Board of Directors



Appointed: July 1999

Rui de Sousa has approximately 40 years’ experience in the energy sector. He was formerly a
director of Gazprombank-Invest (Lebanon) SAL, the Chairman of Carbon Resource Management Ltd. and the President of Quantic Mining. Rui is currently a Director of Quantic Limited, Midus Global
Limited and Chairman of Blackdown Resources.


Appointed: April 1997

Ed Story was one of the founding Directors of SOCO International plc and serves as President and
Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, SOCO acquired its principal assets in Vietnam and,
by building strong relationships with its partners, has progressed the assets from initial
exploration through to being one of the largest producing fields in Vietnam.

Ed has over 50 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, beginning with Exxon Corporation,
where he held various positions including seven years resident in the Far East. He was formerly the
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Superior Oil Company, a co-founder and Vice
Chairman of Conquest Exploration Company and a co-founder and President of Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary, which merged its controlled holdings into Cairn Energy, thereby creating the leading South Asian oil and gas company in the UK Independent sector. Ed was a Non-Executive Director of Cairn Energy PLC until 2008 and Cairn India Limited until 2017. Ed is currently a
Non-Executive Director of Vedanta Resources Plc. In addition, Ed is a founder and member of the
Cleveland Clinic International Leadership Board.


Appointed: November 2017

Jann Brown served as co-head of SOCO’s Business Development group between February 2017 and
November 2017 before her appointment to the board. Jann currently serves as an Independent
Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the John Wood Group p.l.c., of Troy
Income and Growth Trust plc and of Scottish Ballet. She was formerly the Managing Director, Chief
Financial Officer and Executive Director of Cairn Energy PLC where she had responsibility for
project managing Cairn India Limited’s initial public offering, and previously served as the Joint
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Magna Energy Limited, of which she was also
co-founder. Jann is a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


Appointed: November 2017

Dr. Mike Watts served as co-head of SOCO’s Business Development group between February 2017 and November 2017, and as an independent Non- Executive Director of the SOCO Board between August 2009 and January 2017. Mike has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive of Cairn Energy PLC and the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Amsterdam listed Holland Sea Search Holding NV. Mike has held senior technical and management roles with Premier Oil, Burmah and Shell and as Joint Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Magna Energy Limited.


Appointed: December 2013

Rob Gray has been an advisor to the natural resources sector for more than 30 years. Rob qualified
as a solicitor in 1981 at Allen & Overy and then went on to help establish James Capel & Co.
Petroleum Services, a successful advisory and Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Rob’s experience
includes thirteen years at Deutsche Bank where he was latterly a Senior Advisor having been
Chairman of UK Investment Banking for five years and formerly Global Head of Natural Resources. Rob was previously a Director and Head of the Natural Resource Group at Robert Fleming & Co. Ltd.
for four years, a group which he established. Between 2000 and 2010, Rob was an Advisory
Board Member for Heerema Marine Contractors. Rob is also one of a number of industry advisors to
Bluewater Energy. Rob was a co-founder of RegEnersys, a natural resources investment entity and is
currently the principal of ReVysion LLP.


Appointed: December 2001

Ettore Contini was formerly a Director of Energia E Servize SpA and Eurowatt-Commerce. He was
previously an asset manager in the private banking division of Banca del Gottardo.


Appointed: June 2009

Ambassador António Monteiro has over 45 years of experience with the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Foreign Minister of Portugal, and with international organisations, including as UN High Representative for Elections in Côte d’Ivoire and as a member of the UN
Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan. He was formerly the Ambassador of Portugal to France and the Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, where posts included being President of the Security Council and of the Security Council’s Committee established by Resolution 661 (1990). António is currently also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Portuguese Bank Millennium BCP (Banco Comercial Português) and Chairman of the Advisory Council of Gulbenkian’s Foundation Program for Development Assistance. He previously served as a non-executive member of the Board of the Angolan Bank BPA (Banco Privado Atlântico) and as a non-executive member of the Board of the Spanish bank Sabadell.



Appointed June 2018

John Martin has more than 30 years’ experience in international banking in the oil and gas industry and, until recently, was a Senior Managing Director in the Oil and Gas team at Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2007, John worked for ABN Amro for 26 years, specialising in the oil and gas sector. John has served as Senior Vice President of the World Petroleum Council, and as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Rockhopper Exploration plc. He was previously Chairman of Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Bowleven plc and, an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Total E&P UK Limited.


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