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Our People

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Our people are the difference. Learn more about the Eavor Technologies team, area representatives, advisory board, subject matter experts, and its board of directors. Transitioning from traditional energy is a highly complex challenge that requires the best and brightest minds in energy. 

Douglas Beach

Chairman of the Board

Chad Bown

To Be Announced

Stephan Hannke

Yuta Kano

Finian Tan

John Redfern

John Redfern

President & CEO

Paul Cairns

Chief Business Development Officer

Shyamli Mohamed

Chief Financial Officer

Jason Rakochy

Chief Operating Officer

Matt Toews

Chief Technology Officer

Daniel Mölk

Executive Vice President & President Eavor GmbH

Bailey Schwarz

Executive Vice President / North America

Jeanine Vany

Executive Vice President / Corporate Affairs

Robert Winsloe

Executive Vice President / Origination

Cole Eslinger

Vice President, Legal & General Counsel

Michael Holmes

Vice President, Central Business Unit

Patti Mailer

Director, Global People Operations

Matt Seager

Chief of Staff

Michael Liebreich

Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Malcolm I. Ross

Black Swan Detector

Dr. Eric Van Oort

Professor in Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Jesse Jenkins

Professor in Energy Systems Engineering

Douglas Beach

Chairman of the Board

Douglas Beach brings three decades of international energy, commodity and financial market experience to EavorTM. His career at Koch Industries included leadership of various trading, supply, and oil asset operations in England, Switzerland, U.S., Canada, Russia, and Singapore. Executive leadership of international commodity supply and trading businesses capped a career that includes successful business development, acquisitions, trading, directorship contributions, and innovations in infrastructure, trading, and analytical approach. His experiences include responding to counterparty bankruptcies, ship groundings, spills, pirates, and nearby terrorist attacks, creations of financial derivative products, business opening thrills, business closing sadness, a disgruntled oligarch, a successful public offering, failed trades, and the lists of smaller mistakes that add up to formative experience. Mr. Beach has a B.Sc. in Business from Emporia State University and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.

Chad Bown

Chad Bown is a Managing Partner on the bp Ventures team which has invested over $750m in disruptive technology companies across more than 40 entities with the backing of more than 250 co-investors. Chad’s investment focus for bp is in support of delivering efficient hydrocarbon operations in addition to advancing low carbon energy solutions. Chad brings financial leadership and commercial expertise alongside energy operational and business development roles with prior managerial work experience at Shell and Jacobs Engineering. Chad was a Captain in the United States Air Force and holds a degree in business from Texas A&M University as well as an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. Chad currently sits on the boards of Belmont Technology Incorporated (US), Fotech Solutions Limited (US), BiSN Limited (UK), Stryde Incorporated (US) and Silicon Microgravity Limited (UK). Chad was recognized as a Global Corporate Venturing Top Emerging Leader in 2020.

Stephan Hannke

Field/Project Developer Oil/Gas & Geothermal Applications OMV

Stephan Hannke is a Senior Advisor with OMV, a global oil, gas and chemicals group with headquarters in Vienna, Austria.  Stephan works in the Low Carbon Business area of the Energy division, and together with his team is leading business growth in geothermal closed loop technology (EAVOR) in selected European countries.  His goal is to support the decarbonization of cities and industry, through identifying, enabling and delivering clean heat production using EAVOR geothermal closed-loop technology.

 

Stephan has over 25 years of international experience in the Energy industry, having held several technical and leadership roles in both Austria and abroad.  Prior to moving to the Low Carbon Business, his focus was on the safe and efficient development of oil and gas fields in both the greenfield and brownfield sectors.  He brings extensive expertise in the project management of large multi-disciplinary projects, with a focus on capital efficiency and effective project delivery.  He also has extensive leadership experience, including building up and working with Joint Venture partnerships.

 

Stephan has a degree in Geophysics from the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich and has participated in leadership programs at the IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and at Hult Ashridge in the UK.  Prior to joining OMV in 2006, Stephan held various technical and operational roles at bp and Shell.

