Board of Directors

Mr Murat Imankulov

Director & Chief Executive Officer


Mr Imankulov is a co-founder and current CEO of Equus Petroleum Plc. He was appointed as the Executive Director of Equus in March 2012.

Mr Imankulov is a Kazakh citizen and resident with extensive corporate and asset management experience. His business experience in Kazakhstan spans various high-level positions, including Managing Director and Board Member of Samruk-Kazyna Real Estate Fund, and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Damu Fund of Development of Entrepreneurship JSC

Mr Ben Fraser

Non-Executive Director & Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Former CFO of Equus Petroleum, Ben Fraser was appointed as Non-Executive Director of the company in 2017.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, Mr Fraser went on to work at HSBC and NM Rothschild. Prior to his position at Equus Petroleum, Mr Fraser spent over five years working with KazMunaiGas EP, leading their finance function for the majority of this time.

Mr Bakhtiar Abdramanov

Executive Director


One of the co-founders of Equus Petroleum Plc, Mr Abdramanov has been a Director of the company since 2013. As a Kazakh citizen and resident, Mr Abdramanov has extensive experience in E&P operations throughout the region.

He has been involved in E&P operations in the South Turgay Basin for over 20 years, including the Kumkol oil field. Mr Abdramanov is also a co-founder of Kumkol Trans Service LLP (KTS), a subsidiary of Equus, which secured a contract in 2004 for the exploration of crude hydrocarbons in the Sarybulak deposit licence area.

Mr Saparali Takirov

Executive Director

Mr Takirov is a co-founder of Equus Petroleum Plc and has been a director of the company since 2013. He is a Kazakh citizen and resident, who graduated from the Kazakh State Technical University in 1980 with a degree in Oil and Gas Field Geology.

He has worked in the South Turgay basin ever since, pursuing a vast and varied career in the petroleum industry. He has managed multiple large integrated exploration and evaluation projects in Kazakhstan, including all technical, cost and personnel control.

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Mr Nurlan Zhumanov

Executive Director



Mr Zhumanov was appointed as Executive Director of Equus in 2017.
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Mr Ulrich Spoerri

Non-Executive Director


Mr Spoerri became a Non-Executive Director of Equus in 2015. He is a partner with Finaport, a Swiss wealth management firm with core business in global private banking, and offices in Zurich, Singapore and Miami.