Afren is a leading independent exploration and production company – listed on London’s Main Market and a constituent of the FTSE 250.
Our portfolio of 29 assets in 12 countries spans the full-cycle E&P value chain of exploration, appraisal, development through to production and is located in several of the world’s most prolific and fast emerging hydrocarbon basins. With a proven track record and self-sustaining business model that is underpinned by a clear and consistent strategy, Afren is well placed to continue to deliver strong growth long into the future.
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Dr. Osman Shahenshah , Chief Executive
Dr Shahenshah is a founder of Afren and has over 20 years’ experience in oil and gas finance. His international career began with Credit Suisse First Boston and has included senior positions in the oil and gas finance groups of the International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank), and the investment banking divisions of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Mediocredito Centrale.
Dr Shahenshah has been actively involved in the African oil and gas sector for more than 15 years, working with companies including Shell, Chevron, Total, Eni S.p.A and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. He holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University.
Mr. Shahid Ullah , Chief Operating Officer
r Ullah has held senior management positions at Western Atlas and Baker Hughes, where he was responsible for managing petroleum interests and assets. In particular, he brings extensive technical and commercial knowledge of the African petroleum industry to Afren. Mr Ullah holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas and received executive development training at Oxford University and the London Business School. He is a member of the Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Texas.
Mr. Darra Comyn , Group Finance Director
Mr Comyn was previously the Group Finance Director for ITE Group plc and Expomedia Group Plc (both international groups focused on emerging markets); and in the oil industry with Chevron Oil UK and Dragon Oil where he was Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary.
Mr Comyn is a Chartered Accountant with a degree in Economics from Trinity College, University of Dublin.
Mr. Femi Bajomo, Head of Business Development
Mr Bajomo had a 25 year career with the Shell Group working in Exploration & Production, Economics & Planning, Gas Development and Gas Consultancy in Nigeria, Namibia, London and the Netherlands between 1980 and 2005. He was the Managing Director of Shell Exploration and Production Namibia and Namibia Country Chairman between 1999 and 2003. From 2005 to September 2010, Mr Bajomo was with the BG Group as Vice President, Nigerian Assets. Mr Bajomo holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ife, Nigeria and an MSc in Engineering Production and Management from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Mrs. Jane Barker, Group Head of Human Resources
Mrs Barker joined Afren in 2008 as Head of Human Resources, a role which encompasses Group-wide responsibility for all HR activities. She is MBA qualified and has over 25 years’ human resources experience in the oil and gas industry with Chevron, Gulf, LASMO and African Arabian; this included a three year assignment as Head of HR for a new country entry in Venezuela.
Mr. Sirima Bassina, External Affairs Coordinator, Côte d’Ivoire
Mr Bassina is a lawyer with over 29 years’ experience. He has held several roles in the oil and gas industry including Deputy to the Vice President of the United Meridian Corporation and Ocean Energy. He currently heads Government and Business Relations at Afren Côte d’Ivoire.
Mr. David Capra, Group Head of EHSS
Mr Capra has nearly 30 years’ experience in EHSS matters including 20 years international experience in oil and gas. His recent assignments includes acting as Senior Safety Advisor for Occidental; HSEQ Managing Coordinator for ENI’s drilling and production operations in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico and HSSE & Social Responsibility Corporate Manager for Addax Petroleum in Geneva where he had responsibility for HSSE and Community Relations activities worldwide including Africa and the Middle East. Mr Capra has an MS in Industrial Safety from Central Missouri State University and a BS in Health Science from Brigham Young University.
Mr. Patrick Cherlet, Commercial Director
Before joining Afren, Mr Cherlet has held management positions at Western Geophysical, Western Atlas, Baker Hughes, Randall & Dewey and Jefferies International. Mr Cherlet has a strong academic background, having received an MS from Stanford University and an MS from Ghent University in Belgium.
Mr. Faiz Imam, Executive Director Business Development, NigeriaMr Faiz Imam
Mr Imam has 15 years’ experience in the oil industry. He has worked in a variety of roles including production engineering, facilities and gas engineering and government relations. Since joining Afren, he has made a significant contribution to the Company’s business development initiatives in Nigeria. Mr Imam’s career began with Texaco in Nigeria as an offshore production engineer. He moved through to developing projects, handling associated gas production, and then on to deep-water project development. He holds a MEng in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from University College, London.
Ms. Shirin Johri, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Prior to joining Afren, Ms Johri worked in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s African practice. She has extensive experience advising on acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, infrastructure projects and private equity investment. Ms Johri has led the Afren team in all significant corporate acquisitions since joining in 2006. She holds an LLM from the Cornell Law School, New York, an LLB (Hons) from Delhi University, India and a Bachelor’s degree from Delhi University. She has also been called to the New York Bar.
Mrs Kodja is a financial accountant with over 13 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Afren, she was the Accountant at United Meridian International Corporation, Deputy Finance Manager at Ocean Energy and Finance Manager at Devon Côte d’Ivoire. Mrs Kodja holds an MBA from University of District of Columbia (Washington DC).
Mr. Andrew Olleveant, Head of Risk Management
Mr Olleveant has over 18 years’ health and safety experience in the oil industry of which over 10 were spent in an international role with LASMO. He has extensive experience of managing EHSS issues associated with major oil and gas projects as well as wider risk management experience. In previous roles he has been responsible for developing and implementing management systems and providing corporate assurance that effective controls are in place. Mr Olleveant holds an MSc degree in Engineering Geology from Durham University and a BSc in Environmental Science from Lancaster University.
Mr. Daniel Sasegbon, General Counsel, Nigeria
Mr Sasegbon has over 15 years’ advisory experience. His background includes advising on oil and gas in both Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea, where he has advised a number of indigenous and international operators on farm-ins, production sharing contracts, joint venture agreements, FPSO and other operational contracts. Previously, Mr Sasegbon has worked as a Barrister in the UK, as well as for Jardines Insurance Brokers and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).
Mr. Deji West, Finance Director, Nigeria
Mr West leads the finance function for Afren Nigeria. He brings over 23 years’ experience and an in-depth knowledge of commerce, finance and accounting to the role from his time in several industries – including distribution, consulting, banking, manufacturing, and oil and gas. Previously, Mr West was Group CFO for the Sahara Group: Nigeria’s largest private oil and gas company. He has worked with many organisations including British Petroleum, Price Waterhouse (now PWC) and Mellon Bank. He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and also in Nigeria.
Mr. Jeremy Whitlock, Head of Treasury and Planning
Mr Whitlock is a qualified accountant with 20 years’ experience in the oil industry. He spent 13 years with Enterprise Oil in a variety of roles across the finance department, including several years as Financial Planning Manager and International and Corporate Accounting Manager. Prior to joining Afren he was Planning Manager at Nexen (UK) Ltd. Mr Whitlock has a BSc in Mathematics from Durham University.