Dr. Ivo Verstralen, SDB Managing Director
Ivo Verstralen is the Shell Senior Shareholder Representative Brunei and Managing Director Shell Deepwater Borneo, based in Seria, Kuala Belait. He serves as a director on the Boards of Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP), Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM) and Shell Deepwater Borneo Limited (SDB).
Ivo has 25 years of oil and gas experience with Shell and has had secondments in a variety of international Joint Ventures, including Petroleum Development Oman, Woodside Energy, Sakhalin Energy and Brunei Shell Petroleum as well as roles in Shell operated companies in Shell UK and The Netherlands. He has worked across diverse business and leadership roles in Exploration, Development, Commercial, Operations and Planning & Strategy.
Over the last 5 years, Ivo was part of the Global Exploration New Ventures leadership team as Exploration-Development Manager and responsible for delivering new growth positions in several countries. Prior to that, Ivo was Exploration Manager, and for a short period, Commercial Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands as well as a Doctorate from the University of Aberdeen, UK.
In his spare time Ivo enjoys hiking, field hockey, sailing, scuba diving and travel, where possible together with his children Lex and Phoebe, who are both studying in the UK. In 2017 he climbed Kilimanjaro with Phoebe and in 2018, dived for numerous WWII wrecks in the Philippines with Lex.