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Pushpesh is Sr. Product Manager at Aspentech responsible for HYSYS Petroleum Refining. In this role he is enabling the energy industry in digital transformation and sustainable energy transition which includes creating tools to optimize the shift from transportation fuels to chemicals. After finishing his PhD in Chemical Engineering, he worked with Inveniam Asset Management developing data driven solutions for investments and managing risks in the energy and healthcare industry. He has authored several articles related to Enhanced Oil Recovery, CCUS, and geothermal energy. Pushpesh is actively involved with SPE, he is part of SPE Data Science and Engineering Analytics Advisory committee, and he is the Membership Chair of the new SPE Geothermal Technical Section. Pushpesh was selected as the SPE TWA Energy Influencer in 2020.
Has 24 years of expertise in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) technologies to the engineering industry. SME in Digital Technologies, Project Management, Professional Facilitation, and Reservoir Management - Recipient of the International Management and Information Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers & Served on the SPE Board of Directors and WNAR Director. He built and led AI programs within a Fortune 500 company.
Coach business leaders on how to start an effective AI program from infancy. Popa Facilitates ideation sessions and frame engineering challenges from an AI approach. He holds a Master and Ph.D. on Petroleum Engineering, Application of Artificial Intelligence in Oil & Gas Industry from West Virginia University.
Dr. Amaba is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer in several states with International Registry; certified in Production, Operations, and Inventory Management by APICS ®; LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); and certified in Corporate Strategy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. Amaba holds a copyright for Process Activity Flow Framework®, the foundation for requirements, design, architecture, simulation, and application development techniques. Dr. Amaba is prominently featured in “Giving 2.0,” by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen with Stanford Business School, which details contributions to bolster and promote STEM education and careers, and is an Alexis de Tocqueville Society/United Way Member, which recognizes local philanthropic leaders. Dr. Amaba has published globally on best practices and robust approaches to drive market innovation, economic development and private public partnerships.
Liz Dennett is a passionate technologist with over a decade of experience using data-driven approaches to solve pressing energy challenges. She has demonstrated success pioneering novel data types, architectures, and analytics solutions through the energy value chain including new energy solutions. Liz is currently a VP of Data Architecture at Wood Mackenzie. Prior to that Liz was the Lead Solutions Architect for Energy Data Platforms at Amazon Web Services (AWS), and held various roles of increasing scope and complexity within AWS, Biota Technology, Hess Corporation, and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Liz holds a MS and PhD in Geoscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed executive education at the Haas School of Business. Liz’s passions include building things, board games, and stubbornly refusing to believe things are “hard”.
Mr. Schrynemeeckers holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of North Texas. He began his career working for Sun Oil Company in Dallas in the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) division. He then worked for many years in the environmental arena and has served as a Laboratory Director and Vice President of several laboratories in his career.
Mr. Schrynemeeckers then returned to the oil industry working for Baseline Resolution, a geochemistry laboratory in the greater Houston area. His focus was developing international partnerships and satellite geochemistry laboratories in Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, and Egypt. He later worked for StratoChem Services, a geochemistry laboratory in Cairo, for two years, and is now the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Amplified Geochemical Imaging, LLC. Mr. Schrynemeeckers presents at multiple conferences throughout the year and heads AGI’s Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration program.
Thought Leader, Entrepreneur, and Game Changer...Hani Elshahawi partners with innovators, academics, startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and customers to create impact and drive growth through integration, collaboration, digitalization, and education.
Hani Elshahawi was Deepwater Digitalization Lead and Formation Testing and Sampling Principal Technical Expert at Shell where he has spent the last 18 years. Hani was previously GameChanger, served as Deepwater technology advisor and capabilities manager, and led FEAST-Shell’s Fluid Evaluation and Sampling Technologies center of excellence. Prior to Shell, Hani spent 15 years with Schlumberger in over 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and North America during which he has held various positions in interpretation, consulting, operations, marketing, and technology development. He holds several patents and has authored over 150 technical publications. He was the 2009-2010 President of the SPWLA, recipient of multiple SPE and SPWLA awards and a distinguished lecturer for both societies.
Mark Waddleton is the Vice President of Corporate Development of First Genesis – a blockchain company. He is an experienced leader that has headed cross-functional supply chain organizations. Most recently, he has focused his talents in the digital supply chain space. As a graduate of the Harvard Business School – with undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Physics, Mark has held roles as a COO of a 3PL company, Director of Supply Chain at a global chemicals company and an investment banking Vice President focused on the downstream chemical industry. Now a Past President, Mark remains active on the Board of ISM-Houston as Director of Strategy and Innovation.
Innovative Digital Leader with 20+ years of experience selling and delivering millions of dollars in business solutions; primarily in the Retail, CPG, Airline and Energy industries. Specializing in aligning emerging technologies such as Cloud, IoT, Analytics and Blockchain to business value added outcomes. Willing to travel to further develop relationships and support company goals.
ALMA DEL TORO, Founder & president of Blue Bull Energy (BBE) and Cofounder of Blue Wave Supplier Development Platform (Blue Wave). Alma has + 20 years of experience in the energy sector including 17 years with BP in management positions globally.
Blue Bull Energy is a company dedicated to developing business and communities and Blue Wave is a Supplier Development Platform designed to build local content in emerging countries and in the USA help minority suppliers understand, self-assess and close gaps againts International Standards. Blue Wave was created in partnership with Eduardo Nunez, former General Manager, Global Procurement at ExxonMobil and currently is operating in Mexico and in the USA working with International Energy Companies, Local Governments and NGO’s including the API.
