Board of Directors
Meet the passionate aviators working hard to protect the right to fly in Namibia.
President: Riaan Burger
Riaan Burger has been a private pilot since 1990 and an aircraft owner since 1995. He followed a career in the aviation and mining industries and is currently the CEO of Namdeb Diamond Corporation. A born Namibian, he is passionate about the country, its people and its natural beauty that offer incredible flying opportunities.
Vice President: Christian "Jochie" Sell
Christian "Jochie" Sell started his career as an air traffic controller in 1983. After a short stint as radar controller in South Africa, he accepted the post of Chief ATC at the Directorate of Civil Aviation, Namibia in 1991. Since then, he's served on various technical committees, not only in Namibia, but also within the SADC Region.
In 2008 Jochie accepted a position as ANS Project Manager in the UAE until his retirement in 2021. This did not stop him from being part of a project team in Qatar in 2022. He is presently managing a project for the total upgrade of Air Navigation Systems in Afghanistan.
Acting CEO: Matt Totten Jr
Matt Totten Jr is an retired petroleum geologist, professional writer and life-long aviation enthusiast. A native-son of general aviation's light-aircraft capital of the world — Wichita, Kansas — Matt grew up on the flight line with an unwavering passion to protect the right to fly.
Receiving an FAA PPL in 2005 and becoming an aircraft owner in 2012, Matt is a longstanding member of AOPA USA and proud member AOPA Namibia. His logbook includes all the usual Cessna and Piper suspects, but specializes in antique taildraggers. A Namibian-resident since 2019, Matt is currently working through the mountain of red-tape required to get a V5-PPL conversion.
Finance: Tom Newton
Tom Newton is responsible for the finances of AOPA Namibia and a past president of the Institute of Chartered accountants in Namibia and retired Managing Partner of the audit firm Grant Thornton in Namibia. Tom has worked in Namibia for 38 years and has been involved in aviation since the 1990's.
Corporate Relations: Juline Boois
Juline Boois has over 22 years of aviation industry experience as both an ex-Airline Pilot, and now Senior Corporate Pilot captaining both fixed and rotor-wing aircraft.
Her dedication to growing Namibian aviation is rivaled only by her commitment to aviation safety, expert aeronautical performance and stakeholder satisfaction.
Membership: Norman Green
Norman Green is a professional engineer with a long career in the mining and mineral refining business. In Namibia, Skorpion Zinc Mine and refinery, as well as Husab Uranium Mine are examples of his handiwork.
A hobby aviator, his first solo was in November 1977 followed by a PPL in February 1978. He has been the holder of South African, Namibian and USA flying licenses at various times since.
Norman owns and flies a 1965 Cessna 182H based at Eros Airport with the call sign Echo Foxtrot Tango.
Aerodromes & Regulatory Reform:
Claud is the CEO of Claud Bosch Architects and has been practicing as a professional architect and project manager in that business for the past 35 years. He has a working knowledge of the design of projects related to airports.
He has always had a keen interest in flying and has flown more than 3,300 hours which included regular flights to 8 African Countries.
He serves as the chairperson of the Hosea Kutako Runway Safety Team and the AOPA Runway and Airports sub-committee, as well as the NAC Facilitation Committee for Eros Airport.