Our People

The Board

Steve Jenkins

  • Non-executive Chairman of Savannah
  • 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 in Q3 2012
  • Currently Chairman of the Oil and Gas Independents Association, Terrain Energy and Franklin Petroleum

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

David Jamison

  • Has extensive experience working with early stage oil and gas companies, with prior roles having included Co-Founder and first Managing Director of Vitol, Founding Director of Sibir Energy and Founding Director of Blue Ocean Associates
  • Currently manages DLJ Associates, a company which acts as agent and advisor on upstream oil and gas transactions

Mark Iannotti

  • Over 20 years’ experience in EMEA equities, largely focused around the oil & gas sector, most recently as a member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s EMEA Executive Committee and Head of its EMEA Equity Research division
  • Started his career at Wood Mackenzie consultants as an upstream analyst focused on emerging markets

Senior Management

Phil Magor

  • Geologist with over 35 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry, who has successfully managed multiple onshore desert environment exploration programmes for a variety of companies countries including Ethiopia, Libya, Malaysia, Pakistan and the UAE
  • Currently manages equivalent of a team of 5 full-time G&G staff for Savannah on the ARB project

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

Isatou Semega-Janneh

  • Accountant with 17 years’ experience, previously Financial Controller for BP North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Morocco) and Deputy Financial Controller for Angola
  • Extensive experience of implementing and managing financial and regulatory compliance systems in emerging market oil and gas environments

Antoine Richard

  • VP Operations
  • Over 20 years’ experience with major (Total) and independent (Perenco) oil & gas companies, including 10 years’ experience in West Africa
  • Strong operational background (seismic acquisition in desert environments, onshore facilities design and operation, management of drilling campaigns, production optimisation); previous positions within Perenco included Global HSE Manager and General Manager roles for Congo, Egypt and Venezuela, and Global HSE Manager

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