEO of Shanduka Group, an investment holding
company she joined 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.
Prior to the DBSA, 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.

She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She
mentors young professionals and supports 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.

In May 2016 she became a member of the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
She was awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award as well as
the Platinum Award by 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. In 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.
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 (ABSIP).

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 an independent Director of Blue
Label Telecoms Limited, Discovery Insure and Comair Limited. She is also on the
advisory board of Stellenbosch University Business School.


Julian Mixon



Julian Mixon is a finance and investment professional with over 12 years work experience in high-profile organisations with exposure to a variety of sectors that includes investment holding, financial services, mining, property, renewable energy, food & beverages, ICT and sport.

Since 2010, he has worked in the M&A space at Renowned BEE investment holding companies Phembani group and Shanduka group where he held various roles that included investment principal, M&A Transactor and Financial manager. Over the last 5 years he has been involved in a number of buy and sell side transactions with an average deal size of c. R200 million and also sat on the boards of a number of investee companies.

Prior to Shanduka, he served his TOPP articles at Microsoft and had a brief spell at ABSA.