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Ketso Gordhan
Chief Executive Officer at SA SME Fund


Studied for a BA at University of Durban Westville and a Masters in Development Economics at Sussex University in England. Was formerly married, 2 adult daughters.

Spent many years in the 1980s as an anti-Apartheid Activist, working for the United Democratic Fund, later for the ANC and this phase culminated with the role of campaign manager of the ANC election campaign in 1994.

Served as Director General of the Department of Transport in the Mandela Government and later as City Manager of Johannesburg.

Joined Rand Merchant Bank in 2001 and managed its Private Equity Business for 8 years. Have over the past decade, worked as CEO of cement company PPC, as head of Africa for the Commonwealth Development Corporation and been involved as an impact investor.

Currently CEO of the SA SME Fund, which will apply its R1.4bn to help create and grow small businesses with a focus on Black, African Entrepeneurs

Agenda Sessions

  • The future of Venture Capital in Africa