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November 13 2012

International Financial Strategist and Advisor Sean Cleary to Help Advance the Dialogue around Financial Dignity

Atlanta – November 13, 2012 – Operation HOPE announced today that Sean Cleary, Executive Vice-Chair of the Future World Foundation and a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital Holdings, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Carbon War Room will help lead a dynamic session around global financial dignity at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (HGFDS) in Atlanta, Georgia. The historic conference will be streamed live on November 15th. Register here or watch the livestream here.

With more than 1,000 international decision makers slated to participate, Cleary will help lead a solution-driven discussion. The event features U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as keynote.

The HGFDS celebrates “silver rights” empowerment leader Operation HOPE’s 20th Anniversary of providing financial literacy and empowerment to underserved communities throughout America and around the world. The two-day summit activities will draw the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders worldwide to address viable long-term, systemic and sustainable solutions to our economic and life problems.

Cleary, serves as Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd, Managing Director of the Centre for Advanced Governance, Chairman of Atlantic Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Vice Chairman of Meridian Worldwide LLC, a member of the Advisory Board of Abraaj Capital Limited and a director of several companies.

He served in the South African Navy on the staff of the Commander Maritime Defence before commencing a diplomatic career in the Middle East, USA and Namibia. As chief director in Namibia in the mid-1980s, he initiated negotiations between all political parties, the release of political prisoners and the adoption of a Bill of Rights, paving the way for independence.

He is a member of the faculty of the Parmenides Foundation and lectures on global corporate strategy at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Graduate Institute of Management and Technology, Henley Management College, the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria, and the International Centre for Management Development. He also lectures on conflict resolution, the challenges of globalization and development economics at a number of US and European universities and institutes.

Mr. Cleary is a lecturer on the National Security Management ourse at the South African Defence Staff College, a research associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs, a fellow and strategic adviser to the chairman of the World Economic Forum, a member of the WEF’s African Task Force, a trustee of the South African Foundation for Conciliation, an EXCO member of the NEPAD (New Programme for Africa’s Development) Business Steering Group and senior adviser to the Arab Business Council.

He was a member of the facilitating and preparatory committees of the South African Peace Accord, a chairman of the working group on the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Organizations and served on national advisory committees in Namibia.

He is a recipient of academic and public service awards and has been published in South African, German, Portuguese and U.S. journals. Mr. Cleary studied social sciences and law at the University of South Africa, the University of Cape Town and Pahlavi University in Iran and holds an MBA from Henley Management College at Brunel University in the United Kingdom.

The event is being made accessible to the general public live streamed by Kaplan University, via its interactive platform KAPx. To watch the event log on to a few minutes prior to session times using your email address and the password you created when you registered for the event.