Johannesburg, South Africa
Jay Naidoo is Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) an international organisation head-quartered in Geneva, Switzerland, committed to addressing malnutrition facing two billion people in the world. GAIN is a public-private partnership that brings together UN Agencies, private businesses, philanthropic organizations, Governments and civil society around practical programmes in close to 25 countries in the world.
A leading anti-apartheid activist, Jay was also the founding General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the countryâ€™s largest federation of unions, which played a leading role in the struggle for freedom in South Africa. From 1994 to 1999, he was Minister in the Presidentâ€™s Office responsible for the Reconstruction and Development Programme and later Minister of Communications in President Nelson Mandelaâ€™s cabinet.