Alma serves as Board Member of the following organizations:
• Aerie Africa NGO, founded in 2002 US-based non-profit organization, dedicated to providing a home for orphaned and vulnerable children in the Wolaita Soddo, region of Ethiopia in Africa. Alma secured over $80K USD to build the orphanage and has sponsored over 6 children in the last 20 years.
• Rice University School of Mathematics Project S.T.E.A.M (RUSMP). In 2017 and 2018 Alma secured funds with BP to support MECA’s Houston NGO S.T.E.A.M summer program for underprivilege children.
• Cemvita Factory Houston-based start-up looking to create a sustainable future by transforming CO2 into value-add products and remediation of environments.
• Mexico based NGO Grupo Ecologista Quelonios, dedicated to protecting and preserving endangerer hawksbill sea turtles secured over $100K USA with Malaysian NOC to provide infrastructure to the center.
Alma’s enterprises have been featured in:
• TV Bloomberg US, LATAM and Europe and Fox News in 2017. Link to the segment: https://youtu.be/V22pOHjE23c
• London World Oil https://www.worldoil.com/news/2019/5/20/changing-the-world-one-supplier-at-a-time
• Offshore Technology https://www.offshore-technology.com/features/mexican-energy-reform-what-will-it-mean-for-international-investment/
• The Energy & Commerce Magazine May 2019 edition
• Success Story Mexico’s Gender Gap in the Energy Sector Success Story in collaboration with the Mexico’s UK Embassy.
• British American Business Council Texas October 2019 Member Spotlight https://babctexas.org/news/member-spotlight-bluebull
• Mexico SRE Migrant Women from Mexico and the World https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/houston/images/ime2020/biopaneles.pdf
• Business Makers: https://www.highdrive.tv/businessmakers/alma-del-toro-blue-bull-energy/
• Color Forward Podcast https://www.colorforward.com/episodes/004
• Women in the fast Lane STEAM Role Model 2020, Awarded by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
• Awarded as Member of the year in 2019 by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Kristoffer has 10+ years of experience from project management and execution, specializing in qualitative and quantitative interpretation of seismic and well log data. At dGB, Kristoffer has specialized in attribute analysis, seismic interpretation, seismic sequence stratigraphy and neural network analysis, including shallow- and recent deep learning methods. In addition, Kristoffer conducts technical sales and trains external geoscientists on dGB's open source interpretation software OpendTect. He is also very much involved in software development projects, providing feature development input and doing continuous product testing, as an adjunct to the development team. Kristoffer holds both a BSc and MSc in Geology from Åbo Akademi University, Finland and is an active member of AAPG and Houston Geological Society.
David is a geologist and geochemist who has been writing code and doing oil and gas data analytics since 2009. He has worked as an exploration consultant, run the worlds largest petroleum systems research group, and is a multiple company founder in private and PE backed exploration. He has worked 50 basins in 15 countries. David is currently CEO of Geolumina, a subsurface technology startup based in Austin Texas.
Bill Barna started his role at Google in July 2021. Previously, he had two careers with both Microsoft and the Department of State. At Microsoft, Bill worked in the product teams in Redmond and supported the Texas oil and gas industry. At State Department, he worked at embassies overseas.
Bill earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Science in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, and is currently working on a Master of Geographic Information Systems at Penn State. Bill has had articles published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology.
Hamed Soroush is a geomechanics expert with more than 17 years of experience in different applications of rock mechanics in mining, civil and oil industries. He has conducted or managed more than 100 consulting and research projects worldwide. Hamed holds a position as Geomechanics Director at Petrolern Ltd responsible for providing in-house consulting for customers, conducting quality geomechanics training, and directing development programs. He is currently working for Shell as Geomechanics/Rock Physics Advisor in their Technology Centre in Houston. Prior to that, he was the Global Geomechanics Advisor for Weatherford based in Dubai providing project coordination, support and training for geomechanics and petroleum engineering applications. He has also worked with companies such as Technical and Soil Laboratories, CSIRO, GeoMechanics International, Senergy, and PDVSA in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North Sea, and South America areas. Hamed holds BSc in Mining Engineering, MSc in Rock Mechanics and PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. He has published 3 technical books, and several journal and conference papers. Hamed has given different industry short courses for PETROLERN, SPE and EAGE and has served as steering committee on several SPE conferences and workshops. He was selected as SPE Distinguished Lecturer for year 2012-13.
Milly is currently Director of Operations for Chemostrat Inc., with a strong emphasis on technical direction and project delivery. Prior to joining Chemostrat in the UK, she graduated from the University of Leicester with an honors degree in geology in 2000. She then went on to complete an MS in geology at the University of Houston in 2010, with research focused on chemostratigraphic applications to mud rocks in fluvio-deltaic depositional environments in the Ferron Sandstone, Utah. Milly has continued to publish research based around the applications of inorganic whole rock geochemical data to geosciences and to the oil industry and regularly presents papers at local and international conferences.
Dr. K.M. Strack is president of KMS Technologies- KJT Enterprises Inc. specializing in integrated seismic/electromagnetic technology for land & marine exploration, appraisal drilling and production monitoring for the geothermal/petroleum industry. He also is CTO for Responsible Energy Services International Inc. that provides data acquisition services to the green Energy industry. Present emphasis is to drive the technology enabling smooth energy transition to zero carbon footprint. In addition to his industry career, Kurt also has a distinguished academic career in Europe (Germany), Asia (China, Thailand, Indonesia and India), and USA where he co-supervised many M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and post-docs.
