Our team combines wide experience in all aspects of finance and oil exploration and extraction. Their strengths and reliability help provide the trust and assurance you need and deserve in a joint-venture.

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Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza


Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza is the son of Baron Heini Thyssen-Bornemisza and Baroness Fiona Thyssen-Bornemisza nee Campbell-Walter. A Swiss national, he was educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and Edinburgh University, where he read psychology....

He heads a family business with investments in the entertainment industry in California, agriculture in Pakistan and is a major shareholder in IHS, the critical information provider to the oil and gas industry.

In addition to his business activities, he has produced and directed both films and theatre. Like his father, he is a major art collector and is also a significant supporter of the study of classics and archaeology at leading U.K. academic institutions, including Oxford University, The Open University and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

He is a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle at Oxford University, a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College and has been awarded his BA Honours Degree  in Classical Studies.

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Hamid Jourabchi

Chief Executive Officer

Hamid is an investment and finance professional with over 20 years’ experience working with multinational banks. A board member to several businesses in the UK and the USA, he has served as C.E.O. of Thyssen Petroleum since 2011, developing multiple projects in North America, Middle East & North Africa....

Previous to working with the Thyssen family, Hamid worked with several international banks including Merrill Lynch International Banks London, Credit Suisse Geneva and CMB Monaco. As a director and head of Merrill Lynch Middle East Wealth Management 1991-1997, Hamid was responsible for the Middle East private client business unit with over 150 staff and later with other banks having a similar high level management role.

Hamid has a BA in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Colorado (1984-1988), and an Executive Masters degree from the London Business School obtained in 1998.

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Majid Jourabchi

Chief Financial Officer

Majid has extensive experience in operation and finance. Majid started his career managing and building a retail company with operations across two states in the US. He has worked for MetLife Asset Management in New York and as an investment banker for Chatfield Dean Investment bankers and Salomon Brothers....

Additionally, Majid successfully raised capital to start a technology company with partnership from Philips and IBM.

Before joining Thyssen Petroleum he was active in developing software and hardware solutions for the oil & gas industry and government research institutions. Majid brings a unique level of experience in oil & gas, operations and finance to Thyssen Petroleum.

Majid has a B.Sc in Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Denver and an MBA in finance & operations from New York University, Stern School of Business.

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Daniel W. Hughes

Vice President, Exploration

A proven oil finder and prospect generator with a strong and diverse geophysical and geological background and over 37 years experience. He has been instrumental in the discovery and exploitation of nearly 1 bn barrels of oil equivalent, including the Alpine Field Complex in Alaska and numerous oil and gas fields in Pakistan....

He has worked for Cities Service Company, BP, Union Texas Petroleum, Seagull Energy, Orient Petroleum, and Falcon Oil & Gas, Ltd. Dan received his BSE and MSE degrees in Geological Engineering from Princeton University in 1973, and completed all PhD requirements with the exception of the dissertation at Cornell University.

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Yosef Shahin

General Manager, Jordan

Yosef has over 28 years of oil industry experience with emphasis on development of new projects, regional geology and petroleum systems of the Middle East. He has published over 14 papers, in addition to 8 country reports on petroleum aspects, exploration concepts, new market entry strategy, new opportunities and arrangements of the oil and gas sector in the MENA region....

He has held positions of Senior Geologist & Manager for oil exploration and contracts, Natural Resources Authority, Jordan, Managing Director of SIL-Ethiopia International- Calub-Hilala Fields, Ethiopia, Petronas Consultant for Paleozoic Petroleum Systems of Middle East, Malaysia, Stratigrapher and Project Manager with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Jordan Project, Business Development Manager with Gabas Al Khalij in Khobar (approved oil fields service provider to Aramco, Saudi Arabia) and with Petroleum Equipment Technology Company (approved oil fields service provider to KOC, Kuwait).

He also runs his own consultancy, MEDGEO: Middle East Geology & Energy Ltd, registered and based in Amman Jordan and has carried out projects for Trans-Global Petroleum Corporation (Dead Sea Project, Jordan), JOGMEC and Shell (Calub Hilala fields in Ethiopia).

Yosef holds a Master’s Degree in Geology from Queens College, City University of New York- USA, 1992.

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Glenmore Trenear-Harvey

Head of Public Affairs

A writer & broadcaster specialising in geo-political, security and intelligence matters. A former RAF pilot he is an experienced international businessman having worked in senior management roles in the marketing and media sectors and for the British Government in the United States, Europe, South East Asia and Africa....

His involvement in the oil industry includes working with Shell and Mobil on corporate and marketing issues in various countries and presenting the ‘ENERGY WORLD’ programme for the satellite channel PRESS TV. In representing Thyssen Petroleum he brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the media, political, government, military and commercial worlds.

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Roxana Kouros

Land Manager

New to the industry, Roxana completed a Certificate in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Houston and quickly grew into her current position as the Company Land Manager where she looks after the company’s oil and gas land/lease assets....

Previous to joining Thyssen Petroleum, Roxana was the Director of an Art Gallery where she organized Art Exhibitions and Managed Private Collections.

Roxana holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is on the board of a non-profit organization, Society of Iranian-American Women for Education.  She also is an avid cyclist and enjoys racing for Team West End Bikes.

