Desray is a Management Consultant, Learning Integrator and Executive Personal & Leadership Coach and facilitator. She is currently a part time lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and employed as a consultant by The People Business Group, having completed the Coaching Academy.

She is a founding member of Hippotree Consulting (Pty) Ltd, a company of positive deviants that specialises in the integration of learning curricula, the design and implementation of learning programmes and the writing of case studies. The company also matches executives to companies that need temporary skills solutions.

She has operated in both corporate environments and as an entrepreneur. Her 15 years of corporate IT (technical and management) experience formed a solid foundation from which she has launched and sold several start up companies.

Her MBA research report focused on women executives in South African corporates paying particular attention to the reasons they terminate their employment.

She is a generalist whose ability to adopt a systems-thinking approach to most situations, allows her to gain insight into the cause of problems and situations. Her wide area of exposure lends her a broad base of expertise and enables her to facilitate at Senior & Executive levels with ease.

Academic Background
MBA cum laude (Gordon Institute of Business Science); Subject Prizes: SAB award for HIV/AIDS: Policy and Strategy, KPMG Award for Personal Leadership, Think Different – leadership through imagination award. Dean’s List.
BSc (Maths and Computer Science) and HED from University of Pretoria.;
Diploma in Project Management from the School of Project Management

Publications & Associations

Why they leave – reasons executive women flee South African Corporates: Convergence Magazine (2007).

Des has graduated from The People Business Leadership Coaching Academy and based on her business and coaching experience to date, she qualifies as a Senior Executive Personal and Leadership Coach.


“Des’s sense of humour and honesty was great and her absolute intent to make it the best process for me – the sign of an excellent coach!”
Project Manager, large South African bank.

“She listened very well and gave relevant and pertinent and practical advice. She challenged well and raised my awareness.”
CEO of institution focusing on the development of Africa.



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