2019’s All-Star Speaker Line-Up
The world leading speaker line up for DDDP 2019 brings together the finest names from operators, and technology and service companies in oil and gas.
Industry leaders, expert practitioners and front-running innovators discuss, demonstrate and deliver data driven advantages for their businesses. DDDP 2019 will be the largest assembly of dedicated data driven experts in the world.
An Unrivalled Speaker Line Up:
Filter by interest to find speakers most relevant to you:
- Leading Operator Perspectives
- Data Driven Service Companies
- Industry Experts & Partners
Leading Operator Perspectives:
Kentaro Kawamori Chief Digital OfficerView Bio
As Chief Digital Officer of Chesapeake Energy, Kentaro is responsible for the corporate Digital Transformation as the company evolves its operating model to be digitally enabled across the enterprise. Teams he leads include Digital Product Management, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, Data Governance, Central Reporting & Visualization, Enterprise Automation, GIS, Enterprise Architecture, and Technology Training & Adoption. Kentaro also leads IT strategy as the group moves to modernize its technology estate to establish the foundation for that transformation. Prior to Chesapeake Kentaro led Cloud Advisory Consulting for the Southwest region at Accenture and worked extensively in emerging software technology and service areas prior to that.
Kentaro holds a B.S. from Northern Arizona University and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University.
Johan Krebbers VP IT Innovation and GM Emerging Digital TechnologiesView Bio
Johan Krebbers is VP IT Innovation and GM Emerging Digital Technologies for Shell and in these roles he is accountable for defining and driving the future IT strategy for Shell & spotting new Digital technologies. As part of these roles he maintains an active link with external parties and in particular start ups.
Johan is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Before this role he, for example, has been the VP Architecture for Shell, where he created and developed the global architecture practice across Shell.
Before these roles Johan has executed many different IT roles in Shell across multiple locations.
Jarle Husebø Leader Digital Business SolutionsView Bio
Jarle Husebø is the head of Digital Business Solutions in Equinor Development and Production International. He is responsible for developing and deploying new digital systems for the business including the Integrated Remote Operations Centers (IROC) for Equinor’s Global Unconventional business. He has worked for Equinor for 10 years in both operational and technology development positions, and has lead several projects in Europe, Asia and USA. Jarle has a Masters in petroleum technology and a Ph.D. in reservoir physics from the University of Bergen, Norway
Ramy Eid (invited) Head of E&P Digital PortfolioView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Dingzhou Cao Data Science Manager, Fleet Performance OptimizationView Bio
Dingzhou Cao is currently the Data Science Manager of Fleet Performance Optimization in Anadarko’s Advanced Analytics and Emerging Technology (AAET) organization. In this role, he leads the data science efforts on AAET’s Fleet Performance Optimization initiative, which includes the Real-time Drilling (RTD) and Real-time Completion (RTC) projects. He got his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Prior to joining Anadarko, he worked for Ford Motor Company as a Machine Learning Researcher, ReliaSoft Corporation as a Research Scientist (in charge of the simulation engine development) and BP America Inc as a Reliability Specialist. His background is on machine learning, operation research, optimization and real-time stream analytics. With his past role as Data Scientist in Anadarko, he worked with a small team and built APC’s first generation Real-time Drilling Analytics System from scratch, and expand the original system to an integrated Real-time Drilling Ecosystem.
Christian Noll Geoscience Manager, Advanced Analytics and Emerging TechnologyView Bio
Christian started his career as a Regional Exploration Geologist in the mining industry prior to completing a PhD in Geology from Monash University in 2003. Since then, Christian has pursued a Geoscience career that has focused on conventional offshore development, production and near-field exploration with a focus on deepwater depositional systems, reservoir characterization, integrated geologic model construction, resource evaluation and model-based uncertainty analysis. Living in Australia, Denmark and the USA, he has broad experience as a Reservoir Geologist, specialist Geologic Modeler and Geologic Advisor in SE Australia, west Africa, the Middle East and the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Currently he leads a team of Geoscientists who are tasked to integrate analytical solutions into our traditional upstream workflows in order to generate next-generation tools and techniques for our technology and asset teams at Anadarko.
Sathish Sankaran Engineering Manager - Advanced Analytics & Emerging TechnologiesView Bio
Sathish Sankaran has over 19 years of diversified industry experience in technology development, consulting, project execution and management working on several international, deepwater and US onshore projects. His areas of specialization include digital oilfield technologies, integrated reservoir management, field development optimization, uncertainty analysis, production operations and advanced process automation.
Sathish started his career with Halliburton (KBR) with focus on advanced process automation solutions for downstream and upstream industries. He then worked in Halliburton (Landmark) in technical consulting and product management roles in reservoir and production technology, establishing and developing a new business line for digital oilfield solutions in deepwater assets.
Sathish joined Anadarko in 2011 and worked on various aspects of reservoir engineering for conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He currently leads an engineering team in the Advanced Analytics and Emerging Technologies group at Anadarko, focused on technology development for digital operations, advanced simulation modeling and application of data analytics for drilling, completions, production and facility engineering.
Sathish has a B.Eng. (Honors) degree in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS – Pilani, India), M.S degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Cincinnati and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Houston.
Yuxing Ben Staff Data ScientistView Bio
Yuxing Ben got her Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame, followed a postdoc stint at the mathematics department of MIT. She worked on research and development for Halliburton, Chinese Academy of Science, Baker Hughes, and a small consulting firm before joining Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Advanced Analytics and Emerging Technology organization as a data scientist. Yuxing’s background is on scientific computation and machine learning. Her current interest is to develop physics based and machine learning models for real time drilling and completion.
