The Right Team

The founders as well as the members
of the management team are all
senior executives with extensive experience. 

Founders

STÉPHANE LAMOINE

President

Stéphane Lamoine started his career in 1987 as Investment Manager with Rothschild Bank in charge of the Natural Resources Mutual Funds. He became Chief Investment Officer of Société Generale Asset Management (now Amundi) in 1991, where he led the structuring of standardized investment products.

His division, specializing on leveraging disruptive production technologies, became one of the largest investors in Natural Resources in the world, pioneering the roll out of the Heap Leaching technology for the production of gold as well as sponsoring the discovery of diamond in the NWT in Canada.

He then transitioned to Investment Banking, creating in 1994 the European branch of Canaccord with Matthews Sutcliffe, developing it into one of the leading brokerage firms dedicated to natural resources in both London and the French speaking Europe.

Stephane created Proof9 Inc. in 1997, Europe and NY based company developing a database integration system and analytical platform for investment managers. Amongst the most active investors was Marc Samuel, now Chairman of Beam. Proof9’s IPO on Easdaq, scheduled a few days after the 9/11, was cancelled and Elliott Advisors, a large client of Proof9, rescued the company where Stephane and Mbarek Ouazragh developed a proprietary arbitrage system for worldwide equities, including oil and gas stocks.

In 2003, while at Elliott Advisors, Stéphane created Alexander Mining Plc (AXM) with Mathews Sutcliffe. AXM developed a green process for the production of metals from oxide ores and was introduced on the London Stock Exchange in 2005. Stephane and Mbarek Ouazragh created Iskandia Capital Fund in 2007, a systematic statistical and fundamental arbitrage hedge Fund based in Geneva. ICF was sold to Sequoia in 2014.

Stephane, Marc Samuel and Pierre Levin launched Beam in 2015 with the idea to use disruptive technologies to produce oil & gas in a cleaner way in Texas. Stephane is the CEO of Beam, Technology Enhanced Oil, Iskandia Energy Operating and the SLU Enterprise.

He is a mechanical engineer from Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, holds a PhD in Numerical Analysis from University Pierre and Marie Curie and is a French Financial Analyst (SFAF). He is happily married with 6 children and is an avid sailor and skier.

PIERRE LEVIN

CTO & Board Member

Pierre Levin has been managing director at Vulcain since 2012, where he is responsible for natural resources deals, including large cross-border gold and oil and gas transactions.

He previously founded Soyouz AM in Russia and Flam, a Swiss asset management firm dedicated to Russian HNWIs with a particular expertise in
structuring corporate transactions in the resources sectors.

Pierre graduated from Ecole des Mines de Paris, with a geology major and a specialty in advanced natural resources technologies, followed by a Master from HEC Business School in Paris. He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Russian.

Experienced Senior Team

ADAM FARRIS

SVP Corporate Development and BM

25 years experience, former SVP Enverus, EVP Consulting (Paradigm, Object Reservoir) – worked with hundreds of operators to improve production, reduce costs, M&A strategy and execution. BS Chemistry, Chem Engr Tx A&M

 

SUSANA SAFAR

Director Operations

Director of Operations Technology Implementation Engineer – is a petroleum engineer, specializing in production technology, with over ten years experience.

Has BS and MS in Petroleum Engineering.  

TIM BROWN

Sr. Production Engineer

38 years experience in production facilities; production engineering; well stimulation, re-entry and repair, operations management, field testing technologies (Amoco, Altura, Oxy, Whiting Petroleum, Trinity) on the Northwest Shelf and Central Basin Platform. 

BSME, Texas Tech University.

SARA FROGGATT

SVP HR, EHS, & Chief Compliance Officer

20 years’ experience in the management of independent producers. Sara has held increasingly responsible positions covering Regulatory Compliance, Government Affairs, Environmental Health and Safety, Remediation and Pipeline Technical Engineering.

ERIC UNVERZAGT

Director Land

Expert in Oil and Gas Land and enhancing recovery programs (Dale Resources, Land Star, and Denbury Resources).

MBA, Rice University and BS in Finance, Trinity University.

LEYING LEE

Finance Director

11 years’ experience as controller  at various publicly traded oil and gas companies,  with a total of 25 years’ experience in finance and  accounting.

RICHARD KELLY

Superintendent Production

Richard has over 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry including production, downhole, completion, and field management with a focus on cost-containment. His current role is Field Superintendent for production in both West and East Texas.

DANIEL OCHS

Reservoir

25 years experience, former Reservoir Engineering Manager Breitburn, Phoenix Exploration.  Experience with hundreds of fields and companies across Tx, La, NM, OK, Co – managing reservoir engineering consulting projects. 

MBA, MS PE Tx A&M.

RYAN JAMES

Reservoir

17 years experience, SK Innovation, Encana, Simmons & Company and Scotiabank.  Experienced in acquiring and developing assets, increasing efficiencies using new technologies and operating methods.

BS ME University of Alberta.

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