Ms Dianna Yach

Dianna Yach is currently chairperson of the Mauerberger Foundation Fund (MFF), privately established in 1936, which supports community-based and academic institutions in South Africa (Western Province), Israel and Ramallah. The MFF seeks to advance human rights and social justice by supporting ethical leaders in health, welfare, education, arts and culture, and sustainable environment matters.

Dianna also Chairs the UCT Alumni Advisory Board and serves as a member of Council for the Universities of Cape Town and of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She serves on the boards of local NGOs including: Habonim, ORT Cape SA and Cape Jewish Welfare Trust.

Dianna is a proud UCT alumnus, passionately committed to equality, diversity, and human rights. After graduating from UCT with a BA and LLB she obtained an LLM from the University of London, subsequently lecturing in law at Queen Mary College, University of London. She is also an accredited mediator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of People Development (UK).

She founded and was managing director of the niche London-based consultancy Ionann Management Consultants Ltd, focussed on enabling clients in the public, private and community sectors with respect to transformation, change management and translation of equality, diversity and human rights into practice. Whilst living and working in London, Dianna was active in community-based work too serving as a trustee of the Camden Citizens Advice Bureau, chair of the Camden Race Equality Council and founder member of Scotland Yard’s Racial and Violent Crime Taskforce.

During South Africa’s first democratic elections, she served as a member of the Commonwealth Observer’s Group and chaired a multinational panel on peacekeeping and a multinational panel on transformation of the South African Police Service. She also participated in an international team of policing specialists that reviewed the policies and practices of 11 sub-Saharan African countries and made recommendations to the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation on enhancing democratic policing in the region.