• Founder, Chairman and CEO

    Tewodros has over 18 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.

  • Non-Executive

    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.

    From 2012, Jim was a Member of the Board, Co-Founder and Managing Director (Europe) of Saudi Crown Holding (Saudi Arabian Infrastructure Development and Private Equity) until his resignation in 2018. Currently he is Chairman of Capital Terranova (African Private Equity & Investment Banking).

  • Matt is the CFO of SouthWest Energy, a role he has held since June 2006. He has been a qualified chartered accountant for 19 years and performed in a range of financial accounting and systems accounting roles in both the United Kingdom and in New Zealand. Immediately prior to joining SouthWest Energy he worked as Systems Manager and Accountant for Transport for London (“TFL”) and as a Systems Accountant with SHL Ltd., the world’s leader in psychometric testing. Matt is a member of the Chartered Accountants Society of Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from Waikato University, New Zealand.

  • Non-Executive

    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
    Africa Board.

  • Gordon has 35 years City experience, latterly as head of equity proprietary trading and EMEA equity, derivatives and convertible bond risk at Salomon/Citigroup and then as the founder of Pendragon Capital, the event-driven hedge fund in 2000. Gordon sits on the Advisory Board of Bridges Ventures, is a Chairman of Parkwalk Advisers, a director of Turiya funds, Vietnam Enterprise Investments Ltd and Arvia Technology, he is also a Justice of the Peace in South West London.

  • Philip has wide-ranging experience as a director, holding executive and non-executive board appointments for more than 20 years. His primary focus has been on debt restructuring, real estate and equity portfolio management, which he has performed for a number of companies across the globe. Philip has extensive experience in executive oversight of corporate operations and legal procedures involving civil, criminal, tax and administrative law with cross-border jurisdictional structures. He has conducted speaking engagements on leadership, ethics, human behaviour and organizational management for over 15 years. Philip holds degrees in science and classical history.

Tewodros Ashenafi James De V.B Guiang Matt Burgess Miles Morland Gordon Lawson Philip Haretos

The activities of SouthWest Energy are guided by a board with collective experience in the energy industry, in emerging markets and with broad financial and commercial acumen.  They are supported by a well-connected and high calibre advisory board with diverse and distinguished backgrounds.