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.
Knut SøvoldDirector & 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.
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 a Non-Executive Director.
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).
Mr. Steinepreis is a corporate and resources lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. He has acted as the legal adviser on in excess of 40 initial public offers and has advised numerous companies, large and small, on strategic acquisitions, whether by takeover, scheme of arrangement, trade sale or other means. Mr. Steinepreis serves as the Executive Chairman of Steinepreis Paganin, one of the largest specialist corporate law firms in Perth, Australia, and serves on other Boards. Mr. Steinepreis holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws (1985) from the University of Western Australia.
Mr. Neuling is a chartered accountant and has been advising within extractive industries for more than 15 years. Mr. Neuling has held numerous senior management positions at listed companies, and previously worked for Deloitte in London and Perth. Mr. Neuling a holds BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Leeds University, United Kingdom and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.