Phumlani Nkontwana

Lecturer, Stellenbosh University

Phumlani holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from the University of Johannesburg and a BCom degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Cape Town. Phumlani has conducted economic research for DNA Economics (Pty) Ltd and Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) in Pretoria and Cape Town respectively. He is a Richard Branson Entrepreneur, Seed Institute Entrepreneur and Founding Director at Fuata Africa ( He is also a member of the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty at Stellenbosch University and has just commenced with his PhD studies there.

In 2009, Phumlani cut his teeth in entrepreneurial fund management through the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (AGOF), where he looked after the entrepreneurial leadership programme of the Gauteng Region. The Programme imparts entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and attitudes to participants across South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland & Botswana. Phumlani is the co-founder of the AGOF’s flagship entrepreneurial development programme still used to date. Since then, Phumlani has run and managed prominent entrepreneurship funds for blue-chip local and international companies such as Multichoice, Transnet, Total, J.P. Morgan, Philips, African Union and Germany Ministry of International Development and Cooperation (GIZ) with thousands of entrepreneurs and growing enterprises impacted. He is a One Young World Ambassador, a title obtained after being part of the African delegation at the One Young World Summit in Switzerland 2011. He was also recognized as one of the top 200 young South Africans by Mail & Guardian (2012). 

Phumlani recently completed a short course at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) in July 2016. The course was on designing impactful and innovative entrepreneurship programmes.