Dr. Horst A. Schmid has served as director and Chairman of the Board of the Company since February 6, 2004. Since June 29, 2005, he has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Deep Well. From September 1996 to present, Dr. Schmid has been the director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Portwest Investment Ltd., a private firm, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Prior to that, Dr. Schmid spent 15 years as Cabinet Minister for the Government of Alberta and 10 years as Commissioner General for Trade and Tourism for the province of Alberta. During that time, he was involved in numerous successful overseas negotiations for the Alberta oil and gas industry, achieving major contracts for Alberta exploration and production service companies. He is the recipient of many Canadian and international awards for his accomplishments. Dr. Schmid received an Honorary Law Degree from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Malik Youyou has served as director of the Company since August 20, 2008 and Vice Chairman of Deep Well since January 1, 2014. Mr. Youyou is an experienced international entrepreneur, investor and director of several companies. With more than three decades of business experience in highly competitive global markets, beginning in his native France, Mr. Youyou brings a strong international perspective to Deep Well's Board. Mr. Youyou has created and led several companies involved in the development, branding, and marketing of luxury goods from leading international houses.
Mr. Said Arrata has served as director of the Company since March 8, 2011. Mr. Arrata is a highly experienced energy executive who brings a sophisticated understanding of energy company development to the Deep Well Board of Directors. Mr. Arrata is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Sea Dragon Energy Inc., a firm domiciled in Calgary, Alberta, devoted exclusively to overseas production, concentrated in Egypt. In 2007 the company he co-founded, Centurion Energy, was sold for $ 1.2 billion to Dana Gas Inc. and Mr. Arrata subsequently established Sea Dragon Energy Inc. Since May of 2007, Mr. Arrata has been a board member of Dana Gas Inc., a company which operates oil and gas concessions in Egypt and the Province of Kurdistan. Reputed as a company-builder, he focused on building maximum value for shareholders during his more than 40 years in the oil and gas industry during which he held management and board positions with major oil and gas companies in Canada and overseas. Mr. Arrata holds a B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering along with several post-graduate accreditations at various universities in North America and is an active member of several professional engineering and industry associations.
Mr. Satya Brata Das has served as director of the Company since March 8, 2011. Mr. Das offers strategic advice and guidance to public and private sector leaders as co-founder and Principal of Edmonton based Cambridge Strategies Inc. A public policy expert on the sustainable development of heavy oil and the oil sands, he is author of "Green Oil: Clean Energy for the 21st Century?" A frequent commentator on air, in print and on podiums, Mr. Das brings his deep experience and insight on public policy issues to the Deep Well Board. A former columnist, foreign correspondent and editorialist, Mr. Das has advised at the highest levels of municipal, provincial and national governments in Canada.
Mr. Pascal Nodé-Langlois has served as director of the Company since December 4, 2013. Mr. Nodë-Langlois is a French entrepreneur with a broad experience in banking. In 1975, he founded in Switzerland, the company Stock and Commodity Services SA (SCS). In 1991, SCS became Banque SCS Alliance SA (BSA), a fully licensed Swiss bank with branches in Switzerland and subsidiaries abroad. In 2006, after a consistent career of more than 30 years as the principal owner, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of BSA (previously SCS), Mr. Nodë-Langlois sold his stake in the bank. In 2007, he founded a new financial boutique, in Luxembourg: Voltaire Group SA. This company operates as a holding company. It acquires majority participations and/or creates operating companies with the aim to cover a large portion of the different financial services corresponding to the field of expertise that Mr. Nodé-Langlois developed during his previous activity in banking. Its main present participation is PARfinance SA, a Swiss registered wealth management company.
Mr. Colin P. Outtrim has served as director of the Company since November 17 2014. Mr. Outtrim is a highly experienced petroleum engineer bringing with him extensive reservoir appraisal knowledge to the Company. Mr. Outtrim has over 40 years of experience in the global petroleum reserves and resources industry and has conducted and or participated in several hundred reservoir engineering and economic evaluation projects covering oil, gas and geothermal properties in all parts of the world having asset values from between one million to 20 billion dollars. Early in his career he worked with the Alberta Government Energy Resources and Conversation Board (now known as the Alberta Energy Regulator or "AER") as a Reserves Engineer assessing the Alberta oil sands, at which time he also published and co-authored a paper entitled "The Oil Sands Reserves of Alberta". From 1992 to 2004, he was the co-founder, President and CEO of Outtrim Szabo Associates Ltd. which served petroleum companies undertaking energy developments around the world. In 2004, Outtrim Szabo Associates Ltd. was acquired by DeGolyer and MacNaughton Canada Limited ("DeGolyer") and Mr. Outtrim became president and a director of DeGolyer until his retirement in 2012. From 2008 to 2012, the Company engaged DeGolyer to prepare the Company's independent reserves and resources analysis reports, at which time Mr. Outtrim was providing independent consulting engineering services to the Company through DeGolyer. His career has provided him broad experience reporting to audit committees as a "qualified reserves evaluator and auditor". He is one of a few expert members from around the world selected to sit on and serve as a technical member of the Experts Group sub-committee on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ("UNECE"), the United Nations Framework Classification ("UNFC") for the standardization of petroleum reserves and resource definitions, and has recently completed a three-year term on the board of trustees of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Educational Trust Fund as trustee and treasurer. He is currently serving as director and reserves audit committee chairman of CaiTerra International Energy Corporation and currently provides reservoir engineering advisory services to Tallahassee Resources Inc. He is also the past chairman of the Petroleum Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining. Mr. Outtrim holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Petroleum Engineer. Mr. Outtrim completed his professional qualifications at the highest level with the Institute of Corporate Directors and attained his ICD.D designation.
Mr. David Roff has served as a director of the Company since April 3, 2006. Mr. Roff is the Chief Investment Officer at Globalive Capital a position he has held since April 2015. Globalive Capital is private equity and venture capital firm Mr Roff is also co-president of Brave Investment Corporation, a private consulting and investment company and has held this position since 2001. Mr. Roff's experience working with small cap public and private companies spans more than seventeen years. Prior to that, Mr. Roff was a management consultant for Coopers & Lybrand Consulting where he advised large financial institutions, investment fund complexes and other organizations on technology and internal control strategies. Mr. Roff is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a B.A. degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Curtis James Sparrow has served as director of the Company since February 6, 2004. Mr. Sparrow has also been the Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer of Deep Well. Since the mid-1980s, Mr. Sparrow has been a self-employed management consultant specializing in the natural resource sector. Mr. Sparrow has been involved in the oil and gas industry in various capacities for over 36 years. He has held directorships and senior officer positions with junior exploration and development companies before becoming a self-employed consultant. He has also participated in the marketing side of the oil and gas industry, and was part of an acquisition team formed to assess and develop a bid for a multi-billion dollar integrated oil company. His experience also includes corporate and project management, international businesses and mining. Mr. Sparrow is a National Association of Corporate Directors ("NACD") Governance Fellow. He has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD's comprehensive program of study for corporate directors. He supplements his skill sets through ongoing engagement with the director community, and access to leading practices. The NACD is the recognized authority focused on advancing exemplary board leadership and establishing leading boardroom practices. Mr. Sparrow received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alberta. Mr. Sparrow is also a registered Professional Engineer.