Hong Kong RepresentativeHong Kong, China
Hong Kong Representative
Hong Kong, China
I was born and raised in Skukuza, Kruger National Park. My family then subsequently moved to Cape Town. I studied BComm Law at Stellenbosch University followed by an Honours in Economics. Upon graduation, I moved to London where I lived for 12 years working for the largest European bank in various roles including Investment Banking and developing the bank’s finance proposition of Renewable energy. Recently, I re-located to Hong Kong with my fiancé where I am pursuing my long held passion in wildlife conservation by raising awareness against the ivory trade in Asia.
I have been actively involved with the Democratic Alliance since 2009. I am extremely passionate about South Africa and her people and believe that the Democratic Alliance will provide the leadership that is required to bring about positive political change that South Africa so desperately needs.
Asia Regional Forum Chair & Taiwan RepresentativeTaiwan, Kaohsiung City
Asia Regional Forum Chair & Taiwan Representative
Taiwan, Kaohsiung City
Igor was part of the establishment of DA Youth in 2001-2002 and served as Communication officer and DA Youth Chairperson of the Free State. In 2004 he moved to Taiwan to work and start his business. In 2012 he returned to South Africa where he launched his NPO – The Power of One which focuses on self-sustainability and helping other NPOs set up infrastructure. In 2013 he was part of the first class of the DA’s Potential Candidate Program. Igor has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing (UFS) and Accounting Science (Unisa), a Masters in Political Transformation & Governance (UFS) and in 2014 he returned to Taiwan to complete his PhD at the Institute of China Asia Pacific Studies at the department of Political Science (recently obtained PhD candidacy). He is also the Director for Mr Gay World: Asia, Africa and Oceania which he has launched various organizations promoting LGBTIQA rights. The most important characteristics of a public representative should 1) accessible to the public, 2) informative and 3) unbiased with service delivery
Asia Regional Forum Deputy Chairperson & China ChairpersonShanghai, China
Asia Regional Forum Deputy Chairperson & China Chairperson
Prenisha is from KwaZuluNatal and currently resides in Shanghai. Prenisha qualified as an attorney and practiced in South Africa for a while. She did the Cambridge CELTA last year and moved to Shanghai from January 2016 to teach English. Prenisha is interested in Labour Law and issues surrounding women and children’s rights. In Shanghai, Prenisha volunteers at Heart to Heart Shanghai which is an organization that raises funds in order to perform heart surgeries for children in need in China.
Hendrik Le Roux
China Deputy ChairpersonZibo, China
Hendrik Le Roux
China Deputy Chairperson
Hendrik Le Roux’s passion has always been to endeavour to make a positive difference in peoples lives. From friends to everyone he comes into contact with. He has a passion for our beautiful country and the wonderful people that reside in it , to show them in every action and deed we do that Unity is possible.
Hendrik currently resides in China spreading the message of South Africa and showing them what great people, South Africans are. He has, over the years been in business, managing people and has had a business of his own. In the years to come, he hopes to be part of a unified people called South Africans, and looks forward to leading the charge for Unity.
China TreasurerChiongqing, China
Angelique Dermont is a born and bred Port Elizabethan fashion designer, artist, English teacher and proud DA Abroad member living and working in Chongqing, China.
For the past few years, she has seen many instances of political and socio-economic issues that caused her great anxiety about the future of our great nation. As a young person she says that she started off, as many of us do, by posting on social media about her concerns, until she came across the DA Abroad initiative and it clicked for her that she has a responsibility to ensure her own future is a success and carry the torch of freedom on from the struggle fighters of history. In life, Angelique had very little handed to her and came from a modest background. She ‘hustled’ to get ahead in many facets of her life and still does to this day. As a result of this, she believe that her future and the future of other young South Africans is in our own hands and she believes that the Democratic Alliance’s vision is in-line with her own. She hopes to make a difference as a member to radically transform our current political, economic and social climate of our rich and culturally diverse nation. She hopes to do this, especially, through her passion for the arts, youth and business.
China SecretaryHefei, China
Virolen has been in China since 2013 where he is studying towards his MBBS Degree. Originally from Richards Bay, South Africa he currently lives in Hefei, Anhui province.
Virolen has always been fond of helping people in need and doing his part where possible – in 2009 he was part of a beach clean up operation which set out to remove ocean pollution to ensure aquatic safety. Since then he has volunteered at many NGOs, providing assistance, fundraising and management skills.
Virolen is a a team player and loves hanging out with friends, catching up on his favorite movies and mainly making every moment in life count. He’s taken up many leadership roles in school and university as he loves to challenge myself.
Virolen lives by the moto “be happy and love yourself, we have one life why not make it the best”.
China Committee MemberBeijing, China
China Committee Member
Michael has been living and working in Beijing, China, for the past 15 years. He is co-founder of marketing firm based in Beijing. Michael has supported a number of leading South African companies with their communications strategies in China (besides international brand clients) and served on the executive of bodies including SACBA (South Africa-China Business Association) and APSACC (Asia Pacific-South Africa Chamber of Commerce). He also served as Project Manager of the “10 Year Anniversary of South Africa-China Diplomatic Relations”, South Africa’s biggest branding campaign in Asia in history.
Michael was actively engaged in politics while at the University of Stellenbosch finally becoming an official candidate for 1999 Western Cape Provincial Elections, the youngest in the country in the United Democratic Movement at the time, before being awarded and pursuing a scholarship in China.