Board of Directors

Russell has over 30 years of diversified experience in the upstream oil and gas business. He started his career with Philips Petroleum in Texas and Norway and has held executive positions with Kerr McGee Oil, a leading US independent where he was responsible for properties in the UK, Norway and the Middle East. Russell was Managing Director of Lasmo North Sea from 1991 to 1996.

Russell has broad international experience, and has experience in the development of a number of startup exploration, production and service companies both in the UK and internationally.

Russell has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and is a member of the Institute of Energy. Russell was appointed to the Board as Chairman in January 2016, having previously held the position of Independent Non-Executive Director on the board since August 2012.

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George has over 20 years’ oil industry experience in both the producing and service/manufacturing arena. He was Business Development Manager for Addax and, prior to this, Commercial Manager in Geneva. George joined Addax in 2004 and held the General Manager’s position in Nigeria, responsible for finance, fiscal and commercial activities.

Prior to this, George worked with ABB Oil & Gas as vice president of finance based in the UK with responsibilities for Europe and Africa. He held a similar position in Houston, from where the organisation ran its operations in 10 countries. George was Finance Director in Singapore for Asia Pacific and Middle East, handling currency swaps and minimising exposures during the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.

George graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a Masters in Business Administration. George was appointed to the Board in September 2009 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in September 2014.

Olivier has over 23 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience in Europe and overseas, during which time he has been responsible for a number of oil and gas fundraisings, mergers and acquisitions. Olivier was previously an independent advisor to oil & gas companies with SPTEC. He also acted as CFO and Director of Sea Dragon Energy, a Canadian listed E&P company for 5 years. Prior to this role, he spent 18 years in investment banking, primarily focused on the energy industry. He was Head of the Oil and Gas reserves based lending and acquisition finance at BNP Paribas, where he supported the growth of Independent Oil Companies. Olivier holds an MBA, finance major, from Columbia University. He was appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer designate in May 2016

Henry Obi has over 15 years' experience in private equity sector and is currently a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Helios Investment Partners LLP ("Helios") where he is responsible for its operations and serves on Helios' Equity and Credit Investment Committees.  Prior to joining Helios in 2006, Henry was a Partner at Aureos Advisers Limited where he was responsible for monitoring the performance of the firm's funds in Africa and Central America and their compliance with investment policy. Prior to Aureos, Henry worked for Actis, CDC Group Plc and Dynegy, a US energy trader.

Henry holds a BSc. Architecture and MSc. Architecture from University of Nigeria, a B.Arch. from University of Nottingham and an MBA in Finance from the London Business School. Henry was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director in July 2016.

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Henry has worked in the financial services since 1996, with a focus on equity capital markets. In 2006 he established Novum Securities, an independent stockbroking business focused on UK listed securities. Prior to Novum Securities, Henry was a director at Evolution Securities where he led and oversaw numerous transactions, both private and public across many sectors.

Henry graduated with an MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from Edinburgh University and is a Member of the Securities Institute. Henry was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director in January 2015.

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Grégory has over 25 years of Investment Banking experience in the natural resources and related sectors. He held senior positions with Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley in London, Moscow and New York. More recently, he worked with CIS Capital and Renaissance Capital providing advisory services to small companies and institutions involved with oil, gas and power assets in geographies across Russia, Kazakhstan and Sub-Saharan Africa.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in NY and is active with the University’s Centre for Global Energy Policy. He has a BA and a MA from Columbia University.

Grégory was appointed to the Board as Non-executive Director in January 2016.

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