Mr. Thomas Camara is the General Manager of the Société Ivoirienne de Raffinage (SIR), since 2012. Man of the company, he climbed up the rungs steps in the same SIR / SMB group. After graduating in 1986, he joined SIR with a degree in General Engineering at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Abidjan (National Institute of Higher Technical Education - INSET) of Yamoussoukro. His career will then go through three major stages: from engineer to Manager and Head of Department then Director. Thus, from 1986 to 1993, he was successively Process Engineer of the Power and Utilities Plant, Process Engineer of the Hydroskimming, Engineer on secondment at the TOTAL Europe Refining Department in Paris and Economic Studies Engineer.
During the same period, Mr. Thomas Camara is in charge of the Technical Monitoring of the operation of the Power Station as well as the Units of refining, the Development and the Maintenance of the linear models of optimization refineries of the TOTAL Group (Netherlands, Martinique, Cameroon), and the development of the SIR Manufacturing Programs. From 1993, he has more and more responsibilities at Société Ivoirienne de Raffinage. From then on, he is: - from 1993 to 1995, Head of Economic Studies Services, - from 1995 to 1999, Head of the Program Department, - and from 1999 to 2000, Head of the Operations Department. As part of these positions, Mr. Thomas Camara was first involved in optimizing the operation and carrying out the refinery studies, then the optimization and scheduling of the refinery market, and finally the operation and management of refining units and product movements. In 2000, he was appointed Commercial and Economic Director of the SIR. He will be holding this position until 2007, with the activities of the Purchasing of Crude Oil and the Marketing of Refined Products, the Optimization and Scheduling of the operation of the refinery.
In 2007, he became the Managing Director of the Société Multinationale de Bitumes (SMB) and in charge of the optimization of the SIR-SMB platform. Mr. Thomas Camara also holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Energetics from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Metiers (ENSAM) in Paris. In addition, he improved his skills in Management, Production Management, Industrial Techniques during various professional internships in Abidjan, Paris, London. In addition to being the Director General of the SIR, his career took a political turn, when in 2013, he was elected Mayor of Katiola, his hometown. In the same year, Mr. Thomas Camara was elevated to the rank of Officer in the National Order. Previously, in 2009, the Mathematical Society of Côte d'Ivoire awarded him the Mathematics Prize of the President of the Republic.