Mr Hatfield is the CEO and one of the founders of WesternZagros Resources, a junior international petroleum exploration company focused on the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. WesternZagros Resources is listed on the TSX-V and trades under the symbol WZR. Mr Hatfield has over 30 years experience in the petroleum industry in technical, managerial and executive positions with integrated and senior oil and gas producers including Western Oil Sands, Imperial/Exxon, Petro-Canada, Talisman and Chauvco Resources. He has extensive international experience with ventures in the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. His professional interest in Iraq began in 1983 and he has been a frequent traveler to Iraq since 1995. Educated in the United Kingdom, he holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology with Physics from the University of London, a Masters of Science degree in Geology from the University of Reading, has completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Calgary and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr Asri Mousa is an independent expert on Iraqi oil and gas. He obtained his first and masters degree in process engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK, in the early 1970s. In the following 38 years he assumed several leading posts at Iraq National Oil Company, South Oil Company and the Ministry of Oil, Iraq, before retiring early 2011 to start a new phase in the oil industry as an independent oil and gas advisor.
H.E Thamir Ghadhban was born in Babyl in April 1945. He holds a BSc in Geology from University College and an MSc in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from the Imperial College, London University. After graduation, he joined Basra Petroleum Company in 1973 and later Iraq National Oil Co. He worked in Basra until 1989 in the disciplines of petroleum and reservoir engineering of Southern Iraqi oil fields. He became Head of Petroleum and Reservoir Engineering Department. In 1989–1990 he worked as Director General of Reservoir and Field Development in the Ministry of Oil, Baghdad, supervised Reservoir and Field Development Studies as well as Technical and Economic Feasibility Studies and Negotiation of Contracts. In 1991-1992 he worked as Director General of Planning and Studies in the Ministry of Oil. After the fall of the regime in April 2003, he took the initiative and played the leading role in managing a severely damaged oil industry leading to the resumption of oil activities throughout the country. He became CEO of the Ministry of Oil on 3 May 2003 and later Minister of Oil in June 2004 until May 2005. He was elected on 30 January 2005 for membership of the Iraq National Assembly and became member of the constitutional and economic committees. He is currently Chairman of the Advisory Commission of the Prime Minister’s office. He is Author and Co-Author of more than fifty studies and technical papers dealing with various aspects of Iraqi oil fields in addition to several published papers about Iraq’s oil industry delivered at many international oil conferences. He was winner of OAPEC scientific award in 2000.
Mr Taylor has a master’s degree in marine geology and over 40 years’ experience in engineering and environmental geology and geophysics for marine and land-based projects. Mr Taylor is responsible for business development in RSK’s global division, with specific focus on the Middle East, Africa and former Soviet Union. His particular experience in Iraq includes project managing environmental and social baseline and impact assessment studies as well as the operations of a sustainable waste management centre in the Rumaila oilfield. In addition, he project manages health, safety and environmental due diligence projects for a range of clients including oil majors.
Ali Khudier Al Saady is Chairman of the Joint Management Committee Meeting, with over 40 years of extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, responsible for approving the BGC annual production plans and signing for approval on tenders and purchase orders of $5 million, nominating the BGC Deputy Manager and the O&M Committee Managers from SGC share. As the Director General of the South Gas Company – Ministry of Oil he represents the Ministry of Oil at international meetings, approving the company annual plan for OLM and directing the SGC production activities. Major achievements included the re-starting of the KAZ LPG/NGL plant after 5 years of it being shutdown, increasing the daily rate of LPG production from 900 to 2600 ton per day. Refurbishment and starting the dry gas compressor at KAZ after 27 years of being shutdown, this compressor added 100 ton per day of LPG and 65 MMSCF/D of dry gas to the network, establishing Basra Gas Co. with Shell and Mitsubishi and west Qurna Oil Fields, recruiting more than 2000 Iraqi nationals, put the plans for the gas utilization project and minimizing new NGL plant in N. Rumail Artawi field.
Zaid Elyaseri is Country Manager for BP Iraq responsible for managing BP’s business integration in Iraq. Zaid is pursuing his MBA in Oil & Gas management from Aberdeen Business School. He is also responsible for working with key energy officials in Iraq. He specializes in commercial and is responsible for driving business agenda in the country. BP is the lead contractor for developing Rumaila oil field, Iraq’s largest field contributing over 40% of Iraq’s production. Zaid held various central and regional finance/commercial roles and was involved in starting up the Rumaila business. He held Prior to BP, Zaid worked for KPMG UK and has headed advisory and risk positons in the Middle East. In 2014, Zaid took up the position of BP Iraq Deputy Country Manager and in 2015 was appointed as BP Iraq Country Manager.
Mr. Al Ghadhban represented Iraq on the Executive Bureau of OAPEC, led Iraq’s post-war delegation to the OPEC ministerial meeting in 2004, was awarded OAPEC Scientific Prize in 2000 and is a three-time holder of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil scientific award for excellence. His career in Iraq’s oil sector spans over three decades, starting in the field as a petroleum engineer, then at the Ministry of Oil headquarters as Director General of Reservoir and Field Development, and later as Director General for Planning before becoming Minister of Oil. He played a leading role in rehabilitating the severely damaged oil industry after the fall of the regime in 2003.
Rick has over 25 years of real estate experience, centering in the institutional real estate investment world. He began in the appraisal field, attaining his MAI appraisal designation in 1992, after which he consulted as a valuation underwriter for leading Boston financial firms. In 1994, he joined Copley Real Estate Advisors, now AEW Capital Management, where he led a team in the modernization of the firm’s portfolio valuation process, and ascended to the role of Vice President, responsible for underwriting many of the firm’s pension fund transactions. At AEW, Rick was awarded several core value awards and the prestigious Eastman Award, given annually to an employee showing exceptional character and contribution.
Evidence of this contribution is in the publications: "The Drug Quagmire - The Way Out", "A Review of Current Threats to Security", "Intelligence and National Security: An Appraisal of the Role of the State Security Service (SSS)" and "Strategy for the Protection of Nigeria's Oil Resources". Alh.(Dr) Bello Lafiaji is an Officer of the Order of Niger (OON), Fellow of the National War College (fwc), Doctor of Civil Law (Hon.