Dr. Enzo Zappaterra

Senior Exploration Advisor

S. Fatih Alpay began his entrepreneurial experience start up in Tahtakale, Egyptian Markets and Grand Bazaar in both Istanbul and Bursa  in 1960s, later he graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1982 as Petroleum Engineer, followed by an Operations Management course at Unitec New Zealand.

He embarked on his career in 1978 at Raman field and has extensive hands-on field experience in the upstream sector in countries such as Turkey, Iraq, Albania, Texas, Georgia and Afghanistan.

After establishing Amity Oil International Pty.Ltd in 1998 in Turkey, he led the Göçerler and Adatepe gas field discoveries, milestone projects that significantly increased exploration activities in Turkey.

As founder president of ARAR AŞ, established in 2002, he continues his exploration and production activities both in Turkey and abroad.

He is an industry legend recognised as a true “Wildcatter” in Turkey and abroad.



Chris De Goey

Acting CEO

Zeynep Sancay

Finance Manager

Zeynep Sancay graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences - Business Administration. Following a brief stint at PWC in 2003, she embarked on her commercial banking career at Yapı Kredi Bank. Later she worked for TEB, Odeabank and Akbank. During her banking career Zeynep was involved in facilitating credit lines for major projects ranging from construction, retail to energy. Due to her in-depth understanding and passion for the oil & gas sector Zeynep has been pivotal in introducing the complexities of E&P projects to Turkish banks. She joined ARAR in early 2018 as the head of Finance Department.

Chris has a broad commercial background in the energy industry. Before taking on his current position as acting CEO of ARAR, he was a Director at the London-based, Xodus Group Advisory, an oil and gas consultancy with a proven track record in due diligence, delivering competent person reports and dispute resolution. Before Xodus, he had a similar role managing the Reserves Evaluation Business of Senergy (now LR). Chris has an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University. He is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was non-exec at AIM listed operating company Angus Energy plc.

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Emeritus Member and Certified Petroleum Geologist of AAPG, Enzo has more than three decades experience with Chevron Overseas Petroleum and its affiliates (American Overseas Petroleum, Caltex Pacific) in many of the world's oil basins (Libya, Nigeria, Indonesia, Brazil, Norway). At retirement from Chevron in 2000, Enzo was Exploration Manager for Europe and New Ventures. Enzo, as professional consultant, has been involved mainly in frontier projects at: East Mediterranean (Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus); Offshore Adriatic, Croatia; offshore Tanzania; Kenya onshore; offshore Albania; onshore Algeria; offshore Ghana; Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia). Before being exploration advisor to S. Fatih Alpay, He was Exploration Adviser to Mohammed Al Fayed, the Chairman of Harrods Energy, London, on Offshore Gulf of Thailand and Libya projects and Director and Trustee of CASP at Cambridge University, England.

Tayfun Keçecioğlu

Senior Production Advisor

Tayfun Keçecioğlu graduated from Middle East Technical University as Petroleum Engineer.

He started his career in Mobil Exploration Mediterranean Inc. and spent his next 15 years at different engineering and management levels within Mobil.

Later he continued his career as Production Manager at Perenco, as Operations Manager at Nobel Oil Azerbaijan and as Operations Manager for Genel Energy, overseeing Taq Taq oilfield (N. Iraq). After working at Halliburton Iraq as Project Manager he joined ARAR AŞ in 2015. He is a well-known figure in the sector with over 30 years experience.

Orhan Güreli, PhD

Seismic Group Manager

Dr. Orhan Güreli has over 28 years work experience as an exploration geoscientist specializing in seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation. Orhan started his career in TPAO as QC, Party Chief and Operation Manager, later joining NAGECO (Libya) as Processing Supervisor. In 2011 Orhan joined ARAR - he is currently the Seismic Group Manager.

Orhan holds a (PhD) from University of Ankara in 2007. He regularly presents at national and international petrol and geophysics forums. Orhan is a published scholar who wrote for international scientific magazines (SCI Index) and is the co-authors of Vibrosismik (2012) ISBN: 978-605-63270-0-1.