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Board of Directors

Dr. Leonid Surguchev

Leonid Surguchev is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, previously CEO of oil company LONS AS operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,  Senior Vice President of International Research Institute of Stavanger, Research Director of SIBNEFT oil company, Rogaland Research. He has international work experience working with Smedvig Technologies AS, PETEC AS, SONATRACH in Africa, Asia and America.


His scientific interests are within hydrogen technologies, exploration, reservoir engineering and modelling, EOR/IOR. Surguchev has Doctor of Science and PhD in reservoir engineering, multi-criterion and system analysis.


In 1995 Surguchev was awarded the best scientist of the year research prize of Rogaland Research in Norway. Authorship in more than 100 scientific papers and 15 monographs, an inventor with awards of a number of hydrogen generation and reservoir technologies patents.


Jacob Stolt-Nielsen

Mr. Jacob B. Stolt-Nielsen joined Stolt-Nielsen Limited 1987 and served in various positions in Oslo, Singapore, Greenwich, Connecticut, Houston, Texas and London. He was President and established the global Stolthaven tank terminal network, from 1992 until 2000.  In 2000, he founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of SeaSupplier Ltd. until 2003 when he became Executive Vice President of Stolt-Nielsen Limited.


He has invested in and developed numerous smaller companies. In 2012 he founded, and serves as CEO of Norterminal AS ( .


He has been a Board member of Stolt-Nielsen Limited ( since 1995 and is also a board member of Stolt-Nielsen Holdings AS, SN Terminal AS, Bothel Holding AS, Hydrogen Source AS (, New York Cruise Lines ( Inc. and Biomed Clinic AS.


 Mr. Stolt-Nielsen graduated from Babson College in 1987 with a BS degree in Finance and Entrepreneurial studies. He is a Norwegian citizen.

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Dr. Kjetil Stuland

Kjetil M. Stuland has built the research institute (Teknova today incorporated into Norce) and advisor to Alcoa. He has started 3 investment companies and made values in commercialization’s of startups of more than USD 300 Mill. He has been Managing director of two industrial enterprises serving the Oil and Gas industries.

Kjetil M. Stuland was for 8 years at the top management team of Scana Industries, and with a key role in making the corporation listed at Oslo Stock Exchange. He was also chairman of Scana Industrier ASA, and nominated as Chairman of the Year on the Oslo Stock Exchange. For 8 years he was the CEO of Rogalandsforskning (today incorporated into Norce), and has been member of more than 40 different boards for both public and private owned organizations. 

His educational background is in Science and Technology holding a Sivilingeniør (equivalent to a M.SC) title from The Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) with majors in Cybernetics, Applied Mathematics and Chemical Engineering. He holds a Doctor engineer (Equivalent to a PhD) in Aero and Gas Dynamics also from NTH, and with research leave and invitation to stay at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, USA.  His training in management comes from PA Consultants in the area of strategies and management for changes in both Public and Private organizations.

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Sverre Skogen

Sverre Skogen (born 1956) has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.


He has been CEO at Aker Maritime/Aker Kværner 1997 – 2003, Executive Vice President at PGS Floating Production 2003 – 2005, CEO at AGR Group 2005 – 2012 and Executive Chairman/Chairman at Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA (now Aker BP ASA) 2013 – 2016, Chairman and CEO at Mime Petroleum, current position.

He has also Board and investment positions in various companies in the sector. 

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