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We operate globally from seven offices, attracting and retaining the best people in the industry through our culture, values and clear career paths that recognise and reward achievement and success.

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With highly competitive remuneration packages, we offer a working environment that is motivational and flexible, respecting and cultivating the right work-life balance and allowing our people to flourish.

We appoint purely on merit and treat people fairly, providing equal opportunities.

Meet our people

AGR has some of the best people in the business who, day-in, day-out challenge, pioneer and work hard to deliver a quality of service that is second to none. Their skills, expertise and experience speak for themselves.

Carolina Perez-Garcia, PhD

Carolina is an Exploration Geoscientist at our Oslo office...

Position: Senior Geophysicist
Hobbies: kayaking
Location: Oslo, Norway
Joined AGR: 2013

As exploration geoscientist, Carolina Perez-Garcia assists our clients in concession rounds regarding seismic interpretation, prospect evaluation, volume calculation and risk assessment. As member of our Reservoir Management & Asset Evaluation team she also participates in data rooms and develops multi-client studies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Originally from Southern Spain, Carolina moved to Norway to obtain her PhD within multidisciplinary analysis of sediment mobilisation and fluid flow features. Throughout her career, Carolina has gathered experience in working at different locations like the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Cadiz, Norwegian North Sea and the Barents Sea.

Carolina says she especially likes the multi-cultural environment at AGR and the wide variety of projects she can utilise her previous skills on. She adds working in a service company has helped her understand the energy industry from Operator and service contractor perspective in comparison to more academic society she worked at prior to joining AGR.

Carolina also mentions her skillful and talented colleagues whom she enjoys meeting for skiing and kayaking after office hours.

Yngve F. Johansen

Yngve develops our iQx™ platform as Senior Software Developer...

Position: Senior Software Developer
Hobbies: cycling
Location: Oslo, Norway
Joined AGR: 2012

Our Senior Software Developer Yngve Johansen has developed software for Kongsberg Oil and Gas and ConocoPhillips.

Yngve joined AGR Software early 2012, after having gained extensive experience developing software at Sense Intellifield, an innovative supplier of e-field technologies; where he and his team worked with both industry known software SiteCom as well as Discovery Web programmes.

The acquisition of Sense Intellifield by Kongsberg Oil & Gas, prompted Yngve to move on, as he prefers to be part of a small, agile team; which is exactly what AGR Software offers.

Daily tasks cover not only software maintenance, but also directly assisting clients. When asked what Yngve likes most about his job, he highlights the exciting nature of continuously facing new challenges and the opportunity to solve them creatively.

As the team is small and agile, developers at AGR Software are fully versed with intricate functionalities and engage with each other at every level, which ensures the full incorporation of both knowledge and experience from the entire team when solving problems.

Ellen Strøm

Ellen is a Petroleum Engineer and works as a permanent consultant at AGR Consultancy...

Position: Improvement Engineer
Job Location: Stavanger, Norway
AGR Consultant Since: November 2017

Hobbies:

In addition to being an avid knitter and loving all types of fermenting and cooking, my dog and I are certified as visitation dog and handler. He and I actively train and have done both agility and search and detection courses, and we used to visit nursing homes on a regular basis before he got too old.

Ellen, what made you choose a career in Energy?
Quite simply, a career in energy provides endless possibilities, and I have held many and very varied positions. I love learning new things and taking on new challenges, plus there’s never a dull moment in our fast-pace, ever-changing work environment.

Currently I work as a consultant for Aker BP.

What makes AGR different for you in comparison with other consultancies?
To be honest, I’ve not worked with any other consultancy, but what I like and I suppose what makes me stay, is the close relationships I have with colleagues; it feels like we have a real ‘AGR-family.’

What has been your biggest achievement since joining AGR and what role did AGR Consultancy play?
Without a doubt, one of my biggest achievements since joining AGR was when I was asked to be lead engineer for the Jette Field P&A planning. At that point, I had never been the lead on any project of that magnitude.

Of course we faced many challenges, but as a team we were very successful at the end. There were several AGR consultants on the team as well, and we all worked together, supported each other, and helped each other succeed.

It was fantastic!

Garry Benjamin Paton

Garry is a Wellsite Geologist working on the Norwegian Continental Shelf...

Position: Wellsite Geologist
Hobbies: Astronomy, reading, my family
Location: working on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
Joined AGR: 2006

First, about the hobbies.

