Ashor Sarupen

Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Council 1

Ashor Sarupen is the first deputy chairperson of the DA Federal Council.

Ashor Sarupen attend Wits University where he completed his Bachelor of Science, before entering politics as a research analyst for the DA in Gauteng.

He subsequently acquired a BSC Honours (Wits), MBA (Wits) and an MPhil in Corporate Strategy at GIBS. His MBA research focused on Business Models for the Internet of Things, and his MPhil research was into the impact of anti-globalization on the South African economy.

Ashor joined the DA in 2006 at the age of 17 in his hometown of Springs, Gauteng, where he subsequently served as the constituency chairperson and local campaign manager.

He was elected to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitian Council in 2011 and served as the Chief Whip of the Official Opposition in the Council at the age of 22. He served on the council Rules, Ethics and Public Accounts committees.

In 2014 he was appointed as an election strategist for the DA’s Gauteng election campaign, which saw the DA get its best result to date.

He then served as a Member of the Gauteng Legislature between 2014 and 2019, representing the DA on the Finance, Economic Development, Social Development and Education committees.

In 2016, Ashor spearheaded the DA’s campaign effort in the Ekurhuleni Metro that successfully brough the ANC under 50% of the vote share.

In October 2019, Helen Zille appointed him Chief of Staff and subsequently as her Parliamentary Counsel. In 2020, he was elected into the DA’s national leadership as the Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Council. In 2021 he was appointed as the DA’s Deputy National Campaign manager for that years local government elections.

Since 2019, Ashor has served as a Member of Parliament and the DA’s Shadow Minister on the Appropriations Committee (which deals with the national budget).