Chris James Sr. Drilling EngineerView Bio
Chris James is a Sr. Drilling Engineer in Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Advanced Analytics and Emerging Technologies organization, focusing on APC’s Real-Time Drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico, DJ, Delaware, and Powder River basins. Prior to joining Anadarko, he served as Drilling SME and Product Manager at Moblize, and he spent 5 years as a Drilling Engineer at Marathon Oil, working on projects in the Eagle Ford, Bakken, and Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College.
Kate Ruddy Sr. Drilling EngineerView Bio
Kate Ruddy is a Senior Drilling Engineer in Anadarko’s US Onshore Drilling & Completions Data & Analytics group. She provides domain expertise to operations and subsurface analytics teams, including work with the Advanced Analytics and Emerging Technology group to build APC’s Real-time Drilling Ecosystem, and is also responsible for optimizing field and office data capture workflows for drilling and completions teams. Prior to joining Anadarko, she worked for Devon Energy. She has 7 years of industry experience, is a Professional Engineer registered in Oklahoma and Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Engineer degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Reza Khaninezhad Senior Data ScientistView Bio
Dr. Reza Khaninezhad is a Senior Data Scientist at Apache Corporation. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Minor in Data Sciences and Operations) from University of Southern California and is a researcher, and machine learning developer with over 6 years of practical exp erience developing and deploying some of the state - of - the - art industrial level artificial intelligence systems. As a Senior Data Scientist at Apache Corporation, he is involved in development of augmented and artificial intelligence systems that automate , accelerate and guide subject matter experts’ decision - making workflows. He has worked with several technology startups before joining Apache in areas such as aerial object recognition, personality assessment as well as algorithmic crypto trading.
Brandon Brown Director Intelligent OperationsView Bio
Brandon is a senior IT leader with 25 years of experience in fortune 500 companies, setting technical visions and strategies. He has broad experience in IT in the Telecom and Energy industries. He joined Chesapeake Energy, based in Oklahoma City in 2008. During his 11 year tenure, he has led some of Chesapeake’s disruptive technology advancements and is currently leading Chesapeake’s Intelligent Operations organization focusing on transforming Chesapeake's data and digital culture. Brandon earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma’s Northeastern State University. Prior to Chesapeake, he served in technical leadership roles at Williams Co and Wiltel. Brandon also enjoys volunteer work and serves on the Board of Directors, and chairs the Technology Committee for the Oklahoma Regional Foodbank.
Alexander Klebanov Snr Data ScientistView Bio
Alexander is a senior data scientist at Chesapeake Energy. He focuses on developing data and analytics driven products to solve complex business problems and influence the operating model. Alexander deploys an organic approach, closely working with the domain experts early and often to shape and iteratively evolve the final solution. He has a rich background in mathematics, statistics, BI, and software development, and brings together strong technical and interpersonal expertise.
Sarath Ketineni Lead Reservoir EngineerView Bio
Chevron Energy Technology
Sarath Ketineni has a MS, PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Penn State and is Lead Reservoir Simulation Engineer at Chevron Corporation. Currently, he works in Asset Development to develop and mature opportunity catalog for Chevron’s conventional and unconventional assets in Mid Continent Business Unit. He is also a board member at SPE GCS YP chapter serving on Professional events team and the Chair of SPE Rough Neck Camp. He also serves as technical editor for various journals, including SPEJ, JPSE, JPNGE, SPEREE and SPEFE, and has reviewed abstracts for URTEC and ARMA.
Matthew Pritchard Manager Technology Value Optimization, CTO GroupView Bio
Matthew Pritchard is Manager of Technology Value Optimization within the Chief Technology Office of ConocoPhillips, located in Houston. His team’s primary function is the fostering of a Global Technology Innovation Culture within ConocoPhillips, partnering with Business Units and Technology Functions to identify technology needs and to close these gaps, focusing on “Start-up” Technology Innovation Company solutions.
Matthew’s experiences during his 36 year career with ConocoPhillips include Exploration and Field Development in the shallow waters of the UK Southern North Sea, exploring Deepwater Subsalt Gulf of Mexico Plays; Shuttle Tanker design and commercial transportation alternatives for Deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil discoveries; LNG Ship, Floating LNG Platform and LNG Regas facility design; Ship Vetting and Assurance; Upstream Venture Contracts and Technology Contracts Negotiation and other roles too numerous to mention.
He has led the ConocoPhillips Technology Ventures & Value organizations since 2015 and is currently working with IT colleagues shaping ConocoPhillips Emerging Data and Analytics technology innovation program.
Andy Flowers Manager - Analytics Program DevelopmentView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Travis Stephenson Production Engineer SMR Data AnalyticsView Bio
Travis Stephenson is a Production Engineer who focuses on the development, implementation, and adoption of new digital technology to increase operational efficiency at Devon Energy. He started his career in 2005 with BP in Houston, Texas. He held a variety of Production Engineering roles there that took him from Colorado to Scotland and eventually to work deep water Gulf of Mexico. During this time he leveraged the available real-time production systems to increase his own efficiency and that of the his fields.
In 2013 Travis took a Production Engineering role with Devon Energy, working the Texas Permian. Since joining Devon he has held roles in Production Engineering, Capital Program Management, and Engineering Supervision. His current role of Production Engineering SME allows him to pursue his passion of bringing people, data, and decisions together to increase operating efficiency through software development, real-time data improvement, and improved reporting capabilities.
