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Boya was founded in 2019 by Nyoongar entrepreneur Gerard Matera.  Starting out in the energy market in partnership with Perth Energy, Gerry was quick to see the imperative as a traditional owner of showing leadership in the energy transition, so he switched Boya Energy’s focus to renewables.

 

With the global energy transition in mind, Gerry invited Ron Villaflor to join the board.  Ron has vast experience in the energy and mining sector and worked in native title in the Pilbara for fifteen years. 

 

Taking on the energy transition means paying close attention to whether the details match the vision.  In 2021, eminent Western Australian climate scientist Dr Bill Hare joined the Boya Energy board along with WA Climate Leaders founder, interviewer and facilitator Meri Fatin.

The Boya Electrical team is headed up by Toni Kfouri and Michael Lourey, both bringing significant industry experience to the table and driving change.

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Ron Villaflor
Director
Boya Energy & Boya Electrical 

Ron has vast experience in the energy & mining sectors in Western Australia and had worked in native title across the Pilbara (WA) for fifteen years.

Ron was previously Eastern Guruma's CEO where he negotiated large contracts through joint ventures and independently for Fortescue Metals Group and Rio Tinto.

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Gerry Matera
Founder | Director
Boya Energy & Boya Electrical 

As a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and LGBTQI+ community affairs, Gerry has founded a number of successful Aboriginal-owned businesses in the renewable energy, construction, food and security sectors.

 

Seeing the imperative as a Nyoongar traditional owner of showing leadership in the energy transition, Gerry moved Boya Energy’s focus to renewables early in the company’s life.

Gerry Matera says participation in renewable energy projects aligns strongly with the values and vision of Boya.

 

“We are committed to fast tracking the energy transition, creating opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses while preserving country. Production of green hydrogen is a key component of that story.

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Meri Fatin
External Relations
Boya Energy

A chance opportunity to bring the chief architect of the Paris Climate Agreement, Christiana Figueres to Perth in March 2020 changed Meri Fatin’s life.  Subsequent to Christiana’s visit,  Meri. a former ABC Producer, podcaster and facilitator, has turned her attention to climate leadership in Western Australia.

 

She was guest curator of the TEDxPerth COUNTDOWN: WA Climate Leadership Summit which led her to founding WA Climate Leaders, driving a vision to inspire big picture action from the State’s decision makers in this critical decade.

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Dr Bill Hare
Non Executive Director
Boya Energy 

Bill Hare is a physicist, climate scientist and CEO of non-profit science and policy institute Climate Analytics. He is also an Adjunct professor of Energy at Murdoch University. He has contributed to the development of the international climate regime since 1989. Bill was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, led the influential World Bank Turn Down the Heat reports series in 2013-2014, and is one of the leaders of the Climate Action Tracker. He has been described as the “go to climate advisor” of the most vulnerable countries, particularly the small island states (SIDS) and the least developed countries (LDCs). 

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Toni Kfouri
CEO Boya Electrical

Toni has founded several successful electrical contracting businesses, while working with the broader business community to create meaningful, sustainable, positive change for Indigenous Western Australians.

Toni has been involved in the electrical industry since 2004. With a key focus on strategic growth, marketing, corporate capability and delivery, he has been instrumental in co-founding and driving the ongoing growth and evolution of Boya Electrical.

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Michael Lourey
Director Boya Electrical

Michael, a qualified electrical contractor has been involved in the electrical industry since 2005. With a key focus on strategic growth, marketing, corporate capability and delivery, he has been instrumental in driving the performance of our team, our project and our values.

Michael joins the Boya Electrical board after establishing several successful electrical contracting businesses.