Dr Jonathan Craig


Jonathan Craig is the Head of Exploration Strategies & Professional Areas for Eni Natural Resources, based in Milan, Italy, where he has responsibility for Eni’s global exploration strategy, exploration excellence and for the Eni geoscience staff worldwide.

He has a First Class Joint Honours B.Sc. degree in Geology & Geography from Nottingham University and a Ph.D. in Structural & Field Geology from University College, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He joined the energy industry in 1980 and has worked as a structural geologist and engineering geologist for Geomorphological Services Ltd, an exploration geoscientist for Shell and as an Exploration Manager and then, from 1996 to 2001, as the Chief Geologist for LASMO plc. Since 2001, he has held the positions of Head of Technical Projects, Head of Prospect Validation, Head of Geology and Head of Strategic Exploration Projects for Eni, based in London and Milan. During his long international career, he has worked on a wide variety of remote sensing, engineering, mineral exploration and exploration and development projects, including overseas assignments in Australia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Pakistan, Colombia, Venezuela, Libya and Italy. He is a Chartered Geologist and, in 2017, was awarded the Geological Society, Petroleum Group medal ‘in recognition of his outstanding contribution to petroleum geoscience and the petroleum industry’.

Jonathan is Honorary Professor at University College London, Royal Holloway University of London, University of Durham and the University of Jammu in India. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the geoscience journals ‘Marine & Petroleum Geology’ and ‘Petroleum Geoscience’, is Chair of the Maghreb Petroleum Research Group (MPRG) at University College London, Co-Director of the Institute of Energy Research & Training (IERT) at the University of Jammu in India, Chair of the Global Advisory Board of Getenergy Ltd and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah. He is a past Chair of the Petroleum Group of the Geological Society, Past President of the European Region of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a Director of AAPG Europe and the current Chair of the Trustees of AAPG Europe Charity.

He has written many papers and books on a topics ranging from Energy Geoscience, Exploration Strategy, Precambrian & Palaeozoic Geology and Fossil Elephants to Local History, Archaeology and Steam Railways

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