His company, KMS Technologies pioneers borehole, borehole-to-surface, and land & marine electromagnetics as link with the 3D seismic Earth model. Previously, he was Chief Scientist for Baker Atlas after various management positions. There founded Research Department and supported the development of numerous new logging tools. Prior to that Kurt pioneered LOTEM (Transient electromagnetics for hydrocarbon exploration) development and advanced borehole geophysics technologies in Germany, Australia and the USA. Kurt also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Earth and Atmospheric Geoscience Department and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Houston, Mahidol University Bangkok, and at Yangtze University, Wuhan China (borehole geophysics and electrical methods for petroleum applications) (and other universities in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi and Germany). Kurt is also on the Advisory Board of the German Institute of the Southwest in Houston.
Kurt received a Ph.D. from the University of Cologne and a M.Sc. from Colorado School of Mines. He also did graduate work at Macquarie University in Australia and MBA course in the USA. He worked over the past 25 years as consultant, university researcher, and R & D manager in the geothermal and oil industry.
His geophysical work started with internships in Astrophysics in the Middle East and nuclear properties of materials in Eastern Europe, followed by Earthquake analysis and thermal conductivity methods development and geothermal exploration in the US. After that he focused on electromagnetic methods for oil & gas and geothermal in Germany. Subsequent he spent a decade developing new logging tools and methods in Logging industry. In the past 20 years he is building novel equipment for land and marine electromagnetics/seismic present being applied to CO2 monitoring.
Kurt has over 200 publications, 1 textbook & authors/co-authors more than 40 patents. He received two Fulbright scholarships and numerous international grants/awards. His interest is integrating geophysics with other disciplines, technology transfer and project development. He is a member of SPWLA, AAPG, ASEG, BDG, DGG, EAGE, EEGS, GRC, SPE, SEG and TSEG. He was Co-Chair of the Technical program for the IPTC in Bangkok 2012 and active in many committees. He was the Industry representative on the IAGA EM division and still provides frequent workshops at their bi-annual meetings. He is a Board Member of the German Institute of the Southwest in Houston.
The SPWLA granted Kurt a Distinguished Technical Achievement Award in 2003 for new logging technologies. SEG granted him the Reginald Fessenden Award for the development of through casing resistivity and 3D induction logging. The Russian Academy of Science elected him a Foreign Member and gave him the Kapitsa Gold Medal of Honor for his innovations to borehole geophysics and pioneering work to surface geophysics (Lotem). Kurt was Distinguished Lecturer for the SPE (1998-1999) and SPWLA (2004-2005). In 2007-2008 he received the SEG’s Presidents Special Services Award. 2012 Kurt is co-recipient for KMS Technologies’ Cecil H. Green Enterprise Award from the SEG. He is an Honorary Alumnus of University of Cologne.
Deborah Sacrey is a geologist/geophysicist with 41 years of oil and gas exploration experience in the Texas, Louisiana Gulf Coast, and Mid-Continent areas of the US. Deborah specializes in 2D and 3D interpretation for clients in the US and internationally.
She received her degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 and began her career with Gulf Oil in Oklahoma City. She started Auburn Energy in 1990 and built her first geophysical workstation using the Kingdom software in 1996. Deborah then worked closely with SMT (now part of IHS) for 18 years developing and testing Kingdom. For the past eight years, she has been part of a team to study and bring the power of multi-attribute neural analysis of seismic data to the geoscience community, guided by Dr. Tom Smith, founder of SMT. Deborah has become an expert in the use of the Paradise® software and has over five discoveries for clients using the technology.
Dr. Shuvajit Bhattacharya is a geoscientist with research expertise in petrophysical analysis, 3D seismic interpretation, and machine learning in subsurface characterization. Dr. Bhattacharya is currently a research associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin. He is involved in multiple research projects on energy resources exploration (including geothermal energy), carbon and hydrogen storage in the subsurface. Prior to joining the Bureau of Economic Geology, he worked with the University of Alaska Anchorage, Battelle, and other organizations in different roles. He has published >60 technical research articles. He is the author of the book “A Primer on Machine Learning in Subsurface Geosciences”, published by Springer. He has completed a Ph.D. in geology focusing on machine learning at West Virginia University.
Patrick is Director – Global Research at Enverus, where he previously held positions in Technical Sales and Consulting and Product Management. Before joining Enverus, he spent 26 years working with large and small E&P companies as a member of exploration teams focused on basins in North America, Saudi Arabia, and central Europe, in roles from prospect generation and exploration management to business development and executive leadership. Patrick holds an A.B. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in Exploration and Development Geophysics from Stanford University.
Shahab D. Mohaghegh, a pioneer in the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Exploration and Production industry, is Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University and the president and CEO of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. (ISI). He is the director of WVU-LEADS (Laboratory for Engineering Application of Data Science).
