Mr. Hibberd is currently Chairman of the Board of Canacol and brings over 40 years of industry and senior leadership experience to the Corporation. For over 27 years, Mr. Hibberd has been Chairman and CEO of MJH Services Inc., a corporate finance advisory firm. He is also currently Vice Chairman of Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Chairman of PetroFrontier Corp. and serves as a board member of Pan Orient Energy Corp. Formerly, he was Chairman of Heritage Oil Plc, Heritage Oil Corporation and Greenfields Petroleum Corporation; and former director of Montana Exploration Corp., Avalite Inc., Challenger Energy Corp., Deer Creek Energy, Iteration Energy Ltd., Rally Energy Corp., Sagres Energy, Skope Energy Inc. and Zapata Energy Corporation.
Mr. Merenstein brings significant experience in the global energy industry and the financial sector to Canacol. Mr. Merenstein is the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of Fourth Sail Capital, LP (“Fourth Sail”). Prior to founding Fourth Sail in 2019, he spent eleven years at Prince Street Capital Management, a global emerging and frontier markets fund, where he was a Partner on the research team and the Portfolio Manager of the Prince Street Latin America Long/Short fund. Prior to joining Prince Street, Mr. Merenstein worked at Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business.
Mr. Gamba is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canacol, a role he has held since he founded the Corporation in 2008. Mr. Gamba has 29 years of international oil and gas experience, and has previously worked for Imperial Oil, Canadian Occidental Oil and Gas, Occidental Petroleum, and Alberta Energy Company in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, West Africa, Canada, and Latin America. He has served on the board of directors of several publicly listed and private oil and gas companies where he held positions on the ESG, audit, reserves, HSE and compensation committees. Mr. Gamba currently sits on the board of the Asociacion Colombiana de Petroleo and Naturgas, two industry groups that form upstream, midstream and downstream policy for the oil and gas industry in Colombia. Mr. Gamba holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in Geology.
Dr. Winter was a co-founder of Canacol in 2008 and brings over 38 years of international industry experience to the Corporation, having held a variety of technical, management and leadership roles in Latin America, the Middle East, South East Asia and the UK North Sea. Dr. Winter is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Director of each of Horizon Petroleum Ltd. and Miramar Hydrocarbons Ltd. Previously, Dr. Winter was the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Excelsior Energy Limited, an oil sands focused exploration company. Dr. Winter holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of London, an M.Sc. in Structural Geology from Imperial College, University of London and PhD in Structural Geology from Edinburgh University.
Mr. Diaz has close to 30 years of experience as an international executive and general manager. Mr. Diaz is currently the Managing Partner at Evolvere Capital SAS, a private equity firm that manages various portfolio companies in Colombia, Latin America, and Spain. He is also the Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Systemgroup, a financial services company which operates in seven Latin American countries. Mr. Diaz previously occupied the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for Organización Corona SA, and various executive positions for Monsanto Company including President of the Global Food Ingredients Division, Vice President of Global Strategy, and Vice President and General Manager for Latin America. Mr. Diaz currently leads a foundation that provides nutrition to more than 45,000 disadvantaged children in Colombia. Mr. Diaz received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University, a graduate degree from the J.L Kellog Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a graduate degree from Hult International Business School, Inc.
After 20 years in the banking industry covering the oil and gas and power industries, Mr. Gattass is a board member of several energy and power companies. Having started working in the equity research department of Banco Icatu, Mr. Gattass later moved to UBS and BTG Pactual, where he was ranked a top analyst in energy and power for many years and where he ran the bank’s LatAm research and development department from 2009 onwards. Upon leaving BTG Pacutal in 2015, Mr. Gattass joined the boards of Petrobras and its fuel distribution subsidiary BR Distribuidora, and later joined a number of other boards in the energy, power and water utility space. Mr. Gattass holds a degree in Economics from PUC-Rio.
Mr. Fernández-Tinoco brings over 30 years of senior leadership experience in the telecommunication industry with positions in Corporacion Digitel and BellSouth. Mr. Fernández-Tinoco is currently a director of the following organizations: C.A. Fábrica Nacional de Vidrio, a glass manufacturer, Corporacion Digitel, a telecom company, Maritime Contractors de Venezuela, an oil drilling company, DP Delta Servicios, an oil services company, Petrodelta, a joint venture, Delta Finance and Escuela Campo Alegre. Mr. Fernández-Tinoco received a degree in law from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and an EMBA from IESA.
Mr. Argento brings over 28 years of experience in the global energy industry and the financial sector to Canacol. Mr. Argento is currently one of two Managing Directors at Horizon Capital, an advisory and principal investment firm focused on the Latin American energy industry. Prior to joining Horizon, Mr. Argento was an advisor to Millennium Global, a London-based hedge fund group, and a partner at Rubikon Partners, a mid-market private equity firm, focused on the European market. Mr. Argento also worked for Newbridge, the Latin American fund of Texas Pacific Group and for Salmon Brothers. In 2000, Mr. Argento was the sole founder of Circulo Asegurador, one of the first online insurance brokers in South America, with operations in Brazil and Argentina. Mr. Argento graduated with honors in Economics from Harvard University.