Management Team

Our international management team, led by seasoned former Fortune-500 executives, have decades of in-country residence, business relationships, and operating expertise in the emerging markets of Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

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“We went to Africa with a project and came back with a purpose…” Pete Hemingway – Director, Ruaha Energy

Chief Executive Officer:  John Tate (LinkedIn)
In addition to his role as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Tate serves as Ruaha Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, driving our long-term strategy and overseeing our day-to-day operations.

Chief Compliance Officer:  Gidion Alipipi Kasege (LinkedIn)
Mr. Kasege is a registered mining engineer and a registered environmental expert. He holds a bachelor’s in Mining and Mineral Engineering (with honors) from Camborne School of Mines, in Cornwall, United Kingdom and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Environment from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He has over 30 years of experience in the extractive and energy industries, particularly focusing on sustainable resource management and exploitation. Mr. Kasege currently serves as the Head of the Environmental Management Unit at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals in Tanzania.

Chief Technical Officer: Ken Pratt, E.E., MBA (LinkedIn)
Mr. Pratt is a principal at Sun Engineering, LLC in Phoenix, Arizona a full service electrical, mechanical, and plumbing engineering firm. He has extensive experience in program and project management for electrical & mechanical projects. Mr. Pratt previously served as Program Manager for the Automated Train (AT) at Sky Harbor International Airport. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Pratt is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Director of Human Resources & Administration:  Younghee Han
In addition to her role as a member of the Board, Ms. Han also overseas all of Ruaha Energy’s corporate human resources. She is also responsible for the day to day administration of our offices located on the main headquarters campus in Tanzania.

Senior Manager:  Nurdin Abdulghafur (LinkedIn)
Mr. Abdulghafur is a Senior Manager for the Company. He has worked with Mr. Tate for eight years serving in various management and operating roles for Kastan Mining and Kastan Industries. Mr. Abdulghafur holds a VETA Certificate as an Electrical Technician. He is a Tanzanian Resident.

Corporate Secretary & Senior Legal Officer:  Elay Nyamoga (LinkedIn)
Mr. Nyamoga is a graduate, holder of a Degree of Laws LLB (Hons), from the University of Dar es Salaam. He also holds a post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania. He is a Tanzanian Resident.