Hear from the oil & gas leaders driving innovation in the Middle East

The speaker line-ups for Upstream Intelligence’s Data Driven conference series are unrivalled within the upstream industry. Nowhere else provides the opportunity to hear from individuals leading the charge on digital transformation in the Middle East from national oil companies, major and independent operators, innovative service companies, global tech firms and innovative start-ups.

The 2018 speaker line up is currently being put together - take a look below to see who is on the agenda at our sister conference in the USA. Interested in sharing your digital case studies at the Middle East event? Contact chowlett@upstreamintel.com to find out more

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Industry leaders speaking at the Data Driven Drilling & Production Conference USA in May


Operator Perspectives

  • Sebastian Gass
    Chevron
    Sebastian Gass General Manager - Technology, Strategy and Services
    Chevron
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    Sebastian Gass is the General Manager for Chevron’s Technology, Strategy and Services division within the IT Company (ITC). In this role, Gass is responsible for Chevron’s Digital Transformation Strategy, Data Science, Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Operational Excellence, Supplier Management, Services Definition and Business Planning groups.

    He previously managed Chevron’s Data Center Infrastructure Asset which he transitioned into a hybrid cloud world via an Industry first partnership deal with Microsoft. Prior to that, Gass was the Regional IT Manager for Chevron North America Exploration and Production (CNAEP), responsible for the information technology needs of six business units focused on exploration and production of heavy oil, Unconventionals, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and deepwater. In this role, Gass was responsible for creating Chevron’s Data Science program as well as establishing Chevron’s digital platform for Unconventionals.

    Prior to joining Chevron in 2007, Gass was the chief technology officer and executive vice-president at Hubwoo, a publicly-traded European company that provides comprehensive spend management and business process collaboration for goods and services. He started his career in information technology with SAP in Palo Alto, CA.

    Sebastian holds a M.S. / MBA from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe Germany and a M.S. Engineering Management degree from Stanford University.

  • Ed Connelly
    ConocoPhillips
    Ed Connelly General Manager Global Production
    ConocoPhillips
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Keith Lilie
    Statoil
    Keith Lilie US O&M Manager
    Statoil
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Andrew Nobbay
    Occidental Petroleum
    Andrew Nobbay Finance Director - Performance Improvement
    Occidental Oil and Gas
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Mark Anderson
    Shell
    Mark Anderson General Manager, Drilling Mechanics Technology
    Shell
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    Mark started working in 1981 for Shell in New Orleans and for most of his career he has been involved in the Well Engineering and Well Delivery Operations disciplines with increasing levels of responsibility both technically and managerially. He had expat assignments in 6 countries (Brazil, Portugal, Syria, Scotland, Gabon, The Netherlands) totalling 20 years, and now works in Houston. Currently he leads a globally dispersed team charged with drilling technology deployment, replication and services.

    Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-anderson/1b/989/55

  • Darryl Fett
    Total E&P Research & Technology
    Darryl Fett Manager, Research - Drilling & Completions
    Total E&P Research & Technology
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Andy Flowers
    Marathon oil
    Andy Flowers Director of Advanced Analytics
    Marathon Oil Company
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    Andy Flowers, Director, Advanced Analytics, Marathon Oil. Andy has been a leader in IT/OT convergence through his many roles in Oil and Gas. Andy worked for a leading service company in international operations and technology using and developing data acquisition systems across the well life cycle, which included implementation of data quality, streaming, and analysis. This led to data integration and delivery via real time operations as well as delivering software and services solutions for well construction and production systems. Andy has applied advanced technology and analytics for business driven digital transformation throughout his career and will discuss how to effectively utilize IT/OT in context of key business workflows.