Astronomy
I have an 8” Dobsonian reflector telescope at home and have been an amateur astronomer for the past 15 years. I’ve also recently successfully completed an online course with the Open University in the UK.

Reading
When it comes to reading, I enjoy a broad spectrum of genres, including science fiction and fiction classics from the 1950s – 1970s, for example, John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury and the like, as well as history and science, for example, Richard Dawkins, Richard Fortey, etc.

Family
My wife and I have two lovely boys, Glen, who’s 15 and Gavin, 12. I enjoy spending time with them, with activities such as swimming, cycling and the outdoors. As a result of Covid, I’ve also been spending time home-schooling the boys in all aspects, including maths and chemistry. And of course, for my wife, I always make time.

And then work, of course.

What does your average day look like, Garry?

As an Offshore Wellsite Geologist, to broadly summarise, I’m required to interpret the stratigraphy as the well is being drilled. This is very important, as we are required to ensure that a particular borehole section interval is drilled to a certain depth in a particular formation, to ensure we always have complete well control. To enable this process, I utilise two sources of information, principally the drilled cuttings and the logging measurements (LWD).

I’m also required to ensure we have no indications of formation pore pressure that is higher than prognosed. Other work requirements include such tasks as wireline operations supervision, coring operations, as well as writing and completing wellsite logs, Well End Reports and other admin tasks.

Tell us a bit about your career development at AGR.

Prior to joining AGR, I was a Wellsite Geologist with another energy consultancy. I joined AGR, as I wanted to continue in this particular type of work on a permanent contract with more variety in terms of clients and projects. My job at AGR has enabled me to work with a wide range of clients, offering a wide variety of hydrocarbon fields and projects, which have greatly enhanced my experience.

What did you do before joining AGR?

Life before AGR took me down many paths. Firstly, I was in the army for four years with military service in Germany and the Middle East. I then left the army and completed my bachelors in geology at Imperial College, London and made millions of pizzas in my then part-time work. I also worked for the University of Ottawa, where I managed to accidently overturn a student minibus in Quebec. I also managed to complete my Master’s in petroleum geology at Aberdeen University.

I have worked for various service companies, including wireline work in remote Uganda and Alberta, Canada.

What does AGR do to enable your professional advancement and work-life balance?

AGR have provided me with a sensible work-life balance, in addition to a solid work environment with lots of variety. Obviously, with Covid it hasn’t been ideal, but as a team we’ve done our best to deal with it.

Daria Krasova

Daria helps the leading energy companies to improve their well delivery performance...

Position: Business Development Advisor (iQx™ software)
Hobbies: Travelling, Dancing
Location: Oslo, Norway
Joined AGR: 2011

Daria Krasova joined AGR’s Exploration team as Senior Geoscientist when her company, First Geo, one of the most prominent subsurface consultancies in Norway, joined forces with AGR in early 2019.

Daria joined a service company because she wanted to be in fast paced environment that challenged and broadened her professional skillset. AGR does just that.

Over the course of her career in geoscience, Daria gained proven experience in Rock physics, Modelling, Interpretation, Seismic data processing for license application rounds, redeterminations – and worked on exploration projects large and small, on local and regional levels, and with data sets from across the globe.

At present, she is with AGR’s iQx™ team and helps the software users to improve performance in their well delivery in addition to assisting the Sales team of iQx™. She is very happy with the support she receives from her colleagues, which allows her to expand her skills and knowledge into drilling and well engineering sphere.

Outside the realm of work, Daria enjoys spending time with her daughter and reading about new research in psychology. However, to really unwind, she takes to the dancefloor and even teaches Brazilian zouk and West Coast Swing in a local dance studio.

Stephen Smith

Stephen plays an integral role for delivery of our clients' well projects...

Position: Senior Drilling Engineer
Job Location: Perth
Joined AGR: 2012
Hobbies: Sport, enjoying the outdoors

Stephen, what made you pick a career in Energy?
During my first year of university, while enrolled in a civil engineering degree, the opportunity arose to switch into petroleum engineering in the second year. After a little bit of research of what the oil and gas industry entailed, it appeared there were many possibilities to experience working abroad, and on projects and with technologies that are very dynamic. I found this quite appealing.

Tell us a bit about your career development at AGR
I started out as a junior trying to learn the trade of planning and drilling an offshore well, to now having an integral role for delivery of our well projects.

