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Adel Chaouch

Adel Chaouch President, CEO and Director

Dr. Adel Chaouch previously headed Marathon Oil Company’s interests in the MENA region. He presided over Marathon Oil Kurdistan, a business that he has been overseeing since 2011, and in that capacity was ShaMaran’s partner in the Atrush block. He was the chairman of the consortium of private owners for the Waha operating company in Libya until early 2018. Dr. Chaouch was instrumental in establishing the mega gas hub in Equatorial Guinea and also directed the opportunity team that successfully re-entered Gabon through operated and non-operated interests in deep water exploration off the Gulf of Guinea. Dr. Chaouch was previously the director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Marathon’s worldwide activities and Sustainable Growth Manager for Marathon Central Africa Operations based in Equatorial Guinea.

Dr. Chaouch has a Ph.D. in Engineering, with a focus on Oil & Gas offshore geo-hazards, and gas hydrates from Texas A&M University and a Master of Engineering with a focus on deepwater structures from Texas A&M University, which he earned simultaneously with his Engineering degree at the E.S.T.P. in Paris, France. He is a board director of the Bi-lateral chamber of Commerce, and director of the board of Ophir Energy.

Brenden Johnstone

Brenden Johnstone Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Johnstone is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, where he obtained bachelor degrees in both commerce and arts. Mr. Johnstone has a broad range of experience in the oil and gas industry. Most recently Mr. Johnstone held the position of CFO of Avante Petroleum SA, an international upstream oil and gas company with offices in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to moving to Geneva, Mr. Johnstone was employed in the audit and assurance departments of Deloitte & Touche in their Dublin, Ireland and Saskatoon, Canada offices.

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