A graduate of the Royal Agricultural University (UK Advanced Agricultural Business Management) and Gwebi Agricultural College ( Zim HNDA), with more than 30 years of experience in the agricultural industry. He has lived in 10 countries in Africa, Asia and South America, holding senior management positions for British American Tobacco, including Head of Global Leaf Research while based in Brazil. He specialises in small-scale farmer production and management and is fully conversant with the latest fertiliser/chemical applications, appropriate technology, toxicant reduction and regulatory issues associated with tobacco. His vast experience and skill set makes him an asset within the tobacco industry and within other crops and farmer management systems.
Holds an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and is an experienced project and business management consultant of donor-supported development projects having undertaken jobs on Private Sector Development Projects in Uganda during 2000 – 2004. Specifically she has elaborated feasibility studies for joint ventures supported by the DANIDA-funded Private Sector Development Program monitoring, evaluated and reported on Swiss Secretariat project funds supporting Uganda Revenue Authority and Bank of Uganda; developed and implemented financial training programs; facilitated computerization of Uganda Local Government accounts offices. Her further responsibilities included oversight of design, development and implementation of financial and non-financial database systems.
Anton is a masters graduate of the University of Pretoria specializing in tobacco breeding and is a tobacco grower in his own right in Nelspruit South Africa. He owns and runs LARSS ( Lowveld Agricultural Research and Specialist Services) which supplies all research/extension and tobacco seed to the South African tobacco industry plus tobacco seed for export globally and is the only registered tobacco seed exporter in South Africa. He has vast experience in the tobacco industry globally and is a well respected scientific member of Coresta .