Management and Board

Punkaj Gupta, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr. Gupta joined Essel Group in 2012 to oversee the company’s expansion into the natural resources industry and the eventual establishment of Essel Group ME in 2015. He has over 20 years’ of corporate experience in the natural resources and industrial sectors. Mr Gupta started his career working for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Geneva. In 2000, he joined Jindal Saw Pipes, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of iron and steel pipe products, where he was responsible for business development and for growing the company overseas. He left the company in 2006 and was appointed Executive Director Asia Pacific of Gap Steel, the Dubai based steel company. Two years later he joined Meta Copper, India’s largest manufacturer of copper products, as Executive Director and was responsible for starting various new business activities. Before joining Essel Group ME, Mr Gupta managed a number of independent mining projects in India.

Robert Dinning, President & Director

Robert Dinning is a Chartered Professional Accountant and 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, Sonora Gold & Silver Ltd, 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.

Gagan Goel, Vice Chairman & Director

Mr Goel is a Director of Essel Group and the founder of Essel Group ME. He has more than 13 years’ experience of building and leading international businesses.
in October 2003, Mr Goel founded Dish TV, one of India’s first direct-to-home television platforms which now boasts over 20 million subscribers. Four years later he was appointed Executive Director of Zee Entertainment Enterprise Ltd, the Mumbai-listed media and entertainment company, and he was responsible for overseeing content production and marketing. Mr Goel left the company in 2009 to become Executive Director of E-City Bioscope, the Indian leisure and real estate business. In 2011, Mr Goel moved to Dubai to oversee Essel Group’s global expansion and to manage the group’s diversification into natural resources. He founded Essel Group ME in 2015.

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.

Keith Margetson, CPA and 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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