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Dean Villet

Country Director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF)

Dean Villet is the country director for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF), where he leads the foundation’s South Africa-based efforts to transform the lives of children living in poverty through improved education and family economic stability. In this role, Dean ensures the development and delivery of the South African portfolio of initiatives that improve learning outcomes in schools serving children from low-income communities; that improve graduation and employment rates of first-generation university students from poor families, and that catalyse sustainable models that help youth and poor families gain access to meaningful employment. He also currently serves on the board of MSDF’s investee company, SweepSouth.

Prior to joining the foundation, Dean was the Director of Professional Services for Sub-Sharan Africa at Itron Inc., a global technology and services company in the energy sector. He also served on the board of Ipay (Pty) Ltd, a technology startup based out of Cape Town. Before that, Dean spent fourteen years in various roles and functions at Eskom, finishing off his career there as the portfolio manager of Distribution Strategic Projects. Dean holds a B.Eng. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pretoria and is happily married with three children.


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