Shaikh Mohamed Abdulla Khalifa AlKhalifa Non-Executive Chairman

Shaikh Mohamed AlKhalifa is based in the Kingdom of Bahrain and a Member of the Bahraini Royal Family. 

Shaikh Mohamed AlKhalifa is a Director and Chairman of the Board and majority owner of iCAP Middle East W.L.L., NCR (Bahrain) W.L.L. and Bahrain Energy Services W.L.L. (BES).  He is also a director of the CoalTech Group Companies, and the Chariman of the Board of UBM AEM (formerly Arabian Exhibition Management W.L.L.) which became part of Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world.

Shaikh Mohamed AlKhalifa is responsible for investment opportunities and has an extensive network of contacts which support the development of the CoalTech business, including professional firms and investment bankers.

Filippo Fantechi Chief Executive Officer

Based in Bahrain, Filippo is the President of CoalTech Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of CIA, and major owner and CEO of the Contax Group of Companies.

Filippo has over 30 years of business development, project management, sales management, business start-up and market strategy experience in the Middle East, Europe and Russia. Filippo has a strong background in the energy, utility and construction sectors. Former experience includes commercial responsibilities in the GCC region for two large Italian construction companies and overall management responsibilities for a leading Engineering and Construction company.

Filippo has a Phd in Civil Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy and a Masters in Project Management from Sinnea Business School, Bologna/Zurich.

Noel Lyons Non-Executive Director

Noel started his career in the accounting profession and progressed from there to management and director level within various organisations.

He has worked for such companies as Amoco/BP, Coca Cola, Kentz Corporation Plc and Oilinvest International, and has worked in diverse locations such as Africa and The Middle East.

Noel has been involved in several listings on AIM and the NEX Exchange Growth Market in both a management and advisory capacity, including as co-founder and, initially, as a non-executive director of Karoo Energy plc. Noel has an MBA and masters in Accounting and Finance.

Paul Ryan Non-Executive Director

Paul has 20 years of strategy transactional, commercial and regulatory experience including with international blue chip entities, during which he has been involved in transactions with a value in excess of US$10 billion.

Paul has over 20 years’ experience including at board level. From 2002 to 2013, he held a variety of board positions with leading mobile operator Vodafone and its operating subsidiaries, including Head of Strategy, Regulatory and Political Affairs in Brussels and Director of Strategy and External Affairs for Vodafone Ireland and Vodafone Ghana. Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant in the European telecoms sector, served as a strategic adviser at Ofcom, the UK’s communication industry regulator, and was a solicitor at leading international City law firm Ashurst. He acts as an adviser, primarily on strategy and public policy, to a range of clients including FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies largely in the ICT space. Paul is a qualified solicitor in the UK and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.