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Director Operations

Mr Barry Gilder 


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From 1990 to 1992, Barry Gilder was Administrative Editor of Africa Information Afrique, a development news agency, first in Zimbabwe and then in South Africa after his return from exile in 1991. He then served as Head Communications and later Deputy Director of the Matla Trust until he was deployed into the new democratic government at the beginning of 1995. He served as General Manager and later Deputy Director-General of the South African Secret Service from 1995 until 1999 and then as Deputy Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency from 2000 to 2003.

In 2003 he was appointed Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs and in 2005 was appointed Coordinator for Intelligence until his retirement from government in 2007.

In 2010 he helped to set up the Mapungubwe Institute and served as its Director Operations until early 2013 when he left to spend a year and a half in New Delhi, India. He continued as a Fellow of the Mapungubwe Institute.

In September 2013 he was appointed as a Senior Visiting Fellow in the University of the Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (now known as the Wits School of Governance) and in October was appointed to the Council of South Africa’s new National School of Government. He took up his new post in MISTRA on 1 October 2014.

He is the author of Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance (Jacana 2012, Hurst 2012).