Including more than 30 years of research and development in the petroleum engineering application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, he has authored three books (Shale Analytics – Data Driven Reservoir Modeling – Application of Data-Driven Analytics for the Geological Storage of CO2), more than 230 technical papers and carried out more than 60 projects for independents, NOCs and IOCs. He is a SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2007 and 2020) and has been featured four times as the Distinguished Author in SPE’s Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT 2000 and 2005). He is the founder of SPE’s Technical Section dedicated to AI and machine learning (Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics, 2011). He has been honored by the U.S. Secretary of Energy for his AI-based technical contribution in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon (Macondo) incident in the Gulf of Mexico (2011) and was a member of U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Technical Advisory Committee on Unconventional Resources in two administrations (2008-2014). He represented the United States in the International Standard Organization (ISO) on Carbon Capture and Storage technical committee (2014-2016).
Dr. Lazarus joined Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) in October 2014 and is the Chief Scientist in Environmental & Sustainable Development. At PXD Dr. Lazarus has led a portfolio of programs focused on reducing the emissions, and footprint associated with large scale unconventional oil and gas operations. Before PXD, Dr. Lazarus was a program manager at DARPA in the Strategic Technology Office. At DARPA, Dr. Lazarus has led a number of programs focused on multifunctional structures and advanced energy systems. Dr. Lazarus's primary interests are ESG, innovation, and R&D strategy. Dr. Lazarus received his Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, and his Master of Science in Engineering and Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Nishant Jha is Director of Well Production Systems at Schlumberger since July 2020 and is responsible for technology portfolio, capital planning and global operations. Previously, he held a variety of senior positions within Schlumberger with his experience spanning operational, strategy, quality, and sales roles.
Nishant holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology. He joined Schlumberger as field engineer in 1998 and has extensive international experience with assignments in Middle East, India, Africa, Europe, and North America.
Ben has a diverse geoscience and business background in oil & gas, environmental consulting, and precious metal consulting—with the common thread being a focus on understanding the source, migration, preservation, and fate of fluids flowing in porous rocks. He was the sole geoscientist and then geoscience manager at Fifth Creek Energy, a DJ Basin Colorado-focused startup from 2015-2018. Post acquisition by Bill Barrett Corp to form HighPoint Resources, he stayed on as geoscience manager and advisor. His previous experience includes western US geoscience for Noble Energy and Fidelity Exploration. He has consulted for gold and silver mine operators in Washington State and has also worked international projects for the ExxonMobil Upstream Companies based from Houston. He began his career with Woodard & Curran environmental consultants in Cheshire, Connecticut. He holds an AB in Geology and Russian language magna cum laude from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Isaac has over 20 years of reservoir completions and stimulation experience; he is an expert in the design and execution of multistage fracturing and acidizing systems. He has worked with a wide variety of clients on the selection and implementation of well completion strategies worldwide. Isaac holds an MBA degree from Rice University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de las Americas.
Scott J. Granger is a highly experienced engineer and sales professional with more than two decades of experience in the oil and gas industry. During his time in the Louisiana National Guard Scott completed a B.S. in Industrial Technology at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Upon completing this degree he commenced his professional career in the oil and gas industry with Core Labs as a Field Engineer and subsequent Field Manager. In 1999 he joined Schlumberger continuing his professional growth and development and expanding into sales and business development. Moving to GeoMark Research in 2004 Scott helped to establish and grow their PVT and gas facility in Lafayette, Louisiana. His 17 years as General Manager of this facility included overseeing the laboratories and managing day-to-day operations but included a primary focus on business development and revenue growth. In 2021 Scott joined APT USA as the ‘Regional Manager of the Americas’ to establish and grow APT’s geochemical services across the Americas.
Julian Chenin is passionate leader and geoscientist who is now quantitatively optimizing machine learning algorithms for various geoscience applications at Bluware. He recently completed his MSc in Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma where his thesis work used unsupervised machine learning techniques to better image gas in the subsurface. Julian serves on the AAPG Sustainable Development Committee, the GEO2021 Young Professionals Committee (YPC), and as the US alternate member of the World Petroleum Council’s YPC.
Founded ZetaWare, Inc. in 2000 to develop and market state of the art interactive petroleum system analysis and basin modeling software tools. ZetaWare’s software suites have been licensed by 100+ international oil companies and organizations including BP, Exxon, Chevron, ConocoPhillips ... ... Saudi Aramco and the like. The software tools have become the industry leader in the field in just a few years.
Provide cost effective expert consulting and training services to oil companies to apply practical modeling approaches for charge risk assessment of petroleum prospects, drawing from 30 years of experience with dozens of basins around the world.
Silviu just joined the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin, after nine years with Baker Hughes as the pressure pumping chief scientist, with extensive experience in research and development, innovation, management, commercialization, and intellectual property related to well engineering and operations. Silviu is also serving as the 2020-2023 SPE Data Science and Engineering Analytics technical director.
Igor Kuvaev has 15 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. During his career, he has worked as a geophysicist and geologist in the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, and the USA for multiple service and operating companies with carbonate and clastic fields in various basins. In 2013, Igor co-founded ROGII Inc. The company’s StarSteer geosteering software quickly became one of the most popular geosteering software in the world. In his current role in ROGII Inc., Igor is responsible for the development and delivery of new technologies in the geosteering, modeling, and data science domains.
