Phuti headed up the South Africa Project Finance unit at DBSA before joining Shanduka Group. 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. She is currently mentoring young professionals and students. Additionally 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 participating in the Life Champions coaching programme.
She received the “Top in Project Finance, 2003” award and was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business – Financial Services” in 2009
She was selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum.
She was listed as one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008” by the Wall Street Journal.
She was nominated “Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year” at the African Business Awards in 2009 hosted by African Business magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council.
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.
She is a member of the boards of a number of Shanduka Group investee companies