Dr Imtiaz Sooliman was born and raised in Potchefstroom before relocating to Durban where he went on to qualify as a medical doctor at the then University of Natal in 1984. Sooliman gave up his medical career to pursue the field of humanitarian aid, founding the Gift of the Givers Foundation in 1992.
Initially just a disaster response agency, Gift of the Givers now has 21 categories of projects which include bursaries, agricultural self sustainability, water provision, establishment of primary health care clinics and medical support to hospitals, feeding schemes as well as the supply of household and personal hygiene packs. The foundation is the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin on the African continent having delivered over R2.1 billion in life saving aid to over 43 countries around the world.
He was awarded the Order of the Baobab in Silver for his contribution to humanitarian aid in South Africa through the Gift of the Givers Foundation and his humanitarian relief missions in various countries. Moreover, his activities have been acknowledged through in excess of 123 national and international awards, citations, commendations and special recognition. This recognition includes three awards from Heads of State and the President’s Order of the Star of South Africa, the highest civilian award in South Africa.
Through his philanthropic and humanitarian work locally and abroad, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman has become a recognized name across races, religions, classes and nationalities.