EGI Fellows – India – University of Jammu


Naveen Hakhoo – Structural Geology & Petroleum Systems

Former EGI Graduate Fellow, Dr. Naveen Hakhoo was born in the beautiful Kashmir Valley (India), aptly called the ‘Heaven on Earth’– bestowed with pristine beauty and divine magnificence much like EGI’s home in Salt Lake City (Utah).

Dr. Hakhoo, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT-University of Jammu) and EGI Graduate Fellow, earned his Ph.D. degree in 2014 jointly from the University of Jammu-UoJ (India) and the University College London-UCL (UK). Dr. Hakhoo has earned his M.Sc. Geology degree (with Distinction and Gold Medal) in 2007 from the UoJ.

Dr. Hakhoo has been working on the delineation of conventional and unconventional petroleum systems in the Himalayan Frontal Fold-Thrust Belt, vis-à-vis structure, tectonics, geochemistry, geochronology, and petrophysics. He particularly has worked on Neoproterozoic carbonates and Eocene shales for the establishment of true and hybrid petroleum systems in NW Himalayan Foreland Basin (HFB). Dr. Hakhoo has received training concerning different aspects of his research from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC), Dehradun & National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, India; Baker Hughes; Durham University & UCL, UK.

Dr. Hakhoo has received research fellowships from eni (Italian multinational oil company) in 2008 and also from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, Govt. of India) in 2009. He was awarded the prestigious Fermor fund grant by Geological Society London for the year 2012 for the pursuance of research on Neoproterozoic rocks. He has also received Simprentis group (UK) internship and numerous awards, inclusive of the Young Scientist award in 2010 and the award for the Best Paper Presentation in the Indian Science Congress-2014.

Dr. Hakhoo has published his research work in reputed international journals ranging in impact factor from 2.5 to 7.2. His publications have focused on conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon systems and also with the assessment of geothermal energy potential in NW Himalaya (India). He also has presented his work in numerous international conferences including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, International Conference and Exhibition (AAPG-ICE), Milan, Italy (2011) and at the international conference on the Sustainable Resources Development in the Himalaya, Leh, India (2014).

A Geological Society London Fellow, Dr. Hakhoo is also a member of numerous learned bodies including the AAPG, Indian Association of Sedimentologists (IAS) and Jammu University Geology Alumni Association (JUGAA). His research interests & expertise include: Structure and Tectonics (contractional, transpressional & trasntensional regimes), Trap formation, assessment & integration, Reservoir characterization, Stable isotope, major-minor, trace, and rare earth element geochemistry, Source rock geochemistry, and Geochronology of organic rich sedimentary rocks.

Having worked for EGI as Visiting Scientist, Dr. Hakhoo contributed to the Indian Subcontinent Shale Resource Plays, Phase 1 project with research focusing on the Himalayan Foreland Basin (HFB). In this project Dr. Hakhoo worked in close association with EGI faculty and staff including Dr. Sudeep Kanungo (EGI, Research Assistant Professor) and Dr. Bindra Thusu (EGI, Affiliate Scientist).

Dr. Hakhoo believes that there is an immediate need to educate and inspire a new generation of future scientists who will need to meet the challenge of providing the global growing energy demands in a sustainable manner and address the challenges of global climate change. EGI has been a part of this campaign through the Students’ Education Programme on Energy, Environment, Climate Awareness and Natural Hazards in India, Ghana (West Africa) and Argentina (South America). Dr. Naveen Hakhoo has played a vital role in organising the program since 2008. He also co-authored a booklet on ‘Hydrocarbons, Climate Change and Global Warming’ for students of the program. Dr. Hakhoo co-chaired the 2014 students’ program in Leh, Puga and Nyoma (Ladakh, India) on “Energy, Environment and Climate Change” in June, 2014.

An avid animal lover and member of animal welfare societies, Dr. Hakhoo has participated in numerous animal rights activities in India, including implementation of animal welfare programs in the Jammu and Kashmir State (India).

