Herman J. Cohen joined the Board of Directors in August 2009. Ambassador Cohen is the President of Cohen & Woods International, which provides strategic planning services to African governments and multinational corporations doing business in Africa. Ambassador Cohen retired from the U.S. State Department in 1993, where he most recently served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993). During his 38-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service, he served in five African countries and twice in France. He was the American Ambassador to Senegal, with dual accreditation to Gambia, from 1977 to 1980. Ambassador Cohen also served as Special Assistant to President Reagan for African Affairs (1987-1989), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Personnel. From 1994 to 1998, under contract to the World Bank, he was a Senior Advisor to the Global Coalition for Africa. Ambassador Cohen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the City College of New York and a Master of Arts degree in international relations from the American University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Ray Leonard - President and Chief Executive Officer
Ray Leonard joined Hyperdynamics as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. Mr. Leonard most recently worked for Kuwait Energy Company as Vice President–Eurasia and Exploration. Previously he held various senior executive positions with MOL, one of the largest oil and gas companies in Eastern Europe; First International Oil Company (FIOC), a newly formed company in Almaty, Kazakstan; and YUKOS, the second-largest independent Russian oil company. Mr. Leonard began his career at Amoco, where he served in positions of increasing responsibility over his 19 years with the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Member of the Governmental Relations Committee
Ian Norbury - Chairman of the Board
Ian Norbury joined the Board of Directors in January 2013. Mr. Norbury is a Director of Hannon Westwood, a U.K. firm providing consultancy services for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Hannon Westwood in 2003, Mr. Norbury held various positions with Amerada Hess International since 1995, most recently as Executive Manager, Exploration with responsibility for worldwide exploration performance, including West and North Africa. He previously held geologist positions with Conoco and Amoco. Mr. Norbury earned his BSC in Geology and Geography at the University of London, King’s College.
William O. Strange joined the Board of Directors in November 2010. Mr. Strange was an audit partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP prior to his retirement in May 2005. He joined the international accounting firm in 1964 and became a partner in 1976. During his 41 years with Deloitte he specialized in audits of SEC registrants for a variety of publicly traded energy clients in exploration and production, petrochemicals, pipelines and oil services. He is on the Finance and Audit Committee of the Presbytery of the New Covenant, the governing body for Presbyterian Churches in the Gulf Coast area. He has served as the President of the Petroleum Club of Houston and as a member of the Major Cases Committee of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. Mr. Strange is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Fred S. Zeidman joined the Board of Directors in December 2009. Mr. Zeidman has served as CEO, Interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of a variety companies, including several in the oil and gas sector. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Petroflow Energy, Petro River Oil, and as a Director of Prosperity Bank. Mr. Zeidman is the Chairman Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He was appointed to that position by President George W. Bush in March 2002 and served from 2002-2010. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the University of Texas Health Science System Houston and is on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Heart Institute (where he previously served as Interim Chief Financial Officer) and the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR). Hecurrently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the University of Saint Thomas and chairs its Development Committee and Houston Community College.