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A well-respected private investor with long experience in investment banking. Some of his main roles include senior adviser at Renaissance Capital (emerging markets), senior advisor to Merrill Lynch (Energy & Power group throughout Russia and Central Europe), especialy the British Petroleum TNK acquisition, director of corporate finance at Lazard Brothers – advisor for both the Central Electricity Generating Board on privatization and National Power on its IPO, director of Utilyx, 2001-2012, director of GeoDynamics Worldwide since 2010.
Senior Technical Advisor
Following a BSc in Geophysics from Edinburgh University Robin relocated to Tunis more than 30 years ago and has been based in Africa since. He has held a variety of technical and leadership roles in African oil and gas, joining the highly respected Energy Africa team in 1997 and leading Tullow’s exploration team through the discovery and appraisal of the Jubilee and TEN fields in Ghana before becoming exploration GM for the continent. Since leaving Tullow he has focussed on promoting investment and economic growth while reducing the significant impact of climate change on Africa.
He works directly with growth stage companies on strategy optimisation and execution, leveraging his strong combination of skill gained from working in global Oilfield Services, E&P and financial institutions. These include Simmons & Co, where he worked in the Corporate Finance group focused on BD/origination, Schlumberger wireline, where he spent most of his career, serving in a range of roles including technology interpretation development, global reservoir characterisation technical community leadership, and Sun Oil where he began his career as an explorationist.
Costa is an internationally accomplished and experienced executive having held CEO and CFO roles in a variety of industries and geographies. He is a professional accountant with an MBA and has had early experience as an Oil & Gas banker. More recently, he has been advising Private Equity, Fintech and Telco companies with operations across Africa.
Yuri is a Petroleum Geologist with 21y in upstream. Holds a MSc. in Petroleum Geology from University of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba (2008). He worked at the Cuban National Oil Company (9y), at the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia (3y). He is an Exploration Manager at Pioneer. His professional expertise comprises Hydrocarbon Potential assessment (conventional and non-conventional), oil & gas fields exploration, onshore & offshore evaluation, basin analysis, petroleum systems analysis, structural geology, geostatistics, seismic interpretation, potential field data processing and interpretation.
Raydel Toirac Proenza
Toirac is an Exploration Geologist with 18y experience in oil and gas industry. Worked for the Cuban National Oil Company (CUPET)(10y) and for the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia (2y). At Pioneer he specializes in integrating G&G data with main focus on seismic interpretation, well correlation, basin analysis, evaluation of leads and prospects, reserve estimation. Experience in several drilling campaigns as wellsite/operation geologist both onshore and offshore. Skilled with Petrel, Autodesk Map, ArcGis. Speaks fluently Spanish and English.
Carlo holds a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Padova, Italy and a MBA in Energy and Environmental Management and Economics from Eni Corporate University, Milan, Italy. He joined Eni in 2007 as a geophysicist for time-lapse reservoir studies. Experienced in managing geological and geophysical data for Oil & Gas exploration, he also has several years of experience on GIS-based softwares. He fluently speaks English, Spanish, Italian.
Michele holds a a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Trento, Italy. He worked at the University of Trento and with the Consorzio Criospazio Ricerche for the gravitational waves LISA pathfinder experiment, in his Ph.D. education program. Since 2007 is a Scientist for the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) Space Mission of the European Space Agency in Madrid and further in the Netherlands. He supports MEL in its data processing as well as technical presentations and discussions with investors. He fluently speaks English, Spanish, Italian. His support is until 30/11/2023.
Elisa Alessia Ugrinova
Graduated from the University of Furtwangen, Germany, in Business Management. She gained skills in team work, organizing and planning as well as problem solving with her experience at Robert Bosch GmbH and Microsoft GmbH. Entered the oil & gas sector in 2007, first in the finance and administration team, then eventually took up end-to-end project coordination, commercial negotiation and resource management. With 22y of international experience, she fluently speaks English, Italian, Russian, German and Bulgarian.
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