Srinivas Patnala

Dr Srinivas Patnala has a cumulative experience of 25 years in pharmaceutical industry and academia. He started his career in 1991 – worked in Quality Control (QC), Quality Assurance (QA) and related R&D departments. Dr Patnala’s expertise is pharmaceutical analysis – focusing on analytical method development for dosage forms/APIs and phytomedicines/nutraceuticals. In 2010, he joined …

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Madumezulu Girlie Silinda

Madumezulu Girlie Silinda is the Executive Director of Arche Advisory Practice, a consultancy specialising in strategy, research and programming. She has more than 15 years consulting experience in the sectors of Enterprise Development, Local Economic Development, Cooperative Governance and Organizational Development in South Africa. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship and a BTech …

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Motlatjo Maputla

Motlatjo Maputla studied agriculture at Sir Harry Oppenheimer Agricultural High School in Limpopo, his home province. He later attained tertiary education including Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of the Free State, South Africa. After working for the National Research Foundation (NRF) placed at the University of Pretoria, and for the …

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Dr Ullrich Klins

Dr Ullrich Klins, works as a Senior Technical Advisor for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the GIZ-BioInnovation Africa Project in South Africa. His work focuses on the field of National Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) with regard to conservation and sustainable use of Biodiversity. This includes the coordination of private sector partnerships between …

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Dr Kerah Johnson

Dr Kerah Johnson is an integrated medical Doctor, Entrepreneur medical scientist, a lecturer and registrar at the Oriental Academy of natural medicine Yenagoa, Nigeria. She attended the Pragyan University/ Indian board of alternative medicine Kolkata, India and obtained a bachelor of alternative medical systems, professional bachelor’s in naturopathy/natural medicine, she also attended the medicina alternativa …

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Zandile Fuyane

Zandile Fuyane is a Manager in the COO’s Office at Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). In the past she was responsible for the industry development of the Natural Products and Biotechnology Value Chains within the New Industries Business Unit. The objective of this role was to identify and address barriers to the development of the industry …

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Karen Swanepoel

Karen is the Executive Director of SAEOPA (Southern African Essential Oil Producer Association), and has been involved in many industry studies in the field of essential oils since 2000. She has lectured at various universities in subjects Botany, Bio -entrepreneurship, Biotechnology and Environmental Science. Karen has presented papers at IPUF (indigenous Plant use Forum) since …

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Rooibos (South Africa)

Rooibos tea has been a part of South African medicine for ages. With alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc, it is great for treating sunburn, acne, eczema and other types of skin damage. You’ll find it in moisturizers and facial toners.