Murat Özgül has 20 years’ experience in the defence, satellite and oil and gas sectors. He joined Genel Energy in 2008 as Chief Commercial Officer and was responsible for leading its merger with Vallares PLC in 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Murat was the CEO of INTA Spaceturk, an imaging satellite operating company, and held engineering and managerial positions at Roketsan and INTA Defense. He holds a BSc and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.
Ben Monaghan joined Genel Energy as CFO in 2015. Prior to joining the Company he was Head of European Oil and Gas Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan in London, where he worked for 20 years raising equity and debt capital and advising on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures in the global energy sector. Ben also has two years’ experience as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in the UK, Russia and France, and holds an MA degree from Cambridge University.
Mike has 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in a wide variety of exploration, exploitation and global business development roles. Prior to joining Genel in 2012, initially as Exploration Manager for Africa, Mike worked in a series of technical and leadership positions for companies including British Gas, Amerada Hess, Gulf Keystone Petroleum and Sterling Energy. Mike holds a MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College London and is a Fellow of the Geological Society.
Pars Kutay joined Genel Energy in December 2010. Pars is responsible for developing, co-ordinating and implementing policies on government and public affairs as regards countries where we operate. Pars was a partner at AB Consultancy and Investment Services from 1995 to 2010. Between 1984 and 1995 he served in Turkey’s Undersecretariat of Treasury and Foreign Trade. He is a graduate of Law from Ankara University and holds degrees in International Finance and Environmental Law from Ankara University.
Stephen Mitchell has practiced as a lawyer for over 30 years. Prior to joining the Company he was Vice President – Group Legal with BHP Billiton plc and prior to that he was Group General Counsel and Head of Risk Management at Reuters Group plc, in which he advised on a broad range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance. Stephen was a partner in Freehills in Australia for six years prior to joining Reuters and holds a BEc and LLB from Monash University in Australia.
Macit Merey has over 20 years’ experience in finance including ten years in oil and gas. Macit joined Genel Energy in 2005 and was the Finance and Accounting Manager of the Taq Taq Operating Company (TTOPCO) from 2006 until 2009. He was CFO of Genel Energy International Limited from 2009 until its merger with Vallares PLC in 2011. Macit holds a BSc degree in Food Engineering and an MBA from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.
Elliot joined Vallares PLC in 2011 and advised on the merger with Genel Energy that year, following which he has worked at Genel in a variety of commercial roles. Prior to joining Vallares, Elliot worked in Ethiopia for 12 months as a consultant to the Coffee Initiative Project, established by the Bill Gates Foundation. From 2006 to 2010 he worked at Goldman Sachs in their leveraged finance and natural resources M&A teams in Australia. Elliot holds a BEc and LLB from the University of Sydney.
Gozde has over 20 years’ experience in the telecom, consultancy, FMCG and media sectors. She joined Genel Energy in 2014 as Head of Human Resources for Turkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Prior to joining the Company, Gozde worked in different HR management roles at Turkcell, the leading Turkish telecoms company, and held HR positions at DDI-Development Dimensions International and Coca-Cola. She started her career in Turkish Radio and Television in 1992 as a News Reader. Gozde holds a BSc in Psychology from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and an Executive-MBA from the Koc University in Istanbul.
Luke joined Vallares PLC in October 2011, becoming Deputy Financial Controller at the merged Genel Energy later that year, and Group Financial Controller in April 2015. Luke spent the seven years prior to joining Vallares at KPMG, where he was a Department Senior Manager and Head of the Energy and Natural Resources audit department. Luke holds an LLB from the University of Sheffield.