Bongiwe Njobe is the Chairman of the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR). She has over 30 years of experience in agricultural policy practice, fast-moving consumer goods and sustainable development in the public, private and non-governmental sector in Africa and at international level. Ms. Njobe served as the Director General (DG) at the National Department of Agriculture in her home country, South Africa. During her ten years in government, she was responsible for the development of agricultural policy, related legislation, and the implementation of national, agricultural development programs. She is a strong force in the private sector as well and has held several senior positions in this sector amongst which are Corporate Affairs Director at the South African Breweries and Group Executive of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability of Tiger Brands. She represents the Private Sector on the FARA Board.