Thando Manzi is full time GIBS faculty, management consultant, a qualified trade finance and IT professional with over 18 years’ experience in the corporate and business world. With an engineering, finance and information technology background, his career has shifted towards management consulting, coaching and lecturing in the fields of consumer behaviour, business management, project management and strategy.
Thando has delivered numerous IT and product solutions in the banking sector whilst working for major banks in South Africa in corporate and investment banking divisions, as well a major international bank with a strong trade and treasury services solutions footprint in Africa. In the senior management level finance and product development and management roles, Thando has dealt extensively with both large blue-chip multinational corporations as well as SMMEs in optimising the finance value chains, and taking advantage of digital trends and disruptive technologies to develop innovative products in both the banking and insurance sector with full P&L responsibility. Having done business development and strategy advisory work with development finance institutions and governments in Sub Saharan Africa, most notably Bayelsa State (Nigeria) where he ran the South African office of the Bayelsa Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC) to drive foreign direct investment into Bayelsa State as well as West and East Africa, he is skilled at executive level communications and consultancy in corporate and senior political offices.
His passion lies in the development of disruptive business strategies and consumer products that help multinational organisations, especially in Africa, take advantage of the latest online technological trends lead by digitalisation, the Internet of Things, Artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Other areas of interest include project management, consumer behaviour research and analysis, strategy execution and product solutioning for African markets and multinationals seeking to successfully enter African markets.