Dr Reuel Khoza | Chairman
Distinguished thought leader, businessman, President of the IoDSA, Africanist, public speaker and change agent at the forefront of transformation in the South African political economy, Dr Reuel Khoza has been hailed as a role model in respect of the duties and responsibilities that a citizen can and should take on in the public and national interest.
Reuel Khoza is currently Chairman of Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd, Aka Capital (Pty) Ltd and a former Chairman of Nedbank Group Limited and Globeleq, and a director of several companies. He has chaired the boards of such corporations as Eskom Holdings and GlaxoSmithKline South Africa, and served as a director of JSE Limited, IBM South Africa, Liberty Life Group, Standard Bank Group, Nampak Limited and Old Mutual plc. He has been involved in the formulation of the King Codes on Corporate Governance in King II, King III and King IV, serving as Mervyn King’s deputy in the last two instances.
Reuel Khoza’s qualifications include a BA Hons in Psychology (University of Limpopo previously University of the North), and MA in Marketing (University of Lancaster, UK), EngD in Business Leadership, Warwick University UK, an LLD honoris causa (Rhodes University), a D Econ honoris causa (University of Free State) and is a Chartered Director (CD SA). He is Emeritus Professor Extraordinaire of the University of Stellenbosch Business School and current Visiting Professor at Rhodes Business School, the University of Free State Business School; and Wits Business School, as well as former Chancellor of the University of Limpopo (2007 – 2017).
He is an author whose books include Attuned Leadership, Let Africa Lead, The African in my Dream and The Power of Governance (with Mohamed Adam).
Reuel also farms, packs and exports Avocado Pears to Europe. He also writes lyrics and produces choral / classical music as a labour of love.
Dr Neil van Zyl | General Manager
Dr Van Zyl qualified as a veterinarian at the Onderstepoort Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria in 1980 after which he started specializing in dairy and farm animal herd health programs in 1981.
His interests in the reproduction of farm animals lead him to focus on embryo transfer work in the early eighties. He exported embryos and live animals to various countries.
In 1996 he started a nucleus breeding program for dairy cattle (a first for Africa) for which he was awarded the South African Holstein Association’s “Personality of the Year” award in 1996 for contribution made in the field of genetic development of the South African Holstein breed.
The idea of combining the genetic improvement of farm animals and rural agricultural development culminated in a MBA degree in 2007.
Dr Van Zyl founded In Vitro Africa in 2012 and obtained a franchise from In Vitro Brasil to implement the in vitro production (IVEP) of livestock embryos in sub-Saharan Africa and is now leading a project to multiply superior genetic material for commercial and developing farmers in South Africa.
Brad Ker-Fox | Operational Manager
Brad Ker-Fox has been involved in Rural Development and Land Restitution throughout the Eastern Cape and the Former Traditional Homelands of the Ciskei and Transkei since 1997.
Growing up in Queenstown and on his grandfather’s farm near Whittlesea, between the Great Kei River and the Stormberg Mountains, he developed a deep passion for the people, animals and land of this beautiful part of the country.
He is an avid conservationist and believes that a long term and meaningful impact can be made on poverty alleviation, food security and biodiversity protection through the combination of sustainable land use practice and applied bio-technology.
The need to farm sustainably and implement regenerative agriculture is more important now than it has ever been.
Brad represents ABI Africa in the Eastern Cape as the head of projects.