Lord Howard of Lympne, CH, QCChairmanLord Howard has been Chairman of Soma Oil and Gas since May 2013. He is the former leader of the Conservative Party in Britain, a distinguished lawyer, and served as a Member of Parliament in Britain for 27 years. He filled many government posts, including Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Employment and Secretary of State for the Environment, as well as Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Chancellor. After his retirement from the House of Commons at the 2010 General Election, Lord Howard was created a Life Peer. He was created a Companion of Honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 2011. Lord Howard was awarded the Altan Gadas (Order of the Polar Star) in January 2013, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a non-citizen of Mongolia. Lord Howard is Non-Executive Chairman of Entree Gold Inc, he sits on the Advisory Boards of Orca Exploration Inc and Tetronics Limited and is Senior Adviser to Cannacord Genuity Limited.
W. Richard AndersonChief Executive OfficerMr Anderson joined the Board of Soma Oil & Gas Holdings in December 2013. He has 32 years experience in oil and gas industry related finance and management. Mr Anderson is on the board of Eurasia Drilling Company, where he has been CFO since July 2008, and he is also chairman of the board of Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NASDAQ). He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Natural Resources, Inc. from 2002 until 2007. Mr Anderson is a Certified Public Accountant, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Colorado, Magna Cum Laude, and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Denver.
Basil ShiblaqExecutive Deputy ChairmanMr Shiblaq is the Executive Deputy Chairman and Founder of Soma Oil & Gas. He brings over 45 years of finance and investing experience focussing on oil and gas and natural resources. Mr Shiblaq is one of the founding investors in Ophir Energy plc, an oil and gas exploration company listed on the London Stock Exchange. He was also a founder of a number of private companies focussed on energy trading as well as oil and gas and mineral exploration. Previously, Mr Shiblaq has also held senior positions at Merrill Lynch, Kidder Peabody and Credit Suisse First Boston in the Middle East and in London.
Philip WolfeChief Financial OfficerMr Wolfe joined Soma Oil & Gas in September 2013. He has been a corporate finance adviser to oil & gas companies for over 23 years. He joins us from UBS Investment Bank where he was Head of Oil & Gas for Europe, Middle East & Africa. He was previously Global Head of Oil & Gas at HSBC, and also worked at Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch in London, New York and Singapore. Mr Wolfe has extensive experience in raising capital for oil & gas companies and cross border M&A. He has worked across many emerging markets and has recent experience in East Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Mr Wolfe graduated from the University of Bristol in 1990 and has a BSc (Hon) degree in Economics
Georgy DjaparidzeNon Executive DirectorMr Djaparidze joined the Board of Soma Oil & Gas Holdings in December 2013. He started his career as an attorney, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, finance, and international transactions in the oil and gas industry. Mr Djaparidze currently runs an private investment fund and practices law, as Of Counsel, in an international law firm based in the US and Moscow. Mr. Djaparidze was educated in Russia and the United States and currently resides in London.
Robert SheppardNon Executive DirectorMr Sheppard joined Soma Oil & Gas in August 2013. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Blackrock Emerging Europe Trust since 2010 and is a Director of DTEK Holding BV, the largest private energy company in the Ukraine. Bob is also a senior adviser to BP on Russia and the FSU. He served on the Board of TNK-BP until 2008 and was President of Sidanco prior to the merger that created TNK-BP. In his 40 plus years in the energy business, Mr. Sheppard has been the President of Amocos operations in Argentina and Egypt as well as Managing Director of GUPCO (Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company) and was Amocos Vice President for the UK North Sea in the late 80s. Mr. Sheppard graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1972 and has a Bachelors degree in Physics and Mathematics. He graduated from the Columbia University Business School in 1991 with an Executive MBA degree.
The Earl of ClanwilliamNon Executive DirectorLord Clanwilliam joined the Board of Soma Oil & Gas Holdings in December 2013. He has a background in natural resources and international relations. Lord Clanwilliam has been Chairman of Eurasia Drilling Company since October 2007. He is a director of NMC Healthcare plc and sits on the Advisory Board of Oracle Capital and Milio International.
Mohamad AjamiNon Executive DirectorMr Ajami joined the Board of Soma Oil & Gas Holdings in December 2013. He has over 35 years experience in the oil and gas, petrochemicals and mineral resources sectors. Mr Ajami is a founder of the Levant Group a firm focussed on investments in oil and gas, mineral and recyclable energy mainly in Africa, Russia and the CIS. He was previously at Morrison Knudsen Corporation, a civil engineering and construction company (now part of URS Corporation).