Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Africa Biosystems and Helix Biotech have significant technical expertise and local operational experience across Eastern Africa. The board is committed to develop the regional markets, increase customer awareness of products and their applications and grow the portfolio of ABL’s complimentary products within the life sciences sector in Eastern Africa.
Managing Director and founder of Africa Biosystems and Helix Biotech
Yasmin Verjee is responsible for managing the key customer relationships and generating sales for Applied Biosystems, Dionex and UVItec product lines. Prior to ABL, Yasmin worked for ILRI, an international research institute on animal diseases for 14 years as a senior researcher. She received the CGIAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award on “African Pastoralism and Cattle Migration” in 2002. Yasmin has experience across a wide range of life science technologies and applications including Sample Preparation, DNA synthesis and Genotyping. Yasmin holds a BSc (Hons), Makrere University, Uganda.
Janmohamed (Johnny) Verjee
Director of Africa Biosystems and Helix Biotech
Janmohamed (Johnny) Verjee is a director of Africa Biosystems and Helix Biotech. He is responsible for the administration and finances for both companies. Johnny started his career in marketing and in 1975 he ventured into entrepreneurship. For the last 30 years, he has been involved in retail and distribution business in East Africa in the food sector and brings extensive local and operational knowledge to run the companies efficiently and ethically. In addition, Johnny is dedicated to social well-being of the overall East African community, and has been involved in social and charitable work for the past 40 years. He holds a BCom (Hons), Nairobi University, Kenya 1970.
Director of strategy and business development at Africa Biosystems
Irfan Verjee is director of strategy and business development at Africa Biosystems. He is responsible for the firm’s long term vision and growth strategy. Irfan joined Africa Biosystems Limited in 2002. In the past two years, he has been active in the Africa Private Equity industry across Telecoms, Natural Resources and Agribusiness. He currently works as a Strategic Management Consultant for Booz & Co in the Middle East. Irfan was recently director of design and business development at LTRIM technologies, a technology startup in Canada. Prior, Irfan has led innovation and product development teams at Catena Networks, Ciena Corporation and Nortel Networks. Irfan has Electrical Engineering degree (Honors) from McGill University and has an MBA from London Business School, 2009.
Director of special projects at Africa Biosystems
Zain Verjee is the Director of Special projects at Africa Biosystems Limited. She is responsible to develop and drive projects that leverage ABL’s significant expertise in DNA technology to promote causes and cutting edge projects in the Eastern African region. In addition, Zain is the founder and CEO of Zain Verjee Group and consulting and media content development company focused on Africa. She spent 14 years at CNN anchoring and reporting news and feature shows in Atlanta, Washington and London.