Dionne Gravesande has over 25 years of experience working with churches, national and international non-governmental organisations. Currently she is an executive manager and strategic adviser at Christian Aid with a corporate remit for global partnerships and ecumenical collaborations in the areas of inequalities, peacebuilding, gender and climate. Her graduate education and training embraces theology, international relations, community development and business administration.
Dionne has been a member of the New Testament Church of God for 26 years and has served on its National Youth and Christian Education Board, and as local youth and Christian education director. She is Secretary for the National Church Leaders Forum, an organisation committed to facilitating a Black Christian Voice in the UK. She is a regular columnist for Keep the Faith magazine and a contributing author to The Black Church in the 21st Century book published by Darton, Longman and Todd.
Her Pan-African work includes international outreach in USA, Africa and the Caribbean through the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race and others. She is a founder partner of the African Development Forum, set up to encourage black Christians in the UK to support African economic and social development, one of her projects supported the making of Channel 4’s ‘Great African Scandal’.