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Board of Directors

Our Board is comprised of four directors, three of whom are independent. Our directors bring a wealth of experience in operations, finance, law and accounting. The Board has established detailed charters to enable it to function independently of management and to facilitate open and candid discussion among the independent directors. The Board holds in-camera independent director meetings at every scheduled Board meeting, and otherwise as deemed necessary and upon the request of independent directors.


Charter of the Board of Directors


Jean Claude Gandur – Chairman
Jean Claude Gandur founded the Addax and Oryx Group in 1987 with three associates from the energy industry, and focused on Africa. With an instinctive ability to recognize new opportunities, he rapidly diversified the group's activities from oil trading, to downstream storage and distribution, before launching into upstream exploration and production in 1994, and a pioneering bioenergy project in 2008. Following the sale of Addax Petroleum in 2009, he initiated the creation of Oryx Petroleum.

Mr Gandur has a degree in law and political science from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Bradford Camp

Mr. Camp is the Managing Director of Darb al-Iraq, a consulting firm that provides market intelligence and advisory services to persons investing in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Mr. Camp has successfully advised indigenous companies on developing management structures and strategic planning within their organizations, assisting foreign investors seeking to participate in energy projects in Iraq, and investing as a principal in start-up opportunities in the Kurdistan Region.

Some of Mr. Camp’s recent projects include the development of an integrated upstream/midstream/downstream petroleum project and the first major refinery in the Kurdistan Region.

He developed an agriculture project on 500 acres of land in the Kurdistan Region. He has also been successful in bringing a major international hotel chain into the Kurdistan Region where they will manage several projects. Mr. Camp has lived and worked in Iraq for more than 10 years.

Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Camp held various United States Foreign Service Officer positions, including assignments in the Kurdistan Region for two years and an additional tour based in Baghdad. He served as a Director in the Office for Iraq and Afghanistan at the National Security Council at the White House.

Mr. Camp has a Masters in Management from New York University and a B.Sc. in journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Peter Janele

Dr. Janele has extensive international experience in upstream oil and gas production and exploration. He was employed at Chevron Corporation for 38 years and held assignments in Canada, Indonesia, Kuwait and the United States. During his corporate career, he gained expertise in upstream oilfield operations including Production and Reservoir Engineering, Subsurface Reservoir Characterization, Flow and Recovery Modeling, Field Asset Management, Business Planning and Applied Statistical Analysis. In his last assignment, Dr. Janele was part of an elite exploration review team that was responsible for resource volumetric estimation and risk quantification for Chevron’s global exploration portfolio. He has extensive experience in both conventional and non-conventional resources and has won numerous awards for his technical acumen and business leadership.

Dr. Janele holds a Bachelors of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia (Canada), a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California (USA) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta (Canada).

Peter Newman – Chair of the Audit Committee
Peter Newman was a partner at Deloitte LLP in London where he led the firm’s oil and gas sector practice globally from 2002 until his retirement in 2009. Prior to that, Mr Newman joined the oil and gas group at Arthur Andersen LLP in London in 1984, became a partner in 1989 and led the firm’s oil sector practice across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Mr Newman also worked with Mobil Corporation from 1980 to 1984 as an auditor in several countries across Europe, Africa and the Far East. Mr Newman is non-executive director of AOG and Chairman of its audit committee. 

Mr Newman is a citizen of the United Kingdom, and studied geography at the University of Oxford before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in England.