Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Food Lover’s Market
At the age of 14, Coppin began his career in retail as a cashier at OK Bazaars. After spending the majority of his teenage years working the tills, Coppin entrenched himself in the day-to-day responsibilities of running a retail business. Shortly after graduating from De Klerk Technical High School in Germiston, he was promoted to trainee manager at OK Bazaars. He was later promoted to basement manager, merchandise manager, food manager and finally store manager at the age of 21. At the age of 23, Coppin and, his brother Michael, resigned from their positions as OK Bazaar branch managers determined to succeed in the world of retail on their own. This eventually led to the successful launch of the first Fruit & Veg City in Kenilworth, Cape Town in 1993. Today, the Food Lover’s Market Group has over 340 outlets including exciting retail concepts such as Food Lover’s Market, Freshstop, Market & Diamond Liquor spanning South Africa, Namibia and ten other countries even as far as Sydney, Australia.
Marketing and Sales Manager, BreedX
CEO, The Fruit Farm Group South Africa
Senior Vice President, Head of Sales, iTradeNetwork
Associate Director at Deloitte, South Africa
CEO, Joburg Market
Group Sustainability Manager, The SPAR Group
Lonsdale has been with the SPAR Group for 15 years. Longtime National Fresh Produce Manager, he recently took on the role of Group Sustainability Manger based in Kzn. He holds a Master’s in Agriculture from the University of Pretoria and a diploma in Business Management at Damelin. After graduating, he got into research and development with a large farming and export company in Limpopo. Lonsdale then moved into various operational /production management positions within the subtropical farming sector. In 2002, he moved to Johannesburg into the agro-processing sector and lastly into the retail sector.
Group Sustainability Manager, Food Lover's Market
Head of Information and Marketing Agriculture, FNB
Fresh Produce and Bakery Commercial Director Southeast Asia, Dairy Farm Group
CTO & Co-founder, Aerobotics
CEO, Savenda Global Capital Partners
Director: Assessments, Signium Africa
Sivuyile “Siv” Ngesi is one of SA’s most dynamic performers, whose diverse talents have seen him making waves in the South African entertainment industry. He is a sought after comedian, popular television presenter, prolific actor, master of ceremonies, producer, and a social media sensation. Little wonder his accolades include The Mail and Guardian's most influential young South African 2011, one of Destiny Man's most influential men under the age of 40, You magazine’s most stylish celebrity, GQ's top dressed man for 2014, a coveted place in the Cosmo sexiest man calendar 2015, and a place in the IMDB Top 10 best working South African actors overseas. As a multi-award winning comedian, Ngesi truly comes into his own. He has performed at every venue, and to every audience possible in South Africa, as well as to rave reviews in the Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA.
CEO, RSA Group
Vice President, Global Membership & Engagement, PMA
Regional Vice President for Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, PMA
Anouk Sijmonsma is the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA’s) regional vice-president for Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. Prior to joining PMA, Sijmonsma was managing editor of online newsletter FreshPlaza, the most extensively-read global, daily online newsletter for the fresh produce and horticulture industries. Prior to FreshPlaza, Sijmonsma worked in sales and market development at KX Food, a subsidiary of the Chinese vegetable producing and exporting conglomerate Anqiu Ming Feng Co. She founded the European market for KX Food, growing sales and building the company’s brand presence across Europe. Sijmonsma began her professional career in London as an associate at I.E.K. Consulting, an international strategy consulting firm. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in law and political science from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, and a Master of Science degree in international relations and modern Chinese studies from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The native of The Netherlands speaks English, Dutch, Mandarin, French and Italian. She has lived and traveled extensively in several countries, including South Africa, a priority market for the PMA.
Former South African rugby union rugby player
General Manager, Southern Africa, PMA
Lindie Stroebel is the general manager for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) in Southern Africa. Since her appointment in February 2016, she was tasked to formalise and build on the value proposition PMA extends to its members in the region. Prior to joining PMA, Stroebel was the manager of agribusiness intelligence of the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). Since 2015, Stroebel serves as an extraordinary researcher at the TRADE research niche area, under the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the North West University (NWU). In 2005, she was awarded best honours student in agricultural economics at the University of the Free State (UFS), where after she obtained her MSc Agric degree with distinction in 2006. She participated in an exchange student programme in 2001 at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University in the USA. Stroebel also completed a post graduate diploma in Agricultural Research for Development at the International Centre for Research in Agriculture (ICRA) in Wageningen, the Netherlands in 2005.
Managing Director, Freshmark
Dr Johan van Deventer has extensive knowledge and experience of the fresh produce markets and the fresh produce industry in South Africa. He completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria. The title of his thesis was: “The Marketing of Fresh Produce in the Republic of South Africa”. He is a member of the Fresh Produce Marketing Association (PMA) in South Africa and served as member of the board of directors of the PMA in the United States of America. Van Deventer started his career in this industry in 1987 when he was appointed as a full-time member of the Commission for Fresh Produce Markets, which at that time controlled the 14 National Fresh Produce Markets in South Africa. The Commission for Fresh Produce Markets was an advisory committee to the Minister of Agriculture. Thereafter, he became the deputy director of the Johannesburg Market. In 2000, Van Deventer became the managing director of Freshmark, the Shoprite Group’s fruit and vegetable procurement, buying and distribution arm, which is a substantial business in its own right.
Director: Executive search, Signium Africa
Annelize van Rensburg is a founding member of Talent Africa, now Signium Africa, a major shareholder and director. She firmly believes that integrated talent solutions offered to clients represents the future of search and talent management. Van Rensburg’s experience in search and selection covers all levels of senior and executive management. In addition to the local and international private sector, Van Rensburg also services the South African public and parastatal sector. She commenced her career in executive search with a global search firm in 1998 in a research capacity and gained experience in all industries, working on assignments both locally and internationally. In 2002, she was appointed director of research at the South African alliance office of a NY listed search firm in Johannesburg. Van Rensburg holds a post-graduate degree majoring in Political Science from the Rand Afrikaans University (now known as the University of Johannesburg).
CEO, ZZ2 Farming Group
Tommie van Zyl, chief executive officer of the ZZ2 farming group, serves as director and vice-chairman of the USA based Produce Market Association (PMA) and was the chairman of the Agricultural Produce Agents Council (APAC) for 7 years. Van Zyl completed his studies in agriculture and commerce at the University of Stellenbosch and his postgraduate studies at the University of Florida in the USA. ZZ2 is a significant producer of tomatoes, onions, avocados, mangoes, deciduous fruit, cherries, almonds, Medjool dates and cattle. ZZ2 has farms stretching from the Limpopo Province to the Western and Eastern Cape, Gauteng, North West and Namibia. The activities of ZZ2 includes production, packaging and marketing as well as service departments such as finance, corporative services, logistics, agronomies, engineering, information technology, security and technical services. ZZ2 also has an interest in vertically and horizontally integrated businesses. These includes seedling nurseries, insectaries for integrated plant protection, an installation for increasing microbes and plant extracts, nature conservation areas, compost plants as well as fresh produce markets and trading mechanisms
Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa
Programmes and Innovation Lead, WWF South Africa
Sourcing Director/Import Fruit Business Unit, Win-chain Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd.
Vice President. Pagoda Fruit
Since 2001 Mr. Zhu has held several roles at Pagoda Fruit from store manager to head of the commodity center and international purchasing division. He has served as the vice president of the company since 2018. In his current role Peter is in charge of Pagoda's supply chain which includes the commodity center, the international division, the dried fruit products development center, the maturation division, and the distribution center. He holds an MBA from the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University in Beijing China.