Ms Mahanyele runs her own finance capital, Sigma Capital, which she founded in 2016 after spending 12 years with the Shanduka Group.
"Phuti is the CEO of Shanduka Group (Pty) Ltd. She joined Shanduka in 2004 as the Managing Director of Shanduka Energy (Pty) Ltd. She was previously the 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 the firm 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 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 was awarded the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award ”by Rutgers University in 2011. She was awarded the “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. She was selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum. She was awarded the “Top in Project Finance, 2003” award by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP).
"Her academic qualifications are a BA Economics from Rutgers University (State University of New Jersey. USA) (1993) and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK (1996). She completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Programs” Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century”, at Harvard University in 2008."