Board of Directors


Zahid Bashir, President & CEO

Zahid is an entrepreneur & technocrat. He has more than eighteen years of domestic and international experience in full-time and consultancy based service to governments and the private industry. As the Prime Minister House Press Secretary under Prime Minister Gilani and being his Spokesman. Zahid was an integral part of the core team of the Prime Minister. His duties included traveling with and attending all meetings in Pakistan and abroad, accompanying the Prime Minister on state visits. Zahid has held key positions within the government of Pakistan being as well the Director Marketing of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Director General of the Pakistan Post, Senior Advisor to the Governor of Punjab and Chairman of the Red Cresent Society (Red Cross) Punjab, Pakistan.

In early 80's Zahid worked with his mentor in the oil trade, Late Nelson Bunker Hunt Texas oil baron who played a very significant role in the discovery and development of the oil fields in Libya, which were nationalised by Muammar Gaddafi in 1973, owner of Dallas based Titan Resources Corporation, which is still involved in the exploration of oil in North Africa.

Zahid owns a group of companies called Budget Group in Pakistan & UAE including Budget Rent-a-car (Private) Limited Master franchisee of Budget Rent-a-car Corporation in Pakistan, Budget Security Systems & Services (Private) Limited exclusive representative of Security Pro USA for Pakistan & Afghanistan, Budget Communications (Private) Limited as sole distributor of Dish TV for the Pakistani market. Zahid is partnering with Nasser Al Ghurair, Director of the Alghurair group in Pespa Aluminium LLC, exclusive distributor of Pespa Aluminium Albania for Gulf countries & Pakistan and LPG Budget General Trading LLC in Dubai.

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With His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai With His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai With His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum With His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan From left to right: His Excellency Matar Al Tayer - Chairman of Roads and Transport Authority Dubai, Mr. Zahid Bashir - President of Budget Petroleum and His Excellency Saeed Mohammad Ahmad Al Tayer - Dubai Electricity & Water Authority’s Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer With President of the United States, Barack Obama, in the White House With President of the United States, Barack Obama, in the White House With United States Secretary of State, John Kerry At a state banquet with US Vice President, Joe Biden, US Secretary of State, John Kerry and Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani With United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson With US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Boucher At the SAM Summit in Beijing With German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her delegation With Japanese Prime Minister and his delegation With Premier of the People's Republic of China, Wen Jiabao With Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi With Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi With Indian, Pakistan and Italian Prime Minister With Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh With Turkish President, Abdullah Gül With Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan With Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan In Prime Minister's office with Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani & Chief Minister Punjab Shabaz Shareef At the Tomb of Ataturk with Pakistan Prime Minister and his delegation At the Tomb of Ataturk with Pakistan Prime Minister and his delegation With former Pakistan Prime Minister, Muhammad Mian Soomro With former Pakistan Prime Minister, Muhammad Mian Soomro With President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf With President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf With Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari With British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Miliband With President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai With President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai At the Prime Minister house Ankara, attending state banquet With former world champion of squash, Jahangir Khan and top Pakistani film stars

Steve Kane, Director

Steve served an apprenticeship as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer and qualified with an HND and Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering before establishing his own company in 1984, in the glass manufacturing industry and subsequently selling the business. Steve then became a Financial Adviser with Confederation Life in 1993, moving into senior management with Sunlife of Canada in 1995 and subsequently was head hunted to Canada Life in 1997 heading up the northern region. He attained the FPC, and CE MAP qualifications, then studied a consortial MBA at Lancaster University Management School. United Kingdom .

Steve established his own highly successful financial brokerage in 2000, based in Liverpool UK prior to diversifying into onshore property development and Commodities Trading Operations. Steve then branched out into offshore development, delivering various mixed residential and commercial projects in various countries such as the Czech Republic, Spain, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and the USA. Steve latterly has developed numerous projects throughout the United Kingdom prior to joining Budget Petroleum .

Ian Mansfield, Director

Ian is based in London and has a background in Investment Banking & Trade Finance and Foreign Exchange and Oil. He has worked at Banks in London and Shell Oil Company in London and leading London based Foreign Exchange companies.

Ian is also the current Global Head of Foreign Exchange at an FCA Regulated Company in London. He has experience in Bank Instruments SBLC/BG and the Monetization of Bank instruments from $50m to $2Billion. He also has experience in the upstream and down stream Oil & Gas .Ian has also worked for Petroleum Argus in London a Oil price reporting company. Ian has also met the Queen having been invited to Buckingham Palace when Petroleum Argus won the Queens Award for International Business in 2002.

Aston Craig, Resident Director United Kingdom & Northern Ireland

Aston Craig is from London United Kingdom He is a Director of his own Property Company. Luxury Hotels Properties ETC.Over Many years He has completed deals with high net worth individuals. In sectors such as Property - Business - Finance - Commodities. Globally has built up a massive portfolio of contacts. Now has relationships with Bankers and Banks and many institutions.

