Non Exec Director
Harry Gouvelis graduated from Wits University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in African Politics and International Relations. During his time as a student he served as National President of the National Association of Hellenic Student Organisations of South Africa. In 1991 he was elected to the then Greater Germiston City Council and was re-elected in 1995 as an ANC proportional representation councillor. Harry served as a City Councillor for almost ten years, four of which he was a member of the Executive Committee and for five years he was Chairperson of the Council’s Legal and Constitutional Committee. Harry also served three terms as Treasurer of the Germiston ANC branch.
Harry worked as a consultant in the Public Sector Division of Price Waterhouse Coopers, as a Project Manager for Business Against Crime and as a Senior Institutional Analyst for the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
In 2000 Harry was admitted to the Wits Business School where he obtained his MBA degree. In 2001 he started a plastic sand manufacturing business that focuses on recycling plastics. He sold the business in 2013. Harry has served as President of the Federation of Hellenic Communities and Associations of South Africa from 1998 to 2002; this is the umbrella body for all Greek organisations in South Africa. He has also served as the coordinator for Africa and the Middle East for the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) which is the official body of the Hellenic Diaspora established by the Constitution of the Hellenic Republic from 2007 to 2012.
In 2004 President Mbeki appointed Harry as a member of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, which is an institution established by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa for the strengthening of our democracy. Harry served as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee of the Commission and as a member of the Audit Committee. He also served as Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Govan Mbeki Municipality and in August 2011 he was appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture as a member of the Council of the South African State Theatre where he serves as the Chairperson of the Marketing and Fund-raising Committee.
Harry was a proportional list candidate for the ANC in Tshwane in the 2011 local government elections and serves on the Minorities Task Team of the ANC Tshwane Region. Harry has also served as Vice President for the Council of the Hellenic Community of Pretoria.