Ian Cloke

Executive Vice President, New Ventures


Ian joined Tullow in 2005 as SubsurfaceLead for the Schooner and Ketch gas assets before becoming Exploration Manager for Uganda and Kenya and then VP, Exploration. In 2017 Ian was appointed EVP, New Ventures and is responsible for delivering Tullow’s frontier Exploration and Appraisal activity across Africa and South America. He led the reset of the New Ventures Business, resulting in a re-balanced exploration portfolio sitting in industry hotspots or under-explored or emergent petroleum systems. In 2017, Ian and his team delivered the Araku wildcat, Suriname ahead of budget and safely as well as seven geophysical surveys. In 2018, Ian will focus on the Cormorant wildcat, offshore Namibia, geophysical acquisition and continuing to identify and capture large scale acreage and preparing for exploration campaigns in 2019. Ian has a 25-year career history spanning the UK and Norway, USA, SE Asia, Africa and South America covering technical, business and operational leadership positions across ExxonMobil, Conoco, Lasmo and Tullow.