Travis graduated from Rice University in 2005 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Clay Parish Production Optimizer UnconventionalsView Bio
Clay Parish began his career with Equinor after graduating from Texas Tech University in 2015. His roles at Equinor have included field engineer, production engineer, and production optimizer in both the Bakken and Eagle Ford assets. Clay has been involved with Equinor’s digitalization efforts with respect to production operations and maintenance since 2017.
Cliff Summers Engineering AdvisorView Bio
Knowledge & Experience
• 27 years engineering experience in Oil & Gas upstream in both domestic and international locations, onshore and offshore.
• 5 Years in Power Utility T&D & Industrial Marketing
• Experience as a Control System Engineering / Maintenance Team Lead, Project Team Lead, Technical Authority to Operations & Projects, and Asset Facility Engineer.
• B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.
• Process/Facility Automation & Instrumentation
• Process Control & Safety Systems
• SCADA – Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition
• Lifecycle Management
• Facility Maintenance Practices & Procedures
• Problem Solving
• Team & Consensus Building
• Large Scope Project Work
• Operational, Technical & Maintenance Standards & Practices
Sarah Renko Control Center Supervisor for the Oklahoma Asset TeamView Bio
Sarah Renko is the Control Room Supervisor for Marathon Oil’s Oklahoma Asset. Since joining Marathon, Sarah has worked in three of their four U.S. Resource Plays. Working closely with the Digital Oilfield Initiative she plays a key role in supporting the development of digitally integrated solutions to effectively manage field based activities. She has worked for Marathon for 5 years, and is based in Oklahoma City.
Alicia Jachmich Organizational Change Management Lead - Digital Field TechnologyView Bio
Alicia Jachmich was the change management lead for Marathon Oil’s Digital Oilfield initiative. She began her career with Accenture, and has 15 years of change management experience including work with oil & gas operators and oilfield service providers. She worked for Marathon Oil for 6 years, and currently consults for Slalom, based in Houston.
Doug Johnson Independent Consultant - Automation, Opimitization & Analytics StrategiesView Bio
Independent consultant for automation, optimization, and analytics strategies with proven business improvements. Has worked with Marathon Oil delivering digital oilfield initiatives in all four of their resource plays with a primary focus on automation. Prior to the Marathon engagement has lead multiple technical DOF programs for Conoco Phillips, KOC, BP, and others.
Doug Johnson has 38 years of industry experience in a variety of roles including executive management, operations, R&D, project management, marketing, and sales. All of these roles have been directed at the development and deployment of asset management solutions and predictive analytics around the globe. He holds multiple patents in the field of applied optimization and has authored multiple papers. Mr. Johnson achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Rick O’Brien Digital Oil Field Project ManagerView Bio
An experienced manager and business consultant with a proven track record of leading teams that produce significant business growth, cost savings and productivity improvements. Over the past three years has led Marathon Oil’s digital oil field (DOF) production operations initiative which has yielded tens of millions of dollars in value. Prior to his DOF responsibilities he was the Operations Support Team Manager for the Eagle Ford asset. His initial role in the Eagle Ford asset was the start-up Supply Chain Manager where he oversaw contracting and procurement activities from the start of the asset through achievement of 200,000 boepd volumes, over an eighteen month period.
As a Business Consultant, client engagements included: the complete redesign of three procurement functions within large organizations, analysis and redesign of information technology functions and comprehensive analysis of numerous companies’ core business processes. Responsible for all aspects of product delivery, client relationships and project activities including analysis, organizational redesign and organizational wide implementation of new strategies, tactics and business processes.
B.S. Business Administration - Management Science, Management Information Systems
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Andrew Nobbay Finance Director - Performance ImprovementView Bio
Occidental Oil and Gas
Andrew currently serves as Finance Director – Performance Improvement with Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) in Houston, Texas. He joined Oxy in Doha, Qatar in 1995 and progressed through a number of financial leadership roles in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Bahrain and Houston. Prior to joining Oxy, Andrew was a senior consultant and auditor with Arthur Andersen in Kuwait and Oman.
Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Accounting from the University of Bombay (now Mumbai) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Imperial College, London. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He serves on the Academic Relations Committee of Financial Executives International (FEI) Houston and the Research Committee of the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF). He has been an investor in public capital markets for over 20 years, and an angel investor since 2013. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Grace and three children.
Anupam Singh Investment PrincipalView Bio
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
Anupam Singh is an Investment Principal at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate Venture Capital arm of Saudi Aramco. SAEV makes minority equity investments of up to $30M in energy companies with differentiated technologies, of strategic relevance to Aramco. SAEV has a broad investment mandate covering upstream, midstream, downstream oil & gas, as well as alternative energy and software. Prior to SAEV, he worked in energy Private Equity where he invested in upstream service and technology companies in US and Europe. He has a Masters in engineering and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Darryl Fett Manager, Research - Drilling & CompletionsView Bio
Total E&P Research & Technology
Speaker bio coming soon.
Farzad Sunavala Digital DevOps Analyst - Drilling & CompletionsView Bio
Farzad Sunavala is currently a Digital DevOps Analyst for Drilling and Completions in the CNAEP Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. Farzad is an enabler in Digital Transformation Efforts and an aspiring architect for digital strategies such as Blockchain, AR/VR, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Robotic Process Automation, and many more initiatives. Additionally, Farzad enjoys authoring SPE Technical Papers, LinkedIn Articles, and Developing Mobile Applications.
People don't buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it. What's your WHY?
Kelsey Prestidge Performance Drilling EngineerView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Hani Elshahawi Digitalization Lead - Deepwater TechnologyView Bio
I am passionate about technology and about energy innovations that can both make the impossible possible and the possible affordable. I am experienced in the full cycle of innovation from cradle to grave-from concept to full fledged commercialization. Here are a few facts about me.
