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July 17 2013

HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit Welcomes Sean Cleary, Executive Vice-Chair of the Future World Foundation

Atlanta – July 18, 2013
 – "Silver rights" nonprofit Operation HOPE today announced that Sean Cleary, Executive Vice-Chair of the Future World Foundation and Strategy Adviser to the World Economic Forum, South Africa, will play a key role as Honorary Co-chair and Principal Speaker at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (HGFDS) in Atlanta on November 13–14, 2013.

The two-day event is expected to draw 1,000 of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders from around the world to address viable long-term, systemic and sustainable solutions for underserved communities.

Cleary is 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, and a Director of Companies. 

He served in the South African Navy before a diplomatic career in the Middle East, USA and Namibia. As Chief Director in Namibia in 1983-5, he initiated negotiations between all political parties, the release of political prisoners and adoption of a Bill of Rights, on the way to independence. 

Cleary is a member of the Faculty of the Parmenides Foundation and lectures on global strategy at the Graduate Schools of Business at the University of the Witwatersrand, Henley Management College, the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria, and Stellenbosch University; and on conflict resolution, globalization and development economics at U.S and European universities and institutes and on the National Security Management Course at the South African Defense Staff College. He is a Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum, Chairman of the Global Advisory Board of Operation HOPE, a Member of the Boards of LEAD International and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a Trustee of the South African Foundation for Conciliation and Senior Adviser to the Arab Business Council. From 2006 to 2010, he chaired the Advisory Board of Abraaj Capital, before moving to the main Board. 

He was a member of the Facilitating and Preparatory Committees of the South African Peace Accord and Chaired the Working Group on the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Organizations, an EXCO Member of the NEPAD (New Programme for Africa’s Development) Business Steering Group, and served on national Advisory Committees in Namibia. 

Cleary has received academic and public service awards, published in South African, German, Portuguese and U.S. journals and co-authored, with Thierry Malleret, "Resilience to Risk" and "Global Risks."

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. Driven by a “silver rights” mission to empower the struggling middle class through financial literacy, dignity and capital enterprise.

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