Fellowship Year: 2023
Nationality: South Africa
Job Title: Principal and Head of Africa
Organisation: CommerzVentures


Job Title: Principal and Head of Africa

Organisation: CommerzVentures

Professional History: Hangwi is the Principal and Head of Africa at CommerzVentures, a specialist fintech venture capital fund. She is a tech investor and strategic advisor who has built a career that connects investment, innovation and technology, with significant experience across the African continent. She began her investment career as a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) investment banker at Deutsche Bank, then went on to early-stage venture capital and impact investing in South Africa. Following that, she continued to build her investment portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa when she joined the CDC Group (now British International Investment - BII) in London.
Hangwi also spent part of her corporate career as Vice President at Barclays Africa (later rebranded to Absa), driving the digital transformation and innovation strategy for the bank across its African markets, as well as leading various new business ventures within the bank in a collaborative effort to seize growth opportunities across the continent.
Hangwi sits on several boards in private equity, fintech, and agriculture across South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt and Zambia. She is also an ambassador for One Young World and a life coach to young professionals.

Academic and professional credentials: Bachelor of Business Science - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Master of Business Administration - University of Oxford



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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.