Chief Executive Officer

David Roux has accrued over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Africa.

David started the Assala Energy project in 2016 on the back end of the 2014-2016 oil crisis. He brought together a team of professionals, with whom he had worked during his career. Chosen for their expertise in capital- and debt-raising, ESG (Environment, Social & Governance), mature assets redevelopment, and exploration, they have together, under his leadership, built on their decades of experience to ensure the long-term future of Assala.

David’s career began in Gabon with Kelt-Energy (later Perenco), where he held various offshore positions, ultimately becoming the company’s Operations Manager delivering significant growth.

He then moved to Vaalco as their General Manager in Gabon, setting up their business there and successfully developing the company’s offshore pre-salt discoveries.

David then moved to Tullow Oil, starting out as their Business Manager for the Central and West Africa region, which spanned from Angola up to Guinea (including Gabon). During this time, Tullow achieved reserves replacements of over 100% in Gabon and carried out new-country entries and high-profile exploration projects throughout the region. He was then promoted to Senior Advisor to Tullow Oil’s Founder & Chief Executive Officer, troubleshooting the company’s contractual, fiscal, commercial and business issues across the African continent.

David achieved a Master’s degree in Process Engineering from France’s National School of Chemical Industries in Nancy, and a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and Economics at the French Petroleum Institute (IFP) in Paris.