Directors and Management

Mr. Masoud Alikhani (Executive Director)

Masoud is a British national who was born in Iran. He received a BSc in Agriculture from Jerusalem University in 1966. In 1979, he became a self employed businessman before working in a variety of senior investment roles in Prudential Bache and Shearson Lehman Brothers.

Masoud has broad experience at board level in a number of public companies. Between 1993 and 1998, he was Chief Executive of Middlesex Holdings plc, an international company listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, which then operated predominantly in Russia and other CIS countries. In addition to his position at Dominion Energy, he is Chairman of Berkeley Mineral Resources Plc, a mineral acquisition company which is traded on the AIM, and a Director of ESV Group plc a company which invests in grain exporting facilities in Ukraine and is traded on the UK’s PLUS Market.

Dr. Michael Ala (Non-executive Director)

Michael has been closely associated with the oil industry for more than 35 years both as an exploration geologist with an independent oil company and as a consultant. He has a BSc in Oil Technology and an MSc, PhD and DIC in Petroleum Geology from Imperaial College.

In 1972 he joined Seagull Exploration International and was involved in exploration and prospect evaluation in many parts of the world including Africa, Europe, eastern Mediterranean and South America before becoming General manager, responsible for the company’s north European and Middle Eastern operations.

In 1981 he  joined the academic team at Imperial College, becoming Director of the internationally recognised MSc Petroleum Geoscience course from 1994 to 2004. He currently lectures at the College and has published more than 60 research and review papers. Over the past 20 years he has appeared as an industry commentator on radio and TV; is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Petroleum Geology; has arranged high profile conferences on the Iranian oil and gas industries; and has been involved in developing, organising and presenting industrial training courses throughout Europe, North Africa, West Africa, Middle East and Southeast Asia.

He is co-founder (1988) and Director of Hydrocarbons Venture Limited, a UK based organisation involved in consultancy and participation in exploration projects. In 2003 he co-founded and served as Chairman of Azar Energy Qeshm with the aim of participating in the Iranian oil and gas sector projects.

Mr. Kishor Sodha (Non-executive Financial Director)

Aged 58, is a Chartered Accountant who worked previously with chartered accountants Ernst & Young and subsequently with Deloitte & Touche LLP. He then continued his career with Middlesex Holdings Plc followed by Riceman Insurance Investments Plc, both companies being quoted on the AIM.