Senior Affiliate Scientist & Head of African Relations


(801) 587-8538


(801) 585-3540


Former Deputy Assistant Secretary

U.S. Department of Energy

CEO – Azimuth Energy LLC

Mr. Spiller is the President and CEO of Azimuth Energy Investments LLC, a company focused on technical and commercial valuation of domestic and international oil and gas properties. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer for Allied Energy, a private exploration and production company developing oil and gas properties in West Africa and was formerly the Honorary Consul General of Sierra Leone. Prior to Allied Energy he was the co founder and Chief Scientist for Frontera Resources Corporation where he conducted extensive oil field development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Spiller did his public service with the US Government as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Gas and Petroleum Technologies at the United States Department of Energy, where he managed the development and demonstration of advanced technologies for natural gas and petroleum exploration, production, and delivery.  Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Spiller was the International Exploration Manager for Maxus Energy Corp., where he identified projects for oil and gas exploration and production in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition he worked both domestically an internationally for Elf Aquitaine Petroleum. He began his oil and gas career with Exxon USA in Houston Texas. His experience spans more than fifty countries where he has worked as a geoscientist and business man. He is a former member of the Board of Natural Resources for the National Academy of Science. He is a Past President of the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists and he is actively involved in promoting the Earth and Engineering sciences to a variety of academic institutions. Mr. Spiller holds a Master of Science in Hydro Geology from Penn State University and an Undergraduate degree in Geology from the State University of New York. He is married and has two children.

M.S. in Geology Penn State University

B.A.S.S. in Geology The State University of New York

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  • American Association of Petroleum Geologist
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Geologic Society of America
  • The Houston Geologic Society
  • The Washington Geologic Society
  • National Association of Black Geoscientists