About Us

Who we are

About Us

Central European Petroleum Ltd. (CEP) registered in Calgary, Canada in 2006, and its wholly-owned affiliates, CEP Central European Petroleum GmbH, registered in Germany in 2008, and Central European Petroleum Ltd. sp. z o.o., registered in Poland in 2017, were set up to pursue petroleum exploration opportunities in the European Union, initially focusing on Germany. The management of CEP are well-respected industry professionals with extensive international experience in oil & gas exploration, production, field operations and finance.

CEP Management

Rolf Gregor Skaar



  • Mr. Skaar has over 30 years of technical and managerial experience working for large multinationals such as Shell, Equinor and VNG but also for several smaller well services companies. Rolf has recently also worked for family offices with numerous board seats within apparel, retail, travel and aviation. Key competencies include Management, Strategy & Innovation, Business development/M&A & company start-ups with broad international experience.


  • MEng Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, 1992.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, Oxford University, 2015

Other Associations:

Alula Damte, PhD, P. Geol



  • Dr. Damte has 20 years of petroleum industry and related teaching experience with expertise in petroleum systems analysis of basins in North, East and West Africa, North and South America, Western and Central Europe, and Western Australia. Throughout his industry career, he has provided solutions to structurally complex problems at the basin to prospect scale. He is also responsible for the identification of petroleum opportunities including the eastern Germany play concept for CEP. At CEP he has been the lead negotiator for farmouts and during capital raising efforts.


  • Ph.D., Geology, UC Santa Barbara 1997.

Other Associations:

  • Board Member, Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd.;
  • Technical Adviser to the Board, SouthWest Energy (H.K.) Ltd.

David Bertram, P.Eng.



  • Mr. Bertram has more than 30 years of world-wide experience in petroleum engineering operations, oil and gas field appraisal & development planning, production forecasting, economics, reserves evaluation, and M&A. He worked in production operations and reservoir engineering for Home Oil until 1992, when he joined Shell International: worked in PDO (Muscat) on gas-condensate field appraisal and development planning and then was seconded to Maersk Oil (Copenhagen), where he managed petroleum engineering operations for the Tyra Centre in the Danish sector of the North Sea. Mr. Bertram then became a partner in Adams Pearson Associates (now part of RPS Energy), where he worked as a reservoir engineering specialist on world-wide projects before starting his own reservoir engineering consulting company in 2006. Mr. Bertram joined CEP in early 2009.


  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Calgary, 1979.

Professional Memberships:


Other Associations:

  • President, Bertram Reservoir Solutions Inc.

CEP Board of Directors

Peter Putnam (Chairman)

Independent Businessman

R. Ian Molson (Deputy Chairman)

Independent Businessman

Jeffrey Harris

Independent Businessman

Sabrina Liak

Founding Partner, ALOI Investment Management

Francis Sommer

Partner, Pamplona Capital Management

Carlos A. Pérez-Davila

Managing Director, Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc.

Rolf G. Skaar

Central European Petroleum Ltd.

Gregory G. Turnbull

Corporate Secretary, Q.C., Managing Partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP