Management and Board

Robert Dinning, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Robert Dinning is a Chartered Accountant who has operated his own consulting business for the past 30 years and he brings effective management and administrative experience to Simba Energy. His proven record of success in the financial community includes being a Director and/or Officer of several public companies, including Meadow Bay Gold Corp., Rockhaven Resources Ltd., Apolo Gold & Energy and Sonora Gold & Silver Ltd.. He is also the Chairman of Paramount Gold and Silver. Mr. Dinning resides in Vancouver , B.C., Canada.

John King Burns, Chairman & Director

Mr Burns is a former Managing Director and Global Head of Structured Derivative Finance for Barclays Metals Group, Barclays Bank PLC, London . Mr. Burns is an experienced international executive in the global resource sector and is currently a director of Hunter Energy LLC, in Centennial Colorado, a director of NuCoal Energy Corp in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Senior Project Advisor to Potomac Asset Management Co, in Frederick Maryland, and a director of NovaDx Ventures Corp, a publicly-traded investment firm that provides capital investment, investment banking, financial and business advisory services to early-stage natural resource exploration companies.

James W. Dick, Director

James W. Dick P Geol., P. Eng., (APEGGA) and Honors Geology University of Saskatchewan 1962 is a Petroleum Specialist with in excess of 48 years of petroleum industry experience.   At the present he is president and prime consultant of J W Dick & Associates Ltd which has for 30 years served a variety of clients including major oil companies, government agencies, and start-up companies.    He spent 18 years with Exxon group reaching Senior Exploration Specialist level. Also he was Vice President Geology for the D&S International Consulting   (10yrs) a large international consulting group, president of Quad Energy Development Corp. (10yrs) a public oil company and   Chief Geologist for Mercantile International Petroleum Inc.   

Charles de Chezelles, Director

Charles de Chezelles is a highly experienced financial industry expert. Past positions include: General Manager, Banco Real SA, London; Executive Director, Credit Suisse-First Boston (CSFB), London; Director, First Boston Europe, London; Vice President, The First Boston Corporation, New York; Corporate Account Executive, Smith Barney, New York; Investment Analyst, Stralem & Company, New York. He is currently Managing Director of Omega Trust Company Limited (London); Mr de Chezelles sits on the Board of several financial companies and Trusts.

Hassan Hassan, Managing Director – Operations

Mr. Hassan has been actively involved in various African countries over the past 7 years and in February 2009 vended acquired assets into Simba Energy and agreed to assist the company in the development of oil and gas assets.  In the fall of 2009 Mr. Hassan was instrumental in changing the focus of the company to oil and gas leases in Africa and assisted in the revamping of the Board of Directors.   He is primarily responsible for the sourcing, negotiating and completing the acquisition of PSC's as well as negotiating strategic alliances for the development of PSC's throughout Africa. Mr. Hassan is also an advisor to junior resource exploration companies and assists companies in business development and asset acquisitions. He spends a good proportion of his time in Africa where he has extensive corporate and government relationships.

Paul Vonk, VP Capital Markets

Paul joined Simba as its VP Capital Markets in January 2013. One of his key focus areas will be the further development of Simba Energy through helping to realise successful farm-outs in select license areas. Paul has extensive experience as an investment banker advising oil & gas companies on their capital structures, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and farm-out negotiations (including Chad). Most recently, Paul was working in Nomura’s London Natural Resources & Power team. Previously, he covered the oil & gas sector at RBS and ABN AMRO and worked as a Senior Field Engineer for Baker Hughes on the African continent.

Paul has an MBA from the University of Oxford, Said Business School, and a MSc. in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from Delft, the Netherlands.

Oleg-Serguei Schkoda, VP Exploration & Project Management

With an international Oil & Gas career spanning more than 17 years, Mr. Schkoda has considerable experience working with service companies as well as exploration and production groups. Operationally his most significant postings have been with companies such as Baker Hughes, General Electric and Schlumberger in South East Asia, the United States, and continental Europe. At an executive level for the past five years Mr. Schkoda contributes a combination of skills including acquisition and divestiture and other financial aspects of Oil & Gas to the operational, manufacturing and drilling sectors of the industry. While having developed an extensive network around the globe, and capable of working in several languages, he has also worked extensively in Africa in recent years. Mr. Schkoda is based in London and is the Vice-President of a Canadian drilling service company, in charge of Business Development: Cougar Drilling Solutions. He holds a master's degree in petroleum engineering from the IFP in Paris (French Institute of Petroleum), as well as a master's degree in petroleum geology from ENSG (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Geologie - Nancy, France).

Keith Margetson, CA, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Margetson qualified as a chartered accountant in 1975 and has operated his own accounting firm since 1992. He has 15 years experience with public companies, both as an auditor and in providing other professional services.

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