Our team is based in Hong Kong and London, and comprises experienced professionals with finance, investment, technical and operational expertise in the oil and gas industry. Most of the team has a long history of collaboration.
Ivor Orchard is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Kerogen. He serves on the Investment Committee and has overall leadership responsibility for Kerogen’s investment strategy. He has over 35 years’ experience in energy and natural resources, spanning private equity, investment banking and management roles in the oil and gas industry. He was formerly Co-Chairman of Ancora Capital, the manager of the Prior Fund. Ivor previously spent 20 years in energy and natural resources investment banking, principally at J.P. Morgan, where he was Head of the Energy and Natural Resources Group in Asia Pacific, and as a director at CS First Boston in Australia and New Zealand. He also spent 10 years with Shell, where he served (among other positions) as Managing Director of the Shell Companies in Korea and Deputy Treasurer (Head of Corporate and Project Finance) of Shell UK Ltd.
Ivor holds an MA in economics and law from the University of Cambridge and is a barrister-at-law of England and Wales.
Ivor is a board member of Cuadrilla, NewAge and Twinza.
Jason Cheng is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Kerogen. He serves on the Investment Committee and is responsible for the daily operations of the firm. He is also actively involved in the development of investment strategy, portfolio construction and risk management, as well as sourcing and managing investments. Jason has over 20 years’ commercial experience across investing, operations and investment banking. He was the Managing Partner of Ancora Capital, the manager of the Prior Fund. Before this, he was a managing director of Jade International Capital Partners Limited in Beijing. He previously worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in the energy and natural resources group and prior to this at Schroders, in both the energy and the Asian M&A teams.
Jason holds a masters degree (finance and management) from the University of Sydney and a bachelors degree (economics and econometrics) from the University of Melbourne.
Jason is a board member of Buried Hill, HKN, Pandion and Zennor, and an alternate board member of Hurricane.
Investment and Portfolio Management
Managing Director, Head of Investment and Portfolio Management
Julian Ball is responsible for Kerogen’s investment and portfolio management functions, and serves on Kerogen’s Investment Committee. He has over 30 years’ financial experience, mostly in private equity and investment banking. Prior to joining Kerogen, Julian was a senior member of J.P. Morgan Private Capital Asia, a principal investments team, where he managed the fund’s operations and led and monitored investments. He also held various roles on the investment banking side at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong, including advising on M&A and capital raisings, primarily in the energy and natural resources sector, and heading the financial restructuring advisory practice.
Julian holds a BA in economics from the University of Exeter (UK). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, where he holds a diploma in corporate finance, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Leonard Tao is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Management Team; leads the Valuation Committee; and serves on Kerogen’s Investment Committee. He has worked with members of the Kerogen team since 2001 and spent around 10 years in the energy and natural resources group at J.P. Morgan, in both Australia and Hong Kong. At J.P. Morgan, he managed a wide range of M&A and capital markets transactions in the natural resources sector across numerous geographies, including Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and Africa. Towards the end of his tenure at J.P. Morgan, he was responsible for oil and gas sector coverage in Asia.
Leonard graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia with double bachelors degrees in commerce and engineering.
Leonard is a board member of Energean Israel, and an alternate board member of Hurricane, Twinza and HKN.
Yash has around 20 years of investment banking experience with a focus on the energy and natural resources industries. Yash was the Managing Director and Head of Natural Resources Group (Investment Banking) at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong. Previously, Yash was the Head of Oil & Gas and Chemicals (Asia) at JP Morgan in Hong Kong. He has advised on over $100bn of M&A, ECM and DCM transactions.
Yash holds a BTech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management.
Tushar Kumar is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Management Team. He has 16 years’ experience in investing, investment banking and equities, working with a range of oil and gas companies including upstream, downstream, majors and NOCs across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has experience in strategic advisory, particularly focused on M&A, IPOs, debt and equity financing as well as balance sheet restructuring. Prior to joining Kerogen, he was an executive director at Morgan Stanley’s natural resources group in London, having previously worked with members of the Kerogen team at J.P. Morgan’s energy and natural resources group in Hong Kong.
Tushar holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and a BTech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He is also a CFA charter holder.
