Gran Tierra Energy Inc.
Gran Tierra Energy Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and development company headquartered in Calgary, Canada, incorporated and traded in the United States and operating in South America. The Company currently holds interests in producing and non-producing properties in Argentina and is pursuing a growth strategy that establishes a portfolio of production, development opportunities, exploration prospects and land, by selective acquisitions, to provide a base for future growth.
Collectively, Gran Tierra Energy's management team has over one hundred years of hands-on international exploration and production operations experience and success.
Dana Coffield - President & CEO
Prior to joining Gran Tierra Energy in May 2005, Dana was Vice President of the Middle East Business Unit for EnCana Corporation, responsible for business development, exploration operations, commercial evaluations, government and partner relations, planning and budgeting, environment/health/safety, security and management of several overseas operating offices. He held various senior management positions for EnCana's predecessor, Alberta Energy Company, including petroleum exploration operations in five countries. Dana was previously with ARCO International for ten years, where he participated in exploration and production operations in North Africa, SE Asia and Alaska. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with an MSc and PhD in Geology and holds a BSc in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Dana is also a member of the AAPG, the CSPG, and is a Fellow of the Explorers Club.
Martin Eden - CFO
Mr. Eden has over twenty-six years experience in accounting and finance in the energy industry in Canada and overseas. He was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Artumas Group Inc. and has served as CFO of Chariot Energy Inc., Assure Energy Inc. and Geodyne Energy Inc., all publicly listed Canadian oil and gas companies. He was Controller and subsequently CFO of Kyrgoil Corporation and spent nine years with Nexen Inc. including three years as Finance Manager of the company's operations in Yemen and six years in Nexen's financial reporting and special projects areas in its Canadian head office. Martin has worked in public practice including two years as an audit manager for Coopers & Lybrand in East Africa. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Birmingham University, England, an MBA from Henley Management College/Brunel University, England, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Max Wei - VP Operations
Max offers broad experience in reservoir engineering and project management in Canada, the US, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Russia, Netherlands, Philippines, Malaysia, Venezuela and Ecuador, among other countries. His career includes positions with Shell Canada, Imperial Oil, Bechtel, Occidental Petroleum and Marathon Canada. He was most recently with EnCana Corporation, as Team Leader for Qatar and Bahrain operations, and he completed a project management position with Petronas in Malaysia before joining Gran Tierra in May 2005. Max is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. He has a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta and Certification in Petroleum Engineering from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Rafael Orunesu - President, Gran Tierra Energy Argentina
Rafael was most recently Engineering Manager for Pluspetrol Norte SA, where he was responsible for planning and development operations in the Peruvian North jungle. He participated in numerous evaluation and asset purchase and sale transactions covering Latin America and North Africa with Pluspetrol. Rafael was previously with Pluspetrol in Argentina where he managed technical and economic evaluations for production operations. He began his career with YPF, initially as a geologist in the Austral Basin of Argentina and eventually as Chief of Exploitation Geology and Engineering for the Catriel Field in the Nuequ'en Basin, where he was responsible for drilling programs, workovers and secondary recovery projects. Rafael has a postgraduate degree in Reservoir Engineering and Exploitation Geology from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires and a degree in Geology from Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina.
Edgar Dyes - President, Gran Tierra Energy Colombia
Edgar joined Gran Tierra Energy's management team through the acquisition of Argosy Energy International, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office for Argosy's general partner. His experience in the Colombian oil industry spans twenty-one years, with the last six years in charge of Argosy's planning, management, finance and administration. Edgar started his career with Union Texas Petroleum as a petroleum accountant advancing into supervision and management positions in UTP's international operations. Subsequently, he worked for Quintana Energy Corporation, (Cullen family, Houston), Jackson Exploration, Inc, CSX Oil and Gas and Garnet Resources Corporation where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer. Edgar has worked in various financial and managerial rolls on projects in the United Kingdom, Germany, Indonesia, Oman, Brunei, Egypt, Somalia, Ecuador and Colombia. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Stephen F. Austin State University with postgraduate studies in accounting.