Robert is a member of the Governance and Nomination Committee.
Mr. Bentley has over 40 years of experience in international natural resource corporations at both the executive management and board level. He has a degree in Metallurgy from Brunel University. Mr. Bentley has had a specific focus in the upstream oil and gas industry in Africa having been instrumental in the formation of Energy Africa Ltd where he was CEO during the period 1996 through 2000. Prior to this, he held a number of senior positions in the Gencor Group. He is currently non-executive chairman of Faroe Petroleum plc, Scotgold Resources Ltd., and a non-executive director of Resaca Exploitation Inc., Kea Petroleum plc and SacOil Holdings Ltd.
John is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and the Governance and Nomination Committee.
Mr. Baluch is a past President of the Zurich based International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) (2003 to 2005) and continues to serve as its board member. Mr. Baluch was recently appointed as chairman of Togo-based cargo airline Africa West following the acquisition of a controlling interest in Africa West by Dubaiís Global Investments Limited. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Miami-based The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). He served on the Advisory Board of Dubai Logistics City, and the Marketing Committee for the Dubai Flower and Perishables Center. He is an accomplished author of numerous industry publications, books, and educational textbooks. Mr. Baluch is also well known for his support of philanthropic projects throughout Africa and Asia which include: a model farm in Ghana; children relief projects; and orphanages in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.
Issa is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Governance and Nomination Committee.
Mr. Barton has over 30 years of finance and accounting experience within the energy industry and has held senior financial executive positions for multinational corporations in both Canada and New Zealand. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer with Sanjel Corporation, Canadaís largest independently owned international oil and gas pumping services company. Before joining Sanjel, Mr. Barton was the former President, CEO and CFO of Artumas Group Limited (now Wentworth). Mr. Barton served three years as Vice President and General Manager, and as Vice President of Finance (Canadian Western Region), for Direct Energy Marketing Limited (owned by Centrica plc in the UK). He also worked three years with Albertaís largest transmission owner, AltaLink L.P., in the position of Vice President Business Development. Mr. Barton enjoyed 18 years with TransAlta Corporation, holding various management positions including Director of Financial Operations for their Transmission, Distribution and Retail business. Mr. Barton received his Bachelorís degree from the University of Lethbridge and is a Certified Member of the Society of Management Accountants of Alberta.
Cameron is a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Kelly is a 40+ year veteran of the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas industries. He held managerial positions responsible for the operation of both major offshore (Norway) and onshore oil and gas facilities (Nigeria and Indonesia). Prior to his retirement from ExxonMobil he was Managing Director of Ras Laffan LNG Company (RasGas) in the State of Qatar. In this role he oversaw the development of the company and the construction of the LNG plant, and the offshore gas production facilities to provide feedstock to the plant. This multi-billion US dollar project was started up ahead of schedule and on budget. Mr. Kelly also served as a Director of PT Arun LNG Company in Indonesia for three years during a six year assignment in Indonesia, which also saw him direct the production from the giant Arun gas field. Mr. Kelly is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada and has both BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering.
Neil is a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Schmitt holds a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. Mr. Schmitt has 34 years of diverse international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry with expertise in exploration, exploitation, operations and new ventures. A significant part of his career was spent managing and developing projects in Yemen, culminating in 5 years as Occidentalís President and General Manager in that country. He was President and CEO of Africa Oil Corp. from 2006 until 2009. In October 2009, Mr. Schmitt became President† & CEO of Black Marlin Energy with exploration projects in Seychelles, Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia. A public listing on the Toronto Venture Exchange was secured in March, 2010 and aggressive exploration programs implemented in all of those jurisdictions. The company was subsequently acquired by Afren PLC in October, 2010 and Mr. Schmitt was retained as CEO of Afren EAX. Mr. Schmitt left Afren EAX on January 31, 2011 and joined the Board of Wentworth Resources on March 17, 2011.