Michael Edwards has over 30 years in the industry serving in various leadership roles within BP and service sector. Her career began with Schlumberger working offshore as a field engineer in the North Sea, South America and Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. After 15 years in various operational and leadership roles in the oilfield service sector (within Baker Hughes, Nalco/Exxon, Tesco), she joined BP. She held leadership roles in technology and regional operations where she built the first automation and remote operating strategy as well as created the first Well Advisor program. She most recently led the creation of their global wells transformation portfolio and $2B ambition. She has been an industry advocative for nearly 3 decades and formally for BP, as the government liaison during the Deepwater Horizon response and following as senior external industry leader. She continues to promote global energy sustainability, policy alignment, purposeful standards including digital standardization, drilling automation for safety, defining the workforce of the future and providing energy access for all. Michael Edwards conducts research in digital data uncertainty and understand the workforce of the future, she holds a number of patents and publication, serves on a number of industry boards as well as has a BS in Engineering with a minor in Robotics from Texas A&M and postgraduate studies in business.
Applications and Implementation Consultant demonstrating a history of working on oil and gas applications (data management, planning and execution, and software development) and emerging technologies. A motivated self-starter possessing excellent problem-solving skills. A machine learning enthusiast with the ability to multi-task and to work under pressure either independently or as a team member or lead in a fast-paced environment.
Camilo is the Director of Analytics and Data Science for Upstream at IHS Markit. He is responsible for the research, development, and implementation of new technologies around business intelligence, data analytics and machine learning in IHS Markit software and content. Camilo created Analytics Explorer, an IHS Markit data science platform to boost the efficiency of geoscientific workflows in E&P industry. Camilo has 18 years of experience including consulting projects in seismic interpretation, geological interpretation, petrophysics, mapping, and multi-variate analytics. He has published several industry papers. His current research focus is around the integration of machine learning algorithms in seismic and geological interpretation workflows and in generating predictive production performance maps integrating engineering, geology and geophysics attributes to identify new prospective areas and optimum drilling parameters. Camilo is a geologist from Colombia National University.
Philippe Herve joined SparkCognition as the VP of Solutions. Herve is an executive with US and international success in operations, P&L, technology, business development, marketing, sales, and client relations.
Herve’s comprehensive experience in oil and gas spans large-scale project leadership, IT, engineering, manufacturing, and operation.
Herve holds multiple patents in the field of ultrasonic and has authored many technical papers. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Over the years, Mr. Herve has frequently been published in Bloomberg, Oil & Gas Journal, Journal of Petroleum Technology, World Oil, The Houston Chronicle, Drilling Contractor, and is a frequent speaker on diverse management and engineering subjects.
Stacy Steimel joined GeoPark in February 2017 as our Shareholder Value Director. Ms. Steimel has more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector as Fund Manager and subsequently as regional CEO for PineBridge Investments, ex-AIG Investments in Latin America. Before AIG, Ms. Steimel held positions in the US Treasury Department and at the InterAmerican Development Bank. She holds an MBA from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from the College of William and Mary.
Sathiya has vast experience for the last 25 years in building Software Products & Data Products in upstream domain. Now responsible for Software Engineering & Data Analytics at TGS busy building innovative products with machine learning algorithms & client facing Eco systems. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and two daughters.
Taha serves as Venture Partner of DK Innovation, Delek US’ corporate venture capital fund, and holds a Board position at Utility Global and Aperio. Previously Venture Executive at Chevron, Taha has 25+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry with Board positions at Strohm (Airborne) and Clarke Valves. Taha received his M.S. in technology management from Columbia University in New York. He also has B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M and B.Sc. in analytical chemistry from the University of Karachi. No-profit board positions include Aspiring Futures USA, NACE Foundation, and Columbia Alumni Association Board for Texas chapter.
Dr. Hosseini’s work focuses on CO2 enhanced oil recovery and geologic storage, an essential component of CCUS. He has led multiple field and laboratory studies on many aspects of the CCUS process, including estimating underground storage capacity, optimizing enhanced oil recovery to both store CO2 and recover oil, designing and implementing commercial monitoring programs, and assessing geosystem response to injection. The most recent projects includes:
1) monitoring of West Ranch field where CO2 captured from the largest post-combustion, carbon-capture facility in the world is used for EOR operations,
2) the Gulf of Mexico Partnership for Offshore Carbon Storage, one of the first efforts in the U.S. to assess the geologic layers below the seafloor for CO2 storage and
3) application of data analytics in subsurface applications. He holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tulsa; a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology; and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of Isfahan.
Dr. William Ampomah is Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering at New Mexico Tech(NMT), USA. Dr. Ampomah is also the Section Head of the REACT group at the Petroleum Recovery Research Center(PRRC) at NMT. He is a Lecturer at KNUST, Ghana. He is Principal Investigator and/or Co-Principal Investigator on at least five (5) US Department of Energy grants in research areas such as Enhanced oil recovery, CO2 Storage, subsurface geomechanics, subsurface monitoring, rare earth elements. Dr. Ampomah has published over 50 papers in areas of enhanced oil recovery, CO2 storage, reservoir characterization, application of machine learning in numerical simulation and optimization.
Sunil Garg is the founder and CEO of dataVediK, a Houston based startup building a Hyper-Converged Data and Analytics Platform for Oil & Gas industry. Prior to this, he spent 20+ years establishing and growing Data Management, Big Data and Analytics business for Schlumberger. Sunil has deep understanding of Oil and Gas data, Data Science & ML and uses the combination to build end user centric solutions. He is a member of several industry organizations and forums like SPE, AAPG, PPDM, SPDM, OSDU and Rice Alliance. Sunil is a sought-after speaker at various industry conferences and conducts Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain trainings for the Industry, the Government and the Academia. He is also an active angel investor and a charter member of TiE, an organization whose mission is to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, funding and incubation.
