CEO, TKAG. Deal, now CEO, founded TKAG in 2011 and was Chairman until June 2013 . A recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize , he toured the United States In 2013 on a fact-finding trip and campaign, meeting with President Obama, leaders in academia, US government and environmental agencies and building strategic ties with environmental organisations and individuals across the country. He published Timeless Karoo in 2007, and as a freelance journalist writes for various publications, including the Rhodes Business School's www.crititcalthought.co.za website. He is a member and past Chairman of the Southern African Freelancers Association since 2007, and is sought after as a speaker and debater on shale gas mining at international conferences. He has been selected to present at Al Gore’s International Climate Leadership School in Johannesburg in March 2014. As a global environmental advocate Deal holds a particular passion for Africa and regards himself as an African patriot . Reading widely on global environmental and development issues, Deal whilst being unconvinced that shale gas can meet the claims of its proponents, is prepared to work diligently to establish the scientific viability of the resource – in SA and globally.