Area Representatives & Consultants
Vice President Business Development
James Heatherington brings over 25 years of international energy experience in engineering, sales and entrepreneurship. Starting with a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, he has excelled in consulting and field operations first onshore with the Evaluators in Alberta and then offshore with the Japan Drilling Company. With IHS Energy in Tokyo, he drove sales and consulting to clients across APAC; managing teams and leading projects to help international oil/gas and energy companies and government with their daily workflows and to solve intractable issues. Project types included country entry, LNG, exploration, development, M&A, geopolitical and energy economics. James is a long-term Yokohama resident.
Mr. Jackson is an energy sector sales veteran who brings over 32 years very successful multi-industry level experience. Mr. Jackson has been responsible for many sales teams that overcame incredible challenges to deliver far beyond revenue goals. Most recently, Mr. Jackson serves as a strategic sales consultant with Shell New Energies focusing on developing projects for key clients seeking energy security and resilience. Mr. Jackson also serves as Chairman of the Board at the Clean Energy Business Network. Prior to this role, Mr. Jackson served as Chief Business Development Officer with Thermal Energy Partners (TEP), a geothermal development company. Prior to joining TEP, Mr. Jackson was Founder of Emergent Global Security, a firm that delivers energy security solutions to critical infrastructure clients worldwide. Prior to Emergent, Mr. Jackson was a Regional Vice President at Dell Inc. (formerly InSite One), where he led a Channel-sales team. Mr. Jackson is also a Gulf War Veteran and served as a U.S. Navy SEAL for 11 years.
Vice President Business Development
Wouter Kool spent over 30 years in the oil & gas service industry in technical, consulting and Business Development roles working in highly varied environments, in small teams, his own company and with large companies like Halliburton mainly working in the Middle East, Magreb region and European markets. During his term with ION Geophysical Inc. Wouter gained considerable experience through organizing multi-client seismic programs in politically complex areas (Black Sea, Eastern Mediterranean, Iraq). Collaborating with oil industry top executives, governments and scientific institutions resulted in a significant number of multimillion-dollar contracts providing game changing solutions that improved the regional exploration success rates of the customers. Through his role with Eavor he now contributes a wealth of business development expertise to the team. Wouter is passionate about the global energy transition away from hydrocarbons which is reflected by his lifestyle, maintaining a small holding using sustainable methods and renewable energy in Umbria, Italy where he is based. He speaks six languages and holds a degree in Geology and Hydrology from the University of Amsterdam.
Dr Horst Kreuter is a geologist and civil engineer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin) with 20 years of experience in geothermal energy in Germany and worldwide. Being one of the founders of the first geothermal development company in Germany (founded 1999), he is since then involved in the development of geothermal projects for his own company as well as a consultant for developers, communities, utilities and renewable energy institutions. In this role and also as a former board member of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the German Geothermal Association (BVG) he was and is involved in the promotion of geothermal energy in all levels of politics and society. He is also engaged in numerous research projects on the German and international level. He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank.
Thorsten Weimann is an expert in geothermal and drilling technology with more than 25 years of professional experience. In 2007 he founded gec-co Global Engineering & Consulting – Company, which specializes in planning heat and power plants in the deep geothermal sector. As CEO of gec-co he initiated several R&D projects to improve geothermal technology. He is technical Manager of the German Geothermal Association (Bundesverband Geothermie e.V.) and he is well networked in the German geothermal industry. Mr. Weimann has a diploma in Engineering (Technical University of Munich) and an MBA (Universities of Augsburg and Pittsburgh).