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Mohammad Karaan

Mohammad Karaan is a member of the South African National Planning Commission and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences at the University of Stellenbosch. He is also currently the Vice-Rector: Community Interaction and Personnel. His areas of specialisation include agribusiness management, supply-chain management, food marketing, informal markets, rural development, small-scale agriculture, urban agriculture, aquaculture, and strategic management.

Prof Karaan was previously the Chairperson of the National Agricultural Marketing Council as well as the President of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa. He serves on the board of the Landbank, and holds non-executive directorships with several agribusiness firms. He holds a MSc and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

Andrew Jenner

Andrew Jenner holds an Bachelor of Engineering, BEng (Hons), a Diploma in Law and Intellectual Property, and a Master of Laws. He also holds accreditations as a Chartered Manager, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology.

With a background rooted in intellectual property law and with a Masters in Law from the University of Wales, Jenner was the Senior Policy Advisor of the IP Crime Policy Group for the UK Intellectual Property Office, before becoming its Head of Trade and Development. Here he led the UK delegation within the World Trade Organisation and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He was also the principle IP advisor to the EU on the World Health Organisation’s negotiations on Public Health, Innovation and IP.

He went on to hold the position of Executive Director of Corporate Strategy & Legal Affairs at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), based in Geneva. With extensive industry experience of global healthcare and legal frameworks, Andrew founded JS Consulting in 2014.

Nick Vink

Prof Nick Vink joined the University of Stellenbosch as professor in agricultural economics in 1996 after 11 years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He is an agricultural economist specialising in agricultural and agribusiness development policy, land reform and empowerment, agricultural marketing, tax and international trade issues.

Prof Vink has been involved in a range of official government Commissions and Committees of investigation, inter alia in the deregulation of agricultural marketing and the provision of rural financial services. He has consulted widely to national departments (Water Affairs and Forestry, Agriculture, Land Affairs, Labour, Trade and Industry, Cooperative Governance and the Treasury); provincial departments and internationally (among others for the World Bank, IFPRI, FAO, USAID, DFID, etc.). He is currently (2010-2012) the President of the African Association of Agricultural Economics, and was editor of Development Southern Africa (1988-1996) and of Agrekon (2002-2010).

Scott Nance

Scott Nance serves as consulting counsel to Wiley Rein LLP. He has practiced in the area of international trade regulation and investment law since 1984, focusing largely on compliance with economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, and export control laws. He represents domestic industries and foreign companies in anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases before federal agencies and federal courts.

In addition, Nance is heavily involved in international trade and economic policy, including such issues as currency manipulation, and has advised a variety of foreign governments in Africa and Asia on these issues. In terms of professional experience, he is a visiting lecturer in Global Development Studies at the University of Virginia (2010-present) and was Head of Sanctions Compliance, ING Bank, N.V. (2013-2014)

Ferdi Meyer

Ferdinand Meyer holds the position as director of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria.

Meyer holds a PhD from the University of Missouri in the United States, which he completed in 2006. In 2004 he was a founding member of the BFAP.

Some of his professional achievements include his membership of the boards of Protein Research Foundation, Agrico Machinery Pty Ltd; and Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes, and his membership of the National Crop Estimates Committee. He is also a recipient of the Exceptional Young achievers award from the University of Pretoria; a rated researcher at the National Research Foundation; and was named Agriculturalist of the Year 2014 Northern Region by Agricultural Writers SA, while BFAP was awarded the Grain SA Inspiration Award 2014.

Sixteen Masters and four Doctoral students have graduated under his supervision, and he has won seven awards from the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa. He’s published 42 research reports, working papers and peer reviewed articles, and has been invited as a speaker to 103 national and international conferences.

Prof. Meyer remains involved in primary agriculture and lives on the farm with his wife and three boys where he manages the finance, investments and marketing of agricultural produce.

Mike Schüssler

An economist with over two decades’ experience, Mike Schüssler holds a Masters in Economics and is a successful entrepreneur, owner and employer at Economists Dotcoza. Awarded as South African Economist of the Year twice, he has also been named Small Business and Member of the Year by the Johannesburg Chamber of Business (Afrikaans Business Chamber). Well known for his innovative research into areas from employment to education indicators. Mike invented and maintains the Provincial Barometers and fixed investment indices which have been widely published and give insight into economic conditions on a regional basis – the first and only such indices in South Africa.

He presents economics in an understandable and entertaining style. His presentations have impressed international chief executives and South African audiences ranging from farmers to financiers. He also advises and presents to pension funds, local governments and business chambers. A well-known economic commentator in the media and in academic articles, Mike is known the world over for his insights.

Johan Willemse

Johan Willemse is an award-winning economist and writer, and head of Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State. Aside from his successful academic career, he is also a family entrepreneur who has successfully developed several businesses with his wife, Marlene, and their daughters.

His PhD in Agricultural Economy from the University of Pretoria (1994) was awarded the Protein Research Trust’s award for best PhD. He was also awarded a Cochrane scholarship in 2003 from Illinois University in the USA, and has completed a course in scenario planning at Oxford Management School (2010).He also lectured on Scenario Planning at the UFS business School.

He is consulting to a number of agribusinesses in South Africa on agricultural market trends and also holds a quarterly outlook workshop on agricultural markets.
He has received numerous awards and accolades, including being named agricultural writer of the year and Absa Business Economist of the Year.

He has served as the head economist of the SA Agricultural Union, member of the Maize Board and non-executive director of Absa, among other positions; and currently serves as nonexecutive director on several boards.

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