DECA

Board of Directors

 

Rui Sant'ana Afonso, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sant'ana Afonso is a Mozambican citizen and has been working with the Company since March 2020 (as CEO designate), before being formally appointed to the role of CEO in April 2021. Previously Mr. Sant'ana Afonso was Executive Director for Mozambique of AgDevCo for 6 years and, prior to that, worked as Director of Operations for G4S in Mozambique. In addition, Mr. Sant'ana Afonso gained significant supply chain and logistics experience through his role as Bulk Cargo Manager at the Port of Maputo, where he worked for 6 years.

Mr. Sant'ana Afonso has a BSc in Agriculture and an MSC in Agricultural Economics and has held non-executive directorships in various companies in the food commodity sector in Mozambique.

Mr. Sant'ana Afonso brings to the role significant experience in the management and development of companies in the agricultural sector in Mozambique.

Caroline Havers, Non-Executive Chair

Ms. Havers is based in London and is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, having spent over 30 years within international law firms working with clients operating in a variety of African jurisdictions and industry sectors and has expertise in governance and compliance. During her legal career, Ms. Havers has been both a partner and managing director of different law firms and is a qualified CEDR Mediator.

Hamish Bryan Wilburn Rudland, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Rudland has extensive experience across logistics, agriculture, agro-processing, distribution and property. After graduating from Massey University, New Zealand, he returned to Zimbabwe in 1997 to start a passenger transport business that he soon diversified into fuel tank haulage in the early 2000s. Thereafter Mr Rudland structured acquisitions of foreign-owned asset rich companies to list on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. Mr. Rudland has substantial investments in Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed companies which focus on his core competencies but also synergise where advantages can be made.

As a result of Mr Rudland’s relationship to Magister Investments Limited, he is not considered to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Gary Ronald Smith, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Smith is an experienced finance professional and is currently a non-executive director of several companies, including Unifreight Africa Limited, a Zimbabwe based transport and logistics group which he was Finance Director and Chief Executive Officer of between 2013 and 2015. Mr. Smith worked in the UK for several years where he was employed at Deutsche Bank, University of Surrey and Foxhills Club & Resort. Upon returning to Africa he worked for a large transport and logistics company in Mozambique for four years before returning home to Zimbabwe and the above positions.

Mr. Smith is a Chartered Accountant and a resident and citizen of Zimbabwe. As a result of Mr Smith’s relationship with Magister Investments Limited, he is not considered to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Neil William Harold Clayton, Non-Executive Director

Mr Clayton, a chartered accountant, has over 30 years of experience in a variety of listed and un-listed companies. Specifically, Mr Clayton brings significant experience and expertise as regards listed companies operating in Africa as well as particular knowledge of the Company's business and requirements, having held an interim finance role at the Company during 2018, when he assisted and supported the re-organisation of the Company's local accounting team.

Despite his recent work with the Company the board consider Mr Clayton to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Sérgio Miguel Lázaro Zandamela - Non- Executive Director

Mr Zandamela has over 20 years' experience working within substantial local and regional businesses in Mozambique and Southern Africa. Mr Zandamela is currently Socioeconomic and Local Content Manager at Fluor Mozambique, Lda, and previously was responsible for all Mozambique commercial activities of Tongaat Hulett. Mr Zandamela is also currently a Member of the Board of Directors the National Sugar Producers association in Mozambique and acts as Chairman of the National Sugar Distributors in Mozambique. Mr Zandamela has a strong pedigree in both agriculture and business, having obtained a degree in Agronomy - Rural Engineering from the Eduardo Mondlane University and subsequently an MBA from the Montford University Southern Africa - Sandton Business School.

The Board consider Mr Zandamela to be an "independent" director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

 

Senior Management

 

George Naude, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Naude joined Agriterra in 2014 from Tongaat Hulett, a leading Southern African focussed agricultural and agri-processing business, where he led the Mozambican operations as Agricultural Manager and was responsible for agricultural operations (including land preparation, irrigation and drainage), management of operational and capital expenditure budgets, staff and formulation of medium to long term growth plans. Mr. Naude is presently responsible for managing all operational aspects of Agriterra’s business in Mozambique.

During his career, Mr Naude has also spent time on agricultural projects in Mauritius, Brazil, Tanzania and Malawi and has developed his foreign language skills, now being fluent in English and Afrikaans and proficient in Portuguese and Sena.