Ifa Lethu 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.



Princeton N. Lyman:
Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman is the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Lyman’s career in government included assignments as deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa (1981-86), U.S. ambassador to Nigeria (1986-89), director of refugee programs (1989-92), ambassador to South Africa (1992-95), and assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs (1996-98). He served as director of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1976-78.


Lord Renwick of Clifton
Vice chairman, investment banking, J.P. Morgan Europe, chairman of Fluor Limited, and a director of British Airways plc, Compagnie Financière Richemont, SAB Miller and BHP Billiton plc. Lord Renwick served as British Ambassador to South Africa from 1987 to 1991 - the period leading to the release of Nelson Mandela and the unbanning of the African National Congress. He received an honorary degree from the University of the Witwatersrand for his contribution to the struggle against apartheid, and served as British Ambassador to the United States from 1991 to 1995. He was appointed to the House of Lords by Prime Minister Blair in 1997.

Right Hon Malcolm Fraser A.C. C.H
Mr Fraser is a distinguished Australian statesman. He was Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 until 1983, and before that served as Minister for the Army and Minister for Education and Science. He has a strong association with the search for peace and justice in Africa. From 1985 to 1986, he co-chaired the Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons which sought to promote political dialogue and bring a representative government to power in South Africa. From 1989 to 1990, he chaired the UN Committee on African Commodity Problems. He was the President of CARE International from 1990 to 1995 and Chairman of CARE Australia from 1987 to 2002. He has also served on the board of the International Crisis Group. He has been a member of InterAction C1 (a forum of former Heads of Government) since 1997.
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.

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.


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.
Ifa Lethu held a Luncheon in Johannesburg to welcome Mr Devereux.