Yuta Kano

Yuta Kano has been with Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., for more than three decades joining upon graduation from Aoyama Gakuin University. Yuta also earned MBA at International University of Japan combining international exchange experience at University of Washington, Seattle. Yuta has been in Chubu’s international business for more than twenty years managing and/or heading Fuels Department groups, including Nuclear Fuels and Upstream Equity for LNG/natural gas projects. He was Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Chubu Electric Power Australia Pty Ltd., representing CHUBU group at the Operating Committee of Gorgon LNG project and at the board of directors meeting of Ichthys LNG project . He was then seconded into JERA, returning to CHUBU, Global Business Division, Clean Energy Solution Unit.

Finian Tan

Dr. Finian Tan founded Vickers Venture Partners in 2005 with four partners. He is currently based in Singapore. Before starting Vickers, Finian was a Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, acting also as the founding partner of its Asia Pacific Operations, he discovered Baidu and led all the investment rounds into Baidu, and remained its largest backer until IPO. Prior to DFJ, Finian was Deputy Secretary of Trade and Industry for the Singapore Government where he oversaw the creation of the billion-dollar TIF fund and was subsequently appointed as chairman of the fund. As part of his earlier career path, Finian ran Goldman Sachs Asian trading arm. Finian received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in Engineering from Cambridge University. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Glasgow.

John Redfern

President / CEO

John Redfern is an expert investor, advisor and serial entrepreneur in the data analytics, oil service and energy tech verticals. John spent his career in executive roles at multiple international oil co’s and oil service co’s including as a Director at Hess in London, President of Accumap in Calgary and President of IHS Energy in Denver. Prior to Eavor, John spent 13 years in China co-founding a series of start-ups, the most recent of which is LocalGravity, a leading retail data analytics platform in China. John holds a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Law degrees from McGill University in Montreal, and an MBA degree from INSEAD in France.

Paul Cairns

Chief Business Development Officer

Paul Cairns has spent close to 20 years in the energy and technology verticals with a focus on development and incubation of new ventures. He has been on the executive team that has spanned the entire start-up life-cycle and brought firms from initial inception to IPO. After years with Acumen Capital Partners and Stephen Avenue Securities, Paul Founded Cairns Capital Corporation to provide capital solutions to the energy and technology sectors. Paul is a well-known incubator and developer of new and IP-grounded ventures. Paul is based in Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Shyamli Mohamed

Chief Financial Officer

Senior Finance Executive with more than 15 years of global international leadership in finance and operations management with public companies to drive growth and strategic partnerships across functional leaders to effectively bridge the gap between operational decisions and financial targets.

Most recently served as Senior Vice President, Finance with Consolidated Communications Inc; an American broadband and business communications provider serving customers across the US. During a transformational time for the company from a telecommunication company to one of the top 10 broadband providers in the country, oversaw and supported Financial Planning & Analysis, Strategic Finance leadership, Long range business strategic planning and reporting.

Prior to that served as Vice President, Finance, and several Senior Finance leadership positions within the energy industry at SLB (Schlumberger), Halliburton and C&J energy across the globe in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
Senior positions included Corporate Reporting, Treasurer (Financing, Capital allocation and Liquidity management), Financial Planning & Analysis, International Tax Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Divestitures, Post-Merger Integration, leading Finance, and digital transformations operating model.

Graduated from the University of Mumbai degree in accounting and finance, along with
Chartered Management Accountant (CMA), and General Management from Harvard Business School.

Currently also serving as a board member of a (Healthcare) non-profit organization.

Jason Rakochy

Chief Operating Officer

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Matt Toews

Chief Technology Officer

Matt Toews is a professional engineer with over a decade of experience in production and operations with a focus on management and technology development. Fueled by a passion for new ventures and developing projects from the ground up, Toews has produced an extensive portfolio of pilot projects with a successful track record of creating value through technology commercialization. During his tenure at Cenovus Energy, Toews led a team accountable for wellbore design and optimization at Cenovus’ thermal assets – which produce an aggregate 370,000 bbl/d. Toews graduated with Distinction from the University of Calgary Oil and Gas Engineering.