An assertive person, Dr. Hakhoo is actively seeking new, challenging, and exciting opportunities in the energy industry globally, primarily concerning the unconventional and conventional (true and hybrid) petroleum systems.

Additional information about his publications and research is available on Google Scholar and Research Gate. Dr. Hakhoo welcomes conversation and interaction and can be reached via his LinkedIn account.

Mateen Hafiz – Structural Geology & Petroleum Systems

Mateen Hafiz was born in Doda town, Chenab Valley in the Himalayan mountains of the Jammu & Kashmir State, India where he received his primary and secondary education. He later moved to Jammu for higher studies at Govt. Gandhi Memorial (GGM) Science College where he was awarded Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) degree in 2007.

Mateen earned his Master of Science (M. Sc.) degree in Geology from the Postgraduate Department of Geology, University of Jammu-UoJ (India). In summer 2010, he joined the Ph. D. program at the UoJ in collaboration with the Energy and Geoscience Institute (EGI). Mateen submitted his thesis on “Geological Controls on the Eocene Shale Gas Resources Plays in North and West India: Stratigraphy, Palaeoenvironment and Tectonic Setting” in April 2015.

A thorough geologist, Mateen has research expertise in petroleum geochemistry vis-a-vis unconventional source rock and reservoir characterisation. He specialises in the Indian sedimentary basin analysis with expertise in Eocene shales of the Cambay Basin and the Himalayan Foreland Basin (HFB). His research interests include source rock characterisation (Rock Eval Pyrolysis), mineralogy and unconventional reservoir characterisation (XRD, QEMSCAN and SEM). He also has expertise in interpreting the vitrinite reflectance, gas chromatographic and gas isotopic data.

Mateen was awarded a research fellowship at EGI, which allowed him to work as an intern in summers of 2012 and 2013 in EGI’s Salt Lake City laboratories studying the unconventional shale resources of Indian basins. He contributed to the Indian Subcontinent Shale Resource Plays, Phase 1 project with research focusing on the Cambay, Himalayan Foreland and Damodar basins in association with EGI Research Assistant Professor Dr. Sudeep Kanungo and EGI Affiliate Scientist Dr. Bindra Thusu. Mateen has also received training concerning his research work from the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, India.

Mateen has published his research work in peer-reviewed journals and publications related to conventional and unconventional petroleum systems and the geothermal energy prospects of NW Himalaya (India). He has also co-authored the first chapter of the Geological Society London, Special Publications, Vol. 366, which provided him a unique opportunity of understanding geology and the petroleum systems in the Neoproterozoic, globally. He has also presented his research work in numerous national and international conferences including 17th Convention of Indian Geological Congress and International Conference on New Paradigms of Exploration and Sustainable Mineral Development: Vision 2050 (NPESMD 2011), Dhanbad (India) and India-US Bilateral Conference on Shale Gas, New Delhi (2012).

Mateen has contributed to the Students’ Education Programme on Energy, Environment, Climate Awareness and Natural Hazards in India, Ghana (West Africa) and Argentina (South America). He has been an active member of this global outreach activity since 2010. He also co-authored a booklet on ‘Hydrocarbons, Climate Change and Global Warming’ for the students.

Mateen is an active member of several organisations including American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP), Indian Association of Sedimentologists (IAS) and Jammu University Geology Alumni Association (JUGAA).

Mateen is an active member of the ‘Centre for Peace and Democratic Studies’ (CPDS) established in his home town. This centre provides basic educational facilities to the needy and underprivileged children.

Mateen, a ‘go-getter’ as described by his colleagues is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT), UoJ. Mateen is seeking new opportunities to explore in the energy sector concerning unconventional petroleum systems globally. Mateen can be reached for conversation and interaction though his Linked In account. He welcomes the opportunity to engage with others in the petroleum industry.