Mr. George Marechera

Managing Director, Agridrive Limited and Agribusiness Development Manager, Cassava Mechanisation & Agro-processing Project, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

George Marechera holds an MBA from Wolverhampton University, UK, a Bsc Honours degree from University of Zimbabwe and several professional management qualifications. Before joining AATF he worked as General Manager for Saltlakes Holdings (Zimbabwe) spearheading tobacco contract farming which targeted smallholder farmers; Makita Manufacturing (UK) as General Manager responsible for operations; Simmonsigns Pvt Ltd (UK) as a General Manager, where he was involved in business management, strategy and human resources management; the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement in Zimbabwe as an Economist and later as a Senior Economist responsible for project administration and finance directly involved in the management of agricultural projects funded by the Government and donors including European Union, World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and Japanese Aid. By the time he left the Ministry, he was the Executive Assistant to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for change management, commercialisation and subcontracting initiatives. During his tenure at the Ministry, he also worked as a part time lecturer in economics and business management. George has worked in the agricultural industry and has wide experience in project and agri-business management, business strategy, business consultancy, marketing management, change management, economic development and regeneration. He has proven leadership skills in managing, developing and motivating teams. As Agri-business Specialist, George is responsible for co-ordinating and facilitating business initiatives between the AATF, agro-industry, smallholder farmers and all stakeholders in the agricultural industry to ensure appropriate knowledge is disseminated for effective and efficient service delivery. George Marechera is a Zimbabwean national.