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Senior Management

  • Jón Ferrier

    Jón Ferrier

    Chief Executive Officer

    Jón Ferrier joined Gulf Keystone in June 2015 as Chief Executive Officer following three decades spent in exploration, commercial, strategic and leadership positions in the oil and gas and mining industries.  A geologist by training, was most recently Senior Vice President Business Development, Strategy & Commercial at Maersk Oil in Copenhagen where he served on the Executive team.  

    Jón has considerable international experience, including in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and has successfully led the delivery of complex projects on time and within budget in the Middle East.  His most recent roles have had a strong external orientation and have seen him working effectively with all stakeholders, including host governments.  

    Prior to Maersk Oil, Jón's oil & gas experience was gained with ConocoPhillips, Paladin Resources PLC, Petro-Canada/Suncor, in a number of regions. 

  • Sami Zouari

    Sami Zouari

    Chief Financial Officer

    Sami Zouari joined Gulf Keystone as Chief Financial Officer in January 2015, following careers in both the oil & gas industry and investment banking, where he also had a particular focus on the Energy and Commodities sectors in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Prior to his appointment, he served as the Regional Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for North Africa, Iraq and Oman at BNP Paribas in London, overseeing various financial transactions in the MENA region with a focus on the oil and gas industry. Between 2008 and 2012, he was the Head of MENA within the Energy & Commodity division of BNP Paribas in Paris, managing lending transactions for oil and gas private and public companies.

    Prior to his career in investment banking, Mr Zouari worked for Total EP in a number of roles, starting as an Economist for the Middle East Division and finally as Commercial Manager for Total EP Libya in Tripoli, overseeing all non-operated assets producing in excess of 300,000 barrels of oil per day.

  • Nadhim Zahawi

    Nadhim Zahawi

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Nadhim Zahawi joined Gulf Keystone as Chief Strategy Officer in August 2015.

    Nadhim read Chemical Engineering at University College London before going on to have a successful career in business. His early career includes the roles European Marketing Director for Smith & Brooks Ltd, and co-founder and former CEO of YouGov, the international market research firm which listed on The London Stock Exchange's AIM market in 2005.  Nadhim has held a number of advisory roles in the Oil & Gas sector. He has been a Conservative Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010.

    Nadhim is of Kurdish origin, and moved from Iraq to the UK in his childhood. He has maintained contact with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq throughout his extensive career.

  • Stuart Catterall

    Stuart Catterall

    Chief Operating Officer

    Stuart joined Gulf Keystone as Chief Operations Officer in January 2017.

    Stuart has over 30 years' experience in oil and gas undertaking a breadth of senior leadership and technical roles with Amerada Hess, BHP Billiton, Celtique Energy and, more recently, as an independent petroleum development and operations consultant for PA Resources, Enquest and Petroceltic.  He has proven expertise in successfully developing oil fields and leading operations in remote, onshore international locations, including in the Middle East / North Africa region.

    He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London.

  • Umur Eminkahyagil

    Umur Eminkahyagil

    Country Manager - Kurdistan Region of Iraq

    Mr Eminkahyagil received his BSc in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, with High Honors in 1991.

    He spent the first 11 years of his career holding various Reservoir Engineering positions with Shell, mainly in Turkey and Thailand. He joined the Expro Group in 2002 and held progressively more challenging roles within the Group, spanning Malaysia, South East Asia, and finally Angola in West Africa, where he worked as General Manager.

    In 2007, he became Vice President for MB Petroleum Services, responsible for international business, a position he held for a number of years before joining Gulf Keystone in March 2012.

    He initially joined the Company as Development and Production Manager and has subsequently been appointed, as of 1 September 2012, the Company's Country Manager for Kurdistan, Iraq.

  • Mohamed Messaoudi

    Mohamed Messaoudi

    Country Manager - Algeria

    Mr Messaoudi joined Gulf Keystone in 2007 and has 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

    Mohamed started his professional career with Sonatrach (Algeria’s National Oil Company) where he held a variety of positions in Algeria: operational geologist, senior geologist, chief geologist and Regional Manager. He was involved in several exploration projects (onshore & offshore) and discoveries in different Algerian basins.

    Prior to Mr Messaoudi’s retirement from Sonatrach, he held the position of Regional Exploration Manager for the South East Algeria Region, leading an important petroleum area in Algeria (Hassi Messaoud, Berkine, Illizi, and Oued Mya basins).