- Seasoned oilfield professional with >30 years of experience in operational, engineering, business, technology, management, and consulting roles.
- Expertise in technology innovation, strategy and deployment
- Strong problem solving skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, to cut through organizational barriers, and to forge partnerships across business lines.
- Track record of leading diverse, multi-disciplinary and cross-functional groups, ensuring clear accountability, rapid execution, timely delivery, and operational excellence.
- Skill in idea generation, concept selection, and system integration
- Technical areas of expertise include open hole petrophysics, cement and corrosion evaluation, production logging, and reservoir saturation monitoring, well testing, pressure transient analysis, production enhancement, formation damage remediation, nodal analysis, and artificial lift.
- Globally renowned authority and Shell's foremost technical expert in the area of formation testing and fluid sampling with several patents, over 150 technical publications, and numerous industry awards. Advisory board member for the prestigious Schlumberger Oilfield Review and Shell TechXplorer publications.
Matt Isbell Drilling Optimization AdvisorView Bio
Improved drill bit performance and drilling technology worldwide. Specializes in product development, particularly analyzing client needs for tough drilling applications, developing tools and services and bringing them to market. Current role manges product development and drilling techniques within US land markets.
Specialties: Product development, drill bit technology, roller cone and fixed cutter drill bits in limestone, shale, sand, challenging formations, worldwide drilling applications.
Application of unique drilling bits and techniques,
Evaluation of drill bits and drilling technology,
Drilling mud, tools, and systems effects on balling, drilling efficiency, durability, and performance,
Drill bit research, design, engineering, and bit application optimization,
Raul Cabrera-Garzon Quantitative Interpretation Team LeaderView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Tavia Jackson Director Intelligent WellsView Bio
Skilled operations leader experienced in process integration and performance improvement. Demonstrated ability to build high functioning, adaptable teams. Known for using proven methodologies combined with cutting-edge technology to successfully optimize costs, streamline operations, and increase productivity.
David Tong Big Data / Advanced Analytics StrategistView Bio
Thought leader consistently creating valuable and strategic business change through IT enabled capabilities with a wealth of IT experience solving diverse business problems in a wide-range of roles in oil & gas over a 24 year career that has:
•Successfully pioneered and implemented Big Data / Advanced Analytics at Chevron in upstream oil & gas.
•Created and shepherded Business Intelligence, Reporting, & Enterprise Data Warehousing strategies leveraging years of business experience from value chain integration.
•Developed partnerships with and understanding of the business with a keen sensitivity to listening for & grasping business priorities.
•Built knowledge & experience in many diverse business domains new to me across the full oil and gas value chain (e.g. exploration / sub-surface, drilling & completions, production ops, shipping, refining, supply & trading, gas & power, etc.).
•Thinks analytically and deeply, with decision analysis experience and formally trained in Philosophy, competent in exploring and conceptualizing issues, comfortable with deductive, inductive, and abductive approaches for analyzing subjects.
Data Driven Service Companies:
Robello Samuel Chief Technical Advisor & Drilling FellowView Bio
Dr.Robello Samuel is a Halliburton Technology Fellow with more than 34 years of multi - disciplinary experience in domestic and international oil and gas drilling and completion operations. He has taught on the faculty of various universities; for the past 14 years he has held concurrent adjunct professor appointments at the University of Houston and University of Southern California. He serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums and is regarded as one of the world’s most influentia l contributors to advancement of research and practice in drilling engineering. He holds a BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering, an MS degree and a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.
David Holmes CTOView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Chris Lenzsch Solutions Architect, Connected Digital OperationsView Bio
CHRIS LENZSCH is Dell EMC’s Energy Global Program, Solutions Architect, responsible for the development and delivery of Dell EMC’s Energy strategy, solutions, and partnering approach for enabling Connected Digital Operations from the edge to the core to the cloud. Since starting with Amoco Production Company in1987, Chris has over 30 years of industry experience defining, developing and deploying customer focused digital technology solutions serving the Energy Industry in a variety of roles from systems analyst to management to solutions consulting and business development and sales. Chris has spent the last 15 years working at Dell EMC, Halliburton Landmark, and SAIC focused on definition and delivery of Connected Digital Operations solutions. Chris holds a B.S. in Geology from Moravian College, and a M. Ed. in Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Kahina Abdeli-Galinier SIS VP MarketingView Bio
Kahina Abdeli-Galinier is vice president of Marketing, Software Integrated Solutions (SIS), Schlumberger, a position she assumed in January 2017. SIS is responsible for providing commercial software, information management, services and solutions across the entire E&P lifecycle.
Prior to this she was the executive communication manager for the executive management of Schlumberger Limited, in Houston, USA, developing messages, market analysis and content for Board meetings, investor conferences, and global business reviews among others.
During 2008-2015 Kahina held a variety of management positions and strategic roles internationally within Schlumberger. She served in operations in Bucharest, Romania, responsible for enabling key transformation projects, and in sales and marketing positions for Continental Europe in the SIS product line.
She has also held different roles prior to joining Schlumberger varying from astronomer at the Space Science Laboratory at Berkeley, USA, technical positions in Thales Research and Technology, France and business management positions in technical and consulting firms in France.
Kahina holds an Associates degree in Mathematics from Lycee Louis le Grand, a Master and Engineering degree from Institut d’Optique, and a Doctorate in Physics from Ecole Polytechnique, France.
