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.

Jerrad Blanchard, CA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Blanchard has over 15 years experience in the oil and gas sector and has demonstrated expertise in all asspects of strategy, corporate finance, implementation of controls, financial reporting and governance. In addition to Bengal Energy Ltd., he has acted as Chief Financial Officer for Winstar Resources Ltd., a public international oil and gas exploration and production Company with operations in North Africa and Eastern Europe as well as for Northern Silica Corporation, a mining Company with producing assets in Canada. Mr. Blanchard is a chartered professional accountant and began his career in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers with a focus on junior and international oil and gas exploration and production companies.

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.

Kai Eberspaecher MEng MBA CEng FIChemE FAPM

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).