Board of Directors

John Craven, Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Craven has been Non-Executive Chairman of the Board since September 2011 and has over 35 years of experience in technical, commercial, financial and leadership roles at major international upstream oil companies and junior independents. Mr. Craven is currently CEO of Discover Exploration and his career has been noted for a series of successful new venture negotiations, the exploration of which led to major discoveries in Mozambique, Algeria, Colombia, offshore Ghana and Indonesia. Along with his co-directors, he led Ardmore Petroleum, Dana Petroleum, Petroceltic International and recently Cove Energy through the acquisition of major upstream assets and key exploration and developmental milestones. During this time Mr. Craven has been actively involved in corporate finance and was responsible for raising initial capital through private sources and floating Petroceltic International on the Irish Stock Exchange and Cove Energy on AIM. Mr. Craven holds an MSc in Petroleum Geology from the Royal School of Mines in London and an MBA from Queen’s University in Belfast.

Philip O'Quigley, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Mr. O’Quigley has been a member of the Board since September 2012 and has been Chief Executive Officer of Falcon since May 2012. Mr. O’Quigley brings 20 years’ experience in senior management positions in the oil and gas industry. His career, which spans a number of London and Dublin listed exploration and production companies, includes experience working in countries such as Argentina, the United States, Algeria, the UK and Ireland. Most recently, he served as Finance Director for Providence Resources, an Irish oil and gas exploration and production company and he remains on the board of Providence Resources as a non-executive director. Mr. O’Quigley is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in Dublin.

Dr. György Szabó, Executive Director

Dr. Szabó has been a Director of Falcon since 2006. Dr. Szabó is also Co-Managing Director of Falcon’s wholly-owned subsidiary TXM. He has also previously served as Consultant and Mining Bureau Registered Technical Responsible Person for TXM. Dr. Szabó is a widely recognised authority in the Hungarian and international petroleum industry. In addition to being a university professor, Dr. Szabó has overseen the design and implementation of the deepest HP-HT well ever drilled in Hungary. In 1991 he was in charge of successful fire control and well abandonment operations by Hungarian teams in Kuwait. He was instrumental in the privatisation and the strategy related to the capitalisation and structure of Hungary’s former national oil company (presently MOL Group), as well as the landmark listing of the company on domestic and international securities exchanges in 1995. Dr. Szabó graduated from Miskolc University and received a degree in petroleum engineering in 1963. He received his Ph.D. in 1975.

Daryl H Gilbert, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Gilbert has been a member of the Board since September 2007 and is a Professional Petroleum Engineer with over 35 years experience in both the Canadian and international oil and gas industries. Mr. Gilbert serves as a director of several energy related public entities in addition to Falcon including AltaGas Ltd. and Penn West Petroleum Ltd. He is also currently a Managing Director of JOG Capital Inc. a private equity oil and gas investment firm located in Calgary Alberta. The greater part of Mr. Gilbert’s career was spent in the independent energy evaluation consulting sector. In 1979, he joined the predecessor oil and gas engineering and geological firm which became Gilbert Laustsen Jung Associates Ltd. (GLJ) where he served as a Principal Officer beginning in 1988 and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1994 through to his retirement from consulting in 2005. Mr. Gilbert has a BSc from the University of Manitoba in Civil Engineering and is a member of the Association of Petroleum Engineers, and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers. 

JoAchim Conrad, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Conrad has served as a non-executive Director of Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd since 2008. Mr. Conrad was appointed as Executive Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of Bosphorus Gaz Corporation in 2012. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Management of Gazprom Germania GmbH, which owns the 71% percent majority stake of Bosphorus Gaz. Previously, Mr. Conrad was the Managing Director of Berlin-based Gazprom Marketing & Trading GmbH.

Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Conrad worked with Swiss-based EGL AG, which was later integrated into Axpo AG. While at EGL, Mr. Conrad was Head of Gas, but also in charge of power and gas operations in Eastern Europe, as well as a member of EGL’s Executive Management. Besides expanding EGL’s gas and power operations in eastern Europe, Mr. Conrad also played a key role in developing and starting to implement plans to launch the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (“TAP”) project that he originally masterminded. TAP later attracted Statoil of Norway and eventually other industry giants such as BP, Total, E.ON, SOCAR and Fluxys among its shareholders, as Azerbaijan in 2013 selected it as the pipeline project of choice for its new gas exports to Europe.

Prior to joining EGL, Mr. Conrad worked as Head of Trading at Wingas, in Germany. From 1996 to 2000 he was Head of Purchases/Sales for Wintershall, BASF's gas division, in Zug, Switzerland. In 1994 and 1996 Mr. Conrad worked as Project Manager at Gazexport in Moscow, as part of Wintershall's joint projects with Russia's Gazprom. Between 1991 and 1995, Mr. Conrad was Manager of Natural gas Purchase East at Wintershall, Germany. Mr. Conrad is a Certified Business Economist.

Gregory Smith, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Smith has been a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee since December 2009 and is a Chartered Accountant and President of Oakridge Financial Management Inc., a provider of financial and management consulting services to private and public companies. He is also the CFO and a director of Maglin Site Furniture Inc., a corporation that manufacturers and distributes public site furniture primarily in Canada and the United States. He is currently a director and chairman of the audit committee of Kerr Mines Inc. and a director of a number of private corporations. He is a past director and audit committee chairman of a number of public and private resource corporations, including director and chairman of the audit committees of TriWestern Energy Inc., Manson Creek Resources Ltd., CDG Investments Inc. and Tyler Resources Inc. Mr. Smith was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1975 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Igor Akhmerov, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Akhmerov has been a member of the Board since December 2010. He was also on the Board from September 2007 until May 2008. Mr. Akhmerov graduated from the Moscow Institute of Management in 1989, Wharton Business School in 1995, and Lauder Institute of Business and International Relations, also in 1995. From 1995 through 2003 Mr. Akhmerov worked at Bain & Company as consultant, Sputnik Group as partner and TNK as First Vice President. From 2004 until 2006 he served as CFO of Renova Group. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Avelar Energy Group since 2007.

David Harris, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Harris has been a member of the Board since September 2012. Since 2010 Mr. Harris has operated as the sole proprietor of DGH International GeoConsulting (“DGH”). DGH has been involved in a wide variety of projects, ranging from brief opinion letters on investment opportunities to the assessment of the unconventional potential of various countries, to detailed technical assessments of farm-in opportunities and acquisitions. These have been done for Investment Banks, Energy Research Firms, private equity firms, boards of directors and management teams. Prior to this, Mr. Harris spent 22 years at GLJ Petroleum Consultants, where he held the roles of Senior Vice President, Senior Partner and director of the firm. His responsibility was oversight of the GeoSciences Group, which included 13 geologists, geophysicists and support staff. Mr. Harris holds a B.Sc. in Geology (with Honours) from University of Calgary (1981).

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