Achmat Dangor was born in October, 1948 in Johannesburg. He has devoted much of his life to politics, including heading up the Kagiso Trust, which, when created, was the largest black–led foundation in South Africa.
He was formerly Executive Director of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and also former Director of Advocacy and Communications at the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).
His novel Bitter Fruit was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize.
He is currently Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.