Directors

Devon Palanee

(Founding Director), holds a Bachelor of Administration Degree (Development) from UNISA, a Certificate in Marketing and Market Research from UNISA, a Certificate in Project Management, a Bachelor Degree of Technology (Management) from the Natal Technikon, a Diploma in Personal Computing, a Certificate in Public Relations and a Diploma in Software Support from Damelin, an Advanced Business Programme from the Durban University of Technology, a Master’s in Business Administration (Dissertation outstanding) from the University of Wales and a National Certificate in Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practitioner NQF 6. He is also a qualified constituent Assessor and Moderator of 11 qualifications with Services SETA and four qualifications with ETDP SETA. His most recent achievement is the B-BBEE Management Development Programme through the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg qualifying him to be either a B-BBEE Verifier or B-BBEE Consultant.

Susan Dippenaar

 (Founding Director)

holds a Higher Diploma in Education, a National Certificate in Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practitioner NQF 6, an Advanced Business Programme from the Durban University of Technology and, a Bachelor Degree of Technology (Management) from the Natal Technikon. Susan is also a Third Dan in Karate, has represented South Africa in the World All Styles Karate Championships in Algeria and was the Natal All Styles Karate Ladies Champion for 11 consecutive years. She is a qualified constituent Assessor and Moderator of 11 qualifications with Services SETA and 4 qualifications with ETDP SETA. Her most recent achievement is the B-BBEE Management Development Programme through the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg qualifying her to be either a B-BBEE Verifier or B-BBEE Consultant.

Shakila Palanee

 (Director)

has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) and a Master’s Degree in Business Law (LLM), both from UKZN. She is currently on sabbatical serving her articles at a corporate law firm with the intention of being admitted as an attorney before the end of 2017.
She has extensive experience in materials development, facilitation of Business Administration, Management and Labour Relations qualifications, as well as project management of various programs being run across South Africa. In addition to these skills she brings to ATHENA the required skill-set to empower, guide and direct our clients through the maze of legislation surrounding their compliance, governance and business contract needs.

Micosha joined the executive in 2015 bringing with her skill set, the opportunity for us to offer a more value
added service to our clients and even greater impetus to our development initiatives nationally.

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