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Executive Management

  • Dr Thabo Kgogo 

    Chief Executive Officer 
    Appointed: 1 June 2014

    Dr Thabo Kgogo has more than 13 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry with expertise in appraisal, development and production projects in upstream operations. He joined Efora from PetroSA where he held the positions of Vice President: Operations and Acting Chief Operating Officer. Dr Kgogo was responsible for PetroSA’s integrated operations, which included offshore production wells and platforms, Gas-to-Liquid (“GTL”) refinery, and shipping and aviation services. Dr Kgogo holds a B.Sc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a M.Sc degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of London and a Ph.D degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London.

  • Damain Matroos

    Chief Financial Officer
    Appointed: 1 February 2015

    Damain Matroos has over 15 years’ experience in corporate finance both in the United Kingdom and more recently in South Africa. He joined Efora from Sasol where he held the position of Vice President: Corporate Finance, responsible for mergers and acquisitions, and specialised funding for the Sasol Group. He played a significant corporate finance role on a number of Sasol’s major capital projects, including its mining, Gas-to-Liquid refinery and upstream activities. He holds a B.Com (Accounting) degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified chartered accountant.

  • Dr Magdy Bassaly 

    VP and Country Manager: Egypt   
    Appointed: 28 October 2014

    Dr Magdy Bassaly holds a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Political Science, Economy & Religion. He has over 30 years of experience in the international energy sector and is the founder of several international oil trading and exploration companies. In 1989 Dr Bassaly joined the International Trading Company for Oil and Refined Products in Cyprus and also spent a number of years with Waterous Company in London. Dr Bassaly is highly experienced in international oil trade transactions and negotiating government concession agreements as well as the development of leases and leading operational teams.

  • Willem de Meyer 

    Group Executive: Strategy and Business Development  
    Appointed: 10 January 2012

    Willem de Meyer obtained a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Geophysics at the University of Pretoria and a M.Com degree in Mineral Economics at the Rand Afrikaans University. His 26 years of technical and operational experience were gained in the oil and gas industry with PetroSA, the National Oil Company of South Africa and SOEKOR, which he joined in1982 and which subsequently became part of PetroSA.

    Willem held various senior managerial roles, including General Manager of E&P, Vice President: New Business and chief economist. A geophysicist by training, he is a member of the South African Geophysical Association and registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.

  • Tariro Mudzimuirema 

    Group Financial Controller
    Appointed: 25 July 2013

    Tariro Mudzimuirema is a chartered accountant with more than 14 years’ experience in finance, risk management, corporate governance and auditing. After completing her degree at Rhodes University, Tariro joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) where she worked in the Johannesburg, Baltimore, London and Malawi offices, responsible for assurance engagements for listed and unlisted entities in the construction, mining and manufacturing industries. Upon leaving PwC Tariro held various senior management roles responsible for compliance, financial management and reporting, and business development. Tariro is a member of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and an associate of the London Institute of Risk Management.