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Leading with Vision and Integrity

Roger Tucker

President, CEO & Director

Dr. Tucker brings a wealth of experience having been a senior executive in the Energy sector across the globe for over three decades. He has held positions in companies ranging in scope and scale from Multinational Majors, listed independents, new emerging market players and private equity funded entities. Most recently he has been involved in Private Equity investing in the energy space. He has directly managed very significant development projects including one of the world's largest field redevelopment projects located in Venezuela. He also served as Senior Vice President Europe for BG Group, where he was directly responsible for budget, operational and financial performance of BG's European business that accounted for 150,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day production and a significant portion of the group's revenues and had an annual budget of USD 2 billion. During his time at BG, Dr. Tucker also sat on the Regional Executive and Regional Investment Committee for Americas and Europe and Central Asia covering Brazilian, Americas and Kazakhstan operations. He holds a PhD in Sedimentology & Geochemistry and a BSc in Geology both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Pascal Nicodeme

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Nicodeme has over 17 years' experience in the oil and gas industry and banking. He began his career as a field geophysicist for Total. Mr. Nicodeme joined Perenco in 2002, where he ran the group cost and management control and subsequently became group finance manager, then deputy general manager of the UK branch. Mr. Nicodeme then joined the banking industry and held management positions in the Reserve Based Lending and Project Finance and Advisory teams of several banking institutions, including Natixis, Credit Agricole CIB and Standard Chartered Bank. Mr. Nicodeme joined NewAge in 2015 and was appointed interim CEO in 2019. Mr. Nicodeme holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique, a MSc from the French Institute of Petroleum and a MBA from INSEAD.

Joanna Kay

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Ms. Kay is a senior lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry across a wide range of international jurisdictions. She joined the company from BW Energy where she was VP, Associate General Counsel and Company Secretary. She has considerable experience both in private practice with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Andrews Kurth and Ashurst and as a lawyer with Tullow Oil plc. Her background includes advising on all aspects of the hydrocarbons industry and she has worked across Africa, South America, Europe and the Middle East with a particular focus on transactions and M&A, joint ventures, financing, commercial and contract law. Ms. Kay holds an MA in History from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales.

Oliver Quinn

Chief Commercial Officer

Dr. Quinn brings 20 years’ experience in the energy industry across technical, commercial and executive leadership roles. He began his career as a geologist for Shell before moving to the independent sector in a variety of PE startup, mid-size and large E&P companies. Dr. Quinn has worked extensively across Americas, Asia and EMEA business development and asset leadership, building and managing significant exploration, development and production portfolios. Most recently he was a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Kosmos Energy focused on strategy and M&A. Prior to that he was a member of the Executive and Investment committees at Ophir Energy. He holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Manchester, a PhD in Geoscience from the University of Edinburgh and executive leadership qualifications from London and Harvard Business Schools.

Craig Knight

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Knight joined Africa Oil in August 2021. He graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering in 2006 and joined Woodside Energy’s graduate Petroleum Engineering program. Mr. Knight moved to Denmark to join Maersk Oil in 2011, where he held various roles in petroleum, production, and completions engineering, as well as in exploration and subsurface leadership. In 2017 Mr. Knight moved to Aberdeen with Maersk Oil, where his roles included Subsurface leadership and Non-Op Asset Management. From 2018 to 2021, Mr. Knight was Production Director for Spirit Energy, responsible for Production Management, Hydrocarbon Accounting and developing Spirit’s carbon emissions reporting processes.

Paul Martinez

Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Martinez has over 33 years of international and domestic US experience in the oil industry. Prior to joining Africa Oil Corp. Dr. Martinez was a Director of International Business Development with Occidental Petroleum Corporation and over a period of 18 years worked exploration projects in the Texas Gulf Coast, Permian Basin, Rockies, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and Africa. He has held overseas management positions for Oxy in Libya, Oman and Peru. While serving as Director of Africa Exploration at Oxy Dr. Martinez led exploration efforts with a focus on East Africa, West Africa, and Libya. At Africa Oil Corp Dr. Martinez has directed exploration efforts in all of the Company's assets in East Africa. Dr. Martinez holds a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in applied earth sciences from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum geology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Martinez is based in Africa Oil's UK office and is responsible for all geological and geophysical activities of the Company.