David Ansara appointed new chief executive - FMF

Brings an excellent track record, well-respected reputation and informed intelligence to the role

David Ansara appointed Free Market Foundation chief executive

Brings an excellent track record, well-respected reputation and informed intelligence to the role

The Free Market Foundation announced today that it has appointed David Ansara as Chief Executive, with effect from 1 January 2023.

David is presently Executive Director at the Centre For Risk Analysis (CRA) at the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) where he manages the CRA’s policy research and political risk advisory services.

Says Rex van Schalkwyk, Chairman at the Free Market Foundation: “David is a deeply committed classical liberal who brings an excellent track record; a well-respected and regarded reputation; and considered, informed intelligence to the role. He is a strong advocate for individual liberty and market-based approaches to public policy.

“David is a natural leader who believes that free enterprise, private property rights, and the rule of law are indispensable elements of an open, flourishing society. We are delighted to welcome him to the team.”

The Foundation has a 47-year track record of promoting a market economy and fostering an open society, the rule of law, and individual liberties more broadly. It is a strong and vocal advocate for democratic human rights.

“Whether it’s your right to own property, or your ability to trade and earn a living, economic freedom matters for every South African, rich, or poor,” David says. “As the economy slows and the reach of the state expands, the case for free markets and limited government is now stronger than ever.

“The FMF has played – and will continue to play – a crucial role in advocating for free market solutions to the country’s many socio-economic problems. South Africa’s ongoing political realignment presents a significant opportunity for economic reform, but reform won’t come on its own. I intend to make the argument for liberty forcefully and often.

“I am delighted to be joining the Foundation and look forward to working with this exceptionally talented and committed group of people.”

David Ansara is well known as the host of the Centre For Risk Analysis YouTube channel and the Solutions With David Ansara podcast. David has had diverse professional experience across think tanks, consulting firms, and trade associations. He holds a master’s in political sciences from the University of Cape Town.  

Statement issued by Gail Day, Executive Manager at the Free Market Foundation, 1 November 2022