Mr Trevor Manuel had a distinguished career in public service, including serving as one of South Africa (and the world’s) longest-serving Ministers of Finance. During this tenure in government, he also served as Minister in the Presidency and as head of the National Planning Commission. Before 1994, Mr Manuel was a stalwart of the anti-apartheid movement and an activist.

He is currently the Non-Executive Chairperson of Old Mutual and Trustee of the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropies. He is also a senior advisor to the Rothschild Group and Deputy Chairperson of Rothschild SA and a board member of several companies.

Amongst many international posts, he has chaired the International Monetary Fund’s Development Committee, served as Special Envoy for Development Finance for UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon, and served on the Commission for Africa and the task team on Global Public Goods. In 2011 he became a Co-chair of the Transitional Committee of the Green Climate Fund, a UN fund to help poorer nations combat and adapt to climate change. Mr Manuel has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards, being named Africa Finance Minister of the Year in 2007.

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From the Acting Vice-Chancellor