David Barnard is the Executive Director of the Southern African NGO Network(SANGONet), based in Johannesburg, South Africa, which focuses on serving civil society with a wide range of information communication technology (ICT) products and services.
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 completed the seven-day, 250 km Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon from 17 to 23 October, 2010.