Olwethu matriculated in 1997 from St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown, South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Science in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London. He also completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, where he was a member of the Harris Manchester College. In 2013, he attended the Private Equity and Venture Capital programme at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. He has attended and completed the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Foundation and Advanced programmes in Private Equity in 2011 and 2014 respectively. Further to this, Olwethu has completed the “Being A Director” training programme offered by the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IODSA).
After obtaining his undergraduate qualification, Olwethu started his professional career at Allan Gray Limited in Cape Town. He has since held numerous roles as an investment professional in asset management, private equity and development finance institutions. More recently, he was the Head of Development Impact investments at the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, where he was responsible for unlisted private equity investments in affordable housing, renewable energy, education, healthcare and initiatives that support black small and medium business enterprises. He has served at board level as a Non-Executive Director for entities such as Busamed Healthcare, Van Schaik Bookstores and Masevumeni Investments. He has also served on the Advisory Committees of numerous private equity funds, which include the Stanlib Infrastructure, the International Housing Solutions Fund 2 and the New Africa Mining Funds amongst others.