Board of Directors

Michael Hibberd, BA, MBA, LLB


For over 21 years, Mr. Hibberd has been Chairman and CEO of MJH Services, a corporate finance advisory firm. Through MJH, Mr. Hibberd has been involved in numerous privatization and development projects in North America, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. From 1983-1995, he was Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance for ScotiaMcLeod. He is currently Chairman of Greenfields Petroleum, Vice Chairman of Sunshine Oilsands and serves as board member of Montana Exploration, Pan Orient Energy and PetroFrontier. Formerly, he was Chairman of Heritage Oil Plc and Heritage Oil Corporation; and former director of Avalite, Challenger Energy, Deer Creek Energy, Iteration Energy, Rally Energy, Sagres Energy, Skope Energy and Zapata Energy.

Charle Gamba

President, CEO & Director

Mr. Gamba founded Canacol Energy Ltd. in 2008. He has held a variety of technical and management roles with major and mid-sized international oil companies, with the majority of his professional career focused on E&P in South America. Prior to creating Canacol, Mr. Gamba was Vice President of Exploration for Occidental Oil & Gas Company based in Bogota, Colombia. In his 8 years with Occidental, he has lived and worked in Ecuador, Qatar, Colombia, and the United States, working in a variety of technical and management roles. Mr. Gamba has also worked for Alberta Energy Company in Argentina and Ecuador, and for Canadian Occidental in Indonesia, Australia, and Canada. He started his career as a geologist with Imperial Oil in Calgary, and holds an MSc and PhD in Geology.

Dr. David Winter, BSc, MSc, PhD

Independent Director

Dr. Winter holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD degrees in Geology from London and Edinburgh Universities. He was a co-founder of Canacol Energy Ltd. Dr. Winter brings 27 years of international experience in a variety of technical, management and leadership roles working in Latin America, Middle East, Southeast Asia and the UK North Sea. His experience was gained working at British Petroleum, Sun Oil, Canadian Occidental (now Nexen), Alberta Energy Company (now EnCana), Calvalley Petroleum and Excelsior Energy Limited.

Gregory Dale Elliott

Independent Director

Started his career in 1981 at Chevron serving in various drilling engineering related assignments in the U.S. He moved to their international headquarters in 1986, located in San Ramon, California. He served as a well test Engineer, frequently traveling to Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia until 1989. He then joined Chevron's International Drilling team planning and drilling wells in the above regions plus Kazakhstan and South America.

Mr. Elliott was a Charter member of Geoproduction Oil and Gas Company, L.L.C. Geoproduction Oil and Gas was founded in 2001. Mr. Elliott received a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1981.

Francisco Diaz

Independent Director

Mr. Diaz brings broad experience in industrial and consumer sectors, both locally within Colombia and internationally. From 2004 -2011 he was President and CEO of Organizacion Corona, one of the largest private groups in Colombia. Prior to his association with Corona, he was with Monsanto Company in St. Louis, MO (1991-2003) where he held various executive positions among them President of the Global Food Ingredients Division, Corporate Vice President of Global Strategy, IL and Vice President and General Manager for Latin America in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mr. Diaz received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has a Master of Science in Business Management from Arthur D. Little School of Management in Cambridge, MA. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Executive Management Program from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.

Oswaldo Cisneros

Independent Director

Mr. Cisneros is the principal of Cavengas and currently serves as the President of Corporación Digitel, a telecom company, Maritime Contractors de Venezuela, an oil drilling services company, Fabrica Nacional de Vidrios, a glass bottle manufacturer, and Central Azucarero Portuguesa, a sugar mill factory. Previously, Mr. Cisneros served as the President of Pepsi Cola Venezuela and of Telcel Celular, C.A., a partner of Bellsouth International.

Gonzalo Fernández-Tinoco

Independent Director

Mr. Fernández-Tinoco is currently the director of Fundacion Venezuela Sin Limites, a non-profit organization; Corporation Digitel, a telecom company; Produvisa, a glass bottle manufacturer; Maritime Contractors de Venezuela, an oil drilling company; DP Delta Servicios, oil Services; Petrodelta, a joint venture; Delta Finance and Escuela Campo Alegre. Previously, Mr. Fernández-Tinoco served as General Manager of Microsoft Venezuela, Vice President of Telecel, a local partner for BellSouth; Farmahorro, Grupo Mistral, Televen, YPO y otros. Mr. Fernández-Tinoco received a degree in law from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, UCAB; and study management at IESA.

Ari Merenstein

Independent Director

Mr. Merenstein is the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of Fourth Sail Capital. Prior to founding Fourth Sail in 2019, he spent eleven years at Prince Street Capital Management, a global Emerging and Frontier markets fund, where he was a Partner on the Research team and the Portfolio Manager of the Prince Street Latin America Long/Short fund. In addition to his PM responsibilities, Mr. Merenstein oversaw the firm's investments in Latin America, and regularly reviewed global macroeconomics for the firm. Prior to joining Prince Street, Mr. Merenstein worked at Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business.