Led by Khalil Al-Sholy, Gente has assembled a core management team comprised of individuals that have been working together for many years. All are well known oil and gas professionals within both business and government circles in Latin America and worldwide.

Khalil Boutros Al-Sholy

Founder, Gente Oil Global


  • Founder and Managing Director, Construction Development Company (CDC)
  • Founding Investor and Managing Director, United Development Company (UDC), Master Developer and Operator, The Pearl-Qatar Island Project (TPQ)
  • Member, The School of International Affairs Advisory Board, Penn State University
  • Director, Middle East Dredging Company (MEDCO)
  • Deputy Managing Director, Qatar Cooling Company (QC)
  • Chairman, Ronáutica Middle East
  • Chairman, Projects Development Company, Lebanon
  • Director, Credit Bank SAL Lebanon

Education: B.Sc. (Structural Engineering), University of Evansville, Indiana (1980)

Izeldin “Izzy” El-Saigh



  • Senior Development/Acting Chief Engineer, The Shell Company of Qatar and Shell Expo, Lowestoft, North Sea, UK
  • Engineering and Construction Manager, Qatar General Petroleum Corporation, now Qatar Petroleum (QP)
  • Director, Qatar Petroleum Producing Authority (QPPA)
  • Director, National Oil Distribution Company (NODCO), Qatar
  • Director, Arab Engineering Company (OAPEC) representing QGPC
  • Executive Director, Construction Development Company (CDC) Qatar
  • Associate Director and Chairman of the Tender Committee, United Development Company
  • Director, Qatar District Cooling Company (QC)
  • Director, Middle East Dredging Company (MEDCO)
  • Chairman, United Ready Mix (URM)
  • Director, Al Seef (A Joint Venture between QP and UDC)
  • Director, Gulf Formaldehyde Company (GFC), a Joint Venture with Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO)

Education: • B.Sc., (Eng) Mechanical, University of London
• C. Eng. (Chartered Engineer, UK)

Designations: • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
• EUR ING, FEANI (European Federation of National Engineering
Associations, Belgium)

Ronald C. Peterson

Director, Gente Oil U.S.A., Inc.


  • Attorney in private practice focused on international business transactions
  • Executive Vice-President – Legal, United Development Company
  • Attorney member of the international law firm Heller Ehrman, LLP. Outside counsel to oil & gas industry clients, including Atlantic Richfield Company, Four Corners Pipeline Company, Intrepid Energy, LLC (North Sea producer)
  • Managing Partner and senior litigation attorney of the Los Angeles law firm Tuttle & Taylor

Education: • Juris Doctor Degree Yale Law School
• Master’s Degree in International Relations, Yale University
• BA Degree, University of California, Santa Barbara

Konrad Wottge

GM, Gente Oil Ecuador Pte, Inc.


  • Vice President of Operations, Occidental de Colombia, responsible for Drilling, Engineering, and Operations of an onshore field producing 250 mbopd
  • Manager of Facilities Engineering and Construction, Occidental Petroleum, Houston Texas, responsible for worldwide activities
  • Director of Operations, Occidental Petroleum seconded to OCP Heavy Crude Oil Pipeline, Quito Ecuador, for the 500 km 550 mbopd pipeline and terminals
  • Facilities Engineering Manager, Occidental of Scotland, North Sea, with responsibility for two offshore platforms, pipeline network, and onshore terminal
  • Facilities Engineering Manager, Occidental Petroleum seconded to Tatweer Petroleum in Bahrain to redevelop the Bahrain field utilizing water-flooding and steam injection
  • General Manager, Gente Oil Ecuador, responsible for developing the Singue oil field in Block 53
  • Senior Facilities Project Engineer, Shell Oil Company US, for both US Onshore and Offshore Facilities
  • Senior Rotating Equipment Engineer, Aramco Services Company, Houston, Texas

Education: • B.Sc., (Eng) Civil/Structural, University of Colorado, US.
(Registered Civil Engineer, state of California)

Designations: • Member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, US