Chief Executive Officer
MBA (Finance) – University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
BCom. Hons (Econometrics & Financial Economics)
FSCA CAT II KI RE1 I RE5 I RE3
Yvonne began her career as an economic analyst conducting macro-economic research at Credit Suisse (SA) in 2000. She later joined Standard Bank CIB (Global markets) where she served as a a derivatives trader and structurer responsible for promoting interest rate and cross-currency hedging strategies for SA corporates, SOE’s and organizations across the African continent.
In 2007, she began her private equity career at Actis Private Equity as a member of the Pan-African investment team.She later joined the Liberty group where she was a Divisional Director at Libfin performing on-balance sheet private equity, senior debt & credit investments and distribution. She also served as a private equity specialist fundraiser at STANLIB.
In 2016, she became a partner at Bopa Moruo, a mid-market PE fund manager where she was a member of the investment team and led fundraising & investor relations initiatives. She also engaged in operational PE fund set-up activities including legal, regulatory and administration considerations.
She currently serves on various Boards including Kelpack Manufacturing, SA Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SAVCA), ABSA’s flagship New Funds ETF board and Merrill Lynch SA (Bank of America) BEE charitable trust.
MBA (General) – Wits Business School (SA)
International MBA exchange program (Finance)
Certificate Programme Leadership Coaching
BSci. (Mathematics and Computer Science)
Lerato’s investment management career started in 2003 at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) where she was an investment associate in the private equity division. She worked on a number of transactions before moving within the company to head Post-Investment Management, setting up systems, structures and procedures to support and manage a portfolio of assets across various industries including Manufacturing and ICT.
In 2006 she joined CIDA Empowerment Fund as an Executive Director and thereafter served as the CEO of Nozala Investments, a formidable women owned private equity investment holding company.
Lerato later joined T-Systems as an Executive responsible for the management and growth of a portfolio of diverse customer segments.
In 2013 Lerato started her own company Sweeney’s Paint, a 100% black female owned company that supplies paint products and painting services to retail and commercial clients in Gauteng. Through her management of the business the company has grown and is currently operating profitably under her strategic guidance as Non-Executive Chair.
Lerato is Chair of the CIDA Empowerment Trust and Chair of the Fluor Development Trust. She also serves on the boards of FedGroup Holdings and Right to Care NPC.
PG DIP. (Corporate Governance)
MDP (B-BBEE Management Programme)
BCom. (Economics and Marketing Management)
Cert. Social Entrepreneurship Programme
Makibinyane is a highly experienced, award-winning young serial entrepreneur who is wholly committed to economic transformation and inclusive growth. He fully believes in all plans (UN SDGs, AU Agenda 2063 and SAs NDP) that seek to eliminate poverty and bring about equality in Southern Africa. Through his numerous business endeavours, he’s been able to create and establish programmes that are centred on creating opportunities for the disadvantaged, especially the youth and women.
In 2009 he co-founded Jobsonline.co.ls (2009), the only job portal dedicated to job seekers in Lesotho at the time. He later in 2013 joined Twiga Services and Logistics a defense vehicle, equipment and systems manufacturer and supplier as the Marketing Specialist. Makibinyane then moved to Motebong Tourism Investment Holdings in 2015, a sspecialized resorts and high-performance facilities tourism company as an Executive Assistant to the Chairman. He then joined Kukanang Investments in 2016 as a Director, an investment company with interests in ICT and mining.
In 2017 Makibinyane founded another company Tshokoma Business Consultancy, a B-BBEE advisory firm, who’s client list includes Net1 & its subsidiaries, Vukile Property Fund and Biotech Laboratories.
Makibinyane is currently the Managing Director of Tshokoma Business Consultancy and the Vice President of the Youth Economic Alliance. He is a policy committee member of the South African Institute of Black Property Practioners. A Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network; as well as the creator and Chairman of Letolo Technology Incubator (seed accelerator and incubator focused on young digital entrepreneurs) and Wanawake Market (enterprise accelerator and enterprise supplier development programme for young female entrepreneurs).
In these various roles, he has managed to hone his skills and competence in Corporate Governance, Small Business Development and Shared Value Creation, augmenting these with the completion of GIBS’ Social Entrepreneurship Programme and the B-BBEE Management Programme with Unisa and Wits.
As Vice-President of the Youth Economic Alliance, he has led South African delegations to Tunisia and the United Kingdom on issues revolving around collaboration in emerging technologies and venture capital. He continues to be an important role player in advancing the on-going policy discussions surrounding the role of the youth in the mainstream economy and have been a guiding light to many young entrepreneurs across the Southern African region.