Jay Naidoo, the current chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and of the J&J Group of companies, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations specialist agency for information and communications technology based in Geneva.
Naidoo, a former minister of Posts, Telecommunication & Broadcasting, will serve a three-year term on the ITU Telecom board.
Naidoo will also serve on the board of the Global Health Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the philanthropic body set up by former US president, Bill Clinton.
The CGI acts as a catalyst, by bringing together global leaders and experts to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. This year’s focus is on global health; education; energy and climate change; and poverty alleviation.
Since its inception in 2005, the CGI has generated over 500 commitments in excess of US$10 billion, which have benefited more than 1 000 organisations in more than 100 countries.
Naidoo already serves as chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a partnership among UN agencies, the private sector, NGOs and the food industry which was set up to combat malnutrition.