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South Africa

Chief operating Officer, Stellenbosch University

Professor van Huyssteen is an alumnus of Stellenbosch University (SU) and holds BScAgric, HonsBScAgric (cum laude), MScAgric (cum laude) and PhD(Agric) degrees. He joined SU in 1999 as Head of the Department of Soil Science. He became the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences in 2000. Subsequently he led the merger of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Forestry Sciences in 2000 to form the Faculty of AgriSciences. Apart from his position as Dean, Leopoldt was also part of the Rector’s Management Team. He acted as Vice Rector (Research) and from January 2008 to March 2008 and he also acted as Executive Director: Innovation and Commercialisation. He acted as Rector and Vice-Chancellor from July 2014 to March 2015. A number of senior executive portfolios were merged under his guidance and he was appointed as Executive Director: Operations and Finance of the larger portfolio from April 2008 to August 2013.

He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Stellenbosch University, a new position created to oversee and coordinate organisational operations, execution thereof and systemic sustainability of the university. He has served on several committees and boards, eg. the Board of the Agricultural Research Council, the Board of Elsenburg Agricultural College, several industry committees and the Council of the Soil Science Society of South Africa (3 years as President).