Our Team

Thinus van Schoor
Managing Director
BEng • MCom • PMP • CSCP

Thinus van Schoor is Managing Director of Value Chain Solutions and also one of the founding members. As a seasoned executive, his experience range from project management, corporate and investment finance, supply chains and agricultural end-to-end business leadership.

Thinus is passionate about Africa and its people. His experience as Capital Investment and Project Lead, as well as Planning and Supply Chain Director, adds to his understanding of developing sustainable and competitive value chains to unlock the continent’s potential.

Dr PG Strauss
Phd Agricultural Economics (University of Pretoria)

Dr PG Strauss is an executive member of Value Chain Solutions. He started his career in the banking industry, where he was responsible for end to end value chain finance with respect to primary agriculture, agro processing, logistics and retail. This provided him with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the Agro Food Value Chain.  After successfully starting up the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy in 2004 he was appointed by SABMiller in 2009 as commodity Manager, later promoted to Global Brewing Raw Material Consultant. In this role, he was responsible for strategic procurement and supply chain operations across SABMiller operations globally. This provided him with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience across South and North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

In 2013, Dr Strauss was offered the opportunity to join the VKB Group as CEO for various subsidiaries in the group. During this time he gained valuable experience in the vegetable oils, grains, and livestock sectors.

In 2016 he joined VCS in the capacity of Director, given his expertise and experience in value chain management, procurement, risk management, farming, agro-processing and logistics.

Neels Barkhuizen
Hons. BCompt (UNISA), BComm (RAU)

After completing his article’s at Coopers Theron du Toit (Chartered Accounts and Auditors) now PWC, Neels Barkhuizen started his career in the private sector filling various roles in the Merchant Banking and Financial Services sector, Construction and FMCG sectors as a Manager and Financial executive until he started with The South African Breweries Group in 1992. During his 25 years tenure at SABMiller he was responsible, on an executive level, as the Financial Manager/Financial Director & Company secretary for a number of Business Units and Subsidiary companies. His career covered Marketing/Sales/Distribution/ Supply Chain and their Agriculture, Processing and Hops businesses in SABMiller.  During the last three years at the group, he spent his time as Head of Finance for the SABMiller Africa Agriculture, Processing and Hop Farms subsidiaries.

His experience and expertise include areas of Corporate & Project Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Supply Chain & Vendor Finance, Debt and company restructuring, Supply Chain as well as primary and secondary distribution, SAP implementation lead, Shared Service Centre Credit Workstream implementation lead and Company Secretarial functions. His knowledge and experience in the Agriculture, Raw material processing, as well as supply chain, spanned across the South African and African operations.

Neels joined VCS in Stellenbosch in 2017.

Michael Day
MSc Agricultural Economics (University of Stellenbosch)

After completing his undergraduate studies where he majored in Economics, Finance and Agricultural Economics, Michael  Day undertook his Masters degree in Agricultural Economics with a stern focus on agricultural value chain development and international trade.  Upon graduating cum-laude, he went on to win the award from the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa for the best MSc thesis in South Africa.

As a result of his agricultural upbringing, Michael is passionate about agriculture and its ability to progress through directed factual analysis informing business and investment decisions. His wealth of knowledge on all levels and across agricultural industries in Africa uniquely positions him in a global agricultural system which continues to seek focused growth opportunities in Africa.

In 2017, Michael joined VCS in Stellenbosch as a consultant specializing in applied value chain economics and applicable business strategy.