Chief Executive Officer,
President & Director
Has over 25 years in international energy finance and emerging markets. Mr. Barcelo brings experience encompassing executive management, portfolio management, capital markets, corporate restructuring, valuation, deal origination and structuring. Prior to founding Alussa Energy in 2019, he was a Director of Research and Portfolio Manager at Moore Capital Management from 2008 to 2011 and an equity research analyst with Lehman Brothers from 1998 to 2004, Bank of America from 2004 to 2008, and Managing Director and Head of Oil & Gas at Renaissance Capital in Moscow, Russia from 2011 to 2012. His corporate experience includes small cap E&P start-ups and restructuring in complicated geo-markets including executive roles as Chief Financial Officer of Ruspetro plc in Russia from 2012 to 2014, Head Corporate Finance of Lekoil Limited in Nigeria from 2015 to 2016 and co-founder, Director and Chief Financial Officer of Invicti Terra Argentina Limited in Argentina from 2017 to 2019. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and is also a CFA charterholder.
Nicholas 'Nick' De'Ath MBE
Chief Technology Officer
Over 45 years management experience in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. This has included 21 years at BP Exploration, a subsidiary of BP (NYSE:BP) as Chief Geologist in the North Sea from 1983 to 1986, General Manager of Colombia (where he was instrumental in the Cusiana discovery; the largest discovery in the 80 year history of the Colombian oil industry and the largest in the Western Hemisphere in 25 years) from 1986 to 1991, and President for Exploration in Mexico from 1991 to 1992. His leadership achieved an Advanced 3* ISRS (Intl. Safety Rating System) within two years, in the manner in which the BP Colombia operation was conducted. From 1993 to 1998 Mr. De’Ath also helped build a global Exploration and Production portfolio at Triton Energy Limited (NYSE:OIL) which subsequently resulted in major oil discoveries offshore Equatorial Guinea. He was instrumental in forming the Carigali-Triton Op. Co (CTOC) in the Gulf of Thailand (the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area-MTJDA), which included the initial appraisal of the Cakerawala Gas complex. In 1999, he was also a member of the Strategic Risk Group at PwC, the global assurance, tax and consulting services provider. He also focused on reservoir management in developing and production oil and gas fields in the Former Soviet Union, serving as chief reservoir geologist for Yukos Oil Company in Moscow from 2003 to 2004 and various positions for TNK-BP, a major vertically integrated Russian oil company, in Moscow, latterly as Director Subsurface Assurance from 2006 to 2011. Mr. De’Ath graduated from University College, London University with a B.Sc. (Hons) Geology. He was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 1990 by Queen Elizabeth II for Commercial Services to Colombia.
Chief Operating Officer
Currently serves as Executive Vice President of Upstream and Deputy Board Chairman of Ukrnafta, a Ukrainian oil and gas company based in Kiev, a position he has held since January 2016. He is an international operations executive delivering results in difficult exploration and production environments to solve tough oil field challenges. He has developed a reputation for reservoir and production engineering and a deep commitment to Health, Safety and Environment management. His multidisciplinary team leadership, business planning, strategic organizational capability planning/resourcing, greenfield development and brownfield redevelopment has been gained through personnel development in multi-language, multi-cultural, and multi-discipline organizations in major international and independent E&P companies. Over the past 22 years his progressively more senior roles have evolved through ARCO and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) as reservoir/production/development engineer on Alaska’s North Slope from 1997 to 2003; as senior production/reservoir engineer with Occidental (NYSE:OXY) Elk Hills in California’s San Joaquin Valley from 2003 to 2004; with TNK-BP, via secondment from BP (LSE:BP), in Volga-Urals and West Siberia as Gas Enhanced Oil Recovery technology manager and deputy director, Brownfields Production Technology from 2004 to 2008; Cairn India as general manager, Reservoir Management & Development/Production Optimization from 2008 to 2013; country manager for Petrofac Integrated Energy Services Russia from 2013 to 2014 and country manager/Chief Operating Officer in Romania from 2014 to 2015.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. James served as a vice president of finance and business development at Caelus Energy Alaska, LLC, a private company specializing in oil and gas exploration and production, from February 2013 to April 2020. Ms. James oversaw the company’s business development strategy, debt and equity fundraising and ongoing financial reporting functions. From January 2008 to August 2010, she served as a private equity associate at Riverstone Holdings, LLC, a private equity firm that specializes in the energy industry and electrical power industry sectors. Prior to that, Ms. James served as an analyst at JPMorgan Securities, Inc., in the diversified industrials and natural resources group. Ms. James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science: School of Earth Sciences from Stanford University.