Prof Johan Willemse (63)
Independent non-executive chairman
Committees: Remuneration and nomination, Audit and Risk,
Barend J Willemse (Johan) obtained his MCom (Economics)
from the University of the Free State and his PhD
(Agricultural Economics) from the University of Pretoria,
for which he received the Protein Research Trust award
for the best PhD. A Cochrane bursary to study at the
Illinois University (USA) was awarded in 2003.
He received various awards for his work, which
included two awards as the agricultural writer of the
year, ABSA/Sake economist of the year, the Animal
Feed Manufacturers Association person of the year,
agriculturalist of the year by the central region of
Agricultural Writers Association and nominated as
Bloemfonteiner of the year, 2009.
His experience includes: member of the National
Agricultural Marketing Council, trustee of the Oilseeds
and Protein Research Trust, chief economist of the Agri
SA and member of the SA Maize Board’s management
team, entrepreneur with his wife Marlene and two
daughters in various businesses, including agri-business
consulting, feed manufacturing and tourism.
He was a full professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics
and chair for five years at the UFS.
He served on Absa Group and Absa Bank boards for more than
five years as an independent non-executive director and for
three years as aboard member of Absa Financial Services
Proprietary Limited (serving on various committees).
He is currently involved with UFS Business School and
teaching a course on scenario planning.