Cyril has more than 30 years’ experience in the biotrade, natural products and small and medium size business development sectors.
In Namibia in the 1990s he worked with the team that established commercial marula oil production including the set-up of the supply associations and co-operatives and driving the commercial linkages to global companies.
In 1999 he set up the Southern African Marula Oil Producers’ Network and facilitated the transfer of technology and know-how to community-based business in Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
In 2000 Cyril was a member of the project formulation team that led to the establishment of the Southern African Natural Products Trade Association – PhytoTrade Africa. There he set up the European office, had roles of Head of Market Development and Head of R&D. He took on the post of CEO of PhytoTrade Africa from 2013 to 2016, and during this time also served on the board of directors of the Union for Ethical Biotrade.
He has served on evaluation and advisory panels for bioscience institutions in Southern Africa and is a research associate at the University of Johannesburg.
More recently Cyril has been involved in fundraising for the development of the biotrade sector, and provides advisory services to the GIZ ABioSA project and the BioInnovation Africa project.