Adrian Newton Marketing Manager Drilling SoftwareView Bio
Adrian Newton is the Schlumberger Marketing Manager for Drilling Software. Since joining Schlumberger in 1997 Adrian has held several technical and management positions in the North Sea and the Middle East. Adrian has significant experience working in geomechanics, drilling optimisation, formation evaluation while drilling and geosteering operations. Recent roles have included managing an integrated drilling engineering center and now marketing Schlumberger next generation drilling technology.
Adrian holds BSc and MSc Oceanography degrees from Southampton and Texas A&M University.
Binu Mathew Head of Digital ProductsView Bio
Binu Mathew leads overall digital strategy, as well as the software development and operations organizations, for BHGE. He is responsible for building next generation cloud software products that digitize the Oil and Gas industry.
Binu joined BHGE from Oracle where he spent the past 16 years and most recently held the role of SVP of Product Development for PeopleSoft.
He holds a B.Tech (Hons.) degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Shahram Farhadi Head of Oil & Gas TechnologiesView Bio
Shahram Farhadi is the Head of the Oil and Gas Technologies in Beyond Limits where he develops next generation artificial intelligence powered solutions for the O&G industry by fusing Beyond Limits’ futuristic technologies with the industry’s current technologies. Before joining Beyond Limits, Shahram worked with Occidental petroleum on many high profile projects from unconventional exploration to chemical flooding. Most recently he has also worked on simulations of a propulsion component for the Orion project. Shahram has developed different software’s including “Digital Rock Physics Platform” and “Fast Fracture Analysis”. Although he has many publications in the areas of porous media characterization and flow modeling.
Shahram holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from University of Southern California.
John Archer Global Architect EnergyView Bio
Innovative technologist with an eye on the future. Focused on architecting technical solutions that are bottom-line focused for energy organizations by helping them utilize Containers to connect Edge Computing to Data Scientists while leveraging private and public cloud services intelligently.
Clara Fuge VP Product ManagementView Bio
P2 Energy Solutions
Speaker bio coming soon.
Cody Falcon VP ProductView Bio
Cody Falcon is the VP Product at Arundo and has more than 15 years of experience in high-tech solution design, product implementation, and operations. Previously, he worked for a leading Big Data Analytics provider that focused on machine learning, where he led product development and global field operations. Cody served 11-years active duty in the U.S. Navy, where his work focused in electronic warfare, satellite communications, and cryptography; including a five-year assignment at the White House as an Advance Lead for two Presidents of the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance (Cyber Security) from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Norwich University.
Dr. David Castiñeira CTOView Bio
David has more than 10 years of experience in the O&G industry where he held different engineering and leadership positions within QRI (and Shell before that). He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UT Austin and a MSc. in Computational Science and Engineering from Harvard University. Dr. Castiñeira also pursued postdoctoral research at the MIT to investigate new computational models for coupled fluid flow and geomechanics using machine learning techniques (with direct applications to earthquake predictions and Alzheimer disease’s evaluations). Before joining QRI, Dr. Castiñeira worked for the R&D department at Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., where he developed and applied new quantitative analytical methods for reservoir management. During his career, he has worked on multidisciplinary, multinational teams of engineers and geophysicists who added value to different geologically complex fields in the US, Mexico, Kuwait, China, Nigeria, Malaysia, and North Sea.
Adam Walton Digital Strategy Senior ManagerView Bio
As a Technology and Oil & Gas professional, Adam has spent his career at the intersection of technology and upstream operations. After an early career focused on software development and managing development teams building software in support of Oil & Gas operations Adam received his MBA from the University of Texas and transitioned to management consulting, concentrating on the development of the digital oilfield and process optimization & automation for NOC and IOC Oil & Gas companies. When family obligations forced him off the road for a few years, he took a role as IT Director for an oilfield services company. However, the desire to be in the forefront of technology and operations has brought him back to his first love of consulting and driving business value through utilization of the latest technologies and operating models
Anant Sharma Business Strategy ManagerView Bio
Anant is a manager with Accenture Strategy and North America Lead for Advanced analytics for their energy practice. He has 4 years of experience working with oil and gas operators and OFES companies in US unconventional shale plays primarily in Permian, Bakken & Eagle Ford. At Accenture Strategy, Anant has been able to work on a range of projects involving digital transformation and rethinking traditional operating models. Anant holds a patent in using Artificial intelligence to improve work-floor productivity. Prior to his MBA, he used to be an iPhone app-developer in Singapore. Anant has a Masters in Business Administration from University of Virginia (Darden Business School) and Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineer from BITS Pilani, India.
Lisa Smith Chief Corporate Development OfficerView Bio
Lisa M. Smith is an executive and digital strategist who brings over 30 years at the intersection of business and technology to her role as Chief Corporate Development Officer. Mrs. Smith is focused on strategic partnerships and customer success capabilities to take full advantage of Data Gumbo’s IoT, distributed ledger and smart contract capabilities to shape new business models. She has overseen technology deployment for the 1996 Olympic Games, global e-business for John Deere and performed a multitude of consulting engagement for the Fortune 500. Most recently Lisa was Vice President for the American Bureau of Shipping where she led ABS’s Nautical Systems subsidiary, a commercial maritime ERP, and established its delivery center in India.
Andrew CEOView Bio
Andrew Bruce is a serial entrepreneur and experienced executive who launched Data Gumbo to realize billions of dollars in efficiencies across the industrial value chain. To accomplish this, Bruce is leveraging Data Gumbo’s proprietary blockchain, Internet of Things data platform and smart contracts to foster trust amongst counterparties, reduce barriers associated with doing business and reduce transaction time and cost.
