KEY EXECUTIVES

RAZAN EL BADAOUI

HEAD OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Razan El Badaoui is responsible for creating and maintaining an empowering and rewarding corporate culture at Crescent Petroleum. In addition to organising internal events and contributing to the development of employee policies, she oversees numerous human resources activities for the Company, such as onboarding and employee engagement. She was instrumental in launching Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas’ human resource initiatives in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Razan has over 30 years of global expertise that span the fields of oil and gas, banking and investment, real estate, media and education.

Prior to joining Crescent Petroleum in 2001, Razan worked in the administrative division of Barakat Real Estate Co in the USA and, earlier, at the Human Resources Department of Kuwait International Bank in Kuwait.

Razan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Kuwait University.

For three years, Razan has provided her expert mentorship and support to aspiring women entrepreneurs throughout the Middle East through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

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SAJI CHACKO

DIRECTOR, ACCOUNTING & REPORTING

Saji is responsible for all accounting and related functions for the Crescent Petroleum Group. Saji joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, India during 1991 as part of training for his Chartered Accountancy. Thereafter, he worked in their Mumbai, Singapore and Dubai offices, and joined Crescent Petroleum in 2001. He is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also a graduate member of the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India.

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BERNARD DE WOLFF

DIRECTOR, PROJECTS

Bernard joined Crescent in 2012 and is responsible for field development and surface facilities. He has also worked as General Manager of the Kurdistan Operations. He has more than 25 years’ experience in project management, engineering, construction and field development both onshore and offshore. The last 12 years he has worked on oil and gas developments in the Middle East, including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Kurdistan and Egypt. Bernard started his career with Fluor Daniel in various engineering roles and project management. He then moved on to Petro-Canada and worked on various projects in the North Sea and Middle East. He has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University Eindhoven in The Netherlands.

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RAKESH EDAVALATH

DIRECTOR, SUPPLY CHAIN & CONTRACTS

Rakesh oversees procurement, contracting, inventory control, warehousing and logistics functions at Crescent Petroleum. He works to ensure the optimal productivity, quality, and efficiency of projects and operations. In addition, he consults on all key matters related to corporate affairs and business services.

Rakesh has over 25 years of experience in supply chain management in the oil and gas sector in UAE and India.

Prior to joining Crescent Petroleum in 2007, Rakesh served as the Acting Commercial Services Team Leader of Zakum Development Company in the UAE and, earlier, as Deputy Manager of Contracts and Procurement at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in India.

Rakesh holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Kerala, India, in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Materials Management from the Indian Institute of Materials Management. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS), UK.

Through his philanthropic endeavours in his home state of Kerala, India, Rakesh aims to provide a fairer access to school education.

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RENE HANSEN

DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES & CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT

Rene Hansen oversees human resources, corporate engagement and administrative services at Crescent Petroleum. He ensures the optimisation of its human capital by implementing numerous employee engagement schemes and performance enhancement programmes. In addition, he manages Crescent Petroleum’s communication and corporate citizenship activities while contributing to the development of its leadership standards and corporate governance systems.
Rene has over 20 years of international experience in the fields of oil and gas, ports and logistics, education, fast-moving consumer goods and legal advisory services.
Prior to joining Crescent Petroleum in 2011, Rene served as the Middle East and North Africa Human Resources Head for Saba & Co. Intellectual Property.
Rene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Social Psychology from the Montana State University, USA. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the London Business School in the UK.
Since 2014, Rene has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Oil and Gas Future of Human Capital working group. He is also a partner of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.

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STEPHEN MENEZES

DIRECTOR, INSURANCE

Stephen is responsible for insurance and risk management function of Crescent Group. He has over 18 years of professional insurance and risk management experience, majority of which in the oil & gas industry. He was previously head of insurance at Emirates National Oil Co. (ENOC) responsible for insurance and risk management of the group. Prior to ENOC, he worked with various insurance companies in Dubai including Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance, Northern Assurance Company and General Accident Insurance. Stephen holds a Bachelors degree from Mangalore University and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the U.K.