Daniel Mölk

EVP & President Eavor GmbH

Daniel Mölk has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland. He has dedicated his career to geothermal development with a focus on operations and drilling management for nearly 15 years. Mr. Mölk worked as VP Geothermal Development and Country Manager for one of Germany’s largest power companies and has held the position of President of their subsidiary in Indonesia for six years. Prior to that he held executive operations management positions for drilling companies in Iceland and Germany and supported Iceland’s major power companies as part of the owner’s engineering team. Mr. Mölk has global expertise in operations and project management, negotiations and closing of multi-million-dollar contracts, staff development and corporate governance.

Bailey Schwarz

Executive Vice President / North America

Bailey Schwarz is a professional engineer with a decade of hands on engineering experience that focused on data analytics and process optimization. Ms. Schwarz has a passion for innovation, actively seeking opportunities to trial new technologies and push boundaries. During her tenure at Cenovus Energy, Ms. Schwarz led a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to commission and operate industry leading, large scale steam assisted gravity drainage facilities spanning cogeneration, steam generation, processing and water treatment. Bailey graduated with a Degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University and recently passed her CFA Level I exam.

Jeanine Vany

Executive Vice President / Corporate Affairs

Jeanine Vany is an APEGA registered professional geologist with a career spanning over 15 years in the oil and gas industry. Her experience ranges from reservoir characterization, drilling and operations to full field delineation strategies, asset management, and acquisition. Ms. Vany has spent her career at foremost E&P companies such as EnCana, Devon and Total. She joined GLJ Petroleum Consultants in 2012, where she led the geoscience aspects of in-situ reserves and resource evaluations in addition to working deep basin unconventional plays. With a passion for people, projects and technology development, Ms. Vany led GLJ’s first oil sands technology panel, created and taught GLJ’s In-Situ Resource and Reserves course for industry professionals and spearheaded new business initiatives for the firm in unconventional resource plays. Jeanine holds an Honours B.Sc degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Saint Mary’s University and a Business Essentials Certificate from the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.

Robert Winsloe

Executive Vice President / Origination

Robert Winsloe comes to Eavor with nearly 40 years international business development, sales, marketing and management experience in the energy industry. Graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he spent the first 7 years living and working in Indonesia, Australia and India for Schlumberger. Returning to Europe he joined IBM as a salesman, before going on to build and manage international sales and marketing organisations for Halliburton and IHS, as well as personally closing multi-million dollar contracts across Europe, Asia and Africa and North and South America. He has been a frequent consultant to the World Bank on projects ranging from energy planning in Angola to infrastructure development and capacity building in Mauritania. In Iraq he worked under the United Nations “oil for food programme” and in China advised state companies on strategic gas development.

Cole Eslinger

VP Legal & General Counsel

Cole Eslinger is a corporate lawyer with prior experience as in-house counsel to both private and public enterprises. Prior to joining Eavor, Cole spent nine years in the energy sector with Precision Drilling Corporation, most recently in the role of Associate General Counsel. Cole has broad experience advising clients on commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, occupational health and safety, employment and litigation matters. Cole holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts both from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta. 

Michael Holmes

VP Systems Engineering & Strategy

Michael Holmes is a professional engineer with nearly a decade of varied experience, including research & development, process optimization, development planning, and corporate strategy. Michael is passionate about taking on big challenges and finding innovative solutions. During his tenure at Cenovus Energy, Michael tackled projects ranging from rethinking thermal wellbore design to portfolio-level strategic analysis and advisement. Michael graduated with First Class Honours from Queen’s University, where he was awarded the E.T. Sterne prize for the student with the highest aggregate standing in Chemical Engineering. In his spare time, Michael is pursuing his CFA designation, having already completed his Level 1 exam and currently preparing for Level 2.

