Board of Directors

Yilmaz Oz

Honorary Chairman of the Board

 

Mr. Yilmaz Oz, an International Lawyer from Turkey, was born in Ankara in 1930. After finishing the Ankara Law School in 1951, he went to the United States. Attended Yale Law School for post-graduate work and received a Master's Degree in International Law in June of 1952. Staying on for another term at Yale, he continued his U.S. studies until March of 1953.

 

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Returning to Turkey, he set up his private law practice in Ankara in 1956. He specializes in International Business Law, particularly in the corporate field. He is recognized as an expert in the oil & gas investment and government relations matters. He is a proponent of what-he-calls ‘‘Preventive Law'', emphasizing the need for and importance of pre-contract counseling. Mr. Oz has been a member of the Yale Law School Alumni Association; the President of the Turkish-American Association; the President of the Ankara Rotary Club; a member of the International Service Consultative Committee of Rotary International, as well as, being member of various professional organizations. He has attended and/or served as panelist in seminars and symposia of professional interest at the U.N., the University of Cambridge and the International Chamber of Commerce. He has written and published several articles of professional and general interest, as well as, widely lecturing on same. He is the Reviser for the “Turkey” section of the Law Digests in the Martindale-Hubbel International Law Directory.

 

Cem Sayer

Chairman of the Board & President

 

Mr. Cem Sayer has been engaged in oil and gas exploration and production projects in Turkey since 1989. He graduated from Richmond University in the United Kingdom in 1989 where he obtained a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Economics, with International Business as his area of concentration. He also attended various courses in the USA on petroleum economy and drilling practices.

 

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Mr. Sayer's field of expertise has been dealing with international projects and contract, legislative and financial issues as well as corporate restructuring and Institutionalization process of the company. The accomplishments included successful utilization of the company to international drilling contracts outside Turkey as well as efficient and profitable appraisal of discovered oil fields In Turkey.

 

Mr. Sayer has given particular emphasis to effective team work and a uniform Board level support and commitment to company policies and fiscal program. Mr.Sayer is working for AME since 1989.

 

Mr. Cem Sayer individually is one of the five founding members of PETFORM (Petroleum Platform Association) which was established by and between operating oil and gas companies in Turkey to voice out industry opinion and perspective towards the government and related bodies. He served as Vice-Chairman and led the Exploration and Production Group for five years between 2000 and 2006.

 

He played an active role in the preparation and negotiation process of the Petroleum Law, Natural Gas Market law and Petroleum Market law of Turkey. He is a Director of the Canadian-Turkish Business Council (CTBC), and also an active member of AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Houston - Texas), Energy Institution (London - England),   International Who's Who Historical Society (Washington DC - USA), American Business Forum in Turkey (ABFT, Istanbul- Turkey) and Turkish American Businessmen's Association (TABA, Istanbul- Turkey). Mr. Sayer is married with three children and currently resides in Vancouver, BC. Canada.

 

 

George C. Bruce

Vice President

 

Mr. George C. Bruce is the grandson of the founder of Aladdin Middle East, Ltd. He was graduated from the University of Kansas in 1977 with a BA degree in history and comparative literature and a minor emphasis in geology. In 1980, Mr. Bruce received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Washburn University.

 

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Mr. Bruce served as general counsel for Aladdin Middle East Ltd. from 1980 to 1990 and became the Chairman of the company in 1991. In addition to his experience in Turkey with Aladdin-Middle East, Ltd., Mr. Bruce has been active in oil and gas exploration and production in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Idaho, and Kentucky, New Mexico and Colorado as well as Canada, West Africa and the Caribbean in his capacity as CEO and general counsel for Aladdin Petroleum Corporation.

 

In addition to his business experience with Aladdin Petroleum Corporation and Aladdin Middle-East.  Ltd. Mr. Bruce serves as the managing member of Southwind Energy, LLC; Sterling Water Systems, LLC; Kinless Investments LLC, and Oreod Partners and is a Director of Manifest Energy, LLC and Cross First Holdings, LLC.

 

 

Mr. Bruce is a former partner of Hall, Pike & Bruce, and is a former managing partner of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP., where he continues to serve as counsel. His legal practice focuses on traditional and alternative energy; securities, financial, real-estate and international matters.

 

 

Mr. Bruce is a Trustee of Trinity Academy, a founding Ruling Elder of Heartland Community Church and has serves various community capacities including Treasurer for Congressman Todd Tiahrt, Kansas 4th District. Mr. Bruce lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife Pam. He has 4 children who are currently living In Washington D.C., Philadelphia, PA. and Palo Alto, California.

 

Tighe Noonan

Director

 

Tighe Noonan is a founding Partner of 4D Global Energy Advisors. He has been continuously involved in energy finance since 1982. After 14 years of experience in commercial and investment banking with the Barclays Group (BZW) in New York and Paris, notably in the energy sector, he joined Société Générale in 1995 where he was Managing Director, Head of Oil and Gas Project Finance.

 

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Following studies at Swarthmore College (USA), Mr. Noonan received an advanced degree in economics & finance from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques from the University of Grenoble (France). He speaks fluent English, French and Italian.

 

As a Partner, he is a director of Africa Fortesa Corporation Limited, Finoil S.p.A, Global Energy Services Inc, Independence Contract Drilling Inc. and Socotherm S.p.A. Mr. Noonan was previously director of Italian refining and marketing independent Italian Energy Servizi, S.p.A. ("IES"), a Fund portfolio company exited in 2007.

 

Emmanuel Bazin

Director

 


Emmanuel Bazin is a Director of 4D Global Energy Advisors. Prior to joining the team in October 2006 he held a number of positions focused on oil and gas both in the industry and with banks. His professional experience dates back to 1983,

 

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with 5 years at BP in planning and sales management positions in petrochemicals in Paris and London, then 19 years at Paribas and Société Générale, in Geneva, Los Angeles, Singapore and Paris, in a variety of specialties ranging from trade finance to oil & gas reserve based and refining finance and, in the last 5 years M&A and acquisition finance transactions.

 

Emmanuel holds a Master's degree in business and finance management from ESC Rouen. He speaks French and English fluently.

 

As a Director, he is director of Africa Fortesa Corporation Limited

 

William Browning

Director

 

William Browning is a qualified attorney with 27 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry. He currently leads Infrastructure Development Partners, LLC, a UK-based Independent energy Consultancy involved In a wide variety of projects around the globe.

 

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Bill was part of the management team of the ACG field, the largest upstream development project in the South Caspian Sea from inception to full production. From 1995 to 2002 he directed the legal work for the development of the Baku­ Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline exporting oil form the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean. From 2002 he provided management support for the financing of this $2.6 billion project.

 

Bill spent more than 16 years in the legal department at Pennzoil, leaving Senior Counsel in 1999. More recently Bill has worked on integrated teams In support of the Eastern Caribbean gas pipeline project and fertilizer projects in South America.

 

Bill is a 1980 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Near Eastern and African history and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas, School of Law in Austin, TX in 1983.

 

Scott Aitken

Director

 

Scott Aitken is the Chief Executive Officer of High Power Petroleum since 2016. Scott graduated with a degree in Applied Physics (Bsc Hons) from the University of Strathclyde and commenced his career in the oil industry as a Petroleum Engineer with ExxonMobil in 1992 

 

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where he progressed through roles in reservoir engineering and sub-surface asset management. Joining Weatherford in 1998 he held Divisional Vice-President roles in Australia, Asia and the Middle East until 2003. Mr. Aitken co-founded Seven Energy in 2004 as Chief Executive Officer.