Mr. Rigas is a founding shareholder of Energean Oil & Gas. He 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.
Dr. Steve Moore is an E&P technical professional with 28 years’ experience at Shell, Maersk Oil and Mubadala Petroleum. He joined Energean in 2014. Previously Senior Vice President Technical at Mubadala Petroleum, where he managed all technical functions of the company worldwide, including G&G, reservoir, drilling, facilities, projects, operations, HSE and technology.
Dr. Moore has held increasingly significant roles across New Business Development, and Technical, Asset and Company Management, expanding from company to global level. Dr. Moore has worked extensively in the FSU, in the Middle East and South East Asia, as well as in the UK North Sea.
Dr. Moore holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Vassilis Tsetoglou started his career in 1992 in electrical engineering and telecommunication systems, before managing electrical and mechanical projects at Eurotech Services.
In 2001 he started working in the oil & gas industry at Kavala Oil, progressing to Technical Services Superintendent before moving to focus on HSE Management in potentially high H2S environments in 2005.
Mr. Tsetoglou joined Energean as Group HSE Manager in 2015. He is certified as Head of Internal Inspections of ISO 9000/94 Quality Systems by the TÜV Greece. He is also a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and the Greek Association of Dipl. Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.
Mr. Tsetoglou holds a BEng and a MEng in Electrical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a MSc in Technologies in Environmental Legislation from Democritus University of Thrace.
David Donaldson joined Energean in 2016 as Drilling and Production Manager. As of 1/1/2018, he is the Manager of the Prinos Asset and he is the Managing Director of Kavala Oil, Energean's subsidiary.
Mr. Donaldson is a Petroleum engineer with drilling specialization and over 30 years of industry experience.
As Well Engineering manager at Petroceltic, Algeria, Mr. Donaldson was responsible for the drilling of 124 land wells, including the planning, programming, recruitment and delivery of 30 early wells and field infrastructure of tight gas, as well as the HSE management, Risk Analysis, QA/QC management and cost management.
Previously, he served as drilling engineer in senior positions for BG Group (including Vice President, Well Engineering Manager), Shell (Asset Divestment), Eni (Petroleum Engineering Coordinator), Petro-Canada (Snr Petroleum Engineer), BHP Biliton (Well Services Superintendent) and Halliburton (Senior Advisor Snubbing and HWO, Coiled Tubing Manager).
Mr. Donaldson holds a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from the Heriot-Watt University.
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.
Shaul Zemach is a leading Israeli Energy and Infrastructure expert, who joined Energean Israel when it was established.
Mr. Zemach served as Director General of the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources from 2009 to 2013 after acting as Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Following the discovery of significant Israeli Natural Gas volumes in 2011, Mr. Zemach was appointed as Chairman of an inter-ministerial committee to examine government policy on the natural gas industry by the Israeli Prime Minister and the Minister of Energy. The Committee’s final report was approved by the Cabinet inJune 2013.
Mr. Zemach has served on Boards of Directors for several leading Energy and Financial corporations in Israel and numerous government-owned companies, including Israel Electric Corporation. He served as Acting Chairman of Israel Airport Authority Council (2006).
Mr. Zemach holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the Hebrew University and a Masters in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Gontikas joined Energean in 2013 as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Kavala Oil. As of 1/1/2018, Mr. Gontikas is Energean's Managing Director for all activities in Greece.
With over 25 years of senior management experience in the private and public sectors, Mr. Gontikas has successfully handled union issues as well as volatile shareholder situations.
He has served as President and CEO of Panathinaikos FC and held various administrative positions in the highly competitive media and communication market including Greek Television SA , NOVA / Supersport Channels, MACEDONIA TV, ANTENNA TV, BBDO and Mondial Promotions.
Before starting his career in media, Mr. Gontikas worked for five years as a legal advisor. He is a licensed attorney, holding a Law degree from Athens University and an LLM from Duke University, NC, USA.
Antonis Nicolopoulos joined Energean in 2018.
He has worked in England for British Gas and in Greece, West & East Europe for KANTOR Management Consultants, acquiring a broad experience in the energy sector, including project management, energy planning and feasibility studies, master plans, privatization, as well as strategic & business planning.
In 2004, he joined Titan Cement leading many commercial, energy, restructuring, business development, institutional building & training projects for the seven Business Units of Southeast Europe & East Med, including the development of the Antea greenfield Cement Plant in Albania. From 2008 to 2010 he was General Manager of the Usje Cement Plant in FYROM. In 2011, he became Titan’s SEE & EM Director responsible for Alternative Fuels Development & creator and Chairman of GAEA, Titan’s SPV for the strategic & sustainable waste management, treatment and supply of alternative fuels.
Antonis holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, & a Masters in Management & Implementation of Development Projects from UMIST in the UK.
Mrs. Lila Karageorgi-Dermitzaki is a professional Geoscientist with 35 years of industry experience. During this time, she held managerial positions in Vegas Oil & Gas, ZhenHua Oil and their Joint Venture affiliates in Egypt. Prior to that, she worked for Enterprise Oil, U.S. Department of Energy-Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. and British Petroleum.
Mrs. Dermitzaki has experience in Exploration, Development, Operations and Reserves Evaluation, managing multi-discipline sub-surface teams. During her carrier, she has been extensively exposed in multi-cultural environments, having worked in private and governmental agencies from different nationalities world-wide.
Mrs. Dermitzaki has a Master’s in Geophysics from the University in California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Geology from the Aristotelian University of Salonica, Greece.
She joined Energean as Group New Business Development Manager in July 2017.