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His Excellency The Ambassador to Thailand
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Douglas Gibson was the South African Ambassador to Thailand until the end of January this year. He was also accredited to Cambodia, Lao and to Myanmar (Burma). He was South Africa’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

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Douglas Gibson

His Excellency The Ambassador to Thailand
Author | Speaker | Political Analyst

Douglas Gibson was the South African Ambassador to Thailand until the end of January this year. He was also accredited to Cambodia, Lao and to Myanmar (Burma). He was South Africa’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

Former President Thabo Mbeki surprised everyone in 2007 when he made the then almost unprecedented appointment of Douglas Gibson from the Opposition benches in Parliament to a senior diplomatic post in 2007. This was the first such appointment since the democratisation of South Africa in 1994.

A retired politician with a reputation for feistiness and for conducting liberal-democratic politics with gusto, he contested 13 elections as a candidate, beginning in 1965, firstly against the Apartheid Government until 1994 and subsequently against the ruling ANC government. For the past 37 years he has been a member of the Democratic Alliance and its predecessors.

He was a Provincial MP for 16 years, a City Councillor for 5 years and a Member of the National Assembly for 17 years. He served variously as Leader of the Opposition in Provincial Government, Chief Whip of the Opposition in Parliament and was the Opposition spokesperson on many portfolios during his career, including Justice, Safety and Security, Defence, Transport, Correctional Services, Foreign Affairs and Finance.

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He was for many years Leader of the old PFP in the Transvaal Province and was variously Federal Chairman of Finance and Chairperson of the Federal Council of the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance. On many occasions, he acted as leader of the Party.

Born in 1942, Douglas Gibson was educated at Potchefstroom High School for Boys and the University of South Africa. He has a BA in Politics and Private Law, an Attorneys’ Admission Diploma, and an Honours BA in Political Science (cum laude). He is about to commence studies for a doctorate in Literature and Philosophy. He is a senior attorney and also a conveyancer. He was the principal of the firm Handelsman and Douglas Gibson for almost twenty years and then amalgamated with Moss Morris Inc. He is a now a legal consultant. He represented some major companies as legal adviser and was involved in important litigation in the Supreme Court in every election for decades as the lawyer for his party.

His Excellency is married to Pam and they have an adult son, Donald. When they left Bangkok after four years, they returned to their home in Johannesburg. He consults on doing business in Africa and South Africa and in South East Asia, focusing on Thailand, Laos PDR, Cambodia, and when this becomes appropriate, Burma (Myanmar). He is completing his second novel, writes articles for the local media and is now a sought-after professional speaker, bringing his vast political experiences and insights to the corporate conference circuit.

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