World’s best line up for AVI Africa
Rugby demands bravery, toughness and self-belief; to be a leader on the field therefore requires that you work harder and take more pain than everyone else – and that you can motivate and inspire your team. It’s a role that Corne Krige, South Africa’s Captain Courageous, excelled in.
Corne’s name is sure to feature in any conversation about the legends of Springbok rugby. His impact – felt in person by many opposing players – did not end when he hung up his green and gold shirt for the last time. Rather, Corne transferred the personality traits that proved so successful on the pitch to an accomplished business and media career.
Now also the leader of a Melkbosstrand family of five, Corne maintains his fitness by taking part in endurance races. His 18 test caps as Springbok captain speak volumes for his leadership abilities, and we are honoured that he will be speaking to us on the 6 Principles of Leadership.
Joop Colsen is the founder of the Colsen Group and has been an Environmental Specialist for over 35 years, involved in international project management, feasibility studies, and technological design. He maintains close ties with academia and industry partners and is involved in many collaborative efforts.
Joop has been instrumental in the development of Poul AR technology from its inception through deployment of the finished product. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Technology degree.
Johan obtained a BSC in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria in 2007, and while studying for his degree he gained valuable work experience as a student medical technologist at Ampath Laboratories.
After university, he joined Deltamune and worked in the Quality Control, Diagnostic Research and Development and Veterinary Diagnostics departments, and ultimately in Food Safety.
For the past 3 years Johan has worked as a Technical Advisor for food industry clients, focusing on hygiene and contamination control within production processes through application of HACCP principles. He also assists clients in monitoring processes through a Fssc2200-based approach.
Leon Janse van Rensburg
Leon holds a BSC in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch and a BSC Honours degree in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa.
He is an Environmental Consultant with over four years’ experience in Environmental Compliance Monitoring, Environmental Licensing and Auditing, and Environmental Impact Mitigation research. Leon’s experience is focused in the mining, agricultural and industrial sectors.
He has completed environmental projects including EIA’S and compliance audits, design and implementation of environmental monitoring programmes, waste classification and Integrated Waste Management Planning.
Leon’s professional interests include environmental monitoring and auditing, business development and wildlife conservation.
Natasha Snyman completed her Masters in Animal Nutrition in 2005. She then joined a large feed company as an Operational Nutritionist. During her time as a feed mill nutritionist she was responsible for multi-species feed formulation and quality control.
Natasha was then appointed Formulations Manager, responsible for coordinating feed formulation and quality control at all the company’s feed mills. Her outstanding performance in this role saw her promoted to Technical Executive: Monogastric with responsibility for all technical aspects of the feed company’s monogastric feed. This included product development and on-farm problem solving.
Natasha is currently responsible for technical support for Novus throughout Africa, with a specific focus on organic trace minerals and enzymes.¡
Luuk Stooker, DVM has been a Senior Product Manager Poultry for Biochek B.V., a specialised veterinary diagnostics company, since July 2016. He has global responsibility for the poultry portfolio, which represents approximately 90% of the total turnover of the company.
Prior to joining Biochek, Luuk worked for 6 years as a Poultry Veterinary Manager for a global pharmaceutical company throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East, drawing on the experience he had gained as a poultry veterinarian for one of the largest poultry practices in the Netherlands.
Dr. Stooker earned his DVM from Utrecht University in 2007.
Walter has extensive experience in both the broiler breeder and broiler sectors of the poultry industry. As a qualified and gifted facilitator and assessor with a passion for sharing his knowledge and experience, Walter was identified as a natural trainer. He has been an integral part of the training programs at the KZN Poultry Institute for the past three years.
Walter has travelled extensively both locally and internationally in his quest to train and mentor poultry producers at all levels.
In early 2017, Walter visited Atlanta, Georgia as a delegate in the Cochran Fellowship’s Smallholder Poultry Producer Programme. The itinerary offered excellent networking and learning opportunities, including visiting the International Poultry Production Expo (IPPE), Georgia Poultry Laboratory network and attending the UGA International Poultry Production short course.
Wandile Sihlobo is an Agricultural Economist and Head of Agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in South Africa. He is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine. Sihlobo has previously served as an economist at Grain South Africa (Grain SA), where he was mainly responsible for macroeconomics, grain market and international trade research. He also served as part of the secretariat of the AgriSector Unity Forum (ASUF) Land Reform working group. Sihlobo holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.¡
With a BSC in Mechanical Engineering behind him, Bernard began working in the poultry industry in 1995 when he joined Rainbow Farms as a project engineer. After a thorough grounding in all aspects of the operation, he began to specialise in poultry ventilation.
By the end of 2007, Bernard was ready for a breath of fresh air and left Rainbow to become an independent specialist ventilation consultant in the international market.
Along with a number of independent customers, Bernard also consulted for Aviagen in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Europe and the UK.
Bernard’s value to Aviagen was underlined at the beginning of 2016 when they recruited him to be their Asia region ventilation specialist, and his knowledge and experience is still sought after by the company’s other regions.