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Franklin Sonn

Franklin Abraham Sonn

Former Ambassador to the USA


Born 11-10-1939 in Vosburg South Africa

Franklin Sonn is Chancellor for the University of the Free State and also is the President of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Esor Franki Limited. He previously served as the Ambassador to the United States of America.

Contact details

O: (021) 880 7700

M: 0832902501


Franklin Sonn's Professional details

Current Position(s)

Independent Non-Executive Director | Steinhoff International Holdings Limited
2002 - present

Chairperson | National Education & Training Forum
1994 - present

Non-Executive Director | Esor Franki Limited

Non-Executive Director | Macsteel Service Centres South Africa


Board Member | Personal Bank Division | Absa Group Limited

Non-Executive Director | South African Broadcasting Corporation

Non-Executive Director | Prestasi

Non-Executive Director | RGA Reinsurance Company of South Africa

Non-Executive Director | MTN Group Limited

Non-Executive Director | Nedbank Group Limited


Executive Chair | Kwezi V3 Engineers






Previous Position(s)

Chancellor | University of the Free State
2002 - 2009

Chairman | Airports Company South Africa
South Africa | 2005 - 2006

Non-Executive Director | Airports Company South Africa
2000 - 2005

Ambassador | South African Embassy
Washington, South Africa | 1995 - 1999

Government, Public Administration and Defence



President | Cape Teachers' Professional Association
1976 - 1990

Principal | Spes Bona High School
1971 - 1977

Educational history

Tertiary

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Awarded in 2002

Honorary Technical Doctorate

College of Baruch

Awarded in 1995

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Notre Dame

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Diploma in Teaching

University of Gallaudet, Washington DC

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of Nebraska

Honorary Bachelor of Education

California School of Professional Psychology

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Achievements

Awards

Gemeenskapsleier van die Jaar Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut

International Award in Honour of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

Special Merit Award | Association of Tech Principals

Award for Special Services | Association of Black Accts of SA

Paul Harris Award for Exceptional Service | Rotary

Young SA of the Year Award | Jaycee Organisation

Chancellor's Medal of Honour | Tech Pretoria

Dr Humanities | Howard University

Activities

Memberships

Institute of Admin & Comm

Fellow

community

WWF South Africa

Trustee

Desmond Tutu Peace Trust

Trustee

Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

Trustee

Nelson Mandela Foundation

Trustee

Impumelelo Innovations Awards Trust

Chair

READ Educational Trust

Chair

Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut

Pres, 2002 - present

Foundation for Community Work

Pres

Legal Resources Trust

Trustee

Outward Bound Trust SA

Trustee

Worldwide Fund for Nature SA

Trustee


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