Country Meeting South Africa

The full programme for this meeting will be announced as soon as possible.

Barry Gilder is currently Director Operations of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA).

He was born in Durban in 1950. He served on the national executive of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) in 1974/5. He went into exile in 1976 where he served in various capacities with the African National Congress. He returned to South Africa in 1991. He worked with the Matla Trust, set up by Mandela to provide voter education, from 1992 to 1994.  From 1995 to 1999 he served as General Manager Foreign Offices and later Deputy Director-General of the South African Secret Service (SASS). From 2000 to 2003 he served as Deputy Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). From 2003 to 2005 he served as Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs and from 2005 until his retirement in 2007 as South Africa’s Coordinator for Intelligence.

He is the author of the novel The List, Jacana, 2018, and of Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance, Jacana, Hurst 2012. He holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Date, time and location

01 May 2019
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room SB11