Political . Economists

Based: Johannesburg

Jay Naidoo is Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). He is also Founder of the J&J Group Development Trust, the social development arm of an investment and management company, J&J Group, which he co-founded. He serves in an advisory capacity on a number of other organisations including the ‘Global Health Advisory Panel’ of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From 1994 to 1999, he was Minister in the President’s Office responsible for South Africa’s ‘Reconstruction and Development Programme’ (RDP) and Minister of Telecommunications, Post and Broadcasting in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet. Mr. Naidoo is a recipient of (amongst others) the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur award.