A native of Austria, Mr. Helmut Korak started his professional career as a military infantry officer. His career included a number of command and staff positions at home as well as overseas appointments. Resigning from the armed forces Mr. Korak became a diplomat appointed to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe working at the organization’s headquarters and then in the Western Balkans. Subsequently he became an executive consultant mostly facilitating telecoms business development in the Balkans, commodity related business opportunities in Southern and West Africa, banking related services in close co-operation with European Banks. Mr. Korak also worked extensively as an executive in the security sector managing operations, logistics, business development and business turn-around management with management responsibilities spanning the Americas to the Middle East and North Africa. He supported multi-national corporations in Dubai and Libya with a focus on business development and multi-national project management. Mr. Korak also held a short-term appointment as Advisor to the Minister of Justice of Libya in 2013. He has been working with Lafarge Africa since July 2016. Mr. Korak holds an Executive MBA, is married and father of two daughters.