Technical Advisor Team
Mr. Parson has 35 years of upstream oil & gas experience from the highly regulated UKCS and complex deep-water ops offshore Far East to sophisticated multi-rig land ops in Mid-East, the Amazon and Europe. Schlumberger trained, he ran drilling rigs hands-on for 15 years before promotion to supervising ops in a staff role for Occidental Oil Co., emerging as a very experienced team-leader with the highest QHSE standards. He has a thorough knowledge of equipment, process and developing oil-fields and now works as a consultant having retired from his staff job in 2010 to be closer to family. Age 55 he has Post Graduate qualifications in Well Construction from UNSW, Sydney and a Post Graduate degree in business from Curtin Business
School, Perth, WA and is a qualified pilot.
Scott McAllan (age late 40s – UK national, domicile France) consultant, has over 30 years international upstream experience in the oil industry with last 3 years as Supply Chain & Procurement Manager for successful Shale Gas exploration project in Europe. Scott was responsible for all negotiations and contracts with service companies and suppliers including hiring staff and coordinating construction of well pads. He works closely with finance and legal departments and is the Senior Manager first point of contact with third-party contractors. He was closely involved in relations with local authorities and the public in liaison with the Land & Licencing department.
Board of Directors
Karim Jobanputra – Director/Interim Principal Executive Officer .
Karim Jobanputra is an entrepreneur and owns companies that do business mostly in the Middle East and Europe. Mr. Jobanputra has experience in the areas of corporate finance and international business development. Mr. Jobanputra is an entrepreneur and dedicates less than 100% of his business efforts to the business of Sky. Mr. Jobanputra has other business interests, some of which may be in the oil and gas industry, and serves on the board of directors and as an officer for private companies. Mr. Jobanputra also works as a self-employed consultant based in the United Kingdom and has provided consulting services to companies in the areas of corporate finance and business development in the Asian and Middle East markets.
Robert Curt – Director.
Robert P. Curt has over thirty years of experience, primarily as an executive in marine transportation and supply related functions. He is currently a Director, Projects at Mallory, Jones, Lynch, Flynn and Assoc., an independent consultant to the marine industry. Mr. Curt retired from ExxonMobil in 2007 after assignments in a variety of positions up to and including General Manager Marine Transportation for ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company and Managing Director, Qatar Gas Transport Company. He is also a Trustee of the US Merchant Marine Academy and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping’s Advisory Council and Nominating Committee and serves on the boards of two publicly traded shipping and ship building companies. Mr. Curt is a 1972 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and holds an MBA in Finance from Iona College.
Mark Rachovides – Director.
Mr. Rachovides is a well-known specialist in South East Europe and President of the Euromines. Euromines is recognized as the representative body of the European metals and minerals mining industry. Mark Rachovides is a consultant to Eldorado Gold Corporation and until recently was Chairman of Deva Gold being Eldorado’s subsidiary in Romania. Previously he was Vice President, Europe at Dundee Resources Limited after spending 11 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD.) He was formerly an Executive Director of European Goldfields which was acquired by Eldorado in early 2012. He was also a director of Uzhuralzoloto, one of Russia’s largest gold producers until recently and remains on the Board of Eurogas International, a company developing oil and gas projects in Tunisia. He has been involved with a number of public companies and natural resource projects in the region both as a company director and a financier. He has also written a number of articles and conference presentations for Euromines, the LBMA, the World Gold Council, PDAC, the Mining Journal, the Russia-Canada mining group and other bodies. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects in the Former Soviet Union, Southern and Eastern Europe.
Professional Advisory Board
Peter L. BRIGER Snr was appointed to Sky Petroleum’s Advisory Board on August 19, 2012. Mr. Briger is the founder and CEO of Hydromine and served in the U.S. Treasury Department during the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He has extensive experience in the development, structuring and implementation of major mining, metallurgical, power generation and infrastructure projects on five continents and has been involved in the market, technical and financing aspects of each of the Hydromine projects
Dr. David Anthony Lawson Jenkins, BA, Ph.D. (Geology), to its Advisory Board. Dr. Jenkins is a recognized authority on oil and gas technology and an experienced international explorationist. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Geology from Clare College of Cambridge University, England. Dr. Jenkins had a distinguished career spanning 37 years with British Petroleum from 1961 to 1998, where he served in many high level positions. His senior roles in BP Exploration included Chief Geologist (1979-1982), General Manager Exploration (1984-88) and Chief Executive Technology (1988-97). He retired in 1998 as Director Technology and Chief Technology Advisor for the BP Group. Since 1998 Dr. Jenkins served as a Non-Executive Director (NED) on the Board of Ranger Oil (1999-2000) and subsequently BHP Ltd/BHP Billiton plc/Ltd (2000-09). He is currently a NED on the Boards of two AIM listed exploration companies, President Energy plc (since 2012) and Hurricane Energy plc (since 2013) and is also on the Board of Black Platinum Energy, a company exploring offshore Indonesia. His advisory positions have included working with Halliburton, Landmark Graphics, Science Applications International Corporation, Consort Resources, Celerant Consulting and Cuadrilla Resources. He is presently a Corporate Advisor to Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd, the Singapore investment fund and an Industry Advisor to Riverstone Holdings LLC, a New York based Private Equity Group
Tor Suvelland has over 25+ yea of experience with the commodity, equity, freight derivative and Physical oil trading. TuTor is seen as a pioneer within the long/short freight/equity and has held Several management Positions within Key Global trading and Finance houses, Trafigura and Goldman Sachs . Tor brings a depth of experience to the company to assist with its growth stratergy.