Louis Coetzee, BA, MBA, Age 58
CEO (Executive) & Acting Chairman
Louis Coetzee has 27 years’ experience in business development, promotion and financing in both the public and private sector. In recent years he has concentrated on the exploration and mining area where he has founded, promoted and developed a number of junior mineral exploration companies based mainly on Tanzanian assets. Louis has tertiary qualifications in law and languages, project management, supply chain management and a MBA from Bond University (Australia) specializing in entrepreneurship and business planning and strategy. He has worked in various project management and business development roles mostly in the mining industry throughout his career. Between 2007 and 2009, Louis held the position of Vice-President, Business Development with Canadian listed Great Basin Gold (TSX: CBG).
Noel O’Keeffe, BSc (Hons), Geology, MBA, Age 59
Technical Director (Non-Executive) & Secretary
Noel O’Keeffe has over 30 years’ experience in mineral exploration and has worked on a variety of base metal and gold projects in Ireland, Canada, Australia and Africa. Prior to co-founding Kibo in 2008 he worked as a quality coordinator with Boston Scientific (Ireland) Ltd, a multinational medical device company. He also worked part-time for Irish geological services group, Aurum Exploration Ltd during 2003 and early 2004. During the mid-nineties he was exploration manager with Ormonde Mining plc in Tanzania, a company currently listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and on AIM. Previously Noel was a senior geological consultant with BDA Consultants Limited and worked on both government and private sector contracts. Earlier in his career, Noel worked as a geologist for Burmin Exploration and Development plc and for its Canadian and Australian subsidiaries.
Chris Schutte B(Eng) Mech, MBL, Age 60
Capital Projects’ Director (Executive)
Chris has more than 30 years’ experience in the Energy Sector in Southern Africa. This includes 27 years working for Eskom (Electricity Utility in South Africa) in various positions including Power Station Manager and Senior General Manager. He also worked for Tongaat Hulet as Energy Consultant developing a bagasse fired power station. In 2012 he joint an Energy Development Company that works in Mozambique and is Aim listed. He was appointed as non-executive director and later as Executive Director for a period of 5 years. Chris has extensive experience in power station development, construction and management. He also understands the Southern African energy environment and has extensive of experience in EPC processes and negotiations.
Ajay Saldanha, B (Eng) MBA, Age 47
Director (Non- Executive)
Ajay Dominic Saldanha is an experienced banking and investment professional with more than 20 years of experience in the power, energy and utilities sector. He has dealt extensively with asset owners, developers and investors in the low-carbon and energy efficiency space. Ajay was Partner and Head of Energy M&A at KPMG until 2017 and prior to that, at Lehman Brothers (& Nomura) since 2001. During his investment banking and advisory tenure, Ajay has led acquisitions and financing of more than $60bn, related to assets in the UK, Europe, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Ajay is also a qualified chemical plant engineer from the University of Mumbai and obtained his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.