In 1997 Phuti started her career in at Fieldstone in New York, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She became vice-president at Fieldstone in South Africa before heading the Project Finance Unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. With a BA Economics from Rutgers in the United States and an MBA from De Montfort in the United Kingdom, Phuti is the 2003 recipient of the Top in Project Finance from the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals. In 2007 she was nominated a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum. Phuti is now managing director of Shanduka Energy (Pty) Ltd, an invest- ment company primarily focused on electricity, oil and gas throughout the African continent. She is chairperson of Gigajoule Africa, Netgroup Solutions and Mondi Shanduka Newsprint and board member of Shanduka Group, Fevertree Consulting, Umbono Securities and BMF.
Lunch spot: Saigon