CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
For the past five years, Mr. Kappella has been the Chief Executive Officer of Silk Energy. Mr. Kappella was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Max Petroleum and had foundation involvement with Jupiter Energy and Roxi Petroleum, all of which were based in Kazakhstan. He was formerly the Honorary Australian Consul in Kazakhstan and on the Board of KazMorTransFlot, the state shipping company in Kazakhstan.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
A geologist with an in-depth understanding of Kazakhstan. Mr. Busk was formerly the Chief Geologist for Maersk Oil in Kazakhstan, followed by Head of Geology and Geophysics for Max Petroleum and General Manager of Lucent Petroleum (Kazakhstan).
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ms. Svanbayeva obtained a Master of International Affairs in Oil and Gas degree from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York in 2003 as well as an MBA from the Cass Business School, City University of London in 2009. Ms. Svanbayeva has had over five years in industrial project management. She worked as an independent consultant in the oil and gas industry from April 2014.
KAZAKHSTAN COUNTRY MANAGER
Mr. Svanbayev has over 20 years of oil company experience in Kazakhstan, with key roles across Kuat Amlon Munai, Unioil and Jupiter Energy. Mr. Svanbayev brings significant Kazakhstan oil-industry and government contacts to the Silk Energy team.
PRODUCTION MANAGER & FIELD OPERATIONS
Formerly Production Manager at Maersk Oil & Gas Qatar and Kazakhstan, followed by Production Manager at Max Petroleum. More recently Mr. Gronne has been a shift supervisor on an Aker-BP offshore production platform in the North Sea.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
Ms. Ivanovskaya has a Masters from Columbia University, NY and has worked for WestLB and KPMG in New York then Kazcommertsbank as an Analyst and Halyk Bank as a senior Auditor. Prior to Silk Energy Ms. Ivanovskaya was with the head of PR and International Affairs within the Kazakhstan State Deposit Insurance Fund.