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The Carbon-X Australia Board and technical advisory team is drawn from its founder investor companies.  

Board of Directors

BSc (Hons.), Msc.

David Lim

David has 33 years of international reservoir engineering experience in Europe, North and South America, North and West Africa, Middle East, China, India, South-east Asia, Australia and New Zealand.   He has specialist skills in field development planning, reservoir engineering, CO2 sequestration and simulation.   As one of the founders of Odin Reservoir Consultants he has provided reservoir simulation and reservoir engineering advice to NOCs, majors and independent operators in Australia and SE Asia.    


David has chaired SPE committees on reservoir simulation and runs successful training courses.  He has published peer reviewed papers on hydrocarbon phase behaviour, reservoir simulation, CO2 sequestration, field development planning and workflow optimisation.  

BSc (Hons.), PhD.

Alan Stein

Alan is a geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry. He was one of the founding partners of the geoscience consultancy IKODA Limited based in London and Perth and was the founding Managing Director of Fusion Oil & Gas plc, Ophir Energy plc and Calima Energy Limited.


Since setting up Havoc Partners in 2014 Alan has been involved in projects and investments in Africa, Canada and the North Sea.  He has served on numerous Boards in both an Executive and non-executive capacity and has extensive experience of investment markets and corporate finance.

BSc (Hons.)

Mike Walker

Mike Walker is a Geologist specializing in the physical properties of rocks (Petrophysics) with a specific focus on their capacity to store, deliver and receive fluids.  Most of Mike’s career has been involved with understanding oil and gas reservoirs working initially for major and junior oil companies before establishing his own successful consultancy practice. 


Mike has worked on several CO2 sequestration R&D projects in Australia and he has extensive knowledge of the geology and rock properties of most of the sedimentary basins in Australia considered as candidates for the storage of CO2. 


BSc (Hons.), PhD.

Richard Higgins

Richard is a geologist with more than 20 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry, commencing with the geoscience consultancy IKODA Limited. He joined Fusion Oil and Gas plc as an explorationist working on a variety of deepwater assets. In 2004 Richard was a member of Ophir Energy’s foundation technical team originally working on the company’s new ventures acquisitions. He was involved in the small team that captured Ophir’s Tanzania Blocks 1, 3 and 4 and was the team leader responsible for multiple   discoveries containing more than 18 trillion cubic feet of gas.  Before leaving to join Havoc Partners he was Ophir’s East Africa Exploration Manager. 

BSc (Hons.)

Mark Sofield

Mark is a geologist with more than 20 years of experience in the resource sector. He began his career in mining, working on gold projects in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. In 1998, Mark switched to oil and gas initially working for Mobil E&P focused on NW Shelf projects, before joining Woodside’s International Team, where he worked on African, SE Asian and GOM projects. Mark joined Fusion Oil and Gas plc in 2001, where he worked as an exploration geologist, overseeing the company's NW African projects. In 2004, Mr. Sofield became a foundation member of Ophir Energy's technical team. Following a period as Ophir's New Ventures Manger, Mark took on the role of West Africa Exploration Manager and was responsible for Ophir’s Equatorial Guinea gas discoveries and management of Ophir's West African assets.  

BSc (Hons.)

Geoff Strachan

Petroleum geologist and specialist Geo-modeller with over 25 years of experience years of international experience in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, South-East Asia and Australia. Geoff has built geological models covering a wide range of environments and provided geological support to evaluate and generate prospects for a drilling campaign. He has also co-ordinated and completed an FDP (Field Development Plan), including building static models and providing input for development well locations. In addition, he has been responsible for co-ordinating the G&G component of several development projects, which also involved evaluating upside potential near the fields and quality control of fields, prospects and leads. 

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Amanda Casebier

Amanda trained as a geologist at the University of Texas in Austin.  She worked as a hydrogeologist across several different basins in the U.S. before becoming involved in technical sales and brand management.  She relocated to Australia in 2010 as a brand manager for a major outdoor equipment brand before moving into a business development role for a provider of mining safety equipment and services.  Before taking up the Business Development role at Carbon-X, Amanda had refreshed her geological training with a focus on petrophysics and data analytics working on projects in Australia and Africa.

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