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Kayum Ahmed was appointed CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission on 1 August 2010. He holds five degrees and three post-graduate diplomas including a Masters in International Law (LLM), a Masters in Arts (MA) cum laude, and a post-graduate diploma in Trade Law and Policy (awarded with distinction). Kayum is a recipient of the prestigious Nelson Mandela Scholarship from Leiden University in The Netherlands, a former Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at American University's Washington College of Law, as well as a former Congressional Fellow at the United States Congress. Before joining the Commission, Kayum served as the Acting Head of International Relations at the Parliament of South Africa. More recently, Kayum was nominated as one of the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans Award for 2011. He is a Fellow of the seventh class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.