Dasantha Pillay joined SERI as a candidate attorney in January 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Political Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Political Studies (both awarded with distinction). She has completed a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB). All degrees were conferred by the University of the Witwatersrand.
Before joining SERI, Dasantha was involved with various non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International, the Steve Biko Foundation and the Wits Law Clinic. She has an interest in social justice and the relationship between law and politics in the realisation of access to basic services and justice.