Christoff Lombard, AADSS principal consultant, is a qualified agriculturist with a MSc Agric in Horticulture (2000) and a Masters in Development Finance (2011), both from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. His experience lies in agriculture and project management in the rural development field through technical implementation of project activities. He has more than 20 years progressive experience in agriculture. This includes compiling business plans, economic models and feasibility studies in South Africa as well as in the international farming sector.
He has good project management skills and is proactive, entrepreneurial, and has a strong eye for detail. Christoff liaises closely with partner organizations, grant recipients, key stakeholders, government officials and donors, technical consultants, banking institutions, smallholder farmers and farmer organizations, etc., on a regular basis.
Clive Neel is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years of post-qualification experience in management, systems design, development finance, financial and budgetary control and auditing, of which over 25 years have been in Africa. The last four years he was part of the financial management team of a Euro 300m greenfield ethanol/power generation sugar cane project (Addax Bioenergy SL Ltd) in Sierra Leone. He has experience in the private sector, Sierra Leone IFAD, African Development Bank RCPRP and ASREP projects, central government, donor agencies, and NGO’s in the managing and control of project accounts, control of funds, cash flow and procurement.
Clive is also a specialist in computerised accounting systems and the development of financial information systems. In 2011 be obtained a Masters in Development Finance, Stellenbosch University Business School, South Africa (Cum Laude).
Armand le Roux
Armand le Roux received the degrees B. Eng (Civil Engineering) (1990) and M. Phil. (Development Finance) (2014) both from the University of Stellenbosch. He is also a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa. Armand has more than 20 years experience in infrastructure development in both the public sector and industrial sectors over a wide variety of disciplines ranging from water and waste water infrastructure, roads infrastructure and housing developments to large industrial projects.
He has been involved as project engineer and project manager in the mining, petrochemical and electricity sector involving large multi-disciplinary projects. As company director, he has been involved in the formulation of business strategy, business development and managing of client relationships.
Pieter du Toit
Pieter du Toit obtained a degree in accounting [BAcc] from the University of Stellenbosch followed by an honours degree in accounting [BCompt Hons] from UNISA in 1999. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000, working as a trainee auditor and accountant with listed clients in the mining and wine industry. In 2002 he passed all required exams and qualified as a Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)].
He relocated to New York, USA in 2004 to further his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manhattan, first in audit and later in advisory, where he gained extensive experience in loan and acquisition due diligence, loan and property valuation, as well as underwriting support for some of the major investment banks, property funds and property investment companies in New York. Pieter returned to South Africa in March of 2010 and started Platform, an entrepreneurial advisory business with a wide variety of clients in the agriculture, property, digital marketing and energy industries.