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Dr Kevin Kveton

Kevin Kveton is Director of Iraq Business Development. Based in London, he assumed his current position in July 2017. 

Dr. Kveton joined Chevron in 1989 and has held numerous domestic and international assignments in exploration, business development, and geological research & development.

His overseas resident assignments included Australia, Papua New Guinea, Bahrain, Indonesia, and Thailand with responsibilities also covering Qatar, Myanmar, and China along with new venture work across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Kveton is a 1989 graduate from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Ph.D. in Geology.

Zaid Elyaseri

Zaid Elyaseri is responsible for managing BP’s business integration in Iraq and is responsible for working with key energy officials in Iraq. BP is the lead contractor for developing Rumaila oil field, Iraq’s largest field. Zaid has held various central and regional finance/commercial roles and was involved in setting up business processes for Rumaila. Prior to working at BP, Zaid worked for KPMG UK and has headed advisory and risk positions in the Middle East. In 2014, Zaid took up the position of BP Iraq Deputy Country Manager and in 2015 was appointed as BP Iraq Country Manager.


Dr. Mark Wharton

Dr. Mark Wharton is the Development and Joint Ventures Manager for Shell in Iraq and is responsible for the technical and investment planning of Shell’s portfolio of oil and gas projects that are contributing to Iraq’s development and reconstruction.

Mark has extensive industry experience across the oil and gas sector having held prior technical and management positions with Royal Dutch Shell operating units in The Netherlands, Oman, Malaysia, Nigeria and Kazakhstan.

In his current role in Iraq he contributes to safe and reliable operations at the Shell-operated Majnoon field in the Basrah province and provides shareholder governance and support to the non-operated West Qurna 1 venture, the midstream gas joint venture Basrah Gas Company and the world-scale Nebras petrochemicals joint venture.

Mark holds a PhD in Geology and Geochemistry from Durham University and a Bachelor of Sciences in Geology from Imperial College, London.

His work in Iraq enables him to pursue the wider societal benefits of capturing gas that is otherwise flared into a useful source of power for Iraq industrial and domestic use, providing employment opportunities for local Iraqi companies and communities and enabling technical and managerial training for Iraqi colleagues within the Shell participating ventures.

Yaroslav Okulov

Yaroslav Okulov is oil and gas professional with more than 20 years experience. He graduated in petroleum engineering and finance and hold MBA degree from London Business School. His background includes senior positions in strategy and finance in the number of Lukoil’s business units and regional headquarters in Russia, Central Asia and Middle East.

Abd Malik Jaffar

A Mlik b Jaffar has assumed the position of Head Iraq, PETRONAS Carigali Iraq Holding B.V. (PCIHBV) as of 1st April 2016. As CEO and PETRONAS Country Chairman Iraq, his portfolio includes managing the entire spectrum of upstream exploration and production activities in three (3)oil fields in Iraq, which includes Garraf (Operator), Badra and Halfaya, as co-investor.

With more than 25 years of experience in the PETRONAS upstream business, he was previously the Head of Projects and Engineering, PETRONAS  Carigali Sdn. Bhd., responsible for the development and execution of various Malaysia and International Projects. He has directed and been involved in many notable projects in Malaysia and overseas, including in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan and many others, both offshore and onshore.

He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States and enjoys sports and travelling. He is also interested in areas of project management, especially in continuous improvements and people development.

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