Mena Hydrocarbons

MENA Hydrocarbons Inc is a market cap company listed on the TSX:V with a strategy to identify, acquire and unlock high value oil and gas investment opportunities. The company currently has assets in Egypt and Syria with an active pipeline of potential projects. The company’s proven management team members individually have over 25 years each in the oil and gas industry. Over 30% of that time has been spent in the Middle East and North African region, with the team living in-country and working for companies such as Petro-Canada and Maersk. The management team is supported by an experienced board of directors drawn from companies such as Bankers Petroleum, Rally Energy, First Energy and led by Abby Badwi.

Our Management Team : 

Graham Lyon
CEO
Mr. Lyon is a senior energy executive with over 30 years experience encompassing global technical, operational and commercial leadership roles. Mr. Lyon graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Bachelor of Science degree (Eng) Honours in Petroleum Engineering with post grad education from the Ivy School of Business (Canada), SMU Cox school of Business (US) and INSEAD (Europe) in energy related leadership, business administration and M&A disciplines. Mr. Lyon worked with Petro-Canada as an officer and director and through its predecessor companies for 25 years. He held various senior positions, including Vice President Business Development, International and Offshore, Regional Manager for the Middle East and Caspian, Head of Business Development and Production Manager for Egypt. As Vice President of Business Development for Petro-Canada’s International and Offshore Business unit, he was also responsible for the strategic planning and economical development of this largest business unit.

Sam Charanek
Business Advisor
An independent business and entrepreneur, Mr. Charanek has co-founded and helped finance several successful junior oil and gas companies including Pan Orient Energy, Excelsior Energy, Canacol Energy and Petrodorado Energy Inc. Mr. Charanek has over 15 years of financial industry experience.

Jason Bednar
Executive VP
Mr. Jason Bednar is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years professional experience. Mr. Bednar is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Sagres Energy Inc., (since June 2009) and Chief Financial Officer of MENA Hydrocarbons Inc. (since May 2010). He was the founding Chief Financial Officer of Pan Orient Energy Corp., a South East Asia Exploration company, from 2004 to May 2009, past Manager of Financial Reporting for Canadian 88 Energy Corp. (1998-2002) and former Controller of Canadian Superior Energy Inc. (2002-2004). He is a member of the boards of directors of Sagres Energy Inc., Canacol Energy Inc., and is the Chairman of the board of directors of Gallic Energy Ltd.

Joerg Pigaht
Executive VP COO
Mr. Pigaht is a senior Operational Oil and Gas leader with over 30 years experience in the International arena. Mr. Pigaht is a petroleum engineer by background and has spent the majority of his career with Petro-Canada and its predecessor companies. He has led businesses in Libya, producing 100,000 boe/d operated production, and Syria with over 150,000 boe/d equity production. He has developed Operated businesses offshore Netherlands for Petro-Canada and most recently in Brazil for Maersk oil as Director. Joerg has lived and worked during his formative years in Egypt as head of reservoir studies in Suez Oil Company.

Jim Strachan
Executive VP Chief Geoscientist
Mr. Strachan is an international oil and gas geologist with over thirty years of professional experience. Until recently, he was Chief Geologist for Petro-Canada’s International and Offshore Division. In that role he grew its international prospective acreage five-fold and increased discovered resources’ potential by 600 mmboe at a finding cost of about $3/bbl through participation in more than 60 wells. Jim led a large international team including geological staff in London, Syria and Libya and was responsible for hiring, mentoring, training, assessment and career-development of these geoscience staff. He was responsible for oversight and audit of Petro-Canada’s international subsurface geoscience work including assessment of acreage for licensing rounds and all geoscience aspects of field development plans. Jim developed and maintained standards for subsurface technical work including audit of well plans for international exploration and development projects. Jim has a proven oil-finder’s capability coupled with vast international knowledge that has been focused on many regions including North Africa, the Middle East, Caribbean, Latin America and Northwest Europe.

Board of Directors
Graham Lyon (CEO)
Mr. Lyon is a senior energy executive with over 30 years experience encompassing global technical, operational and commercial leadership roles. Mr. Lyon graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Bachelor of Science degree (Eng) Honours in Petroleum Engineering with post grad education from the Ivy School of Business (Canada), SMU Cox school of Business (US) and INSEAD (Europe) in energy related leadership, business administration and M&A disciplines. Mr. Lyon worked with Petro-Canada as an officer and director and through its predecessor companies for 25 years. He held various senior positions, including Vice President Business Development, International and Offshore, Regional Manager for the Middle East and Caspian, Head of Business Development and Production Manager for Egypt. As Vice President of Business Development for Petro-Canada’s International and Offshore Business unit, he was also responsible for the strategic planning and economical development of this largest business unit.

