Our multi-disciplinary management team of executives, entrepreneurs and agronomists can call upon more than 30 years of experience in the international agro-industry. Team members have driven the planning, implementation and management of large-scale agricultural and agri-industrial projects across several continents.
Andrew James Tillery, Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Tillery is an experienced project manager and investment analysis with over 20 years operational management and private equity experience in Africa and other emerging markets. This includes seven years (1996-2003) as a CEO in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa where he had responsibility for managing a group of oil palm operations and also founding a natural rubber business. Mr Tillery has an MA and MSc from Oxford University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and worked with CDC Group Plc (the UK Government development finance institution) from 1989 until 2004. Following this he spent several years in emerging markets investment management, including four years as a Senior Investment Manager with Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries, based in Oslo after a secondment period to venture capital fund managers Fanisi Capital Ltd in Nairobi. Mr Tillery also briefly returned to CDC Group (now renamed ACTIS Capital LLP) as an Investment Director from 2006-2008. He is currently on the board of three African agribusiness and adviser to several agribusiness investment funds in sub-Saharan Africa. He also recently joined Collabrium Capital, a London based investment bank, as a partner responsible for the management of several emerging market funds.
Youval Rasin, Chief Executive Officer
Mr Rasin is the co-founder of DekelOil and has held senior management positions in various companies within the Rina Group, a family holding company with diverse interests including agriculture, mining and hotels in Africa and Europe. Mr. Rasin is interested in StarEnergy SA which has undertaken construction of a 381MW gas turbine. Furthermore, Mr. Rasin has interests in Marine Carrier SA, Starten Limited, StarTen CI SA and Egoz Limited. He is also interested in StarAgro SA which is involved in the production of rubber and cacao plants. By profession, Mr Rasin is a qualified lawyer and has been active in Côte d’Ivoire since 2002, with 7 years experience in agro-industrial projects including 5 years in the palm oil industry with DekelOil.
Yehoshua Shai Kol, Chief Financial Officer
Mr Kol is the co-founder of DekelOil. By profession, Mr Kol is a Chartered Accountant, and has an MBA from Tel Aviv University. Mr Kol worked for 13 years in finance, with significant business & international exposure. Mr Kol is a former employee of KPMG Corporate Finance and Professional Practice. He was also the Financial Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa for an international software company, Director of Finance and Business Development for Yellow Pages Ltd in Israel, during which time he lead fund raising and Mergers & Acquisitions activities.
Lincoln John Moore, Executive Director
For the past 8 years Mr. Moore has been actively involved in establishing and raising finance for oil palm projects in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. Mr Moore was the former Chief Financial Officer of Sierra Leone Agriculture Ltd (now owned and operated by Biopalm Ltd) until September 2011 and a co-founder and former director of Ragnar Capital Ltd, where he played a key role in raising over $US50m for oil palm projects in West Africa. This included the Biopalm Ltd investment into DekelOil of €8.3 million. Mr Moore is a Chartered Accountant and former senior manager in the restructuring division of Deloitte and Touche.
Orli Arav, Non-Executive Director
Orli currently holds the position of Director of Investments at The Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and prior to this Orli was the Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) of Impala Energy an independent power development company for SSA. Orli also previously held the position of Managing Director of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (“EAIF”), a dedicated open-end commercial debt fund focused on infrastructure projects in SSA, where she was involved in the financing of over 35 infrastructure projects in SSA (approximately US$800 million of commitments) across 16 countries. Orli has also held roles in the project finance divisions of global accountancy firms PriceWaterhouseCoopers and TASC - Ernst & Young . Orli is currently a director and the treasurer of Tel Aviv University Trust UK and a director and a member of the Investment Committee of GSCM (Global Sustainable Capital Management (UK) Limited).
Mr. Vince McAleer Chief Operating Officer
Vince McAleer is a professional agribusiness manager with more than 30 years' experience in tropical agriculture, processing and trading, including 20 years of technical, operational, and board level appointments in the palm oil sector in Indonesia, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea with CDC and SIAT sa. Most recently Vince was CEO of the African Agriculture Fund's palm oil platform, with investments in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. He has a degree in agriculture from the University of Reading and an MBA from the University of Warwick.
Dr. Benjamin Adon, Agricultural Director
Dr Adon is a palm oil genetic expert with 15 year’s experience in R&D on palm oil seeds and the development of palm oil estates in Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to joining the company, Dr Adon held a senior position at the Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (“CNRA”), the Côte d’Ivoire authority for oil palm seed development where the latest cycle of seeds are generating yields well in excess of 20 tonnes of FFB. Dr Adon oversees all aspects of the Company’s agricultural activities including the Nursery, the planting programme, estate maintenance and relations with the small holders.
Karl-Heinz Schmelzer, Mill Operations
Mr Schmelzer is a mechanical engineer with experience in the manufacture and operation of palm oil Mills. He served for 10 years as the general manager of a factory for the production of boilers used in palm oil mills Mr. Schmelzer has been responsible for liaising and overseeing the manufacturing work of Boilermach and Modipalm in Indonesia and Malaysia, respectively. He is now in the process of relocating to Côte d’Ivoire to be available on the Mill site as the Mill equipment arrives in early March 2013. He will have responsibility on behalf of the company for monitoring the Mill construction and Mill commissioning process.
Moshe Yetiv, Estate Manager
Mr Yetiv is an experienced agronomist with more than 25 years experience in the management of large scale agricultural and oil palm projects, including 10 years in West Africa. Mr. Yetiv is responsible for managing all nursery operations. He was also responsible for implementing the current Nursery in Ayenouan including the computerised drip irrigation system and the use of cocoa fibre substrate system both of which have been highly praised by the reporting Agronomist.
DekelOil currently has an additional 300 additional operational and administrative employees. All members of the operational management team are based full-time in the Ivory Coast.