Albert Maende

    Albert Maende

                     Applications Geochemist / Geologist

In September 2011, Albert joined Wildcat as an Application Geochemist/Geologist. Using his geochemical background, he has helped facilitate case studies and sales of the HAWK Instrument. His work on HAWK-PAM™, using multi-ramp and multi-zones, has sought to bring innovation on mobile/immobile oil questions for S1. With HAWK-PAM, he has developed methods for obtaining API Gravity prediction from core and drill cuttings.


Albert Maende obtained a B.Sc in Geology from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In 1988, he was awarded M.Sc in Petroleum Geology by Aberdeen University in Scotland. After supervising the World Bank sponsored launching and operations of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya’s Laboratory and Cores Storage Facility, as well as working on basin studies and well-site duties, Albert served as the Exploration Manager for the Corporation. In a four year period, he was the designated secretary for the government of Kenya’s exploration blocks PSC contracts negotiation committee that awarded seven blocks to international oil companies. He also served as the secretary of the local organizing committee secretariat of the inaugural East African Petroleum Conference (EAPC 2003) that was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Albert relocated to Australia where he had stints as an Explorationist with both Woodside and Ophir Energy companies in Perth during 2004. He participated in the evaluation of petroleum geology data of East and Central Africa’s basins including Lamu and Rovuma basins. For the next 2 years, Albert consulted for both Vangold and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya. In 2006, he moved to the USA to work at Humble Geochemical Services. One of the studies that he participated in was an oil company consortium of about 10,000 samples recovered from more than 600 wells that were drilled in 13 sedimentary basins of the Rocky Mountain region. For this study, he prepared geological log plots depicting source rock richness, potential and maturity. In 2007, he took up a geologist role at Weatherford Laboratories where he worked on geochemical data of shale gas and conventional oil prospects of a number of formations in the USA including their gas composition and carbon isotopes fingerprinting. In addition, he was involved in marketing and sales of their pyrolysis instrument. Albert’s pursuits included the petroleum geochemistry of the Black Warrior Basin that is located in Alabama as well as the Maverick Basin that is located in Texas.

Publications, Seminars & Conferences

  • 2012: Oral Paper Presentation titled: “Parameters that are associated with producible oil in the Middle Bakken Member” at Infocast’s “Emerging North American Shale Plays” conference held in Denver, Colorado, USA during January 11 – 13, 2012.
  • 2011: Oral Paper Presentation titled “Shale Gas Prospectivity: Case Study: Conasauga Shale, Black Warrior Basin, Alabama, USA. AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshop: U. S. Shale Plays, 2 – 4 August 2011, Norris Conference Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • 2008: Poster Paper Presentation titled “Finding Bypassed or Overlooked Pay Zones using Geochemistry Techniques’’ at 2008 International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2008: Poster Paper Presentation titled ‘’Geochemical Evaluation of Source Rocks and Oil Seeps from Tanzania’s Sedimentary Basins’’ at American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) International Conference & Exhibition held in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2008: Represented Humble Geochemical Services, Weatherford Laboratories at the 7th Houston Geological Society (HGS)/Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) International Conference on Africa E & P in Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2007: Represented Humble Geochemical Services, Weatherford Laboratories at 2007 Eastern Section , American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  • 2003: Presented an oral paper on the Petroleum Potential of Kenya at the Inaugural East African Petroleum Conference in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1997-2003: Each of these years, attended Annual American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Conferences and Annual Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Conferences in the USA and presented posters depicting the Petroleum Potential of Kenya
  • 1996: Attended 4th Conference of Afro-Asian Association of Petroleum Geochemists and made an oral presentation of a paper entitled ‘Source Rock Potential of the Lamu Basin, Southeast Kenya’ which was published in ‘Proceedings of the 4th Conference of the Afro-Asian Association of Petroleum Geochemists’, 1996, Arusha, Tanzania. Was co-Chairman of the session entitled ‘Terrigenous and Lacustrine Sources for Oil and Gas’
  • 1995: Attended Sub-Sahara Oil and Mineral Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa and made an oral presentation of a paper entitled ‘Source Rock Potential of Lamu Basin, Kenya’; Co-authored a Houston Geological Society publication entitled ‘Hydrocarbon Potential of the Coastal Onshore and Offshore Lamu Basin of South East Kenya’
  • 1994: Attended the 1st Middle East Geoscience Conference in Bahrain and presented a poster entitled ‘Source Rock Potential of Lamu Basin, Kenya’

Our Team

David Weldon


Julie Jones

Operations Manager

Albert Maende

Applications Geochemist / Geologist

Jared Stewart

Instrumentation Specialist

Daniel Jarvie

Consulting Geochemist