Wray Carvelas is the DRA Global CEO, based in Toronto. Wray has over 25 years’ experience in gold, copper, diamonds, iron ore, nickel and platinum. Before moving to North America, Wray was DRA Global’s Director of Projects for Africa, managing a project portfolio of five billion dollars. Wray has significant experience in operations management and project delivery and is particularly skilled in fast-tracking large scale projects. From 2011 until his appointment as group CEO in 2016, Wray focused on growing DRA Global’s business in the Americas, both organically as well as through acquisition.
Wray is a metallurgist and has an MBA degree, adding formal management training to his significant practical leadership experience.
Andrew Naude is CFO and Strategy Director of the DRA Global. Andrew worked in the financial services industry for just short of 20 years with a decade of his experience earned at executive level. Andrew joined DRA Global in 2013 and is responsible for development and oversight of the organisation’s financial and commercial activities, including mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments, as well as leading the group corporate services functions. Andrew has been extensively involved in strategic growth initiatives within the international business, and also served as interim CEO during 2016. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors in South Africa and Australia.
Educated in South Africa, Andrew holds a BComm (Finance) and a BComm Hons (Accounting), and is a Chartered Accountant. He is a member of SAICA and Institute of Directors.
Clive Hart is one of the DRA Global founding members and is currently a non-executive member of the board. Together with Tony Reynard and Brian Dowding, Clive started the DRA Global legacy in 1984 after gaining experience working for MCP and Anglo American. During his tenure at DRA Global, Clive has actively fulfilled various leadership roles; CEO Australian Operation, CEO Chinese Operation, Director Minopex and Director DRA Mineral Projects. In his current position, Clive assists the DRA Global executive team in their drive to position the organisation as a leading global engineering company.
Clive holds a B.Sc. Eng (Metallurgy) and a BComm degree. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a member of the SA Coal Processing Society.
Leon Uys is a non-executive member of the DRA Global board of directors. Leon actively worked for DRA Global for 23 years where he was instrumental in the organisation’s growth. Before joining DRA Global, Leon gained almost a ten years’ of industry experience. He joined DRA Global in 1987 and retired from his position as CEO in 2013, currently Leon guides the organisation at board level by setting the strategic direction for the global business.
Leon qualified from the University of Witwatersrand as a Mechanical Engineer in 1988 and also holds a MDP Project Management from the University of South Africa.
Paul Salomon joined Stockdale Street in 2011 and is responsible for leading the team that governs the Oppenheimer Family’s South African Private Equity interests.
The Oppenheimer Family were the founders of Anglo American and led DeBeers for 85 years (from 1927 until 2012). As a result, the Oppenheimer Family has four generations of investing experience on the African continent.
Prior to joining Stockdale Street, Paul was the co-founder of Altirah Capital, a South African private equity & venture capital house. Before this, Paul was the Chief Financial Officer of Everest Capital (Pty) Ltd, an Australian hedge fund business. Prior to his involvement in the hedge fund industry, Paul worked at ABN AMRO in Australia and Investec Bank Ltd in South Africa in their corporate finance divisions.
Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia, is a CFA charter holder and earned a B.BusSci. (Honours) from the University of Cape Town.
Peter is an executive partner of Stockdale Street South Africa (formerly Southern Cross Capital) which he founded in 2003. Stockdale Street South Africa represents the private equity interests of the Oppenheimer family in South Africa. Peter was one of the founders of Primedia Limited in 1993 and, as an executive director from 1993 to 2003, was responsible for all of its corporate finance and mergers and acquisition activities.
Peter remains a non-executive director and a chairman of the Audit Committee of Primedia. Peter was also a non-executive director to Massmart Holdings Limited and a member of the Audit Committee and Strategy & Investment Committee of Massmart from 2003 to 2011. Prior to the establishment of Primedia, Peter co-founded Merhold Kirsh Capital Limited in 1991 following two years in corporate finance at Standard Merchant Bank and the completion of his articles at Coopers & Lybrand in 1987.