About Us

Serafim Limited is a company that specialises in solving non-standard problems in engineering, mathematics and programming. Clients have included major oil companies such as Maersk, Shell, Addax Petroleum, Repsol, engineering companies such as Stolt, and a range of consultancies.

The motivation behind the work of Serafim is the notion that, in order to solve practical problems, it is necessary to understand them. This understanding can best be built up through a combination of knowledge, computer modelling and the application of mathematical reasoning.

Peter Cunningham
Founder, FUTURE Development

Peter has been working in the oil industry for 25 years, in several different technical fields, including Petrophysics, reservoir simulation, computational mathematics and programming. He has a MA degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Brian Arcedera
FUTURE Support

Brian is highly skilled at both programming and reservoir engineering, especially geothermal reservoir engineering. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.

David Masson

David recently retired (March 2016) from Royal Dutch Shell where his ultimate role was VP for Upstream Development Growth and JVs as well as being Shell’s Group Chief Reservoir engineer, a role he had held for 10 years. He has a BSc in Applied Physics from Strathclyde University and a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt.

Jim McCann
Research and Development

Besides his Serafim work, Jim lectures in Mathematics at Queen’s University Belfast. His current research interests include optimization and simulation in the oil & gas industry as well as developing mathematical and data science techniques to applications in the financial sector. He has a BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics, both from Queen’s University Belfast.

Mustapha Bouhdaid
Senior Reservoir Engineer; Head of MENA office, Dubai

Mustapha is a M.Sc graduate from Delft University of Technology and a Dutch national with Moroccan roots. Before joining Serafim, he worked for Shell for 17 years in various international roles in reservoir engineering and specialized in asset modelling.

Mustapha is leading Serafim’s MENA office in Dubai, UAE, which is partnering with EMCO (Emirates Center for Mathematical Optimization) in developing software decision making engines for general business optimization use.

Daryan Taher
FUTURE support and marketing

Daryan is a Junior Reservoir Engineer who joined Serafim in 2021. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Kurdistan-Hewler. He is assisting with general support to users and with the development of new marketing and training material. He is also working on the expansion of FUTURE into new markets by arranging for proper Advertising and attending related Technical Conferences. He is Kurdish and Based in Erbil.