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Directors & Management

Board of Directors

Kevin Foo

Executive Chairman

Kevin has had a 40-year career in the resources industry. He has worked in five continents and has been responsible for developing mines in remote locations. He was the founder of Victoria Oil & Gas Plc in 2004 and was responsible for the acquisition of the Logbaba project in Cameroon. He has held CEO and Chairman positions in several AIM-listed companies including Celtic Resources Holdings Plc, Eureka Mining Plc, Bramlin Limited and Bakyrchik Gold Plc. From the end of September 2013, Kevin has assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the Company.

Ahmet Dik

Chief Executive Officer

Ahmet has worked for GDC on a consultancy basis for the last two years, and he has recently accepted the position of CEO on the GDC Board. He has worked on the structuring and delivery of a wide range of oil and gas, minerals, resources and infrastructure projects and 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

Andrew was appointed in June 2016 having been the Group’s Financial Controller since September 2015.  He previously served as Financial Controller for Gabriel Resources Limited, a TSX listed resource company, from 2011 to 2015. Prior to 2011, Andrew served as 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. Andrew qualified as a Charted Accountant at Deloitte in South Africa.

John Bryant

Non-Executive Director

Mr Bryant has broad commercial and financial experience in developing and managing new businesses gained over 40 years’ experience in the oil, gas and energy services, both in the US and the UK. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Weatherly International plc, the Senior Independent Director of IGas Energy plc and a Non-Executive Director of China Africa Resources plc, all AIM listed companies. His current directorships also include other private companies. Mr Bryant has held a number of senior executive positions in companies involved in power generation and distribution, gas distribution, renewable energy and oil and gas services. These have included operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Mr Bryant holds an MSc in Economics from Reading University and graduated in Economics with a BA from Nottingham University, and is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Iain Patrick

Non-Executive Director

Mr Patrick has over 30 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry.  After graduating with an LL.M in 1980, Iain worked as an oil industry lawyer before joining Monument Oil and Gas plc in 1988 where he held the position of Commercial Director until the sale of the company in 1999.  Iain then co-founded PWX Limited, a consultancy providing business development support to a number of oil and gas companies.  In 2006, Iain was appointed as Director of Commercial & Legal Affairs of Gulf Keystone Petroleum (UK) Limited, before joining Edgo Energy Limited as the Commercial Director in 2008.  Iain is currently CEO of the oil and gas consultancy, Trinity Energy Limited, and serves as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Madagascar Oil Limited.

Roger Kennedy

Non-Exec Director

Roger joined the Board of Directors in July 2016.  Roger is currently Chairman of KCP Limited, a family office investing in public and private equity, having previously served as Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2007. In 2012, Roger 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.   Over the same period, he served as a director and Head of Business Development for Star Petroleum Limited, an upstream E&P company with oil licenses in Libya, South Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Nigeria and the Caspian Sea.  Prior to 2012, Roger was Managing Director and Head of the Energy & Natural Resources Group, Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited, where he rebuilt and managed a large Asia Pacific based team focused on Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining, Power and Chemicals. From 1994 to 2000 Roger 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.  Roger 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.