Neville Gabriel

Executive Director, Southern Africa Trust


Neville Gabriel is the Founding Executive Director of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent regional agency that supports deeper and wider policy engagement between governments and non-state actors to overcome poverty in Southern Africa. He is also a non-executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the African Forum on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), a Board Member of the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection, and a Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute. Prior to founding the Southern Africa Trust, Mr. Gabriel worked at Oxfam as its Southern Africa Regional Media and Advocacy Coordinator as well as at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), where he held a number of positions, including SACBC Secretary for Economic Justice, Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Department, and part of the founding team of the SACBC Parliamentary Liaison Office in Cape Town. He also co-founded the Jubilee 2000 South Africa coalition for debt cancellation as part of the global Jubilee movement, serving as its national secretary, national executive committee member and spokesperson. Neville Gabriel was born in Durban, South Africa. He matriculated with distinction before completing a BA in Social Sciences at the University of Cape Town. After a year’s retreat and community service in an impoverished rural village in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, he returned to study philosophy at the University of Natal and theology at St Joseph’s Theological Institute concurrently, graduating with Honours in Social Sciences (cum laude) from the University of Natal.

More Members of the Africa Policy Advisory Board

Dr. Melvin Ayogu

Director, Human Enterprise Research Group

Amadou Mahtar Ba

Chief Executive Officer, African Media Initiative

Owen Barder

Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

David Barnard

Executive Director, SANGONeT

Erik Charas

Founding and Managing Director, Charas LDA

Romy Chevallier

Senior Researcher, Governance of Africa’s Resources, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

Paul Collier

Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University

Nic Dawes

Editor-in-chief, Mail & Guardian

Zohra Dawood

Director, Zamyn Foundation-UK and Business Development Executive, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Eleni Z. Gabre-Madhin

Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange

John Githongo

CEO, Inuka Kenya Trust

Angélique Kidjo

Grammy Award-winning Artist and Activist

Warren Krafchik

Director, International Budget Partnership (IBP)

Acha Leke

Director, McKinsey & Company

Dr. Xiaoyun Li

Chief Senior Advisor, International Poverty Reduction Center in China

Jon Lomoy

Director, Development Co-operation Directorate

Bunmi Makinwa

Director, Africa Regional Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Susan Mashibe

Founder, Tanzanite Jet Centre

Dr. Richard Mkandawire

Vice President of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)

Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane

Founder and President of African Monitor

Ory Okolloh

Director of Investments, Omidyar Network

Arunma Oteh

Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria

Rakesh R. Rajani

Head, Twaweza

Mandla Sibeko

Founder and Chairman, Seed Capital Investment

John Ulanga

Executive Director, Foundation for Civil Society

Russell Wildeman

Programme Manager of the Economic Governance Programme, IDASA