A panel of industry experts with decades of experience helm EEPL, building an ecosystem for delivering clean energy to all and creating long-term value for all stakeholders.
Mr Pankaj Kalra is the Chief Executive Officer of Essar Exploration and Production Limited, Mauritius. Pankaj’s vision and experience in Exploration and Production is invaluable. It will complement our leadership team and the company as we embark on implementation of key value drivers in Vietnam and India, and foray into Energy Transition viz., Biogas and liquefaction.
Pankaj will spearhead the exploration and production business globally. He will be developing and driving business strategy and growth, achieving profitability in operations while enhancing and creating shareholder value.
Pankaj has nearly 25 years of experience, with a demonstrated track record of success, working across multiple sectors, including Oil and Gas where he gained a third of his experience. He has led M&A, raised capital (both debt and equity), led operational and business finance and procurement. Prior to joining Essar, Pankaj was the CFO of Cairn Oil & Gas, and has previously worked with Reliance, Aircel, Idea, American Tower and EY.
Pankaj is a rank holder Chartered Accountant, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the prestigious SRCC, Delhi University, Delhi.
Mr Kumar is the Chief Exploration Officer and reports to CEO, EEPL. He is responsible for managing the Oil & Gas operations in Vietnam and Nigeria exploration blocks, execution and delivery of operational and capital programme targets, interface management with operating partners, regulators, etc. He also contributes to strategic portfolio management decisions including technical due diligence of new business prospects.
Mr Kumar has vast experience in geo-science operations, basin analysis, geo-technical data evaluation, etc. Mr Kumar also works extensively on growth strategies of the energy business, reviewing hydrocarbon value chain integration and portfolio management. He also worked in senior management cadre in International Business Development Group of Reliance Industries Ltd (Petroleum Business) and as General Manager, Kurdistan, Iraq project before joining Essar.
During his global professional career in oil and gas exploration, he played a key role in significant oil / gas discoveries in Iran, Iraq and Vietnam.
He joined ONGC in 1986 as a graduate trainee and worked in various positions till December 2005. He won ONGC’s prestigious Executive of The Year, 2001 Award for outstanding performance in the area of petroleum exploration. He has 8 national and international papers to his name.