Dr John Purchase
Chief Executive Officer, Agbiz
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 Chairman of the Maize Trust, and in 2015 Dr Purchase was also appointed as Chairman of the Board of the South African Grain Information Services (SAGIS) for a 3-year term and currently serves as Deputy Chairman. 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 an alternate Director of BUSA. 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 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.