General Manager – North Africa
Mr Haffouz is a Tunisian citizen with 35 years of oil and gas management experience including assignments in Tunisia, USA and Gabon West Africa. Mongi spent 18 years with Marathon Oil including in the role of Chief Negotiator for the formation of Maretap – the JV between Marathon and the ETAP. Mr. Haffouz is particularly well known for his senior roles with Marathon in Tunisia from 1983 -1996.
Subsequent to his work with Marathon, Mongi also served as Vice President and General Manager (Tunisian Branch) of Voyageur Oil and Gas Corporation, where he established & oversaw the Company’s operations in Tunisia and was instrumental in raising over $16 million of new investment for the Company’s activities in Tunisia.
Mongi is widely known and respected across the Middle East and North Africa for his work as a consultant to the oil and gas sector in the MENA region.
Luis Fernando Castaño
Country Manager – Colombia
Mr Castano is a Colombian citizen with extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry generally and Exploration and Production Projects specifically. Luis Fernando graduated from the National University of Colombia, Faculty of Mines in Medellin, with a degree in Petroleum Engineering followed by further studies at the SMU-COX University, Dallas Texas, USA and a Finance Specialist Degree from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano school in Bogota Colombia.
Prior to joining Gulfsands Luis Fernando worked with Maurel et Prom as its Syria Country Manager and prior to that he had a very long and successful career working in Colombia with Hocol S.A in various roles including as Operational Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Operations Manager, Project Leader, Production Fields Leader and Joint Venture Leader.
Corporate Counsel – Colombia
Ms Suarez is a locally qualified lawyer with considerable experience working in Colombia’s Mining and Hydrocarbons sectors. Natalia graduated from the University of Santos Tomas in Bucaramanga with a Law degree and a post graduate degree focused on Mining and Energy Law. Natalia has worked with a number of Canadian companies with interests in Colombia’s oil and gas sector and as a consequence has considerable experience working with the ANH’s Exploration and Production contracts and negotiating and supervising a broad range of legal and commercial agreements relevant to the energy sector.