Keith Duvel has over two decades of experience in economic development & planning and international trade. He is an expert in developing industrial upgrading and modernization programmes for implementation at national level in the 14 SADC region for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Keith operates as the CEO of Moringa Mavens, coordinating the technology and other service providers to deliver the Moringa Mavens product range to the market.
Conrad Klingenberg is a Mechanical Engineer known for his integrity and the excellence in all he does, a project man thriving on adventure.
He is based outside Ndola Zambia successfully farming Aloe and Moringa for last number of years. As Operations director he ensures that Moringa Mavens receives the highest quality from Malawi and Zambia
Qualified in Microbiology at the Kwa Zulu Natal University of Technology (1982) and in Food Technology at the Cape Town University of Technology (1985). Has worked in the following industries: Dairy, Herb and Spice, Fruit Juice and Flavours. In the Flavour Industry he has worked for IFF, Firmenich, Wild and Doehler.
For the last 18 years he has worked in the Cape Province two companies manufacturing fruit juices, botanical extracts, flavours and emulsions.
Some interesting creations to date include:
- Innovation award at SIAL for a range of flavoured Olive Waters (H2Olive)
- Runner up award at the Beverage Innovation awards in Moscow for EGA, an antioxidant enriched grape based beverage.
- Liquid Smoking, a herbal infused beverage which takes the urge off the craving for smokers (for planes, offices and hospitals).
Currently a Professional Member of the Institute of Food Technologists (USA) and a Professional member, and council member, of The South African Association of Food Science and Technology.
Grant is Moringa Mavens food technology specialist developing new products and formulas, and also ensuring our leading edge in value added moringa products.
Dr. James Laporta: MBChB (UCT), DMH (SA), Dip PEC (SA) – Integrative Medical practitioner
Dr. Laporta obtained his medical degree at the University of Cape Town and has also completed his post grad diploma’s in Mental Health and Emergency Medicine. He started studying complementary and herbal medicines over 14 years ago, and continues to travel to conferences, assimilate research, and lecture.
Dr. Laporta has a private practice in Cape Town, is a corporate wellness specialist for Kaelo, and consultant to Natural Medicine Company – Wings Herbal Synergy. He is also active in matters regarding food supplements vs. medicaments, and the future of natural medicines in South Africa.
“On the business side, Dr. Laporta has been instrumental formulating many innovative natural functional beverages over the last 5 years. Some of these products have won numerous awards, both locally and internationally.
In his spare time, he gets an adrenalin fix from working as Trauma Doctor in the Cape Flats and testing exotic food supplements.”.
Studied Law at the University of Port Elizabeth and graduated in 1992.
He has lived and worked in Israel, Germany, England and Wales, but decided to return to South Africa in 1999 to be part of the growth and development of this vibrant country.
Graeme has extensive experience in the liquid packaging industry, as well as the global polymer industry.
Has held the position of Regional Director for the most diverse packaging company in the Southern Hemisphere as well as, the Country Manager for Southern Africa for a large Multinational Polymer distributor, based in the USA.
Graeme’s extensive commercial experience, combined with his passion for natural products and community development and upliftment, makes him a valuable member of our team.
Botanist – BSc University of Stellenbosch. Majors in Botany, Zoology and Geology.
Farming experience: Livestock and Cultivation.
Business experience: in excess of 25 years in business working in the Phytotrade industry doing Plant identification in the field, concluding Material transfer agreements and Benefit sharing agreements with Local communities for the harvest of our range of medicinal plants. Further specializing in Drying, Milling and Sterilization of the different plant materials.
Prof. Arno Hugo (M.Sc Agric; Ph.D)Associate Professor: Microbial Biochemical and Food Biotechnology University of the Free State.
In the Food Science Division of the Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology lecturing meat science, food analysis and other food science courses.
Prof Hugo has completed a full-length research paper on the nutritional characterization of Moringa Oleifera leaves in 2011. This included full laboratory analysis of the nutritional values of Moringa. He has also completed an analysis of the Moringex Moringa Extract.