Board Of Directors
Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (CHC) Board of Directors consists of seven non-Executive Members as follows.
Professor Toula Onoufriou is the first President of the Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company. She is also a Professor of Infrastructure Reliability and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics at the Cyprus University of Technology and an Academic Visitor at Imperial College. She combines a unique combination of experience from academia and the offshore oil and gas industry internationally where she held several positions of high responsibility (Vice Rector, President, Head of Department, Director of Research, Head of Research Centre and Senior Consultant) and she recorded significant professional activity, contribution and recognition at national and international level. International professional distinctions and awards include the Stanley Gray Award by the Institute of Marine Engineers UK for the best publication in marine technology while working in the oil and gas industry based in the UK. Also awarded the prestigious SmartEN Marie Curie ITN Programme by the European Commission as Coordinator, ranked 3rd out of 900 proposals and funded with 3.700.000 Euros. She obtained her PhD in Offshore Structures with a scholarship form Imperial College (UK) and she is top graduate in Civil Engineering from City University (UK) where she was awarded the Renie Prize. She was Invited Expert Speaker at many high level international events and conferences including the United States Congress and the European Commission on Oil and Gas Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Obtained BSc and MSc, degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Manchester, UK and PhD in Offshore Engineering also from University of Manchester. He has worked with Shell for over 30 years, retiring in 2013 after serving as Engineering Manager for Offshore Structures and Metocean for Europe Middle East & Africa. Highlights of contributions to Offshore Oil & Gas industry include:
- Development of Equations for Stress Concentration Factors in Tubular Joints, widely used in design of offshore structures worldwide and recommended in international Standards, notably ISO 19902, API RP 2A, NORSOK.
- Ultimate strength and reliability-based design of offshore platforms. This work resulted in Best Paper Award at OMAE’96 and has formed the basis for the ultimate strength provisions and action factors in ISO Standard on Steel Offshore Platforms, ISO 19902.
- In 2002 Efthymiou was named as Offshore Pioneer by the Offshore Energy Centre, Houston, USA for his pioneering contributions to the offshore industry – safety and reliability.
- Lead Structural Engineer for topsides design of the Sakhalin Offshore Platforms 2003-2005. Project was first major arctic project and one of the biggest projects ever, currently producing 400,000 boe. In 2005 received Best Paper Award at OTC, Houston, for paper on the design of the Sakhalin Offshore Facilities.
- Pioneering contributions to the development of first Floating LNG installation in Shell, holding several Patents on aspects of the technology and the role of Technical Authority during FEED and Detailed Design for turret, moorings, production risers and topsides structural design.
Mike has published many technical papers and Patents in the areas of fixed offshore platforms and floating systems. After retiring from Shell in 2013 Mike was appointed Professor of Offshore Structures at University of Western Australia. In February 2014 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company.
George Georgiades obtained B.A (Hons) from the University of Essex, UK, in 1995. He worked for a Big 4 audit firm both in Cyprus and in the UK time during which he was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC). From 2002 to date he has participated in the performance of Production Sharing Contracts, Contractors’ Joint Venture and State Compliance audits on behalf of the Government of Equatorial Guinea involving a significant number of multinational companies such as ExxonMobil Corp., Marathon Oil Corporation, Glencore Plc, Noble Energy Inc., Hess Corporation, Repsol S.A, Bechtel Corporation, Schlumberger Limited, Halliburton Company, Transocean Ltd, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Fluor Incorporated and Weatherford International and has contributed to the improvement of the country’s Production Sharing Contracts’ contents. He has represented Cyprus in one World Youth Chess Championship (1988 Timisoara – Romania) as well as in two Chess Olympiads (1990 – Novi Sad, Yugoslavia and 1992 – Manila, Philippines) while in 1993 he drew with Anatoly Karpov, a former Chess World Champion and at that time World’s No. 2. He was appointed a CHC Board of Directors in March 2014 providing specialist knowledge on the financial aspects of the upstream oil and gas exploration activities.
Lenas Mylonas is an independent consultant and leading professional in the oil and gas industry with over 15 years experiences. Lenas has worked on major projects for BP both in Angola and Azerbaijan, for TOTAL in Nigeria and also for British Gas in Egypt. He has also provided his services both in construction and design for major offshore contractors and consultancies such as JPKenny, Single Buoy Moorings and J Ray McDermott. Lenas is currently working for BP in Angola, engaged in subsea deep-water construction and operations management, having latterly been involved in the delivery of the PSVM project, the industry’s largest subsea development to date, a project on which he also steered the front end engineering design, tendering and concept selection. Concurrently Lenas is a member of the CHC board of directors providing specialist input on commercial and construction issues with respect to onshore and offshore oil and gas activities, field development, subsea infrastructure and LNG facilities.
Evi Neophytou has an LLB (University of Bristol, UK), an MA in European Politics (Free University of Brussels, Belgium), an LLM in European Union Law (College of Europe, Brugge, Belgium) and an LLM in Public International Law (University of London). She is a qualified lawyer admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association. Evi served at the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the EU as a contractual agent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2008 and 2010. In 2010 she joined the Foreign Service of the Republic of Cyprus. Between 2011 and 2014 she served at the Division of Energy and Marine Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since October 2014 she has been seconded to the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, and is dealing with hydrocarbons issues. Since 2011 she has been following issues relevant to Cyprus’ energy policy with an emphasis on hydrocarbons issues and the law of the sea, she is involved in the negotiations of international Agreements with other countries on hydrocarbons related issues and has been following issues relevant to hydrocarbons’ exploration and development. During Cyprus’ Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2012, she was the Deputy Chair of the EU Council Working Group on the Law of the Sea. In May 2013 she participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US Department of State, on “Energy Security and US Foreign Policy”. She has interned at the European Commission and at international law firms in Brussels. In September 2015 Evi was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CHC.
Dr Konstantinos Nikolaou, Petroleum Geologist – Energy Economist Currently: General Director of Kanergy Ltd, technical advisor of Energean Oil & Gas, member of the Board of Directors of Cyprus Hydrocarbon Company(CHC). Dr. Nikolaou has 40 years’ experience in Exploration and Production (E&P) business. As Technical Director of Hellenic Petroleum SA and technical adviser of Energean oil & gas Ltd, he managed and supervised exploration and productions activities in Greece, Libya, Egypt, Albania, Ukraine, Russia, the Middle East, SE Europe and East Mediterranean. Dr. Nikolaou has held Special Advisory positions for the Greek Ministry of Development, Hellenic Petroleum SA, Public Petroleum Corporation of Greece and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Technology. From 1991 to 1993 he was the Secretary of the National Energy Committee of Greece. As founder and director of his consulting company Kanergy Ltd , from 2009, Dr K Nikolaou provided technical consulting services to: Energean Oil & Gas, the only operator in Greece, to Spectrum GEO Ltd, to Grekoil Ltd, to Arctic Hunter Ltd, etc. Dr Nikolaou is a member of the Hellenic Geological Society, the Greek Geotechnical Chamber, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the International Association of Energy Economists and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Energy of SE Europe(IENE).
Tasos Panteli graduated in law from Queen Mary University of London in 1999. In 2000, he completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, UK and he was Called to the Bar. He obtained an LLM in Commercial and Corporate law from King’s College London in 2001. In 2002 he was admitted to the Cyprus Bar. In 2010 he became a partner in Andreas M. Sofocleous & Co LLC. Concurrently in 2015 he joined the CHC Board of Directors providing specialist knowledge on legal matters.