David Barnard is a South African development expert with more than 20 years’ experience in development, philanthropy, civil society and ICT4D issues in Africa.
In the recent past, Mr. Barnard was the Vice-President: Africa at TechSoup (2013-2016), Executive Director of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) (2000-2013) and 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 also served on the e-Skills Council and Presidential National Commission on the Information Society for Development in South Africa, and Board of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network in the United States.
Mr. Barnard has extensively published and presented on issues relating to development and ICT4D in Africa. His areas of expertise include the role of the international development, funding and NGO sectors in 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 in the United Kingdom, 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 (2010), 250km Sahara Race in Egypt (2011), 220km Namib Desert Challenge in Namibia (2012), Gobi March in China (2012), 220km Ultra Africa Race in Burkina Faso (2013), 250km Last Desert Race in Antarctica (2014) and 250km Atacama Crossing in Chile (2015), all dedicated to social causes and campaigns at the forefront of responding to development issues in Africa.