David Whitefoord Steward was born on 23 May 1945 in Nairobi, Kenya and was educated in Canada, the United Kingdom and at Stellenbosch University.
He served as a diplomat from 1966 until 1985 and was Ambassador to the UN in 1981-82. He was the Head of the South African Communication Service from 1985 until 1992 when he was appointed Director-General in the Office of President F W de Klerk.
Mr Steward remained Head of Mr De Klerk’s office when he served as Deputy President in the Government of National Unity. He retired from the public service in October 1996 and started his own consultancy.
He assisted Mr De Klerk with the writing of his autobiography “The Last Trek: a New Beginning” and helped Mr De Klerk to establish the F W de Klerk Foundation in 1999. Since then he has served as the Foundation’s Executive Director.