Global Advisory Council

The Council serves in an advisory capacity to provide a broad intellectual and historical frame of reference. The names of its members, their influence, networks and advice facilitate the international work of the Foundation.

In view of the extent of the international marketing, enterpreneurship and repatriation initiatives, much of the work of the Ifa Lethu Foundation lies in the international arena and thus the role of an International Council is critical to the success of Ifa Lethu.

The Global Advisory Council advises the Executive Board on legal, financial and diplomatic issues in relation to repatriation, youth development and marketing in foreign countries. The Council meets annually and members are invited to all major events of the Foundation in SA and abroad.

Council members are invited to advise the operational structure on the formation of partnerships and development of networks in their respective countries as well as funding opportunities.

Amb. Princeton N. Lyman:

Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman served as United States special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan from March 2011 to March 2013. As special envoy he led U.S. policy in helping in the implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Ambassador Lyman previously held the position of Ralph Bunche Fellow for African Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. From 1999 to 2003, he was executive director of the Global Interdependence Initiative at the Aspen Institute.

Ambassador Lyman’s previous career in government included assignments as deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs (1981-1986), U.S. ambassador to Nigeria (1986-1989), director of refugee programs (1989-1992), U.S. ambassador to South Africa (1992-1995), and assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs (1996-1998). From 2008-2010, he was a member of the African Advisory Committee to the United States Trade Representative. He began his government career with the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as USAID director in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1976 to 1978.

Ambassador Lyman is a member of several boards, including the National Endowment for Democracy, the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, the Buffleshoek Trust in South Africa, and the board on African science academy development for the National Academy of Sciences.

Ambassador Lyman has a PhD in political science from Harvard University. He has published books and articles on foreign policy, African affairs, economic development, HIV/AIDS, U.N. reform, and peacekeeping. He has published op-eds in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, and International Herald Tribune. His book, "Partner to History: The U.S. Role in South Africa’s Transition to Democracy" (U.S. Institute of Peace Press), was published in 2002. He was co-director of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force Report, "More Than Humanitarianism: A Strategic U.S. Approach Toward Africa", issued in 2006, and co-editor of "Beyond Humanitarianism: What You Need to Know About Africa and Why It Matters" (Council on Foreign Relations) published in 2007. Most recently he has published several articles on Sudan and South Sudan.


Lord Renwick of Clifton:

Lord Robin William Renwick, KCMG served as a Senior Advisor of Olive Group FZ-LLC. Lord Renwick served as Vice Chairman, Investment Banking of J.P. Morgan Europe from 2000 to 2004. He served as an Adviser of Kazakhmys PLC.

He has had a diplomatic career spanning over 30 years and entered the British Foreign Service in 1963.

He serves as the Chairman of Robert Fleming Inc. and Fluor Limited. He served as a Vice Chairman at J.P. Morgan Cazenove Limited since January 2001 to 2014. He serves as Joint Deputy Chairman at Fleming Family & Partners Ltd. Lord Renwick has been a Non-Executive Director of Kazakhmys PLC since December 1, 2005. He serves as a Director of Excelsior Mining Corp. He serves as a Director of South African Breweries PLC and a Trustee at The Economist. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA since 1995 and serves as its Lead Independent Director. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at British-American Business Council. He served as a Director at BHP Billiton Limited from June 2001 to November 25, 2005 and BHP Billiton PLC since June 2001. He served as Independent Non-Executive Director of British Airways Plc (UK) from 1996 to July 2005. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Liberty International plc and Canal Plus. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Bumi Plc until June 26, 2013. He served as a Director of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited since October 1999. He served as Director of SABMiller plc from 1999 to July 2008 and Fluor Corporation from 1997 to August 1, 2008. He served as Non-Executive Director of Gem Diamonds Limited from September 24, 2007 to June 30, 2009 and Asia Resource Minerals plc from February 22, 2011 to June 26, 2013. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Vallar PLC.

He was British Ambassador to South Africa from 1987 to 1991, British Ambassador to the United States from 1991 to 1995 and was subsequently appointed to the House of Lords by Prime Minister Blair. He has an MA Hons. degree in History from Jesus College, Cambridge. He is currently the Senior Advisor: JP Morgan.
Click here to read about Lord Renwick's latest book - Mission to South Africa - Diary of a Revolution


Right Hon Malcolm Fraser A.C. C.H:

Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC served as Australia's 22nd Prime Minister from 1975 until he resigned from federal politics in 1983 after 28 years as the Federal Member for Wannon. He held several ministries during his time in Parliament including Minister for the Army, Minister of State for Defence, and Minister for Education and Science.

Since leaving government, Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser has played an eminent role in international relations. In 1985, he chaired the United Nations hearings in New York on the Role of Multinationals in South Africa and Namibia. From October 1985 to August 1986, he was Co-Chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Eminent Persons, formed to encourage a process of dialogue and reform in South Africa. In 1989, he was appointed Chairman of the United Nations Committee on African Commodity Problems.

Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser presided over CARE International as Chairman from 1990 to 1995 while serving as President of CARE Australia from 1987 to 2001. He was a Board Member of the International Crisis Group from 1996-2000 and has remained a Senior Advisor to the ICG since.

Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia and received the President's Gold Medal for Humanitarian Service from B'nai B'rith International as well as the Australian Human Rights Medal from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

In March 2010, the book Malcolm Fraser the Political Memoirs by Malcolm Fraser and Margaret Simons, was published by Miegunyah Press. In 2011, under the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, they were awarded the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction as well as Book of the Year.

23 March 2015 - Ifa Lethu Foundation Mourns the Passing of Former Australian Prime Minister the Honorable John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH, GCL - Read here

Opening Speech by the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser for Home & Away Australia, June 2011


Lynda Chalker (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey):
Baroness Chalker is founder and chairman of Africa Matters Limited (UK), which provides advice to businesses, governments and other international organisations on developing business in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a non-executive director of several major companies, as well as an adviser to the World Bank.

Lynda Chalker has been a member of the Lower and Upper Houses of the UK Parliament for over thirty years. For eighteen of these, she served continuously as a Minister in Margaret Thatcher and John Major’s Governments. Between 1986 and 1997 she was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, holding responsibility for Africa and the Commonwealth and from 1986 to 97 also Minister for Overseas Development. She was made a Life Peer in 1992.

Lynda Chalker dedicates significant time and energy to many major charitable organisations as well as to her business. Between 1998 and 2006 she was Chairman of the Board of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Current appointments include Chairman of the Board of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Honorary Vice President of the British Red Cross, Advisory Council member of the African Medical and Research Foundation, Trustee of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, President of Practical Action (formerly the Intermediate Technology Development Group) and Vice-President of WaterAid. She is a founder Board Member of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust.


Dr Tor Sellström:

Tor Sellström, a Swedish citizen, has closely followed the liberation struggles in Southern Africa including Angola , Namibia and Zambia, Zimbabwe etc. His long relationship with Southern African and his experience as a Planning Economist with the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA), the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries (SAREC) and other Swedish aid organizations have given him a clear view of the issues facing the region.

In October 2002, he took up the position as Counsellor (Economist) for development cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria, South Africa. Sellström joined ACCORD in January 2006 as a Senior Advisor. He coordinates the Research Unit, serves on the Editorial Board of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution and is attached to the Director’s Office for the development of the Africa Peace Centre, the design and roll-out of programmes on African leadership, peace agreements and political and socio-economic transitions, as well as for the building of partnerships with Sweden and the other Nordic countries. In 2011, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University awarded to Tor Sellström (b. 1946) the title and diploma of Honorary Doctor. Tor Sellström has worked in or on Africa, particularly Southern Africa since 1977, mainly as a development bureaucrat, policy maker and practitioner for Swedish Development Cooperation (Sida) and the Swedish MFA, but also for local NGOs and research institutes. His work has covered areas such as liberation, state formation, nationbuilding, democratization and sustainable development. He is the author of many publications in these areas.

Sellström receives the degree of Doctor honoris causa (D.h.c.) for his monumental research on the liberation struggles in Southern Africa, and for successfully bridging the fields of academia, policy and practice. Mr. Sellström recently returned from South Africa to Sweden to take up a position as senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala. His current research project is entitled “African Island States in Peace and Conflict: Rising Tides in the Indian Ocean.


Robert Devereux:

After graduating from Cambridge University, Robert Devereux worked with Amnesty International and Macmillan Publishers before joining Virgin in 1980 as Richard Branson’s partner. He established the entertainment division of the company of which he was Chairman, which included the creation of Virgin Vision, in its day Europe’s leading film and video producer and distributor, the launching of Virgin Radio, Virgin Net, Virgin Interactive Entertainment and masterminding the purchase of Virgin Cinemas.

In 1996 Robert sold his interests in Virgin in order to concentrate on his family, leisure investments and his charitable activities. He has been Chairman of Soho House plc and The Big Sleep Hotels Ltd.

He is currently the Chairman of New Forest Holdings Ltd, a sustainable and commercial African Forestry company with operations in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Mozambique. He is also Chairman of Frieze Events & Magazines Ltd, the London based art fair & publishing business. He is also a member of the supervisory board of Catalyst Partners, a Nairobi based East African private equity firm.

His non-commercial interests include the Portobello Trust, Save the Rhino International, Westside School and Kuona Trust. He has established The African Arts Trust, which through its grant making will support professional practicing artists trying to make a livelihood out of art in Africa. He is Chairman of the Tate’s African Acquisitions Committee and on the advisory board of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Robert has recently joined the Global Advidsory Council Board of Ifa Lethu, a Tshwane based non-profit foundation. He has been a Governor of The South Bank Centre, a Founding Director of the Central London Training and Enterprise Council and a Founding Director of North Kensington City Challenge.

Robert spends a significant amount of time in East Africa, where he owns a house in Lamu in Northern Kenya, and is involved in a number of community and commercial projects. He is also a passionate collector of modern and contemporary British art and African art and has formed, in partnership with friends, the Daraja collection.