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Bongiwe Njobe is the founder and executive director of ZA NAC Consulting and Investments. She started on this venture after almost ten years working in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Sector (FMCG) sector and over ten years in the Agricultural Public Sector. Formerly, she was an independent consultant in the areas of agriculture, food security, governance and CSR. Bongiwe was the executive director for corporate sustainability at Tiger Brands and director of corporate affairs at South African Breweries Ltd, a subsidiary of SABMiller. Prior to this, she served two terms as director general of the National Department of Agriculture. She previously held the posts of deputy director general and chief director in the same department. Her work experience in agriculture includes farm management in Zambia and Tanzania; academic work at the School of Agriculture and Rural Development of the University of Pretoria; and business experience through her work as manager of Whitbi Enterprises. She has also worked on gender issues, land and agricultural policy matters, and conservation development programs, as well as at the Foundation for Research Development, where she was program coordinator for the University Development Program. Bongiwe has an MSc in Agriculture from Bulgaria where she completed a thesis in the field of plant breeding. She has served on the boards of various private sector, NGO and parastatal organizations, and has published a number of discussion and conference papers. Currently, she serves as director of the Vumelana Advisory Fund and Pan-African Capital Holdings, is a member of the Board of the Industrial Development Corporation, and is a trustee of Kagiso Trust. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.