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Patrick Ayoub

CHAIRMAN & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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Wimpie vd Merwe

CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
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Marc Beunen

PROXA MOBILE EUROPE:
LIEGE, BELGIUM
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Peggy Medawar

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA:
SHARJAH, UAE
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Richard Lynn

AUSTRALASIA:
PERTH, AUSTRALIA
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Wimpie vd Merwe

SUB-SAHARA AFRICA
CAPE TOWN
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Elie Sakhat

AMERICAS & EUROPE
DUBAI
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  • Patrick Ayoub

    CHAIRMAN & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    EDUCATION: MBA, University of Hartford, Connecticut,
    USA General Management Program, CEDEP INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Patrick Ayoub holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, USA and went through the INSEAD-CEDEP General Management Program in Fontainebleau, France. After 5 years in commercial banking with CREDIT SUISSE in Paris, Patrick held for 6 years treasury positions at UNITED TECHNOLOGIES / OTIS in Paris.

    Patrick joined the water business and SUEZ LYONNAISE DES EAUX in 1994 in Paris as financial controller and was then appointed Group head of Investor Relations from 1996 to 2000.
    He was ENGIE South Africa country delegate from 2000 to 2015, SUEZ Middle East & Africa COO from 2004 to 2006 and CEO of WSSA from 2000 to 2010.
    Patrick has been PROXA chairman since 2008, focusing primarily on strategy, finance and business development of the PROXA group.

  • Wimpie vd Merwe

    CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

    EDUCATION: MEng Chemical Engineering General Management Programme, Wits Business School, Johannesburg

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Wimpie holds a Masters’ Degree in Chemical Engineering and has more than 25 years’ experience in development, design, construction and operation of complex industrial water systems. Prior to joining PROXA, he spent 15 with years in the water treatment & environmental industry where he was responsible for technology & application development relating to membrane & resin systems in Australia, France, Scotland and Southern Africa. He continues to focus on developing break-through solutions for key sectors, whilst guiding the Group’s overall technical strategy. He also serves as Managing Director of Proxa (Pty) Ltd and Proxa South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

  • Marc Beunen

    PROXA MOBILE EUROPE:
    LIEGE, BELGIUM

    EDUCATION: Master in chemical engineeringLiège university, Belgium

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Marc holds a Masters’ Degree in Chemical Engineering and has more than 30 years experience in the water treatment industry. He’s fluent in French, Dutch and English. He first joined Degremont as a Project Manager, prior to move to the mobile water treatment business of ECOLOCHEM (who became GE and than Suez Mobile water solutions) as their Business development manager Europe. He joined Suez back in 2002 as Managing Director of Ondeo IS Benelux and launched OIS Mobile. In 2013 He moved to the PWG group as CEO of their thHydris subsidiary.In May 2017, Marc co-founded Proxa Mobile with PROXA and is since active developing the company and promoting the mobile water services of Proxa in Europe.

  • Peggy Medawar

    MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA:
    SHARJAH, UAE

    EDUCATION: MEng Civil Engineering – Water and Environment (ESIB)

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Peggy Medawar holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Water and Environment from ESIB, Beirut (Lebanon) and is fluent in English, French and Arabic. She enjoys 18 years of experience in engineering and design, tendering, project management and management in the consulting and contracting environments of various construction sectors in Lebanon, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Peggy joined Proxa in February 2018

  • Richard Lynn

    AUSTRALASIA:
    PERTH, AUSTRALIA

    EDUCATION: LA TROBE UNIVERSITY Melbourne, Australia MBA Technology Management (2008)
    SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY – United Kingdom, B.Sc. (Hons) 2:1 Chem (1990)

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Richard has more than 25 years’ experience in Utilities in the Resources, Mining, Oil and Gas and Chemical Processing industries in various technical, project and management roles.

    He has worked extensively in the energy, desalination and industrial water sectors since 1998; gaining wide experience with membrane technology in the areas of design, construction and operations.Richard has worked as a consultant, business manager and director in Australia and South East Asia assisting with improving client’s water systems in the industrial sector and developing a better understanding of the impacts of process design on operations reliability and costs.

  • Elie Sakhat

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    EDUCATION: MEng Civil Engineering CEDEP INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

    KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
    Elie Sakhat holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (ESIB) and went through the CEDEP General Management Program (INSEAD). Elie assumed, within large multinationals (Suez, Lyonnaise des Eaux, Dumez), various design, projects and operations management positions in France, South Africa and the Middle East for more than 20 years prior to joining PROXA as the Chief Executive Officer in 2008.

    Since 1994, Elie has been working exclusively in the water treatment sector – initially in domestic water delivery to urban areas such as Bordeaux in France. Since 2008, Elie focused on water treatment applications mainly in the petrochemicals, mining, power generation and heavy industry sectors.