Keith C. Hill
President, CEO and Director
Previously Mr. Hill was founder, President and CEO of Valkyries Petroleum Corp., a publicly traded oil and gas company which was the subject of an $750 million takeover. Mr. Hill previously served as General Manager of Lundin Oil AB's operations in Malaysia and Sudan. Mr. Hill has over 27 years experience in the oil industry including international new venture management and senior exploration positions at Occidental Petroleum and Shell Oil Company. In addition, Mr. Hill was a senior director of Tanganyika Oil which was the subject of a $2 billion takeover by Sinopec. His education includes a Master of Science degree in Geology and Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from Michigan State University as well as an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Walker has 28 years of industry experience including 17 years with Talisman Energy Inc. where he served as Executive Vice-President of International Operations West as well as country manager positions in the UK and Malaysia/Vietnam. He has extensive international upstream oil and gas experience across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa and has led operating businesses in all those areas. He started his career as a petroleum engineer with BP plc. and also worked in senior management positions at Bow Valley Energy Inc. He previously served on the Board of Oil & Gas UK, the trade association representing the UK oil and gas business. His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Imperial College in London, a Master of Science Degree in Computing Science from University College in London and an MBA from City University Business School, also in London.
Chief Financial Officer
Ian Gibbs is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of Calgary where he obtained a bachelor of commerce degree. He has been a member of Africa Oil's Board of Directors or Executive Management Team since 2006.
Since 2004, Mr. Gibbs has been the Chief Financial Officer of several TSX-Venture and TSX Listed international oil exploration and production companies including Valkyries Petroleum Corp. and Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd. and has been actively involved in the day to day operation of these companies with operations in Russia, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia and Puntland (Somalia). Prior to 2004, Mr. Gibbs spent several years working in Russia and Kazakhstan in the upstream oil and gas industry. As CFO of Tanganyika Oil, in 2008, he played a pivotal role in the $2 billion acquisition by Sinopec International Petroleum. Prior to Tanganyika Oil, Mr. Gibbs was CFO of Valkyries Petroleum which was the subject of an $750 million takeover.
Vice President Business Development
Mr. Phillips has held several positions with Africa Oil Corp. including Vice President of Exploration, Chief Operating Officer, and currently the Vice President of Business Development for both Africa Oil and Horn Petroleum. Before joining Africa Oil, Mr. Phillips was the Geneva-based Vice President Exploration for Africa and Middle East for Lundin Petroleum AB. In this position he was instrumental in securing an exploration portfolio in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, which would later become the foundation for Africa Oil's current acreage holdings. Mr. Phillips has been based in East Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Nairobi Kenya) for the last 6 years and has amassed 30 years of experience in the oil and gas exploration business. Of these 30 years experience, 10 years have been directed towards East African business development and new venture exploration. In addition to his previous experience with Lundin Petroleum, Mr. Phillips also worked with Shell Oil Company and Occidental Petroleum. At Occidental, Mr. Phillips' foreign assignments included key management roles in Southeast Asia, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa New Ventures, with overseas postings in both Oman and Pakistan. Mr. Phillips is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and San Diego State University where he obtained BS and MS degrees, both in Geology.
Dr. Paul Martinez
Vice President Exploration
Dr. Martinez has over 23 years of international and domestic US experience in the oil industry. Prior to joining Africa Oil Corp. Dr. Martinez was a Director of International Business Development with Occidental Petroleum Corporation and over a period of 18 years worked exploration projects in the Texas Gulf Coast, Permian Basin, Rockies, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and Africa. He has held overseas management positions for Oxy in Libya, Oman and Peru. While serving as Director of Africa Exploration at Oxy Dr. Martinez led exploration efforts with a focus on East Africa, West Africa, and Libya. At Africa Oil Corp Dr. Martinez has directed exploration efforts in all of the Company's assets in East Africa. Dr. Martinez holds a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in applied earth sciences from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum geology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Martinez is based in Africa Oil's Calgary office and is responsible for all geological and geophysical activities of the Company.
Vice President External Relations
Before joining Africa Oil Alex Budden served as a Diplomat for the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office for 21 years. His international experience has seen him serve in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, the Balkans and North America. Throughout his career he has focused on international security, conflict, governance, human rights, energy and environment issues and specializes in government & security relations, complex stakeholder management and strategic communications work. From 2005-2008 he was based in East Africa advising the British Government on political, security, social and economic issues in the region. From 2008-2012 he represented the British Government in Canada on commercial, environmental and energy security issues with a focus on the hydrocarbon and renewables sectors.
Vice President Operations
Mr. Grellman has over 41 years of international experience in the oil industry, including 30 years with Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation. He has managed and headed up operations throughout Africa, the Middle East, Central America, as well as Asia during his highly successful career. Most recently he managed the drilling of two wells in Puntland (Somalia) for Horn Petroleum and is currently managing a two well exploration program for Africa Oil in Block 9, Kenya. Mr. Grellman has a BA, Geology and Economics, from Sydney University, Sydney, Australia.
President of Africa Oil Ethiopia B.V.
Mr. Dingley has 14 years of oil industry experience including 12 years with Talisman Energy Inc. where he served as Vice President, Middle East Operations as well as General Manager, Peru; Manager, Corporate Security & Surface Risk; and Manager, Government Affairs & Deputy General Manager, Sudan. Prior to entering the oil industry Mr. Dingley spent 4 years working in the mining industry in various locations through Africa and he also served in the British Military for 12 years. His education includes both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Law from Canterbury, UK and he has also completed an Executive MBA at Harvard Business School. Mr. Dingley was born and educated in Kenya.