Our Teams:

Eyas Alhomouz

Chairman
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Mr. Alhomouz has a strong experience from the oil and gas sector covering the US, North Africa, and the GCC. He began his career with Schlumberger Oilfield Service as a wireline engineer in Midland, Texas. From there he went on to work for Cromwell Energy in Denver, Colorado, in the role of international business development manager. Then, as a COO and Financial Director of Prism Seismic, he oversaw the growth of the Colorado based consulting and oil and gas software development firm and later the acquisition of the company by Sigma Cubed where, post-acquisition of Prism Seismic, he went on to serve as a director of business development, Middle East. Mr. Alhomouz’s career then took him to Qatar as a General Manager of Jaidah Energy, an Omani-Qatari owned company servicing the oil and gas sector in Qatar. Mr. Alhomouz graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT with a degree in Chemical Engineering and from the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, CO with a master’s degree in Mineral and Energy Economics.

Stephen West

Director
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Mr. West is a qualified Chartered Accountant who holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Law) from Curtin University of Technology in Australia. He has over 22 years of financial and corporate experience gained in public practice, oil and gas, mining and investment banking spanning Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, CIS and Africa. Mr. West is currently a non-executive director of ASX listed Apollo Consolidated Limited (a mining exploration company with permits in Australia and Cote d’Ivoire) and Zeta Petroleum plc (an oil and gas exploration and production company with permits in Romania). Mr. West joined African Petroleum as Finance Director in October 2013 and then Chief Financial Officer. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of PetroNor E&P.

Joseph Iskander

Director
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Mr. Iskander brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, covering asset management, private equity, portfolio management, financial restructuring, research, banking, and audit. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche (Egypt) as an Auditor. Mr. Iskander served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of EFG Hermes in Egypt, Oasis Capital Bank in Bahrain, Sun Hung Kai & Co in Hong Kong, Qalaa Holdings in Egypt, Emirates Retakaful in UAE, Marfin Laiki Bank in Cyprus and Marfin Investment Group in Greece. Mr. Iskander headed the research team at Egypt’s Prime Investments and was earlier an Investment Advisor at Commercial International Bank (CIB). He then went on and joined Dubai Group as an Investment Manager in 2004 and has worked on a range of M&A transactions, advisory services, asset management, and private equity transactions with a collective value in excess of USD 8 billion. Mr. Iskander was Managing Director of Asset Management at Dubai Group and the former Head of Research at Dubai Capital Group until 2009. He joined Emirates International Investment Company in July of 2017 as the Director of Private Equity spearheading and managing EIIC’s investments. He holds a Degree in Accounting and Finance with high distinction from Helwan University, Egypt (1997).

Bjarne Moe

Director
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Mr. Bjarne Moe has over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry including being the former Director General of the Oil and Gas Department of the Ministry of Petroleum, Norway.  Since 2011, Mr. Moe has been an advisor to the oil and gas industry and has had several large, international companies as clients.

Jens Pace

Director
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Mr. Pace is a highly regarded geoscientist, who has had a successful career at BP Exploration Operating Company Limited (“BP”), and its heritage company Amoco (UK) Exploration Company, spanning over 30 years. Mr. Pace has held senior positions at BP for over 10 years, gaining substantial exploration and production experience in Africa, namely Algeria, Angola, Congo, Gabon and Libya, having also extended experience in Europe, Russia and Trinidad. He has contributed to a number of BP’s exploration discoveries over his career, and has managed a very large and active exploration portfolio for BP in Africa. Additionally, Mr. Pace has gained highly sought after experience in the areas of field development and as a commercial manager, dealing with national oil companies and African governments. Mr. Pace holds a BSc in Geology and Oceanography from the University of Wales and an MSc in Geophysics from Imperial College, London. Mr. Pace joined African Petroleum as Chief Operating Officer in October 2012 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in September 2015. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of PetroNor E&P.

Knut Søvold

Director
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Mr. Søvold has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, from both executive management and technical levels. His extensive experience covers fields and licenses in the North Sea, North and West Africa, Middle East, Far East and FSU, as well as management and administration through establishing and operating companies in Norway, UK, Kazakhstan and West Africa. Mr. Søvold was in the management team of the Snorre Field in the North Sea, with a production of 200,000 bopd. Mr. Søvold has been working with West African assets since 2000 and in Nigeria since 2008. Furthermore, he has also been working with gas to LNG, including novel solutions such as FLNG, gas to power, as well as LNG-regasification. Mr. Søvold holds a MSc in Petroleum from The Institute of Technology in Trondheim (NTH), Norway.

Dr. David King

Director
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Dr. King is a professional geoscientist and has over 35 years of experience in oil and gas and other natural resources industries. He holds an MSc in Geophysics from Imperial College, London, and a PhD in Seismology from the Australian National University, Canberra. After an early career in research/academia, including 2 years as Research Fellow at the Norwegian Seismic Array facility at Kjeller, he has worked in oil and gas exploration in a wide range of countries. Dr. King has co-founded, as well as held executive and non-executive board positions with, a number of successful ASX listed oil and gas exploration companies, including Eastern Star Gas Limited, Gas2Grid Limited and Sapex Limited. He has also served as Managing Director of ASX listed gold producer North Flinders Mines, CEO of oil & gas producers Beach Petroleum and Claremont Petroleum, and Chairman of Robust Resources Ltd. Dr. King is currently Non-Executive Chairman of two ASX listed companies: oil and gas exploration company Galilee Energy Limited, and biotechnology research and development company, Cellmid Limited. Dr. King is a Fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, and Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy.

