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Management Team

Jean-Michel Malek , , , Interim Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel

Mr. Malek was previously with CAMAC International Corporation (CI), where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel since January 2011 and prior to that as Senior Vice President and General Counsel since January 2007. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of CI’s legal affairs around the world. Prior to joining CI, Mr. Malek was engaged in private practice with law firms in Houston and also held various positions as in-house counsel with multinational companies.

He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he taught a course on law and development in Africa. Mr. Malek holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2007 until 2012, he served as Honorary Consul of Namibia for the State of Texas.

Daniel Ogbonna , , , Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ogbonna joined Erin Energy from CAMAC International Corporation (CI), where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer since 2010 and led CI’s business development and M&A activities. At CI, Mr. Ogbonna was responsible for strategic planning, financial forecasting, acquisition analysis, and securing funding for CI and its subsidiaries’ projects. Mr. Ogbonna has extensive experience working with financial institutions and brings an acute understanding of Erin Energy’s business, the countries in which the Company operates, and the business climate in Africa. Prior to his role at CI, Mr. Ogbonna held roles at Limited Brands, Deloitte Consulting, and JP Morgan Securities. Mr. Ogbonna holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Heidi Wong , , , Senior Vice President, Corporate Services

Ms. Wong was appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in September 2013. She originally joined the Company in 2008 and served in various roles, including Vice President of Business Planning and Strategy and Managing Director of the Company’s China operations. As Vice President of all China operations, she managed all aspects of in-country business development and government relations.

Ms. Wong worked for more than two decades in business development, government liaison and commercial affairs in the Chinese energy market with both Texaco and Chevron. She held multiple key positions, including: Director of Marketing and Government Affairs for Texaco China, General Representative for Texaco in Beijing prior to the Texaco-Chevron merger, Vice President of Business Development and External Affairs for ChevronTexaco China Energy Co., following the merger. Ms. Wong holds an MBA degree from Wuhan University and is a current member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and The Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Femi Ayoade , , , Vice President, Production Operations, Country Manager, Nigeria

Femi Ayoade was named managing director for Erin Energy in 2013. Mr. Ayoade joined the company as technical manager in September 2011. Prior to joining Erin Energy, he was technical manager of Allied Energy Plc where he provided leadership in a variety of positions, including Drilling, Petroleum Engineering, and Project and Petroleum Operations.

Mr. Ayoade earned a HND degree in petroleum engineering from the Petroleum Training Institute in Nigeria and a master's degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Houston. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Carl Scharpf , , , Vice President, Geosciences and Exploration

Carl Scharpf joined the company in November 2015 as Exploration & Geoscience Vice President. He has 26 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and a proven track record of exploration success around the world. He has significant experience in China, Indonesia, Trinidad, Australia, Egypt, Russia, Vietnam, the Gulf of Mexico as well as other parts of the world. Recently, Mr. Scharpf was the Offshore Gulf of Mexico Exploration Manager for Apache Corporation in Houston, USA. He held a similar position at Murphy Oil that was preceded by a role as Indonesia Exploration Manager for Marathon Oil in Jakarta Indonesia. Additionally, he held Management and Technical positions at Burlington Resources, Union Texas Petroleum, and Amoco.

Mr. Scharpf holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Rider University and a Master of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Cincinnati. He has taken Advanced Management Classes at the Southern Methodist University. He is a Professional Geologist in the State of Texas and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Olu Marinho , , , Vice President, Engineering Projects

Olu Marinho is a technical professional with over 20 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas sector. Before joining Erin Energy Group, he held senior project management positions in Eni E&P S.p.A and the Royal Dutch Shell Group. Mr. Marinho has hands on experience in the planning and execution of major multi-billion dollar projects for offshore Deepwater applications in Nigeria, Angola and the Republic of Congo.

Mr. Marinho received his BS degree in Civil Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MS in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. He holds a Professional Project Manager (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Ojay Uzoh , , , Vice President, Technical

Mr. Uzoh has over 29 years’ engineering experience spanning five continents, most of which are in upstream oil and gas. Prior to joining Erin Energy, Mr. Uzoh spent 20 years at Shell International E&P and Shell Oil US in various production roles, the last of which was Subsurface Manager for a major deepwater project. Before joining Erin Energy in 2016, Mr. Uzoh worked as a technical consultant to upstream oil and gas companies on deepwater business development, tight and shale gas development workflows and technologies. Mr Uzoh was also a technical advisor to a major Los Angeles based Hedge fund facilitating oil and gas deals in Russia, Malaysia, Colombia, Israel, Canada, etc.

Mr. Uzoh has a Masters’ degree in Petroleum engineering from University of Houston, and is a registered engineer of the province of Alberta Canada. Mr. Uzoh is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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Houston, Texas | USA
Tel +1 713 797 2940

Johannesburg, South Africa │Africa
Tel +27 11 593 7300

Lagos, Nigeria | Africa
Tel +234 1 4603357

Nairobi, Kenya | Africa
Tel +254 205 230 062

Banjul, Gambia | Africa
Tel +220 890 7080

Accra, Ghana | Africa
Tel +233 570 688 372

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