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Sherif Foda has served as NESR’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. He has a quarter-century’s worth of professional experience in the oil and gas industry around the world, primarily at Schlumberger. At that company, he served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman, as President of the Production Group, and as the President of Schlumberger Europe and Africa. Prior to that, he served as Schlumberger’s Vice President and Managing Director of the Arabian market, was Worldwide Vice President for Well Intervention, and was Schlumberger’s Vice President for Europe, Caspian, and Africa, amongst other roles. Mr Foda began his career in 1993 with Schlumberger, working on the offshore fields in the Red Sea. He graduated in 1991 from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Faculty of Engineering, and he holds a BSc double major in Electronics and Automatic Control. Mr Foda is a board member of Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII), a technology company based in California. He also serves on the board of Trustees of Awty International School in Houston and is a board member for Al Fanar Venture philanthropy in London.
Chairman of the Board & CEO
Ms. Cougle has over 15 years of experience as a finance professional in the oil field services sector. She joined NESR from Ensco plc, the global offshore drilling contractor, where she most recently served as Vice President-Integration having responsibility for global integration activities. Prior to that role, Ms. Cougle served as Vice President-Treasury where she was responsible for all capital management activities. During her career, Ms. Cougle served in many roles at Ensco and its predecessors including: Director-Finance and Administration, Director-Internal Audit, Director-Management Reporting and Financial Systems, and Director-Corporate Accounting. Her tenure at Ensco has brought her deep knowledge in the industry and capital markets as well as around creating processes and systems for supporting continuous improvement. Ms. Cougle founded the diversity support network at Ensco and is a passionate advocate for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation supporting childhood cancer research. Her career began with 6 years’ experience through Manager in the audit and consulting practices of Arthur Andersen LLP and Protiviti where she gained exposure to multiple industries. Ms. Cougle is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dudeja has more than 20 years of professional experience in the oil and gas industry working for Schlumberger Limited in South and South East Asia, Middle East, Europe and the US. From April 2014 to August 2016, he led the Sales and Commercial function for the Production Group of Schlumberger. In his previous roles, he served as the Wireline Marketing and Sales Manager for Europe, Africa and Caspian; Worldwide Training & Development Manager and Acting Personnel Manager for Wireline; General Manager for Wireline for India; Oilfield Services Training & Staffing Manager for Schlumberger for the Middle East and Asia region; and Country Manager for Wireline in Vietnam. He started his career in 1996 with Schlumberger, working primarily offshore Mumbai High and then in the South China Sea, handling exploration and deep-water wireline logging operations. He also has co-founded two startups in the education analytics field in India and US, one of which he actively led from 2012 to 2014 as COO. He is also the co-founder of PetroConnect LLC, an independent E&P investment company. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) and holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Management Studies.
Vice President, Commercial and M&A
Mr Nawfal has more than 41 years of professional experience in Tax, M&A and Financial transactions working for Schlumberger in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US. In his last role with Schlumberger, he served as Deputy Director of Tax for Schlumberger Ltd, based in the Houston headquarters. His responsibilities included strategic tax planning, corporate structuring and he has done extensive work on acquisitions, including large transactions such as Smith and Cameron, divestitures, joint ventures and post-acquisition restructuring.
John H. Briscoe
Mr. Briscoe has over 35 years of experience in finance and the energy industry, providing consulting and advisory services to public and private energy companies and investors, since his retirement in 2015. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bristow Group, Inc., the largest provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, from 2014 until his retirement. He joined Weatherford International Ltd, one of four global integrated oilfield service companies, in 2011 as Chief Accounting Officer and served as Chief Financial Officer for 2012 and 2013. From 2005 through 2011 he served in various roles at Transocean Ltd. including Finance Director for Americas, Director of Investor Relations, Vice President of Internal Audit and Vice President and Controller for the last three years. Prior to Transocean, Mr. Briscoe was with Ferrellgas Partners LP from 1997 to 2005 serving in various roles including Vice President of Accounting for the last three years. From 1991 to 1997 he held various finance roles, initially at Baroid Corporation and continuing through the acquisition by Dresser Industries Inc. in 1994, leaving as Controller for Latin America. From 1987 to 1991 he was Chief Financial Officer for a regional US energy holding company and began his career in 1981 working for KPMG and EY public accounting firms through 1987. Mr. Briscoe currently serves on various boards including The University of Texas McCombs Business School Advisory Board as Vice Chairman, the Southern Federal Credit Union as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, the Finance Committee of the Memorial Park Conservancy and as Chairman of the Programs Committee of Financial Executives International in Houston.
John H. Briscoe
Senior Advisor - Finance
Ms. Kablawi has over 20 years of professional experience covering global finance positions within Schlumberger, a leading oilfield services company, as well as in Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC"). During her 13 years with Schlumberger, Ms. Kablawi worked in diverse positions within the finance function, gaining multiple areas of expertise including Financial and Strategic Planning, Tax Management, Internal Audit, Business Process Transformation and M&A. From January 2016 to August 2017, Ms. Kablawi served as a Finance Director for the Schlumberger Land Rigs segment, covering various geographic areas including Middle East & Asia, Europe & Africa and North & Latin America. Between January 2012 and December 2015, she served as a Regional Finance Director for MI SWACO Middle East where her responsibilities included the integration of the acquired Drilling Fluids business into Schlumberger as well as serving on the Board of Directors of a strategic Joint Venture. Her previous roles included Corporate Internal Audit Manager as well as Tax Manager for Seismic Services in the Middle East and Africa. Ms. Kablawi also has 8 years of experience up to Senior Manager level with PwC London, covering Audit, Advisory and Transaction Services including Mergers, Acquisitions and Initial Public Offerings ("IPOs"). She graduated in 1996 from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management. In 2000, she qualified as a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA).