Our management team has a long history in global energy markets, with a deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry and a well-established network of relationships with public and private energy companies, National Oil Companies (NOCs), Government Licensing Authorities, equity sponsors, lending institutions, family offices, attorneys and brokers, from which we expect to generate attractive acquisition opportunities.

 

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors will be comprised of our Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Barcelo, as well as Chairman nominee James Musselman; W. Richard Anderson, who is currently Chief Executive Officer of SOMA Oil and Gas, which holds exploration license interests in Somalia and who has over 40 years of experience in the financial aspects of energy related companies; John Wu, the former Chief Investment Officer of Thunder Bridge Acquisition, Ltd. (NASDAQ:TBRG), a blank check company which in July 2019 consummated its initial business combination with Hawk Parent Holdings, LLC, or Repay, an omnichannel payments technology provider; Germán Curá, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Tenaris (NYSE:TS); and Maurice Dijols, who has been an executive with Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB), an oilfield services provider, for 34 years, most recently serving as the President of Russia Operations.

James Musselman

Chairmen of the Board

Founded Dallas-based Caelus Energy, LLC in 2011 and brings a track record of leading successful oil and gas ventures to the company. In 2014, Caelus Energy and its subsidiaries acquired the Oooguruk development located on Alaska’s North Slope. Oooguruk has produced over 27 MMBO since it began production in 2008. Prior to establishing Caelus Energy, in 2003, Mr. Musselman was one of five founding partners of Kosmos Energy Ltd (NYSE:KOS), and he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Kosmos until 2010. Under Mr. Musselman's leadership, Kosmos' Mahogany-1 exploration well discovered the Jubilee Field offshore the Republic of Ghana in 2007. The Jubilee Field was regarded as an important oil discovery offshore of West Africa and was one of the largest finds in the world in 2007. Kosmos and its company partners developed the Jubilee Field and delivered first oil in late 2010. Before leading Kosmos Energy, Mr. Musselman was President and Chief Executive Officer of Triton Energy Limited (NYSE:OIL), an independent international oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Musselman secured a $350 million private equity infusion for Triton that enabled the company to pursue oil and gas ventures offshore West Africa. The company made several significant oil discoveries offshore Equatorial Guinea, including the Ceiba oil field, which was quickly developed. The company also discovered and developed several major natural gas fields in the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area in the Gulf of Thailand. Triton was sold to Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) in 2001 for $3.2 billion. After the sale, Mr. Musselman served as a Senior Advisor to Hess Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John Hess. Previously, Mr. Musselman was Founder and Operator of JM Petroleum Corp., a crude oil gathering and purchasing company with more than $1 billion in annual sales. He later sold the company to Wesray Capital Corporation. Following the sale of JM Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Musselman assembled an influential investor coalition that secured the first Class 1 horserace license in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. After the license award, he led the design, construction and initial operation of the Lone Star Park racetrack facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. Mr. Musselman began his career practicing law at Strother, Davis, Musselman and Hill, with responsibility for oil and gas financing. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Musselman is well qualified to serve as a Director due to his extensive operational and investing experience in international energy markets.

Daniel Barcelo

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-up 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. Mr. Barcelo is well-qualified to serve as a Director due to his extensive experience in international energy finance and emerging markets.

W. Richard Anderson

Director

Since 2015, he has been Chief Executive Officer of SOMA Oil and Gas, with exploration license interests in deep water, offshore Somalia. Mr. Anderson has over 40 years experience in the financial aspects of energy related companies, and started his career in audit with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, followed by 16 years as a managing and tax partner of Hein & Associates LLP focused on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions and numerous initial and secondary public offerings. From December 1998 to August 2007, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Natural Resources, Inc. an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, active in the U.S., South America and Kurdistan. From 2008 to 2015 he was Chief Financial Officer of Eurasia Drilling Company Ltd (LSE:EDCL), a large oil and gas drilling company in Russia. Mr. Anderson led the company in various executive and director capacities from its initial public offering in 2007 to a privatization in 2015. For the past 25 years, Mr. Anderson has also been a Director of various public companies in the energy, exploration and resource extraction industries, assisting companies with initial public offerings and debt issuances, sourcing of other third party financing, reorganizations, trade sales, pay outs of special dividends, issuing special awards to management teams and conducting internal investigations with the assistance of outside counsel and forensic accountants. His involvement has frequently been on Audit Committees and as Chairman of the Audit Committee. From April 2014 to April 2019 he has served as a Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Gulf Marine Services (LON: GMS); from August 2008 to the present as a Director of Eurasia Drilling Company Limited and member of the Audit Committee (LON: EDCL) and from December 2013 to the present as a Director of SOMA Oil and Gas. Mr. Anderson’s professional qualifications include membership in the AICPA, Texas

Abdel Badwi

Director

Mr. Badwi served as non-executive director, from September 2014 to December 2017, and president, chief executive officer and director, from December 2017 to March 2019, of Kuwait Energy Plc, a private oil and gas company with operations in Egypt, Iraq and Yemen, where he lead the re-organization the company and selling it. From November 2015 to October 2017, Mr. Badwi served as executive chairman of the board of directors of GrowMax Resources Corp. (TSX-V), an exploration and production company with assets in Argentina and mining and fertilizer operations in Peru, where he lead the re-structuring of the company, sold their assets in Argentina to fund its mining activities in Peru. From November 2007 to March 2013, Mr. Badwi served as president and chief executive officer, from March 2013 to September 2016 as vice chairman of the board of directors of Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX) with operations in Albania and selling it. From January 2011 to May 2014, he served as chairman of the board of directors of Verano P1 Energy, a private oil and gas company in Colombia, where he assisted in the acquisition of exploration acreage and selling the company. Mr. Badwi holds a B.Sc. in Geology & Chemistry from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. We believe Mr. Badwi is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive merger and acquisition experience in the oil and gas industry.

