Founder, Chairman and CEO
Tewodros has over 17 years’ experience in the energy industry, and is currently President of the African Oil and Gas Forum, and Chairman and Managing Director of SouthWest Development, the largest provider of manpower, logistics and base-camp services to oil and gas companies in Ethiopia. He is also Chairman of Ambo Mineral Water, one of the leading beverage brands in Ethiopia.
Mr Ashenafi holds a degree in Economics from Columbia University, and was under the guidance of Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Prof. Edmund Phelps. After leaving Columbia he completed the Merrill Lynch training programme and the Harvard Business School Owner/ President Management Programme. He was nominated as a Young Global Leader 2009 by the World Economic Forum, to recognise the two hundred most distinguished young leaders under the age of 40.
Jim is a geophysicist with more than 30 years of experience in the oil industry with Exxon, Amerada Hess and Conoco, and has a proven track record in finding oil & gas. During the past 15 years Jim has been an investment manager specialising in international oil & gas industry equities M&A, merchant banking and corporate finance. More recently (2006-12), Jim was Managing Director-Natural Resources at Millennium Global Investments Ltd. in charge of the MG Natural Resources Fund and advisor to the MG High Yield Fund.
Currently, he is Chairman of Capital Terranova, as well as Managing Director-designate (London) and a Member of the Board at Saudi Crown Holding.
Miles was a pioneer investor in African markets and is Chairman and founder of two companies investing in the emerging world with an emphasis on Africa, Blakeney Management and Development Partners International.
He is a Director of SABMiller, the world’s second biggest beer company, and a present or past director of a number of companies active in the developing world. He was founder and is former chair of the London Business School’s