Zhaikmunai LP is an independent oil and gas company. The company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Zhaikmunai LLP, is engaged in the exploration, production and sale of crude oil and gas condensate in Northwestern part of Kazakhstan. Zhaikmunai’s field and license area is the Chinarevskoye Field located in the Northern part of the oil-rich Pre-Caspian Basin. It was founded on August 29, 2007 and is headquartered in Uralsk, Kazakhstan.
Kai-Uwe Kessel was appointed as a director of ZGL on 16 November 2007 and has served as chief executive of the partners participating in Zhaikmunai since November 2004. Since 2005, Mr Kessel has been Managing Director of Probel. From 2002 to 2005, Mr Kessel was director of Gaz de France’s North African E&P division. From 1992 to 2001, Mr Kessel was Managing Director of Erdgas Erdol GmbH, an oil and gas company owned by Gaz de France, and a member and chairman of the board of KazGermunai. Mr Kessel is a graduate of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.
Jan Laga, Deputy CEO
Jan Laga was appointed Deputy CEO on 1 January 2010. Mr. Laga has more than 20 years experience managing industrial groups. Prior to joining Zhaikmunai, Mr. Laga worked for Picanol, Berry Group, Ackermans & van Haaren and Koramic Industries. He has lived in PR China, South Korea and the USA and performed several long-term assignments in other countries. He has a master’s degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louvain (KUL) and an MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau.
Jan Ru Muller , Group Chief Financial Officer
Jan-Ru Muller was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Zhaikmunai on 16 November 2007. Mr Muller has served in various capacities at Probel since 2000. He oversaw Zhaikmunai’s adoption of IFRS and the implementation of SAP. Mr Muller has been the managing director of Axio systems, an information technology company he founded in 1990. From 1988 through 1990 he worked with Andersen Consulting. He holds a BEng degree from Utrecht Municipal Institute of Technology and an MBA degree from University of Louvain (KUL).
Frank Monstrey , Chairman
Frank Monstrey was appointed as a director of ZGL on 16 November 2007 and has served as chairman of the partners participating in Zhaikmunai since September 2004. Since 1991, Mr Monstrey has been Chief Executive Officer of Probel, a private equity and asset management firm based in Belgium specialising in long term capital management in emerging markets. Mr Monstrey holds a graduate degree in Business Economics from the University of Louvain (KUL).
Eike Von der Linden , Director
Eike von der Linden was appointed as a director of ZGL on 16 November 2007. He has been the Managing Director of Linden Advisory and Consulting Services since 1988. Since 1985, Mr von der Linden has acted as an independent advisor to financial institutions for equity investments, mezzanine and debt funding (project finance) in the field of natural resources. Mr von der Linden holds a PhD in mining economics from the Technical University of Clausthal.
Piet Everaert , Director
Piet Everaert was appointed as a director of ZGL on 16 November 2007. He has been a lawyer at the Brussels Bar since 1986 and has served as a partner of the VWEW Advocaten law firm since 1993. He is active in the field of Belgian business law. Mr Everaert graduated from the University of Louvain (KUL) in 1984 and obtained a degree in Advanced European Legal Studies at the College of Europe (Bruges-Belgium) in 1985.
Steve McGowan , Director
Steve McGowan was appointed as a director of ZGL on 16 November 2007. He has been an executive chairman of SMP Partners Fiduciary and Trust Company in the Isle of Man since January 2007 and serves as a member of the board of Edasco (a fiduciary company owned by UBS). Prior to this, Mr McGowan served as managing director of Intertrust (Isle of Man) from 2001 to 2007. Mr McGowan started his banking career at National Westminster Bank in London in 1982.
Atul Gupta , Director
Atul Gupta was appointed as a director of ZGL on 30 November 2009. Mr. Gupta has worked for 25 years in the international upstream oil and gas business with Charterhouse Petroleum, Petrofina, Monument and Burren Energy. Mr. Gupta joined Burren in 1999 as Chief Operating Officer and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2006 until the company was sold to ENI in 2008. Mr. Gupta has a degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge University and has studied petroleum engineering at the Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
Mikhail Ivanov , Director
Mikhail Ivanov was appointed as a director of ZGL on 30 November 2009. Mr. Ivanov previously is also a Partner and Director of Oil and Gas Projects at Baring Vostok Capital Partners and is the Chief Executive Officer of Volga Gas. Mr. Ivanov has over 15 years' experience in the oil and gas industry, including 10 years working for the Schlumberger Group. During his time with Schlumberger Mr. Ivanov assumed various management and technical positions in Russia, the USA and the United Kingdom and he was responsible for Schlumberger's operations in Iran, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Mr. Ivanov holds an M.S. degree in Geophysics from Novosibirsk State University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. He is an elected member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Pankaj Jain , Director
Pankaj Jain was appointed as a director of ZGL on 26 November 2012. He has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of KazStroyService (KSS) Group since 2009 and has over 20 years of experience in EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) projects in India, Kazakhstan, the Middle East and the Far East regions. Mr. Jain holds a B.E. Hons in Civil Engineering (Major: oil and gas infrastructure) from the Regional Engineering College, Trichy, India.