Francois Smit

Francois Smit

Operations Manager

Francois was first introduced to Renée’s passion for genetics when, during a visit on his parents’ farm, she questioned him about RNA. At the time, he was still in high school and CenGen had not been established.

Since then, Francois collaborated with the company on numerous projects before he joined the team in 2020. He has more than 15-years’ experience in various fields of breeding, applied research and development, the implementation of new technology across Africa, and driving organisational reform.

He has had the privilege to work with and lead cross-functional teams to achieve common goals at prominent companies such as SABMiller, AB Inbev and Value Chain Solutions.

Francois supports CenGen to create value-enhancing outcomes through molecular solutions for partners in the agricultural value chain. He also focusses on budget management and research project development.