Contact Details & Description
AfricaBio is a biotechnology association for the safe, ethical and responsible research, development and application of biotechnology and its products. It is a non-profit company (NPC), with a dedicated secretariat, executive director and board of directors.
Year founded: 1999
Number of employees: 7
Strategic Partnerships: African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; US Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agricultural Services.
Annual turnover: Around R5.5million
Profile of Top Woman
Dr Nompumelelo Happyworth Obokoh, CEO
Dr Nompumelelo Happyworth Obokoh joined AfricaBio as the Chief Executive Officer in February 2012. She is a Plant Molecular Biologist with a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, United Kingdom. Prior to her current appointment, Dr Obokoh was the Country Representative for the Kenya based African Agricultural Technology Foundation working in Abuja, Nigeria. She has over 10 years of international and national experience in agricultural research, development and management since starting her career as a post-doctoral research associate at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge.
She also received the Rothamsted International African Fellowship, and her research was hosted by the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) in Wales. Dr Obokoh was employed by the Agricultural Research Council’s Biotechnology Division in 2005 as a Senior Researcher and managed a number of projects geared towards enhancing food security for small-scale farmers. She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the National Research Foundation (NRF)/Royal Society (UK) Grant for South Africa-UK Science Networks, the Overseas Research Student Award from the Committee of the University Principals, and the Mandela Magdalene College award from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.
Gender Empowerment and CSI
CSI Initiatives: Our small-scale farmer empowerment program entails the introduction of innovative agricultural technologies to improve productivity and food security. This programme aims to improve the food production capacity of households and poorly resourced farmers and to create jobs for the participating communities.
Employment Equity: AfricaBio has developed policies to comply with government’s employment equity strategies. More than 70 percent of our staff are women, and the top executive is black.
Nature of Organisation
Business Activity: AfricaBio is a non-political, non-profit biotechnology association which serves as a forum for informed discussions on biotechnology and biosafety issues in Africa. It aims to provide accurate information and create awareness, understanding and knowledge on biotechnology and biosafety in South Africa and the African Region.
Area of operation: Biotechnology, science and technology, agriculture, and environment. Products and Services: Development of biotechnologies and biosafety communication materials (leaflets, brochures, newsletters, videos) and training in biotechnology and biosafety.
10 Years of Business
Since its inception in 1999, women with national and international scientific expertise have headed AfricaBio.
Gender Empowerment Level
Female executive management >50.1%
Percentage of female staff members >50.1%
Black female executive directors/senior management >50.1%
Black female staff members >50.1%
Chief Exeutive Officer: Dr Nompumelelo H. Obokoh
Chief Operations Officer: Dr Bongani O. Maseko
Physical address: Suite U9, First Floor, Enterprise Building, Mark Shuttleworth Street, The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, 0087
Postal address: Postnet Suite 135, Private Bag X844, Silverton, 0127
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 844 0126
Fax: +27 (0) 86 619 9399