Francesco is a self-made businessman and entrepreneur. He founded his logistics business in 2004 and has been working in Energy trading since 2012. Francesco’s logistics firm was awarded an Italian Government grant to build a logistics centre and subsequently grew into an international firm specialising in exporting Italian produce to the Middle East. With the support of an Italian Government accelerator programme, Francesco moved into the energy trading space. Following significant due diligence, he was qualified to compete for contracts to supply NATO. Since then the business has continued to grow reaching over $1bn in turnover in 2021.
Francesco joined Viaro as CFO in 2018. Francesco started his career in the banking sector as a credit risk manager in 2006, and moved into audit roles working as a Senior Auditor at the European Fund for Business Development (co-financed by the EU) between 2012 and 2018. Francesco was a Senior Certifier of a project co-financed by the Interreg Med, a programme to promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean. Francesco is an international tax and IFRS specialist with a Masters degree from the Milan Business School.
Steve was the founder and CEO of Nautical Petroleum which was sold for £414m to Cairn Energy in 2012. Prior to Nautical, Steve held a variety of senior roles at Nimir Petroleum, a private Saudi Arabian company with global exploration and production interests. Steve is Chairman of Savannah Energy Plc, the Oil and Gas Independents Association and Evoterra Ltd. He has a B.Sc. in Geology from Queen’s University, Belfast and an M.Sc. in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College University of London. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Sir Simon Mayall, KBE, CB, retired from a long and distinguished career in which he served in a variety of senior military and political advisory roles focused on the Middle East. He has long and deep relationships with the senior leadership across that region. Sir Simon began his career with the British Army in 1978 and held a series of increasingly senior roles until his retirement in 2015. Most recently, he served as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Operations) from 2009-2011, Defence Senior Adviser (Middle East) from 2011-2014 and as the Prime Minister’s Security Envoy to Iraq from 2014-2015.
Orlando joined Viaro in 2022. Orlando is the current president and co-founder of Petrolog, a Bolivian-focused oil company. He has wide-ranging experience in leadership roles within both international oil companies and service companies in the sector.
Orlando worked for several years at Shell as General Manager of its Bolivian operations and was responsible for delivering the company’s strategy for the country. Prior to his role at Shell, Orlando worked for BG, also in Bolivia, developing and leading the implementation of the company’s in-country plans. He also spent 20 years in a number of roles at Schlumberger in different countries in the Americas and West Africa region.
Alistair Buchan is SVP Upstream North Sea of Viaro Energy and Chief Operating Officer of RockRose Energy. He was appointed to this role in October 2020, after serving as General Manager for RockRose following the acquisition of the Marathon UK business in June 2019.
Alistair has over 35 years of oil and gas experience in a number of senior roles both international and UK North Sea. In 12 years with Marathon Oil Corporation, he served on the board of EGLNG, held Corporate positions based in Houston, was VP Operations in Kurdistan, developed and held a number of leadership roles in Operations and Engineering in the Equatorial Guinea business unit. Prior to his time with Marathon he worked for Wood Group in both Holland and the UK, starting his career with Shell in the UK North Sea.
Alistair is an Incorporated Engineer and a member of the IET.