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Jan Kristian Vasshus



Jan Kristian Vasshus (1970) founded EMC in 2015.


He has extensive experience in technology development within the oil- and gas industry, most lately as the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Cubility.

Mr Vasshus has a broad background from companies like National Oilwell Varco and Hitec within fields of drilling, automation, control systems and IT.

Mr Vasshus holds more than 20 active patents within oil and gas and renewable energy.

Dr. Karl Ronny Klungtvedt

Chief Executive Officer


Karl Ronny Klungtvedt (1973) joined EMC in early 2017. He is an experienced CEO having worked more than 20 years within oil- and gas industry, banking and finance. Prior to joining EMC, he served as CEO for Prosafe.

Dr. Klungtvedt has held a number of positions within Management, Strategy and Finance, having worked for Prosafe, Nordea and Accenture. He holds external board positions within investing and capital management.

Dr. Klungtvedt holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He obtained his PhD at the University of Stavanger, within the area of Energy and Petroleum Technology and with thesis title "Drilling Fluid Additives for Wellbore Strengthening and Reservoir Protection".

Dr. Swapan Kumar Mandal

Chief Technical Officer


Dr. Swapan Kumar Mandal (1961) joined EMC in 2016. He has extensive experience in reseach and development of Drilling Fluids products and has long experience in field application of Drilling Fluids. He has headed up the development of EMC's proprietary products.


Dr. Mandal was the R&D and Technical Manager for IMDEX/Australian Mud Company, and has held numerous positions in companies like Cubility, ONGC, Baker Hugher and MI Swaco.

Dr. Mandal has published a number of research papers in areas related to Polymer Chemistry and Drilling Fluids, and has supervised numerous PhD student. He obtained an MSc in Chemistry at University of Kalyani and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry and Technology at IACS Kolkata.

Nicola Santarelli

Operations and Business Development Manager


Nicola Santarelli (1956) joined EMC in 2016. He is an experienced Drilling Fluid specialist having worked with Drilling and Drilling Fluids for nearly 40 years in Australia, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining EMC, he served as the General Manager SE Asia for AMC Oil & Gas.

Mr Santarelli has held Management and Senior Engineer positions in companies like AMC, Chevron, Dowell Schlumberger, and Milchem/Milpark Drilling Fluids.

Mr Santarelli holds a BA from Finders University, and has also taught subjects within Drilling.


Bjørn Berglind

Head of Manufacturing and Logistics


Bjørn Berglind (1955) joined EMC in 2016. He has more than 40 years of experience within the energy industry, of which more than 30 years are within Drilling and Drilling Fluids. During this period he worked for companies like Cubility, Schlumberger, MI and Baker Hughes Inteq.

Mr Berglind has been managing Drilling Fluid operations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the North Sea.

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