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Board of Directors

  • Jaap Huijskes

    Jaap Huijskes

    Non-Executive Chairman

    Jaap Huijskes was appointed as Non‑Executive Chairman of Gulf Keystone in April 2018 having been a Non-Executive Director since November 2017.

    Jaap is a highly experienced oil and gas executive, having worked for nearly 30 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 Director 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. Before joining Gulf Keystone, he was Senior Vice President Business Development, Strategy & Commercial at Maersk Oil in Copenhagen. He holds an MSc from Imperial College. 

    Jón has considerable international experience gained across technical, commercial and a variety of managerial and leadership positions. His roles prior to joining Gulf Keystone had a strong external orientation and have seen him working effectively with all stakeholders, including host governments. 

    Prior to Maersk Oil, Jón’s industry experience was gained with Anglo American, ConocoPhillips, Paladin Resources plc and Petro‑Canada/Suncor, in a number of geographies.

  • 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. He holds an MA from Harvard and a BA from Columbia University.

    Prior to his appointment, he served as the Regional Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for North Africa and the Middle East 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 and 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, Sami 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 assets producing in excess of 300,000 bopd.

  • Martin Angle

    Martin Angle

    Senior Independent Director

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

    He 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 FTSE 100 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, Martin served on a number of Boards including Pennon Group where he chaired the Remuneration Committee, Savills plc (Senior Independent Director), National Exhibition Group (Chairman), Severstal, and Dubai International Capital.

  • Garrett Soden

    Garrett Soden

    Non-Executive Director

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

    Garrett 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. Garrett is currently President and CEO of Africa Energy Corp. 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 PA Resources AB and Petropavlovsk PLC. Prior to this, Garrett 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 US Secretary of Energy. 

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

  • David Thomas

    David Thomas

    Non-Executive Director

    David Thomas was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Gulf Keystone 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.

  • Kimberley Wood

    Kimberley Wood

    Non-Executive Director

    Kimberley Wood was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Gulf Keystone 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 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.