Prior to Data Gumbo, Mr. Bruce was Chief Operating Officer for MHWirth, an Oil and Gas drilling solutions company, where he was responsible for global operations. Prior to MHWirth Andrew was the founder of the NOVOS project - a first of its kind semi-autonomous drilling system - where Andrew holds a patent jointly on Rig Automation.
Rob Ratchinsky Founder & CEOView Bio
Rob Ratchinsky has an extremely unique background, growing up in parts of Canada, Europe, Africa and the US, before graduating from the University of Victoria in Canada. He began his career at Anadarko Petroleum, where he worked alongside portfolio, marketing, production and reserves teams. He then moved to the operations side, focusing specifically on the bond between safety and performance.
He left Anadarko in 2011 to become the Vice President of Operations for Engage Management, a boutique consulting company for oil and gas operators. He managed multiple consulting teams across the US market including North Dakota, Utah, Oklahoma and the Gulf of Mexico. With an experienced background in statistics Rob focused on sharing operational data at the field level, providing crews the information they required to create their own goals and success KPI's. In 2016, he Co-Founded Engage Mobilize, a digital field management platform that allows operators to schedule, track, manage and approve their field transactions. He currently acts as the CEO of Engage Mobilize and has built the company into the market leader for digitizing the oilfield.
Thought leadership has always been a passion for Ratchinsky. You will regularly find him speaking at technology conferences which help educate the energy sector. Over the years, Rob has spent countless hours volunteering his time and raising money for charitable organizations.
Priya Aswani Technical Intelligent Cloud Business Strategy Leader for Data and AIView Bio
Priya is the WW Technical Intelligent Cloud Business Strategy Leader for Data and AI, out of the Office of the CTO at Microsoft. She has been working with the oil and gas supermajors in their AI and security journey for the last few years. Before Microsoft, she worked at IBM in various capacities.
Charles Ro Founder & CEOView Bio
The Energy Data Group
Charles Ro is the CEO/Principal of the-EDG. He has 18 years of experience in Oil and Gas, data, and the capital markets. His O&G career began in land, broadening when he started a software company to integrate with all facets of upstream. This included the research needed to understand the full landscape of upstream data and the need to integrate it across all departments, from accounting to reservoir to land to drilling/completing/production. His technical background includes building databases with reporting and financial analysis tools. He holds a BS in Statistics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Alberto Rivas Analytics EngineerView Bio
Alberto is passionate about solving engineering problems creatively. He strives to empower process engineers to unlock potential from process data with Seeq.
Alberto graduated from Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He then earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering both from Texas A&M University. Alberto has a strong educational background in thermo-fluid sciences (Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Thermodynamics), and he has a keen interest in combining physics-based and data-driven models.
After graduate school, Alberto worked for FMC Technologies as a multi-physics analyst doing heat transfer and fluid dynamics analyses for Oil and Gas subsea equipment. He then joined GE Oil and Gas which later became Baker Huges, a GE Company (BHGE). During his tenure at BHGE he transitioned to the data analytics and data science space where he developed data driven models and workflows in Python for several applications including process engineering and well drilling analysis.
Glenn Klimchuk VP Operational Certainty ConsultancyView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Jeff Dymond Solutions ArchitectView Bio
Dell IoT COE
Jeff has been in the automation and hardware/software market for over 30 years. He is currently a Sr. IoT Solutions Architect in the IoT CoE at Dell Technologies where Jeff applies OT and IT knowledge to develop IoT use cases and architectures from the field to the cloud. He creates solutions by looking at the business and then applying the solution in the industry specific context that enables the value proposition. Jeff has consistently led companies to re-focus on the value of their solutions combined with their business problem that enables them to understand and sustain their competitive advantage.
Jeff started his carrier designing split architecture analog controls. Since then he has worked at major EPC firms as a control systems engineer, Aspen Technology as an Application Integration Director, TIBCO Software as a SOA Architect, SAP as a NetWeaver Solution Principle, Microsoft as a SAP Integration Director, Emerson as an Oil & Gas Business Development Manager, at DAQRI as the Sr. Director of AR Industrial Solutions and currently at Dell Technologies as a Sr. IoT Solutions Architect.
Jeff has worked in several vertical markets including Oil & Gas Upstream, Mid-Stream, Refining, Chemical, Petro-Chemical, CPG, Food Beverage, Life Sciences and Power Gen.
Gustavo Sanchez Co-Founder, CEO & CDSView Bio
Gustavo, a self proclaimed nerd, is the leading math mind and product developer at Pandata Tech. He's a multi - language data scientist and a 2X entrepreneur. Gustavo has a well established background in data science, business development and sales with O&G petrochemicals and equipment in the USA, Mexico, Andean countries, and China
Paul Muir President - North AmericaView Bio
Geraldine McEwan Western Hemisphere Technical Marketing ManagerView Bio
Since joining Schlumberger twenty years ago Geraldine has held several technical and management positions in Europe and the USA . A BSc in computer science (Open Universi ty) Geraldine has significant experience integrating data and technology to provide solutions for E&P companies. Previous positions include Data Center Oper ations management, Business Owner for Data and Infrastructure, now marketing Schlumberger next generation technolog
Jeff Sposetti VP ProductView Bio
Jeff has spent the past 25 years building and delivering enterprise products with some of the best open source companies in the industry. Most recently, he was VP Cloud Products at Hortonworks where he spent the past seven years helping enterprises harness the cloud for their data analytic workloads powered by open source technologies. Previously, Jeff held product leadership roles at VMware and BEA Systems, and is a recovering entrepreneur.
