SCHOOL OF LAW GRADUATE APPOINTED CEO OF BUSINESS AGAINST CRIME SOUTH AFRICA

SCHOOL OF LAW GRADUATE APPOINTED CEO OF BUSINESS AGAINST CRIME SOUTH AFRICA

UKZN alumnus Advocate Simi Pillay-van Graan has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA).

Pillay-van Graan, an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, has a BProc LLB from the University of Natal, and an MBA from the University of South Africa.

She attributes her success to the skills gathered from her academic qualifications. ‘I always maintain that having legal degrees is a powerful asset, especially if one wants to pursue a position at a management or senior management level. It was the degree from UKZN that afforded me the opportunities I sought in both the legal and business environments. The effort put into making my academic qualifications and experience work for me, led to my CEO appointment,’ said Pillay-van Graan.

In her new position as CEO of BACSA, Pillay-van Graan’s vision is to achieve a safer country for all people by bringing together business and government to examine integrated approaches to addressing crime.

‘The CEO position is a challenging one as its success depends on sustainable relationships with both high level business and government stakeholders. I am in a fortunate position as I have developed strong relationships in these environments making it easier to engage and form new relationships going forward.’

Driven to use her law career and passion for legal justice for South African citizens, Pillay-van Graan continues to thrive in positions that promote responsible community engagement. She has worked for the National Prosecuting Authority as a Prosecutor and as a Specialist Legal Officer in the police before assuming the position of Senior National Project Manager and Strategic Executive for BACSA. She has been with BACSA for the last eight years.


author email : jumo@ukzn.ac.za