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Our staff is made up of individuals from different backgrounds who use their experience in the financial, governance, private equity, and business rescue worlds to help businesses and restore companies to good health and growth.

Check out the people who make FyreFem such a great firm.

Cathy Goddard

Cathy Goddard

FyreFem CEO

Cathy originates, assesses and structures all new transactions. A Business Rescue Practitioner and Private Equity player and seasoned investment committee member, Cathy has experience and skills also as merchant banker, corporate financier, and always asks the right questions when evaluating a great deal.

Her career in venture capital, private equity, M&A advisory and banking has given Cathy exposure to various sectors including, amongst others, hardware technology, food, consumer goods, housing, manufacturing, mining, financial services, fintech, healthcare, transportation, and logistics.

Cathy has extensive venture capital and private equity experience given her board, investment committee and operational roles the industry. She was a board member of the Southern African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, but is rotated off this board in September 2022, given her long tenure on that board. Cathy’s SME business rescue skills are also invaluable in debt and equity investment processes.

Cathy is passionate about making an impact and investing to solve global challenges. She believes in working with businesses which are headed by purpose-driven teams. Her specific areas of interest relate to Gender and Diversity, Food Sustainability, as well as SMEs and Jobs. Cathy is a strong originator and very active networker who has developed strong networks over her career. She speaks at conferences such as Super Returns and AFSIC.

Nonkululeko Komanyane

Nonkululeko Komanyane

Project Manager, FyreFem Licensing Incubation

Nonkululeko is an experienced entrepreneur who has worked with early-stage companies since 2012. She co-founded a technology accelerator in 2014, managed a portfolio of over 26 companies, and is now a General Partner of an early-stage Venture Capital firm focused on investing in technology businesses in South Africa. She supports entrepreneurs by connecting them to valuable networks and ecosystems and has experience as a consultant for startups and incubators, focusing on business systems, program design, product development, and refinement.

Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

Selection Committee Chair, FyreFem Licensing Incubation

Nhlanhla’s background as economic advisory in the Presidency and her current board positions at ABSA Bank Zeder Investment Limited, and Zeder Financial Services Limited, and her previous board positions at other listed companies including Capitec Bank, WBHO Construction, Cadiz Financial Services, Tongaat Hulett and Pioneer Foods, and many unlisted boards, provide the team with invaluable expertise. Nhlanhla has global leadership skills and worked in the USA for 8 years for Washington State University. She is an entrepreneur running my her business and understands the needs of the FyreFem funds, clients and direct investments.

Nonhlanhla has won the SABC Lebone Businesswoman of the Year Award and several other awards for business leadership and social entrepreneurship. She has a BA from the University of Fort Hare and an MA in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town. In addition, she has completed modules in Management at the Washington State University, a Fellowship in Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Certificate in Finance at the Wharton School of Business (USA), a Senior Executive Leadership Programme at Harvard University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology Management at Warwick University (UK).