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MAHDI MOSA

RESERVOIR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Mahdi’s responsibilities are centered on development of Mubarek Field and Exploration/Evaluation of Sharjah Onshore Concession and Sir Abu Nu’ayr areas, in addition to evaluating and decision making on various international upstream opportunities. He is highly experienced in reservoir development and management of super giant fields in Iraq. Mahdi, who joined Crescent Petroleum in 1997, received two bachelor degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Mathematics and a Master degree in Petroleum Engineering, all from the University of Texas at Austin.

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DILEEP G. PILLAI

DIRECTOR, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Dileep leads the Company’s Information Technology function. Dileep has more than 20 years of international experience in Information technology field which covers technical, techno-commercial and Managerial roles. As Director Information Technology, he is responsible for policy development, setting technical standards, determination and implementation of the IT requirement of the Company. Prior to joining Crescent, Dileep worked in organizations like Crompton Greaves, Novel Inc, etc. Dileep has an Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication from MS University, India and an M.B.A. from Mahatma Gandhi University, India.

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ARIF RAFIQ ARIF

IRAQ COUNTRY MANAGER AND BAGHDAD BRANCH MANAGER

Arif is a geologist by education, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from Baghdad University, and a Higher Diploma in Upstream Petroleum Activities from the French Petroleum Institute, France. He has extensive and diversified experience in various petroleum industry activities with over 30 years as Geologist, Drilling Superintendent, Director of Exploration Geology, and Director of Planning mainly with the Iraq National Oil Company and the Iraq Oil Exploration Company. Prior to joining Crescent Petroleum, he was Head of the Contracts and Agreements Department and Chief Contracts Negotiator at the Iraq Oil Exploration Company.

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JAYAKRISHNAN RAMASWAMY

DIRECTOR, BUSINESS PROCESS & SYSTEMS

Jayakrishnan is responsible for developing, monitoring, and optimising business processes and systems in line with the prevailing strategy at Crescent Petroleum. Besides ensuring corporate efficiency, he provides guidance and support for all key corporate affairs and business services. He plays an instrumental role in maintaining corporate communications including online presence and is primarily responsible for developing overall sustainability thought processes and spearheading annual reporting efforts.

Jayakrishnan offers over 25 years of diversified experience in the areas of finance and accounting, organisational development, and strategic partnerships in the UAE and India.

Prior to joining Crescent Petroleum in 2011, Jayakrishnan served as the Enterprise Resource Planning Project Director at Petrofac in the UAE after serving in various other capacities over a ten-year period.

Jayakrishnan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in India. He is a Chartered Accountant from India and a Certified Public Accountant from the USA, in addition to being Certified in International Treasury Management by the Association of Corporate Treasurers, UK.

Through his philanthropic endeavours in his hometown of Chennai, India, Jayakrishnan aims to provide a fairer access to education and healthcare.

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ANDREW ROBERTS

SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL

Andrew was a partner in private practice with a London law firm before working in-house in the oil business. He has substantial international experience having been based, at various points in his career, in London, Qatar, Dubai, Malaysia and Geneva. He has acquired specific experience in relation to onshore and offshore upstream oil and gas related matters. Andrew graduated from Oxford University with an MA (Honours) and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1984.

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SYED ZAKI HASSAN

DIRECTOR, FINANCE

Zaki is an international gas and power specialist with 16 years’ in-depth experience advising governments, multinationals, and public and private sector clients on deal structuring, energy economics, business strategy, market restructuring, valuation and regulation/policy across the world. He was the Managing Director, Corporate Finance with Global Union Energy ventures in Bahrain and Director, Energy Corporate Finance with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London before joining Crescent as Consultant Financial Advisor. Zaki holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from London University and a degree in Physics from Oxford University.

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VICTORIA WOJEWODKA

MANAGER, UK OFFICE

Victoria is the Manager of our UK offices based in London and manages all our corporate affairs and communications in the UK.

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SALEM J. REZOKY

BRANCH MANAGER, IRBIL OFFICE

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SALEM J. REZOKY

BRANCH MANAGER, IRBIL OFFICE

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SALEM J. REZOKY

BRANCH MANAGER, IRBIL OFFICE

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