The Board

The Board

 

Kelley Starke-Dow Chief Executive Officer /B.Journ & Media Studies (Rhodes), PDM Bus. Ad. (WITS Business School)MBA (UCT Graduate School of Business)
Kelley co-founded Kensani with Zanele Motlana and in her tenure as Kensani’s Chief Executive Officer since 1999, Kelley has driven the company’s market share and value in the South African investment and infrastructure sector to over a billion Rand.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Kelley founded her first business in the United Kingdom, in catering. The company’s success was meteoric and sustained. This led to her – at the age of 22 – winning the London Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by the London Business School.
She returned to a newly democratic South Africa in 1994 and began her second, equally successful services business, which she grew and sold in 1996. Thereafter, she joined African Merchant Bank (AMB) in the corporate finance division.
During her career at AMB, Kelley was involved in a wide range of corporate finance and private equity transactions, predominantly in black economic empowerment. This included the establishment of Kensani.
The cause closest to Kelley’s heart is to empower marginalised women who have the talent but not the resources for entrepreneurship and in this way, contribute meaningfully to fulfilling the lives of individuals while providing grassroots impetus for the economic growth of our country.
Kelley serves on numerous boards in South Africa and was Chairperson of The Young Presidents Association’s (YPO) Johannesburg’s Chapter during 2008/9.
Indiran Pillay Managing Director / BCompt (UNISA)
Indiran joined Kensani in 2000 as a General Manager of the investment portfolio and was involved in numerous benchmark empowerment transactions and as the key officer between the board and numerous substantive South African institutional shareholders. Indiran is currently the Managing Director of Kensani Corrections Management and is instrumental in new business development. Indiran is a director and shareholder in the group
Robert Dow Non-Executive Director / BSc (Hons) Maths and Physics (University of Glasgow, Scotland); Dip Acc (University of Glasgow, Scotland); CA (ICAS)
Robert was head of Corporate Finance and Private Equity at The Standard Bank Group from 1980-1990. In 1996 he founded African Merchant Bank which was listed with a R5 billion market cap, ranking AMB amongst the top ten largest banks in South Africa. AMB was renowned for the first and largest empowerment deals in South Africa. In 2002 Robert retired but retains a directorate position as mentor and corporate finance advisor in Kensani.

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