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Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

Date / Time

10 June 09:30 - 10:30

Rates

Adult
R100
Early Bird
R85

Duration

1 hour

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation, the largest disaster response non-governmental organisation on the African continent, will open this year’s Strauss & Co series of talks and presentations.
Dr Sooliman qualified as a medical doctor at the then University of Natal Medical School in 1984. He soon gave up his career as a medical doctor to pursue the field of humanitarian aid, which for him transcends the boundaries of race, religion, culture, class and geography. In 1992 he founded Gift of the Givers as an impartial and apolitical
foundation dedicated to servicing humanity with compassion, kindness and mercy. Driven by the ethos of brotherhood between all nations, and an unflinching and selfless commitment to easing pain and suffering, Dr Sooliman and his medical team have provided humanitarian relief on an unprecedented scale to global war
zones, refugee camps, famine and drought-stricken areas, and regions affected
by natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. For this monumental contribution, Sooliman has been awarded, amongst others, Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Stellenbosch and Rhodes, the President’s Order of the Star of South Africa, the SA Medical Association Excellence in Health Care Award, the FW de Klerk Foundation Goodwill Award, The Herald Nelson Mandela University Citizen of the Year Award, and a Global
Citizen Award, amongst many others. In January 2023 he was selected as Vrye Weekblad’s Person of the Year.