Mr. Oden graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada with a B.Sc. (Geophysics) and has over 30 years of experience in domestic and international oil and gas exploration and development.
Mr. Oden started his career as an Exploration Geophysicist with Suncor Inc. in Calgary, working primarily in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. He joined BHP Petroleum (later BHP Billiton Petroleum) in 1991and progressed through a number of technical and managerial roles, primarily managing exploration and appraisal projects within offshore basins in Australia, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. In 2005 he joined Gulfsands Petroleum Plc, and was most recently Vice President-Exploration with exploration and development projects in North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico.