Our team

An experienced team backed by private equity owner specialising in oil and gas

Pandion Energy has a sharp focus on maximising value from high quality assets and to target upsides in and around proven assets, supported by a team of 21 highly experienced oil and gas professionals based in Oslo.

The Pandion Energy team has a long track record of technical, commercial and financial success on the NCS, having worked together for almost 10 years at Tullow Oil Norge and its predecessor, Spring Energy.

Backed by Kerogen Capital, an international private equity fund manager specialising in the international upstream oil and gas sector, we have established a solid foundation for creating value on the NCS.

The management

Jan Christian Ellefsen
CEO

MSc Mechanical Offshore Engineering

Jan Christian Ellefsen leads the Pandion Energy team with 28 years of managerial, commercial and technical experience in the oil and gas industry. He has a background from both oil services and E&P companies, mainly within development and operations. Jan Christian was previously responsible for all Tullow’s activities in Norway as Managing Director of Tullow Oil Norge AS.

Helge Larssen Nordtorp
Deputy CEO & VP Business Development

MSc Economics

Helge has 19 years of experience with the E&P industry managing regulatory processes as an officer at the Ministry, strategy and business development projects as a management consultant, and M&A and capital markets transactions as an investment banker.

Hege Peters
VP Finance & Business Support

MSc Accounting and Auditing

Hege has 23 years of experience from a variety of finance functions, managing accounting, budgeting, liquidity, tax and compliance processes. She initially qualified at Arthur Andersen as a Senior Auditor.

Bente Flakstad Vold
VP Exploration & Appraisal

MSc Applied Geophysics

Bente has 21 years of managerial and technical experience in oil and gas exploration, appraisal and portfolio management on the NCS. Her extensive experience cover prospect generation and maturation, license round applications, planning and drilling of exploration and appraisal wells, and license portfolio management.

Kjetil Steen
VP Development & Production

MSc Mechanical Engineer

Kjetil has 22 years of experience with developments on the NCS and West Africa, in particular taking discoveries to Final Investment Decision with focus on technical feasibility, concept selection, and engineering design through to execution.

Oksana Karpenko Hillervik
VP HSE & Operations

MSc Industrial Economics and Tech. Mgmt.

Oksana has 11 years of experience from HSEQ advisory and managerial positions in E&P companies and management consulting, including risk management and planning and execution of exploration activities on the NCS.

The Board of Directors

Alan Parsley
Chairman

Dr. Alan Parsley is an Executive Board Member and chairs the Technical Committee at Kerogen. He has over 40 years’ industry experience, predominantly at Shell, where he held senior positions including Global Head of Exploration, Head of New Business Ventures, and Chairman of Shell Australia. He formerly served as a member of the board of Woodside Petroleum Ltd.

Jan Christian Ellefsen
CEO / Executive Director

Jan Christian Ellefsen leads the Pandion Energy team with 28 years of managerial, commercial and technical experience in the oil and gas industry. He has a background from both oil services and E&P companies, mainly within development and operations. Jan Christian was previously responsible for all Tullow’s activities in Norway as Managing Director of Tullow Oil Norge AS.

Helge L. Nordtorp
Deputy CEO & VP Business Development / Executive Director

Helge Nordtorp has 19 years of experience with the E&P industry managing regulatory processes as an officer at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, and strategy and business development projects as a management consultant. Previously a Director at DNB Markets, a leading Norwegian investment bank, he also has experience with M&A and capital markets transactions.

Jason Cheng
Non-executive Director

Jason Cheng is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Kerogen. Jason has over 20 years’ commercial experience across investing, operations and investment banking. He was the Managing Partner of Ancora Capital and Jade International Capital Partners in Beijing. Prior to that he worked in the energy and natural resources investment banking group at J.P. Morgan and Schroders.

Tushar Kumar
Non-executive Director

Tushar Kumar is a Director on the Investment and Portfolio Management Team of Kerogen. He has 16 years’ experience in oil and gas investing, investment banking and equities across Europe, Middle East and Asia. He was previously 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 natural resources group in Hong Kong.

John Daniel
Non-executive Director

John Daniel is a Director on the Technical Team of Kerogen. He is a geologist with over 30 years’ technical and commercial experience. Prior to Kerogen, he was Regional New Ventures Manager at Sasol Petroleum, with responsibility for Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. He has also held various senior roles at Marathon Oil, Lasmo, Monument Oil & Gas, Ranger Oil and ConocoPhillips.