Energean Israel BoD
Roy Franklin has a 45-year experience in the oil & gas industry, and he is a geologist by training. He is Deputy Chair of the Board of Statoil and Board member of Santos and Amec Foster Wheeler. He is also a member of the Executive Board of Kerogen and Chairman of various portfolio companies.
He was a member of the Supervisory Board of OMV and a Chairman of Keller Group. He has served as Managing Director of Clyde Petroleum and as CEO of Paladin Resources. He has also spent 18 years in various exploration and management positions with BP, before leaving to join Cycle Petroleum Plc in 1991.
Roy Franklin has been awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to the oil & gas industry.
Mr. Rigas is a founding shareholder of Energean Oil & Gas and has been Chairman and CEO of the Group since 2007. Mr. Rigas is a Petroleum Engineer with a combination of oil & gas and investment banking experience.
Prior to setting up Energean Oil & Gas, Mr. Rigas spent 18 years in investment banking and has experience in Private Equity investments in oil & gas, project finance and shipping. Between 2001 and 2007 Mr. Rigas set up, and became the Managing Partner of, Capital Connect Venture Partners, a Greek investment fund. From 1999 until 2001, Mr. Rigas managed Piraeus Bank’s Shipping Investment Banking division.
As Vice President of Shipping, Energy & Project Finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in London (1993-1999), Mr. Rigas arranged financing in excess of US$5 billion, mainly in the oil & gas sector.
He holds a Degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc / DIC Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College.
Mr. Benos has extensive experience of working on international projects in the oil & gas sector, both in banking and industry, with a long track record of upstream financings in emerging markets.
He joined Energean from Standard Chartered Bank, where he worked as a Director in their London Oil & Gas team to deliver a number of significant projects and acquisitions in Africa, Asia and Middle East.
Mr. Benos previously worked for ConocoPhillips, where he held positions in European Treasury, North Sea Economics and International Downstream, with a focus on the North Sea, Central Europe and Middle East business. Mr. Benos began his career with Royal Bank of Scotland.
He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and holds an MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from Cass Business School.
Mr. Topouzoglou is an entrepreneur with more than 35 years’ experience in founding and growing companies in the energy transportation sector.
He is a founding partner of Energean Oil & Gas. He is also the principal shareholder and founder of Prime and serves as Chief Executive Officer since 1999, a predecessor of PRIME Tanker & PRIME Gas, a worldwide leading international product tanker and gas carrier management company with a fleet of 38 modern product tankers, LPG and Ammonia carriers.
Mr. Topouzoglou has also invested and founded Prime Energy, a company engaged in the renewable energy business in developments of solar parks.
He holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Athens, Greece.
Michelle joined Energean in April 2017 and is responsible for all legal and company secretarial matters. Prior to joining Energean, Michelle worked on exploration and development projects in the Falkland Islands, Morocco and Egypt. She had previously been Legal Manager at Sterling Energy plc, where she was involved in oil and gas transactions and activities internationally, including in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, West Africa and Madagascar. She has also worked for the OMV Group, the BG Group and Schlumberger
Michelle graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Law and began her career as a solicitor with Titmuss, Sainer & Webb (now Decherts). In previous roles she has been based in London, Aberdeen and Paris.
Mr. Patel is the director of the Investments Team at Kerogen. He has joined Kerogen in 2011.
Prior to Kerogen, Mr. Patel worked in J.P. Morgan Cazenove corporate finance team in London and at EnQuest.
Mr. Tao is the Managing Director of the Investments Team at Kerogen.
He joined Kerogen in 2011 and he is also board member of various portfolio companies.
Prior to Kerogen, Mr. Tao worked in J.P. Morgan’s energy and natural resources coverage group in Asia and Australia.