The Woodbois Team

About us

Management Team

Miles Pelham

non-Executive Chairman

Paul Dolan

Chief Executive Officer

Hadi Ghossein

Deputy Chairman

Carnel Geddes

Chief Financial Officer

Zahid Abbas

Head of Trading

Jacob Hansen

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Milne

Non-Executive Director

Miles Pelham

non-Executive Chairman

Based in Hong Kong, Miles enjoyed an illustrious proprietary trading career in Asia with investment banks Nomura, Barclays and Mizuho where he was Global Head of Convertible Bonds, before founding Diginex, an institutional-grade blockchain solutions business with ambitions to shape the future of financial services and technology in 2017. Miles has served as non-executive Chairman since April 2016.

Paul Dolan

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.

Zahid Abbas

Head of Trading

Based between Demark and Africa, Zahid co-founded Woodbois in 2005. He started his career at DLH Group his roles included procurement in Africa and Brazil for European manufacturers as well as implementing the Group’s environmental policy. Fluent in seven languages, Zahid is well known and highly respected within the timber industry globally.

Jacob Hansen

Chief Operating Officer

Based between Denmark and Africa, Jacob co-founded Woodbois in 2005 and has spent more than 30 years in the timber business. Jacob’s early career involved managing sawmills in Sweden, Canada, and the UK before moving to hardwood procurement in the Philippines. Subsequently, Jacob held various international sales and procurement roles for DLH Group based in France, the Middle East and the Congo basin.

Kevin Milne

Non-Executive Director

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

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