Yale School of Management

A Conversation with Donald Gips ’89, Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa

R. Peter Straus Lecture

February 27, 2017, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. EST

Please join us on Monday, February 27 for “South Africa at a Crossroads…Where to from here?,” A Conversation with Donald Gips '89, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group and Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. This lecture is presented by the R. Peter Straus Lecture Series. Mr.Gips will be joined in conversation by James Levinsohn, Director of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs & Professor of Economics and Management.

Named for R. Peter Straus YC ’44, a pioneer in public-service radio, the R. Peter Straus Lecture Series presents talks by prominent individuals on topics that relate to the press and public responsibility.

This event is open to the Yale Community.


 Donald H. Gips is a Principal of ASG, where he brings a wealth of experience in international business, management, and diplomacy to clients across the firm. He led the building of ASG's robust Africa practice.

Ambassador Gips served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from July 2009 until January 2013. As Ambassador, he managed over 1,000 people from a dozen different government agencies and oversaw an annual budget of over $600 million.  He was recognized for his efforts to promote improved relations with South Africa when the U.S. State Department chose him as the recipient of the 2010 Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service.

Before being asked to be President Obama's personal representative to South Africa, Ambassador Gips served as Assistant to the President.  He was a leader on the Presidential Transition Team and then served in the White House, where he ran the Office of Presidential Personnel, overseeing the selection of several thousand political appointments for the Obama Administration.  He previously served in the White House during the Clinton administration, working as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore.

Ambassador Gips also serves as the Chair of the U.S.-South Africa Business Council.  In addition, he is a Senior Advisor at Blackstone, and an outside Director on the boards of Zayo, Black Rhino, Nextnav and Omnispace.

Ambassador Gips received an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he was honored as a Donaldson Fellow, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he was presented with the Ames Award and the Paul Revere Frothingham Prize.

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