Board Profiles

Board Profiles

Dr Peter Zawada

Dr Peter Zawada

Managing Director

Geologist with 27 years of experience. Previously Executive Manager Regional Geoscience and Mapping at the Council for Geoscience, South Africa, where he was responsible for national and commercial international multi-million dollar programmes and capacity-building initiatives. He has experience in reform and restructuring of National Geological Survey Organisations e.g. Botswana and Algeria.

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Dr Bill McCourt

Dr Bill McCourt

Technical Director

International geologist with over 35 years of professional experience. Previously Head of International for BGS (British Geological Survey) and responsible for delivering multi-million dollar geothematic programmes. Extensive overseas geoscience management and mapping experience including: Latin America, SE Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He currently manages projects in India, Kenya, and Burkina Faso, amongst others.

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Dr Ugur Algan

Dr Ugur Algan

Non-Executive Director

Ugur Algan has over twenty-five years of experience in technical and scientific Data Management in the E&P sector. In addition to being a Director of IGS Ltd, Ugur is the founder and Director of Volantice (an E&P Consultancy), and Chairman of FUSE Information Management Limited (an E&P software company). He has worked on a number of projects for international and national oil companies (including National Data Repositories for Argentina, Oman, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Egypt, Ecuador and India), and for international majors such as Shell and BP.

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Mr David Ovadia

Mr David Ovadia

Non-Executive Director

David Ovadia is a successful Chief Executive and Chairman with a proven record of achievement in the public and private sectors. He was a Director of Blenheim Natural Resources plc, previously Coburg plc, London AIM-listed companies investing in the global natural resources sector, CEO of Avenco Ltd and Chairman of South East African Mining (SEAM) Ltd, both junior explorers for gold and other minerals in Africa. He served as a Director of Spectrum General Partner Ltd and was previously the Director of International at the British Geological Survey, from which he spun out and was the founder Managing Director, and later Chairman, of IGS (International Geoscience Services) Ltd.

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Mr Mark Parker

Mr Mark Parker

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Mark Parker is a geophysicist and mineral exploration entrepreneur with 40 years’ experience in prospecting, consulting and corporate management in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Mark was appointed non-executive Chairman of International Geoscience Services Ltd (IGS) in January 2017. He is also currently forming a western European zinc venture.

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Professor John Ludden

Professor John Ludden

Non-Executive Director

Before taking the post of Executive Director at the BGS, John was Director of the Earth Sciences Division at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has served as Director of Research for the CNRS in Nancy, France, where he also taught at the French National School of Geology (ENSG-Nancy). Prior to this, John worked at the University of Montreal, Columbia University and with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA.

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