Nick de Blocq has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has a broad overview of the entire drilling industry, with technical strengths in design, planning, programming, managing and supervision of well testing and supervision of completion and topside production jobs. Mr. de Blocq’s experiential strengths are in: country management and multi-country operations management; resource planning; excellent people skills; team building; talent retention, negotiation; tender building; tender evaluation, technical, commercial and financial; vendor selection; supplier management; KPIs and auditing; technical auditing and compliance assurance and business development. He is strong in his use of language and communication skills and is fluent in English, Dutch, Afrikaans, and he speaks conversational Xhosa, Zulu and Fanagolo. Mr. de Blocq has lectured in Basic Oilfield Overview courses, as well as more technical and HSE courses, and presented shale gas perspectives at university level as a guest lecturer. Involvement in conference and congresses is necessary and includes technical presentations and chairing Technical Sessions (Oil Africa 2008, Oil Africa 2010, NG Oil & Gas 2011, TMECC in Tanzania 2011, Shale Gas 2011, Oil & Gas Africa 2012, Western Cape Gas Symposium Aug 2013, Gas Africa 2014 and Africa Oil and Power 2017). He has addressed several member meetings of SAOGA (South African Oil and Gas Alliance). He has published numerous industry articles and is a member of prominent Oil and Gas Industry Alliances and Committees in South Africa.