Mark Armanious – COO

Mark is a professional geologist with over 28 years’ experience in the exploration and development of conventional and unconventional oil and gas fields both in North America and worldwide. In Minexco, his expertise is applied to the assessment of producing acquisition opportunities, and to the maximisation of their value. Mark has worked for various private and public oil companies including CNRL, High Point, Paramount, Centurion International, and with the independent engineering consultancy Sproule International. He graduated in Geology from University of Calgary in 1984.


Lord Richard Risby – Non-Executive Chairman

Lord Risby has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector in the City of London having held a range of senior director positions at Merrill Lynch, E F Hutton, Lehman Brothers and Furman Selz. He then went into politics and served as a Conservative Member of Parliament for 18 years, during which time he became Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, a position that he held for five years, and was responsible for relations and policy development with the major financial institutions and investment community in the City of London. Following this, Lord Risby became Deputy Chairman of Conservative Business Relations. He was appointed to the House of Lords in November 2010. In 2012 Lord Risby was appointed the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Algeria. Lord Risby was born in South Africa and holds a Masters in Economics from Magdalene College Cambridge.


Gilad Mintzer – Executive Director

Gilad has been a part of Minexco since the beginning and played a key role in shaping its business model and developing its assets around the world. With responsibility for managing the company’s day to day corporate, legal and financial operations, Gilad focuses on implementing new programs and developing business strategy. A lawyer by profession, he previously practised international commercial law as a partner at Mordechai Mintzer in Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition, he has held legal and tax advisory roles at international fiduciary companies, including board directorships for foreign private companies engaged in trading, commercial and real estate projects. Gilad holds an LLB degree from Bar Ilan University in Israel and was admitted to the bar in 2003.


Per Inge Remmen  – Drilling Manager AGR Energy

Per Inge founded Drilling Production Technology AS (DPT) in 2000, which was acquired by AGR in 2005. Prior to DPT, Per Inge worked for Norsk Hydro from 1982-1998 where he had several roles both on- and offshore, including responsibilities for drilling technology and acting as Asset Manager of Oseberg South.


Atle Aamodt Andresen – SVP AGR Energy

Atle has 28 years’ experience from the oil and gas industry. He is the CEO of AGR Energy. He started his career with Conoco and Norsk Hydro working in the North Sea and globally on interpretation and operations. He headed the Hydro Petrophysics department. Atle then joined PGS to build the reservoir and production part of the subsurface team in Norway. He was responsible for field reviews, asset management and data management and as the company’s Managing Director. He managed the acquisition of the company form PGS and was the MD in Reservoir Evaluations Services with offices in Norway and Kazakhstan. The company was acquired by AGR in 2006 and constituted the basis of the current AGR subsurface team. Atle managed the AGR Reservoir Management Division from 2007 to 2011 prior to commencing to his present position as the SVP AGR Energy. Atle holds an MSc in Petroleum from NTH, Norway.


Dr Martin Keeley – Advisor

Martin is a petroleum geologist with over 33 years’ oil and gas experience in Africa and South America. Following a career at Shell from 1980, Martin has held key management roles at Emerald Energy plc, Gold Oil plc and Eagle Star Petroleum, and has worked as an advisor to governments on competitive licensing rounds in Argentina, Colombia and Namibia. More recently, Martin has consulted for companies including Schlumberger and Petronas. He is also actively involved in research, publishing and teaching, and held a Visiting Professorship at University College London from 2002 to 2005. Martin graduated from Bristol University in 1976 and obtained a PhD in Geology from Dublin University in 1980.