Danisa Baloyi is Executive Director of the National Black Business Caucus and is a business development specialist and strategist, as well as the President of IWFSA.
Danisa is a seasoned businesswoman with interests in various fields. She has in the past served on many boards in the public and private sector, boards she served deligently for the past 14 years as either a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson or as an ordinary Director both in South Africa and Internationally. She now serves on boards of companies she has interests in, and those that she believes are of social interest and relevance.
She has served on boards of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed Companies such as Absa Bank, The Don Hotels, Set Point Technologies, Enterprise Risk Management and African Merchant Bank (AMB), to mention a few. She also served on the following companies as Chairperson: the Gauteng Tender Board and Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (companies she helped establish and chaired). She was also Chair of the National Skills Authority (NSA), Business Council (BBC) amongst others. As Deputy Chairperson, she served on the boards of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund (a US Fund), Denel (which she also chaired), South African Tourism, the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IOD) and a host of many BEE companies. She is a founding member of the NEPAD Business Subcommittee and the King Report on Corporate Governance Sub-Committee. She served on the International Council for Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ICSB) for many years, representing Southern Africa. She was also part of the US/SA Bi-National and served on the Business subcommittee for many years.
As an ordinary board member Danisa served on boards of many companies such as the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the South African Football Association (SAFA) Investment Company, UBAMBO (the BEE company within Cell C), Metrofile and many Denel subsidiaries, such as Denel Informatics, Denel Aviation etc.
She is a founder member of the then Black Business Council (BBC), the Black Business Executive Circle (BBEC), the National Black Business Caucus (NBBC), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Chambers of Business in South Africa (CHAMSA), the Southern Africa Entrepreneurship and Small Business Association (SAEBSA), the International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) and the United Way Johannesburg, just to name a few.
Danisa is a founder member of Mercury Media, a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) media group, and is part of Red Cherry, a media production house. She is a founder member of Candograph Investments Resources International (CIRI), a group that promotes business across nations and is involved in the energy, biofuels, property development and aviation amongst others.
She was one of the Commissioners for the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Commission. She was also a part of the Presidential Working Groups for Business, Women and Black Business for many years. She founded her own businesses DB Consulting International, Sensas Communications (for Strategic Communications and Events) and South African Woman Investment Holdings (SAWIH), a woman’s group that has invested strategically in various fields. She continues to work on building new Companies in the fields of energy, biofuels, property and construction, finance, technology, media and broadcasting and aviation. She has in recent years resolved to venture into deals internationally and cross-border, particularly on the African continent.
Her speciality is in management consulting, business transformation and business development. She has from inception used her companies as training ground for young people (particularly young women and young Black South Africans) who find it difficult to break into the private sector due to lack of experience. She believes in the development of skills and mentoring of young people.
She lived in the United States for many years where she was educated and worked as an Adjunct Professor at various institutions and as a consultant for Idea Consultants (a strategy management consulting company) and for UNIFEM. She believes in promoting inter-business relations among nations, especially on the African continent.
Danisa lives and practices as a Management Consultant in Johannesburg, Gauteng, and promotes the development of The Arts as the Chairperson of the National Jazz Foundation of SA, and is Deputy Chair of The Special Olympics of SA.