Board

Miles Pelham

Chairman

Miles Pelham is Hong Kong based and has worked in finance for 2 decades, during which time he has held senior investment banking positions at some of the world's largest financial institutions. His experience ranges from running trading desks to bond and financial instrument management.

Executive Directors

Paul Dolan

Chief Executive Officer

Paul brings almost 30 years' experience in investment banking and finance, where he consistently built award winning, world-class teams and managed global portfolios in excess of $10billion across asset classes. Paul worked in London and Tokyo, and from 2007- 2012 in Hong Kong, as Nomura's Global Head of Convertible Bonds, Co-head of Equities APAC and Chairman of the committee for Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2014, he founded Dolan Sports Management with the goals of managing the careers and wealth of elite athletes, improving the visibility of female sporting role models and financing sports facilities for the underprivileged.

Carnel Geddes

Chief Financial Officer

Based in South Africa, Carnel is a chartered accountant and certified fraud examiner, dually qualified in the UK and South Africa. She is an elected board member and director of the largest South African pomegranate farm company, Pomona, since 2008. Carnel honed her expertise in all key areas of accountancy and audit during a 15-year career at BDO, the global audit, tax and advisory group, culminating as director, forensic services, of BDO London and partner of BDO Cape Town. She brings invaluable knowledge of the international as well as the African markets, with the highest financial qualifications combined with experience of day-to-day management of an African agricultural company.

Hadi Ghossein

Deputy Chairman

CEO, WoodBois Gabon. A former diplomat and a Gabonese citizen, Ghossein will manage the operations in Gabon with a minimum three-year commitment.

Zahid Abbas

Head of Trading Division

Director, WBI, Zahid, a Danish citizen, has more than 20 years’ experience in the timber business, formerly working for DLH Group in roles spanning procurement in Africa, sourcing Brazilian hardwood for French manufacturers and implementing and reinforcing the Group’s environmental policy, based in Copenhagen.

Jacob Hansen

Chief Operating Officer

Director, WBI, Jacob, a Danish citizen, has been in the timber business for more than 30 years. Before joining WBI in 2005, he worked for DLH Group, where he held various international sales and procurement roles based in France, the Middle East and Africa (Gabon, Cameroon) selling lumber produced in West Africa. Earlier in his career Jacob operated a sawmill in Sweden, Canada, and the UK and has also worked in hardwood procurement in the Philippines.

Non-Executive

Kevin Milne

Kevin is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI, with over 30 years’ experience in Global Financial Services, covering both developed and developing economies. Kevin has extensive experience operating in highly regulated environments including being a member of the Executive Committee of the London Stock Exchange Group. Kevin has held a number of leadership and senior management positions in the financial sector in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia and has built a wealth of contacts in Global Financial Markets.

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