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.
Chief Operating Officer
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 Development Officer
Hanno joined Ncondezi in early 2010, just prior to listing, where he has been responsible for corporate development as the Company has grown from a coal exploration company into an emerging power development company.
He is currently leading the Company's strategic partner search. Prior to joining the Company, he was an investment banker at JP Morgan, based in the United Kingdom and South Africa, and predominantly focused on natural resources. He holds a BSc in Economics.