Short Biography of Some Key Persons


RICARDO G. POBLETE, JR., Managing Director
RICARDO G. POBLETE, JR. – Bong is a well-seasoned geologist with extensive work experience in petroleum, coal, geothermal, and mineral exploration. He earned his B.S. Geology degree in the University of the Philippines in 1980. He had field geothermal training with PNOC-EDC at the Tongonan Geothermal Project in the summer of 1979. He initially worked as a field geologist exploring for base metals in Zambales. In mid-1980, he started his professional career as a petroleum geologist with Philippine Oil and Geothermal Energy Inc. (POGEI) with blocks in the Visayan, NW and East Palawan Basins. While with POGEI, he was seconded to Total Exploration (France) in 1982-83 for the geothermal power assessment of Mt. Labo in southern Luzon. From 1984-87, he had geotechnical work engagement in Singapore followed by exploration in different mining areas in the Philippines. In 1988, he resumed his career in the oil and gas industry as an independent exploration consultant to local and foreign E&P companies operating in different basin settings in the Philippines. This was interrupted by a short stint in the groundwater operations and management of Maynilad Water Services Inc. with Philaqua Consultants Inc. in 2000-03. Thereafter, he became involved in contract projects with First Exploration and Development Services, the predecessor of FEDS Energy Resources and Development Services Inc. which he co-founded in 2005. He was a fulltime petroleum geologist in 2007-08 with Terralliance Resources, a US-private independent oil and gas E&P firm where he had evaluated several new venture areas and farm-in opportunities in South East and Central Asia, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Pacific countries (Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji) and Kazakhstan. Concurrent to his role, he also acted as country representative in the Philippines. He rejoined FEDS Energy as Managing Director after his stint with Terralliance. Presently, he is also a geological consultant to MinEnergy Pty Ltd, a newly formed Brisbane-based oil and gas E&P company searching for oil and gas investment opportunities in the SEA region.