Directors

Mr. Abdullah Mwinyi (Non-Executive Chairman)

The Hon. Mwinyi worked firstly as State Attorney for the Ministry of Legal Affairs (1996-1997) before joining BP as Supply and Trade Coordinator (1999-2002), Project Manager (2002-2004) and Company Secretary (2004-2005). From 2005 to 2007 he was an Associate with Mkono and Company. From 2007 he has been a Member of Parliament and a Member of the East African Legislative Assembly, where he is the Chairperson of the Legal, Privileges and Rules Committee. In 2007 the Hon. Mwinyi established Asyla Attorneys, where he specialises in corporate, commercial, labour and employment law. The Hon. Mwinyi has an LLB in Law and an LLM in Commercial Law (both from the University of Cardiff).

Dr. David Mestres Ridge (Chief Executive Officer and Director)

Dr. Mestres Ridge worked first for Total Oil Marine (1998-2000) and then worked as an independent M&A and business development advisor to oil companies active in the North Sea and North Africa (2000-2006). From 2006-2008 he was a Vice-President at the Royal Bank of Canada, first in the Global Investment Banking Oil and Gas team and then in the Equity Research team. In 2008-2009 he briefly managed Petrodel Resources, a company active in Tanzania. In 2009-2010 he worked with Black Marlin Energy during its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Dr. Mestres Ridge has a BSc in Applied Geology, an MSc in Mining Geology, a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an LLM in Law.

Mr. Harold Temu (Non-Executive Director)

Eng. Harold Temu holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi (1975) and is a founder and Managing Director of Electriplan (T) Ltd, a company involved in consulting in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. His previous experience includes Senior Development Engineer and Technical Instructor with Air Tanzania Corporation, Planning Engineer at Air Tanzania Corporation, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Mozambique Airline Maputo and Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. He is the Chairman of TOL Gases Limited.

Mr. Salem Balleith (Non-Executive Director)

Mr. Balleith is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA-UK) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA-TZ). He trained and qualified with Ernst & Young in Saudi Arabia and the UK, and recently became a Certified Director with the Institute of Directors Tanzania. Mr. Balleith is a Tanzanian expatriate with over 30 years of experience working abroad who has recently returned home to help in nation building and to give back to the country and its institutions the experiences he gained over the years spent abroad. He brings extensive international experience in investments, financial institutions, industry, accounting, auditing and taxation, including strategy formulation and implementation and hands-on business management at both board and senior executive management levels. He has served on the boards of international investment funds representing his Saudi investing principals, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Amana Bank and is Chairman of its Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Mr. Justin Massawe(Non-Executive Director)

Mr. Massawe holds a B.A (Hons) Finance degree from University of Central England, Birmingham UK, and PGD. (Finance) from the University of Strathclycle, Glasgow, UK. He is also a certified treasury dealer holding a ACI Dealing Certificate. Mr. Massawe was a Treasury Dealer in Foreign Exchange and Money Market Instruments at the National Bank of Commerce (NBC) before joining Tanzania Securities in 2007. Justin has significant corporate finance and banking sector experience in Tanzania. He is Chairman of TSL Investment Management, and a director of Mzalendo Credit Limited, TOL Gases Limited, Tanzania Securities Limited and Erncon Holdings Limited.

Mr. Scott Gilbert(Non-Executive Director)

Mr Gilbert started his career as an Engineer in the Oil & Gas industry working for major companies, such as Halliburton and National Oilwell Varco, before progressing into leadership roles where he led Weatherford in Tanzania, Mozambique and Angola (2012-2015). Following a 12-year career in the oilfield sector, Mr Gilbert founded Group de Clermont - a UK based private investment and holding company with interests in Energy, Manufacturing and Information, Communication & Technology sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Europe. Mr Gilbert holds a degree in Electronics & Electrical Engineering, as well as executive education studies in Private Equity from London Business School. Mr Gilbert represents the interests of Group de Clermont on the board.