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Ian Les Blair
Chief Executive Officer

Leslie Blair has over 35 years’ upstream oil and gas industry experience, most recently with Addax. He spent 12 years with Addax in Nigeria and Kurdistan and he has held a wide variety of senior executive positions in the United Kingdom, Spain, Libya, Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Kurdistan and Dubai.

Mr. Blair spent nine years in Nigeria with Addax from 1998 to 2006 where he was Executive Director Business Services, Managing Director New Ventures and Managing Director of Nigeria operations. In 2006 he assumed the position of General Manager of the operating company for the giant Taq Taq Field in Kurdistan and in 2008 became Managing Director of Addax Petroleum Middle East Limited based in Dubai.

Prior to joining Addax in Nigeria, Mr. Blair held Country Manager positions with Enterprise Oil and British Gas in South East Asia.

Mr. Blair graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Finance & Economics in 1974 and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants. He is currently on the board and is the managing director of Elcrest.

George Walter Mitchell Maxwell
Chief Financial Officer

George Maxwell has over 20 years’ oil industry experience in both the producing and service/manufacturing arena. He was until recently Business Development Manager for Addax and, prior to this, Commercial Manager in Geneva. Mr. Maxwell joined Addax in 2004 and held the General Manager’s position in Nigeria, responsible for finance, fiscal and commercial activities.

Prior to this, Mr. Maxwell worked with ABB Oil & Gas as vice president of finance based in the UK with responsibilities for Europe and Africa. He held a similar position in Houston, from where the organization ran its operations in 10 countries. Prior to this, Mr. Maxwell was located in Singapore as finance director for Asia Pacific and Middle East, handling currency swaps and minimising exposures during the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.

Mr. Maxwell began his career at Texaco working in economics and fiscal planning and has held various directorships in the UK, France, Singapore, Iran, Canada, Australia and Nigeria in the shipping, manufacturing and oil producing sectors.

Mr. Maxwell graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a Masters in Business Administration. He is currently on the board and is the financial director of Elcrest.

Henry (“Harry”) George Wilson
Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Wilson has over 35 years’ international experience in upstream oil and gas initially as an explorer with British Petroleum and then as the founder and chief executive officer of several independent oil companies. During this period, he led listings for four companies. He has been a director of public companies both in the UK and abroad across a number of sectors.

Mr. Wilson graduated with a BSc Hons in Physics from Manchester University and attended the Insead Business School in France.

Robert (“Bob”) Alexander Lambert
Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Mr. Lambert has over 40 years’ upstream oil and gas experience. Mr. Lambert is currently CEO and President of TSX-V listed Petra Petroleum Inc. Mr. Lambert recently stepped down from GB Petroleum Ltd, a London-based private international exploration company that he founded and managed for just over five years. Prior to GB Petroleum, Mr. Lambert enjoyed a successful 25 year career with Conoco.

Mr. Lambert has broad multi-disciplinary experience in Exploration, Production, Business Development and Corporate Management with a wide international exposure in North Africa, West Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia and the USA.

Mr. Lambert obtained an MBA (with Distinction) in 1997 from Aberdeen University and is a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Louis Emmanuel Castro
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Castro has over 25 years’ corporate finance and corporate broking experience, both in the City and overseas, during which time he has been responsible for a number of oil and gas and mining IPOs and capital raisings.

Mr. Castro is currently head of equities at Northland Capital Partners in London, having previously been head of corporate finance at Matrix Corporate Capital LLP and at Insinger de Beaufort. Before then he spent eight years at Williams de Broe, six years at Price Waterhouse and three years at SG Warburg. He has widespread international expertise, having advised the boards of companies in the UK, Australia, Canada, India, Africa, the Far East, and South America, in a variety of sectors, including oil & gas, mining, and energy.

Mr. Castro is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and graduated with a BSc & BComm (Hons) in Engineering Production & Economics from Birmingham University.

Russell Seth Harvey
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Harvey has 38 years of diversified experience in the upstream oil and gas business.

Mr. Harvey started his career with Philips Petroleum in Texas and Norway and has held executive positions with Kerr McGee Oil, a leading US independent where he was responsible for properties in the UK, Norway and the Middle East. He was Managing Director of Lasmo North Sea from 1991 to 1996.

Mr. Harvey has broad international experience, and has experience in the development of a number of startup exploration, production and service companies both in the UK and internationally.

Mr. Harvey has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and is a member of the Institute of Energy.

Andrew Bartlett
Non-Executive Director

Andrew Bartlett has over 30 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. Mr Bartlett is currently Oil & Gas Adviser at Helios LLP ("Helios"), the African focused private equity group which has an indirect holding in the Company of 29.3%.

An experienced investment banker, Mr Bartlett was both the Global Head of Oil & Gas Project Finance and Global Head of Oil & Gas M&A at Standard Chartered Bank until July 2011. Between 1980 and 2001 Mr Bartlett worked for Royal Dutch Shell as a Petroleum Engineer and Development Manager where he gained extensive experience in developing and operating oil and gas fields. Mr Bartlett also helped to establish Shell Capital, a private equity/mezzanine debt group set up by Royal Dutch Shell to finance small producers in emerging markets.

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