Besa Muthuri


Job Title: Strategic human capital management executive

Company: Agricultural Research Council


Besa Muthuri is the strategic human capital management executive at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). She is responsible for leading ARC’s human resources strategy and people operations for all ARC’s campuses in South Africa.

She holds an undergraduate degree in public administration, an MBA in corporate social responsibility, a Master of Science, and a Master of Arts in industrial relations from the University of Nottingham and Queen’s University, respectively. Besa also serves on a number of community boards.


2021 - Present          Acting GE/ Senior Manager: Human Capital Management, Agricultural
                                    Research Council

2019 - 2021              Human Capital Management Executive , On the Spot Marketing

2016 - 2019              Chief Director: Human Capital Management , GTAC
2014 - 2016              HR Operations & Administration Manager, Family Health International
2008 - 2014             Senior Adviser – HRBP / Chief Operation Officer, Eskom Holdings Soc.
2006 - 2008            Senior Human Resource Business Partner, Leadway Consulting
2005 - 2006            Senior Human Resource Generalist, Merck MSD


2022 - 2024                Doctor of Business Administration, University of Pretoria (GIBS)

2020 - 2023                Master of Industrial Relations, Queens University, Canada

2007 - 2008                Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Nottingham, UK

2006 - 2007                Master of Science Policy Development Practice & Process, Reading University, UK

About Agricultural Research Council (ARC): The Agricultural Research Council is a premier science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and fosters innovation to support and develop the agricultural sector.


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