Poster of the conference with South Africa

The Age of Geopolitical Disorder: the Entropic Pull to a Fragmented World

Presented by the South African High Commissioner-designate to Canada, Mr Rieaz Shaik.

His Excellency Rieaz Shaik

His Excellency Mr. Rieaz Shaik

High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of South Africa

H.E Mr. Rieaz Shaik has been appointed, 01 February 2021, by President Cyril Ramaphosa as South Africa’s High Commissioner to Canada. Prior to taking up his diplomatic posting Mr. Shaik was a private sector consultant that specialized in corporate reputation risk management. He has also held several senior management positions both in the private and public sector. His various positions included that of CEO at CorpAfrica (Pty) limited, Deputy Intelligence Coordinator, South Africa's Consul General to Germany, South Africa's Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Algeria, Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Head of the SA Secret Services (South Africa’s foreign intelligence service), and Group Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Jacques Frémont

Jacques Frémont

President and Vice-Chancellor

Jacques Frémont is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

 Lauchlan T. Munro

Lauchlan T. Munro

Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, uOttawa

Lauchlan Munro is a socio-economist and manager. Before joining the University of Ottawa, Lauchlan served as Vice-President at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2008 to 2012. From 2004 to 2009, he was Director of Policy and Planning and Chief of Staff to the President of IDRC. From 2000 to 2003, Lauchlan was Chief of Strategic Planning with UNICEF. He also worked for UNICEF in DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Uganda. From 1985 to 1987, he was a member of the Royal Bhutanese Civil Service. Lauchlan is a two-time graduate of the University of Toronto, and he earned his Ph.D. from the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester.

Date and time

Thursday, November 10

From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.


FSS 4007




Please note that registration is mandatory to attend this event. Spots will be limited.

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