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Mr. Tonye Cole

Tonye ColeTonye Patrick Cole is Managing Director of Sahara Group. He is a graduate of architecture, and spent his pre-energy sector professional life with for frontline Brazilian architectural firm Grupo Quartro SA, designing and implementing urban planning and city development in Palmas (Brazil).

Tonye left Brazil to set up the Nigerian offices of EMSA S.A., a Brazilian Civil Engineering Company, as its Director of Operations and was responsible for executing a series of World Bank sponsored projects exceeding US$75m in contract value.

In 1996, Mr Cole and his two partners founded Sahara Energy Resource Limited, an oil and gas trading company with diversified businesses in storage and vessel ownership as well as upstream exploration assets. Sahara is spearheading the Local Content Initiative through a strategic alliance partnership with GE Oil and Gas.

Mr. Cole is married to Dr. Sylvia Cole and has three children.

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