Timothy Turner

Director
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Mr. Turner is a senior partner with Australian accounting firm, Hewitt Turner & Gelevitis. Mr. Turner specialises in domestic business structuring, corporate and trust tax planning and the issuing of audit opinions. Mr. Turner has in excess of 21 years’ experience in new ventures, capital raisings and general business consultancy. Mr. Turner is also a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed entities Cape Lambert Resources Limited and Legacy Iron Limited and a Non-Executive Director of NSX listed International Petroleum Limited. His qualifications include B.Bus, FCPA, FTIA, Registered Company Auditor, Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Jens Pace

CEO
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Mr. Pace is a highly regarded geoscientist, who has had a successful career at BP Exploration Operating Company Limited (“BP”), and its heritage company Amoco (UK) Exploration Company, spanning over 30 years. Mr. Pace has held senior positions at BP for over 10 years, gaining substantial exploration and production experience in Africa, namely Algeria, Angola, Congo, Gabon and Libya, having also extended experience in Europe, Russia and Trinidad. He has contributed to a number of BP’s exploration discoveries over his career, and has managed a very large and active exploration portfolio for BP in Africa. Additionally, Mr. Pace has gained highly sought after experience in the areas of field development and as a commercial manager, dealing with national oil companies and African governments. Mr. Pace holds a BSc in Geology and Oceanography from the University of Wales and an MSc in Geophysics from Imperial College, London. Mr. Pace joined African Petroleum as Chief Operating Officer in October 2012 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in September 2015. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of PetroNor E&P.

Knut Søvold

COO
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Mr. Søvold has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, from both executive management and technical levels. His extensive experience covers fields and licenses in the North Sea, North and West Africa, Middle East, Far East and FSU, as well as management and administration through establishing and operating companies in Norway, UK, Kazakhstan and West Africa. Mr. Søvold was in the management team of the Snorre Field in the North Sea, with a production of 200,000 bopd. Mr. Søvold has been working with West African assets since 2000 and in Nigeria since 2008. Furthermore, he has also been working with gas to LNG, including novel solutions such as FLNG, gas to power, as well as LNG-regasification. Mr. Søvold holds a MSc in Petroleum from The Institute of Technology in Trondheim (NTH), Norway.

Gerhard Ludvigsen

Business Developement Manager
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Mr. Ludvigsen is the founder of several companies in Norway and internationally within the oil and gas industry, as well as holding several board positions in start-up companies and being an advisor for a major securities house in Norway. Founded Hemla with AGR as co-founder with focus on oil and gas development, co-founded D&H Solution AS with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of South Korea for gas and LNG development with major international oil companies in Middle East and Africa. Mr. Ludvigsen has also been a director and major shareholder of FileFlow, developed by Fast Search & Transfer. He has recently established PetroNor with Petromal. He serves on the board of the charity foundation Power to Educate which supports education in emerging countries.

Emad Sultan

Strategy and Contracts Manager
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  • 20 years E&P international experience
  • Held multiple operation and marketing management positions with major international Oil Field Services companies
  • Held multiple technical, contracting and strategy management with major oil and gas operator
  • BSc Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington

Stephen West

CFO
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Mr. West is a qualified Chartered Accountant who holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Law) from Curtin University of Technology in Australia. He has over 22 years of financial and corporate experience gained in public practice, oil and gas, mining and investment banking spanning Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, CIS and Africa. Mr. West is currently a non-executive director of ASX listed Apollo Consolidated Limited (a mining exploration company with permits in Australia and Cote d’Ivoire) and Zeta Petroleum plc (an oil and gas exploration and production company with permits in Romania). Mr. West joined African Petroleum as Finance Director in October 2013 and then Chief Financial Officer. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of PetroNor E&P.

Claus Frimann-Dahl

CTO
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Mr. Frimann-Dahl has 30 years’ experience from the oil and gas industry, with managerial and technical roles. His experience covers operational roles with Phillips Petroleum, Norsk Hydro and Hess in the North Sea Norway and Denmark, Russia, Egypt and the US. He was the co-founder of Ener Petroleum which was later acquired by Dana Petroleum and KNOC. He holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MSc from the University of Trondheim (NTH).

Michael Barrett

Exploration Manager
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Mr. Barrett has over 20 years global exploration experience from his career at Chevron Corporation, and more recently at Addax/Sinopec International. Mr. Barrett has held senior positions at Chevron and Addax Petroleum, gaining substantial exploration and operations experience in Africa, namely: Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Kurdistan and Nigeria, having also extended experience in Australia. Mr. Barrett has held a variety of technical roles covering exploration and new ventures, and was part of Chevron’s global Exploration Review Team, specialising in Play and Prospect risk assessment, volumetric analysis, commercial evaluation and portfolio management. Mr. Barrett also brings added strength to the team with his background in quantitative geophysics, stratigraphic interpretation workflows and 3D visualisation. Mr. Barrett has a BSc in Geology & Geophysics from Durham University and a MSc in Petroleum Geology & Geophysics from Imperial College, Royal School of Mines.