South Africa: The Gateway to the African Economic Opportunity
Presentation by the Honorable Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the US
April 16, 2013 | 8:00 AM | Coral Gables Country Club | 997 N. Greenway Dr., Coral Gables
The Honorable Ebrahim Rasool is South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Rasool has a distinguished record of public service. He has served as a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly, Special Advisor to the State President of the Republic of South Africa and Premier of the Western Cape Province. He also led various governmental agencies, including the Departments of Health, Welfare, Finance and Economic Development. As Premier of the Western Cape, he was instrumental in attracting foreign investment worth approximately $1 billion. Ambassador Rasool has a long history of involvement in the struggle against apartheid, including leadership in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the African National Congress (ANC). His work to end apartheid in South Africa led to time in prison and house arrest. He has been involved in South Africa’s Islamic Movement as well as the country’s Interfaith Movement. During the apartheid era, he worked with faith communities to educate people on the role of faith and religion under conditions of oppression. He founded the World for All Foundation, whose mission is to rethink the intellectual tools available to Muslims and faith communities and to create cooperative relations between faiths, cultures and communities at a global level. For his contributions to South Africa, Ambassador Rasool has been awarded numerous honors. In 2008, he received the Visionary Leadership and Public Good Award from the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists and the Award for Commitment and Leadership in the Fight Against Crime from Business Against Crime. In 2005 the London Financial Times awarded Ambassador Rasool the Foreign Direct Investment Africa Personality of the Year Award. He also received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights presented to him by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 1998.
Breakfast will be served.
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