MILESTONE: OLA Energy gets new boss

Yousef Elhemmali has joined OLA Energy Kenya Limited as the general manager effective August 1, 2022. His appointment comes at a time when the company is implementing its expansion on the retail network to increase overall market share in the petroleum product sales.

Last year, the firm commissioned a new state of the art Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant in Nairobi that is fully automated with superior leak detection systems to guarantee safety. With the new plant and other planned LPG infrastructure projects, OLA Energy Kenya reaffirms its commitment to clean and affordable energy.

In addition to his new role, Dr. Elhemmali who holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon in France, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Applications Oils on Internal Combustion Engines from the Petroleum Institute of France and a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Higher Institute of Industrial Technology in Tripoli, Libya, is also the East Regional Business Officer overseeing the operations of the OLA Energy affiliates of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda.

He started his career at Zawiya Oil Refinery in Libya before joining Libya Oil (now OLA Energy) as the deputy general manager of Tunis. He has held the positions of general manager in OLA Energy Tunis, OLA Energy Morocco and most recently OLA Energy Sudan Limited.

As the general manager at OLA Energy Sudan from 2016, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of a business strategy that placed the oil marketing company at the apex of the oil industry in Sudan.

While at OLA Energy Morocco, he was able to steer the largest affiliate in terms of sales volume and active in marine fuel, lubricants, benzene, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuels in the 10 airports in Morocco on a sustained growth in business profitability.

He brings in a wealth of experience in leadership, strategy and structure in the field of fuels and lubricants sales and distribution, having spent over 30 years in management roles in the oil industry in various parts of Africa. 

“I am excited to be taking over the new challenge of managing OLA Energy Kenya and I look forward to building on the great work and major milestones overseen by my predecessor Ms. Millicent Onyonyi and the great team here in Kenya,” says Dr. Yousef.

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