Marius Paulse is a self-motivated, solutions-driven and team-oriented leader with comprehensive experience in agri-business, programme and project management, agriculture and rural development and agricultural education mobilisation. Throughout his professional career, he demonstrated abilities in innovative organisational and programme development and to assist teams in the design, redesign, and launch of leading-edge solutions in agriculture and related sectors. He is a proficient team front-runner, able to direct multiple tasks effectively and consistently receiving high ratings on surveys and multiple project completion. He is a collaborative communicator continually focused on promoting synergy in agricultural and land reform relations.
Born and bred in the small rural village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape province of South Africa, he completed primary school education in Franschhoek and later on matriculated at the Northern Paarl Senior Secondary School in Paarl. He subsequently enrolled into the BSc Agric degree programme as student at Stellenbosch University in 1978. He obtained the BSc Agric (Hons) and MSc Agric degrees at the same university.
Following a short stint as agricultural scientist in the private sector, he joined the public sector as a lecturer in Animal Sciences at the Kromme Rhee College of Agriculture outside Stellenbosch. During his professional career spanning over a period of 31 years in public sector, Marius occupied various positions in the national and provincial Departments of Agriculture, mostly in the fields of agriculture and rural development (research, extension, agricultural finance, land reform, community development and education and training). He also Introduced and managed a number of strategic and tactical projects in conjunction with various countries internationally, for which he received the highest recognition.
In July 2017, he resigned from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture as Chief Director: Structured Agricultural Education and Training to further his career as entrepreneur, mentor and coach.