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Paul has over 30 years experience in the commercial and business sector. After graduating from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) with a Bachelor of Business Science (Honours) degree, Paul joined the family leaf tobacco trading business, becoming Chief Operating Officer (based in England). At the time the business was sold (1997) it had sales revenues of US$800 million and a global multinational footprint. Paul then worked in various Executive positions for Alliance One International Inc. (NYSE), before relocating to Amsterdam in 2007 where he became the COO of CdF International Group (leaf tobacco trade). Paul returned to England in 2013 and currently consults for a major privately owned leaf tobacco dealer.