The Woodbois Team

Management team

Paul Dolan

EXECUTIVE CHAIR
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.

Federico Tonetti

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Federico spent more than 20 years in General Management, Global Functional and Sales & Marketing positions for a variety of multinational organisations across eight different countries, as well as four years in Strategy Consulting at Bain & Company. He has a bachelor degree in Economics at Bocconi University (Milan) and a post-graduate international MBA at Instituto de Empresa (Madrid). Federico lives in London with his wife and their two young children. He is a CTI coach and extremely passionate about mountain sports, rock music, leadership and sustainability.

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.

Henry Turcan

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Henry has worked in financial services since 1996, with a focus on equity capital markets. Having spent the majority of his career advising growth companies within investment banking he joined the Volantis team at Henderson Global Investors in 2015 which subsequently transferred to Lombard Odier Investment Management in 2017 becoming known as 1798 Volantis. Henry graduated with an MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from Edinburgh University and is a Member of the Securities Institute. Henry is a representative of the funds managed or sub-advised by Lombard Odier Investments Manager group entities, collectively the Company’s largest shareholder.

Graeme Thomson

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Graeme, 62, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has been a public company director for many decades, as a CEO, CFO/Company Secretary and as a Non-Executive. He has varied commercial UK and international experience, including of Audit and Remuneration Committees.

David Rothschild

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
David has a wide range of experience in growing businesses and improving their performance as a senior manager and adviser. He has been active in the African resource and agricultural sectors over the past 20 years, including as co-developer of a Liberian greenfield sustainable palm oil operation, and as advisor on environmental and social action planning. He has also been actively involved in governmental and NGO relations and was an early Steering Committee Member of the High Carbon Stock Approach Group, which ensures responsible development. A French speaker with over 40 years experience in international business, including six years at the consultancy, McKinsey & Co, he is a dual national of the USA and South Africa and holds both B.Com and MBA degrees.