David Maynier (44) is a classic career politician. He cut his teeth in the DA, which he joined as a member of the party’s professional staff straight after graduating from the University of Cape Town.
Already at a young age he’d held several senior positions in the party – including chief of staff under former DA national leader Tony Leon.
But being in the f iring line at such a young age also took its toll and after ten years Maynier felt he needed to take a break from politics. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself and Maynier was privileged to get accepted at the Kennedy School of Governance at the prestigious Harvard University in the US where he enrolled for a Masters in Public Administration in 2007-2008.
“It was a life-changing experience,” he recalls. “In the first term, for example I had the opportunity to listen to at least four Nobel Peace Prize winners speak. At