Neville Gabriel

Other Foundation (South Africa)

Neville Gabriel was one of the founders of the African Grantmakers Network, the first continent-wide forum for promoting African philanthropy by Africans. He was the founding Executive Director of the Southern Africa Trust and is now head of The Other Foundation, an African trust dedicated to advancing human rights in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Listed for several years by South Africa’s Financial Mail as one of the country’s most influential black citizens in the development sector, Neville Gabriel is a justice advocate, a philanthropy innovator, a human rights activist at Southern Africa regional level, and a strong local voice in encouraging giving in support of social justice. ‘Philanthropy should address power dynamics and be a brokering, bridging agency,’ he has been quoted as saying. ‘So far this role has been played by philanthropy from the North, and that does not work. This has to be indigenous.’ Follow him on Twitter @NevilleGabriel