Tushar is a board member of IGas, Pandion and an alternate board member of Zennor.
Ross Chiu has worked with members of the Kerogen team at J.P. Morgan’s Energy and Natural Resources Group in Hong Kong since 2005, specialising in energy M&A and capital raisings including advising Asian NOCs in relation to their international acquisition strategies. Ross also worked in Citigroup’s Hong Kong Investment Banking team.
Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Joseph Wharton Scholar.
Ali Sharifi has over 13 years of experience across multiple geographies. He previously worked in the investment team of Kenda Capital, manager of Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1, an energy venture capital firm investing in step-change oil and gas technologies. Prior to Kenda, Ali worked as an Engagement Manager for the global energy and chemicals practice of Arthur D. Little focusing on business strategy and operation optimisation projects in the U.S., Latin America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. He also worked for Exxon Mobil Gas & Power Marketing, Grant Prideco and Schlumberger Oilfield Services in market analysis, technical sales and engineering optimisation roles based in the U.S., Oman and Malaysia.
Ali holds an MBA focusing on strategy and finance from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.
Natalia Simakina is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Management Team based in London. Prior to joining Kerogen Capital, Natalia worked in the Natural Resources Group at Morgan Stanley in New York and London from 2011 to 2015. Natalia was involved in advising global energy and metals and mining companies with assets in Europe, Central Asia, Africa, and North America. Her experience spans across M&A as well as debt and equity capital markets transactions.
Natalia holds a Master of Science in International Finance from University of Amsterdam, and a Master of Science in Strategic Finance Management and a Bachelor of Economics from National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Natalia is also a CFA charterholder.
Anish Patel is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Management Team. He joined Kerogen in 2011. Prior to Kerogen, he gained investment banking as well as oil and gas industry experience. He previously worked in the corporate finance team at J.P. Morgan Cazenove in London, advising clients in the energy and industrial sectors on numerous transactions covering M&A, IPO, capital markets raisings and balance sheet restructurings. He was also seconded by J.P. Morgan Cazenove to EnQuest, a UK-based upstream oil and gas company to focus on new business development opportunities and corporate strategy.
Anish holds a First Class Joint Honours degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford.
Roberta Wong has worked with members of the Kerogen team at J.P. Morgan’s Energy and
Natural Resources Group in Hong Kong since 2008, specialising in energy M&A and capital raisings including advising Asian NOCs in relation to their international acquisition strategies. Prior to this, she also worked in J.P. Morgan’s Hong Kong Investment Banking team.
Roberta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Andre Cheng is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Management Team. Prior to joining Kerogen, he was an Associate at Jefferies in the energy investment banking group in Houston and Hong Kong from 2011 to 2015, specialising in upstream oil and gas. He assisted in advising a diverse range of oil and gas clients, including Asian NOCs and large independents, in transactions spanning North America, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
Andre holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Duke University.
Roy Kelly is Managing Director with responsibility for the Technical Team and has worked with members of the Kerogen team since 2007. Roy has nearly 35 years’ wide-ranging technical and commercial oil and gas industry experience. Prior to Kerogen, he was Managing Director of Consulting at RPS Energy Ltd, a leading upstream technical consultancy and reserve auditor. One of his many assignments was as technical advisor to the London Stock Exchange during the compilation of the revised AIM guidelines for oil and gas companies. Roy is also the author of numerous technical publications. Prior to RPS, Roy held senior roles at PGS Reservoir, Ranger Oil, and spent 10 years with BP.
Roy is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer, Fellow of the Energy Institute, and 25-year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He graduated with a BSc (Honours) from the University of Wales and an MBA from the University of Durham.
Roy is a board member of Hurricane, an alternate board member of NewAge and HKN, and serves on the technical and operating committees of Kerogen’s portfolio companies.
Laura Hardiman is a member of the Technical Team. She is a petroleum engineer with 20 years’ experience in the management of both development and producing assets and working alongside new ventures and exploration to value opportunities. Before joining Kerogen, Laura was the integrated asset modelling global technical authority at BG Group PLC, providing support to BG assets globally on production forecasting, optimisation, development profiles and reservoir management. Before this she was a development manager in a variety of assets globally working for Total, E.On and BG Group and she was also the Royal Bank of Scotland oil and gas team’s engineer.
