Ambassador, politician, lawyer, keynote speaker, writer, husband, father and grandfather.
A brief introduction.
Ambassador Douglas Gibson is one of South Africa’s best known and most respected former politicians. His
positive and constructive analysis of events and views about the future are popular with audiences.
He was the Opposition Chief Whip in Parliament for many years. He spoke truth to power and had a reputation for integrity. Despite being a robust politician and a tough debater, he remained on good terms with his political opponents. Even in the darkest moments of politics in South Africa, he managed – and still does – to remain cheerful and optimistic.
When Douglas was appointed an ambassador in 2007, many were astounded because the appointment was
unprecedented: no opposition MP had become an ambassador since 1994. He served a successful four year
term as ambassador to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma) and was permanent observer to the
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Douglas practised as an attorney for many years and took the apartheid government to court in every election for decades. On his return to South Africa he has devoted himself to a new career as a public speaker, writer and newspaper columnist.
He writes for The Star, Mercury, Pretoria News and recently, for Beeld, the Afrikaans morning daily. He travels regularly, speaking on world affairs on cruise liners.
In 2012 the DA presented him with a Lifetime Award for his contribution to democracy in South Africa: “In recognition of his remarkable career in public life as Town and Provincial Councillor and Member of Parliament, his stellar achievements as leader, spokesperson on frontline portfolios and Chief Whip of the opposition, service to his country as ambassador, and feisty warrior for liberal democratic values.”