Bongiwe Njobe joined the CIMMYT Board of Trustees in April 2015 and she is Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Program Committee. Njobe has over 30 years’ experience in agricultural policy practice and sustainable development in the public, private and nongovernmental sector in Africa. She is currently an independent consultant, founder and executive director of ZANAC Consulting. She has undertaken management strategy and policy practice work within the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), for the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) on the Science Agenda for Africa, and on women in agriculture projects with the African Development Bank. She currently serves on the boards of Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture Board, Kagiso Trust, Vumelana Advisory Fund and Fruit South Africa.
Bongiwe Njobe has worked previously as Group Executive: Corporate Sustainability at Tiger Brands Limited, where she also served on its board and as a founding trustee of the Tiger Brands Foundation. She has also served as Corporate Affairs director at the SABMiller subsidiary South African Breweries Ltd. As Director General at South Africa’s National Department of Agriculture, Njobe was responsible for policy development, implementation of agricultural development programs and oversight of the Agricultural Research Council.
She has served in numerous non-executive roles ―as a member of the South African Reference Group on Women in Science, a panel member for the Inter-Academy Council Study Panel on Science and Technology, member of the Uganda Academy of Sciences Consensus Panel on Country Ownership, Chairperson of South African National Biodiversity Institute and as Vice Chairperson of FARA. She holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the Agriculture University – Vassil Kolarov in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where her thesis focused on plant breeding with a research focus on maize.