16 November 2022 — (Cape Town, South Africa). The Global Cold Chain Alliance’s Africa office is pleased to announce the 2023 GCCA African Advisory Council Members who will help shape the association’s regional strategy and prioritize a variety of initiatives to strengthen the value proposition for its members and continue to advocate for and elevate the African cold chain industry.

The nine leaders serving on the 2023 GCCA African Advisory Council are:

  • Paul Gibbons, Customer Director, Vector Logistics (Chair)
  • Christopher Nulliah, Chief Logistics Officer, SnoLink Logistics (Vice-Chair)
  • Carlos De Mendonca, General Manager, Crossberth Cold Stores
  • Chris Creed, Managing Director, Vector Logistics
  • Jaco Ollewagen, Technical Manager, CCS Logistics
  • Newton Matope, President, BigCold Kenya
  • Owusu Akoto, Chief Executive Officer, Freezelink
  • Patrick Fernandes, Chief Financial Officer, Afrigotel
  • Renier du Preez, Chief Executive Officer, Digistics

“Our members ensure a strong, unbroken cold chain for perishable foods throughout transport and storage, reducing food loss and increasing food stability across the globe,” stated GCCA President & CEO Matthew Ott. “The dedication of these individuals and their support of the industry is invaluable to the efforts of GCCA in Africa.”

Members are selected based on their demonstrated leadership, influence, and professional accomplishment within the African temperature-controlled products industry. They exhibit a deep affinity for the industry and support GCCA’s mission and vision. The Council represents a variety of regions, sectors of the cold chain industry and company size and scope.

“I am very excited about working with these leaders who have made the commitment to help grow and strengthen Africa’s cold chain,” says GCCA’s Director of Africa, Lizelle van der Berg. “Collectively, they will serve as the voice of the cold chain industry and help GCCA Africa create exponential value for our members.”

For a complete list of GCCA Africa’s council, committees, events and initiatives, please visit our website.


Contact: Lizelle van der Berg, Director of Africa, Global Cold Chain Alliance, lvanderberg@gcca.org.


About the Global Cold Chain Alliance

Comprised of its Core Partners, including the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), and the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA), the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. GCCA unites all partners to be innovative leaders in the temperature-controlled products industry.

Published Date

November 16, 2022






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