For more than 30 years, Mark has gained extensive experience in the Oil Industry. He started his career in 1979 with Impala Platinum, South Africa, as a Mine engineer after which he joined Shell Coal. In 1983 he joined Shell Oil South Africa, where he was from 1983 to 1999. During his time in Shell he worked under several capacities including Exploration Geologist, Distribution Automation Manager, Oil Planning Manager, Supply and Trading Manager, Crude Trading Manager East of Suez. During these periods, he was responsible for Managing a team of geologists, drilling crews (80 staff), Automation of Shell’s installation/depot network, Corporate planning and strategy development, Crude procurement for Sapref Refinery (3 mill MT pa), for all Shells crude trading East for affiliate companies and third party including all the negotiations for term and spot contracts.