Seven Energy is a leading Nigerian integrated gas company

Board of Directors

Meet our team

Seven Energy has a high quality Board with a strong combination of Nigerian and global oil and gas knowledge and experience to lead the Group in all areas of operation.

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Atul Gupta,
Chairman

Atul has over 30 years of experience in the international upstream oil and gas business successively with Charterhouse Petroleum, Petrofina, Monument and as CEO of Burren Energy plc. Atul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

Year appointed:
2012
Other appointments:
Non-executive director at Nostrum Oil and Gas plc, Vetra Energy Limited and Essar Capital
Committee membership:
Audit Committee
Osam Iyahen,
Non-executive Director

Osam is a Director, Natural Resources at Africa Finance Corporation. He has a wealth of international energy finance experience, including involvement in multi billion-dollar development projects with ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron, as well as strategy consulting expertise for the oil and gas sector. Osam holds a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College in Vermont, and an MBA in Strategy and General Management from Cornell University (Johnson School of Management). 

Year appointed:
2012
Other appointments:
None
Committee membership:
Audit Committee 
Michael Lynch-Bell,
Independent Non-executive Director

Michael has a wealth of experience in the energy and resources sectors having spent 38 years at Ernst & Young specialising in the provision of services to a wide variety of mining and metals and oil and gas clients. Michael holds a BA in Economics and Accounting from the University of Sheffield, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a member of the UK Energy Institute. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Schiller International University. 

Year appointed:
2013
Other appointments:
Independent non-executive director and audit committee chair at Kaz Minerals PLC and Lenta Limited, board member and trustee of Action Aid International, independent director, audit committee chair and compensation committee chair at Transocean Partners LLC and independent director and audit committee chair at Gem Diamonds Ltd
Committee membership:
Audit (Chair) and Environment & Community Committees
Cyril Odu,
Non-executive Director

Cyril has over 40 years of oil and gas experience working for ExxonMobil in Nigeria prior to his retirement in February 2012. He was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Mobil Producing Nigeria and Chief Financial Officer of the ExxonMobil Upstream Companies in Nigeria, the largest operating affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation. He is currently a Partner at African Capital Alliance and head of the energy practice. Cyril has a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Ibadan and MBA from Texas Southern University.

Year appointed:
2014
Other appointments:
Non-executive director of Union Bank, Income Electrix, Ventures Gardens Group
Committee membership:
Audit and Environment & Community (Chair) Committees
Steven Vineburg,
Non-executive Director

Stephen is currently Chief Executive Officer of ASMA Capital Partners, the manager of the IDB Infrastructure Fund II. The Fund is sponsored by the IDB, and other leading institutional and sovereign investors from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Brunei. Stephen was Partner and CEO of Infrastructure for CVC Capital Partners, and prior to that he was Global Head of Infrastructure Investment for First State Investments. He has extensive experience in managing investments including those in power stations, water companies, airports and gas pipelines. 

Year appointed:
2016
Other appointments:
None
Committee membership:
Audit and HR & Remuneration Committee (Chair)
Carlos Reyes,
Non-executive Director

Carlos is currently Principal at the IFC African, Latin America and Caribbean Fund (ALAC) and is a member of the Senior Investment team responsible for the $1.0 billion ALAC Fund, responsible for investments in the energy and natural resources sectors and across all sectors for the West Africa Region. Previously, Carlos worked at BP in a variety of senior roles where he held responsibility for delivery of over $2.5 billion in transactions related to gas storage, gas infrastructure and upstream assets. Carlos has an MBA from Yale School of Management and a Masters in International Public Policy from George Mason University and a BA (Economics) from Universidad de Barcelona.

Year appointed:
2016
Other appointments:
Board member for Africa Railways – Rift Valley Railways
Committee membership:
Audit, Environment & Community and HR & Remuneration Committees
Matthew Harwood,
Non-executive Director

Matthew is currently Group Head of Strategy at Petrofac plc. Matthew started his business career at Royal Dutch Shell as a reservoir engineer, latterly moving into new business development before joining Booz Allen Hamilton as a management consultant advising a variety of clients across the energy sector. Matthew has also worked for Scottish Power where he held roles with responsibility for strategy development, business planning and mergers and acquisitions. Matthew is a Chartered Engineer and holds a BA (Hons) in Chemistry from Oxford University and a PhD from Cambridge University.

Year appointed:
2016
Other appointments:
None
Committee membership:
Audit and HR & Remuneration Committee