Meet the Executive Committee Co-Chairs

Magzum Maratovich Mirzagaliyev

Vice-Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Before his Vice-Minister position at the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Magzum Mirzagaliyev has been Vice-Chairman of the Board for Innovative Development and Service Projects at KazMunaiGas national oil and gas company of Kazakhstan. In the period of 2011-2012 he was Managing Director of KazMunaiGas. Previously, he was Director General of TenizService.

He started his career as a drilling fluid engineer in MI Drilling Fluids International Company (Schlumberger) at the oil fi elds of Tengiz and West Siberia. Mr Mirzagaliyev was educated at Turan University (1999), Diplomatic Academy (2003), Caspian State University of Technologies and Engineering named after Sh.Yessenov (2010), in 2002-2004 he carried out a traineeship in MI Drilling Fluids based in the USA and Malaysia.


John Richard Denis

John Richard Denis

General Director

John Richard Denis is General Director of Scientific Research Institute of Production and Drilling Technology “KazMunayGas” SRI PDT KMG. Headquartered in Astana, KMG is an integrated Scientifi c Research Institute that provides expert skills and a supervising authority for all development programs across the KMG portfolio.


Cheryl Gomez Smith

Cheryl Gomez-Smith

Managing Director
ExxonMobil Kazakhstan

Cheryl Gomez-Smith was appointed as Managing Director of ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc. from January 2016, representing ExxonMobil interests in Kazakhstan. Cheryl began her career with Exxon in 1990 as a Facilities Engineer in Texas and has held various technical and leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the USA, Qatar, and Russia.  She has onshore and offshore experience in Facilities engineering, Reservoir engineering, Construction & Projects development and execution, and Operations Management. 

For over two years prior to this assignment Cheryl was a Producing Operations Manager in ExxonMobil Global Operations, responsible for development, execution, and sustainment of ExxonMobil Global Best Practices. In 2009-2013 Cheryl was the Operations Manager for Exxon Neftegas Ltd, operator of the Sakhalin-1 project in Russia.  In this role she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production operations business and engineering in the Russian Far East. 

Cheryl is an American citizen and graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Tulane University (Louisiana, USA) with an MBA.