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    Marathon oil
    Dustin Ratcliff Production Technician Supervisor EFAT
    Marathon Oil
    Company
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

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    Marathon oil
    Doug Johnson DOF External Consultant
    Marathon Oil
    Company
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    Marathon oil
    Josh McCoy Digital Oil Field Coordinator - EFAT
    Marathon Oil
    Company
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  • Mark Reynolds
    Southwestern Energy
    Mark Reynolds Senior E&P Solutions Architect, Upstream Integrated Operations
    Southwestern Energy
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Steven Benn
     
    Steven Benn Technology Principal
    Santos Ltd
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Bernt Tysseland
    Statoil
    Bernt Tysseland Vice President Operations
    Statoil
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Rick O'Brien
    Marathon oil
    Rick O’Brien Digital Oilfield Project Manage
    Marathon Oil
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • David Whitten
    Pioneer Corporation
    David Whitten Corporate Innovation Lead Project Manager
    Pioneer Corporation
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Anupam Singh
    Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
    Anupam Singh Investment Principal
    Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Jarle Huseboe
    Statoil
    Jarle Huseboe Leader Operation Support
    Statoil
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • James Claunch
    Statoil
    James Claunch VP - Operations Excellence
    Statoil
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    Jim Claunch  is currently Vice President of Operational Excellence for Development and Production USA/Mexico in Statoil. He joined Statoil in 2009 as Vice President of Global Business Services in the Houston office and subsequently held VP of HR positions in Norway and in Houston. He has over 25 years of experience in the energy sector including 14 years of international experience serving in various financial and shared services roles. Prior to joining Statoil, Jim’s roles included:

    • Managing Director of Growth Capital Partner’s Energy Group in the Merchant Bank’s Houston office.
    • CFO and CIO of Power Well Services (PWS), a global oilfield services company controlled by First Reserve. PWS was put together via six acquisitions and later sold to Expro International Group PLC.
    • Sr. Vice President of Shared Services and IT at Intercontinental Hotels Group.
    • Vice President of Global Shared Services for Halliburton Energy Group, where he had global responsibility for accounting, communications, finance, HR, procurement, quality and IT functions.

    Mr. Claunch is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business administration from Hardin-Simmons University.

  • Vikrant Lakhanpal
    Proline Energy Resources Inc.
    Vikrant Lakhanpal Production Engineer
    Proline Energy Resources Inc.
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Fred Clarke
    Murphy Oil
    Fred Clarke Senior Artificial Lift Advisor
    Murphy Oil
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

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    Sanchez Oil and Gas Corporation
    Leslie Malone Workover and Optimization Manager
    Sanchez Oil and Gas Corporation
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Eivind Lie Kristensen
    Statoil
    Eivind Lie Kristensen Leader Production Bakken
    Statoil
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Trey Turner
    Statoil
    Trey Turner Leader Production Appalachian
    Statoil
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

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Data Driven Service Companies

  • Toby Dixon
    Halliburton
    Toby Dixon Senior Vice President - Drilling and Evaluation Division
    Halliburton
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Kieran Kavanagh
    Wood
    Kieran Kavanagh Innovation and Data Analytics Director
    Wood
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    • Mr Kavanagh is Innovation and Data Analytics Director for Wood Group's Digital Solutions division and heads Wood Group’s Data Analytics function.
    • He holds a Primary Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Offshore Engineering from University College Cork, Ireland, and a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
    • He has thirty years of experience in oil and gas, marine and subsea engineering and technology development. He previously held roles as business unit president and technology & engineering director.
    • Mr Kavanagh is a former chair of the Petroleum Division of ASME and a Fellow of the Society for Underwater Technology.
    • His work experience includes include data analytics, riser and subsea engineering, integrity management, floating production and naval architecture and he has been responsible for technology and engineering projects across these areas. He is a strong advocate for digitization and the application of digital and data analytics solutions to the oil and gas industry.

  • Chris Lenzsch
    EMC2
    Chris Lenzsch Intelligent Solutions Manager, Big Data and Analytics
    Dell EMC
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    CHRIS LENZSCH has close to 30 years of industry experience in a variety of roles including management, solutions consulting and delivery, program management, business development, and sales. These roles have been directed at delivering customer focused solutions on the latest technology platforms, starting in 1987 at Amoco Production Company with delivering enterprise data management and architecture solutions, to his focus since 2002 delivering and leading the industry definition and changing solution landscape around Digital Oil Fields. As EMC’s Upstream Analytics Solutions Manager, driving DOF to the 3rd Platform and ensuring customer focused successes is his number one priority. Chris holds a B.S. in Geology from Moravian College, and a M. Ed. in Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.

  • Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy
    Halliburton
    Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy Technology Fellow & Chief Data Scientist
    Halliburton
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Dr. Robello Samuel
    Halliburton
    Dr. Robello Samuel Chief Technical Advisor & Drilling Technology Fellow
    Halliburton
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Priya Aswani
    Microsoft
    Priya Aswani Cloud Solution Architect Data Science
    Microsoft
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • C. Erik Hawkes
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    C. Erik Hawes Partner
    Morgan Lewis
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    C. Erik Hawes serves intellectual property clients primarily in patent litigation and prelitigation disputes, patent prosecution, management of patent and trademark portfolios, due diligence concerning IP issues in transactions, and day-to-day counseling concerning IP issues of every size and shape. While he has a strong background in other industries, Erik works extensively in the upstream oil and gas industry, with experience in technology relating to multistage fracking, horizontal completions, wellhead isolation, directional drilling, downhole monitoring and measurement, OCTG (tubulars and connections), power sections, elastomeric components, drill bits, and offshore (HPHT) applications.

    In the arena of IP disputes, Erik handles all aspects of patent cases in jurisdictions from California to New York and from Texas to Minnesota. He has managed numerous patent cases between direct competitors, as well as large, multidefendant suits brought by nonpracticing patent owners. He has tried multiple patent cases and argued nine Markman hearings. Corporate clients from the consumer products, retail, e-commerce technology, and computer hardware and software industries seek Erik’s counsel. He has experience with complex commercial contract matters relating to patents, including the negotiation, interpretation, and application of agreements concerning confidentiality, licensing, and indemnity. He also handles cases involving trademark and copyright infringement.

    A frequent author and speaker on patent-related issues, Erik’s recent speeches have covered topics such as patent-eligible subject matter, the America Invents Act (AIA), indirect infringement, divided infringement, inequitable conduct, licensing, business method patents, venue and forum selection, and patent-related damages. He recently participated in the 16th Annual IP Symposium at the University of Texas School of Law, where he gave a presentation concerning the new standard of review for claim construction. Erik is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.

    Erik worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he helped to design and test structural components for the space shuttle program before going to law school.

  • Kandy Lukats
    3-GIG
    Kandy Lukats CEO
    3-GIG
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    Kandy Lukats is the President and CEO of 3GiG and manages the strategic relationships with 3GiG’s oil & gas industry clients. Her role is focused on partnering with senior management and executives to design and implement, technology led, change initiatives targeted at decision support and bottom line improvements for companies.

    She has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas and information technology industries. Previous roles include VP of Exploration and Development Systems, EVP Marketing and Communications, operations manager, management consultant and subsurface workflow consultant at Halliburton’s, Landmark division. She has a Masters in Geology and prior to Landmark worked at BP and as an exploration consultant in the UK and Australia.

    She is an inductee to VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle (NAPW) and has been recognized as a Key Women in Energy and one of the 50 Key Information Technology Players in Energy. She has published and presented at the AAPG, SPE, SEG, Smart Field Summit and was recipient of the International Conference on Petroleum Data, Integration and Data Management speaker star award.

  • Michael Orton
    Accenture Strategy Energy
    Michael Orton Strategy Senior Manager
    Accenture Strategy Energy
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • William de Hoop Scheffer
    Accenture
    William de Hoop Scheffer Oil & Gas Lead
    Accenture Liquid Studio
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

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Industry Experts and Partners

  • Moray Laing
     
    Moray Laing Digital Solutions & Drilling Automation, Chairman SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Joe Perino
     
    Joe Perino President & CEO
    Pertex
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    President & CEO of PERTEX Management and Technology Consulting LLC, Joe has over 40 years of experience in upstream, midstream and downstream. He has worked in engineering, maintenance, sales, marketing and business development, and technical, IT and management consulting. Joe started his career with Diamond Shamrock as a process engineer, then spend 20 years with process automation and supply chain technology suppliers Emerson, Honeywell and i2, before joining the consulting ranks with IBM, Logica North America, KBC Advanced Technologies, and Schlumberger Business Consulting. Joe was involved early on with the Digital Oilfield concept and has consulted on production efficiency and effectiveness improvements for KOC, Pemex, Petrobras, Sonangol and Statoil, and was a member of the Shell Smart Fields and Chevron iFields teams while at Schlumberger. Today he focuses on using technology to improve the business as Digital Oilfield (DO) has evolved into technology-enabled Operational Excellence and now sees IoT, Big Data and Analytics as the next step in the evolution in DO. He works with several firms as a content contributor, in business development and as a podcaster on EKT Interactive, Inc. Joe holds an B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Houston. He has also completed executive education at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Business School. He is active in the AIChE, ISA, COS, NOIA, OESI, SPE and Oil Council.

