Jurgen Paulis


Job Title: Chief financial officer

Company: Africa Improved Foods


Jurgen Paulis joined Africa Improved Foods (AIF) in 2017 as its CFO.

Prior to that, he had a long career at AKZO, which later became part of DSM. He started as a business economist at AKZO Engineering Plastics and served as an assistant controller within the AKZO company for several more years.

In 1992 he joined DSM Stanyl & SMA as a product controller before ultimately returning to DSM Engineering Plastics (which had bought the AKZO operations) as VP of finance in America.

He held various business unit controller and directorship roles in the DSM group before his most recent role as the company's VP and CFO of North America.

Jurgen holds a Masters in Business Economics, from Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

2017 – Present: Chief Financial Officer, Africa Improved Foods
2011 – 2017: Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, DSM North America
2002 – 2011: Business Unit Finance and Systems Director, DSM Engineering Plastics Asia Pacific
1998 – 2002: Business Unit Controller, DSM Caprolactam Europe
1995 – 1998: Vice President of Finance, DSM Engineering Plastics Americas
1992 – 1995: Product Controller, DSM Stanyl & SMA
1988 – 1992: Assistant Controller, AKZO (before DSM Engineering Plastics acquisition)
1986 – 1988: Assistant Controller, Treasurer, AKZO Aramide Fibre Company
1985 – 1986: Business Economist, AKZO Engineering Plastics

1988 – 1990: RC, EMFC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1979 – 1985: Masters in Business Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Africa Improved Foods

Africa Improved Foods is an African social enterprise addressing the food challenges facing Africa by building resilient food systems through local and regional sourcing, manufacturing and selling of nutritious, affordable and accessible products. AIF manufactures in Rwanda and sells to Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda.

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