Board of Directors
William P. Wells
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Bill is the founder and primary portfolio manager for Pope Asset Management, LLC. Founded in 2000, Pope Asset Management, LLC is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) offering financial asset management services to high net worth investors.
Bill had previously worked in the Private Wealth Management division of Goldman Sachs, where he was a vice-president working primarily with family groups throughout the southeastern United States. Bill had been at Goldman Sachs since his graduation from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1985. Bill attended the University of Mississippi on a National Merit Scholarship and graduated with honors in 1980.
Non-Executive Director (Chairman of the Audit Committee)
Adeola Ogunsemi is an experienced oil and gas professional. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Oando Energy Resources, a leading African exploration and production company. He was with BP America for 5 years, rising to become Assistant Controller. Before joining BP America, he worked for Northern Illinois Gas in Chicago, USA, for 4 years, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Midas International in Chicago, USA. Adeola obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from DePaul University in Chicago in 2000. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for 16 years. He is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) in the USA and an Associate Chartered Accountant in Nigeria.
Non-Executive Director (Chairman of the Compensation and Nomination Committee)
Mattias joined Plena Group in 2001 and has led teams through origination, due diligence, negotiation and the restructuring of medium to large emerging market enterprises. In 2011, Mattias bought out Plena Group in a management buy-out and has led its growth by continuing to assemble cross border transactions as well as government privatisations in predominantly emerging markets. Mattias has a BA in Corporate Finance and an MBA degree from IMD Lausanne, Switzerland.
Yerlan is currently a Director of Eurotransit Terminal LLP, a Kazakhstan-based trade and procurement, commercial, agency, customs brokerage, warehousing, rendering and freight forwarding services business. He has held similar senior level positions at Qazaq Business Group LLP, KazTransGas Aimak JSC, Soyuztranslink LLP and Proctor and Gamble, Central Asia