Abby Badwi (Chairman)
Mr. Abdel (Abby) Badwi, PGeol, is an international energy executive and professional geologist, with more than 35 years experience in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas fields, in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bankers Petroleum Ltd. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rally Energy Corp., which was sold in 2007. He has been an officer and director of several Canadian public and private companies. Mr. Badwi is currently a director of Bankers Petroleum, Valeura Energy and ArPetrol Inc.
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Robert Cross
Mr. Robert Cross has more than 20 years of experience as a financier in the mining and oil & gas sectors. Mr. Cross is a co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., Non-Executive Chairman of B2Gold Corp., co-founder and Chairman of Petrodorado Energy Ltd and, until October 2007, was the Non-Executive Chairman of Northern Orion Resources Inc. Between 1996 and 1998, Mr. Cross was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yorkton Securities Inc. From 1987 to 1994, he was a Partner, Investment Banking with Gordon Capital Corporation in Toronto. He has an Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987. Mr. Cross is currently a director of MENA, Gallic Energy Ltd., Bankers Petroleum Ltd., B2Gold Corp., Petrodorado Energy Ltd., BNK Petroleum Inc., LNG Energy Ltd., Avanti Mining Inc. and Zodiac Exploration Inc.
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Dr Magdy L Bassaly
Dr. Magdy L. Bassaly has over 18 years of experience in the international energy sector. He founded the National Geophysical Company in 1996 as well as the National Exploration Company. He founded Alliance International Petroleum Company that held the Lagia development lease in Egypt (Alliance Egyptian National Oil Company). Dr. Bassaly is currently the President of MENA Offshore Oil Company and the Chairman of Child Support Foundation (international charity foundation for children in Africa).
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Brian Tingle
Mr. Tingle has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of British Columbia and has accumulated 15 years of experience in the resource and technology venture capital markets, serving on the board and advisory boards of numerous private and TSXV companies. He is the Managing Partner of a UK Firm that has helped raise over $150 million over the past two years. Mr. Tingle is currently a director of Eshippers Management Ltd. and, was until June 2010, a director of SKANA.

Greg Clarkes
Mr. Clarkes is a financier with over 20 years of experience in raising capital for public companies in the resource and industrial sectors. He has been a major shareholder as well as an officer and director of many junior venture companies, and has been instrumental in helping them formulate business plans and strategies resulting in successful utilization of their financial resources. He was a founder, director and significant shareholder of Skye Resources Inc. which was sold to HudBay Minerals Inc. in 2008 for $460 million. He is also the founder, officer and director of SKANA.

Rick Grafton
Mr. Richard Grafton has over 30 years’ experience in the investment and energy business. Currently, Mr. Grafton is President and Chief Executive Officer of Grafton Capital Corporation, a private capital company concentrating on long term value creation. In 2007, Mr. Grafton was appointed Vice-Chairman of Canaccord Capital Corporation acting as the firm’s ambassador to the global energy markets. Prior thereto, Mr. Grafton acted as Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Global Head of Energy of Canaccord Adams where he was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s oil and gas operations. Mr. Grafton is currently a director of Peak Energy Services Ltd., Gallic Energy Ltd. and Altus Energy Services Ltd.
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Merfyn Roberts
Mr. Merfyn Roberts of London, England has been a fund manager and investment advisor for more than 25 years and has been closely associated with the energy industry. He sits on the boards of directors of several resource companies, including Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, Eastern Platinum Limited and Rambler Metals and Mining plc. Mr Roberts is a graduate of Liverpool University, UK (BSc. Geology) and Oxford University, UK (MSc. Geochemistry) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr. Roberts is currently a director of Rambler Metals and Mining PLC, Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd., Sennen Resources Ltd., Newport Exploration Ltd., and Eastern Platinum Limited.
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Jason Bednar
Mr. Jason Bednar is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years professional experience. Mr. Bednar is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Sagres Energy Inc., (since June 2009) and Chief Financial Officer of MENA Hydrocarbons Inc. (since May 2010). He was the founding Chief Financial Officer of Pan Orient Energy Corp., a South East Asia Exploration company, from 2004 to May 2009, past Manager of Financial Reporting for Canadian 88 Energy Corp. (1998-2002) and former Controller of Canadian Superior Energy Inc. (2002-2004). He is a member of the boards of directors of Sagres Energy Inc., Canacol Energy Inc., and is the Chairman of the board of directors of Gallic Energy Ltd.