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Directors & Management

Board of Directors

Roger Kennedy

Executive Chairman

Dr Kennedy has worked within the natural resources industry for over 30 years developing and executing company and project strategies, in addition to his roles as an investment manager and as a senior advisor.  Currently he is Director of KCP Private Limited, a family office focused on investments in natural resources, infrastructure, technology, consumer finance and power.  In 2012, he co-founded QKR Corporation Limited, a diversified mining investment company backed by sovereign funds, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals and served as a director until 2014.

Prior to 2012, Dr Kennedy was Managing Director and Head of the Energy & Natural Resources Group, Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited, where he managed a large Asia Pacific based team focused on Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining, Power and Chemicals. From 1994 to 2000 Mr Kennedy was Head of the Latin American Industrials Group (Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining, Utilities, Infrastructure and Construction) and member of the M&A, Debt Capital Markets, Telecom and Natural Resources Investment Banking teams at Salomon Brothers Inc. Dr Kennedy has graduated from Oxford University with a D.Phil./PhD in Economics and Politics, holds a Juris Doctorate from New York University and is a member of the New York Bar Association. 

Ahmet Dik

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Dik has worked for both GDC and VOG since 2014 and was instrumental in expanding the Company's sales base.  He joined the Board in 2015 and assumed the position of CEO in 2016.  Previously he has been invloved in the structuring and delivery of a wide range of oil and gas, minerals, resources and infrastructure projects worldwide.  He was part of the senior management team at Dominion Petroleum Ltd, an AIM-listed company, in 2007, working on the acquisition of its East African assets. Dominion was subsequently sold to Ophir Energy Plc. Primarily his work has been with major corporates, governments and sovereign wealth funds focused on Africa and the Middle East. As an originator of large scale projects, Ahmet has been involved in setting up corporate structures, raising funds at all levels and listing of companies on a number of stock exchanges.

Andrew Diamond

Finance Director

Mr Diamond joined the Board as Financial Director in 2016 having previously held the position of the Group’s Financial Controller.  Prior to joining the company he has held senior finance positions in a number of listed and private companies including: as Financial Controller for Gabriel Resources Limited, a TSX listed resource company, Head of Group Reporting for Subsea 7 S.A. (formerly Acergy MS), a subsea service provider to the oil and gas industry listed on the NASDAQ and Oslo Børs, and Financial Controller for Barloworld Holdings plc, a distributor for leading global brands, providing integrated rental, fleet management, product support and logistics solutions. Mr Diamond qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in South Africa.

John Knight

Non-Executive Director

John Knight has worked in the global Oil & Gas industry over the past 35 years.  From 2002 to 2018, Mr Knight held various leadership roles and board positions at Equinor (formerly known as Statoil ASA), the Norwegian-based developing oil, gas, wind and solar energy company with projects in more than 30 countries worldwide.   Since his departure from Equinor, Mr Knight has been a Senior Partner at HitecVision, one of world’s largest oil and gas private equity funds.   Mr. Knight began his career in commercial law and investment banking at various large institutions, including Shell International Petroleum, Chase Manhattan Bank, UBS and Salomon Brothers Inc. He holds a MA in Law from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and was a Barrister called at Middle Temple.

John Daniel

Non-Executive Director

John Daniel has 35 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas sector, including roles within operations, exploration management and business development. In November 2017, Mr. Daniel founded JD Oil and Gas Consultancy Limited, an independent oil and gas consultancy, specialising in technical and commercial due diligence for upstream oil and gas transactions. Prior to this, between 2011 and 2017, Mr Daniel was Technical Director at Kerogen Capital (UK) Limited, a Private Equity fund specialising in upstream oil and gas investments. In addition, Mr. Daniel held senior positions in exploration at Conoco, Lasmo and Ranger Oil, and in business development at Marathon Oil Company, MND Exploration and Production Limited and Sasol Petroleum International.  Mr. Daniel has a MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College, London and a BSc in Geology from Sheffield University. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a member of the PESGB.