Jay Naidoo

Jay Naidoo is the Chairperson of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a global foundation headquartered in Geneva that is committed to addressing malnutrition facing two billion people in the world. GAIN is a public–private partnership that brings together United Nations (UN) agencies, private businesses, philanthropic organizations, governments and civil societies around practical programmes in some 30 countries worldwide. Jay is the co-founder of an investment and management company in South Africa, the J&J Group. In 2007 he set up the J&J Development Trust and dedicates himself full-time today to voluntary work and social activism across the world. He serves in an advisory capacity for a number of international organizations including the Broadband Commission of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Lead Committee of the UNSG on Nutrition. He also serves on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which focuses on Governance in Africa. Jay is currently the Patron of Scatterlings of Africa, a science education initiative that celebrates Africa’s status as humankind’s ancestral home. Jay Naidoo served as the Chairperson of the Development Bank of Southern Africa from 2000-2010. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Minister responsible for South Africa’s Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and Communications Minister in Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet. He was the founding General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), where he served three terms (1985 to 1993). Jay is also a recipient of France’s Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour). He publishes a blog at www.jaynaidoo.org and has written his autobiography – ‘Fighting for Justice’.