Senior Management Team

Jonathan Taylor

Chairman, Executive Director

Over 30 years’ technical, operational and commercial upstream experience in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Middle East including roles for Amerada Hess Ltd, Clyde Petroleum Plc and Gulf Canada Resources Ltd.

Previously co-Founder and Exploration/Technical Director of Fusion Oil & Gas Plc (AIM: Africa), Ophir Energy Plc (LSE: Africa) and Calima Energy Ltd (ASX: Canada), and Non-Executive Director of Helium One Ltd (AIM: Africa) and Octant Energy Ltd (Private: Africa).

Currently Chairman of Himilco Renewables Holdings (Private: Africa) and Director of Storegga Geotechnologies Ltd (Private: UK)..

James Berwick

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

20 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector starting with Woodside Energy and then holding senior executive positions within leading independent oil and gas operators, including privately owned and Africa focused Impact Oil & Gas and London listed Ophir Energy plc where he oversaw a significant expansion of the company’s activities. 

Holds a Master’s Degree in Law and before joining the oil and gas industry served in both the British Army and the French Foreign Legion

Mehdi Ben Abdallah

Senior Advisor to the Board

Senior executive with almost 2 decades in the Energy Sector and in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy.

Founder and Managing Partner of Excalibur International Advisory (EXIA), previously served as General Manager with Shell and Vice-President with BG Group in Tunisia where he was entrusted to lead several hundred-million, complex government and commercial negotiations with high value impact. He is currently a senior advisor for several energy companies, both in Oil & Gas and Renewables.

Chair of the Tunisia Board of the company Expectation State, President of the Tunisian-Danish Chamber of Commerce, Board Member and President of Honour of the Tunisian-British Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce in London and the American Chamber of Commerce in Tunisia. He is also a Founding Member and the former President of the Tunisian Council for Bilateral Chambers, and the former Executive Director in charge of International Relations at UTICA, the lead confederation of Tunisian businesses.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Commercial Diplomacy, an MBA and Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

Martin Jakubowski

Asset Director

Over 35 years’ international upstream technical and senior management experience across Europe, Africa, Middle East and South East Asia having worked at Robertson Research, Shell, CGG, Petro-Canada, Suncor and CNOOC International.

Proven experience in managing large asset portfolios and multi-disciplinary technical projects. Former Director of Common Data Access (CDA) a wholly owned subsidiary of Oil and Gas U.K.

Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and Geography and Master’s Degree in Micropaleontology.

Alan Stein

Senior Advisor to the Board

A geologist (PhD London) with over 30 years’ of international upstream experience. Previously a founding partner of IKODA, a geoscience technology company based in London and Perth and a Founder and Managing Director of Fusion Oil & Gas Plc (AIM: Africa), Ophir Energy Plc (LSE: Africa) and Calima Energy (ASX).   

Currently non-executive director of Calima Energy (ASX) and a partner at Havoc Partners LLP.

Jeremy Patullo

Finance Director

Over 15 years’ of senior technical and commercial finance experience within SME and large listed and private entities, including several years as Financial Controller, Group Financial Controller and CFO & Company Secretary.

Member of CPA Australia.

Dermot O’Keeffe

Drilling Director

More than 30 years’ technical, operational and commercial experience in international well operations, including positions with BP (North Sea), Shell (Turkey), Woodside (Australia), and Premier Oil Plc (UK, Australia/Africa, Asia).

Previously Founder and Principal Consultant of IPS, an international wells consulting firm, subsequently acquired by the Add Energy Group working as Chief Operating Officer.

Philip Schnell

Commercial Director

Over 19 years’ of business development, commercial and negotiations upstream experience across Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas having worked at Anadarko Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Nexen Energy and Talisman Energy.

Proven deal origination, negotiations and commercial skills, with a strong analytical and strategic background.

Europe Chapter Regional Director for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

Lotfi Fourati

Country Manager

Tunisian Citizen, he graduated from the University of Tunis in 1993 with an Applied Geology Engineer Degree (Master’s equivalent).

He joined ETAP (Tunisian National Oil Company) in September 1993 as Exploration Geologist and was duly promoted.

In October 2003, he joined Numhyd Oil & Gas company (ETAP/Sonatrach JV) in Algeria as Project Manager in charge of all Algerian and Tunisian exploration assets as well as business development.

In 2008, he joined Harouge Oil Company (PetroCanada/ Libyan NOC JV) in Libya in charge of the field development programme of the Sirt Basin Fields. Lotfi joined Storm Ventures International in January 2009 as Exploration Manager and appointed as VP exploration in April 2012.

In October 2014, MedcoEnergi took over Storm and he was appointed as Senior Manager for Exploration and Development.

Tom Mallalieu

General Counsel

Experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with over 10 years’ experience, specialising in upstream oil and gas and the wider energy sector. 

Has worked on deals and projects across Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East. 

He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).