Co-owner of African Financial Group
Dr. Vuyo Mahlati is the Principal Consultant and Co-owner of African Financial Group (AFG) responsible for Pan African and Emerging Markets Innovative Financial Solutions. AFG has a joint venture with Bridge Capital. Dr. Vuyo is the current President of the International Women’s Forum South Africa. In May 2010 she was appointed by the President to serve as one of the inaugural members of South Africa’s National Planning Commission for five years. She formed part of the team that released South Africa’s National Development Plan, adopted as the national strategic framework by Cabinet and Parliament in 2012. In March 2009 she was a South African Delegate and Technical Advisor for the Presidency to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women where she presented on the Financial Crisis theme. This enhanced South Africa’s contribution to bringing urgency and intensifying the global call for inclusive economic growth and development.
Vuyo holds a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch. Her thesis focused on the role of value chains in mainstreaming rural entrepreneurs into global markets, and was the only one selected by the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences to be presented at the University’s inaugural New Voices in Science Colloquium. She obtained her M Sc from the UK London School of Economics. Her directorships include being the non-executive director of Lion of Africa Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Listed Brimstone Investment Company. She has served two terms as the Chairperson of the South African Post Office Board of Directors, which includes the Post Bank. She previously served for two terms as member of the Financial Markets Advisory Board as well as member of the Financial Services Board Licensing Committee. Previous private initiatives include being a director of fund manager Umbono Capital (now One Stone).
Vuyo is the independent member of the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) Agro-processing Competitive Fund. She serves as member of the Global Advisory Council of Corporate Women Directors International based in Washington DC, USA and is also on the Global Advisory Council of the Global Entrepreneurial Hub Network in Vienna.
She is the recipient of the 2008 Black Management Forum Presidential Award for Transformational Leadership, as well as the Black Business Executive/ABSA Kaelo (Guidance and wisdom) Award. In 2012 she was the finalist for the 11th Van Ryn’s BBQ Public Visionary Award.