Sanlam: Julia Dyssell

Julia joined Sanlam in September 2013

Julia Dyssell, Head of Sanlam Group Human Resources, is a seasoned and committed HR practitioner.After obtaining a BSocSc degree at the University of Cape Town, she studied human resources at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg. Her entire career, which started at the South African Breweries, has been within the human resources field. After a stint at AECI, she was appointed at Dulux Paints in Alrode as the company’s Human Resources Manager. She then left the corporate life for a while and consulted in diversity and transformation, and, in 2007, Santam appointed Julia as Head of its Human Resources department.


2013 – Present:                   Head of Group HR, Sanlam

2007 – 2013:                        Head of HR, Santam Insurance

1999 – 2007:                        Independent Contractor, Self-employed

1993 – 1998:                        HR Consultant, AECI Limited      

1990 – 1992:                        HR Manager, Dulux Paints


2015 – 2015:                        Week-long programme, HR Strategy in Transforming Organisation, London Business School

1985 – 1985:                        Higher Diploma in Personnel Management,  Wits Business School

1981 – 1984:                        B.Social Science, Psychology, University of Cape Town

About Sanlam

As one of the largest financial services groups in South Africa, Sanlam provides insurance, investment, financial planning & retirement advice to individuals, businesses & institutions. Founded in 1918, Sanlam has a rich heritage. The Group has over the years evolved from a traditional insurer to a diversified financial service provider with both local and international footprints.