Meet the Team
Independant Non-Executive Director
After his undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University, Johan obtained a PhD in Microbiology (Molecular Plant Virology) from the University of Cape Town in 1991. Since then, he has been managing research as principle investigator at the Agricultural Research Council, the CSIR and Stellenbosch University. His current research is focussed on various aspects of grapevine virology, with the ultimate aim of introducing virus resistance in grapevine cultivars. To this end, his team is investigating the virus complexes responsible for the numerous virus diseases in grapevine, the role of small RNAs in biotic stresses caused by different grapevine pathogens, and the development of virus-based resistance constructs for the ultimate expression in grapevine cultivars. Johan teaches Molecular Genetics at Stellenbosch University and supervises three post-doctoral fellows and about 10 post-graduate students. He receives research funding from a diverse group of donors and has several national and international collaborations. He is the current Chair of Department of Genetics at Stellenbosch University and also serves on the management committees of a number of local and international professional associations. He serves on the boards of two companies and is the commanding officer of 3 Field Engineer Regiment, a Reserve Force army regiment, based in Cape Town.
Managing Director / PhD and MBA Graduate / Biotechnology / Genetic Medicine
Judith is currently the Managing Director at the Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research. She is responsible for giving strategic guidance and direction to the CPGR, to ensure that the Company achieves its vision, mission and long-term goals. Her career path towards advancing biotechnology in South Africa started by being awarded a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (Protein Chemistry). This was followed by a highly driven and focused six-year period of postdoctoral research at renowned local and international institutions (Rhodes University Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology; University of Arizona, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Tuscon, Arizona, USA). Judith joined the CPGR in 2007 and in her roles has been extensively involved in projects involving the study of biomarkers in the advancement of personalized medicine and individual health. The completion of an MBA degree from Stellenbosch University supported her venture into the commercialization of science and innovation within the biotechnology and healthcare sectors. She also held a 2-year position as a member of the International Biomarker Consortium Inflammation and Immunity steering Committee managed by the FNIH and has just completed a postgraduate diploma on Genomic Medicine and Healthcare (University of South Wales, UK), advancing her interest and passion for societal upliftment through the development of genomic healthcare opportunities.
Independant Financial Director
The 40 years since Mr Kingwill matriculated from Muir College in Uitenhage have been filled with enormous opportunities;its been a privilege for him to have been a South African and an Old Muirite. He attended Rhodes University to complete his B.Com and finally qualified as a CA having started his articles in Johannesburg with Coopers & Lybrand who were kind enough to sponsor a year of International training in London. After qualifying and spending some time in the profession Mr Kingwill realised that he needed less structure and so joined the Dion Group before moving on to spending 12 years in ESKOM and 8 years in Portnet. This experience helped to build up an understanding of major projects that require sound financial control, extensive communication and interface with multi disciplined organisations. This was the ideal background for him to become part of Cape Town’s 2004 Olympic Bid Initiative. During more recent experiences in the Fresh Produce Terminal environment as Managing Director, a successful business strategy was implemented, driven by strategic goals and value systems informed by the Balanced Scorecard and supported by meaningful service level agreements. Currently as an Accredited Associate of the Institute for Independent he engages in his own business advisory business registered as On Demand Investments. Recent engagements have been in several sectors where completed proposals include the following initiatives:
- Kelvin Power Station acquisition and due diligence
- Due diligence at Endulwini Resources
- Feasibility Studies for coal fired Power Station in Mozambique for AMCI
- Distributed Generation initiative presented to the Department of Mineral and Energy
- Prepaid Metering proposal to housing developers
- Business Plans supporting an application to the IDC for funding of Crane Hire
- Services Service level agreements at the Cape Town Market
- Supply Chain proposal to Umlimi Agricultural Services
- Due diligence of South African Non Amateur Golf (SANAG)
- Strategic planning for On The Dot a division of Media24
- Acting Manager of Somerset West Golf Club
- Interim CEO of Towel & Linen a linen distributor
- Interim CEO of Svenmill a textile factory
- Member of one of the PGWC audit committees.
After many years of keeping abreast of developments in the logistics sector with a strong financial focus, there is a passion to contribute to the growth of these future business leaders and build the SMME sector as a platform for job creation.
Mr Pather completed his B Bus Sci at UCT in 1973 and his MBA at UCT in 1977 and a B Com (Hons) in Business Data Processing at UCT in 1982. He has attended various portfolio/asset management courses and programs locally and in London and Geneva. Semi-retired in 2003 for health reasons, his career has included being an Investment analyst for Norwich Union Life Assurance (1973-1975) and AGM (Investments), Colonial Mutual Life (1975-1987). He was an Executive Director (Investments) of Southern Life Assoc.(1987-1996), and Executive Director of Real Africa Holdings and CEO of Real Africa Asset Management (1996-2003). Aside from his current role as the Chairperson of the CPGR’s board, Mr Pather is a non-executive director on the boards of Coronation Fund Managers Limited, Oceana Group Limited and Lungisa Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He is a Trustee for the UCT Foundation, Ukukhula Trust (UCT), Imvula Trust (Coronation) and Bonus Pool Trust (Coronation). Mr Pather is the Governor of the Imam Abdullah Haron Education Trust and a member of the Joint Investment Council – UCT.