Thato is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services division with more than 18 years of experience in capital markets, corporate finance and investment management. She joined Grant Thornton’s Advisory Services division in 2023.
Thato completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2002 from Butler University, and went on to pursue Master of Philosophy in development finance from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Her professional career started with African Alliance International company as the Unit Trust Fund Valuation Officer. Subsequently she worked for 3 subsidiaries of Imara Holdings Limited for 8 years, gaining experience in equity trade, management and corporate finance. She later joined Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited as Head of Investor Relations, during which time she managed organisation and execution of shareholder engagement events, and created and implemented an investor engagement and communication plan post privatisation to fully enhance and maintain the company’s reputation with investors and prospective investors.
Thato later became Head of Stakeholder Relations in the same company where she reported directly to the Managing Director and managed the company’s stakeholder relations function, which encompassed all key stakeholder engagement and management, corporate communications, corporate social investment (CSI), and mergers and acquisitions, oversaw the appraisal, execution, and management of all CSI projects and many other tasks. In 2019, Thato served as Private Equity Investment Professional at Africa Lighthouse Capital.
Thato is an experienced financial services and investment professional with experience across financial and telecommunications sectors with functional roles in investment management, corporate finance advisory, stockbroking, investor and stakeholder relations. She has valued, traded, invested, and advised on transactions in excess of US$300 million across a broad spectrum of sectors across Africa.
Thato has been involved in providing investment management, corporate finance advisory, stockbroking, operations management, and investor and stakeholder relations to clients from various sectors.
Professional qualifications and memberships
Thato holds a Bachelor of Arts from Butler University, and Master of Philosophy in Development Finance and Senior Management Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa.
Thato has extensive experience operating various analysis trading tools such as Bloomberg (for research and market performance updates), Capital IQ (for research and building models), DealCloud (for deal, relationship, and pipeline management, reporting and analytics). Furthermore, she is proficient in using Microsoft office tools to bring quality to different assignments.
Thato participates in Grant Thornton’s CSR initiatives such as recently supporting Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy within the education sector by sponsoring a state-of-the art imported tech panel – a first for public schools in Botswana. Over the years, Grant Thornton has supported various local communities such as Learn to Play Bontleng community (2021), SSVP Christ the King Cathedral in Gaborone-west (2021/20), COVID-19 National Relief Fund (2020), Tswaragano Primary School in Old Naledi (2022/19/18/17).