Prior to his appointment at Nobel Upstream, Mr. Bates served as Vice President and Advisor to the President of OAO NK Rosneft where he oversaw international projects and business development. He has negotiated deals in partnership with ExxonMobil in the United States and Canada, Statoil, as well as a German refining JV with BP and CNPC in China. Mr. Bates also held leadership positions at BP, TNK-BP, Trinity Energy and Baker Hughes.
Mr. Bates served as Vice President and Shareholder Business Manager of BP Russia, leading BP’s operations and business development efforts with Rosneft. He oversaw Sakhalin exploration activities and advanced BP’s efforts to acquire exploration licenses in the Russian Arctic.
From 2005 – 2007, Mr. Bates served in TNK-BP as Performance Unit Leader and Director of TNK-BP’s first major greenfield project. Mr. Bates was previously founding Director of Trinity Energy Ltd., an oil & gas independent where he negotiated and executed Uzbekistan’s first production sharing agreement, operated oil and gas fields in Uzbekistan and Russia and marketed refined petroleum products in the region. He has also worked in the oil services sector with Baker Hughes and EVI-Weatherford, where he implemented a variety of performance contracting projects in FSU and South American markets.
Mr. Bates received his BA in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University in 1989.
As CEO, attends the Audit & Remuneration Committees
Ambassador Matthew Bryza serves as a non-executive director of Nobel Oil E&P (UK) Ltd, the holding company of the Nobel Upstream group of companies. Ambassador Bryza is the Director of the International Center for Defence Studies (ICDS) in Tallinn, Estonia and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. Prior to his appointment as Director of the ICDS, Ambassador Bryza served for nearly 23 years as a U.S. diplomat, the majority of this time at the center of policymaking and international negotiations on major energy infrastructure projects and regional conflicts in Eurasia. His most recent assignment was as US Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, where he was responsible for Eurasian Energy, the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. During his tenure as Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Bryza also served as the US Co-Chair of the OSCE’s Minsk Group mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and as U.S. mediator of the Cyprus, South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts.
Previous assignments during Ambassador Bryza’s diplomatic career include Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff at the White House, where his responsibilities included Eurasian energy; Deputy to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Energy; Advisor on Economic Reform in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia Desk Officer at the State Department; and Political Officer at the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91).
He resides in Istanbul, Turkey, where he also works as a consultant on business and democratic development and serves as a board member of several private companies. He also serves on the Board of the Jamestown Foundation, a national security think-tank based in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Bryza holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University; and a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Member of the Remuneration Committee
Yusif Jabbarov is a non-executive director of Nobel Oil E&P (UK) Ltd, a holding company of the Nobel Upstream group of companies. He is also Chief Executive Officer of NEQSOL Holding, a diversified group of companies operating mainly across oil and gas, telecommunications, hi-tech and construction industries. Previously, Mr. Jabbarov was Deputy CEO of Nobel Oil Services when he moved away from his earlier role as its Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Jabbarov led the 2014 restructuring of the Nobel Group which resulted in the creation of Nobel Upstream. Prior to joining Nobel Oil Services, Mr. Jabbarov spent over ten years working as an executive for a variety of leading financial institutions in Azerbaijan where he was responsible for major reorganization projects. He participated in several national projects aimed at development of the financial market in Azerbaijan.
Mr. Jabbarov earned his M.B.A. from Birmingham Business School and his B.A. from the Azerbaijan Economic University. Mr. Jabbarov also attended an executive education programme at Harvard Business School.
Member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees
Francis Sommer serves as a non-executive director of Nobel Oil E&P (UK) Ltd, the holding company of the Nobel Upstream group of companies. He has broad experience in the global oil and gas industry where he has been a leader in field development technology and operations over the course of a nearly thirty-year career. He has optimized developments of major oil fields in North America, South America, Russia, the UK and Europe.
Currently a Partner with Pamplona Capital Management, Mr. Sommer is responsible for technical evaluation and strategy in support of investing $10 billion of private equity in the global oil and gas sector.
Mr. Sommer worked for BP for twenty-seven years, most recently as Executive Vice President for the TNK-BP joint venture where he managed production and reserves growth in a diverse portfolio of brownfield and greenfield assets. As one of five members of TNK-BP’s Corporate Investment Committee (CIC), he was also responsible for all major investment decisions. Mr. Sommer earned his MS in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, his BA in Physics from New York University, and is the author of numerous publications.
Member of the Audit Committee