Leadership Team

Sunbird Bioenergy Africa

A group of companies; each country has its own leadership team suited to the local operating conditions, and complementary skills are shared across the group.

Richard Bennett, Group Chairman

Richard is the founder of Sunbird Bioenergy Africa and his vision is to create a profitable pan-African renewable energy company that delivers job creation, import substitution, energy security and reduced carbon emissions for African governments. Richard secured the initial bioenergy projects for the company in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, and led the acquisition of Addax Bioenergy in Sierra Leone


Sunbird Bioenergy Sierra Leone Limited (formerly “Addax Bioenergy”)

An operating company that produces renewable fuels (bioethanol), potable alcohols and renewable electricity.

KG Kandaswamy, CEO

Subhash Abeywickrama, COO

Danuka Liyanapathirana, Procurement and Sales

Tharindu Navindra, Director of Finance


Sunbird Bioenergy Zambia Limited

A company that is developing a large-scale bioenergy project that will supply 10% of Zambia’s petrolem.

Vishnupathy Parishithu, General Manager

Vishnu transferred to the company from our major shareholder, Mahtani Group. He has extensive experience as General Manager and previously worked as Finance Manager and Operations Manager. He oversees the company’s financial control, budgeting and forecasting, reporting and audit functions.

Mark Muchinga, Director of Agriculture

Mark is responsible for the development of the 10,000 Ha nucleus cassava farm and farm operations including staff, land preparation, planting and harvesting programs. He has more than 15 years’ experience of managing large scale farm projects growing a range of products including cassava, wheat, soya, maize and canola.

Brian Kanyanga, Director of Engineering

Brian has an MBA and is a Bachelor of Engineering Electrical Machines and Power Systems. He managed the construction and commissioning of Sunbird Bioenergy’s ethanol and power project in Sierra Leone (formerly Addax Bioenergy) and is applying this experience to the development of the project in Zambia.

Dennis Beunk, Agricultural Agronomist

Dennis has an MSc in Tropical Agricultural Development, Economics and Planning. He is responsible for the design and economic planing of the 10,000 Ha farm, and ensuring the development is within the allocated budget. He has over 25 years’ experience in the development of large scale projects, with a particular focus on cassava and starch production.

Emmanuel Mapoma, Out-Grower Manager

Emmanuel started his career working with the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock working on a verity projects including educating rural farmers on sustainable farming and postharvest best practices.

Joan Craven, Director Zambia


Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited

Group holding company.

Andrew Gee, Director

Nicholas Brooks, Director.

Nicholas Bridges, Director.