Achmat Dangor joined the Ford Foundation as its Southern Africa Representative in 2013. Prior to that he was CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, extending Mandela’s vision and legacy through the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and its focus on dialogues for justice. He served as director of advocacy, communications and leadership at UNAIDS, and before that was interim director of the World AIDS Campaign and chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. He was founding executive director of Kagiso Trust. Achmat is also the celebrated author of seven works of fiction and poetry.