Saleem is Executive Chairperson of Fipra South Africa / Ethicore Political Lobbying and a member of the firm’s International Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Fipra South Africa, Saleem was the Director-General of the Economic Development Department and the former Special Adviser to the Minister of Economic Development in South Africa. Saleem is Executive Chairperson of Fipra South Africa / Ethicore Political Lobbying and a member of the firm’s International Advisory Board. As a key member of the firm’s Competition Practice, Saleem advised major international hedge funds on the largest global merger to date and has successfully advised major multinational corporations on the regulatory approval processes for expansion, M&A’s in Sub-Saharan Africa. Saleem has extensive expertise and experience in all aspects of policy formulation, legislative development and governance at the highest level within the State, Parliamentary processes and political systems. Prior to joining Fipra South Africa, Saleem was the Director-General of the Economic Development Department and the former Special Adviser to the Minister of Economic Development in South Africa. Saleem was the CEO of the first Regional Electricity Distributor established in South Africa and also served as Special Adviser to the Electricity Distribution Industry Holding Company. He currently serves on the Minister of Energy’s Energy Advisory Council and various Boards of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). At city government level, Saleem was a three-term city councillor in the City of Cape Town, serving as the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of its Executive Committee. As the Mayoral Committee Member for Trading Services, he exercised political responsibility for the electricity, energy, water, waste management and bulk infrastructure functions of the city. Saleem holds a graduate Bachelors Degree and post-graduate Honours Degree in Social Science from the University of Cape Town. Prior to democracy in South Africa, he was also sent by the African National Congress (ANC) for political education at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO) in Tanzania.