Board of Directors
Mr. Julien Balkany, a French citizen, has served as a Managing Partner and Chief Investment officer of Nanes Balkany Partners LLC, a NY- based activist fund that pursues primarily investments in the oil and gas sector, since January 2008. Previously, Mr. Balkany served as a Director and Vice-Chairman of Toreador Resources Corp. from January 2009 through March 2011, and served as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Stellar Energy Ltd. a London-based investment boutique dedicated to the oil and gas industry beginning in April 2010. Mr. Balkany previously served as Managing Director and Foreign Associate at Nanes Delorme Capital Management LLC, a New York-based broker-dealer firm, from March 2005 through 2012. Mr. Balkany worked at Pierson Capital LLC, a U.S. private investment firm focused primarily on emerging markets, from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Balkany gained significant expertise in the Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets Group of Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. Mr. Balkany studied Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies (France) and Finance at UC Berkeley.
Mr. Robert McBean is a long time Calgarian currently residing in Dubai, UAE. Mr. McBean has over forty (40) years’ experience in the petroleum and natural gas industry. He is an accomplished energy project developer and has significant experience both as a private and public company senior executive and director. Mr. McBean is currently the Executive Chairman of Wentworth Resources Limited, a Calgary-based oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in East Africa and dually listed on London AIM and Oslo Bourse. He is the former Managing Director and developer of Qatar Fuel Additives Company Limited (QAFAC) a world scale methanol and MTBE facility in Qatar. Prior to QAFAC, he was the Managing Director and developer of the Dubai Natural Gas Company (DUGAS) an associated gas processing facility in Dubai, UAE. He has also served as the Non Executive Chairman of Black Marlin Energy Holdings Limited and was the co-founder and a director of Scarboro Resources Limited; both were publicly listed on the TSX. During his distinguished international career, he has worked and lived in Calgary, London, Doha and Dubai.