Michael Louis’s Grandparents arrived in South Africa in 1914 from Lebanon. He studied Law and completed post graduate courses at Harvard University. His experience is varied, from Property Executive for some of the largest Corporate Property Companies in South Africa, to Media, Agriculture, Education and Politics.
At the start of the “Mandela Era” in 1994, he encountered a spiritual calling to Politics and became a Member of Parliament in the Western Cape Parliament.
- He was a founding member of the African Christian Democratic Party in South Africa and served as Chairman for 6 years. He also fulfilled a Cabinet position in Government with the Portfolios of Public Works, Asset Management and Development Planning. During this time he was also privileged to represent his party in drafting the National and Provincial Constitutions. He is also recognised as the first Member of Parliament from Lebanese descent.
- Michael presently serves his 3rd Generation Family Business, The Louis Group International, originally established by his Grandfather. House of Louis, a century of family tradition, has offices in London, Singapore, South Africa and Germany the company has been recognised with numerous awards; Top 100 Property Companies, Top Manager of the Year, Top Company to work for, South Africa’s Leading Manager of the Year and numerous International Awards. The Company focuses on Property Investment, Finance, Leadership, Information Technology and these companies all are committed to maintaining a Christian Ethos of Integrity, Innovation and Excellence.
- Having won the Team Leadership Award at the J.F. Kennedy School for Privatisation and Regulatory Reform, Michael has also been nominated for numerous leadership awards including being one of South Africa’s top 20 Christian mentors as cited in the book, “Mentors”. He also experienced a successful climb to Kilimanjaro in May 2007. More recently he was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate from Nyack University in New York with Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine.
- Michael is very proud of his Lebanese origin and heritage. He believes that with his Political, Business and Educational Experiences, he is well positioned to make a meaningful difference to his country of origin.