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Origins of Woodbois

Combining two uniquely Africa focused businesses

This Group combines the DNA of two uniquely Africa focused businesses. In changing its name in March 2019, from Obtala Resources Ltd (Obtala) to Woodbois Ltd, the combined group signalled the completion of a transition for the original Obtala.

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Board of Directors

Paul Dolan

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Hadi Ghossein

Deputy Chairman

Carnel Geddes

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Dolan

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Based in the UK, Paul held senior management positions within banking and hedge funds prior to joining Woodbois. Paul has consistently built award winning, world-class teams employing custom-built technology to manage substantial pools of human and financial capital across a diversified group of asset classes ranging from fixed income and equity derivatives to soft commodities and forestry.

Hadi Ghossein

Deputy Chairman

Based in Gabon, Hadi has 25 years of experience managing forestry operations, including full ownership of a forestry business. Hadi previously served as a diplomat, travelling extensively across Africa, as well as owning various trading and real estate companies. Hadi is fluent in Arabic, French, Portuguese and English and holds Gabonese citizenship.

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. During a 15-year career at BDO, the global audit, tax and advisory group, Carnel served as director, forensic services, of BDO London and partner of BDO Cape Town. She has been a director and board member of the largest South African pomegranate farm company, Pomona, since 2008.

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Production

Fully equipped production facilities

Our production facilities in Gabon, located in the city of Mouila, include a 13 hectare sawmill site and a further 5 hectare veneer factory site.

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Sales

Highly experienced global team

Our highly experienced team is comprised of timber specialists located in Europe and Africa, where they source sustainable timber and timber products and efficiently supply to a global customer base.

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