Nestlé has nominated professor Lindiwe Majele Sibanda for election to its board of directors, scheduled at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15 April 2021.
Currently, Majele Sibanda serves as the director and chairwoman of the African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Pretoria, South Africa,
Her nomination follows board member Ursula Burns' decision to not stand for re-election.
Paul Bulcke, chairman of the Nestlé board of directors, thanked Burns for her engagement, expert advice and valuable perspectives during her tenure.
Commenting on Majele Sibanda's nomination, Bulcke said, "With her hands-on farming experience and expertise in environmental sustainability, public policy, and sustainable food systems, she will provide invaluable guidance along our journey to build regenerative food systems at scale.
"Her broad experience across the African continent as well as across the globe will enrich the Board's insights."
With Majele Sibanda, the Nestlé Board will comprise 14 members, of which twelve are independent directors.
Nestlé added that it aims to continuously add diverse experiences and unique perspectives to its board, as well as to enhance its cultural and gender diversity.
An Experienced Professional
Majele Sibanda also serves as the co-chairwoman of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.
Previously, she served as the vice-president, country support, policy and partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa in Kenya.
For 13 years, she worked in South Africa as the CEO and head of mission of the pan-African Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, which operates in 19 African countries.
Between 2016 to 2018, she served on the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems and a member of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Policy Advisory Council.
She serves as the managing director of Linds Agriculture Services in Harare, Zimbabwe.