Cheiron’s success is primarily driven by its entrepreneurial and growth oriented management. Our team of local and foreign industry veterans, who bring years of oil & gas experience to the table, have helped grow the Company into Egypt’s largest independent E&P company.
As part of the company’s strive to continuously acquire and retain the best talent, Cheiron has recently undergone a change in management, bringing on board Chief Executive Officers (currently, Mr David Thomas) with decades of international experience who can steer the company toward realizing its strategic goals. Additionally, the company has also formed the Executive Committee (EXCOM) that works to ensure our competitive advantage over our local and regional peers is maintained, and who can identify our next generation of leaders and prepare them to drive the Company down its long-term sustainable growth path.
Executive Committee Members
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Thomas is a seasoned oil and gas industry professional with over 35 years of experience in the sector. He started his career as a petroleum engineer with Conoco, working in the UK and Dubai before moving into reservoir engineering and asset management positions. Subsequently, he joined Lasmo where he became the Group GM Operations and, following the company’s acquisition, held three regional Vice President roles with Eni managing the North Sea, Russia/Asia/Australia and West Africa asset portfolios. Subsequently, David has served on the Board of various public companies including as the President and COO of Centurion Energy, CEO of Melrose Resources and COO of Petroceltic International. He is currently acting as a Non-Executive Director on the Gulf Keystone Board. He has a BSc in Mining Engineering from Nottingham University and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College.
With over 28 years of experience, Mr. Mostafa is the leading authority on Egyptian joint ventures. He has extensive experience with PSC’s and JV’s and an excellent relationship with EGPC. Mohamed graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Cairo University. He started his career as an Accountant in Suez Oil Company (SUCO) in 1989 and held several accounting positions in the area of materials accounting and fixed assets disciplines, before leaving his Senior Accountant position at SUCO in 1995. He joined PICO International Petroleum in 1996 as Accounting Manager. Since August 2003, he has been the company’s Finance Manager. He is responsible for all finance disciplines, including accounting, budget, taxation, as well as dealing with different partners and EGPC. Since April 2005, he has also been a Board Member of South Ramadan Marine Committee and then of SROCO, a Joint Venture with GPC and EGPC, where he follows up the operations of the South Ramadan Marine field.
With 32 years in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Knott has developed strong technical and commercial competencies across a range of upstream and downstream disciplines, including exploration, field development, new ventures, project management, and gas storage. Iain has experience in both large and small operating companies with a wide geographical reach including basins and projects in Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, and South America. He spent most of his career working at various firms in the UK, including BG Group, Burlington Resources, Elixir Petroleum, and most recently, Berkshire Land & Energy, in various roles, from Senior Geologist to New Ventures and Geo-science Manager to Exploration Manager. During his time at Burlington and Elixir, he gained considerable expertise in techno-economic assessment of unconventional resources.
Dr. Noha Mansour
Support Services Manager
Dr. Noha Mansour
With over 20 years of human resource, organizational development and administration experience, Dr. Noha started her career in the public sector where she spent 14 years in four different Ministries in Egypt, before joining the private sector in 2011. In the private sector she was exposed to different industries including oil and gas, services, trading, and investments. During her time as the Manager of Human Resources for Cheiron, she was responsible for developing and implementing training & development, performance management, employee retention, benefits management and employee relations polices and strategies. In her current role as Support Services Manager, Dr. Noha is also supervising the IT, administration and medical departments. Dr. Noha substantiated her working experience with a successful academic career. She earned her Master’s degree in 2002 and followed that with a Doctorate in Business Administration in 2011.
Commercial & Legal Manager (acting)
Amina Taha is Cheiron’s Commercial and Legal Manager (acting), a position she took on in July 2018. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Commercial and Legal Manager at Cheiron. Amina has 16 years of experience in the field of economic research and policy-making having previously worked as Senior Economist at the Ministry of Trade and Industry and held positions at El Ezz Group, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies. Amina has a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo and earned a dual Master’s Degree in Economics and Public Policy and Administration from the American University in Cairo in 2009.
