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Zukie Siyotula

Zukie Siyotula

Thebe Capital (CEO)

Zukie is the Chief Executive Officer for Thebe Capital, which houses strategic investments in companies like Shell SA, Altech Netstar, Vodacom, Combined Motor Holdings, and Safripol. She has diverse professional experience in areas such as finance, corporate governance, strategy, restructuring, investment management, business development, sales and distribution. Prior to joining Thebe, Zukie held various senior positions such as Barclays Africa Group Holding inlcuding CFO for Wealth Management and COO for Africa Finance. Before this, she was the head of Franchise & Umbono Distribution at Old Mutual Retail Mass, looking after alternative distribution channels. She was also a Strategic Investment Manager at Royal Bafokeng Holdings and held various roles at South African Breweries.

Zukie is a chartered accountant (SA) and a Chartered Managemetn Accountant (UK), who was ranked top student in South Africa on completion. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is currently completing an executive program with Harvard and Insead. She has served on public and private sector boards, as well as non-profit organisations and professional bodies such as ABSIP, ACWA and SAICA.

She is also a founding member of the African Leadership Network (ALN), an invitation only network of dynamic African leaders whose aim is to power Africa’s prosperity as well as Graca Machel’s New Faces New Voices Network (NVNF) which aims to spur on change in business and finance by harnessing the potential of women in Africa. 

In her career she has won a number of business awards in recognition of her achievements. She won the Top Emerging Talent Award at the 2009 ABSIP Financial Services Awards and was featured in the Top 40 women under 40 by Destiny Magazine in November 2010. She was also named as one of the 2011 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans and won the Corporate Category Award in the Business Woman Association 2011 Regional Achiever Awards. Recently she was awarded the prestigious Fortune Most Powerful Women Global Mentoring Exchange Program in New York and the Vital Voices Global Ambassadors Program and is part of their Global Leadership Network. Recently she has been awarded the prestigious International Women’s Forum Leadership Fellowship with Harvard & Insead