Lamar Landry is a Regional Sales Director for Maxar Technology Inc., headquartered in Westminster Colorado with offices worldwide. Lamar has Sales responsibilities for Maxar with primary focus in the Energy sector. His role is to enable customers to leverage Maxar’s state of the art satellite constellation and analytics for efficiency gains across the life cycle of oil and gas. Lamar has over 30 years of experience supporting industrial customers by defining solutions and implementing efficiency improvements. Lamar has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management Technology from Southeastern Louisiana.
Nathan is based in Colorado and works with Juniper Unmanned as a Solutions Engineer and Certified Drone Pilot. He was educated at the University of Texas – San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and at Oklahoma State University with a Master’s degree in Geology - Geophysics. He was recently published in The Leading Edge for his research involving the integration of smartphone sensors for geophysical applications. In the last 3 years, he has focused much of his energy on designing aerial magnetic surveys for drones, developing software for processing in the field, and reducing noise on magnetometer platforms.
Autumn Haagsma is a research geologist at Battelle with a focus on carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects. She leads formation characterization, site selection, static earth modeling, and risk assessments. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Geology from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science in Geophysics from the University of Minnesota, and currently pursuing a PhD in Geology from Miami University.
Mason Dykstra has a BS in Geology/Geophysics from Northern Arizona University, an MS in Geology from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Geology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Mason started his career with Anadarko Petroleum in 1999, working onshore in the Permian Basin before returning to academia in 2001, working at the University of California and Colorado School of Mines. In 2011 Mason joined Statoil in Bergen, Norway, to work on research and deepwater exploration. In 2013 Mason set up a new research center for Statoil in Austin, Texas, which he headed up until 2017. In 2017, Mason rejoined Anadarko Petroleum as the Director of Geoscience Technology, where he was responsible for supporting the global organization in the fields of Geology, Geophysics, Petrophysics, Reservoir Characterization and Simulation. After Oxy acquired Anadarko Petroleum in 2019, Mason opted to leave and joined Enthought, where he is currently the Vice President of Energy Solutions.
Wafik joined IOGP in 2019. As the Director for the Americas, Wafik promotes IOGP’s good practices in upstream operations and in the low-carbon energy transition to IOGP Members, regional industry associations, governments, and other stakeholders across North and South America. He is a secondee from TotalEnergies. Wafik has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1988, when he began as a geophysicist with Atlantic Richfield in Texas. He later worked for Elf Aquitaine in London in 1992 (now TotalEnergies), developing subsurface techniques – such as integrating geophysics and reservoir well test analysis. Wafik has held various research, operations, and leadership roles over the course of his career in the industry, including as the Area Exploration Manager for the “Golden Block” 17 in Angola, Research and Technology Business Development Manager, and global Geophysical Operations and Technologies Manager, R&D Division Manager at ADNOC, and GM and Country Chair for TotalEnergies Kuwait. He was Chairman of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2018-2019.
Wafik has a Master’s in Science and Technology from Université Pierre and Marie Curie and a Master’s in Earth Sciences and a PhD in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of SEG, SPE, EAGE, AAPG, AGU, and Sigma Xi, and has over 100 publications and communications.
Mr. LeBlanc's passion lies in the intersection of oil and gas expertise and leading-edge data analytics. He currently leads the development and commercialization of data products that leverage knowledge to make the IHS Markit well and production database insightful for commercial decision makers. Mr. LeBlanc also plays a key role in directing research and forecasting of onshore North America and then delivering an integrated, substantive story to executives and investors. As a veteran of the industry and a former partner at PFC Energy (now IHS Markit), Mr. LeBlanc brings 25 years of experience in strategic and industry analysis. Familiar with a wide range of corporate and market issues, he has extensive experience on issues related to North American independents, upstream assets, and natural gas markets. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. LeBlanc directed Anadarko Petroleum's strategic planning effort, responsible for strategy formulation, portfolio optimization, scenario planning, and competitor analysis. He has worked and studied in Japan, the western Pacific, and Great Britain. Mr. LeBlanc holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in energy and international relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, United States.
Bryan McDowell is the founder and president of Sabata Energy Consultants. He is a reservoir engineer and geologist specialized in integrating geologic and petroleum engineering datasets for multi-disciplinary assessments in oil & gas reservoirs. Bryan was an engineering/geoscience technical advisor for asset development at Discovery Natural Resources before starting Sabata in 2020. He received his B.Sc., Geology at Texas A&M University in 2010 and his M.Sc., Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines in 2018. He is finishing his Ph.D., Geology at Colorado School of Mines and has worked in the oilfield since 2011.
David Tonner received a Bachelors of Science in geology from the University of Nottingham in the UK and is in a Masters degree program with Stephen F Austin University. He has over 30 years’ experience in the field of surface logging measurements. Dave spent his formative years as a mud logger and pore pressure engineer working with Geoservices in Africa and the Middle East. From there he worked with Datalog Technology in the Western Canadian sedimentary basin including the Mackenzie Delta and then lived and worked in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia Argentina, Brazil, T & T and Mexico from 1993 to 2000 . Dave moved to Houston in 2000 and became part of Weatherford in 2008 through the acquisition of International Logging/Datalog Technology. Dave was vice president of Weatherford’s global surface logging group and oversaw global business development for Mudlogging, Rotary steerable drilling, LWD, MWD and directional drilling. Dave spent a brief period at Nabors as global director for performance drilling prior to joining Diversified Well Logging as Chief Executive Officer in late 2016. The last 4 years have been focused on automation of drill cuttings collection, quantitative rock and gas compositions and the integration with drilling data using data science and AI. Dave has been an active member of the HGS Houston Geological Society where he chaired the Northsider’s group for over 4 years. He is also a member of SPWLA, AAPG and SPE.
