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Dionne Kerr

Dionne Kerr

Siyakha Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Siyakha Implementation Partners, Dionne Kerr has actively advised both public and private sector clients in Transformation, Development and Strategy since leaving the banking industry in 1998. Working in BEE and Transformation since 1999, she has spoken at a multitude of conferences internationally on issues relating to South Africa, operating in Africa and Transformation. She is a regular contributor and thought leader on key elements of people, sustainability and aligning strategy to be locally relevant.

With a strong portfolio of local and multinational clients, Dionne has also served on several Executive committees and is an activist on issues of change and development.

An avid believer in community development, Dionne remains personally involved in entrepreneurial development, community development, job creation, disability support programmes and youth development.

Dionne has served as a judge for the Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Awards, the Top Women Awards 2010, and 2011 the Achiever Awards 2010 and the Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards for 3 years consecutively.

Previous Chairperson of the National Association of BEE Consultants (NABC). Dionne is the previous Vice-Chairperson and currently a Director of the Association of B-BBEE Professionals (ABP). Previous Board member of the British Chamber of Business, Dionne actively advises investors from the United Kingdom, the European and the United States on investing on the African continent and was appointed as one of two “Catalysts” representing South Africa to encourage trade between the UK and South Africa.

Dionne currently serves as member of the Wisdom Board for the African Sustainability Network and she is a committee member of the Transformation Committee for the Black Business Council in South Africa.

She has spoken for several of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and participates regularly in task teams to drive development as well as participating in the Presidential Review Committee report on the State of Transformation in South Africa’s State Owned Companies.

Dionne has facilitated several strategic initiatives on behalf of business and industry across a variety of sectors. She has designed localisation programmes and delivered Transformation projects across all of these sectors