Sam Malin (born 29 September 1963) is a Canadian businessman based in Madagascar. He has founded a number of companies including Madagascar Oil, Red Island Minerals, Avana Petroleum and Avana Uranium.
Sam Malin was schooled in British Columbia, Canada, including at Glenlyon Preparatory School for Boys (Victoria), Skeena Junior Secondary School (Terrace) and St. Michaels University School (Victoria). Malin graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Geological Engineering (Applied Geophysics) from Queen’s University, Canada. Later, he undertook post graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England.
After graduating from Queen's, Malin joined Dome Petroleum in Calgary, Canada, as a geophysicist. Later, after Cambridge, he joined the Energy Group of international consultants Arthur D. Little in London. Since then, he has worked for Standard & Poor's DRI and has carried out a variety of advisory and analytical roles under a number of EU energy sector programmes.
Malin first came across Madagascar's giant onshore heavy oil Bemolanga and Tsimiroro fields in 1994. Some ten years later, in 2004, he founded Madagascar Oil with others to develop these fields and to undertake exploration for onshore conventional oil and gas in Madagascar. Madagascar Oil is listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (Code: MOIL.L).
Malin is also the founder of, and project originator for, Red Island Minerals, which is developing coal resources in and around the Sakoa region of southwestern Madagascar and was purchased by PTT Asia Pacific Mining, a 100% subsidiary of PTT PCL (ปตท.), a state-owned Thai company, for a total $95 million.
More recently, in 2006, Malin founded the Avana group of companies which cover oil and gas, uranium, gold and other minerals, arid zone seed oil, and properties projects in the western Indian Ocean region (including Madagascar, the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands and Mauritius as well as Kenya and elsewhere along the east African margin). Avana Petroleum, one of the Avana group of companies, was purchased by Vanoil Energy Ltd (TSX VENTURE: VEL) on 15 March 2013.
Contributor to "The New Rules of Business, Leading entrepreneurs reveal their secrets for success", by Dan Matthews, Published by Harriman House, 2010;(Paperback: ISBN 978-1-906659-16-5, E-book: ISBN 978-0-85719-030-7)
"Threshold Vision in Amblyopia: Orientation and Phase", Hess and Malin, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2003; 44(11):4762-71 (ISSN 0146-0404)
Chapter on "Exploration and Production of Crude Oil and Natural Gas", in Panorama of EC Industry, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1993. OCLC: 19060217. 
Chapter on "Trends in Japanese Refining", in Leading Developments in the Product Tanker Market, Published by Lloyd’s of London Press Ltd., 1992.
Chapters on "Solid Fuels" (Coal) and "Exploration and Production of Crude Oil and Natural Gas", in Panorama of EC Industry, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1992. OCLC: 19060217.