Professor Mabutho Sibanda


Professor Mabutho Sibanda is the Dean and Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) and a Professor in Finance.  The seasoned interdisciplinary academic who joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007 has six years of investment banking experience and several years of lecturing and academic administration experience.   In his previous career as an investment banker, Sibanda rose through the ranks from being a Corporate Finance Analyst to becoming an Investment and Portfolio Manager with hands-on experience in the commercialization of state enterprises, structured finance, financial modelling, investment analysis and portfolio management.  As a leader, Sibanda is a people and task-oriented leader who believes in human capital development and empowerment without compromising productivity.   His leadership approach is a balance of transformational and democratic leadership styles, which value human capital and skills in achieving institutional goals and living up to the vision.  Sibanda believes in lifting as he rises as evidenced by the mentoring and coaching of staff in the School which has resulted in organic growth in the academic disciplines. 

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Finance
  • MSc in Finance and Investment
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) Honours

Professional Qualifications

  • Diploma in Banking – Institute of Bankers

Professional Bodies and memberships

Associate Member- Institute of Bankers South Africa

Research Interests

  • Development finance,
  • Financial markets
  • Financial literacy