Speaker Details


Dionne Kerr

Founder and CEO of Siyakha Consulting

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Siyakha Consulting, Dionne Kerr has actively advised both public and private sector clients in Transformation, Development and Strategy since leaving the banking industry in 1998.She has spoken at a multitude of conferences internationally on issues relating to South Africa, operating in Africa, understanding the need for Localisation and actively participating in the Transformation agenda.

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, the Achiever Awards, the Gender Diversity Awards, the Oliver Empowerment Awards and served on the Wisdom Board for the Africa Sustainability Summit for 3 years.

Previous Chairperson of the National Association of BEE Consultants (NABC). Dionne is the previous Vice-Chairperson and 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 Union 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.

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 these sectors.