Principals

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Rob Gerhard – Group Chief Executive
Rob, a founder of Umbono, is a chartered accountant (SA), a CFA charterholder, and holds an MSc (Chemical Engineering) degree, He has 23 years experience in finance, strategy and investment banking. Rob led the Umbono team in building a significant natural resources investment portfolio – mining and energy assets – from a negligible starting capital base in 2003. Rob serves as Chief Investment Officer of the Umbono group with a particular focus on oil and gas investments in North America, and has active leadership of Umbono’s oil and gas portfolio operations

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Dorian Wrigley – Managing Director Africa
Dorian, a founder of Umbono, is a Civil Engineer, Pr.Eng, and serves as the Managing Director covering Umbono’s African business. Dorian has 23 years experience in natural resources and energy sectors including investment management, turnaround strategies and activities such as capital raising, corporate restructurings, community participation transactions, mergers and acquisitions and disposals for mining and energy companies. Dorian serves as a director of Sunbird Energy, the Umbono Company developing the offshore Ibhubesi gas block in South Africa

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Kerwin Rana – Managing Director South Africa
Kerwin holds a BSc (Chemical Engineering) and is a Pr.Eng with the Engineering Council of South Africa. He has 21 years of minerals and energy resource industry experience in Southern and East Africa including being the Head of New Business for De Beers and in investment management with the Umbono Group. Kerwin is a principal of Umbono and focuses on its gas and power sector investments in South Africa.

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Phiwayinkosi Mbuyazi – Director
Phiwayinkosi, a founder of Umbono, holds a BSc (Eng) and a BA (PPE) from Oxford. He worked for De Beers for a number of years, initially in commissioning the Venetia Mine, later in diamonds marketing in London and in general management. Phiway has participated in various investment banking and advisory activities for the Umbono Group and its clients, and has been instrumental in Umbono’s investment acquisitions in South Africa. Phiway is a principal of Umbono and focuses on investments in South Africa

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Richard Montjoie – Director South Africa
Richard holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa, and is a Pr.Sci.Nat. with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. Richard heads up new business development in mining for Umbono in Africa. He has been involved in all stages of mining development, from heading up greenfield exploration projects in the Canadian Arctic, to large scale resource definition projects in South Africa, as well as project managing prefeasibility and feasibility studies. He has diverse experience in the various aspects of mineral rights and environmental licensing and community liaison.

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Pieter Venter – Director European Assets, speciality metals
Pieter is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and CFA charterholder with more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Pieter worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sanlam, and the AST Group. Pieter has served Umbono’s power generation clients and assisted in various Group investment management activities. Pieter is a principal of Umbono and focuses on base and precious metal investments for Umbono

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Rob Symons – Chief Financial Officer Oil and Gas
Rob is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and manages the accounting and finance departments of Umbono’s North American companies. Rob has wide experience in the field of finance, ranging from investment banking functions with Umbono to directing economic development programs in third world countries with an international aid organization