Suraj Rangashayi Executive VP O&GView Bio
Salem Thyne CEOView Bio
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Tommy Denney Snr Director of Product ManagementView Bio
Specialties: Artificial Lift, Product Line Management, Sales, Marketing, Remote Communications, ArtificialLift Optimization, Software
Veda Shankar Senior Developer AdvocateView Bio
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Industry Experts & Partners:
Ross Philo CEOView Bio
Ross Philo is the CEO of Energistics Consortium Inc, providing the leadership for the Consortium to achieve its vision and mission to develop, distribute and support the adoption of upstream data transfer standards, including WITSML™, PRODML™, and RESQML™ among others.
Ross attended Imperial College of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom, where he received first class honors with a B.Sc. (Eng.). Ross has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked for Maersk Oil, Halliburton and Schlumberger among others. He has held numerous executive management positions including CEO, CIO and other technology leadership roles. He was most recently at Cognoscenti Consulting which works with private equity and venture capital companies. Ross has lived and worked in some 30 countries worldwide in numerous management assignments.
In his current position, he leads strategic planning, operations management and strategic alliances, building an inclusive global user community and facilitating a collaborative standards development environment.
Ross is a member of the Energistics Board of Directors and a member of the Standards Leadership Council.
Jim Oberkircher Executive DirectorView Bio
International Association of Directional Drilling
Jim Oberkircher is the Founder and President of GFE Management & Consulting a company that is focused on the successful implementation of new and emerging technologies in the energy industry. Under the umbrella of GFE, Jim has:
• Founded and is current Executive Director of the International Association of Directional Drilling (IADD) – 2005 - present
• Country Manager, Tech 21 – 2007
• Subject Matter Expert – Directional Drilling - Chevron – 2007 - 2008
• Founder, VP Operations Fram Exploration, AS – 2008 – 2014
• Senior Advisor – Pioneer Natural Resources – 2014 to present
Jim attended Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he studied Mechanical Engineering. Some key attributes to Jim’s 35+year career in the energy industry include:
Cutting edge technical achievement
Throughout his career, Jim has typically been at the forefront of innovative technical development and applications. From the early “Nortrak” double-tilt motor to the latest Rotary Steerable System to complex drainage architectures and completions to the latest in remote monitoring of onshore production systems. Some key early technologies include:
• Nortrak DTU Steerable Motor
• Early Development of MWD
• Early LWD systems
• Horizontal drilling in the Austin Chalk
• Rotary Steerable Systems – North Sea
• Multilateral Systems and Complex Drainage Architectures – World wide
• Real-time production and artificial lift design – Trinidad
• Integration of Seismic Resonance data into field planning
• Advanced Drilling systems for US onshore resource plays
Jim is currently a Senior Advisor to Pioneer Natural Resources on a number of projects where he advises on the development and deployment of new technologies.
Tony Edwards CEOView Bio
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 Equinor, 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.
Mark Anderson Consultant & Managing MemberView Bio
Anderson & Spilman, LLC
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Jim Crompton Reflections Data ConsultingView Bio
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Joe Perino Research AnalystView Bio
JOE PERINO is a Research Analyst with LNS Research; where he primarily focuses on industrial transformation and operational excellence for oil and gas, process manufacturing and other asset-intensive industries. He also provides collaborative coverage across the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Big Data, Cloud, advanced analytics, Edge computing, the Digital Twin, robotic process automation, blockchain, and asset performance management. Perino started his career as a process engineer in the refining, chemicals, and pipeline sectors, and then spent several years in sales and business development with process automation and technology suppliers before moving into product and industry marketing, strategy, corporate development, M&A and management consulting. He has worked for operating companies (Phillips Petroleum, Diamond Shamrock, Northern Natural Gas) as well as automation and software firms (Emerson Process, Honeywell Process Solutions and i2/JDA) and services firms (IBM, Schlumberger, Logica/ CGI and CSC/DXC). Throughout his career he has helped process manufacturing companies with strategy development, digital transformation initiatives, and market development. Before joining LNS, Perino was the President and CEO of PERTEX Management and Technology Consulting, a company he founded to help industrial organizations drive business results. Joe is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association (PPDM), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the International Society of Automation (ISA). Mr. Perino holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and has completed executive education programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Harvard Business School.
Randy Krotowski Strategic Advisor/ Operating Executive - Digital TransformationView Bio
Randy Krotowski has 35 years experience at the intersection of industry and technology. The first half of his career he worked in engineering and operations at Chevron and in the second half worked in information technology including serving as CIO for Chevron Upstream and Caterpillar.
As CIO for Chevron Global Upstream, he drove a multiyear digital oilfield transformation, accelerating Chevron’s use of big data and analytics to improve oil and gas exploration, drilling, reservoir management and production operations. As CIO for Caterpillar, Krotowski delivered Caterpillar’s first generation of predictive technology solutions for mine and construction sites.
In 2014, Randy retired from his corporate career to serve as an advisor to emerging technology companies and spend more time looking at the confluence of IoT, AI, platforms and new business models. Since then he has worked with technology providers ranging from Fortune 10 companies to early stage start-ups. He has been a strategic advisor to one of the Silicon Valley unicorns, C3, for the last 5 years.
Today, Randy is working with Endeavor Management to pursue industry standards and solutions to accelerate adoption of AI, IoT and Blockchain in the Oil & Gas industry.
Susan Nash Director of Innovation and Emerging Science / TechnologyView Bio
Susan Nash is Director of Innovation, Emerging Science and Technology at AAPG. She has launched and organized a number of pitch events, including AAPG's Pitchapalooza and U-Pitch, and has been involved in enterprise and economic development in a number of countries and industries. She earned her Ph.D., M.A., and Bachelor of Science degrees at the University of Oklahoma.
