Management Team

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Israel (Relik) Shafir
CEO

As an Air Force veteran (Brig. General – Res.), Relik Shafir is well versed in strategic leadership and mission focus coupled with personnel and project management. Majored in mathematics and philosophy, graduate of the Naval Post Graduate school in Monterey, and experienced in the high tech industry.

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Dr. Harold Vinegar
Chief Scientist

Dr. Harold Vinegar has served as Chief Scientist for Genie Oil and Gas since its inception.  He joined Genie Oil and Gas after retiring as the Chief Scientist at Royal Dutch Shell.  At Shell, he lead the development of oil shale ICP technology and was responsible for number of successful pilots of in-situ oil shale production.

Dr. Vinegar has 36 years of experience in the field of unconventional resources.  During his career, Dr. Vinegar has made significant contributions to formation evaluation, core analysis, environmental reclamation, and unconventional oil recovery.  He is also a prolific inventor, having written over 287 U.S. patents.

Dr. Vinegar is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (US); Fellow of the American Physical Society; and has served as President of the Society of Core Analysts.  He was recently named an Adjunct Professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

 

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Dr. Yuval Bartov
Technology Director and Chief Geologist

Dr. Bartov has over 10 years of experience in Oil Shale exploration and field studies. Following graduation from Hebrew University, Yuval Joined Colorado School of Mines as a research Professor and led projects on Oil Shale research before joining IEI. Yuval's past studies focused on both the resource depositional environments and environmental studies of climate change. He is a guest lecturer at the Technion institute in Haifa.

 

Moshe (Musa) Gabay
Vice President of Business Development

Musa Gabay has worked for IDT for nearly a decade, in various corporate development roles. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in launching the oil shale initiatives in the United States and in Israel and was a key member of the founding teams of both ventures. Mr. Gabay holds an MBA and an LLB from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a member of the Israeli Lawyers Bar.

 

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Dr. Scott V. Nguyen
VP Technology

Previously, Dr. Nguyen held senior technical positions at Shell Exploration & Production Co.  As Senior Physicist, he identified and developed technology applicable to the sustainable development of oil shale resources in Colorado and Jordan and heavy oil resources in Canada. As Petrophysical Consultant, he implemented reservoir characterization technology and interpretation to optimize production from tight gas and shale gas resources in Wyoming, Texas, and Canada.  Dr. Nguyen is the holder of 20+ US patents and patent applications and 15 peer-reviewed publications.  He is a 2006 PhD physics graduate of Harvard University and served on the advisory committee to the American Institute of Physics Corporate Associates. At present, Scott resides in Israel and serves as VP of Technology for Israel Energy Initiatives.