Knut Søvold 2020

Knut Søvold

CEO

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 licences 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.

Claus Frimann-Dahl 2020

Claus Frimann-Dahl

CTO

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
Michael Barrett 2020

Michael Barrett

Exploration Manager

Mr. Barrett has 30 years of global exploration experience from his career at Chevron Corporation, and more recently with an Africa specific focus at Addax/Sinopec International and African Petroleum. Mr. Barrett has held a variety of senior technical roles covering exploration and new ventures, and was part of Chevron’s global Exploration Review Team, specialising in Play and Prospect risk and volumetric assessment. He has extensive experience in portfolio management and commercial evaluation of oil and gas opportunities.

Emad Sultan

Strategy and Contracts Manager
Emad Sultan 2020

Emad Sultan

Strategy and Contracts Manager

Mr. Sultan has 20 years of international Exploration & Production experience. He has held multiple operation and marketing management positions with international oil field services companies. He has also worked in a number of technical, contracting and strategy management roles with major oil and gas operators. Mr. Sultan holds a BSc Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Washington.

Chris Butler

Group Financial Controller
Chris Butler 2021

Chris Butler

Group Financial Controller

Mr. Butler has 16 years of financial and corporate experience from positions in public practice, oil & gas and mining spread over Africa, Asia and Europe, with roles that included financial reporting, contract negotiations, M&A, due diligence, treasury and several system implementations. Mr. Butler is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a BSc in Physics from Warwick University.