Directors & Senior Management

Board of Directors

Agriterra's directors have a wealth of experience operating in Africa, and this experience and the directors' networks of contacts will be fully utilised to fuel the Company's growth.

Caroline Havers

Non-Executive Chair

Ms. Havers is based in London and is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, having spent over 30 years within international law firms working with clients operating in a variety of African jurisdictions and industry sectors and has expertise in governance and compliance. During her legal career, Ms. Havers has been both a partner and managing director of different law firms and is a qualified CEDR Mediator.

Rui Sant'ana Afonso

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sant'ana Afonso is a Mozambican citizen and has been working with the
Company since March 2020 (as CEO designate), before being formally appointed to the role of CEO in April 2021. Previously Mr. Sant'ana Afonso was Executive Director for Mozambique of AgDevCo for 6 years and prior to that, worked as Bulk Cargo Manager at the Port of Maputo Director of Operations, where he gained significant supply chain and logistics experience.

Mr. Sant'ana Afonso has a BSc in Agriculture and an MSC in Agricultural
Economics and has held non-executive directorships in various companies in the food commodity sector in Mozambique.

Mr. Sant'ana Afonso brings to the role significant experience in the management and development of companies in the agricultural sector in Mozambique.

Hamish Rudland

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Rudland has extensive experience across logistics, agriculture, agro-processing, distribution and property. After graduating from Massey University, New Zealand, he returned to Zimbabwe in 1997 to start a passenger transport business that he soon diversified into fuel tank haulage in the early 2000s. Thereafter Mr Rudland structured acquisitions of a number of companies to list on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

As a result of Mr Rudland’s relationship to Magister Investments Limited, he is not considered to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Gary Smith

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Smith is a chartered accountant and an experienced finance professional. He is currently a non-executive director of several companies, including Unifreight Africa Limited, a Zimbabwe based transport and logistics group which he was Finance Director and Chief Executive Officer of between 2013 and 2015. Previously Mr. Smith worked in the UK for several years where he was employed at Deutsche Bank, the University of Surrey and Foxhills Club & Resort. 

As a result of Mr Smith’s relationship with Magister Investments Limited, he is not considered to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Neil Clayton

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr Clayton is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of experience in a variety of listed and unlisted companies. Mr Clayton brings significant experience and expertise as regards listed companies operating in Africa as well as particular knowledge of the Company's business and requirements, having held an interim finance role at the Company during 2018, when he assisted and supported the re-organisation of the Company's local accounting team.

Despite his recent work with the Company the board consider Mr Clayton to be an “independent” director for the purposes of the QCA Corporate Governance Code.

Sérgio Zandamela

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr Zandamela has over 20 years' experience working within substantial local and regional businesses in Mozambique and Southern Africa. Mr Zandamela has a degree in Agronomy - Rural Engineering from the Eduardo Mondlane University and an MBA from the Montford University Southern Africa - Sandton Business School.

Mr Zandamela is currently the MD at MECTIS. SA, a PPE working to improve the logistical supply chain for sea and road freight. Previously responsible for all Mozambique commercial activities of Tongaat Hulett and a Member of the Board of the National Sugar Producers association in Mozambique and Chairman of the National Sugar Distributors in Mozambique.

Senior Management

George Naude

GENERAL MANAGER MOZAMBIQUE

Mr. Naude joined Agriterra in 2014 from Tongaat Hulett, a leading Southern African focused agricultural and agri-processing business. In Mozambique he led operations as Agricultural Manager. Mr. Naude is presently responsible for managing all operational aspects of Agriterra’s business in Mozambique.

During his career, Mr Naude has also spent time on agricultural projects in Mauritius, Brazil, Tanzania and Malawi and is bringing to the team a solid operating and production capability.

Tafadzwa Shangwa

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Mr. Shangwa joined Agriterra from KPMG where he participated in numerous company audits in the manufacturing and financial sectors of Mozambique and Botswana. He was responsible for managing several audit and compliance teams. 

Mr. Shangwa is presently responsible for managing all financial and compliance aspects of Agriterra’s business in Mozambique.