About Us


TBNG was established to become a leading independent integrated energy company. TBNG acquired an operated conventional natural gas business in Northwest Turkey in 2020.

Our Team

TBNG was founded in 2020 and is owned by its management and investors.

Dr. Bulent Goktuna, Chairman

- Over 30 years of experience across the natural resource and finance sectors in Turkey

- Chairman of Mineks International

- Honorary Consul of Zambia, Founder/Chairman of Ageless Clinic, and serves as the Chairman of the National Golf Club (NGC) in Belek, Antalya

Albert Gress, CEO

- Co-Founder of TBNG

- Over 30 years in senior management across the oil and gas sector

- Has managed country operations and new ventures across the Middle East for SDX, TransGlobe, Cepsa, Devon Energy and Apache

- Track record in leading and building successful independent oil and gas companies across Europe and the Middle East

Sean Pearson, CTO

- Co-Founder of TBNG

- Certified geologist with over 15 years of experience in oil and gas, spanning portfolio management and development, reserves assessment and new ventures

- Most recently was technical auditor for Saudi Aramco

- Previously held roles at TransGlobe Energy and DeGolyer & MacNaughton

Çiğdem Eyüboğlu, CFO

- Over 20 years of experience in financial management across the energy sector

- Previously held roles at Deloitte, Unimar (CCGT BOT), Engie and Socar

- Certified Accountant with both local (SMMM Turkey) and international (ACCA UK) accreditation

- Holds degrees in Economics (BSc) from Middle East Technical University and an Executive MBA from Sabancı University

Sinan Furat, Vice President

- Over 20 years of experience both as a founder and senior executive for businesses in Turkey and internationally

- Founded Ascor Petrochemicals Trading, a leading petrochemical trading company operating in Turkey and EMEA region and previously held various senior roles at Rodeo Co., a multinational textile company with retail business across Europe and production facilities in Turkey

- Holds various senior roles in business and trade related civil society organizations

Ian Hannam, Co-Founder

- Ian Hannam is a founder and the majority shareholder of TBNG

- He is also the founder of Hannam & Partners, a leading natural resources and financial services focused investment bank

- Ian has personally invested in a diverse range of companies, helping them create jobs, grow and prosper with select investments including MKM, CompactGTL, Centricus Asset Management and Revolut

- Formerly was Chairman of Global Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan, where he built J.P. Morgan’s natural resources business into the No. 1 franchise

Samuel Merlin, Co-Founder

- Co-Founder of TBNG

- Partner and Head of Energy at investment bank Hannam & Partners

- Previously served in the U.S. Department of Defense supporting energy activities across the Middle East and Central Asia

- Diverse experience in sourcing and executing M&A and capital raising projects across the EMEA region

Jonathan Steinberg, Director

- Chartered accountant and FCA with over 25 years of corporate experience

- Also holds position of CFO at Hannam Investments

- Involved with international businesses in a diverse range of sectors, including oil and gas, manufacturing and technology

- Previously held roles at British Telecom and Thomson Reuters

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