Dr Mzukisi Qobo is a founder and Managing Director of Afgrain Food Group. Mzukisi has in the past fulfilled leadership roles that span government, policy think tanks, and academia. In his former role as Chief Director responsible for trade policy at the Department of Trade and Industry, he drafted South Africa’s current trade policy. Mzukisi has worked extensively with the private sector on advisory capacity in sectors such as mining, telecommunications, and finance. He is Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. Mzukisi serves on the Boards of Johannesburg Development Agency, Corruption Watch, Earn International, and Youth Development Institute of South Africa. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom (2006); MA from the University of Stellenbosch (2000); and BA from the University of Cape Town (1997).
Sakhumzi Fatyi is Executive Director for Finance and Investor Relations at Afgrain Food Group. Sakhumzi has extensive experience in banking, spanning mainstream banking, capital markets, credit and IT project management. Sakhumzi has also consulted in both the private and public sectors in areas such as Strategy, Human Capital Management, Assurance and Audit. He is also a Director at Sakhula Strategy and Consulting, a business consultancy that assists business growth by focusing on finance, operations and risk with the view of raising equity and debt capital. Sakhumzi holds an Honours degree in Finance from the University of Pretoria.
Noxolo Kahlana is sustainability advisor at Afgrain Food Group. She has more than 15 years of experience in managing sustainability and transformation (BBBEE) in the private sector, especially in sectors such as mining, renewable energy, and FMCG sector. She is also the founder and Head of Business Development & Strategy for the Next Generation Africa Kingdom Investments Group (Ngaki Group) formerly known as Energy House. Her work focuses on sustainable socio-economic investments in cleaner energy, mining, blue economy and agriculture. As a pan-Africanist, she constantly looks for solutions that are brewed in the African continent and blend them with some of the best ideas in the world. As a sustainable development activist, Noxolo’s key expertise are in designing and implementing sustainable enterprise development. Noxolo serves as non-executive director on the Board of City Power at the City of Johannesburg, where she is also Chair of the Human Resources and Social Ethics Committee. She is a trustee on the Eastern Cape Education Development Trust. She has also served as chairperson of the Southern African females in Energy Efficiency (SAFEE) as well as SANEA board. Noxolo holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in information systems and business management from Rhodes university, a Master of Arts in sustainable development from Sussex University (UK) through the Nelson Mandela scholarship and an MBA from Gordon Institute on Business Science. Her goal is to pursue a PhD in systems thinking. .
Tinashe Kapuya is a technical advisor at Afgrain Food Group. He is an agricultural economist and international trade and investment specialist. Tinashe’s past experience includes agribusiness and value chain development, market and trade analysis, and agro-food system analysis. Previously he worked at the Agricultural Business Chamber as Head of International Trade and Investment Intelligence. In this role, Tinashe worked with the Chamber to champion favourable trade and Investment policies for the private sector. He has also worked at the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) and the Trade and Industry Policy Strategies (TIPS). He previously served as the Deputy Chair for the Trade Policy Committee at the Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), and also served as part of the Agricultural Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Technical Working Group on Trade and Markets, among various other roles in South Africa and the region. He obtained his PhD in Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria (2018), MSc Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria (2011), and BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics at the University of Zimbabwe (2007).
Wandile Sihlobo is independent agricultural economics advisor at Afgrain Food Group. He is an agricultural economist and head of agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). Wandile is a columnist for South Africa’s premier business daily newspaper, the Business Day and the Farmers Weekly magazine. He has previously served as an economist at Grain South Africa (Grain SA). He earned his MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Stellenbosch.
Mary Mphaga is an administrator at Afgrain Food Group. She is an aspiring Renewable Energy specialist who possesses a Carbon Footprint Analyst certificate obtained through Terra Firma Academy and an Office Professionals certificate through Siyanqoba (EOH). She has extensive administrative and company secretarial experience working with senior management teams.