Working for the company has provided diverse opportunities, including working on drilling projects in house, on secondment to other Operators locally, and the chance to work overseas while on secondment. I’ve worked in countries including: Morocco, Senegal, Mauritania, and Suriname. This has provided exposure to a wide range of experiences and practices to learn from. Being a part of the AGR team has also always meant working in small project teams, providing exposure to all aspects of a drilling project outside of engineering; including contracts, regulatory and project management.

What does AGR do to enable your professional advancement and work-life balance?
Having started with the company out of university, AGR was on the front foot with providing further training and development specifically in the field of well engineering. In the first few years I was enrolled in a well engineering competency programme, which I think provided a valuable set of core skills and competencies from early in my career.

The AGR family has a strong work-life balance culture. We are given the flexibility to work from home when it may be necessary to fit in with personal demands. So it is evident that we are trusted to manage our own business and get the work done when required, which is a great environment to work in.

Minna Harrington

Minna works as Operations Accountant in the Asia Pacific region...

Position: Operations Accountant for Asia Pacific
Hobbies: Sports, travelling & studying
Location: Perth, Australia
Joined AGR: May 2012

Minna Harrington works as Operations Accountant in the Asia Pacific region.

Minna was previously employed by AGR from 2006 to 2007, but left to travel the world and work overseas. She then re-joined the Finance team in May 2012. Minna was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in Equatorial Guinea (Africa) for a few months with AGR which she describes as a great experience, allowing her to see the full operational side of drilling and to visit the rig to see how it all works.

Minna enjoys the social environment at AGR and the work/life balance that is promoted within the company. She is always happy to put her hand up for any social event and partakes in most of AGR Australia’s competitive fundraisers every year. You can usually hear Minna in the office before you see her, but either way she always has a smile on her face!

Outside of work Minna enjoys spending time with her family, wining and dining with friends and travelling basically anywhere. She also loves to exercise outdoors and best of all spend time with her (spoiled) dog Sam at the beach.

Ashraf Elmekawy

Ash is Petrophysicist and works as a permanent consultant at AGR Consultancy in Norway...

Position: Petrophysicist
Hobbies: squash, reading, socialising
Location: Stavanger, Norway
AGR Consultant Since: 2018

What made you pick a career in Energy?
I’ve had a longstanding interest in geology; furthermore, I think it’s fascinating that every well is like a new puzzle to solve.

What makes AGR different for you in comparison with other consultancies?
In addition to high levels of professionalism and a success-driven culture, our team feels more like a family and that makes business more enjoyable.

What has been your biggest achievement since joining AGR and what role did AGR Consultancy play?
I wouldn’t focus too much on one single achievement, but more on the fact that at AGR, I have been able to participate in a wide range of projects on different teams. This has meant being part of major exploration and development projects, where new technologies and methods were deployed to minimise risks and maximise success rates, which I have found very rewarding.

Emilie Kittilsen

Emilie assists AGR clients in matters related to reservoir engineering...

Position: Senior Reservoir Engineer
Job Location: Oslo, Norway
Joined AGR: 2021
Hobbies: Crossfit

Emilie, what made you pick a career in Energy?
The demand for energy continues to increase; at the same time, we need to secure reliable, sustainable and affordable energy. I seek to be part of that challenge, or as some would argue, the opportunity of our time, and help meet the energy demands of the future.

Tell us a bit about your career development at AGR
At the time of writing this, I’ve been with the company for less than a year, but my core reservoir engineering and project management skills have already advanced. I have been given a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities that have allowed me to capitalise on my knowledge, but have also challenged me, as I am more broadly exposed to the field than ever before.

Furthermore, I’m fortunate to be part of an innovative culture of highly skilled supportive colleagues.

How do you think we as an industry can contribute to the energy transition?
I strongly believe that through innovation and collaboration we are prepared to change, evolve and adapt to improve the energy industry of today and tomorrow. The energy transition is bigger than any one industry, or any one country on its own.

However, the oil and gas industry is well placed, both scientifically and financially, to help enable the energy transition and to secure a more sustainable energy mix.

What does AGR do to enable your professional advancement and work-life balance?
AGR is a technologically advanced company with a strong legacy. It has the reach, support and client base to put my talents to optimal use, and to ensure continued development of the skillsets that are needed to meet challenges we face in the energy industry.

In addition to the technological and business aspects, at AGR there are well established guidelines for management to utilise to help develop our employees’ competence based on ones particular stage in life, and to try to help employees strike the right balance between work and play.