Laura is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer, member of the Energy Institute, member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and holds a project management qualification from the Association of Project Management. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree (honours) in physics from the University of Oxford, a master of science degree in petroleum engineering from Imperial College London.
James Rigg is a member of the Technical Team and is based in the London office. James is a geoscientist with five years of experience in the oil and gas industry working within technical teams. Prior to joining Kerogen, he worked as a geoscientist with CGG in their global Multi-Client and New Ventures team. James has also held similar positions with Fugro Robertson and Geointernational and is the author of technical publications on the Savu Sea, Indonesia.
James is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and Geological Society. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree (honours) in Geology and Geography from the University of Birmingham and also holds a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Geoscience from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Fraser James is a member of the Technical Team. Prior to joining Kerogen, Fraser worked for Genel Energy for three years as a geophysicist. He worked on several assets within Genel’s African portfolio and widely within the New Ventures Team.
Fraser is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in Geophysics from Imperial College London.
Evan Chen is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Kerogen Funds, firm management, corporate development and investor relations. He is also involved in investments and portfolio management. Evan has over 18 years’ experience in private equity and investment banking. Evan was a director at Ancora Capital, the manager of the Prior Fund, where he led the investments team in Hong Kong. Prior to this, Evan worked in investment banking at Rothschilds and J.P. Morgan Australia and its predecessor companies where he focused on M&A, financing and debt restructurings in the industrial and natural resources sectors. He started his career at Arthur Andersen in Australia.
Evan holds a bachelors degree with double majors in accounting and finance from the University of New South Wales.
Jason manages the accounting, operations and fund administration activities. He has been involved in fund accounting, operations and audit for private equity and hedge funds across a range of funds in excess of 13 years. Jason was previously the Finance Manager responsible for fund administration and operations of both the Mezzanine Fund and Clean Resources Fund in CLSA Capital Partners in Singapore. Prior to this, Jason worked as a Senior Fund Accountant in Avenue Asia Group, having previously been a Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore’s funds audit practice.
He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and is currently a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).
Jasmine Man is the Assistant Finance Manager. She is responsible for the accounting, reporting and fund administration activities at Kerogen. Prior to joining Kerogen she was a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong, specialising in audit and accounting for pre-IPO companies and conglomerates in Hong Kong, mainland China and the United Kingdom.
Jasmine holds a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Alison Tsui is responsible for the legal, regulatory and compliance aspects of Kerogen and its managed funds. She was previously the general counsel of Ancora Capital, the manager of the Prior Fund. She has over 20 years’ commercial and corporate finance law experience. Before joining Kerogen, Alison was in the corporate department of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Hong Kong. She has broad experience with private equity fund establishment and investments, capital raisings, IPOs, public company mergers, corporate reorganisations and restructurings.
Alison holds LLB (Honours) and LLM degrees from the University of Hong Kong. Alison was admitted as a solicitor of Hong Kong and England and Wales in 1997.
Collin Wong is responsible for the legal, regulatory and compliance aspects of Kerogen and its funds. Prior to joining Kerogen, Collin was in the corporate and securities department of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Hong Kong. He is experienced in private equity fund establishment and investments, capital raisings, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, restructurings and compliance work.
Collin holds a combined law degree from the University of Sydney. Collin was admitted as a solicitor of New South Wales and Hong Kong in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
David Martus is responsible for investor relations for Kerogen in the U.S. Previously he worked at Forbes Private Capital Group in origination, project management and distribution capacities. Prior to this, he spent eight years as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Colorado PERA, a $40 billion public pension plan, where he oversaw a $4.6 billion global portfolio (invested and committed capital) of private equity, natural resource, venture capital, distressed debt and mezzanine investments. He was an active participant on numerous partnership advisory boards, including Lime Rock Partners and Apollo Investment Funds, and was an observer to the board of directors for several co-investments. David was previously Director of Investor Relations at Pegasus Capital Advisors and worked for Salomon Smith Barney in Corporate Services.
David graduated with a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.