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Mr.   Jay  NAIDOO

Chairman, Development Bank of Southern Africa and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

"Broadband is a critical driver of political and socio-economic transformation and thus sustainable human development; providing opportunities for connecting Africa to the world, facilitating our integration into the global economy and for delivering on our promises of a better life for all."


Jay Naidoo is Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). He is also Founder of the J&J Group Development Trust, the social development arm of an investment and management company, J&J Group, which he co-founded. He serves in an advisory capacity on a number of other organizations including the ‘Global Health Advisory Panel’ of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From 1994 to 1999, he was Minister in the President's Office responsible for South Africa’s ‘Reconstruction and Development Programme’ (RDP) and Minister of Telecommunications, Post and Broadcasting in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet. Mr Naidoo is a recipient of the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur award, among others. He is married to Canadian journalist and author, Lucie Pagé, and considers his three children his greatest achievement.