Steven Frankel

BA Law (Wits), PG Dip Marketing (UCT) MBA (Oxon.)

Steven is an entrepreneur, focused on the mining and agricultural sectors. He started his career at Coca-Cola, and later consulted to DeBeers, Unilever, Colgate & L’Oreal, Young & Rubicam and Pick n Pay.

He has subsequently co-founded seven companies in the online, real estate, agricultural and mining sectors.

Steven loves working with entrepreneurs, solving problems and growing businesses. In his spare time, he mentors individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their commercial ambitions and to become self-sufficient.

Craig Taylor

BSc, BSc Hons, MSc (UKZN)

Craig is a plant scientist whose research expertise extends from tissue culture to plant physiology in the field and greenhouse. His most recent research work was in the Netherlands at Wageningen University where he is a PhD candidate, having collaborated with Signify BV (Formerly Philips Lighting BV) to aid in the formulation of efficient lighting strategies. In particular, his work focused on the optical monitoring of photosynthesis in real-time under a wide variety of spectral conditions.

This work combined Craig’s two passions – electronic design and plant physiology – and he contributed significantly to the design and construction of custom electronics for extremely sensitive measurements. It is this dedication to innovation using often novel but practical technology that Craig sees as vital to solving the greater problem of increased food production in terms of not only volume but also efficiency.