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2019 Presentation


David W. Ross
Non-Executive Chairman

Calgary, Alberta

Mr. Ross has extensive experience in international and tax law and is a partner in the Calgary-based law firm of Burnett Duckworth & Palmer. He has served as Secretary to the Board since the establishment of the Company in 2004.

Nigel Friend
Chief Executive Officer

London, United Kingdom

Mr. Friend has over 20 years' experience in the international energy sector. At KPMG in London, he led the corporate finance department that project managed several significant corporate acquisitions and privatizations. In the 1990’s he led Enron Europe’s investment in an onshore gas field in the Thrace Basin in Turkey. At Pan Ocean Energy Corporation, he coordinated the spinout of the Company's Tanzania natural gas business unit to shareholders and the listing of East Coast Energy. He was a Board Director and Chief Financial Officer of Orca between 2004 and 2012. More recently, he jointly founded a company that is developing new modular technologies that will facilitate the monetization of natural gas. Mr. Friend is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University.

Linda Beal
Non-Executive Director

Tadworth, United Kingdom.

Linda Beal was a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK for 16 years and then with Grant Thornton UK LLP. Linda has significant experience of advising natural resources groups operating in Africa and internationally. Linda is a non-executive director at San Leon Energy PLC, Kropz PLC, and Aminex PLC.

Ebbie Haan
Non-Executive Director

Ebbie has 36 years of industry experience in global oil and gas and energy markets. He has a track record of successfully growing and running international upstream ventures, with a particular emphasis on Africa.

Ebbie was the Chief Growth Officer at Maersk Oil where he led their acquisition of a partial interest in Africa Oil’s Kenyan and Ethiopian assets. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Sasol Petroleum International, based in Johannesburg overseeing the Sasol Group global upstream business including their five equity interests in Africa. Ebbie started his career at Royal Dutch Shell where he worked for 26 years in both technical and executive roles, with assignments in the Middle East, Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.

Ebbie is currently a NED of The Weir Group PLC. and is also a part-time lecturer for the Energy Leadership course at Wits Business School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is Dutch and has a MSc in Geology from Utrecht State University in the Netherlands.

Dr Frannie Leautier
Non-Executive Director

Frannie has extensive African development and project finance experience. She is the Chief Operating Officer for the Trade and Development Bank, a NED of African Risk Capacity (ARC Ltd) and Treasurer and Chair for the Risk and Audit Committee for the African Economic Research Consortium. She amassed significant experience delivering on infrastructure projects at the World Bank before being appointed Vice President and Head of the World Bank Institute in 2001. More recently she was Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank with a focus on improving operational effectiveness and developmental impact. She is Tanzanian, has a PhD in Infrastructure and a Masters degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is proficient in four languages.

Jay Lyons
Non-Executive Director


Jay Lyons is a private investor with considerable experience in the oil and gas industries of Canada and the United States. He has worked for both private and public companies in the upstream and downstream sectors.

Carole Wainaina
Non-Executive Director

Carole is a well-respected senior executive with global experience in strategy formulation and driving organizational change. She currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for Africa50 Infrastructure Fund in Morocco. Prior to this, she served as the Assistant Secretary General for Human Resources of the United Nations, leading transformational initiatives for the Secretary General and member states. She has held senior positions for multinational corporations in Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. She served for three years on the Executive Committee of Royal Philips as Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer and thirteen years at the Coca Cola Company in several positions including as Chief of Staff of the Chairman and Group HR Director Eurasia and Africa.

Carole is Kenyan and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.