Gwarega joined CGCSA in January 2012 from Internatio Mueller Chemicals Distribution (IMCD) South Africa (a subsidiary of the Rotterdam based IMCD Group), where he served as Financial Director. He has a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He then went on to complete his MBA as well as an Executive Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
Prior to joining IMCD South Africa, Gwarega held senior management positions in Sales, Operations and Finance at Avis Fleet Services South Africa, a division of the Barloworld Group. He also has extensive knowledge of the public sector as he has consulted with several government entities in the areas of compliance, strategy and organisational re-engineering.
Sudeshan Pillay joined CGCSA in August 2016 as CFO. He is a qualified chartered accountant a professional with over 13 years’ experience in sectors, spanning insurance, oil and gas, FMCG, telecommunications, banking and construction. He is looking forward to working with and building stakeholder relations within the industry and integrating with the business units within CGCSA.
Patricia joined CGCSA in 2010 after having been with Barloworld Automotive as the Group Employee Manager for three years. Prior to joining Barloworld, she worked for the South African Motor Union (SAMU) and moved to ER-Africa consulting on legal matters. She started her career at Discovery Health. She holds a BSoc Sci and LLB degree and is an accredited Part-time Commissioner at the CCMA as well as an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
Zinhle joined CGCSA in August 2013, she has experience in human resources and development field within industries such as Financial, Fleet Management, Distribution and Electrical Engineering. She holds a BCom Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Hons), a Bachelor of Technology in Human Resources and Development Management. Further she completed a Leadership Development Programme with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is currently busy with her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of South Wales (UK), where she has submitted her dissertation. In 2014 she was selected to participate through HIDA where she completed her Management Development Programmes in Osaka, Japan.
Michele joined the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) as the GS1 Executive Head in March 2017 from Accenture South Africa, where she served as a Senior Business and System Integration Manager. Prior to joining Accenture Michele held Service Delivery Management, positions in the Planning and Forecasting areas of Supply Chain and Procurement Management. She has worked on transformations projects in organization like Shoprite, Unilever, McCain Foods, Nampak Tissues, Omnia Foods, and JD Group, QAD and SAP. Her career spans across both the operational implementation and strategic direction which encompasses, retail, manufacturing and financial services industries.
Matlou Setati is the Executive for the Food Safety Initiative (FSI), a division of the CGCSA. She joined the CGCSA in 2017 from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF).
The FSI is responsible for advocacy and liaison of sustainable initiatives, forums, projects and/or programmes within the precincts of food science, safety, quality, nutrition, health & wellness, regulatory and related matters for the consumer goods and retail industries.
Matlou has over 15 years of experience in the South African food and agricultural industry, which includes various food production companies, and ten (10) years’ service in public office at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where she served as Chief Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technician (Food Quality Inspector) and Chief Food Safety & Quality Assurance Officer (Food Regulations).
Matlou actively participates in national and international food regulatory bodies such as the Food Legislation Advisory Group and the Food Safety Forum of the National Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. She has also participated at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, where she was Vice Chairperson of the Dry and Dried Produce Committee from 2014 – 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
She has in-depth knowledge of the food industry from raw material, processing, quality control and assurance, and food legislation. Her public service experience has equipped her with a vast understanding of the national and international food law spheres such as national food control, Codex Alimentarius and World Trade Organisation agreements such as the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS).
Matlou holds a National Diploma in Food Technology from Pretoria Technikon, a Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology and a Post Graduate Diploma Applied Science from the Lincoln University, New Zealand.