Our Team

Ben Dell, Managing Partner

Ben Dell is a Managing Partner of Kimmeridge, and oversees private investment. He is closely involved in the screening of new geological opportunities and in the negotiation and execution of private investment strategies.

Prior to founding Kimmeridge, Mr. Dell was a Senior Equity Research Analyst for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production (E&P) at Sanford C. Bernstein, where he was ranked first three times in the Institutional Investor Research Survey for coverage of E&Ps. Mr. Dell was also ranked for Natural Gas and for Oil Services and Equipment coverage. Mr. Dell joined Sanford C. Bernstein in 2003.Prior to joining Bernstein, Mr. Dell was employed at British Petroleum (BP) in its M&A and finance group where he was the lead analyst on the $6.75 billion acquisition of TNK-BP, the sale of BP’s position in the Zhenhai refinery and the acquisition of the Gudrun field offshore Norway. In addition, Mr. Dell spent a year in BP’s finance group principally engaged in managing the company’s internal foreign exchange activities. Before moving into the finance field, Mr. Dell also held positions as an exploration geologist and geophysicist in BP’s West African, Middle Eastern, Caspian, and Norwegian business units.  The role included detailed regional prospect evaluation across much of the Middle East, West Africa, and Norway for the 16th licensing round, along with well support for the Temir B well in Kazakhstan.

Mr. Dell has an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences from St. Peter’s College, Oxford.

 


Henry Makansi, Managing Partner

Henry Makansi is a Managing Partner at Kimmeridge.  Prior to his tenure at Kimmeridge, Mr. Makansi had a decade of experience as a principal investor in private equity with Warburg Pincus, and three years in M&A and capital markets with Lehman Brothers and GP Bullhound, a London investment bank. He served in a variety of roles at Warburg Pincus, where he was head of the European Energy Practice, responsible for investments in exploration and production, oil services and alternative energy.

Mr. Makansi holds a Master’s degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam in economic theory and mathematical economics, and completed accredited Master’s courses in game theory, macroeconomics, and international economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Neil McMahon, Managing Partner

Neil McMahon serves as Managing Partner at Kimmeridge Energy and is responsible for developing Kimmeridge’s geological research and screening capabilities. Prior to this role, Dr. McMahon was a Senior Equity Research Analyst for the Global Integrated Oils at Sanford C. Bernstein, where he was ranked first three times in the Institutional Investor Research Survey. Dr. McMahon covered 18 of the largest integrated oils and refiners. He joined Sanford C. Bernstein in 2002.

Before joining Sanford C. Bernstein, Dr. McMahon was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey, based in both Houston and London, where he had been since 1999. At McKinsey he mainly advised petroleum and electric power and natural gas clients (overseeing ENI’s acquisition of British Borneo and proposed Enterprise acquisition), and undertook proprietary research within McKinsey’s industry practices. Prior to McKinsey, Dr. McMahon worked in the oil industry as a geoscientist with British Petroleum (BP) and British Gas (BG) before moving into consulting with Arthur D. Little where he became a manager in its Global Energy Practice.

Dr. McMahon received an honors degree from The University of Edinburgh in Geology and Geophysics where he later undertook further research to complete a BP-sponsored Ph.D. in 1995. Dr. McMahon has also published a number of technical and management-oriented papers in leading oil and gas industry journals, and currently sits on the board of Durham University’s energy research group.


Noam Lockshin, Partner

Noam Lockshin is a Partner at Kimmeridge, responsible for management of the firm’s US direct investments.

Mr. Lockshin previously worked as Senior Research Associate at Sanford C. Bernstein, along with Ben Dell, on the #1-ranked E&P research team.

Mr. Lockshin holds a BA in Mathematics from York University.


Alex Inkster, CFA, Vice President

Alex Inkster is currently Vice President of Energy Investments for Kimmeridge Energy.

Prior to this, Mr. Inkster worked as a Senior Equity Research Associate for Global Integrated Oils at Sanford C. Bernstein, covering 18 of the largest integrated oil companies and refiners.

Before joining Sanford C. Bernstein, Mr. Inkster worked at General Electric, completing the company’s financial management program and working in the Energy and Oil & Gas divisions.

Mr. Inkster holds a first class honors degree in Economics from University College London and is a CFA Charterholder.


Matthew Zales, Managing Director

Matthew Zales is a Managing Director at Kimmeridge, responsible for investor relations and business development. Prior to joining Kimmeridge, Mr. Zales was a member of the Investor Relations Group at Och-Ziff Capital Management, focused on energy. Previously, Mr. Zales was a Vice President at the private equity firm Pine Brook, where he directed investor relations, fundraising and the firm’s co-investment program for six years. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zales managed relationships with institutional investors in the Customized Fund Investment Group at Credit Suisse and completed fundraising assignments in the Alternatives Advisory and Placement Group at Lehman Brothers. 

Mr. Zales holds a B.S. in Applied Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Neda Jafar, Vice President – Investor Relations

Neda Jafar is a Vice President of Investor Relations at Kimmeridge, responsible for the firm’s client service programs and business development.  Ms. Jafar joined Kimmeridge in 2013, advancing the firm’s growth from $40M in commitments to over $1 billion in funds raised to date. 

Prior to joining Kimmeridge, Ms. Jafar was an Assistant Vice President at HSBC on the New York Credit Trading desk and spent two summers with General Electric in the Company’s Financial Management Program.

Ms. Jafar is an alumna of the Cornell University chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi and graduated (Summa Cum Laude) with a B.S. from New York University.


Denis Laloy, Director of Finance & Operations

Denis Laloy is a Director of Finance & Operations at Kimmeridge Energy. Prior to joining Kimmeridge, Mr. Laloy was a Director of Administration and Controller at eleQtra, overseeing portfolio companies in the development of infrastructure projects. Earlier in his career, Mr. Laloy served as the CFO for JP Morgan Asset Management’s Private Equity and Hedge Fund business and was also a manager at Ernst & Young, where he started in 1999. 

Mr. Laloy graduated with a B.S. in Economics from Universite de Cergy-Pontoise. He also holds a Master’s degree in Mergers & Restructurings from Universite d’Auvergne. He is a CPA.


Andrew Freilich, Analyst

Andrew Freilich is an Analyst at Kimmeridge Energy, devoted to the firm’s accounting and operations.

Before joining Kimmeridge, Mr. Freilich was a Senior Auditor with Deloitte and Touche LLP for four years, serving clients in the Power and Utilities sectors and non-profit investment foundations.

He graduated with a B.S. in Accountancy from Miami University.