The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Fidelis Nyambe Mwazi as its newly appointed Chief Executive Officer. Dr Mwazi is taking over the reigns, starting 01 July 2018, following his predecessor, Christof Brock, who is going into retirement at the age of 65. His appointment is effective from 01 July 2018, and is set for a period of five years.
‘’Dr Mwazi is no stranger to the agronomic and horticulture industries,he is a strong and visionary leader, highly capable of taking the industry to greater heights, therefore the Board is overtly confident that he will contribute exceptionally to the efficient running of the NAB”, said, Michael Iyambo, NAB Board’s Chairperson.
Dr. Mwazi, who is a professional scientist in crop science and sustainable agriciculture, has over 18 years of vast practical work experience in the academic as well as the agronomic and horticulture industry environments. He obtained his PhD degree in Agriculture (Crop Science) in 2017 with the University of Namibia (UNAM). He graduated with an MSc. Degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (Sustainable Agriculture) from the International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation,the ITC university, Netherlands in 2006.
Prior to his appointment as the NAB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mwazi worked as a Senior Manager for Standards and Trade at Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) from February 2015 to June 2018. AMTA is mandated to implement statutory rules and regulations of the Agronomic Industry Act, Act 20 of 1992 by producers and traders involved in production and trading of the agronomic and horticultural products country-wide. Thus, he implemented various compliance programmes for agronomy and horticulture market share promotion, food safety and crop specific marketing standards, inspections of farms and facilities for compliances to Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and Hazardous Analytical Critical Control Point (HACCP), border control and inland inspectorate as well as total quality management (TQM) aspects.
He also worked as a National Horticulture Manager at the Namibian Agronomic Board from May 2013 to January 2015 responsible to implement the Horticulture Market Share Promotion for controlled crops.
We wish him well on taking on his new role!