Cyril Lombard, former head of Research and Development at PhytoTrade Africa has recently been appointed as the Chief Executive of the organisation.  As one of the founder members of PhytoTrade, and a founder Director of CRIAA-SADC in Namibia, Cyril has over 20 years experience in the natural products industry and has been heading the London office since the organization’s inception. With specialist experience in R&D and market development and a keen interest in Access and Benefit Sharing issues, Cyril brings wide-ranging experience to the organization.

Chair of the PhytoTrade board Paulo Marquez said “I’m really delighted about this appointment as it blends experience with a strong willingness to take Phytotrade further into the future. We wish Cyril and the Phytotade team all the best in this new chapter of the organization”.  Cyril Lombard said “PhytoTrade Africa is an organisation that is very close to my heart and I’m really looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and further bringing together our blend of scientific research, solid supply chains and marketing know-how to our portfolio of unique African ingredients”.

Taking over from Cyril as Head of R&D will be Veronique Rossow.  She will be leading a process to develop and implement PhytoTrade Africa’s cosmetic and food ingredients strategy.  Veronique will be looking at new processing technologies to enhance yields and competitiveness of production as well as securing strong regulatory positions for the ingredients.

Véronique has a degree in Biochemistry and is an oils and fats engineer. With more than 15 years of experience within the International raw materials sector, Véronique has established and managed application laboratories in both Europe and the USA.

Cyril commented “with Veronique and the rest of the team, together with the support from our donors, we are now in a position to bring a series of unique ingredients with supporting documentation to the cosmetic and food sectors.  This will boost the support to our existing products, and this will also increase the business opportunities for our members, Accredited Partners and clients”.