Meet the people behind the project

Arron Smyth

Managing Director

Mr. Smyth is a senior executive with an accomplished background in financial services, investment banking, business leadership and operations. He has provided origination and advisory services to private equity/venture capital, debt/trade finance institutions, family offices and commodity trading houses and has a substantive track record in supporting transactions, projects and operations in the oil & gas, mining and clean energy sectors in EMEA and North America.

Mr. Smyth has served as a board member, executive director, senior advisor and management consultant to private and public organizations focused on operating or investing within the energy and natural resources sectors around the world.

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Samir Bazi

Commercial Manager/ Head Analyst

Mr. Bazi has a strong track-record in risk and investment management within the energy and commodities sector. He started his career in risk analysis within Société Générale CIB's derivatives clearing business, focusing on commodities' derivatives. He then joined the energy trader, Gunvor, as an M&A and Portfolio Manager where he was leading investment, divestment and asset restructuring initiatives. He has a strong experience in project development, having worked on several green and brownfield terminal / refinery projects in Europe.

Mr. Bazi has served as a board member in several wholesale and logistics companies within the energy sector. He holds a master's degree in financial engineering and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Jan Thijs Maatman

Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Maatman graduated from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands with a master’s degree in Applied Earth Science, specialization processing raw materials. Since his graduation Mr. Maatman has work for a maritime contractor nowadays called “Van Oord” ( ) as a Superintendent, Works Manager and Project Manager in several countries. Later, he worked for Bluewater ( ), which is a company active in the operations of floating and storage vessels and supplier of equipment to import/export crude oil and oil products to storage terminals onshore.

Mr. Maatman fulfilled positions as Engineer, Tender Manager and Business Developer. In 2008 Mr. Maatman co-founded Riverlake Solutions under the umbrella of the Riverlake Group in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Maarten Reenalda

Head of Project Operations

Mr. Reenalda is a senior executive of Dutch nationality and is experienced in infrastructure and real estate development both as a Project Management Consultant and as a contractor.

He graduated from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands with a master’s degree in construction management. Since his graduation he has worked for multinational companies predominantly in an international environment, developing and managing major infrastructure projects around the world.

Mr. Reenalda is a guest lecturer at the TU Delft faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment for the module “Management in the Built Environment”.

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Emilie Janson

Chief Technical Officer

Mrs. Janson holds a Master of Science in Petroleum and Mining Engineering from the University of Delft and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Maastricht.

A qualified professional with diversified experience in sustainable development, energy transition, petro-chemical industry and waste management, Mrs. Janson is a dynamic innovator with an engineering background and provides decisive leadership to multi-functional, cross cultural global teams.

Mrs. Janson has worked overseas in the MENA region for many years and has fulfilled leading positions in oil and gas projects, managing green field terminal and port developments and is specialized in sustainable energy projects.

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Feiko Jager

Senior Technical Advisor

Mr. Jager has spent his entire career working in the international tank storage industry, including 20 years for Royal Vopak in various senior operational, technical, and commercial positions.

Since 2010, Mr. Jager has provided specialist consulting services with a focus on the development of port logistics mainly for the energy industry.

Mr. Jager graduated from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands with a Masters Degree in Maritime Engineering, and is a Dutch National. 

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Hanno Hardenbol

Senior Project & Engineering Advisor

Mr. Hardenbol is an industry expert with over 20 years experience in the international Upstream and Midstream industry. 

Highly experienced in Project Development and Project Management of energy infrastructure and innovative (sustainable) energy projects, he has extensive knowledge of global shipping, onshore and offshore Construction and Installation industries in various engineering, sales and project management roles.

In 2011, Mr. Hardenbol founded DeepSea Engineering & Management, a Dutch company focused on providing optimal technological solutions of integrated subsea infrastructure projects, including Public Private Partnership projects. Since 2016 Mr Hardenbol has focused on development and operation of Ports and Green Energy Hubs.

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Pieter Danneels

Senior Project Controls Manager

Mr. Danneels is a graduate of the faculty of aerospace engineering at the Delft University of Technology where he focused on efficiency of large complex systems.

As a project controls professional he makes sure that companies and projects have the necessary insights to make well-founded business decisions.

Mr. Danneels is experienced in large infrastructure projects in the Netherlands and Belgium with a track record in delivering efficiencies across many aspects of the organization.

He is particularly skilled at connecting different fields of project expertise, for example: Planning, Risk, Cost Control and Scope, to add greater value and insight.

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