Dionne Kerr

  • Beachhead Advisor, Africa

Dionne is a successful South African businesswoman. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Siyakha Consulting, she has been advising both public and private sector clients in Transformation, Development and Strategy since leaving the banking industry in 1998. 

Working in Black Economic Empowerment (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. 

Dionne currently serves as member of the Wisdom Board for the African Sustainability Network. 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.

With a strong portfolio of local and multinational clients, Dionne has also had roles on several executive committees and is an activist on issues of change and development. An avid believer in community development, she 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 three years consecutively. She was also the Chairperson of the National Association of BEE Consultants (NABC), as well as the Vice-Chairperson and Director of the Association of the Association of B-BBEE Professionals (ABP). 

As a 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.

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.

 

Advisory areas 

Financial services, entrepreneurial development, job creation, and disability support programmes and youth development, foreign investors’ advisory in Africa.

Sector experience 

Education, financial services, FMCG, natural products, tech services.

Geographies 

Dionne has specific experience working in South Africa.