  • Trond Ellefsen
     
    Trond Ellefsen CEO
    Invatare AI
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Tony Edwards
    Stepchange Global
    Tony Edwards CEO
    Stepchange Global
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    CEO of Stepchange Global Limited, Tony has extensive experience in the oil and gas exploration and production industry worldwide. Tony has a BA degree from Keele University in Geology and Chemistry, and a Doctorate in Metamorphic Petrology from the University of Manchester. He had a 17 year career with BP that spanned R&D through to front line operations and project management. He was a founder member of BP’s Integrated Operations Program, Field of the Future, and was subsequently the global director for the Advanced Collaborative Environment Program that rolled out real time collaboration centers around the BP portfolio of assets. In 2006 he moved to BG-Group to launch its digital oilfield program under the name iValue. In January 2009 he co-founded Stepchange Global, a dedicated digital oilfield consultancy and advisory company, and has since advised Statoil, BP, PETRONAS, ConocoPhillips, Total, Santos, Origin Energy, Baker Hughes, HP, BHP Billiton, Emerson and BAE systems on their Integrated Operations strategies. 

    Tony is regarded as one of the key thought leaders in Digital Oilfield and Integrated Operations and has been active in both the SPE and EAGE. He was the chairman of the organising committee for the highly successful Intelligent Energy Conference in 2008, and is now on the SPE intelligent Energy committee for 2014. Tony was invited to sit on the SPE Annual Technical Conference Committee for 2011 and was Chairman of the Digital Energy Section. 

    Tony has written numerous papers on the subject of intelligent energy and collaborative working. The most recent paper was co-authored with Dr Anne Quaadgras of MIT.

  • Dr Irina Borovskaya
    Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts - Houston Chapter
    Dr Irina Borovskaya Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts - Houston Chapter
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Jim Oberkircher
    IADD
    Jim Oberkircher Executive Director
    International Association of Directional Drilling
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • David Lafferty
     
    David Lafferty President
    Scientific Technical Services
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Jim Crompton
     
    Jim Crompton Adjunct Faculty Member
    Colorado School of Mines
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    Jim recently retired from Chevron after almost 37 years with the major International Oil & Gas Company. After moving from Houston to Colorado Springs, Colorado Jim established Reflections Data Consulting, LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for Exploration and Production industry.

    Jim is a Chevron Fellow Emeritus and was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010-2011, speaking on the topic of “Putting the Focus on Data.” He is a frequent speaker at SPE conferences on Digital/Intelligent Energy and the Data Foundation. His interests lie in the full spectrum of the information value chain from data capture, data management, data visualization, data access, modeling and analytics, simulations and serious gaming.

    While only a digital immigrant, Jim has embraced social media (with the help of his daughter, Emily, a real Digital Native) and is a fervent blogger and has experimented with YouTube like videos to help train and mentor the new generation of Digital Natives and Digital Engineers entering the oil and gas industry.

    In his last position with Chevron, Jim was the Senior Advisor in the Global Upstream IT organization and worked on a variety of strategy projects concerning the future of the IT function as it relates to the Digital Oil Field.

  • Jay Hollingsworth
    Stepchange
    Jay Hollingsworth CTO
    Energistics
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Andrew Bruce
    Data Gumbo
    Andrew Bruce CEO
    Data Gumbo
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

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Leading companies sponsoring and exhibiting at our events in 2018

  • dell emc
  • e-lynx
  • schlumberger
  • amazon
  • C3-IOT
  • Infrastructure Networks
  • Iotium
  • siemens
  • WellAware
  • Wood
  • bentley
  • Redhat
  • SES
  • Akselos
  • Ondiflo
  • Alteryx
  • Capitalize Analytics
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan-Lewis
  • P2
  • arundo
  • Falkonry
  • intelie
  • Lavoro
  • MapR
  • Oilfield-Data-Services
  • OSIsoft
  • Restream Solutions
  • Revonos
  • talend
  • Technip-FMC