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Board of Directors

  • David Thomas

    David Thomas

    Non-Executive Director

    David Thomas was appointed as Non‑Executive Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum in October 2016. 

    He is a highly experienced oil and gas professional with almost 40 years in the industry. He started his career as a petroleum engineer working for Conoco in the North Sea and Dubai before moving into various reservoir engineering and asset management positions. Subsequently, he joined Lasmo where he became the Group GM Operations and, following the company’s acquisition, held three regional Vice President roles with Eni covering the North Sea, Russia/Asia/Australia and West Africa portfolios. David’s Board directorships have included positions as President and COO of Centurion Energy, CEO of Melrose Resources and COO with Petroceltic International. In mid-2015 he briefly served on a caretaker Board at Afren and is currently the CEO of PICO Cheiron in Egypt. 

    David has a BSc in Mining Engineering from Nottingham University and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College.

  • Martin Angle

    Martin Angle

    Senior Independent Director

    Martin Angle was appointed as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum in July 2018.

    Mr Angle has had a distinguished executive career across investment banking, private equity and industry. His previous roles include senior positions with SG Warburg & Co. Ltd, Morgan Stanley, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, as well as the Group Finance Director at TI Group plc, then a FTSE100 company.  More recently, he spent time at Terra Firma Capital Partners where he held various senior roles in its portfolio companies. As a Non-Executive Director he has served on a number of Boards including Savills plc, where he was the Senior Independent Director, National Exhibition Group (Chairman), Severstal, and Dubai International Capital.

    He currently chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit, Nomination and Sustainability Committees at Pennon Group, a FTSE 250 company.

  • Kimberley Wood

    Kimberley Wood

    Non-Executive Director

    Kimberley Wood was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum in October 2018.

    Kimberley is a legal professional with 18 years' experience and a specialist in the oil and gas sector. Most recently she was Head of the Oil and Gas for EMEA at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and remains a Senior Consultant for the firm. Throughout her career she has advised a wide range of companies in the sector, from small independents through to super majors. Kimberley was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins RLLP from February 2011 to April 2015 and was previously at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. She is included as an expert in Energy and Natural Resources in the 2018 "Expert Guide" series and Women in Business Law, 2018 and is a member of the Advisory Board to the City of London Geological Forum. 

    Kimberley is currently a Non-Executive Director of Africa Oil Corp., an E&P company listed on the TSX (Canada) and Nasdaq OMX (Stockholm), with assets in Kenya and Ethiopia and a member of the Lundin Group and a Non-Executive director of Valeura Energy Inc, a TSX listed oil and gas company.

  • Jaap Huijskes

    Jaap Huijskes

    Non-Executive Chairman

    Jaap Huijskes was appointed as Non-Executive Director at Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. in November 2017 and became Chairman in April 2018. 

    Jaap is a highly experienced oil and gas executive, having worked for some 28 years in the upstream oil and gas sector. Jaap started his career with Shell and worked in a variety of project engineering and other more general roles around the world, moving from the North Sea to the Middle East and Australia. Jaap's last role with Shell was as Project Director for the Sakhalin II project followed by a short period at head office as Executive Vice President for all  of Shell's upstream projects. Jaap left Shell to join OMV, the Austrian integrated oil and gas company as their Board Member responsible for all upstream activities. OMV's upstream actives at the time included significant exploration activities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

    Jaap retired from OMV in 2016 and is currently a Non-Executive at Energie Beheer Nederland, the Dutch State upstream participation company. 

  • 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. Jón holds an MSc from Imperial College London and a BSc from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. 

  • 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 and 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.

    Former to his appointment, he served as the Regional Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for North Africa, and the Middle East at BNP Paribas in London, overseeing various financial transactions 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. Mr Zouari holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a BA from Columbia University.

  • Garrett Soden

    Garrett Soden

    Non-Executive Director

    Garrett Soden was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum in October 2016.

    Mr. Soden has extensive experience as a senior executive and board member of various public companies in the natural resources sector. He has worked with the Lundin Group for over a decade. Mr. Soden is currently President and CEO of Africa Energy Corp., a Canadian oil and gas company with exploration assets in Africa. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Etrion Corporation, Panoro Energy ASA and Phoenix Global Resources plc. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of RusForest AB, CFO of Etrion and PetroFalcon Corporation and a Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk plc and PA Resources AB. Prior to joining the Lundin Group, Mr. Soden worked at Lehman Brothers in equity research and at Salomon Brothers in mergers and acquisitions. He also previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

    Mr. Soden holds a BSc honours degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School.