Syed W. Quadri (CPA, MBA, PFS), Chief Financial Officer

Syed brings over three decades of progressive and determined involvement in International Business, Finance and Taxation.

His professional span includes from initiating a thought on dinner napkin, its transition through a formal business plan, securing financing, strategic implementation, expansion and ongoing compliance under global regulatory domain. Oil & Gas and Mobile Technology sectors are significantly highlighted in Syed’s area of interest and specialty. His profile also includes consulting multi national financial institutions, pharmaceutical and textile industry from US and International taxation perspectives. During his ongoing tenure deep involvement in investment banking, business intelligence and international tax technology along with IT audit and review has been an influential factors in Syed career growth. Syed geographical existence includes Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition to holding an MBA in Oil & Gas Syed is a licensed CPA and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Syed is a seasoned speaker on US tax compliance and US Treasury’s regulatory implementation effecting International businesses. During his past professional tenure Syed has represented professional organizations at government agencies and member of US Congress and Senate Committee on diverse tax issues and to express concern on specific tax measures adversely effecting US businesses and individual tax payers worldwide. He has also presented in National and International events/exhibition/seminars in a advisor/consultant's capacity.

Albert Taylor, Director North and South America

Albert L Taylor has worked as a exploration and production engineer onshore and offshore since 1980 domestically in the USA and internationally in Russia, Indonesia and Australia. Between 1999 and 2001 he worked for the Moscow Narodny Bank Limited North America office in Winnipeg, Canada as their crude oil and refined petroleum products specialists as well as several other notable petroleum trading companies sourcing and marketing crude and refined petroleum products. He is 66 years old.

Donna Blonien, Resident Director United States

Donna Blonien joins the Budget Petroleum group with over 30 years’ experience in business development including over eight years’ experience in commodities trading working predominantly with precious metals and oil and gas transactions. She has consulted on several large and small scale mining projects in regard to funding, metallurgical processes and extraction methodology. Over her career she has worked in New Business Development, Investments and Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Projects and Telecom. Ms. Blonien started her career, owning her first business, at the young age of twenty one. Ms. Blonien currently resides in Arizona, USA.

Hugh Hall, Resident Director Bahrain

Based in Bahrain and responsible for business development within the Middle East for Oil and Gas related services and product trading. Prior to joining Budget Petroleum, he held key positions in the region such as being the general manager for nation peroleum services in middle east and general manager for cameron corporation.

Mal Esfandiarinia, Director South East Asia

Mal Esfandiarinia joins the Budget Petroleum family with over 10 years’ experience in business development including over 5 years’ experience in commodities trading working predominantly with, Gold, Rough Diamonds and Oil and Gas transactions.

Appreciated by peers and others and seen as a serious hands on strong team player, adopting a fair and reasonable, balanced practical approach, committed to finding solutions, extremely focused on priorities and results driven, plain speaking and compelling in putting the company position forward. Promote transparency and inter-communication within the team. First-rate negotiator and practiced, resilient dispute resolution manager, overall a proficient and adept leader of the team with strong contractual, technical and commercial credentials gained through years of project involvement implementing high standards while maintaining focus of achievement of goals.

Roland Acheampong, Resident Director Canada

Former All-Canadian athlete Roland Acheampong is a notable force in the oil industry, commanding attention as a reputable and in-demand executive whose focus is closing deals. Roland is committed to finding the best solution for both sides of every negotiation.

Roland's professional background is both impressive and expansive. He has held senior executive and director roles at both national and international companies, and has led several high-tech start-up companies to global expansion. Roland made the shift to media in 2002 where he introduced and directed lucrative sales initiatives at the top media companies in Canada. Roland then headed over to Warren Buffett's Business Wire and led the company as Country Manager. He also worked as the Executive Director of Business Development for a fitness company, where he introduced strategic international partnerships to expand the company’s distribution channels.

Roland continually pushes for the biggest and the best in everything he undertakes, while inspiring those around him as a trusted team leader. On top of his professional accomplishments, Roland is a successful entrepreneur, having co-founded an international real estate and trade corporation, as well as a children's after-school organization that encourages, inspires, and mentors children across Toronto.

Andrea Mitas, Resident Director Cyprus

MSc of Electrical Engineer, N.C.F.E Marketing and PhD on Marketing CEO of MITAS OIL &GAS, MITAS ELECTROMECHANICAL LTD(Electrical and Mechanical installations), MITAS GENERATORS LTD (Generators manufacture), and MITAS ENTERPRISES(Luxury Private Villas for Holiday rental) A decade of experience in Oil & Gas marketing.