Board of Directors
Karen Simon is newly retired from J.P. Morgan as a Vice Chairman in the Investment Bank with over 35 years of corporate finance experience with the firm.
Most recently, Ms. Simon headed up Director Advisory Services, a newly established client service at J.P. Morgan focused on public company directors. From 2004 to 2016, Ms. Simon worked with private equity firms in J.P. Morgan’s Financial Sponsor Coverage group and was promoted to head the European group in 2007 and the North American group in 2013.
Ms. Simon held a number of other senior positions previously, including Co-Head of EMEA Debt Capital Markets and Head of EMEA Oil & Gas coverage. Ms. Simon spent 20 years of her career working in London and is a dual US/UK citizen.
She currently sits on the boards of Aker ASA in Oslo, an industrial investment company, and the Texas Woman’s Foundation, a non-profit charity focused on the needs of underprivileged girls and women across Texas. Ms. Simon graduated from the University of Colorado and has Masters degrees from Southern Methodist University and from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Mr. Rigas is a founding shareholder of Energean Oil & Gas. He is a Petroleum Engineer with a combination of oil & gas and investment banking experience.
Prior to setting up Energean Oil & Gas, Mr. Rigas spent 18 years in investment banking and has experience in Private Equity investments in oil & gas, project finance and shipping. Between 2001 and 2007 Mr. Rigas set up, and became the Managing Partner of, Capital Connect Venture Partners, a Greek investment fund. From 1999 until 2001, Mr. Rigas managed Piraeus Bank’s Shipping Investment Banking division.
As Vice President of Shipping, Energy & Project Finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in London (1993-1999), Mr. Rigas arranged financing in excess of US$5 billion, mainly in the oil & gas sector.
He holds a Degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc / DIC Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College.
Mr. Benos has extensive experience of working on international projects in the oil & gas sector, both in banking and industry, with a long track record of upstream financings in emerging markets.
He joined Energean from Standard Chartered Bank, where he worked as a Director in their London Oil & Gas team to deliver a number of significant projects and acquisitions in Africa, Asia and Middle East.
Mr. Benos previously worked for ConocoPhillips, where he held positions in European Treasury, North Sea Economics and International Downstream, with a focus on the North Sea, Central Europe and Middle East business. Mr. Benos began his career with Royal Bank of Scotland.
He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and holds an MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from Cass Business School.
Mr. Bartlett has over 30 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry with most of that time spent in emerging markets. He has spent 11 years as an investment banker in the City and subsequently 5 ½ years in the Private Equity business and was the former Global Head of Oil & Gas Mergers and Acquisitions and Project Finance at Standard Chartered Bank plc.
He currently advises an African private equity group, Helios Investment Partners LLP on their oil investments and sits on the boards of several public and private companies in addition to running his own advisory business.
He currently is a Non-Executive Director of Africa Oil and Impact Oil & Gas. He heads the Audit Committee of the former and sits on the Audit Committee of the latter, while he is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination / Governance committees of both companies. He is on the Advisory Board of Upside Energy, who manage an EU funded initiative to discuss energy security issues for the EU. He was previously Chairman of Azonto Energy (ASX listed) and a NED of Eland Oil & Gas (AIM listed).
Prior to that Mr. Bartlett worked for Royal Dutch Shell for 21 years, having helped to establish Shell Capital after a long international management career as a Petroleum Engineer. Postings with Shell included offshore North Sea, The Netherlands, Somalia, New Zealand, Syria and London. He was a qualified Corporate Finance and Futures and Options Representative with the FSA.
He holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London.
Mr. Topouzoglou is an entrepreneur with more than 35 years’ experience in founding and growing companies in the energy transportation sector.
He is a founding partner of Energean Oil & Gas. He is also the principal shareholder and founder of Prime and serves as Chief Executive Officer since 1999, a predecessor of PRIME Tanker & PRIME Gas, a worldwide leading international product tanker and gas carrier management company with a fleet of 44 modern product tankers, LPG and Ammonia carriers.
Mr. Topouzoglou also serves as Chairman of the board of First Lease Ship Trust, a listed shipping trust on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
He holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Athens, Greece.
David Bonanno joined Third Point in 2008. He focuses on special situation opportunities in the US and Europe, and acts as the primary investment professional for the Third Point Hellenic Recovery Fund, L.P.
Mr. Bonanno was previously an associate in the Private Equity and Distressed Investments Group at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and an analyst in the Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory Group at Rothschild Inc.
Mr. Bonanno graduated with honours from Harvard University with a BA in Psychology
Mr. Ohad Marani is a Board Member of Bank Leumi of Israel Ltd since October 2015 and member of the Investment Committee of Israel’s Infrastructure Fund Previously, CEO of ILDC-Energy Ltd.
Previously, Mr. Marani has been Chairman of the board of Emmanuelle Energy (2010-2015). Chairman of the board of Israel Natural gas Lines Ltd (2008-2010), Chairman of the board of Alumot Investment House (2007-2009), and Chairman of the Board of ORL- Israel Oil Refineries Ltd.( 2004-2007).
He has also served as Director-General of Israel Finance Ministry (2001 – 2003), Director of the Budget Department of the State of Israel (2000 – 2001) and Minister of Economic Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington(1995 – 2000), while he has Voluntary served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Economics Committee of the Manufacturers Association of Israel (2004 – 2008) and a Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Batsheva Dance Company, one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the world (2005 – 2013)
Ambassador Peck has almost 35 years in the Government of Canada as a career Foreign Service Officer.
Previously, Mr. Peck held various diplomatic roles in Nigeria, Switzerland and Greece. As Canada’s representative to both Algeria and the Hellenic Republic, Ambassador Peck worked closely with the Canadian oil and gas and mining sectors.
He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO), a member of the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG), and an Honorary Director of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation of Toronto.
Mr. Peck was also Involved with a number of charitable organizations in Greece, including a safe haven for refugee minors on the Greek island of Lesbos. He has received numerous awards including the Canadian Foreign Minister’s Citation for Foreign Policy Excellence, the Minister’s Merit Award, a Citation from the Fondation Club Avenir for his exceptional contribution to Canada-Algeria relations, and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix conferred by the President of the Hellenic Republic
Amy Lashinsky is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Alaco, an international risk management company. She has over three decades’ experience advising multinationals, financial institutions and investors on matters such as reputational risk and ESG criteria, delivering intelligence to support transactions around the world, particularly in emerging markets. She also works with global law firms and their clients to help enforce judgments brought about through arbitration or litigation.
Ms. Lashinsky trained as a securities analyst on Wall Street before joining Kroll in New York in 1985. She moved to London in 1988 to help establish Kroll’s first overseas office, where she became Managing Director of its business intelligence unit. In 1995 Ms. Lashinsky set up her own firm, Asmara Limited, which was sold to NYSE-listed Armor Holdings in 1998. She co-founded Alaco in 2002.
Ms. Lashinsky is a dual US/UK citizen and is a Trustee of the Rathbones Folio Prize. She graduated from the University of Michigan with BA in Political Science and Economics.