Board/Committees: Chairperson Red Meat Research and Development Trust Project Committee. Chairperson of the Grain and Oilseed Demand and Supply Estimates Committee. Member of the Steering Committee of the South African Node of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). Non-Executive Director and Shareholder Elardus Park Properties; Ad Hoc consultancy projects.
Educational Background: PhD (Agricultural Economics) (Univ of the Free State); MSc (Agric) (Agricultural Economics) (Univ of Pretoria); BSc (Agric)(Hons) (Agricultural Economics) (Univ of Pretoria); BSc (Agric) (Agricultural Economics) (Univ of Pretoria).
Experience/ Knowledge: André’s experience in the agricultural sector spans over 24 years. As an academic, he was an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free Sate. At the National Agricultural Marketing Council, he spearheaded the establishment of the Markets and Economic Research Centre (MERC) and developed it into an acknowledged policy advisory unit in the South African and international context. As a Chief Executive Officer, he led Potatoes SA, an industry organization, in strategy development and implementation of its core business mandates, including the building of business and public sector relations. André joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Stellenbosch University as Professor on 1 March 2021.
André has extensive experience in conducting market, policy, rural and industry analysis. This includes, amongst others, implementation of management information systems, identification and use of applicable market research methodologies, compiling industry wide strategies, conducting surveys and value chain analysis. He also specializes in international trade issues and its implications at various levels.