Donald Gips '89
Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa
Two decades after the end of apartheid, South Africa is an economic powerhouse in Africa and a key partner for the United States and other countries. In his four years as U.S. ambassador, Donald Gips ’89 worked to help increase investment and trade between the U.S. and South Africa. Previously, Gips ran President Obama’s Office of Presidential Personnel and served as chief domestic policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore. He has also served as chief of the FCC’s International Bureau, and before entering government, was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Gips spoke to Yale Insights in 2013 about investment opportunities in Africa and the art of business diplomacy.