Peter Putnam is a geologist with 37 years of varied global experience at both technical and executive levels. His endeavors have covered the areas of exploration, development (inclusive of primary, secondary and thermal recovery), operations, reserves assessments, research and training. Over his career he has been, at various times, an employee, an advisor to technical and management teams as well as boards of directors, a board member, and a founder of new companies. Early stage companies started by Peter have raised over $1 billion in equity from investors inclusive of large private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and family offices. With experience on six continents, he is currently the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Central European Petroleum Ltd., a private petroleum company focused on eastern Germany. Peter holds a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary and is a past-President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, a former adjunct professor at the University of Calgary, and a former councilor of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He has published widely as an author of scientific articles dealing with various facets of petroleum geology and is a regular guest lecturer at Canadian universities.
Alula Damte is a structural geologist with over 24 years of petroleum industry and teaching experience. He has worked in evaluating petroleum systems in varied structural styles including intracratonic rift basins, convergent plate margins and offshore coupled shelf extensional and basinward toe thrust systems. He has provided exploration and business development advice and led exploration ventures in geographically diverse areas that include onshore and offshore frontier basins of Canada, North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Gulf of Mexico, South America, Australia and onshore Europe. He is currently the President and COO of Central European Petroleum Ltd (CEP), the Geschäftsführer of CEP's German subsidiary, and he also serves as Chairman of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. Alula is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara.