First Elections

At the inaugural meeting of the African Packaging Organisation held in Sandton, Johannesburg on the 28th and 29th June, 2012, the following were elected as the initial office bearers –

PresidentMr Joseph Nyongesa, of the Institute of Packaging Professionals, Kenya -Term of Office – 3 years

Vice PresidentMr Ahmed Alex Omah, of the Institute of Packaging, Nigeria – Term of Office – 3 years.

General SecretaryMr Roger Cary-Smith, of the Institute of Packaging (South Africa) – Term of Office : Ongoing, on terms and conditions approved by the members Provision was also made for the appointment of a number of vice presidents, each with his/her own portfolio – but some of these persons are still to finally accept appointment.  The following have accepted to date –

Mr Sachindra Shetty (of the Tanzania Packaging Association) – Vice President, Marketing. Portfolio: Promotion of APO in Africa, Visibility campaigns, Membership drives

Mr Kishan Singh (of the Institute of Packaging (South Africa) – Vice President, Sponsorships. Portfolio: Assist the President in seeking and evaluating sponsorship options

Mr Kwesi Abaidoo (of the Institute of Packaging, Ghana) – Vice President, Education. Portfolio: Develop an educational policy framework for Africa, Standardise and operationalise training activities in Africa, Evaluate education options and advise most appropriate for Africa, Assist in development of a sustainable funding model for education in Africa

Mr Andrew Marthinusen (of the Packaging Council of South Africa)

Advisor on addressing Packaging and environmental concerns in Africa

Vice President, Awards and Information (to be advised)

Mr Ahmed Omah (of the Institute of Packaging Nigeria). Portfolio: Assist in the setting up of frameworks for Packaging Awards in Africa

Assist in the collection of statistics on Packaging in Africa


In regard to conformance to STANDARDS, Mr Peter Namutala of the Kenya Bureau of Standards had been appointed as Packaging Liaison Officer (National Standards Bodies), with the agreement of his institution, basically to liaise with all Standard Bodies in Africa to make the packaging agenda both live and visible. He will be linking the National Standard Bodies with the local packaging stakeholders’ institutes and the APO.

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