James is Cheiron’s HSE Advisor, responsible for the design and implementation of the Company-wide HSE and sustainability management framework. He has 27 years of development and operational experience. Prior to joining Cheiron, he was Group Environmental Engineering Manager for BG Group overseeing environmental performance across 25 countries. As a consultant, James has also helped BP, Shell, Centrica and the UK’s National Grid deliver developments globally. Outside the oil and gas industry, he was on the senior management team for one of Europe’s largest multidiscipline engineering and environmental consultancies and advisor to Intel Corporation’s European manufacturing hub. He has a BSc in Chemistry, Resources and the Environment from York University and a MSc in Environmental Technology with Energy Policy from Imperial College London.
Deputy Finance Manager and Head of Treasury
Hassan Sayed has been the Deputy Finance Manager since November 2013, and has more recently taken on the role of Head of Treasury in June 2017. As part of his roles, Hassan is responsible for all finance disciplines, including accounting, budget, taxation, as well as dealing with Cheiron’s partners, EGPC, and several financial institutions. During his time at Cheiron, he has worked on transactions, acquisitions and divesture activities, and gained experience negotiating with banks and investors. Hassan graduated from Helwan University’s Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration in 2004 majoring in Accounting. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).
Cheiron JV General Managers
General Manager and Managing Director for Amapetco and Petroweb
Shamrendra Singh is the General Manager and Managing Director of Cheiron’s Joint Operating companies Amapetco and Petroweb. Shamrendra has 20 years of experience in the oil & gas upstream business spanning time spent in India, North Sea and Egypt. He started his career as a Petroleum Engineer with Enron and then, following Enron’s acquisition by BG, the BG Group where he held various technical positions initially in India and then in the UK and Norway covering a range of E&P activities including working on offshore installations. Subsequently, he moved on to take several leadership positions in BG Group, first as Subsurface Manager for various assets in the Central and Southern North Sea areas, then as a Technical General Manager for BG Egypt, after which he moved on to become Vice President for Developments at BG India. Before joining Cheiron, he was Asset Manager for Elgin hub and J Area assets in the North Sea for BG UK Upstream and took an active leadership role in developing a new target operating model implemented during the Shell / BG integration process. Shamrendra graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Petroleum Engineering (Gold Medalist) from the Indian School of Mines Dhanbad in 1999.
General Manager and Managing Director for Gempetco and Zafco
Ihab Girgis is the General Manager and Managing Director for Gempetco and Zafco Joint Operating companies. Ihab also sits in the Board of Amapetco and Petroweb, two more of Cheiron’s Joint Operating companies. He is a seasoned oil and gas industry professional with extensive experience across the service, strategy consulting, and operating sectors of the industry. Prior to joining Cheiron, Ihab held several technical and operational leadership roles with BG Group and later Shell. Ihab started his career as a wireline field engineer with Schlumberger, and throughout the years has also worked on CEO/Board strategic projects for IOC’s and NOC’s across the globe. Ihab has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College.
General Manager and Managing Director for Petrogulf Misr and SROCO
Mr. Abdelkarim is the General Manager and Managing Director of Cheiron’s Joint Operating companies Petrogulf Misr, a position he took on in September 2016, and SROCO. Prior to this, Hamed was the General Manager and Managing Director of Gempetco, another of Cheiron’s JV companies. He joined Cheiron in early 2006 as Exploration Manager. Hamed started his career in the oil and gas industry in 1980 working as a Well-site Geologist and later as a Senior Geologist for GUPCO before moving on to work as Senior Sales Representative for Numar UK Ltd. Before joining Cheiron, he spent eight years at Halliburton Egypt, holding various position and ending his service with the company as Senior Account Manager. Hamed graduated with a BSc in Geology from Cairo University in 1979.
General Manager and Managing Director for Norpetco
Ashraf Gad has been the General Manager and Managing Director of Cheiron’s Joint Operating Company Norpetco since 2017. Ashraf joined Cheiron in 2010, working first as the Deputy Field Manager and later as the Deputy General Manager for Petrogulf Misr, one of Cheiron’s Joint Operating Companies. Mr. Gad began his oil and gas industry career first working as a Drilling Fluids Engineer for Admasco and later holding several positions from Senior Production Engineer to Offshore and Onshore Production Department Manager with ESSO. Before joining Cheiron, Ashraf spent 7 years as Assistant General Manager for the Petroleum Engineer Department at East Zeit Petroleum Company. Ashraf earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Cairo University in 1985 which he then complemented with a post-graduate diploma in enhanced oil recovery from Cairo University in 1990.