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Post-elections thoughts on the future of U.S.-South Africa business with Ambassador Patrick Gaspard

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Please note that this is a breakfast event.

Registration: 07:30 - 08:00 Breakfast will be served during this time

Forum Start Time: 08:00

Length: 1 hour


Ambassador Gaspard joins us for a conversation about US-South Africa relations after the highly contested US elections.  During his tenure as Ambassador, Gaspard has made business and trade a priority, helping ensure that the SA-U.S. relationship move from strength to strength.  Prior to becoming Ambassador to South Africa, Gaspard was most well-known for his time at the White House and as executive director of the Democratic National Committee.  He was the Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs for the Obama administration, national political director of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and associate personnel director of President-elect Obama’s transition.


Patrick H. Gaspard,

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa

Prior to being appointed U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard served as the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, a position he held since 2011. Previously, he served as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Affairs from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that, he was the National Political Director for Obama for America. He served as the Executive Vice President and Political Director for the Service Employees International Union. In 2004, he served as the National Field Director for America Coming Together, and from 2003 to 2004, he was the National Deputy Field Director for Dean for America. From 1998 to 1999, he was the Chief of Staff for the New York City Council.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Gaspard held a number of positions with the City of New York, including Special Assistant in the Office of the Manhattan Borough President and Special Assistant in the Office of Mayor Dinkins.

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