Jean Claude Gandur

Chairman and Founder,
The Addax and Oryx Group

Jean Claude Gandur is the founder and Chairman of private investment group AOG. He has forged an entrepreneurial business model based on socially-responsible investing that has proven its worth for over 25 years.

Jean Claude Gandur founded the Addax and Oryx Group in 1987 with three associates from the energy industry, and focused on Africa. With an instinctive ability to recognize new opportunities, he rapidly diversified the group's activities from oil trading, to downstream storage and distribution, before launching into upstream exploration and production in 1994, and a pioneering bioenergy project in 2008. Following the sale of Addax Petroleum in 2009, he initiated the creation of Oryx Petroleum.

He founded the Addax and Oryx Foundation in 1996 to help fight the root causes of poverty in Africa and the Middle East. It was registered in Switzerland in 2007, with an independent board of trustees.

A passionate art collector from an early age, Jean Claude Gandur created the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art in 2010, to enrich and conserve his art collection, and to promote public access through loan exhibitions. This reflects his deep conviction that culture plays an important role in creating bridges between peoples and facilitating social integration. In 2011, he founded the Fondation Gandur pour la Jeunesse, to support disadvantaged young people in Switzerland.

A Swiss citizen, born in Grasse, France, Mr Gandur grew up in Egypt and in Switzerland. He studied Law and Political Science at the University of Lausanne, before continuing his studies in ancient history at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

United Kingdom

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