Meet the people behind the project

Arron Smyth

Managing Director

Mr. Smyth is a senior executive with an accomplished background in financial services, investment banking, business leadership and operations. He has provided origination and advisory services to private equity/venture capital, debt/trade finance institutions, family offices and commodity trading houses and has a substantive track record in supporting transactions, projects and operations in the oil & gas, mining and clean energy sectors in EMEA and North America.

Mr. Smyth has served as a board member, executive director, senior advisor and management consultant to private and public organizations focused on operating or investing within the energy and natural resources sectors around the world.

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Samir Bazi

Commercial Manager/ Head Analyst

Mr. Bazi has a strong track-record in risk and investment management within the energy and commodities sector. He started his career in risk analysis within Société Générale CIB's derivatives clearing business, focusing on commodities' derivatives. He then joined the energy trader, Gunvor, as an M&A and Portfolio Manager where he was leading investment, divestment and asset restructuring initiatives. He has a strong experience in project development, having worked on several green and brownfield terminal / refinery projects in Europe.

Mr. Bazi has served as a board member in several wholesale and logistics companies within the energy sector. He holds a master's degree in financial engineering and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Marc Tesselaar

Senior Project & Operations Advisor

Mr. Tesselaar is a senior executive manager with a more than 30 years track record in the oil and gas sector, specifically tank storage, where he has held senior operational and management positions. 

He has built up extensive field and leadership experience in safe operations, project design and execution as well as commissioning and start-up of greenfield petrochemical and chemical gas storage terminals in Europe and Asia, most notably for Oiltanking - a global opertor of storage terminals.

Mr. Tesselaar holds polytechnical certificates in construction design, process industry operations, and an IFV(NIBRA) fire service commander diploma and has been an executive member in branch organisations VOTOB (Dutch Tank storage Association) and CDi-T (Chemical Distribution institute) focussing on safety, operational excellence and quality.

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Maarten Reenalda

Head of Project Operations

Mr. Reenalda is a senior executive of Dutch nationality and is experienced in infrastructure and real estate development both as a Project Management Consultant and as a contractor.

He graduated from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands with a master’s degree in construction management. Since his graduation he has worked for multinational companies predominantly in an international environment, developing and managing major infrastructure projects around the world.

Mr. Reenalda is a guest lecturer at the TU Delft faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment for the module “Management in the Built Environment”.

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Emilie Janson

Chief Technical Officer

Mrs. Janson holds a Master of Science in Petroleum and Mining Engineering from the University of Delft and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Maastricht.

A qualified professional with diversified experience in sustainable development, energy transition, petro-chemical industry and waste management, Mrs. Janson is a dynamic innovator with an engineering background and provides decisive leadership to multi-functional, cross cultural global teams.

Mrs. Janson has worked overseas in the MENA region for many years and has fulfilled leading positions in oil and gas projects, managing green field terminal and port developments and is specialized in sustainable energy projects.

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