• 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.

  • 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.

  • General Manager, Operations

    Li has worked in the oil industry for more than 20 years, including 14 years in Africa.  Before joining SWE he was a country manager in Africa for ZPEB, a subsidiary of SINOPEC. 

    He is extensively experienced in onshore upstream exploration activities including civil engineering, drilling, drilling related services and seismic operations, and is expert in managing and controlling these activities in remote areas.

  • Exploration Manager

    Girma has been managing the operation of the now successfully completed seismic acquisition programme. He worked for Schumberger for 14 years before joining SWE four years ago and has extensive knowledge of the Ethiopian operating environment.

    He is highly competent in sedimentology, reservoir characterisation, modelling, seismic interpretation, well and field development planning, risk and uncertainty assessment and management.

Tewodros Ashenafi Matt Burgess

SouthWest Energy has concentrated on putting together a strong management team with extensive regional and industry experience and key government and industry relationships. Care has been taken in developing the management team to ensure that there is a good technical development parallel to good financial discipline.