Hong Kong Representative & Asia Regional Forum Deputy ChairHong Kong, China
Hong Kong Representative & Asia Regional Forum Deputy Chair
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
China RepresentativeShanghai, China
I am from KwaZuluNatal and I currently reside in Shanghai. I qualified as an attorney and practiced in South Africa for a while. I did the Cambridge CELTA last year and moved to Shanghai from January 2016 to teach English. I am interested in Labour Law and issues surrounding women and children’s rights. In Shanghai I volunteer at Heart to Heart Shanghai which is an organization which raises funds in order to perform heart surgeries for children in need in China. I also freelance at Minton Lawyers which is a law firm in Shanghai
Beijing City RepresentativeBeijing, China
Beijing City Representative
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.