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Wilmot James
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Dr Wilmot James was born in Paarl in 1953. He is a noted South African academic-turned-politician, who currently is a MP for the Democratic Alliance (DA).

He serves as the country's Shadow Minister of Basic Education and is the Federal Chairperson of the DA. Dr. James is an Honorary Professor of Sociology (University of Pretoria) and in the Division of Human Genetics (University of Cape Town). He is Chairperson of the Board of the Africa Genome Education Institute.

Dr James has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1982) and a B.A.Hons Cum Laude from the University of the Western Cape (1977). He has held visiting positions at Yale University, Indiana University, American Bar Foundation (Chicago), the California Institute of Technology and the Edinburgh University.

He served as Chairperson of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Immigration Advisory Board of South Africa. He is also a former Trustee of the New York based Ford Foundation.

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