With a deep sense of empathy and purpose, Matsi speaks to ‘swopping glamorous Sandton employment’ for entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship activism, embracing curiosity, the unknown, never settling, leading with heart, how words land, and constantly asking “how can we do more” . Maktub, it is written.
Matsi Modise is the founding CEO of Furaha Afrika Holdings, a Pan-African company with subsidiaries including Furaha Solutions (a partnership with Workforce Holdings, listed AltX-JSE company), Furaha Enterprise Development and Furaha Advisory. Matsi's experience ranges through Investment Banking, Enterprise Development and higher learning.
Incredibly, Matsi is also the Vice Chairperson of SiMODiSA, a South African entrepreneurship industry association. She currently sits on the Agri-Vie Private Equity Fund; The Gauteng Gambling Board, The Innovation Hub as a Non-Executive Director and Orange Corners, an incubation initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and is a subcommittee member of the South African Venture Capital/ Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Innovation Management committee. In 2016, Matsi was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the Top 50 Global Shapers to attend the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and was named one of the Top 30 African leaders in technology, business, art, science, politics, design and media by Quartz Media Africa. She has won numerous awards and global recognition and was named one of the Top 100 Young Independent Disruptors by Independent Day Media, and the Coca –Cola Young Achiever of the year award at the Women In Leadership – Africa Summit.