Dave Steward is a South African diplomat, business man and philanthropist. He is the chairman of the F W de Klerk Foundation, an NGO that upholds the Constitution, and the Managing Director at Canopus Consultancies Pty Ltd., which provides general communication advice and services. He headed the SA Communication Service from 1985 until 1992 when he was appointed Director-General in President Frederik Willem de Klerk’s Office.
Mr. Steward was the Director-General in the Office during the transition period of apartheid from 1992 till 1994, where he was closely involved in South Africa’s constitutional negotiations, as well as the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Cabinet and the Director-General for the Office of the Deputy President from 1994 till 1997. A Diplomat from 1966 till 1985, he was also the South African Ambassador to the United Nations in New York from 1981 till 1982 and the Chief government spokesperson from 1986 till 1994. In 1998 he co-authored De Klerk’s autobiography “The Last Trek” and in 1999 established the FW de Klerk Foundation together with the former president.
Mr. Stewardis the Senior Advisor for Communication Strategies for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and a member of the “A gentleman's dinner, speaking and debating club”. He is also the Vice-Chairperson of the Board for the Woodside Special Care Centre, which provides residential care to children and young adults with profound mental and physical disabilities. Mr. Steward lives in South Africa and is an avid golfer at Devonvale Golf Club.