Niels has 37 years subsurface experience within the upstream oil industry with major Oil E&P Operators such as BP, Statoil, Saga, BG, Centrica, ConocoPhillips, Getty Oil, CNR and Dragon Oil as a geologist, geophysicist and subsurface manager and project manager. Geographical focus has been in UK, Norway, Denmark, Morocco, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Nigeria and South Africa. Niels is the founder director of North Sea Natural Resources Ltd.
The vision is to form a leading successful independent North Sea and International oil and gas Exploration and Production operator.
A Reservoir Engineer / Manager with experience in the UK and International Oil and gas industry; holding key technical, commercial and managerial skills in asset management, field development planning and A&D. Mark has held senior management and technical positions with Taqa, CNR, Shell and Conoco.
Sola is a trained geophysicist with 30 years of experience. He has extensive knowledge of the Norwegian Continental Shelf as well as Offshore West Africa, Offshore Egypt, Gulf of Mexico and Iran through various technical and executive roles. Sola has served as Exploration Director and Deputy MD for Maersk Oil Norway, as Exploration Manager for BG Norway, as Exploration Manager Egypt for StatoilHydro and as Exploration Manager West Africa for Statoil.
Highlights in his career include the Statoil West Africa exploration campaign. Together with local operators his team drilled more than 10 successful exploration wells per year in Angola, creating one of the most important international assets for Statoil. The Angola assets are currently producing more than 200,000 boe/day from 8 FPSO units. Highlights on the Norwegian shelf include securing the PL265 license for Statoil (today containing the Johan Sverdrup field, one of the largest oil and gas discoveries in Norway containing reserves of more than 2 billion boe) and the Jordbær discovery for BG in 2008 (today known as the Knarr field). Sola has also served as elected leader of bodies within Norsk Olje og Gass, as the spokesman/trustee for the Norwegian Exploration Manager Forum and as Chairman of the Board for the GTO-organisation.
Mike has a broad understanding of the upstream E&P business, with 38 years of experience dominantly gained internationally with Shell Joint Ventures. Mike has variously influenced, led and managed the maturation and monetisation of complex projects from exploration and appraisal to development, production and reservoir management, and abandonment. Mike is a member of SPE, FGS (London), LPS, KLEX, and PESGB.
35 years industry experience with operating companies. Broad experience of all aspects of subsurface work in the E&P sphere with a particular emphasis on business development through exploration and asset acquisitions. An enthusiastic promoter of good technical work and sound business decisions with a strong commercial background and understanding of the imperatives of E&P business. Experience of CBM and shale gas in UK and North America. Jeremy has a Ph.D, in Geophysics and is a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist.
Jonathan Bedford is an independent business development consultant to the upstream E&P industry, working 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.
Between 2005–9 he worked at Simmons’s & Co International in Corporate Finance focused on E&P and Upstream Oilfield Service technology companies.
Prior to joining Simmons Jonathan worked for Schlumberger in a career spanning more than 15 years. His last assignment was at Wireline Head Quarters Paris. Prior to that, he worked as a Global Account Manager in London where he also led Schlumberger’s global Reservoir Characterization technical community. Before Global Accounts Jonathan held a variety of roles mainly focused on petrophysics new technology development, sales and marketing, with positions in the UK, Norway, Nigeria and Italy.
Jonathan joined Schlumberger from the E&P sector where he worked for 5 years as an explorationist for Sun Oil and a small UK independent Floyd Energy.
Jonathan has published more than 20 technical papers and articles has an MSc in Petroleum Exploration from the University of Aberdeen (conoco scholarship), a BSc in Geology from Kings College, University of London and an SIIC level three in Corporate Finance.
Experienced Geoscientist and Manager with 30 years+ in the international oil and gas industry. Specialist areas include the Middle East, Africa and the North Sea. He has recently held the positions of Subsurface Development Manager with Dove Energy Group and Chief Geophysicist with Dana Petroleum and has worked for major operators such as Phillips, Mobil and Statoil
M. Sattar joined the oil industry in 1974. He has more than 40 years’ experience in Academia and in Exploration & Production Operators in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Tunisia and Iraq.
Mohamed has vast experience in exploration acreage assessment and acquisitions. He has more than 25 publications and papers in the AAPG, SPE, Geo and ADIPEC conferences.
Sudeep Suresh Advisor, Petroleum Asset Management, Oil Field Development
An offshore engineering professional with 9 years of experience . Worked as Construction and Pipeline Engineer at Sapura Energy and at the Murphy Oil Corp as a Deepwater Subsea Engineer before moving into Petroleum Asset Management supporting Murphy Oil’s deepwater Malaysia business. Involved in working with major operators such as Shell, PETRONAS and Conoco Phillips managing equity partners in field development and production . Experience in production sharing contracts that covered deepwater blocks offshore Malaysia that has helped shape commercial and technical experience. A graduate from The Robert Gordon University, with a degree in Mechanical & Offshore Engineering, Aberdeen, UK.