David Barnard is the Vice-President: Africa at TechSoup Global, the largest not-for-profit provider of technology assistance services to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and libraries worldwide. TechSoup Global’s mission is working toward a time when every nonprofit and NGO on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.
Before joining TechSoup Global, Mr. Barnard was the Executive Director of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) from 2000-2013.
Mr. Barnard was previously the Manager of the Programme for Development Research at the Human Sciences Research Council (1992 to 2000). He is a Founding Member of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship and Advisory Board Member of the African Press Organization. He serves on the e-Skills Council and in the past served on the Presidential National Commission on the Information Society for Development.
Mr. Barnard has extensively published and presented on issues relating to development and ICT in Africa. His areas of expertise include the role of the international development, funding community and NGO sector in Southern Africa, corporate citizenship and the involvement of the corporate sector in development issues, and the contribution of information and ICT in support of development processes.
Mr. Barnard holds BA and BA (Hons) degrees (both cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has participated in management training at Cranfield University, UK, and City University of New York.
He is an extreme ultra-marathon athlete and in the recent past completed the 250km Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon from 17-23 October 2010, the 250km Sahara Race from 2-8 October 2011 in Egypt, the 220km Namib Desert Challenge from 26-30 March 2012 in Namibia, the 250km Gobi March from 10-16 June 2012 in China, and the one-day, 100km Fish River Canyon Ultra on 22 June 2013 in Namibia, as part of the annual SANGONeT “No Pain No Gain” fundraising campaign.