Leadership

The principals of Gazelle each have in excess of 30 years of experience and have successfully started multiple exploration and production in Canada, Middle East and worldwide, including the Central Asian Republics of the Former Soviet Union. Gazelle is actively seeking additional investment projects to build its portfolio in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Oman, Uzbekistan, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Congo, Algeria and other countries.

Ken McNeill

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ken McNeill is a successful entrepreneur and petroleum landman with 40 years of oil industry experience. As a senior officer and/or director, he has been involved in the early start-up and growth phases of twelve oil and gas companies (nine in Western Canada and three internationally).

Through his executive and board-level roles, he has dealt with all aspects of oil and gas corporate development. Mr. McNeill was a founding Director of Altius Energy Corporation. In 2015, Beaumont Energy Inc., a company he co-founded and helped lead as Executive VP Corporate Development, sold to Whitecap Resources for C$535 million. Mr. McNeill is currently Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, for Karve Energy.

Michael Volcko, P.Eng.

President & CEO, Director

Michael Volcko is a reservoir engineer with more than 30 years of petroleum industry experience. Mr. Volcko is the CEO and director of Allied Petroleum Exploration Inc., a private company which operates a large exploration block in Oman. Mr. Volcko is also a partner in Anadime Energy LLP, which has drilled and operates horizontal multi-stage fractured (HMF) wells in the prolific, world-class Cardium formation of Alberta.

He was founder and President of Altius Energy Corporation, a private Canadian oil company which acquired, developed and operated oil production in Kazakhstan. Under Mr. Volcko’s leadership, Altius grew to nearly 2000 bbl/d prior to being acquired by Arawak Energy Corporation. He subsequently served as Vice President, Business Development and Executive Director of Arawak Energy.

David Kisilevsky, P.Geol.

Executive Vice President - Exploration & COO, Director

David Kisilevsky is a structural geologist and petrophysicist with 26 years’ experience in the petroleum industry, and related geosciences. For the past 8 years he has operated his own consultancy, providing services to a variety of companies. For most of 2014 and 2015 he managed exploration and geoscience for a company with production in Egypt and an exploration concession in Cameroon, and has been actively involved with clients operating in Turkey, New Zealand, Chile, Ukraine, Germany and Kurdistan.

Before striking out on his own, Mr. Kisilevsky spent 12 years with Petrel Robertson Consulting, where in addition to his technical role he simultaneously held managerial and Executive-level positions of increasing influence and responsibility. At the time of his departure, he had served as Vice President, was a corporate Director, and a Principal Shareholder. Previously, he worked as a wireline engineer for Halliburton, and mapped in the field for the Geological Survey of Canada.

Dr. Nasser al-Araimi

Director of International Business Development

Dr. Nasser al-Araimi is a petroleum engineer and comes with vast experiences and knowledge in different sectors of oil & gas aspects nearly for 20 years. Nasser has an excellent track record either internationally or locally and he had been working in different countries around the world. He started his career with Schlumberger in Egypt, then he moved to Oman with PDO (the Petroleum Development of Oman), in which he had several positions such as production technologist, drilling, well services and contracting. He then joined Shell International, where he worked in the Far-East region i.e. Brunei, Malaysia, Australia, China, Russia and Philippines. Dr. al-Araimi is a board member for various companies and institutional organization.

Dr. Al-Araimi is a recognized SPE professional member, and holds a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Petroleum Engineering (P.Eng), a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

Kubilay Yildirim, P.Eng., MBA

Operations Advisor

Kubilay Yildirim is an oil & gas executive with over 20 years of experience in General Manager and Country Representative positions for international companies in Turkey, with extensive track record of leading onshore and offshore exploration and development projects amounting to over $500mm, on time and within budget, and business development of international projects, including in Albania, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.