Taffy Adler

Taffy Adler is the Chairman of Arrowhead Properties.

taffy adler

Taffy Adler is the CEO of the Housing Development Agency (HDA), a position he has held since the Agency's inception in 2009. He brought to this position more than 30 years' experience of activism and leadership in the labour, communications, urban development and human settlement fields.

From 1976 to 1986, Taffy was a full time official in the non-racial trade union movement. At the same time he was the non-executive Founding Chairman of Sangonet, the first internet service provider in South Africa. In 1987 he became Coordinator of the Labour and Economic Research Centre (LERC), and in 1991, became the Founding CEO of the Land Investment Trust.

Taffy was also the Founding CEO of the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC), a position he held for 13 years. The JHC was awarded the UN World Habitat Award in 2006.

Taffy has held directorships in at least 20 development-orientated companies over the last 10 years. These include Section 21 not-for-profit companies as well as public entities. He has held several appointments which have given him a platform to influence national and international public policy.

Such appointments have included joint convener of the National Technical Committee of Housing Subsidies which developed the first housing subsidy scheme for a newly democratic South Africa, membership of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on Urban Management, and, from 1994 to 2009, advisor to the National Minister of Housing.

In 1999 Taffy was named Gauteng Housing Person of the Year by the SA Housing Institute and in 2007 was named South African Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also a Fellow of the Schwab Foundation.

Taffy Adler is  the CEO of the Housing Development Agency, and was previously CEO of the Johannesburg Housing Company

Taffy holds a B.A, a B. Phil in African Studies and a M. Sc in Building Science from Wits University. He has lectured at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town, and has written or edited 19 journal articles and books.


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