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Eng. Ricardo Van-Deste

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Eng. Ricardo Van-Deste
Executive Chairman, Sonangol P&P
Speaker 2020


Ricardo Van-Deste is the Chief Executive Officer for the Exploration and Production Business Unit of Sonangol, the National Oil Company. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the oil industry. Before being named CEO in 2019, Ricardo was a member of the board and was responsible for overseeing all operated Blocks in the Company. He also headed the Sonangol P&P ́s Development Directorate which managed all Geology, Geophysics, Reservoir and Facilities Engineering projects of the Company.

Prior to the Development Directorate, Ricardo was the Asset Manager for one of Sonangol P&P ́s operated Block. He also headed the reservoir Department before being appointed an Asset manager.

Ricardo earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Sciences from Indiana University in Bloomington, United States of America in 1999.