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Management Team

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Ian Paterson

Managing Director

Ian is British Expatriate raised in Tanzania and Malawi with 25 years’ experience in resource production. Ian has vast experience in forestry and agribusiness across Sub-Saharan Africa, specialising in commercial feasibility studies, logistics and project management with large teams. Before joining ETC in 2012 he spent 17 years in Ghana.


Alex Kubasu

Finance & Logistics Manager

Alex joined ETC in 2017. He is a Kenyan expatriate with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration, with a Major in Finance from United States International University, Africa. Alex is responsible for payroll administration for both local and expatriate employees as well as managing the company’s human capital roles.


Philemon Magwenya

Forestry Manager

Philemon joined ETC in 2021. He is responsible for nursery, forest establishment, tending, harvesting and forest planning activities. He is also responsible for the maintenance of the plantation database (Microforestry). Philemon holds a Diploma in Forestry from Zimbabwe College of Forestry,  He has more than 15 years’ experience with forestry operations across Africa.


Christo Burnett

Workshop Manager

Christo has 39 years experience in mechanical work in Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. Christo joined ETC in 2014 and leads the workshop team, maintaining and servicing all machinery and electrical works in the plantations.

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Jackson Mateng`e

Coffee Expert

Jackson Mateng'e is an expert in the coffee industry. He joined ETC in 2021 to oversee the company's coffee plantations and direct the coffee extension activities with outgrowers. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Nairobi University and a Diploma in Coffee Estate Management. He has over 30 years of experience in coffee management in various African countries.

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