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Meet our valued Advisory Members, at the core of our Cooperative.

‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants’ Isaac Newton

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Gonzalo CABRERA

Gonzalo CABRERA

LNG Marketing
Clean Energy, Renewables, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Green Hydrogen

20+ years of experience in building, operationalizing, and growing mega energy organizations across markets in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Trusted commercial strategy advisor to Total, Anadarko, and Qatargas’ executive teams, maximizing business impact through data-driven recommendations on new market opportunities, pricing, marketing, and business development. 15 years of continuous leadership experience in LNG market analysis and economics at leading international organizations.

Jacob Lourens Gelling

Jacob Lourens Gelling

Naval Architect
Offshore, Maritime, Defense, Manufacturing

Jacob has over 30 years of experience in ship and yacht design and building. Subject matter expert in design, resistance, propulsion, nozzles, propellers, stability, noise and vibrations, seakeeping, maneuvering, appendages, rigs, construction materials, corrosion and production methods. Started career at the Royal Dutch Navy, moving thereafter to the private sector. More than 27 years with Damen Shipyards Group with various roles including Product Director, concerning among others Tugs, Workboats and High Speed Craft. 

Kobus Meiring

Kobus Meiring

Executive Operations
Power, Automotive, Telecommunications, Construction

Kobus is an engineer and executive manager who is well networked in the South African project management, energy and construction environment. He has managed three of South Africa’s large industrial projects including the Rooivalk Helicopter developed by Denel, the SALT (South African Large Telescope), and the Joule, an electric vehicle developed by Optimal Energy. These three projects necessitated extensive contract negotiation, international interaction, and project management expertise, to bring together a multitude of international and local players in the civil, electronic/electrical, software and mechanical spheres. 

Jendo Ocenasek

Jendo Ocenasek

Executive Maritime Advisor
Offshore, Maritime, Defense

Jendo has over 35 years experience in yacht and shipbuilding. Strengths are focused on sales and contract negotiation within the private and governmental sector in Southern Africa. Founder of South African leading private shipyards CENMARINE and Farocean Marine (later acquired by DAMEN Shipyards and now known as Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT)). Country specific experience includes South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia, Madagascar, The Netherlands and USA.

Anurag Pattnaik

Anurag Pattnaik

Advisor Upstream Operations (Groundwater, Oil & Gas)
Oil & Gas, Water, Mining

Anurag has over 20 years of international experience in the natural resources sector holding a Master of Technology in Applied Geology. Outside of Anurag’s experience working at India’s leading Exploration and Production Company in India – he has experience managing multilateral projects within the Oil & Gas and water sectors in Africa. Country experience includes India, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, as well as living in Jordan, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland.

John William Peffer

John William Peffer

Petroleum Industry Executive
Oil & Gas

John has over 30 years of experience encompassing onshore and offshore exploration and development, reservoir management, production operations, business development and LNG project development. He has extensive experience managing multidisciplinary (including technical) / multicultural teams tasked with formulating and implementing large development projects. Having spent over 25 years living and or working in Africa (Algeria, Libya, Mozambique, South Africa).

Duncan Ross

Duncan Ross

Operations Management / Business Development
Oil & Gas, Offshore, Maritime, Construction, Manufacturing

Duncan has over 30 years of experience in boat building and offshore contracting in Africa, of which he spent 10 years in a professional sailing career. Duncan has a strong sense of planning, focus and dedication in achieving the end game. He has been the Operational Director to Southey Offshore Division for 8 years where he helped grow the turnover 7.5 fold with their operational footprint in Angola, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania. 

Gerardus (Gerrie) Schuurbiers

Gerardus (Gerrie) Schuurbiers

Operations Readiness & Commissioning
Oil & Gas

All-round Operations Readiness engineering and implementation through all project phases up to and including C&SU and normal operations; organization development; recruitment & training; manufacturing (Oil & Gas, Chemicals) process operations including all HSSE aspects; Technical Safety in Design; Flawless Project Delivery; Human Factor Engineering; C&SU Engineering and implementation including Completions Management, Handover and Project to Asset transfer (P2A); operations supervision; maintenance coordination. 

Marloes van der Werf

Marloes van der Werf

Organizational Psychologist | Consultant | Coach
Power, Healthcare, Education

Marloes has a Master in Organizational Psychology and she is a certified management consultant (CMC) and an active member of the Ooa, the Dutch Professional Association of Management Consultants. Marloes works as a strategy consultant and leadership coach on strategic organizational issues as well as personal leadership and development. In addition to coaching and consulting, Marloes works as an interim-manager in the public and private sector, focussing on change management related to complex issues in organizations. Complex problems ask for a broad repertoire of diverse interventions that match the complexity of the issues they are aimed at addressing.

Gerhard Swart

Gerhard Swart

Renewable Energy System Engineer
Power, Automotive, Aerospace, Defense

Gerhard has over 31 years of experience as a SW Engineer, Systems Engineer, Consultant, Contract Engineer, Project Manager, Engineering Manager, Technical Director and Chief Technical Officer. Working in the fields of Industrial Control, Aviation & Weapons Systems, Airport Systems, Telescopes and Instruments, Sustainable Energy Systems, Li-ion Batteries, Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Automotive.

Peter Williams

Peter Williams

Business & Commercial Management (EPC)
Oil & Gas, Petrochemical

Peter is an energetic, innovative and commercially-focused EPCM Project Manager/Director with an premier reputation in the global arena having led and delivered multiple high value up/downstream construction projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical, food, water and pharmaceutical industries, worldwide. A ‘hands on’ leader having managed multi-disciplined, multinational teams; successfully driven organisational change, developed continuous improvement strategies, implemented best practices and increased site safety, adding value and maximising both profitability and efficiency. Experienced in working in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Middle East.

Harry Sheftali

Harry Sheftali

Principal and Commercial Director
Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Power, Energy

Harry has over 25 years International experience in the Oil & Gas, Energy & Power Sectors, holding senior positions in Engineering, Project and Operations Management roles working on multi-disciplined EPC Projects on behalf of Supermajor Oil clients as well as Independent Operators, Private Investment Groups and Construction companies. He served 15 years with CB&I / McDermott as Senior Commercial Director focused on Sub-Saharan African and most recently as McDermott Country Director & Operations Manager in Mozambique for TotalEnergies LNG Project. Harry has recently joined Club of Engineers as a senior member of the team (Principal Member) and as the new Commercial Director. 

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