Obtained a BA degree in Geopolitical Engineering and an MSc in Geology from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, in 1975 and 1978 respectively. As part of the Shell Executive Management Programme, he obtained an MBA from Henley Management College, Brunel University, England, in 1996, and finally in 2008 was awarded a PhD from the University of London (Imperial College’s Department of Geological Sciences/Petroleum Engineering). His initial university studies at Rutgers University were funded by a full scholarship from the US Air Force, in which he enlisted in 1975/76 and obtained the rank of Captain. In 1977, Dr. Kulpecz joined the Royal Dutch Shell Group as a Geological Engineer in Shell Oil Company, New Orleans, USA. Dr. Kulpecz’s final position at Shell was Member of Shell’s Global Executive Committee and Executive Director of Shell International Gas and Power. He left Shell after a most distinguished career in late 1998 to become President of Azurix International, a position which he resigned in 2000 due to disagreements with its parent company Enron on strategy and funding. Since then Dr. Kulpecz divides his time as principal investor in various energy projects and board memberships in related companies and his role as Senior Advisor on Energy for Ermgassen & Co.