Chairman of the Board
Mr. Craig is the Chairman of the Board and has been since 2016. He is also Counsel to Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. He was a practicing lawyer and partner of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP until 2016 in the area of securities law with a focus on capital raising and mergers and acquisitions in the resource sector. Mr. Craig has also been involved in the negotiation of mining and oil and gas agreements in a variety of countries. Mr. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and has served on the boards of several companies with assets located throughout Africa.
Keith C. Hill
President, CEO, Director
Mr. Hill has been the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer since 2009. He was the former Chairman of the Board from 2009 until 2016. Mr. Hill is also the Chairman of ShaMaran Petroleum Corp., an oil development and exploration company. He has over 35 years' experience in the oil industry including over 20 years with the Lundin Group as well as international new venture management and senior exploration positions at Occidental Petroleum and Shell Oil Company. Mr. Hill is a former director of BlackPearl Resources Inc., 3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd. (formerly, Petro Vista Energy Corp.), and Tyner Resources Ltd. He is also the former President and Chief Executive Officer of BlackPearl Resources Ltd., Valkyries Petroleum Corp. and ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. 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.
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.
Mr. Guidry has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gran Tierra Energy Inc., a company focused on oil and gas exploration and production in Colombia, since 2015. Mr. Guidry is a former Chief Executive Officer of Caracal Energy Inc. from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Guidry has also served as President and CEO of Orion Oil & Gas Corp., Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd., and Calpine Natural Gas Trust. He is a former director of Zodiac Exploration Corp., and TransGlobe Energy Corp. Mr. Guidry has directed exploration and production operations in Yemen, Syria and Egypt and has worked for oil and gas companies around the world in the U.S., Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina and Oman. Mr. Guidry is an Alberta-registered professional engineer (P. Eng.) and holds a B.Sc. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
Mr. Bartlett has been an Oil and Gas Advisor with Helios Investment Partners since 2011. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas Industry. Mr. Bartlett was both the Global Head of Oil and Gas Project Finance and Global Head of Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions at Standard Chartered Bank until July 2011. In the period 1998 to 2001, prior to going into investment banking, he helped to establish Shell Capital, a private equity/mezzanine debt group set up by Royal Dutch Shell to finance small producers in emerging markets. Prior to joining Shell Capital, 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. His postings included the North Sea, Netherlands, Somalia, New Zealand and Syria.
Ms. Wood has almost 20 years' experience as an energy lawyer. Most recently she was a Partner and Head of Oil & Gas for EMEA at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and remains a Senior Consultant for the Firm. Previously she was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP from 2011 to 2015. Ms. Wood qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 2001 at the US firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP. She was included as an expert in Energy and Natural Resources in the 2018 "Expert Guide" series, and the 2018 Women in Business Law series. She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Gulfkeystone Petroleum Company Limited, an LSE listed E&P company focused on Kurdistan, and as an independent Director of Valeura, a TSX listed company in Turkey. Ms Wood is a member of the Advisory Board to the City of London Geological Forum.
Ms. Johnston serves as Managing Director of Lundin Foundation, a Canadian not-for profit organization that develops market-based programs to maximize benefits to communities surrounding resource operations. In her role as Managing Director, she advises on Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) issues to reduce non-technical risks of resource development projects, and engages with stakeholders on ESG issues, including host governments and local communities. Ms. Johnston brings over 15 years of experience in the private sector leading capacity building and resource governance projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa. She was the former Director of Training Investment responsible for British Columbia's annual investment in education and skills training. Ms. Johnston has a Masters of Arts in International Leadership from Simon Fraser University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the UBC Sauder School of Business.