Chuck Greer PresidentView Bio
CRG Oilfield Abandonment
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Jim Claunch Digital Visionary in Oil & GasView Bio
Jim Claunch is a recognized digital transformation thought leader with over 35 years of experience in the energy sector. Having previously held roles including CFO, CIO, SVP, VP and other executive positions across multiple companies and industries, his most recent focus has been digital transformation of the upstream sector. In this space, he often engages industry leaders in efforts to develop a coordinated, industry-wide approach. Included in Jim’s 35 years of experience are 14 years of living and working outside of the US. He is known as a transformational leader within organizational change and development, leadership, people development and workforce planning.
Previous roles Jim has held include:
Vice President of Business Efficiency at Equinor. His responsibilities included integrating functions such as IT, Data Science, Lean, Data Management, Management Systems and Digital Projects with engineers and other competencies in order to reduce safety risk and improve the bottom line. This included new ways of working enabled by digital and Lean.
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.
Steven Benn Director of Applied TechnologyView Bio
Future Industries Institute
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Gaby Rowe CEOView Bio
Gabriella “Gaby” Rowe is the CEO of Station Houston, the city’s largest hub for startup technology acceleration, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. Station Houston’s membership includes over 200 active startups, 350 members, 130 mentors, and 40+ high-impact strategic partnerships with the corporations that lead the key industries of Energy, Transportation, Aerospace and Construction driving Houston’s economy.
Gaby is responsible for taking Station Houston to the next level as a dominant global innovation hub and as Rice University’s partner for content and programming in the development of Houston’s much-anticipated innovation district.
Prior to Station Houston, Gaby was an education executive, investment banker and management consultant in New York City for more than 25 years. Gaby received her Bachelors- of-Arts from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and full Masters coursework from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, New York.
Gaby and her husband, Kenny, have four children. She is an avid runner and football fan and can be found practicing her “pitmaster” skills on her family and friends most weekends.
Sashi Gunturu Founder & CEOView Bio
Sashi Gunturu is the Founder & CEO of Petrabytes Corp, which helps oil and gas companies optimize drilling and production operations with a cloud and edge computing workbench – Skygridz™. Prior to Petrabytes Corp, Sashi worked as an independent project consultant with Reservoir Technology Group at Baker Hughes and in different roles with Geomechanics International including upstream software development and consulting in the areas of well planning and geomechanics.
Sashi received his MS in Petroleum Engineering and MS in Computer Science from University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA and Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University, India. Sashi is a member of AAPG, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Open Houston, and TiE Houston chapter.
Jeshurun Hembd FounderView Bio
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Dave Lafferty Oil & Gas ConsultantView Bio
With over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, David provides business development and technology insights for the oil and gas segment – with special emphasis in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT ). David has presented and published on a number of O&G related IIoT topics. Prior to starting Scientific Technical Services, David was at the BP Chief Technology Office (CTO) where he spearheaded a wide range of innovative projects including Developing th e “Digital Umbrella” concept, wireless measurements systems, predictive analytics, and mobility projects. David has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
John LeggateView Bio
Oil & Gas Consultant
John is a highly experienced international Board Member and Executive across the oil and gas, renewable energy and technology sectors. John has a particular interest in the opportunities/ challenges of the energy sector, as it intersects with digital technologies. In his early career, John worked in the power generation business(coal, oil and nuclear industry) and then in BP where his breadth of experience covers project management, construction, commissioning and field operations with a focus on the North Sea and Azerbaijan. The last ten years of John’s BP career were spent at the corporate executive level in various roles covering:
Group Chief Information Officer. This involved leading significant integration and transformation programmes associated with the BP merging and industry consolidation campaign with Amoco, Arco, etc. and leading the digital transformation of the Corporation.
Group-wide supply chain management. This included leading strategic relationship development, significant outsourcing and offshoring agendas to India, China and South Korea.
Group wide physical and cyber security and global emergency response.
Led the development of corporate investment activity into the digital enablement of the corporation from trading systems, automated market places, and green energy companies.
Since leaving BP, John has been active as a Senior Advisor to “blue chip” global consultants specialising in the areas of energy and digital transformation. John is currently Chairman of the Board of the Gresham House Energy Storage Fund (market cap ca £150 million) which specialises in grid level storage investments and listed on LSE in November 2018 and is the biggest energy storage fund in the UK.
He is also an investor in and Board member of Global Integrity, a cybersecurity software and cyber consultancy firm based in Washington DC. John is also a senior partner with donedeal (Monaco) a boutique financial advisory and M+A house covering strategic reviews, preparation for fundraising and running transaction processes. Until April 2019, John was an advisor to the Board of ACWA Power International (Riyadh), the largest independent power producer in Saudi Arabia and until December 2017 wason the board ofthe ASX listed Carnegie Clean Energy based in Perth, WA. John serves on the EnterpriseCommittee of the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.
Sujatha Kumar Founder & Managing PartnerView Bio
A business leader with a passion for technology, Sujatha started her consulting practice, Ayatis, to help industrial companies evolve their operations and culture through better adoption of digital technologies. Sujatha started her career as a technologist and has led IT organizations at Fortune 500 and Mid-Market companies. She then moved on to take senior business leadership roles at Orano (subsidiary of Areva), Matrikon, and Honeywell. At these companies, she helped their large clients in the Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Petrochemicals and Mining industries drive operational excellence along their value chain by leveraging technology. In her consulting role, she advises clients on digital strategy, operations, and technology adoption. In addition, to promote innovation in technology, she also serves as a Technology Partner at KnightsgateVentures, a Houston based Venture Capital fund investing in early stage technology startups.