Mr. Alexander (Aleksandr) Kapalin
Co-founder, 25+ years’ experience

Alexander is a Senior Executive Management Professional with over 25 years’ experience in oil & gas industry. Throughout his career path Alexander was employed in different managerial positions ranging from supervising to CEO in leading industry companies in the CIS countries and abroad. Mr. Kapalin was engaged in various exploration and production projects (more than 1 bln BOE was discovered), oil & gas trading, developed several projects from green-field into successful competitive companies. Alexander was director of three UK companies Timan Oil&Gas PLC (2005-2009), Docom Investment LTD, UNGP oil and gas investment LTD. Alexander successfully managed several private placements (UK, EU, USA), bond placement (regulation C, rule 144A US) and IPO in oil & gas industry while raising more than 300 mln USD with total EV (enterprise value) over 1 bln USD. Native Russian speaker, fluent in English.

Mr. Raid Bukhamseen
Co-founder, CEO Arab Energy Alliance UA
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Graduated back in 1997 from KFUPM University in Saudi Arabia with a degree in Geology, Mr. Raid Bukhamseen is an industry subject matter expert with extensive international hands-on experience (+21 years) in many areas of leadership and executive management within the oil and gas upstream industry. Mr. Raid Bukhamseen commenced his career with Schlumberger and Baker Hughes working in Libya, Tunisia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia & Oman; after which he moved to international E&P Companies where he attained distinguished career advancements from Chief Geologist to Exploration Manager in LUKOIL Saudi Arabia Energy. He then moved to Kuwait Energy Company as Yemen Operations Manager and soon promoted to Eurasia Vice President managing several oil and gas producing companies in different European countries. Mr. Raid Bukhamseen also managed Arab Energy Alliance Ukraine, for 2 years as a President. Currently involved in diversified partnerships, senior executive and consultancy roles across Mena and Eurasia focusing on IOC’s Start-ups and evaluations of M&A opportunities and negotiations. Mr. Raid Bukhamseen is highly active in the technical society with many technical and business publications including Forbs and was a speaker in conferences worldwide for which he was recognized with several international prestigious awards.

Mr. Peter Anclam
CEO, Geoconsult GmbH 50+ years’ experience

Mr. Anclam (50 years of experience) trained as a geologist and in 1968 graduated from the University of Mineral Oil and Petrochemistry Baku, Azerbaijan, with a MA in Geology. In 1968, Mr. Anclam joined Erdgas Erdol GmbH (EEG), which since1994 has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaz de France (GDF). Mr. Anclam was employed by the company until 1999 and held a number of senior positions within the upstream business including as Director of Strategic Evaluation. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Anclam worked on assignment on various projects in Russia, Kazakhstan and Libya as Senior E&P Expert for Daimler Chrysler Services Structured Finance headquartered in Berlin. He has also managed and represented the interests of Geoconsult Magdeburg GmbH, Magdeburg, in various projects and evaluation tasks, mainly in the Commonwealth of Independent States. In 2002, Mr. Anclam joined Select Energy GmbH in Hamburg as Director of Geology and Upstream Projects, with responsibility for the evaluation and development of new projects in CIS. Mr. Anclam has sat on the International Gas Union Committee. As a Senior Manager, with experience in crude oil and natural gas companies in challenging business environments, Mr. Anclam brings his experience of working in CIS and ability to provide geological, technical and economic evaluation of new projects.

Mr. William Roberts 
President of OPC (Reserve Audit Company)
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Bill is a reservoir engineer with over 32 years’ broad-based international experience in well testing, reservoir simulation, petrophysics, reserves estimation, prospect evaluation, field development and training. Since 2003 he has specialized in well testing and reservoir surveillance with permanent downhole gauges on producing fields, and since 2005 has taught well test analysis for the Master’s program, Institut Français du Pétrole, Paris. During his career Bill successfully implemented projects in 62 countries.

Victor Romashov
Corporate governance director, former President of AIG Investment Bank (RUS), Moscow

Graduated from Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations (MGIMO) in 1979. Served as career diplomat on short-term and long-term assignments in United Nations Secretariat (New York), Permanent Mission of RF, USSR to United Nations (New York), UN Conference on disarmament in Geneva and others. In 1995 left governmental service for private business and joined American International Group (AIG) in New York. Served as President of AIG Investment Bank (RUS) (Moscow), President of AIG Bank RUS (consumer finance) (Moscow), General Manager of AIG Financial Services (Moscow) and President of Bank PSA Finance RUS (Peugeot Citroёn Group) (Moscow). Has rich experience in banking, project finance and corporate governance.

Mr. Vladimir Samofalov 
Co-founder, 25 years’ experience in industry
Graduate Mining Engineer, has been successfully developing oil & gas projects since 1993. Mr. Samofalov headed several projects from exploration (green-field) to development stage (brown-field), held senior management position (COO, Chief Operating Officer) in the leading industry company with particular focus on exploration geology and development of reserves. Mr. Samofalov was one of the authors of more than 1 bln BOE discovery and co-author of in-house oil & gas prospecting technology.

Ambassador Israfil Vekilov
Co-founder, former Ambassador of Azerbaijan to North Africa and Middle East, 15 years’ experience in industry (AZ).

Graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). Carrier diplomat (1974-2004), raised to the rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at 1992 . His Excellency Mr. Vekilov held senior management positions at the leading industry companies (ITERA Oil & Gas Company, Stroytransgas), CEO of Lukoil Company (North African branch), Senior Director of Kuwait Energy Company. Dean of Diplomatic Corps of Egypt