Andres Chavarria is OptaSense’s Oilfield Services Technical Director. His current focus is the use of distributed sensing fiber optic data for engineering and geoscience applications.
He has a background on borehole seismology (MS and VSP) and was previously the Geophysical Processing Manager at OptaSense, SR2020 and Paulsson. He has conducted work in other areas of geophysics including geothermal, mining and groundwater. He holds an Engineering Degree on Geophysics from the National University of Mexico and a PhD Degree on Geophysics from Duke University.
Dr. Ge Jin is Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Co-director of the Reservoir Characterization Project at Colorado School of Mines (CSM). He is interested in Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing (DFOS) and machine-learning applications in the oil industry, as well as seismic imaging and interpretation. He worked as a research geophysicist in the industry for 5 years before joining CSM. He initiated and developed several important DFOS applications for unconventional reservoir characterization, including low-frequency DAS strain monitoring, DAS-based microseismic imaging, DFOS-based production logging, tube-wave analysis, and reservoir guided wave analysis. Dr. Jin obtained his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Columbia University in the City of New York, and dual B.S. in Geophysics and Computer Science from Peking University.
Dr. Yuxing Ben is a reservoir engineer at Occidental, where she develops hybrid physics and data-driven solutions in the subsurface engineering technology group. She was the principal developer of machine learning technology for Anadarko's real-time drilling and hydraulic fracturing platforms. She won the best paper award from URTeC 2019 and was selected as a SPE distinguished lecturer for 2021. Prior to Anadarko, Dr. Ben served as the technical expert for Baker Hughes' hydraulic fracturing software—MFrac. She has developed complex fracture model for Halliburton and was a postdoc at MIT. She has authored more than 30 papers and holds three US patents. She earned a BS in theoretical mechanics at Peking University, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Peter M. Duncan is Founder, President and CEO of MicroSeismic, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Toronto. His early career was with Shell Canada and then Digicon Geophysical, in Calgary then Houston. In 1992 he helped found 3DX Technologies Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas exploration company. Duncan was 2003-04 President of SEG and 2019-20 President of the Geophysical Society of Houston. Duncan was the Fall 2008 SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer on the subject of Passive Seismic. He is an Honorary Member of SEG, CSEG, GSH and EAGE. Other awards he has received include: Enterprise Champion Award from the Houston Business Journal, World Oil Innovative Thinker Award, EY National Energy Entrepreneur of the Year and the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal from SEG.
Kim leads OSDU Data Platform activities for Amazon Web Services, responsible for managing commercial business development, deployments, and support for AWS’s global Energy customers. AWS’s OSDU offerings deliver valuable, secure solutions that reduce customer cost and risk with a single interoperable repository for all subsurface data -- enabling innovative subsurface analysis through machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Kim has 15+ years of international project and operational experience, working in roles of increasing complexity and scale from new technology solutions for AWS.
Energy to leading major Oil & Gas Operator projects (career portfolio of US$50B+) in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi. She is a member of SPE.
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.
Josh Etkind, Shell Upstream Deepwater Digital Transformation Manager has over 20 years of energy industry experience leading global teams to deliver mega projects and breakthrough innovations across the energy value chain. Etkind is a Petroleum Engineer by background, a certified Sustainability Practitioner, and a Fellow of the Loyola University Institute of Environmental Communications. He concurrently serves as CEO of Sanitation for All, an International NGO focused on helping disadvantaged communities gain access to the basic human dignity afforded by clean drinking water and toilets. Having previously served on the SPE Board of Directors from 2007-’10, he is now Chair of the Sustainable Development Technical Section and Chair of its Gaia Sustainability Program which seeks to serve and enable all SPE members in proactively navigating these challenging yet exciting times. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his service to the SPE membership and to society including receiving the 2021 SPE International Public Service Award, the 2013 SPE Distinguished Service Award granting him lifetime Distinguished membership, the 2010 American Petroleum Institute Meritorious Service Award, and the 2004 SPE International Young Member Outstanding Service Award. Etkind is an active energy innovator evidenced by two advanced energy-related patents.
Mohamed Sidahmed, Ph.D., SPE, IEEE Senior Member, is subject matter expert in Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence, data-driven modeling, and optimization. He is the Manager of Deep Learning and AI R&D at Shell’s Computational Science and Digital Innovation Technology. He has numerous publications and book chapters in the areas of pattern discovery, deep learning representation, and modeling & reasoning across multiple domains.
Mohamed currently serves on the SPE technical advisory committee for Data Science and Engineering Analytics technical discipline. He is also Program Evaluator for ABET, dedicated STEM PEV contributing to the profession. There he contributes to the quality of technical education in collaboration with professionals from academia, industry, and government.
Joe Zhou is the CEO of Quidnet Energy, the developer of a breakthrough, long-duration energy storage technology: Geomechanical Pumped Storage (GPS).
GPS combines the reliability and ubiquity of oil and gas drilling with the engineering and scientific robustness of pumped-storage hydropower (PSH). First proven in 2016, GPS is being deployed in several geologic basins today. With highly-favorable geologies throughout the United States and around the world, GPS allows PSH to be widely deployed at a fraction of the cost.
