Michael Haworth was been appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Chairman in June 2012. He is a Non-Executive Director of Zanaga Iron Ore Company and is a director of Strata Limited (“Strata”), the majority shareholder of the Company.
Mr Haworth has over 12 years' investment banking experience, predominantly in emerging markets and natural resources. Prior to establishing Strata in 2006, Mr Haworth was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and Head of Mining and Metals Corporate Finance in London.
Jacek Glowacki has over 30 years of international experience in the power sector and is currently Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Polenergia Group, a Polish Independent Power Producer (“IPP”) and a subsidiary of Kulczyk Investments S.A., a major shareholder in Ncondezi.
During his career, he has held senior executive positions at Kulczyk Investments, AEI Corporation (USA), Trakya Elektrik (Turkey), Prisma Energy Europe. Mr. Glowacki’s operating experience includes General Manager of the Nowa Sarzyna, which was owned by ENRON and Chief Production Engineer at Cracow Combined Heat and Power Plant, owned by EDF. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Cracow and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Peter O’Connor has over twenty years experience in the power sector, working for Eskom, the South African electricity public utility which is the largest producer of electricity in Africa, an importer of electricity from Mozambique and is among the top seven utilities in the world in terms of generation capacity and among the top nine in terms of sales. Most recently he was Senior General Manager of the Capital Expansion Division, which was responsible for the EPCM of all the company’s generation and transmission expansion projects, as well as the construction of a 1050MW gas power station, which was built in record time. Prior to this, he held senior management positions in the Generation Division, where he successfully increased plant availability from 78% to 93% and at the Transmission Division, where he was responsible for the network delivery, network expansion and system operations. He gained operational experience as the manager of Kriel, Arnot and Kendal power stations. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering and is a patent lawyer.
Estevão Pale has more than 30 years' experience in the mining industry. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Companhia Mocambicana de Hidrocarbonetos, S.A., a Mozambican natural gas company. Between 1996 and 2005, he was the National Director of Mines in the Republic of Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, where he was responsible for the supervision and control of mineral activities as well as the formulation and implementation of the mining and geological policy.
Mr Pale has been a director of numerous companies in the mining sector including Promaco SARL and the Mining Development Company, as well as the General Director and Chief Executive of Minas Gerais de Moçambique. Mr Pale has a postgraduate diploma in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines, and a Masters degree in Financial Economics from the University of London (SOAS). He completed a course in Gas Business Management in Boston at the Institute of Human Resources Development Corporation in 2006.
Christiaan Schutte’s career in the power sector spans over twenty years during which time he worked for Eskom, the South African electricity public utility which is the largest producer of electricity in Africa, and held a number of senior management positions. Most recently he was Senior General Manager of the Group Technology Division and responsible for all the engineering functions at Eskom, including design accountability for new power stations, transmission lines and distribution development. Prior to this he was Senior General Manger of the Generation Division, managing five power stations with over 18,000MW total installed capacity, an operational budget of 3.8 billion Rand and a capital budget just under 4 billion Rand. Operational experience was gained at Majuba power station, which he also integrated into a single cluster operation, and Kendal power station. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering.
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Paul Venter was appointed CEO in April 2013. He joined Ncondezi as COO in June 2012 and has been responsible for delivering the Company’s power strategy. Mr Venter has over 39 years' experience across Africa, Mongolia, China and Russia in the mining, power generation and transport industries.
During his recent tenure as Vice President - Energy Operations at Prophecy Coal Corp, a TSX listed company, he was instrumental in the successful commissioning of the Ulaan Ovoo coal mine in Mongolia into production within six months after the acquisition of the asset. He also played a pivotal role in the development phases of the first coal fired Independent Power Producer in Mongolia.
Prior to this, Mr Venter held a number of senior positions within the coal industry, including Managing Director of EN+ Group’s coal mining activities in Russia and senior executive positions in the coal divisions of Eskom, Gencor and Anglo American in South Africa.