about us


Chayan Chakrabarty, PhD (Petroleum Engineering), MBA

President, CEO & Director

Mr. Chakrabarty has been involved in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years, holding a number of senior executive positions. Most recently he was Vice President, International, with Daylight Resources Trust. Mr. Chakrabarty holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He was a senior executive of Verenex Energy, an international exploration and production company with operations in France and Libya. Prior thereto, he was Senior Vice-President at Ross Smith Energy Group, conducting independent upstream research for North American financial institutions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chakrabarty was based in Nottingham, U.K. with Golder Associates, an international engineering consulting firm.

Matthew Moorman, CPA, CMA, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Moorman brings 20 years of senior financial experience in the energy sector to Bengal, along with extensive domestic and international capital market experience and a strong background in public financial reporting, corporate governance, M&A and tax planning. Previously, Mr. Moorman served as CFO for Green Life Can Corp., a private start-up oil and gas company. Prior thereto, he held the position of CFO at a publicly traded international oil and gas drilling company as well as VP Finance and Treasurer for Provident Energy Ltd. Mr. Moorman has been a CPA, CMA since 1987 and received his MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 1996.

Richard Edgar, B. Sc., P. Geol.

Executive Vice President

Mr. Edgar, a professional geologist, has been active in the exploration and development of oil and gas in Canada and internationally since 1972. He is currently the President of Poplar Creek Resources and a Director of Shelton Petroleum. Most recently, he was President of Avery Resources, Bengal’s predecessor. Prior to that he was Chairman of Shelton Canada Corporation, a Director of Tristar and President and CEO of Energy North Inc. Mr. Edgar is a member of the Canadian Society of Professional Geologists and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Gordon MacMahon, MA, P. Geol.

Vice President, Exploration

Mr. MacMahon is a Professional Geologist whose career as an explorationist has spanned over 30 years in environments ranging from large companies, consulting and small companies. Most recently he has worked on international mandates including China, Australia, USA, and South America. His depth of experience has been gained through both executive and geotechnical roles in operating oil and gas companies as well as capital markets exposure. He was VP Exploration with Trident Exploration Corp., an exploration and production company focused on CBM and natural gas resource plays in Canada and USA. Prior thereto, Mr. MacMahon worked in a senior technical, corporate development role with APF Energy Trust. Earlier in his career he served as Chief Geologist in Indonesia for Canada Northwest Energy Ltd. He is a member of a number of Professional Associations including the Canadian Society of Professional Geologists, the Association of Professionals in Engineering and Geoscience in Alberta, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Eur Ing Kai Eberspaecher CEng FIChemE – Masters Chemical Engineering, MBA

Country Manager Australia

Mr. Eberspaecher is an upstream oil and gas professional with broad experience throughout the lifecycle of developing hydrocarbon resources. He holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. In his 20 years in the industry, Mr. Eberspaecher has worked in onshore and offshore provinces in The Netherlands, UK, Kazakhstan, and Australia. He has held senior leadership positions in development, project engineering and delivery, operations and production technology with Shell and the BG Group. Prior to joining Bengal Energy, he was the Consulting Practice Leader for Operational Excellence in the Asia Pacific Region for Advisian (WorleyParsons Group).