Christo van der Rheede who rejoined the CPO board in 2016,  is a trained music educator who started his career in 1986 at a primary school on the Cape Flats. He also served as the principal of BOTH West Bank Secondary and Silversands Primary schools. In 2005, he was appointed as the CEO of the SBA (a Media24 sponsored Trust) and became the CEO of the AHi (a national organised small business forum) in 2011. Currently, he is the Deputy CEO of Agri SA, a national organised agricultural body.

His thirty years of professional experience include 17 years in executive management positions in which he mainly focused on the turnaround of educational and business institutions and the educational, cultural and economic empowerment of communities.

He  holds Royal School of Music diplomas in Advanced Piano and Singing, a Higher Education Diploma in Music Education, BA Degree in Psychology and Afrikaans (UWC), qualifications in Human Resource Management, Marketing, Financial and Management Accounting, General Business Management and an Honour’s Degree in Public Leadership, Public Administration and Development Studies (US Business School). He completed a Master’s Degree in Public Leadership and Administration in 2005 (US School of Public Leadership) and his currently working on his PhD proposal on local economic development.

He is dedicated to integrated and holistic community development with a specific focus on educational, cultural and economic development. He also served on many Boards. These include the National Arts Council, Western Cape Cultural Commission, ATKV, Lapa Publishers, BUSA and the NWU Business School. In his spare time he does gardening, play piano and imagine playing golf like Tiger Woods!

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