PT AGRA ENERGI INDONESIA TEAM
Gary Christenson - DirectorPrior to Agra Energi, Gary was Chairman and CEO of Black Gold Energy (2007-10) and a VP for Niko Resources (2010-13) after Niko acquired Black Gold. Gary has a long career in Indonesia including President and General Manager of Santos Indonesia (2005-07); General Manager of Unocal Makassar and Senior Vice President Unocal Asia Deepwater E&P (1998-2005); and General Manager and Exploration Manager British Gas Indonesia (1993-96). During that span he led teams that made discoveries in excess of 10TCF and developed and operated three offshore fields – including the only field located in deep water in Indonesia. Gary did graduate studies at Stanford and Cornell and was in the United States Air Force.
Dr. Ron Noble - DirectorPrior to Agra Energi, Ron was VP Exploration for Niko Resources in Indonesia (2010-13), and VP Exploration for Black Gold Energy (2008-10). Dr. Noble is a well-known geoscientist in SE Asia, having held positions in Jakarta and Perth with ARCO, BHP Billiton, Unocal and Anadarko (1995-2008). He spent the first part of his career as a research scientist for ARCO in Texas (1988-95). Ron has managed successful exploration programs in numerous basins, and is a petroleum systems specialist with a BSc (Hons) and a PhD degree from the University of Western Australia. Ron served as Chairman of the IPA Professional Division (2003-13), and is a strong advocate of Indonesian universities, and development of national geoscience staff.
Andi Esfandiari - CommissionerAndi is a cross between an investment professional and corporate executive with 18 years experience including six years as a Chief Financial Officer. Currently Andi serves as the Portfolio Director of PT Saratoga Investama Sedaya Tbk, a Director of PT Surya Nuansa Ceria, a Commissioner of PT Mitra Pinasthika Mustika Finance and the President Commissioner of PT Asuransi Mitra Pelindung Mustika, and the President Commissioner of PT Agro Maju Raya. Previously, he served as the VP Director and CFO of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Agri, Associate of Olympus Capital Holdings Asia, Senior Analyst of PT Peregrine Securities, and Management Associate of Citibank N.A. (1996-1997). Andi has an MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Indonesia.
Tom Setzer - CommissionerPrior to Agra Energi, Tom was VP and Commercial Manager for Black Gold Energy (2006-10) and Chief Geophysicist and Commercial Manager for Niko Resources (2010-13) after the Niko acquisition of Black Gold. Tom has been in Asia since 1991 with British Gas (1991-98) and Unocal (1998-2006) in various geophysical and commercial positions. Tom has managed successful exploration programs in Thailand and Indonesia; and brokered numerous commercial transactions including partnerships with ExxonMobil, Statoil, Hess, Marathon, Eni, Repsol, GDF, BP, BHP, OXY and others. Tom did graduate studies at Cornell and has an undergraduate degree from Duke.
Louis Rothenberg - CommissionerPrior to Agra Energi, Louis was General Manager for Black Gold Energy (2007-10) and General Manager for Niko Asia (2010-13) after Niko acquired Black Gold. Louis has been in Asia since 1997 including time with Santos in Adelaide, Australia as CIO (2006-07), Unocal Indonesia (1998-2006) and Unocal Philippines (1997-98). During the last few years Louis has been involved with several Niko deal efforts including the raising of $60 MM via a private loan placement. Louis has a MBA from the University of Houston and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.