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Cablegate: Young South Africans Identified for Maktoum Foundation

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SUBJECT: YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS IDENTIFIED FOR MAKTOUM FOUNDATION
ENTREPRENEURS CONFERENCE

REF: STATE 62391

1. (SBU) Post identified the following five young Muslim
entrepreneurs and leaders in South Africa for the Maktoum Foundation
Entrepreneurs Conference as tasked in reftel:

- Nazmeera Moola. Moola is Head of Macro Strategy at Macquarie
First South. She was selected South African Economist of the Year
by Reuters in 2005 and is a weekly columnist for the Financial Mail.
Contact details: Floor 23, ABSA Building, 2 Riebeck Street, Cape
Town 8000, nazmeera.moola@macquarie.com.

- Abdullah Verachia. Verachia is Head of India Division of Frontier
Advisory Limited. He is a regular media commentator for a number of
publications including CNBC Africa, SABC, Business Day and the
Sunday Times and is also part of the Brightest Young Minds program
in South Africa. Contact details: Frontier Advisory Limited, Block
C, 65 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg 2198,
averachia@frontier-advisory.com. Abdullah is well-connected in the
South African business community and would be a good source of
additional contacts.

- Mr. Zulfiq Isaacs. Isaacs is the Managing Director of Liquid
Thought. Liquid Thought delivers e-business services and consulting
solutions in South Africa. Contact details: Floor 1, 16 Bloem
Street, Cape Town 8001, zulfiq@liquidthought.co.za.

- Reza Omar. Omar is the Research Director of Citizen Surveys
Limited. He has been instrumental in facilitating major research
contracts and managing research studies on behalf of corporations,
development agencies, government departments and academic
institutions (e.g., Department of Trade and Industry, the World
Bank, and the U.S. Department of State). Contact details: Floor 1,
De Waal House, 172 Victoria Road, Woostock, Cape Town 7925,
info@citizensurveys.com.

- Yusuf Mohammad. Mohammad is the owner of Paragon Call Solutions
and Direct Calling Solutions. He employs 200 people. Contact
details: yusuf@paragoncall.co.za.

2. (SBU) Post would also like suggest the Durban-based Minara
Chamber of Commerce (www.minara.org.za) as a potential partner for
the Maktoum Foundation Entrepreneurs Conference. The Minara Chamber
of Commerce was formed in May 2000 to represent and assist South
African Muslim businesses and entrepreneurs. Minara is currently
compiling a directory of Muslim businesses and professional firms
located in South Africa.

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