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Joey DeAgazio

Staff Geologist

Previous to becoming a geologist with Thyssen Petroleum Joey was a student intern working with the Thyssen team for 8 months. Prior to his internship, Joey worked in gold exploration for Queenston Mining Inc. and Osisko Mining....

Joey holds a BSc. in Geoscience from the University of Western Ontario, and completed a thesis project which focused on determining a geochemical signature that can be used for further exploration for expanding reserves on the Upper Beaver deposit, northern Ontario. Joey has recently graduated from the University of Houston with a professional MSc. in Petroleum Geology. Joey completed his master’s project interpreting seismic and well data in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, working with Brooks Range Petroleum and Thyssen Petroleum.


Our Supervisory Board

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Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen

Karl von Habsburg (Archduke Karl of Austria) is an Austrian politician, and the current Head of the House of Habsburg, and the grandson of the last Austrian emperor, Charles I. Since 1986, Karl von Habsburg has been president of the Austrian branch of the Paneuropean Union. After studying law for 12 years, in 1992/1993, he had a TV game show with Austrian public TV broadcaster ORF. ...

In October 1996, he was elected to the European Parliament for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). He served as a Member of the European Parliament 1996–1999.

In January 2002, he was appointed Director General of UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization) by the UNPO Steering Committee. Since December 2008, he is the President of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield.

He is one of the three co-founders of BG Privatinvest, a Vienna-based investment company. In December 2010 the company acquired two important Bulgarian daily newspapers, later selling to their Bulgarian partners,. Since 2009, he is a shareholder in a media group in the Netherlands, consisting of radio stations, a magazine and a music television channel.

A former Air force pilot, he is still serving in the reserve of the Austrian armed forces as Cultural Property Protection Officer.

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Sir Redmond Watt

General Sir Redmond Watt was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford University, where he read Law. He joined the British Army in 1972 and served for 36 years before retiring in 2008. In his last appointment as Commander-in-Chief Land Command between 2006 and 2008 he was responsible for recruiting and training the Army, and preparing it for operational deployments. ...

His early military service was with the Welsh Guards, and his operational experience was in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Bosnia.

After leaving the Army he was President of Combat Stress, the mental health charity for ex-servicemen, for 6 years. He is now the Governor (Chairman) of the Royal Hospital Chelsea; a non executive director of the NAAFI and chairman of its audit committee; a non-executive director of Linguistica-Global Ltd. During 25 years playing polo, he represented Oxford University, the Army, Young England and England B. He is the President of the Army Polo Association.

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Kay-Ellen Consolver

Ms. Consolver brings global business expertise as a former executive at Mobil Corporation and as an entrepreneur with access to a worldwide network of executives to the boards on which she serves. She served on the Board of Russian Platinum plc, a PGM producer in Russia, chairing the Nominations Committee and the Working Committee on Corporate Governance and serving on the Audit, REMCO and Operations Committees. ...

She also sits on the Advisory Board of Mildwaters Consulting, which provides strategic advice and legal services to the natural resources industry.

During her 20 years at Mobil, she served as Chairman of the Board/CEO of 7 global marketing/refining companies, International Treasurer, Corporate Secretary and Head of Worldwide Legal Services, leading teams of 750 professionals, travelling to 65 countries across 6 continents.

She then entered the entrepreneurial world, joining the Board of eLawForum (Washington, DC) as COO to launch a company to reduce the cost of corporate legal services through on-line bidding by major law firms.

Moving to London in 2002, she pursued a life-long interest in the theatre, producing plays in London and New York – 5 nominated for industry awards.

Acknowledging her leadership ability across worldwide networks, the members of IWF UK, a 225 person “by invitation only” organisation honouring UK women leaders, elected her Chairman in 2007. It is affiliated with the International Women’s Forum, a network of 5000 women leaders in 67 Forums, in 26 nations, on whose Board she served.

She began her career with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a preeminent New York City law firm. Upon receiving her law degree from Wisconsin University, she was the first woman selected to clerk for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Specialties: Corporate and charitable governance; audit, risk management; global market entries; joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions; financial management, fund management and human resources (nomination committee matters).

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Andrew Hargreaves

Andrew Hargreaves is a senior professional with the experience of a career spanning Industry, Government, and Finance.


He was fifteen years in the Aerospace and defence industry, including being UK Chairman of EADS (now Airbus Group), was ten years a UK Member of Parliament and Private Parliamentary Secretary to four Ministers of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and a number of years in Finance, doing international banking and corporate finance with Schroders and the Sanwa Bank of Japan.

He has been an International compliance officer, and is also Managing Director of Securisys Management, a specialist security and investment risk management company.

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Digger Smith

Graduated from the University of Wyoming with BS and MA in Geology 1956 and 1957. Started career with Standard Oil of California working in the US Rocky Mountains.

Worked for various Independent Oil and Gas Companies throughout the world’s oil and gas basins. Last 17 years as President of Nabors Oil and Gas, the E and P division of Nabors Industries. ...

Directed operations in all of the major North American Oil and Gas Basins and Colombian Oil and Gas Basins. Honored as a member of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Hall of Fame. Also as a result of being a co-founder and chairman of the Board, for the last 39 years, of the American Junior Golf Association, was elected to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.