Michael Drozd - Chief Operating Officer
Michael Drozd has over thirty years of experience in the investment banking sector. He began with Barclays Bank specialising in project finance for the oil and gas industry. However, the bulk of his career was spent in the stockbroking divisions of various international investment banks. Initially working as an equity research analyst focusing on the UK and European oil and gas sector he moved on to become Head of Equity Research and Equities for several investment banks including UBS and Landsbanki (Teather & Greenwood). Over the last few years, Michael has concentrated on raising capital for emerging oil and gas companies. Working initially at Libertas Capital Corporate Finance Ltd. and most currently with Whitman-Howard Ltd., he has established an extensive list of institutional and private investors in the oil and gas space.
Michael Shore - Finance Director
Michael Shore qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in 1978 and then joined Commonwealth International Shippers (UK) Limited. In 1980, Michael left there to join and help set up The Grosvenor Group of Companies of which he was an Executive Director. In 1985, Michael established his own consultancy business as well as acting as a Non-Executive Director for a number of client companies,. In 2000, Michael became the Financial Director of The Hybeck Group of Companies, which had a property division, a book publishing division both in the UK and India as well as a corporate consultancy company.
From April 2004 to the end of 2011, Michael was the Financial Director of Intrust Limited and from October 2008 until 31st December 2011, he was also the Group Money Laundering Reporting Officer of The Intrust Group of Companies, an international company which specialises in the provision of taxation, trusts, accounting and advisory services to professionals worldwide, as well as family offices services. On 1st January 2012, Michael became the Managing Director of Alyco Advisory Asia Limited in Hong Kong. On 1st March 2013, Michael re-joined The Intrust Group to run their Irish operations and he also acts as the Money Laundering Reporting Officer for the UK Company. Michael is a Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of South Africa.
Robert Gavin Bonnar - Director
Mr. Bonnar, a Barrister-at-Law, qualified in Northern Ireland and is also called to the bar in the Republic of Ireland. He has over 20 years' experience in the legal profession specialising in media, libel and privacy and has developed a unique media law practice in Ireland. Mr. Bonnar also has extensive commercial experience both as an investor and a lawyer and has gathered great experience in financing smaller capitalised resource and oil companies. He has also has spent over ten years working on the ground in Africa.
Mr. Bonnar owns a mediation company in Ireland and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of a technology Company, Rapid Addition, based in London. He formerly served on the board of Aim Listed Frontier Resources Plc, a company engaged in oil and gas exploration in the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Bonnar has given his time and dedication to good causes. He has helped house around 100,000 underprivileged South Africans and has worked on and built some 20,000 homes in South Africa. In recognition of his efforts Mr. Bonnar is a past winner of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Medal for Compassion.