People Mr Trevor Manuel
Member, Oxford Martin Commission
Former Minister, Republic of South Africa
Mr Trevor Manuel served as a minister in the South African government for 20 years, 13 of them as Finance Minister. His first portfolio was under President Nelson Mandela as Minister of Trade and Industry. His final position was Minister in the Presidency: National Planning Commission.
Prior to serving in South Africa’s first democratic government, Mr Manuel headed the Department of Economic Planning established in 1991 by the African National Congress, a year after it’s unbanning. Between 1975 and 1991 he was an activist and anti-apartheid leader, serving on the National Executive Committee of the United Democratic Front, a mass movement of anti-apartheid organisations. Between 1985 and 1990 he was repeatedly detained without trial and placed under house arrest, spending 35 months in detention. He has served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress since his first election in 1991 and subsequent re-election in 1994, 1997, 2002 and 2007.
Mr Manuel has served in various senior capacities for a number of national and international bodies. He was Governor of the Boards of the African Development Bank Group as well as the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund, as Chair of the Development Committee of the World Bank and has chaired G-20 meetings.
Mr Manuel was appointed as Special Envoy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on financing for development in 2002 and in 2008. He also served as a commissioner in the International Task Force on Global Public Goods and on the Commission for Africa. He was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development, which was chaired by Professor Michael Spence. More recently he was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Finance. In 2010 he was appointed to the board of directors of the Global Green Growth Institute and in 2011 he was elected to co-chair the Transitional Committee for the Design of a Green Climate Fund.
Mr Manuel has received a number of awards and presentations, including Africa's Finance Minister of the Year and the Woodrow Wilson Public Service award. He has 7 honorary doctorates from South African tertiary institutions and a Doctor of Laws from MacMaster University, Ontario Canada. His South African doctorates are in the following fields- two of commerce, three of technology, one of economics and one of law. He has served as the Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) since May 2008.
Mr Manuel matriculated from Harold Cressy High School in Cape Town. He has a National Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering from the Peninsula Technikon and completed the Executive Management Programme from Stanford National University and the National University, Singapore.