Our People

The Board

Steve Jenkins

  • A geologist by profession, Steve is widely recognised as one of the most capable oil and gas executives in the UK
  • Previously Founder and CEO of Nautical Petroleum which was sold for £414m to Cairn Energy, currently Chairman of the Oil and Gas Independents Association
  • Significant emerging markets experience, having operated in Morocco, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, Yemen, Colombia and Tunisia

Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen O’Brien

  • Served as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (2015 – 2017) and British MP (1999 - 2015), holding the positions of Permanent Under-Secretary of State for International Development and UK Special Representative for the Sahel
  • Previously served as International Director and Group Secretary of FTSE 100 listed Redland plc, initially trained as a corporate litigation lawyer with Freshfields
  • Member of the UK Privy Council, knighted in 2017 for his achievements and commitments to humanitarian action, global health and international development

Andrew Knott

  • CEO and Founder of Savannah Petroleum
  • Previously Head of Global Energy Investments for Man Group/GLG Partners, prior to GLG held various roles at Merrill Lynch and DrKW

Isatou Semega-Janneh

  • Accountant with over 17 years’ experience, Isatou has acted as Savannah’s VP Finance since joining the Company in January 2015
  • Prior to joining Savanah, spent 9 years with BP in a variety of roles, most recently as Financial Controller for BP’s operations in North Africa
  • Extensive experience of implementing and managing financial and regulatory compliance systems in emerging market oil and gas environments

David Clarkson

  • Over 40 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry, mainly at BP where he was SVP for Projects & Engineering (Upstream) and a member of BP’s Leadership Team
  • Delivered major projects in frontier areas prior to holding the SVP role in which he was functionally accountable for embedding rigour and discipline in BP’s upstream major project investment decisions and for building engineering capability to support the company’s growth agenda
  • Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

David Jamison

  • David has had a long career in the oil & gas industry, having acted as Co-Founder and first Managing Director of Vitol (the world’s largest oil trading company)
  • Other prominent oil & gas companies David has been a Founding Director of include Sibir Energy and Blue Ocean Associates

Mark Iannotti

  • Over 25 years’ experience in EMEA equities, largely focused around the oil & gas sector
  • Previously a member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s EMEA Executive Committee, and currently Head of Securities at Canaccord Genuity
  • Started his career at Wood Mackenzie consultants as an upstream analyst focused on emerging markets

Michael Wachtel

  • Head of UK Corporate, Head of Energy and Natural Resources and an executive Member of the Management Board of law firm Clyde & Co who have a strong emerging market focus and provide companies with a full range of legal services including corporate, M&A, financing, governance and regulatory compliance
  • His client list includes major oil & gas and oil service companies in addition to many of the leading independent oil companies
  • Prior to entering law, Michael worked as an oil & gas field engineer in various West African countries for Schlumberger and Geoservices

Senior Management

Jessica Hostage

  • Background in oil and gas equities and investment banking, joined Savannah from Canaccord where she was the #1 ranked specialist sales person in the Small/Mid-Cap Oil & Gas Extel rankings (2013 & 2014)
  • Previously, worked on a range of M&A and ECM transactions in the Energy & Power investment banking team at Merrill Lynch

Yacine Wafy

  • Joined Savannah from Niamey-based construction company Primo et Geb where he served as CEO, and as such has significant experience managing large-scale projects in Niger. Studied at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
  • Manages 6 full-time employees in Savannah’s Niamey office