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Paramaribo, Suriname
4-7 June 2024

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Xavier Moonan

Xavier Moonan

Exploration Manager, Touchstone Exploration, President, AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region

Mr. Moonan has over fifteen years of experience working as a petroleum geologist (exploration, development and operations) in all of the sedimentary basins and sub-basins onshore and offshore Trinidad and Tobago. His professional experience includes work with Geoservices Schlumberger, former state owned Petrotrin, and a UK based gas company Centrica Energy. In addition to his role at Touchstone, he supports the Petroleum Engineering Programme at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Petroleum Geoscience Programme at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus through lectures. Mr. Moonan is widely recognized regionally for his structural mapping and restoration techniques of the Middle Miocene Herrera deep water turbidites which are the primary reservoir targets of Touchstone's Ortoire block. Mr. Moonan served as a Region Delegate, Treasurer and Vice President for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Latin America and Caribbean Region ("LACR") and currently serves as the President Elect for AAPG LACR. He served as President of the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago and as Convener of the 20th Caribbean Geological Conference, AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshops (GTW) Trinidad and Tobago, AAPG GTW Guyana, AAPG GTW Suriname, AAPG SE Caribbean and Guiana Basins Virtual Symposium and AAPG Caribbean Technical Symposium and E&P Summit. Mr. Moonan is also a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and the Houston Geological Society (HGS), Geological Society of America (GSA) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). In 2021 he was awarded the AAPG Grover E. Murray Distinguished Educator Award. Mr. Moonan holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Jamaica and a master’s degree in structural geology with geophysics from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.