Who we are

WE ARE ACUTELY AWARE THAT IN THE LOCATIONS WHERE WE OPERATE, SOME COMMUNITIES STRUGGLE TO GET BY. THE PUMA ENERGY FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH TRUSTED NGOS TO HELP IMPROVE LIVELIHOODS AND MAKE A MEANINGFUL CHANGE TO PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Puma Energy is a global energy business, and the Puma Energy Foundation is its philanthropic arm. The Foundation supports projects in the regions where Puma Energy is present. We are currently involved in philanthropic programmes in 19 countries across Africa, the Americas, and Asia.

Puma Energy is active in some of the world’s most challenging regions, and is acutely aware that some communities struggle to thrive in difficult economic climates, or after conflict. Both these scenarios often lead to poor health and educational outcomes. The Foundation’s mission is to support development in such regions through projects that make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives. As Puma Energy grows, the Foundation expands its outreach and impact.

what we do

EDUCATION & TRAINING, HEALTH & SAFETY, THE ENVIRONMENT. THESE ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A THRIVING COMMUNITY. THAT’S WHY WE SUPPORT PROJECTS IN THESE AREAS.

We partner with local NGOs that run programmes championing change in the areas of education & training, health & safety, and the environment, and which bring about measurable, tangible impact.

Funds are provided by our parent company, Puma Energy. In 2015, we distributed $1.3m worth of grants.

The local aspect of our involvement is important as it ensures Puma Energy’s active participation as a responsible corporate citizen. Within Puma offices, employees are made aware of the programmes being supported by the Foundation and are invited to lend a hand when possible. This promotes a sense of ownership and a deeper connection with issues on the ground.

Examples of programmes we support

Read more about how to get involved

The Puma Energy Foundation is an official supporter of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.

How we operate

AS PUMA ENERGY’S OPERATIONS GROW, THE FOUNDATION’S WORK EXPANDS. WE CURRENTLY SUPPORT 20 PROJECTS IN SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST CHALLENGING REGIONS…AND ARE KEEN TO DO MORE.

Established in July 2013, the Puma Energy Foundation currently manages a portfolio of 20 programmes running in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The Foundation also donates to disaster relief appeals in these regions, and operates a ‘matching funds’ scheme whereby any funds raised by Puma Energy employees are matched, dollar for dollar, in favour of their chosen cause.

Our choice of partner organisations is determined by the Foundation Board and informed by Puma Energy’s own knowledge of pressing issues on the ground. We also consult with experts in development and philanthropy to ensure that we are donating effectively and impactfully.

Programmes we support

Employees Act!

AS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD WITH A GLOBAL HEART, PUMA ENERGY STAFF SEEK OUT WAYS TO HELP OTHERS, ENSURING THEY ARE CONNECTED, NOT CUT OFF FROM THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

Are you a Puma Energy employee and want to see which organisations are being supported close to your offices? Would you like to help out in the community but don’t know where or how to start? Click here to see if there is a programme near you and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on how to get involved in local activities or to submit a project which you would like us to back.

In addition, Puma Energy actively supports employees who wish to mobilise funds for a charity of their choice. Organise a bake sale or fun run, and Puma Energy will match any funds you raise, thus doubling your efforts.

There are many way for staff to manifest their compassion for the community. See how Puma employees helped to assemble emergency slum housing in Paraguay. 

Meet the team

Operating out of Geneva, Switzerland, the Puma Energy Foundation is made up of four permanent staff and is guided by the board. Regular field visits to our projects and ongoing strategic discussions keeps everyone updated and ensures actions. 

 

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    Vincent Faber

    Executive Director

    Vincent steers the strategic direction of the Puma Energy Foundation, in partnership with the Board. He sets the Foundation’s objectives and ensures that programmes are managed effectively, and also reviews and selects new programme partners and seeks synergies between initiatives.

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    Céline Yvon

    Programme Manager

    Céline started her career at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs before joining the private sector where she specialised in change management processes. Céline holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Certificate in Innovation & Sustainability from Harvard University. Céline also has a musical background.

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    Damien Rizet

    Programme Manager

    While achieving a Bachelor and Master Degree in Forensic science from the University of Lausanne, Damien worked for the Irish Justice department in the Biology and Chemistry section of the Police laboratory. He then get involved with the Swiss project Solar Impulse from its first flight aboard in 2011 and headed the logistic support unit until the completion of the round the world solar flight in 2016. Damien develop expertise in delivering high-end projects in various country such as in the UAE, Oman, India, Myanmar, China, Japan, USA, France, Spain, Morocco or in Egypt.

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    Nathalie Bernstein

    Administrative Assistant

    Nathalie ensures the smooth running of the Foundation on a daily basis, oversees the Matching Funds scheme and issues grants or loans to programme owners. She is also in charge of all accounting and finance matters.

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    Federica Poletti

    Communication Manager

    Before joining the Trafigura Foundation, Federica worked as Marketing and communication manager in the energy sector (ForGreen), and as Communication manager for European projects (the European Capital of Culture) and NGOs focused on sustainable development and education (Centre for London, La Dante Alighieri Institute). She has expertise in corporate communication and corporate social responsibility.
    Federica has graduated in Philosophy at the University of Padova and at the Sorbonne in Paris, and holds a Master degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics. She speaks fluently French, English and Italian.

Meet the Board

The Puma Energy Foundation Board meets three times a year to review programme operations and validate any new programme proposals. The board lends its business and development expertise to help steer the Foundation in a direction that makes sense for Puma Energy while remaining independent from purely corporate interests.

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    Graham Sharp

    Chairman

    Graham was one of the founders of Trafigura in 1993, retiring from Trafigura's operational activities in 2007. He now dedicates most of his time to philanthropic endeavours. Graham graduated from St. Johns College (Oxford) with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Engineering, Economics and Management.

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    Andrew Vickerman

    Vice Chairman

    Andrew has been a member of the Trafigura supervisory board since 2010. He has been heavily involved with community work in developing countries throughout his career and held overall responsibility for various foundations and community trusts while with Rio Tinto, one of the world’s leading mining companies.

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    Charlotte Dauphin

    member

    Charlotte is currently Project Manager for Trafigura’s Corporate Social Responsibility department. Charlotte graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Advertising, English Literature, Spanish and Marketing.

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    Sabine Simkhovitch-Dreyfus

    Member

    Sabine is attorney-at-law and brings 30 years of experience in corporate and contract law and arbitration with some of Geneva's most prominent law firms. Sabine studied law and political science in Bern, Geneva and Jerusalem.

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    Patrick Meyer

    Member

    Patrick is the global head of corporate communications and investor relations for Puma Energy. He joined the company in 2012 with a focus on business and brand development. Before Puma Energy he was an executive director at Nomura/Lehman Brothers and held a number of communication roles in the UK and USA, advising clients such as Goldman Sachs, British Airways and Formula 1.

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    Christophe Zyde

    Member

    Christophe is global chief operating officer for Puma Energy. He joined the company from Trafigura in 2011 as regional chief operating officer for Africa. Before Trafigura he had several managerial roles in Umicore. He holds an engineering degree from the military school in Brussels.