Investment Director

Ofentse Pelle

Partner & Investment Director

Ofentse joined Sanari as one of the team’s senior investment executives in 2020, bringing a combination of entrepreneurial and corporate experience. With more than a decade in investment banking, private equity and venture capital in South Africa, Ofentse managed a boutique private equity firm, Frontier Impact Fund, before joining Sanari.

Ofentse spent the majority of his career at Investec as a financial engineering consultant on the Equity Structuring team. During this time, he was responsible for sourcing, structuring and executing derivative-based transactions over South African listed equities for hedging and monetisation purposes, as well as B-BBEE and stock accumulation transactions. After completing his MBA, Ofentse moved to San Francisco to join a synthetic biology start up, and later worked on his own entrepreneurial ventures, both in the US and South Africa. Ofentse started his professional career as a financial accountant at Eskom.

Ofentse is a CFA Charterholder. He holds an MBA from INSEAD where his areas of interest were strategy, business model innovation and entrepreneurship. He obtained his BCom Finance from the University of Johannesburg.

Get to know Ofentse better…

My passion for what I do comes from my desire to fulfil my innate entrepreneurial ambitions while leveraging my formal education and professional experience. At Sanari I do just that and extend this further to my work with our portfolio.

I look for business models that are adaptable to an ever-changing world. Businesses that solve today’s problems while embracing tomorrow’s technologies. I contribute my varied experiences from vastly different organisations and geographies. I’ve also explored tech ecosystems across the world and bring those learnings back to SA.

In its DNA, Sanari believes in the positive developmental impact it can make through its work. We can promote job creation and skills development in the markets where the impact is the greatest.