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Management Team

Zel C. Khan
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Khan brings more than 20 years of experience in the domestic and international energy industry to Petrolia Energy. Prior to accepting his current role, he co-founded and served as President/CEO of Jovian Petroleum Corporation, a private exploration and production company.

Mr. Khan has always been focused on the reduction of lift costs. While serving as Chief Operations Officer for Pyramid Petroleum Corporation, he reduced operating costs by 20% with the use of new methods and technology. He also helped facilitate the tie-in of additional production to the former ConocoPhillips deep-water facility, generating tremendous value for the owners, which included Chevron and Apache. After starting his career as an operator in California, he developed a solid reputation for ensuring responsible management of oilfield assets, and he maintains those principals today. Mr. Khan served as President of Network Fueling Corporation, a Cardlock Fleet Fueling Solutions Company and has held positions on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Mr. Khan holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. from Chapman University in California.

Horacio Alfredo Fernandez
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Fernandez has over 35 years of experience working in the accounting and financial field, working with private, and public U.S. companies, and multi-jurisdictional public companies. Mr. Fernandez has served as the controller of the Company since 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Fernandez served as Controller of Rhino Offshore LLC - an offshore oil and gas service company - based in Houston, Texas, from January 2010 to April 2015. Mr. Fernandez served as Controller of Pyramid GOM Inc., an offshore deepwater operator, from March 2007 to February 2010. Mr. Fernandez served as a Senior Auditor/Accountant with Becker Tax Service & Financial Management from April 2004 to October 2006.

As part of Mr. Fernandez's international experience, he served as Forensic Auditor in the federal courts of Argentina from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Fernandez served as CFO of Tecsalco SA, a subsidiary of the Luksic Group, from 1995 to 1997.

Mr. Fernandez has a Bachelor's degree in accounting and a post graduate diploma in Strategic Planning from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and holds a Certified Public Accountant degree from the same University. Mr. Fernandez has been a member of the Professional Advice of Economic Sciences -Consejo Profesional de Ciencias Economicas- of Buenos Aires since 1984.