Phuti Mahanyele is Chairman of Sigma Capital. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Shanduka Group, a company she joined in 2004 and left in 2015. Previously, she was Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and was Vice-President at Fieldstone, an international firm specializing in the financing of infrastructure assets. Mahanyele is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme, led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She is also a Patron of NEET (National Education Empowerment Trust). Mahanyele is the recipient of numerous awards, including Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year by Africa Investors in 2012, Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award by Rutgers University in 2011 and Most Influential Woman in Government and Business - Financial Services in 2009. She was listed as one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008” by The Wall Street Journal. Mahanyele has a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from De Montfort University.