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October 23 2012

Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa, to Speak at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

ATLANTA – October 23, 2012 -- Operation HOPE today announced that Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation will join the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit as a Working Group Co-Chair for The Future of Philanthropy, CSR and CRA, serving as a principle speaker at the Global Dignity Forum during the activities on November 15th, 2012. Dangor is also an ardent writer and one of The Honorable Nelson Mandela’s closest confidants.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation promotes and enables the growth of human fulfillment and the continuous expansion of the frontiers of freedom. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is one of HOPE’s strategic partners in South Africa.

It leads the development of a living legacy that captures the vision and values of Nelson Mandela’s life and work. Through the creation of strategic networks and partnerships, the Nelson Mandela Foundation directs resources, knowledge and practice to add value and demonstrate new possibilities. It embodies the spirit of reconciliation, ubuntu and social justice.

Before joining the foundation in January 2007, Mr. Dangor was Director of Advocacy, Communications and Leadership at UNAIDS, and before that, he was Interim Director of the World AIDS Campaign. Previously, Mr. Dangor served as Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector, including a 13-year stint as a senior executive in Revlon Inc.’s South African subsidiary. As the founding executive director of the Kagiso Trust (1986-1991) he worked alongside prominent political and church leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to build up the largest black-led foundation in South Africa.

In 1993, Mr. Dangor returned to South Africa to head up the Secretariat of the Drought Forum created the newly unbanned liberation movements, churches and community organizations to coordinate relief efforts at the height of the severe drought of early 1990’s. The Forum’s brief was to ensure that government and private resources reached the neediest people and that a solid development foundation was laid. In 1994 he joined the Independent Development Trust (IDT) as director for rural development, and later served as its acting CEO during a crucial transformation period. During this time he was also a member of various task groups set up by the office of then Deputy President, Thabo Mbeki, to create the Transitional National Development Trust (TNDT) and its successor, the National Development Agency (NDA).

Mr. Dangor’s most important works include the novels Kafka's Curse and Bitter Fruit, but he is also the author of three collections of poetry, a novella and a short-story collection. It is a vocation that he continues to pursue as he has an active interest in the arts and culture. Random House bought his first USA publication in 1999 and his last novel has been translated into five languages.

Dangor’s presence brings a heightened sense of global impact. Highlighting Operation HOPE’s 20th Anniversary, the HGFDS expects to bring 1,000 delegates from more than 50 countries around the world to bring illumination to the theme Community, Character and (Responsible) Capitalism, and to address viable long-term, systemic and sustainable solutions to contemporary socio-economic problems.

To learn how you can participate in the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, check here. To share your voice, join our online mini-summit Talking Dignity