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Wolfgang Johann von Loeper

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Wolfgang Johann von Loeper

Owner, Mysmartfarm


Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

As a farmer that has gone tech-entrepreneur, Wolfgang holds a BA in business administration and management from one of Germany’s top three business schools and an MPhil in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University where he currently is a researcher.
Over 9 years of his early business career Wolfgang established an organic wine estate in South Africa, before founding MySmartFarm; a Software as a Service (SaaS) company that assists farmers who are frustrated with technology, data management and the interpretation thereof. MySmartFarm deploys the IoT on farms, to model its data in the cloud together with data from satellites, drones, laboratories, and other. Making use of machine learning it takes precision-ag a level up to artificial intelligence (AI) farming.

Contact details

O: +27 (21) 300 1726


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Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 7129


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Student consultancy - Blue

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Current Position(s)

Founding Researcher | Seeds of Symbiosis
Cape Town, South Africa | 2015 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Lead Researcher and Co-founder


Founder & CEO | Mysmartfarm
Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2012 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Mysmartfarm is a start-up developing a comprehensive consolidation of high tech agri-services on one cloud computed platform; deliberated to mine agricultural data, it is the Windows for farmers, designed to empower them with valuable, cost effective and scientific real-time advice.


Previous Position(s)

General Manager | Wedderwill Wine Estate
Somerset West, South Africa | 2004 - 2013

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Farming operations
Product development
Product branding
Staff and HR

Educational history

Secondary

Christophorus Schule Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Austria (1999)

Tertiary

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2015 - present

Master in Philosophy - Sustainable Development

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch, South Africa | January 2014 - 2015

PGD in Philosophy - Sustainable Development - Agriculture

Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen

Friedrichshafen, Germany | October 2000 - September 2002

Bachelor of Business Administration - Economics

Achievements

Awards

IBM SmartCamp | 2013

Winner of African Pitching competition and Public Favorite at regional finals in Istanbul.

German Business Cup | 2002

Our university was the winner of the student business cup for Germany.

media exposure

Netwerk 24 | 2015

Interview

Top Billing | 2009

Event

Silicon Cape | 2013

Article

Data Science Weekly | 2014

Interview

AFK Insider | 2013

Article

eNCA | 2014

Interview

Handelsblatt | 2002

German Business Cup

Competitive Accomplishments

Participant | Wine2Whales | 2013

Multi-day stage mountain bike race

Participant | Sani2C | 2012

Multi-day stage mountain bike race

Participant | Trans Alps | 2009

8 day mountain bike stage race

Participant | Absa Cape Epic | 2011

Worlds toughest mountain-bike stage race

Participant | Absa Cape Epic | 2008

Worlds toughest mountain-bike stage race

Academic Achievements

Thesis | 2016

Accessing South African food system value-chains: Constraints faced by smallholder farmers and conservation agriculture

Research Article | 2016

Maize agricultural value chain challenges facing smallholder farmers and conservation agriculture in South Africa

Journal Publication | 2016

ANALYSING CHALLENGES FACING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS AND
CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA: A SYSTEM
DYNAMICS APPROACH

Policy Publication | 2015

Promoting and advancing the uptake of sustainable, regenerative, conservation agricultural practices in South Africa with a specific focus on dry-land maize and extensive
beef production

Policy Publication | 2015

Implications for a future agrarian structure in South Africa based on conservation and sustainable agriculture: alignment of a multi-institutional and multi-policy landscape.

Research Publications | 2015

THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICAN WHEAT

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