Dr. Renee Horne
Chairperson, South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC)
With more than twenty years’ experience as an award-winning political journalist, war correspondent, editor, political economist and avid entrepreneur, Dr. Renee Horne has been acknowledged by government, business and academics as an expert political economist and journalist on Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Internationally, Dr. Horne has advised governments, media, and business on the political and economic policy of South Africa, Iraq, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Uganda. She has worked extensively in regions and countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Brazil. Dr. Horne has worked with institutions such as Transparency International, Delta Economics, Royal Africa Society, Exclusive Analysis, Royal United Services Institute, BBC, SKY, ITV, SABC and the World Entrepreneur Society. During this period, she interviewed politicians and high-profile personalities such as South African President, Nelson Mandela, former Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President, Yasser Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister, Shimon Peres.
Dr. Horne has been a facilitator, lecturer and guest speaker on Political Economy and International Relations in Africa at numerous institutions such as London School of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London, the University of Johannesburg, John Hopkins University, and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) -Washington DC. Passionate about enterprise and skills development, she was also the Head of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)- University of Pretoria Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Unit. Dr. Renee Horne is currently the Chairperson of the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC), an organization that assists in increasing linkages between multinationals and SMEs on the African continent. She is also the creator and Director of the International Leadership Executive Development Programme (ILED) at the SASDC. Dr. Horne is a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and the Wits Business School- University of Witwatersrand, Director of International Programmes. She has been recently appointed as the Non-Executive Director of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Dr. Horne holds five degrees, three degrees (BA – Law, Hons, MA) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and two degrees (MSc and PhD) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her areas of interest are Opportunities and Investments in Africa, BRICS economies, Macroeconomic Policy, and Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment.