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Wajid Rasheed is CEO and Founder of Smart Reamer Drilling Systems Ltd. His work has focused on development of new drilling and completion technology including the underreaming segment since 1999. Prior to founding Smart Reamer in 2009, he worked for Andergauge and consulted for oilfield service companies and oil and gas operators. Rasheed has numerous patents granted in the US and Europe. He has published over 200 articles incl. 8 SPE papers.

Rasheed is a member of the IOD, the CIOJ and the SPE. Rasheed has also served on numerous industry committees including the IADC/SPE, SPE ATCE and the SPE publications. Rasheed is also Chairman of Saudi Arabia Oil and Gas and Brazil Oil and Gas published by EPRasheed.

Dr.John L. Thorogood Director
John Thorogood serves as a Non Executive Director of Smart Reamer Drilling Systems Ltd with particular a focus on drilling technology and global strategy. John is an independent technical advisor to operators, service companies and research institutes in the areas of technology, technical policies, drilling automation, remote area exploration projects and arctic operations. He has researched human factors issues associated with the command and control of drilling operations. He worked with BP in many parts of the world, including deep-water and frontier exploration operations in Sakhalin, the Faroe Islands, UK sector and in Norway. He is the author of more than 45 papers and has BA and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, is a member of the Editorial Review Committee and a member of the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference Programme Committee. He is the recipient of the SPE International 2011 Drilling Engineering Award.

Dr Mark Volanthen Advisor
Focused on intellectual property and strategy. Built and sold a number of technology businesses including two in the oil & gas industry. Holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University, a PhD in instrumentation systems and an MBA. Is named inventor on over 30 patent applications and is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.