KEITH HILL, Chairman
Currently President and CEO of Africa Oil Corp and Chairman of BlackPearl Resources Ltd. and ShaMaran Petroleum Corp.; formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Exploration and Production Ltd. (now BlackPearl Resources Ltd.), Valkryies Petroleum Corp. and Bayou Bend Petroleum (now ShaMaran Petroleum Corp.); various senior management positions with Lundin Oil AB, Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Shell Oil Company. Mr. Hill holds a B.S. in Geophysics and an M.S. in Geology from Michigan State University, as well as an MBA in International Business from St. Thomas University, Houston, Texas.
DARREN DEVINE, EVP - Corporate Secretary & Director
Darren Devine is the President of Chelmer Consulting Corp. a Canadian a corporate financing advisory group specializing in structuring, financing and listing of companies in the energy sector. Previously, Mr. Devine was a securities and M&A lawyer qualified in Canada and the UK. In addition currently he is also an Advisor, director and/or senior officer of numerous private and publicly listed companies in the energy sectors.
IAN BARON, Director
With 30+ years experience in the upstream oil business, Ian is currently Interim Chief Executive of Cadogan Petroleum plc, (UK) and a founding partner in ESG Dubai, providing management advisory services with projects in Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran, Syria, Philippines, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, and Turkey. Prior to this Mr. Baron was CEO of Dragon Oil plc (LSE: DGO) with production operations in Turkmenistan. He also spent 12 years with Conoco Inc. where he was vice president and general manager in the Middle East based in Dubai, UAE and was a Middle East expert for Conoco in Houston, Texas, USA. He has an BSc in Geology from University of Manchester in England and is a member of the UK Institute of Directors, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the London Geological Society.
IAN GIBBS, Director
Ian Gibbs is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of Calgary where he obtained a bachelor of commerce degree. Ian Gibbs has held a variety of prominent positions within the Lundin Group of Companies; most recently as CFO of Tanganyika Oil where he played a pivotal role in the recent $2 billion acquisition by Sinopec International Petroleum. Prior to Tanganyika Oil, Mr. Gibbs was CFO of Valkyries Petroleum which was the subject of an $800 million takeover.