Staff Profiles

Hans Oskar Schonenberger
General Manager

Hans has over 35 years of experience in project management in the commercial sector in various countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa including floriculture, horticulture, agriculture and agro-processing projects. He has worked in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Burundi, Kenya, Zambia and Swaziland.
He has also been involved in the establishment of new companies, the restructuring and turnaround of existing companies, the establishment of feasibility studies, the raising of equity and loan finance from local and international financial institutions.

He was previously General Manager of Advance Wholesalers (Pvt) Ltd, responsible for the management of the SPAR Distribution Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Managing Director of Clairson Investments (Pvt) Ltd in Goromonzi, Zimbabwe, Director of Maravi Flowers Ltd in Dedza, Malawi, Executive Director of Lingadzi Farms Ltd in Lilongwe, Malawi, Project Manager/Financial Controller for Southern Africa at EDESA's regional Head Office in Harare, Zimbabwe where he was responsible for project evaluation and monitoring of various EDESA investments in SADCC countries and EDESA representative in Burundi as Project Manager responsible for the co-ordination and supervision of all activities concerning the establishment of a glass bottle factory (Verrundi Sarl).

Priyantha Madapatha
Factory Manager

Priyantha is responsible for factory/Production operations. He was previously Sales Representative at Hemas Marketing Pvt Limited in Sri Lanka, Area Sales Manager at Nihal Brothers (Pvt) Ltd in Sri Lanka, Product Manager at Computer Centre (Pvt) Ltd, Gestetner Ceylon Ltd and Pc House (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka. He has also been Factory Manager at Sun Seed Oil Ltd, Malawi and Production Manager at Bio Energy Resources Ltd (BERL).

Yedwa Martin Mhango
Administration Manager

Yedwa holds multiple accounting and business management qualifications. He has previously held several accounting positions at TEVETA and was also Company Accountant at Malawi Enterprise Zones Associations (MALEZA) responsible for donor funds (DANIDA, GIZ, European Union Food Aid).

Wisckes Nyemba
Finance Manager

Wiskes has over 25 years of experience in Financial management, Administration and Human Resources Management in the private sector. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce ( Accountancy) , Diploma in Business Studies and Certificate in Executive Management Skills. He was previously Finance and Admin manager at Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union Ltd and also at Grain & Milling Company Limited (now Bakhresa Grain Milling). He was also the Chief Accountant at Blantyre Printing and Publishing Company LTD, Financial Controller and Company Secretary at Lingadzi Farm Limited as well as Chief Accountant at Manica Malawi Limited. He is well versed with financial management of donor funded projects, HRM, procurement and property & asset management.

Chrispine Kandani
Quality Assurance Manager

Chrispine Kandani is responsible for quality control regime at Afrinut. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Technology. Before joining Afinut, he worked in various quality assurance positions at Dairibord Malawi Limited, Mulanje Peak Foods, Eazypack Limited and Carlsberg Malawi.

Steve Chipole
Purchases Manager

Steve is mainly responsible for procurement and coordinating the buying of groundnuts. He holds a qualification in Purchasing and Supply and was previously Purchasing Manager at Export Trading Company, Sunseed Oil Limited, Bio Energy Resources Limited and Mount Meru Petroleum.

Jacob Kachibiya
Assistant to Quality Assurance Manager

Yophat Mkandawire
Assistant to Factory Manager