Board of Directors

Kurmangazy Iskaziev

CEO

He has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board at KMG EP since September 23, 2015. Concurrently, he holds the position of the First Deputy General Director at Embamunaigas, and acts as the Chairman of the Management Board at Embamunaigas while the Chairman is absent. He holds Candidate Degree in Geology and Mineral Sciences; in 2015 he was awarded with State Al Farabi Award in Science and Technology for series of works on scientific rationale of hydrocarbon potential in Kazakhstan.
He is a graduate of the Kazakh Lenin Polytechnic Institute as Mining Geological Engineer. He embarked upon his career as Reservoir Operator at Balykshy Office of Exploration Drilling. He then became Geological Engineer in thematic exploration team at Embaneft production association, and then as Cementing Shop Operator at Embaneft association. Between 1991 and 1993 he was Geologist in Exploration Drilling Expedition No.1 at Balykshy office of Exploration Drilling. Between 1993 and 1995 he was Geologist at Central Dispatch Office at Atyrau Drilling Office of Embamunaigas. Between 1995 and 2004 he was Chief Geologist/Deputy Director at Atyrau Office of Enhanced Oil Recovery and Workovers; and then as Director of Department for Geology and Operations Development of Oil Fields at Embamunaigas. Between 2004 and 2008 he was Deputy Director and then was promoted to Director of Geology and Operations Development Department at KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production. Between 2008 and 2015 he was Executive Director for Oil and Gas Production; Managing Director for Geology, Geophysics, and Reservoirs; Chief Geologist; Deputy Chair of the Management Board for Geology and Promising Projects; Managing Director for Non-Operating Producing Assets (Tengiz, Kashagan, and Karachaganak); and Managing Director for Geology at National Company KazMunayGas. Between January and September of 2015 he was General Director and Chair of the Management Board at Embamunaigas.

Christopher Hopkinson

First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of NC KMG, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KMG EP

Christopher Hopkinson, the First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at NC KMG, was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of KMG EP on January 13, 2015. He was born in 1967, holds a UK passport. He is a graduate of St Andrews University, Scotland. Before he joined NC KMG, he had been CEO at International Petroleum; General Director at Imperial Energy, and Senior Vice President North Africa at BG Group. He held various posts at Shell and TNK BP.

Igor Goncharov

Managing Director for Operational Production Assets - Chief Engineer at NC KMG

Igor Goncharov, Managing Director for Operational Production Assets - Chief Engineer at NC KMG, was elected to the Board of Directors of KMG EP on November 26, 2015. He has a degree in Mining Geophysical Engineering from the Tomsk Polytechnic Institute, and has a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University. He held various management posts at TomskNIPIneft, Nord Imperial IEC Group, and Department for Subsoil and Oil and Gas Industry at Administration of Tomsk Oblast of Russian Federation

Assia Syrgabekova

Managing Director for Investment and Risk Management, NC KMG

Assia Syrgabekova was born in 1960, is a citizen of Kazakhstan. She was appointed as Managing Director of economics and finances at nc KMG in July 2006 and was elected as a director of KMG EP on 26 March 2010. Prior to this appointment she was First Deputy chairman at halyk Bank from October 2003 as well as the chairwoman of the Management Board of halyk Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan from 2004 to 2005. From 1998 to 2003 Ms. Syrgabekova worked in the national oil and gas company holding various top management positions in KazakhOil, KaztransGas. She graduated from Kazakh state University’'s Department of Economics in 1982.

Gustave Louis Eugene van Meerbeke

Independent consultant, oil and gas

Mr G.L.E van Meerbeke, Dutch National, received his doctoraal (=Msc) in Geology at the State University of Leiden, The Netherlands, in february 1972. He worked first three years for Anglo-American Corporation of South Africa seconded to the Beers Consolidated Diamond Mines. He joined Royal Dutch/ Shell in 1975 and worked for 24 years as geologist in a variety of functions and countries (Swaziland (coal), UK, Oman, Brunei, Indonesia and The Netherlands). During his time in the head office in The Hague, The Netherlands, he was first regional geologist working in a team responsible for developing and guiding new ventures in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa and later new business advisor for Russia and the CIS region. In this capacity he was also director for various Shell exploration and development companies operating in Russia and the Caspian region: Shell Kazakhstan Development BV, Shell Tulpar BV, Shell Temir BV, Salym Petroleum Development NV. He joined ABNAMRO in 1999 as sector banker Oil and Gas, continued in that function at RBS after the takeover of ABNAMRO in 2007.  He retired from RBS-GBM on 1st December 2011 due to reaching notional retirement age. After retirement he continued part time to work for RBS-GBM in the same capacity as Senior Advisor to the Project Financing oil and gas team under a call-off contract, which was ended in October 2013. Since that date he has worked part time as Independent Advisor, oil and gas, working for various banks on selected reserve based lending deals.

Alastair Ferguson

Independent Non-Executive Director of KMG EP

He was born in 1957, holds a UK passport. Has joined KMG EP Board of Directors in October, 2013. Currently Mr. Alastair Ferguson is developing his own energy advisory business to advise clients on Russian and Ukrainian Energy Business. Specific focus on strategy development and developing new business. Clients include: Statoil, Xenon Capital Partners and JKX Oil and Gas. Earlier he was a Principal and CEO Russia Energy Advisory, Moscow. He also was NED JKX Oil and Gas and Senior Advisor to Xenon Capital Partners and worked as Executive Vice President, Gas and Power, Moscow.

Philip Dayer

Independent Non-Executive Director of KMG EP

He was born in 1951, holds a UK passport. Philip Dayer LLB FCA qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and then pursued a career for 25 years in investment banking, specialising in advising UK listed companies. He gained extensive experience working for companies such as Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Citicorp. He retired from ABN AMRO Hoare Govett in 2005. Since then he has acted as an adviser to Rosneft on their successful flotation in 2006 and was a chairman of the audit committee of Dana Petroleum before it was acquired by KNOC. He currently sits on a number of boards, and is the senior independent director of AVEVA Group. He is also a non-executive director of CJSC VTB Capital and PAO Severstal. Philip joined KMG EP Board of Directors in May, 2010.

Edward Walshe

Independent Non-Executive Director of KMG EP

Edward Walshe was born in 1941, holds an Irish passport. He has over 35 years experience in the oil and gas sector. Mr Walshe has worked in various roles at British Petroleum and British Gas including the overseas exploration and productions operations of these companies in Nigeria, Abu-Dhabi, Central Asia and South-East Asia. Mr Walshe has a PhD in Solid State Chemistry from the University of Dublin. He was elected as a director of the Company on 28 August 2006. Edward is the Chairman of the Strategic planning and Nominations committees and a member of the Audit and Remuneration committees.

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