Ismail is known for his role in negotiating major agreements for South Africa, including with the Southern African Customs Union as well as the Trade and Development Agreement with the European Union.
He chaired the International Trade and Administration Commission from 2015 to 2018, and was reappointed for a five-year term till 2023.
In a statement, Ismail said he viewed his appointment as an opportunity to contribute to rebuilding the institutions of the democratic state and the capacity of the next generation of policy makers, based on the values of the late President Nelson Mandela.
The school has trained 1,400 students from across Africa in leadership and academic programmes since its establishment in 2011.
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