Managing Director - Duncan Pringle:
Duncan is an agricultural economist with 20 years experience in agribusiness development and development finance. He has previously held positions of Head Agri Business South Africa for Phatisa for six years, specialising in AgriBEE transaction advisory and Divisional Manager: Agri Business, Ithala Development Finance Corporation SA for thirteen years. During this period he has managed the financing of the transfer of over 30,000 ha of land to black farmers, invested in a number of share equity schemes and innovated finance products in support of land reform. Duncan’s areas of specialty are in Agricultural Development Planning, Agricultural Finance and Financial products, Project Planning and Management, Business Strategy and Financial Modelling of business operations and Value Chain Analysis. He has served on a number of Boards of agricultural companies, development Trusts and community Trusts as vice-chairman, chairman of the audit committee and non-executive director. He has managed and participated in assignments and transactions in agriculture in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia.
Head Rural Development - Dr. Sazile Mtshali:
Dr Mtshali has over 20 years experience in poverty reduction research and strategy development for in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo. She has held the Chair in the Exxaro Centre for Integrated Rural Development at the University of Zululand. Dr. Mtshali has lectured and consulted in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development with emphasis on: socio-economic research, sustainable rural livelihood approaches, household food security, household resource management, appropriate technologies, communication and information technologies, agricultural education and development, gender analysis and training, land policy and land reform, social facilitation, and management of knowledge systems in rural and urban areas.