Quidnet is partnered with Breakthrough Energy Ventures, ARPA-E, NYSERDA, and others.
Prior to Quidnet Energy, Joe worked at Green Charge Networks, a California-based energy storage project developer that was acquired by Engie in 2016. Joe started his career at McKinsey as a heavy-industry capital projects advisor and in process engineering and hydraulics at ExxonMobil.
Joe holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Felipe Lopez is an industrial software enthusiast with experience in the oil and gas, utilities, and manufacturing industries. His interests include analytics, machine learning, control systems, and computational modeling. Felipe is currently the Production Operations Solutions Architect in the AWS Energy Business Unit, where he develops cloud-enabled solutions to improve efficiency and safety in production operations. Before joining AWS, Felipe worked for GE Digital and Schlumberger on the industrial side, and the University of Michigan and the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the academic side. Felipe has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Austin, an M.S. in Analytics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pontíficia Universidad Católica del Peru.
With 25+ years of experience in consulting and pre-sales, Tyler helps customers evaluate and adopt Microsoft’s data, business intelligence (BI), and advanced analytics platform. He’s worked with producers, service providers, and partners in the oil and gas industry since the early 2000s – on projects ranging from large-scale data warehouses to executive dashboards, and machine learning models used to predict part failure and forecast well production.
Tyler’s been a frequent author/trainer for SQL Pro, is a past EID speaker, and is the author of the book Understanding The United States Debt. He currently resides in College Station – so doesn’t often mention that he is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Lane is a Product Development Manager at Kayrros where he leads efforts to create and deliver satellite analytics and technology solutions with a focus on the energy industry. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geology from the University of Arkansas (2011, 2013) as well as a M.S. in Data Science from Northwestern University (2019). Lane joined Southwestern Energy in 2013 as a Geoscientist and held a variety of roles in Petrophysics, Project Management, and Data Science with a focus on implementation and deployment of analytical solutions. In 2020 he joined Kayrros in Houston, TX bringing operations and technology experience to the Kayrros US Team and today is heavily engaged in new product development and customer engagements for all segments of the energy industry from upstream E&P Intelligence analytics to midstream risk management, asset monitoring, and ESG.
Dr. Anna Scott is an atmospheric scientist, an entrepreneur, and the Chief Science Officer of Project Canary.
She received her PhD in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and a Master of Arts and Sciences in Earth Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Scott has installed sensor networks and led field campaigns in Birmingham, Alabama, Nairobi (Kenya), and Baltimore, Maryland. As a scientist, she’s worked on projects around the world with the Red Cross/Red Crescent’s International Climate Center, NASA, The World Bank, and numerous local governments.
Dr. Benmadi Milad earned his Ph.D. (2019) in Petroleum Geosciences and M.S. (2013) in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (OU), and B.S. (2006) in Petroleum Engineering from Sirte University. Currently, Benmadi Milad is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Petroleum Engineering (OU). Dr. Milad’s research focuses on integration of multiscale reservoir characterization, reservoir modeling, carbon capture and storage, and CO2-EOR. He is the recipient of the First-Place Ph.D. researcher, the Second-Place Ph.D. researcher by ConocoPhillips Company, the Best Applied Geology and Geophysics by Geosciences Department at OU, and the recipient of the Distinguish Graduate M.S. Student by Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at OU. He worked for Eni Oil and Gas Company for two years in an offshore oil field.
David’s life and career has focused on the development of people, business, technology and culture. He has been a pioneer and champion of strategic growth in technology, business models, machine design, and industrial digitization. He is a global public speaker on innovation, change, and leadership, as well as being an advocate in addressing modern slavery. David serves on the boards of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the National Ocean Industries Association, and Redeemed, a trauma informed recovery program for sex trafficking survivors.
David has written many published technical papers and magazine articles, with patents in drilling systems and automation. He has founded industry groups in technology, diversity and inclusion, a startup village, and RedM, a pro-bono crowdsourcing organization. A winning team member of the first Rockets and Rigs hackathon with a NASA patent-based start-up company, Permittivity, also serving as an advisor to their board.
David A. Leary retired in 2017 as Senior Advisor for ExxonMobil Exploration Company, having led and advised teams in global exploration and business development. He has expertise in frontier conventional and unconventional resource exploration and is a proven oil-finder with a track record of opening new petroleum provinces. His varied assignments over a 32-year career included Supervisor, Exxon Global Database, Upstream Research, Exploration Global Studies and Opportunity Development, Strategic Planning, and Technical Advising for teams and management in Russia/Caspian, Middle East, Europe, and China.
Leary is currently advising the Deep-time Digital Earth (DDE) Program of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and has an appointment as Visiting Professor at Chengdu University of Technology. He holds a BS (Geoscience) from Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), and a MA (Geology) and MBA from the University of Texas (Austin). He has been recognized by Purdue University as a “Distinguished Science Alumni for Purdue’s College of Science”. He is a Founding Member of the AAPG – China Research Center Initiative, and serves as Editor on several technical journals.
Marc brings more than 30 years of industry experience and is responsible for working closely with Canvass’s existing partner network and expanding the ecosystem to accelerate the company’s global growth strategy.
Marc is an experienced sales and business development executive. He brings a diverse background in operational technology from plant engineering to digital transformation and data infrastructure software sales and delivery, including nearly 20 years at OSIsoft, where he held global industry responsibility for Life Sciences and Enterprise Sales.
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