Dr. Tucker has over 30 years’ experience in international oil and gas operations, financing and acquisitions. Roger began his career at Exxon and has since held various senior executive positions including SVP of BG Group’s European business, CEO of African Arabian Petroleum Ltd., MD of Yukos Oil, and President of the LatAm operations of LASMO plc. Dr. Tucker graduated from University of Newcastle with a B.Sc. in Geology and a Ph.D. in Sedimentology and Geochemistry and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of London.
Francesco is a self-made businessman and entrepreneur. He founded his logistics business in 2004 and has been working in Energy trading since 2012. Francesco’s logistics firm was awarded an Italian Government grant to build a logistics centre and subsequently grew into an international firm specialising in exporting Italian produce to the Middle East. With the support of an Italian Government accelerator programme Francesco moved into the energy trading space. Following significant due diligence he was qualified to compete for contracts to supply NATO. Since then the business has continued to grow reaching close to $1bn in turnover in 2019.
Francesco joined Viaro as CFO in 2018. Francesco started his career in the banking sector as a credit risk manager in 2006, and moved into audit roles working as a Senior Auditor at the European Fund for Business Development (co-financed by the EU) between 2012 and 2018. Francesco was a Senior Certifier of a project co-financed by the Interreg Med, a programme to promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean. Francesco is an international tax and IFRS specialist with a Masters degree from the Milan Business School.
Steve was the founder and CEO of Nautical Petroleum which was sold for £414m to Cairn Energy in 2012. Prior to Nautical, Steve held a variety of senior roles at Nimir Petroleum, a private Saudi Arabian company with global exploration and production interests. Steve is Chairman of Savannah Energy Plc, the Oil and Gas Independents Association and Evoterra Ltd. He has a B.Sc. in Geology from Queen’s University, Belfast and an M.Sc. in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College University of London. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Sir Simon Mayall, KBE, CB, retired from a long and distinguished career in which he served in a variety of senior military and political advisory roles focused on the Middle East. He has long and deep relationships with the senior leadership across that region. Sir Simon, age 64, began his career with the British Army in 1978 and held a series of increasingly senior roles until his retirement in 2015. Most recently, he served as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Operations) from 2009-2011, Defence Senior Adviser (Middle East) from 2011-2014 and as the Prime Minister’s Security Envoy to Iraq from 2014-2015