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Ivan May

Ivan Raymond May

Former CEO of the Constitution Hill Trust

Born 23-08-1947 in Johannesburg South Africa

Deceased 31-12-2010 (63 years old) in Johannesburg

Ivan May served as CEO of the Constitution Hill Trust. He was also the President of the University of the Witwatersrand's convocation and an honorary lecturer at the university's Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, among other positions. He passed away in December 2010.

Business Address

9 Klip Street, Observatory, Johannesburg, 2198

Professional details

Previous Position(s)

Honorary Lecturer | Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics
Witwatersrand University Medical School | 2009 - 2010

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Specialist Consultant | Interbrand Sampson South Africa
2008 - 2010

Non-Executive Director | National Research Foundation
2008 - 2010

Chief Executive Officer | Constitution Hill Trust
Johannesburg | 2007 - 2010

Advisor | Net#work BBDO Advertising Agency
Johannesburg | 2007 - 2009

Board Member | National BioTech Advisory Committee
South Africa | 2007 - 2010

Non-Executive Director | Vodacom Foundation
2006 - 2010

ICT and Telecommunications

Chief Executive Officer | Intellectual Capital Corporation of Africa
Johannesburg | 2003 - 2010

Chief Executive Officer | Channel169, DStv Audio | 1485 Radio TODAY
Johannesburg | 2003 - 2010

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Chief Executive Officer | Cow Parade South Africa
Johannesburg | 2003 - 2005

Honorary Associate Professor | School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences | University of the Witwatersrand
Witwatersrand University | 2003 - 2010

Academia, Education and Training

Assistant General Manager | Nedcor | NEDBANK GROUP LTD
Johannesburg | 1999 - 2003

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Non-Executive Director | Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa
1995 - 2010

Executive Director | Nedcor Foundation
1990 - 2003

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Non-Executive Director | South African Futures Exchange
1990 - 1997

Assistant General Manager | NEDBANK GROUP LTD
Johannesburg | 1986 - 1999

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Client Service Director | Ogilvy & Mather
Johannesburg | 1980 - 1986

General Manager | Marketing | Greatermans Department Stores
Johannesburg | 1978 - 1980

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Personal Assistant | To Chair | Greatermans Department Stores
Johannesburg | 1977 - 1978

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Research Fellow | Wageningen University
Netherlands | 1969 - 1970

Academia, Education and Training

Research Assistant | Department of Zoology | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg | 1969 - 1969

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history


University of the Witwatersrand

Completed 1968

Bachelor of Science

University of Pretoria

South Africa | Completed 2009

Certificate in Bioentrepreneurship

University of the Witwatersrand

Completed 1969

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

University of the Witwatersrand

Completed 1970

Master of Science

University of the Witwatersrand

Completed 1974

Doctor of Philosophy

University of the Witwatersrand

Completed 1976

Master of Business Administration



Marketing Organisation of the Year Nedbank | Institute of Marketing Management

Financial Services Marketing Person of the Year | Institute of Marketing Management

Gold Medal | Worldwide Fund for Nature

Marketing Man of the Year | The Star

Marketing Excellence Award | Services Sector Education Training Authority

Fellow | Royal Institution | 2010

Fellow | da Vinci Institute of Technology and Innovation | 2010

Fellow | Royal Geographical Society

Wits Volunteer Award | University of the Witwatersrand

Listed a 'Top 10 SA Marketer' | Strategic Marketing and

Top 100 Old Boys | King Edward VII School

Eagle Award | BirdLife South Africa

Loerie Award Gold for Marketing Excellence | Marketing Federation of South Africa

Patron and Honorary Member | Southern African Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Wits Alumni Award | University of the Witwatersrand

Arts and Culture Trust Special Award | Arts and Culture Trust

Green Trust Special Award | Green Trust

Terra Nova Award | Audi

Honorary Associate | University of the Witwatersrand; School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Man of Honour | 'O' - The Oprah Magazine : Oprah Winfrey

Exceptional Service Award | Advertising Standards Authority

World Fellow | Duke of Edinburgh Award

Fellow | Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce

Wild Award Nedbank | United Nations Environment Programme and the Wild Foundation

Humanitarian of the Year (jointly with Nelson Mandela) | Jewish Report

Protea Award | Association of Marketers of South Africa

Cheetah Award | Endangered Wildlife Trust

Knight of Justice of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem | British Sovereign

Goodwill Ambassador | Nelson Mandela Children's Fund; Harlem Globetrotters

Gold Panda Award Nedbank | Worldwide Fund for Nature

SPADA Award | Sales Promotion and Design Association

Silver Medal | Ben Gurion University

Fellow | Institute of Marketing Management

Captain Scott Memorial Medal | South African Biological Society



Chartered Marketer Council of South Africa

Convenor and Chair, 2007 - 2009

Chartered Marketer Board, Institute of Marketing Management South Africa

Chair, 1998 - 2002

Marketing Association of South Africa

Member, 2006 - present

Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom


American Marketing Association


Slow Food


International Wine and Food Society




Institute of Marketing Management of South Africa


Ethics Institute of South Africa


Chief Marketing Officer Council

Africa Advisory Board

Royal Society of South Africa

Member, 2009 - present

Chaine des Rotisseurs


South African Advertising Research Foundation

former board member

International Advertising Association

former Committee Member

Institute of Directors Southern Africa


Institute of Bankers South Africa



Executive Committee of Convocation, University of the Witwatersrand

Member, 2006 - present

University of the Witwatersrand

Council Member, 2006 - present

Sustainability Sub-Committee of the Institute of Directors of South Africa

Committee Member, 2009 - present

Institute of Directors of Southern Africa

Councillor, 2003 - 2010

Bussiness and Arts South Africa

Vice Chair, 2004 - present

King 3 Committee on Corporate Governance

Member, 2007 - present

Market Theatre Foundation

Trustee, 1990 - 2007

Order of St John South Africa

Vice Chancellor, 1999 - 2005

Arts and Culture Trust of the President

Founder and Board Member, 1995 - 2003

Green Trust

Founder and Board Member, 1990 - 2003

South African Democracy Education Trust

Trustee, 2000 - 2003

Endangered Species Protection Unit Trust

Chair, 1998 - 2002

United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development

Local Advisory Council Member, 2000 - 2002

Sacred Heart School Marist Brothers: Board of Governors

Chair, 1991 - 1998

Indalo Yethu: South African Environmental Awareness Campaign

Eco-Ambassador, 2009 - present

Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa

Chair, 2001 - present

Leigh Matthews Memorial Trust

Chair, 2005 - present

Salvation Army Territorial Business Advisory Board

Chair, 2003 - present

Salvation Army National Media and Marketing Committee

Chair, 1989 - present

Cheetah Outreach Trust

Trustee, 2009 - present

Ifa Lethu Foundation

Board Member, 2008 - present

CARE: Community Aids Response

Board Member, 2007 - present

Digital Links International

Trustee, 2007 - 2010


Board Member, 2007 - present

Field Band Foundation of South Africa

Patron, 2004 - present

Sports Trust

Founder, 1995 - present

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