Platform for innovators in fertilizer production and application technology and associated services for the African market
Kalim M. Shah is a Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment entity of the World Bank Group. He is currently responsible for IFC’s investments in Manufacturing which includes Downstream Oil & Gas for Sub-Saharan Africa. Kalim has thirty years of experience in Corporate and Commercial banking, Project Finance and financial analysis with emphasis in the downstream oil & gas, manufacturing and agribusiness sectors. Twenty of these have been with IFC.
Kalim has country experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Canada and the USA. He holds a Masters degree of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from Queen’s University, Canada.
Omri van Zyl is a qualified attorney and holds a BA Law, LLB (Academic Honours), MBA and qualifications in project management, crime intelligence and business development.
He was appointed Executive Director of Agri SA in December 2015, representing 28 000 commercial farmers in 9 provinces, 25 commodity organisations in various fora and 7 corporate members. Omri manages a team that has a strong strategic focus on policy and agricultural economic development and covers in amongst others, natural resources, rural safety, commercial and labour and socio-developmental initiatives.
Omri featured in a group of 60 CEO’s that were formed to advise government on turn-around interventions to revive the South African economy. In August 2016 he was appointed as trustee on the Sasol Agriculture Trust and in 2017 he served as chairperson on the World Farmers’ Organisation’s Audit Board as well as an alternate director on BUSA’s board of directors. In 2018 he was elected as a member of Danroc’s Board of Directors and in 2019 appointed as Chairman of the World Farmers’ Organisation’s Global Cooperatives Committee.
He is widely published and a known thought leader and strategist in the African agriculture sector. In November 2016, he is named continental winner by CEO Global in their “Leading African Recognition Programme” in the category for agriculture.
Mr Makala Jeffrey Ngaka is currently employed by the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) as a Deputy Director within the Food Security and Agrarian Reform branch. He holds an MSc International Rural Development degree obtained from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in the United Kingdom (UK). His fields of interest include rural development, disaster risk reduction, agricultural extension and agricultural economics. He also serves as a Deputy Secretary of the newly formed Southern African Regional Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (SARFAAS).
Jeff Ivan is the Director - International Sales with AGI Fertilizer Systems. Mr Ivan has spent 30 years in the Agricultural field, working on International Fertilizer projects in developing agricultural regions. Prior to AGI Fertilizer Systems he worked with Tiger-Sul Products on the development of International Sulphur and micronutrients business development and marketing establishing new Sulphur fertilizer manufacturing facilities. Jeff started his career in the retail fertilizer sector in Canada. Mr Ivan originates from a family farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been involved in several committees such as the Canadian Fertilizer Institute's Agronomy and Environment Committee, The Sulphur Institute's Sulphur Advocacy Group, acting as lead for the development of sulphur fertilizers in India and is active with the IFA African Forum for the development of fertilizer in Africa.
Gilbert Boois, is a Certified and Master International Project Manager, and a member of the International Academy of Project Management (IAPM) in Australia. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Workplace Transformation with the University of Manchester, UK. He also recently completed the Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) with the Public School of Leadership of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has over 19 years of hands on experience in planning infrastructure and industrial value chain projects, 10 years on planning and designing infrastructure master plans, and providing turnkey logistics solutions. Gilbert worked in public and private sector as Project Manager, chiefly responsible for infrastructure master planning, i.e. Logistics Master Plan for Namibia, Integrated Transport Master Plan of Namibia, Namibia Spatial Development Initiatives (SDI) Corridor Master Plan, Regional Industrial Value Chains, among others. He also serves on the Technical Working Committee for the Integrated Transport Master Plan of Namibia, Steering Committee for the Logistics Master Plan of Namibia, Advisory Board of UNIDO Bush-processing Value Chains in Namibia, Steering Committee of GIZ Bush Control and Biomass Utilization Project in Namibia, NGCL Curriculum Advisory Board, and National Trade Facilitation Committee.
While working for the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), he gained extensive experience on project planning and development, project design and project finance, feasibility and other techno - economic studies, facilitate turnkey logistics solutions for project cargo owners, value chain analysis, industrial clustering, special economic zones, supervising consultants, advising government on infrastructure and industrial development.