Dr Khotso Mokhele is an internationally recognised scientist who has served on the HMH board since 2013

Khotso Mokhele Westfalia

Avocado multinational Westfalia Fruit Group has appointed Dr Khotso Mokhele as the new chair of the Board of Westfalia Fruit International and its parent company, HMH Group.Mokhele joined the HMH board as a non-executive director in 2013 and is the founder of the Academy of Science of South Africa and the National Research Foundation.

He is also president of the Hans Merensky Legacy Foundation, which was established 74 years ago to promote and assist in the development of natural resources within South Africa and its neighbours through research, experimentation and demonstration supported by scientific knowledge.

Mokhele’s role in science is recognised internationally, having served as a special advisor to two ministers of science and technology in South Africa and represented South Africa on the executive board of UNESCO.

Mokhele commented: “I would like to thank the boards of the HMH Group and Westfalia Fruit International for their confidence in appointing me as the new chair of both boards. We have ambitious plans for the future, to continue positively developing the global avocado industry for the long term supported by research, innovation and commitment of our Westfalia colleagues”.