Germán Curá

Director

Mr. Curá is a member of the Board of Directors of Tenaris (NYSE:TS), a global manufacturer of steel pipes, mainly to the energy industry and also holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Tenaris, since 2018. He served as president of Tenaris’ operations in North America from 2006 to 2018. He was first employed by Siderca, an Argentine subsidiary of Tenaris, in 1988. Previously, he served as Siderca’s exports director, Tenaris’ Mexican subsidiary Tamsa’s exports director and commercial director , sales and marketing manager of Tenaris’s Middle East subsidiary, president of Algoma Tubes, president and Chief Executive Officer of Maverick Tubulars and president and Chief Executive Officer of Hydril, director of the Oilfield Services global business unit and Tenaris commercial director. He was also a member of the board of directors of American Petroleum Institute (API) from 2008 to 2009 and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) since 2018 and of Deep Ocean AS, a Norway based subsea construction company since 2018. He holds a degree in Marine Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires and an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Curá is well qualified to serve as a Director due to his extensive operational and executive experience in the steel and energy industries.

 

Maurice Dijols

Director

He has been with Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) for 34 years, most recently serving as the President of Russia Operations from 2003 to 2011. As President of North Central Europe & the Commonwealth of Independent States (“CIS”) of Schlumberger Sema from 2001 to 2003, he provided strategic direction for Schlumberger's business operations in France, Switzerland, Belgium, UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the CIS. Previously Mr. Dijols held a variety of executive positions, including Chief Information Officer of Schlumberger Limited; as the President of Schlumberger Oilfield Services North and South America. Prior to this, he held senior executive positions with Schlumberger Oilfield Services, including President of Wireline & Testing, Personnel Director for Oilfield Services and President of Wireline & Testing Operations in North America. From June 2015, he has been the Chairman of The Supervisory Board at Petro Welt Technologies AG (C.A.T. Oil AG) . Previous non-executive Director positions include: Eurasia Drilling Company from 2011 to 2015, Ruspetro PLC from 2013 to 2016, Bashneft from 2015 to 2016 and IG Seismic Services Limited from 2012 to 2016. He is a graduate of the Ecole d'Ingenieurs de Marseille and the Ecole Superieure d'Electricite de Paris. Mr. Dijols is well qualified to serve as a Director due to his extensive operational and executive experience in the energy and resource extraction industries.

 

John Wu

Director

Mr. Wu is a seasoned entrepreneur and alternative investment executive with over twenty years of experience investing in technology, media, telecom, and FinTech companies. He has a track record in long/short equity investing in developed and emerging markets. In addition, he has experience investing in macro assets as well as structuring derivative products and developing risk management tools. From 2018 to 2019 he was an officer of Thunder Bridge Acquisition, Ltd. (NASDAQ: TBRG), a blank check company which in July 2019 consummated its initial business combination with Hawk Parent Holdings, LLC, or Repay, an omnichannel payments technology provider. Currently, Mr. Wu is Chief Executive Officer of Trellis Software a SaaS company in the alternatives space, as well as an officer of Thunder Bridge Acquisition II, Ltd, a blank check company currently in registration which will seek an initial business combination in the financial services industry. From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Wu served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Assets Group of SharesPost, overseeing its expansion into digital securities and building an ecosystem around its technology and compliance platform. SharesPost provides global liquidity for private growth company securities, allowing issuers and investors to use its existing Alternative Trading System to invest and trade in aftermarket digital securities in compliance with U.S. laws and regulations. Mr. Wu also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager of SEGO, LLC, a family office investment firm, since 2014. Previously, Mr. Wu was Managing Partner and Founder of Sureview Capital, a global multisector long-short equity hedge fund, from 2010 to 2014. While at Sureview Capital, he secured a strategic investment from The Blackstone Group and raised approximately $400 million in AUM from global institutions. Immediately prior to forming Sureview, Mr. Wu was at Kingdon Capital, a long-short hedge fund, from 2004 to 2010. At Kingdon, he was a Portfolio Manager, responsible for investing in a cross-section of industries within technology, media, telecom, consumer discretionary, business services, and FinTech. Mr. Wu was a Portfolio Manager of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers LLC, an asset management firm, from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Wu started his hedge fund career in 1992 at Tiger Management where he spent four years as a macro analyst and trader. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics from Cornell University. Mr. Wu is well qualified to serve as a Director due to his extensive operational, investment and blank-check company experience.

 

 

Executives

Daniel Barcelo

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-up 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. Mr. Barcelo is well-qualified to serve as a Director due to his extensive experience in international energy finance and emerging markets.

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.

Mavriky Kalugin

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.

Sarah James

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.

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