AgriSciences Annual Report 2016

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Photo 4: Prof Johan van Zyl

Departmental Professors Extraordinary in focus Johan van Zyl (Photo 4) holds a PhD and DSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, where he also served as dean of the faculty of Biological and Agricultural Sciences. During his academic career he also worked as a researcher at the World Bank and at Michigan State University. In 1996 he was appointed as the deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Pretoria, and subsequently as vice-chancellor. Taking time out of academia, Van Zyl joined Sanlam in 2001 as CEO, a position from which he stepped down in 2015. In addition to serving as Extraordinary Professor in Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University, Van Zyl currently serves as non-executive Chair of Sanlam’s board, and is CEO of Ubuntu-Botho and joint CEO of African Rainbow Capital. He also serves on the supervisory board of Steinhoff International Holdings and as director on several other boards. Jeffrey Gow (Photo 5) is Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. Gow

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Photo 5: Prof Jeff Gow

obtained his PhD at Monash University and his BSc Agric and MSc Agric at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. From 1990 to 2007, Gow held various lecturing and research positions at the University of New England, from where he moved to the University of Southern Queensland as associate professor and then professor. Gow has a keen interest in health economics and serves on various associations and boards specifically involved with HIV/AIDS. These include: Board Member of the HIV Foundation Queensland, the Ministerial Committee on HIV/AIDS Research Associate in the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He is also a member of the International AIDS Economic Network. Since 2012 Jeff is serving as Extraordinary Professor in Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University. On a personal level, Gow enjoys watching rugby and playing golf, and he has a preference for red wine from the personal cellar of Prof Nick Vink.


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