Vhahangwele (Hangwi) Manavhela

 Partner and Head of ESG at Aequalitas Capital

Vhahangwele (Hangwi) Manavhelais an executive with 20+ years of experience in ESG and Social Impact across Africa. Hangwi leads the ESG practice at Aequalitas Capital Partners. She works with asset managers, companies, and development organizations to integrate ESG, drive compliance, provide training and capacity building in ESG. She established and ran ESG and Impact at Africa’s largest asset manager, the PIC, across its diversified investment portfolio (Real estate, private equity and impact investing).


She previously worked at Tshikululu Social investment management, Care International, and Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (gender-based violence support). She has served on advisory committees of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and the CFA Institute. Hangwi regularly speaks on ESG panels at conferences globally. She is an Eisenhower Fellow. Hangwi holds a Masters in Sociology (social Impact assessment) at the University of Johannesburg, BA (Hons) in Psychology at University of Venda and University of the North (Limpopo).