Abbreviated CV: John L. Purchase (Ph.D)
John Purchase has been the CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) of South Africa since 2007. Previously he was the CEO of Grain South Africa. Dr Purchase commenced his professional career as a scientist in South Africa’s Agricultural Research Council (ARC), serving in various research and senior managerial positions for 22 years. Dr Purchase has also served on the Boards of the Land & Agricultural Bank of South Africa and the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) with distinction. Dr Purchase currently serves as a trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Maize Trust, and also serves as Chairman of the Board of the South African Grain Information Services (SAGIS). He is the Business Convenor in the Trade and Industry Chamber of NEDLAC and is Deputy Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), as well as serves as a Director of BUSA. In terms of the current COVID-19 crisis, he currently leads the Economic Workstream within the COVID-19 Response Task Team of the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Min Thoko Didiza, to ensure food security for all South Africans. Amongst other awards, he received the 2011 Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of the Free State, as well as the 2012 South African Agriculturalist of the Year Award. In June 2013 he was elected to the Board of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and still serves in this capacity. In 2019 he was honoured by IFAMA and made a Fellow. In December 2018, Dr Purchase was honoured by the French Government and the title of Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit (Le Grade de Chevalier dans l’ordre du Mérite Agricole) was bestowed on him by the French Ambassador to South Africa, for his services to Agriculture and Agribusiness.