José Francisco Arata is Founder, Executive Chairman and Director of Pangea Energy and New Syratus Energy.. He is a Geologist from the University of Torino – Italy (1982 – Summa Cum Laude) and he also is Geological Engineer from the Central University of Venezuela (1984).

He has 34 years of experience in exploration, developing and production of mineral and hydrocarbons projects.  He started his career at “Maraven S.A.”, Petroleos de Venezuela’s subsidiary occupying different positions in the E&P Division.  In 1990 he founded “Geopexpert C.A.”, a geological-geophysical consulting firm.

Since 1994 Arata has been co-founding partner and board member of 12 companies, most of them listed in the Toronto Stock Exchange, dedicated to the mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and production in different Latin America countries. Among those companies, the most successful was Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp, where he was President and Executive Director since its foundation in 2003 until July 2015. The company is one of the largest private oil & gas company in South America. It grew its production from being a pure exploratory company to manage approximately 35% of Colombian global oil production.

He is member of the following professional associations:  Colegio de Ingenieros de Venezuela, Asociación Colombiana de Geólogos, Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Sociedad Venezolana de Geólogos,  Asociación Venezolana de Geofísicos,.  He published different technical papers about oil and mineral exploration on specialized magazines and he has been speaker in several international events, forums and congresses.