Patti Mailer

Director, Global People Operations

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Matt Seager

Project Development Manager, North America

Matthew Seager is a professional engineer with nearly a decade of experience, primarily focused on production, operations, completions, and development engineering in the upstream oil and gas industry. Matthew has extensive experience building resource development plans and technoeconomic models and has led numerous multidisciplinary development teams. His expertise also includes production management, wellbore and facility design and optimization, and commercial agreement origination and evaluation. Matthew graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Geological Engineering and is a member in good standing with APEGA.

Michael Liebreich

Advisory Board Chair

Michael Liebreich is Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates, but he is perhaps best known as Founder and Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance – the world’s leading provider of information and research on clean energy and transport. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, a member of the UK Department for International Trade’s Capital Investment Advisory Board and the Policy Committee for the UK Climate Change Committee’s 6th Carbon Budget, a member of Equinor’s International Advisory Group, and recently joined Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) as a Senior Adviser. In June 2019 Michael joined the IEA’s Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency. Until recently he was a long-standing board member of Transport for London and a member of the high-level group for the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Michael is an angel investor and philanthropist and skied for Great Britain at the 1992 Albertville Olympics

Dr. Malcolm I. Ross

Black Swan Detector

Dr. Malcolm I. Ross is an innovation-focused geoscientist. Now a consultant, he recently worked for the New Energies Research & Technology Team at Shell, focusing on pre-strategic opportunities in the New Energies space, especially geothermal energy. He continues to teach a GIS class at Rice University. While in the Shell GameChanger team, he discovered, funded, and mentored numerous startups, including those focused on geothermal topics, and helped lead the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE as a science advisor and judge. He holds degrees from Rice University (Ph.D.), the University of Texas (M.S.), and Colgate University (B.A.). He is currently focused on building networks of people and companies focused on accelerating commercial geothermal opportunities and R&D to meet the rising tide of expectation for a sustainable low-carbon world.

Dr. Eric Van Oort

Professor in Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Eric van Oort became Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, after a 20-year industry career with Shell Oil Company. He holds a PhD degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam. He has (co-)authored more than 200 technical papers, holds 14 patents, is a former SPE Distinguished Lecturer, an SPE Distinguished Member, and the 2017 winner of the prestigious international SPE Drilling Engineering Award. At UT Austin, he directs drilling-related R&D in two industry consortia (RAPID and CODA) with over 25 industry company sponsors, covering drilling automation & control, sensor design, big data analytics, complex well construction challenges, and well abandonment & decommissioning. Recently, he has become involved in deep closed-loop geothermal drilling through UT’s new GEO initiative, for which he is the technical lead. In addition, he is the co-founder of 3 start-up companies and is the CEO of his own consulting company.

Dr. Jesse Jenkins

Professor in Energy Systems Engineering

Dr. Jesse Jenkins is an assistant professor at Princeton University with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment and courtesy appointments at the School of Public and International Affairs and the High Meadows Environmental Institute. He is a macro-scale energy systems engineer with a focus on the rapidly evolving electricity sector, including the transition to zero-carbon resources, the proliferation of distributed energy resources, and the role of electricity in economy-wide decarbonization. Jesse leads the Princeton ZERO Lab (Zero-carbon Energy systems Research and Optimization Laboratory), which focuses on improving and applying optimization-based energy systems models to evaluate low-carbon energy technologies and generate insights to guide policy and planning decisions in national and sub-national jurisdictions transitioning to net-zero emissions energy systems. Jesse earned a PhD and SM from MIT, worked previously as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and spent six years as an energy and climate policy analyst prior to embarking on his academic career. He also works with DeSolve, LLC and independently to provide decision support, analytics, and policy advisory services to non-profit and for-profit clients working to accelerate the deployment of clean energy.

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