OGAT Chairman

Frederik Grootendorst

Frederik Grootendorst was appointed Managing Director and Country Chair Shell Tanzania per the 1st of September 2019, based in Dar es Salaam. Frederik leads all aspects of Shell’s presence in Tanzania including the deepwater-to-shore, greenfield Tanzania LNG opportunity.

Frederik’s broad career in Shell spans technical, project, commercial and operational domains with deep experience in LNG and integrated gas development as well as in global LNG markets and operating joint ventures. Frederik has worked for Shell in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. Most recently, Frederik was deeply involved in the successful development and positive investment decision on the LNG Canada project, which became Canada’s largest private capital investment in its history.

Frederik holds a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Delft, University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Company:Shell EP Tanzania,

Designation:Managing Director and Country Chair

OGAT Vice Chairman

Nicolas Engel

French Senior O&G manager with a wide technical knowledge and managerial experience, gained from 17 years of field and head-office based roles in on&offshore operations, within 3 different companies (Perenco, Engie E&P, Maurel&Prom), in varied locations (West Africa, UK, France).

Company:Maurel & Prom Exploration Production (T) Limited

Designation: General Manager

OGAT Treasurer

Rogers Rwiguza

Company:Wentworth Gas Limited

Designation:Financial Controller

OGAT Director

Andy J Hanna

Andy is the Managing Director of PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Ltd (PAET), an IOC responsible for producing and selling gas from the Songo Songo field which contributes to approximately 50% of Tanzania’s total power generation and sustains more than 40 industries throughout Dar es Salaam.  Following a career spanning four decades in the public sector where he led engineering projects around the world, Andy joined Orca Exploration Group (PAETs parent company) in 2021, filling a number of roles before being transferred to Tanzania.  Since joining PAET, he has played an integral role in the development and delivery of strategic and operational level plans for the company, while taking a lead role in the management of complex senior stakeholder issues in Tanzania.   Andrew has a background in electronic and civil engineering.  He has a Masters Degree in Military Science from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Member of the Institute of Royal Engineers. He assumed the role of Vice Chairman of OGAT in February 2020.

Company:Pan African Energy

Designation:Managing Director

OGAT Director

Richard Tainton

Richard Tainton is the Senior Vice President International for Wentworth Resources. Mr. Tainton holds an MSc Mining Engineering Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has over 25 years’ of experience with diverse engineering projects around the world including gas and power development projects. He has particular expertise with project management in developing economies, and in particular with the development and management of integrated gas-to-power projects.Recently, Mr. Tainton served as Project Director for Manitoba Hydro International in Afghanistan working with the Afghan National Power Corporation to improve the power situation in Kabul, and the development of gas wells in the Sheberghan Region of Northwest Afghanistan. Prior to this Mr. Tainton worked with Artumas Group in Tanzania. During this time he was involved with the construction and operation of gas supply, power generation, and electricity distribution infrastructure, serving towns and villages in the Mtwara regions of southern Tanzania.

Company:Wentworth Gas Limited

Designation:Country Manager

OGAT Director

Unni Merethe Skorstad Fjaer

Vice President Operation for Equinor Canada from 2018 to end of 2020 and acting Country Manager for Canada since May 2020. Prior to taking on this role, Unni held the position as Equinor’s location manager in Hammerfest, Norway, responsible for the company’s LNG production. Previously, Unni held several positions within Equinor, including as a platform manager offshore Norway and HR manager for operations Mid-Norway. Unni joined Equinor in 1993 as a Principal Engineer / Researcher and advanced her way into Senior roles in Equinor within Operations and Marketing, Midstream and Processing. Prior to joining Equinor, Unni was working as a researcher in SINTEF. Outside Equinor, Unni served as a Board Member in Canadas Ocean Supercluster (2018- 2021) and Chair of the Board for Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (2019- 2020) Education: Unni holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and began her career with Equinor 28 years ago in research and development. Other matters: Unni M.S. Fjaer is married, has two children and is a Norwegian citizen

Company:Equinor Tanzania

Designation:Country Manager


OGAT Director

Damascene Makatu

Mr. Damascene Makatu holds a Master of Science in Finance (University of Strathclyde in Glasgow Scotland UK 2004); CPA (T) 2001 Issued by the National Board of Accountants and Auditors Tanzania, Certificate in Directorship (CiDir) Issued by The Institute of Directors in Tanzania (IoDT). Post graduate Diploma in Accountancy from the Institute of Finance Management (IFM) in Dar es Salaam. He also have the Advanced Diploma in Accountancy from the same institute
He is Non-Executive Director of Afriguard Insurance Solutions Ltd from the year 2008 todate. He is also Non-Executive Director of Oil and Gas Association of Tanzania (OGAT) and a Treasurer of the Board of Directors of OGAT. He used to be resource person of National Institute of Productivity of Tanzania (NIP).He has a wide experience in Finance and Accounting having served in many companies both private and public companies at various capacity also as a finance director and chief accountant such companies as National Bank of Commerce, Macmillan Aidan Publishers, Medical Express Tanzania Ltd a medical insurance company, Ras Al khaimah Gas (T) Ltd. Is currently the Country Manager of Ras Al Khaimah Tanzania Limited this company is engaged in exploration of oil and gas in Tanzania.
He has substantial experience in finance, accounting, and consultancy in the area of finance and accounting, specifically corporate finance, taxation, public finance and corporate governance. He was born on 6th October 1959 is married to a banker with two children.

Company:Rak Gas

Designation:Country Manager