Board of Directors

Antoine Karam

Executive Chairman
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Cyber I – cyber security firm
  • Former Board member and CEO of ITWay Group S.P.A.
  • Former Investment Banker at Merrill Lynch brings many years of board experience and business development across Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Chemical Engineering degree from Southeastern University in Louisiana,
  • Masters in Finance and Economics at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio

Geraldine Geraldo

Executive Director - MD Angola
  • Over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas sector with deep commercial experience operating in Angola and internationally
  • Has held multiple positions with Chevron in the USA and in Angola in business development and the legal sectors
  • An entrepreneur and the founder of multiple businesses in Angola in the energy and other spaces
  • Originally trained as a lawyer

Pradeep Kabra

Non-Executive Director
  • Over 35 years of oil and gas experience in nearly all facets of the upstream oil and gas sector
  • Currently serves as the MD of Ojas Consulting SA, based in Geneva, providing oil and gas technical, strategic, financial and investment banking services across Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • Previously was the CEO and Director of ShaMaran Petroleum Corporation, listed on the TSX-V in Toronto and NASDAQ First North Growth Market in Stockholm, which conducted oil exploration and development helping open up the Kurdistan region of Iraq
  • Prior to this he held various positions in the industry with Addax Petroleum, Petro Canada and Lundin Oil

Yan Zhao

Non-Executive Director
  • Ex Shell EP looking after Shell EP Asia budget back to 2000-2004
  • Associate in Actis Capital London for oil & gas, mining, banking and TMT in Emerging market especially in Africa
  • Partner in Sentient Resource Fund managing Asia portfolio and maintaining Asian investor relationships
  • Founder and President of New Power Group focusing on lithium battery material production
  • Director of Integrated Battery Metals – investor and developer of battery metal mining assets across Australasia

Andrew Fairclough

Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Andrew has over 28 years of finance and oil and gas experience, including most recently being the CFO of Serinus Energy plc, an AIM and WSE listed oil and gas production company with assets in Tunisia and Romania
  • Previously was CFO of Whalsay Energy Limited, a UKCS oil and gas appraisal and development company
  • Prior to this Mr. Fairclough was an investment banker with extensive experience in M&A and capital markets, predominantly at Flemings, Rothschild and Merrill Lynch