Ford Foundation Appoints Achmat Dangor to Lead Its South Africa Office

    Ford Foundation Appoints Achmat Dangor to Lead Its South Africa Office

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 3, 2013

A Renowned Visionary for Justice and Human Rights

NEW YORK, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ford Foundation today
announced the appointment of Achmat Dangor as head of its Office for Southern
Africa, which is based in Johannesburg and serves South Africa, Mozambique and
Zimbabwe.

Mr. Dangor is a globally renowned leader for social justice who as a writer,
poet and advocate for human dignity has lent a strong voice to the cause of
freedom. He is currently the CEO of Nelson Mandela Foundation, extending
Mandela's vision and legacy through the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and
its focus on dialogues for justice.

Highly respected as a problem solver and human rights advocate, Mr. Dangor has
worked in various sectors in South Africa, including as the founding executive
director of the Kagiso Trust, leadership of the Secretariat of the Drought
Forum, and time spent as a senior executive for Revlon Inc.'s South African
subsidiary. At the Kagiso Trust he worked alongside Archbishop Desmond Tutu
and other political and church leaders to establish the largest black-led
foundation in South Africa.

"Given the incredible accomplishments of Achmat, we are honored to have his
leadership at the Ford Foundation as a champion for democracy and freedom,"
said Ford Foundation president Luis Ubinas. "As we celebrate the 20th
anniversary of our office in Johannesburg alongside South Africa's own 20^th
anniversary as a democracy, Achmat is the perfect leader to help the
foundation envision its next generation of work in support of democracy and
justice in the country."

Prior to joining the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2007, Mr. Dangor was
Director of Advocacy, Communications and Leadership at UNAIDS. Prior to that
he was Interim Director of the World AIDS campaign and Chief Executive of the
Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Mr. Dangor has published five works of fiction and poetry, including "Kafka's
Curse" and "Bitter Fruit," which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize for
Fiction. His work has been translated into five languages and was brought the
U.S. in 1999 by Random House.

"I am deeply honored to lead the Ford Foundation's work and to continue the
strong legacy in the region working to promote rights and equality," Mr.
Dangor said. "I look forward to advancing the case for justice and inclusion
throughout the region on issues driven by visionary leadership committed to
social change."

For nearly 60 years the Ford Foundation has worked in the South African region
to promote justice and strengthen democracy. The foundation is working on
initiatives to build sustainable livelihoods and economic opportunities,
advance social and economic rights and address the HIV epidemic. By supporting
efforts to strengthen transparency and accountability in governance the
foundation engages civil society organizations to advocate on behalf of the
marginalized and underrepresented.

Mr. Dangor will begin his new position in July 2013. He was selected after a
broad international search.

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization.
For over 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of
social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic
values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and
advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has
offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

SOURCE Ford Foundation

Website: http://www.fordfoundation.org
 
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