Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Wessel came to Ireland in 2000 and worked in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for 13 years on programmes and projects that facilitate inter-agency co-operation and that impact on local economic, social and cultural development.
In his role as the Economic Development Officer he worked closely with enterprise support agencies and business organisations to implement a range of business area promotions and business support programmes in the greater Dublin region.
Wessel Badenhorst has extensive experience working with cities in European Programmes on place branding and place making projects. Wessel has a keen interest in developing and supporting local place management strategies that leverage the collaboration of key role players for the benefit of the whole business district and its hinterland.
Wessel has served as a non-executive director on several not-for-profit boards including Development Action Group (Cape Town), the Kuyasa Fund (Cape Town) and the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board.
He holds a MBA degree from Dublin City University (DCU) together with degrees in Law and Psychology from the University of Pretoria. He has also participated in study visits to the US via the Irish Institute at Boston College.