Philippe Laborde is an experienced oil and gas professional with 35 years of industry experience.

He is the founder and CEO of Olaeum Energy, a start-up venture capital company focused on oil and gas investments across Africa. He also co-founded DB Petroleum – an upstream joint venture between Dubai World and Benny Steinmetz Group – and acted as its CEO for the Africa and the Middle East region.

He was a Director in the Trading, Shipping and Electricity Division of Total SA, and before this spent more than 20 years in progressively senior international positions at Elf Aquitaine that culminated in his appointment as the Head of Finance for the Asia, Latin America and Middle East areas.