Roger Bignell has a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Geology from Imperial College, University of London. Roger is an explorationist with over 30 years technical and managerial experience in international petroleum exploration. Formerly Exploration Manager at Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration and Chief Geologist with the International Energy Development Corp., he has directed both commercial and technical aspects of joint-venture projects worldwide. He has also been and independent consultant and Staff Geologist with Gulf Oil. His expertise ranges from basin analysis and frontier play development to the supervision of drilling operations, but his main interest is in the economic and geological aspects of prospect generation and new venture evaluation. He has worked extensively in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Since forming Fairway Exploration in 1987, Dr Bignell has continued independent consulting but has been primarily concerned with the preparation of comprehensive regional exploration reports on the hydrocarbon potential of basins worldwide. He has also worked as a consultant to the World Bank promoting petroleum exploration in developing countries in Africa.