Prior to his appointment at Nobel Upstream, Mr. Bates served as Vice President and Advisor to the President of OAO NK Rosneft where he oversaw international projects and business development. He has negotiated deals in partnership with ExxonMobil in the United States and Canada, Statoil, as well as a German refining JV with BP and CNPC in Tianjin, China. Mr. Bates also held leadership positions at BP, TNK-BP, Trinity Energy and Baker Hughes.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bates served as Vice President and Shareholder Business Manager of BP Russia, leading BP’s operations and business development efforts with Rosneft. He oversaw Sakhalin exploration activities and advanced BP’s efforts to acquire exploration licenses in the Russian Arctic.
From 2005 – 2007, Mr. Bates served in TNK-BP as Performance Unit Leader and Director of TNK-BP’s first Greenfield major project. Mr. Bates was previously founding Director of Trinity Energy Ltd., an oil & gas independent where he negotiated and executed Uzbekistan’s first production sharing agreement, operated oil and gas fields in Uzbekistan and Russia and marketed refined petroleum products in the region. He has also worked in the oil services sector with Baker Hughes and EVI-Weatherford, where he implemented a variety of performance contracting projects in FSU and South American markets.
Mr. Bates received his B.A. in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University in 1989.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Gasimov has been a finance and commercial executive for nearly twenty years in and outside of Azerbaijan. He has worked on multi-billion dollar acquisitions, financing and business development deals. He joined Nobel Upstream as CFO in 2014 following a career at BP, where he held a variety of financial and managerial roles.
Prior to joining Nobel Upstream, Mr. Gasimov worked for BP for over 16 years. Most recently, he was a member of BP’s regional leadership team in Azerbaijan where he was Head of Business Development and Commercial Operations for the ACG (Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli) oil field. He was responsible for commercial management of the ACG PSA, a BP-operated joint venture with several major international oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Statoil and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).
During his tenure at BP, Mr. Gasimov also served as Head of Finance, Offshore Operations, Resources, Drilling & Completions and Exploration and has held other management roles in the areas of M&A, strategy, planning, performance management and corporate risk management.
Mr Gasimov earned his B.A. and M.A. in International Economic Relations from the Azerbaijan State Economic University. He is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), also recognized by AICPA.
In 2009, Mr. Gasimov was awarded the Tereqqi (“Progress”) Medal of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the President of Azerbaijan for his contributions to the development of the Oil and Gas Industry.
Head of Engineering
Mr. Harries has led the Nobel Upstream engineering team since 2015. A petroleum engineer with 30 years of experience in reservoir engineering, Philip was Vice President, Technical Services for NYSE listed Harvest Natural Resources before joining Nobel Upstream.
At Harvest Natural Resources Mr. Harries was responsible for leading the subsurface team for the company’s worldwide exploration, production and new business activities. His portfolio included heavy oil production in Venezuela, unconventional production and development in Utah, onshore oil and gas production in West Siberia and exploration and appraisal in offshore Gabon. Prior to his 12 years with Harvest, Mr. Harries held senior technical subsurface roles with British Borneo, Hardy Oil and Gas and BHP Petroleum.
Since 2014 Mr. Harries has consulted to a number of companies on a variety of projects ranging from reservoir studies and technical advice to execution of technical due diligence in relation to asset acquisitions. Mr. Harries holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London and a BA Hons in Engineering Science from Oxford University.
Head of Subsurface
Andrew Lewis joined Nobel Upstream as Head of Geology & Geoscience in 2016. His 25 years of industry experience includes technical and managerial roles in Russia, the UK, the US, South America and West Africa. Immediately prior to his appointment with Nobel Upstream, Mr. Lewis was a Principal at L1 Energy where he provided expert technical advice in support of major upstream acquisitions on both the corporate and asset level.
Mr. Lewis was Director of the Department of International JV Projects for Rosneft from 2011 through 2014, responsible for expanding Rosneft's international upstream position via agreements with ExxonMobil, Statoil and Eni. In addition to supervision of Rosneft’s international upstream project offices, Mr. Lewis was accountable for the negotiation and execution of new access in Canada, Norway and the US.
From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Lewis held a variety of technical and technical management roles at BP focused on exploration and development assets in the UK and Russia. His last role was Russia Exploration Manager, based in Moscow, with accountability for BP JV exploration activity in Sakhalin and the Russian Arctic frontier basin.
Mr. Lewis has a BSc in Exploration and Mining Geology from University of Wales College of Cardiff and an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Aberdeen University.
Head of Legal & Compliance
Sergei Sulimsky joined Nobel Upstream as the Head of Legal & Compliance in 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Sulimsky held various positions at BP and Clifford Chance focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance.
Prior to joining Nobel Upstream, Mr. Sulimsky worked at BP, first as the Deputy Managing Attorney in Russia and later as Senior Counsel in London in the BP M&A Legal team where he managed international asset disposals. He was also part of the Anti-Bribery and Corruption legal team at BP, where he provided advice on complex legal issues across various high-risk jurisdictions.
Mr. Sulimsky also worked for eleven years in the London, Moscow and Kiev offices of Clifford Chance advising corporate clients on cross-border M&A, competition, joint ventures, private equity, real estate, international corporate finance and corporate governance issues.
He earned his LL.M at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, a Ph.D. in International Law at RPF University, Moscow, and a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University, London.
Senior Advisor – Operational Integrity
Paul Everest has served as a Senior Advisor regarding operational integrity since January, 2014. He has been a leader in the development and implementation of safety performance improvement in the oil and gas industry.
Prior to joining Nobel Upstream, Mr. Everest worked for BP for over twenty years. During his tenure there, he served in a number of roles, most recently as Director of Coaching for BP Exploration and as Director of Coaching and Safety Performance Improvement for the BP Group, where he developed programs that formed the basis for the Company Operating Management System and the Control of Work programme. He has also held management roles in HSE, Offshore Installation, HSE Staff Development in locations around the globe.
Mr. Everest holds a BSc. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aston in Birmingham. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.