Leading international financier Mark Schwartz has been awarded the 2011 Inyathelo Award for International Philanthropy to South Africa for his remarkable support of the largest health challenge facing our country – the HIV/Aids pandemic.
Former senior Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and former advisor to George Soros and President of Soros Fund Management, Mark has managed to persuade a group of top US institutions to invest more than R2 billion over the past 8 years into various South African hospitals, clinics, research centres and laboratories as part of his efforts to raise awareness of HIV/Aids, reduce infection and ultimately find a cure.
Mark and his wife Lisa, who is very much involved in the effort, are not just financially generous. They are active participants in all the projects in KwaZulu-Natal, visiting the country regularly to meet with sick patients, help train the next generation of African doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals, and plot the creation and development of world-class biomedical and healthcare facilities. Even Mark’s 80-year-old mother has spent considerable time driving around the townships in a mini-bus reading stories to children living with HIV/Aids.
Mark is currently Chairman and Managing Director of MissionPoint Capital Partners LLC.