Dr. Arthur Halleran, President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Halleran has served as a director of the Company since October 4, 2011. He has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Calgary, and has 37 years of petroleum exploration and development experience. His international experience includes countries such as Canada, Colombia, Egypt, India, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Chile, Brazil, Bulgaria, Turkey, Pakistan, Peru, Tunisia, Trinidad Tobago, Argentina, Ecuador and Guyana. Dr. Halleran’s has worked for Petro-Canada, Chevron, Rally Energy, Canacol Energy, United Hunter Oil and Gas and United Hydrocarbon International Corp. In 2007, Dr. Halleran founded Canacol Energy Ltd., a company with petroleum and natural gas exploration and development activities in Colombia, Brazil and Guyana.
David Thompson – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Thompson has thirty (30) years of financial experience in the oil and gas industry. He successfully founded an oil trading company in Bermuda with offices in the U.S. and Europe (Geneva, Moscow and Amsterdam). He was responsible for the company’s production operations in Turkmenistan and successfully raised over $100 million in equity. Mr. Thompson also negotiated the farm-out of a number of company assets. Mr. Thompson is Managing Director of AMS Limited; a Bermuda based Management Company. In the past he served as Founder, President and CEO of Sea Dragon Energy Inc. (TSX:V), Chief Financial Officer of Aurado Energy, Chief Financial Officer of Forum Energy Corporation (OTC), Financial Director of Forum Energy Plc (AIM) and Senior Vice President at Larmag Group of Companies. Mr. Thompson is a Certified Management Accountant (1998). He currently also serves as a Director of United Hydrocarbon International Corp. Mr. Thompson’s addition to the Board provides considerable experience in financial and accounting matters as well as international oil and gas experience.
Ijaz Khan – Secretary and Treasurer
Ijaz Khan currently serves as Vice President, Special Projects for United Hydrocarbon International Corp. Previously, he was the General Counsel for the Kuwait Gulf Oil Company, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s State Oil Company, Kuwait Petroleum Company. There Mr. Khan was in charge of the team advising on the merger of all the upstream subsidiaries of the Kuwait Petroleum Company and was responsible for negotiating the terms of a master agreement with Saudi Arabia Chevron regarding the shared concession in the Divided Zone between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. holds a law degree from Seattle University School of Law and formerly practiced corporate law with the Law Firm of Mussehl and Khan. Mr. Khan brings extensive international experience in the oil and gas industry to the Board.
Kubilay Yildirim – General Manager (Turkey)
Mr. Yildirum has over the past 20 years had hands on experience in drilling, production, seismic acquisition, and logistics for both onshore and offshore projects in Turkey. He has spent most of career with this company and its predecessor companies: Madison, Toreador and Tiway. He has also been involved in sales and divestitures of assets and has taken on significantly more managerial positions until being promoted to General Manager in 2009. Mr. Yildirim has a degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Middle East Technical University and an MBA from Bilgi University in Istanbul.
Ozge Karalli – Finance Director (Turkey)
Mrs. Karalli began her career in Deloitte as tax compliance auditor where she was also audit senior and supervisor between 1998 and 2004. She joined Toreador in 2004 as Accounting Manager and Financial Controller, before becoming the Finance Director of Tiway Oil in 2010. Mrs. Karalli has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Bilkent University and has been a Chartered Public Accountant in Turkey since 2002.