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FT Digital Energy Summit USA

Leveraging Data to Fuel Transformation and Growth

Houston |
Speakers include:
Thomas Siebel

Thomas Siebel

C3

Bruce McCullough

Bruce McCullough

Marathon Oil

Julia Hamm

Julia Hamm

Smart Electric Power Alliance

Overview

The energy industry is under growing pressure to embrace change and adapt to an increasingly fast-paced, data-driven reality as it strives to control costs, enhance performance and compete in a decarbonizing world.  Data is now a board-level responsibility and one of the most important and valuable resources that companies have at their disposal.  The ways in which information is managed and used will determine how effectively businesses can transform their operations, and improve resilience, efficiency and safety across their organizations.

The impact of digital technology can be seen throughout the value chain from the high-resolution reservoir simulations in the field to the thermostat apps on consumers’ smartphones.  As disruption gathers pace, partnerships and collaboration are key to capturing the benefits of digitalization.  Efforts are focused on making the most of data assets whilst addressing the issues of integration, security and regulation, and managing the future of the workforce and customer engagement.

Building on the success of its European counterpart, FT Digital Energy Summit USA will gather innovators and energy leaders to consider the opportunities and the complexities of disruption throughout the sector and discuss the most effective ways to unlock the value of data and build an agile and competitive industry.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 12/06/2018 08:00:0012/06/2018 18:00:00trueFT Digital Energy Summit USAThe energy industry is under growing pressure to embrace change and adapt to an increasingly fast-paced, data-driven reality as it strives to control costs, enhance performance and compete in a decarbonizing world.  Data is now a board-level responsibility and one of the most important and valuable resources that companies have at their disposal.  The ways in which information is managed and used will determine how effectively businesses can transform their operations, and improve resilience, efficiency and safety across their organizations.The impact of digital technology can be seen throughout the value chain from the high-resolution reservoir simulations in the field to the thermostat apps on consumers’ smartphones.  As disruption gathers pace, partnerships and collaboration are key to capturing the benefits of digitalization.  Efforts are focused on making the most of data assets whilst addressing the issues of integration, security and regulation, and managing the future of the workforce and customer engagement.Building on the success of its European counterpart, FT Digital Energy Summit USA will gather innovators and energy leaders to consider the opportunities and the complexities of disruption throughout the sector and discuss the most effective ways to unlock the value of data and build an agile and competitive industry.FT-Digital-Energy-Summit-USAf619cc703023921a24c92cd73753fd45MM/DD/YYYY

Testimonials from FT Digital Energy Summit Europe 2017

“The FT Digital summit was a fantastic event to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us.” Dr Frank Meyer, Senior Vice President B2C Solution Management and Innovation, E.ON

“The FT Digital Energy Summit provided an excellent opportunity to discuss with my energy sector colleagues how addressing the growing cyber threat will empower their digitalisation journey. Cyber security is the new risk frontier and I am confident we will meet that challenge together.” Leo Simonovich, Vice President, Global Cyber Strategy, Siemens

“The energy sector is being disrupted by digital technologies, and the FT Digital Energy Summit is the best place to get the latest insights from industry leaders. Thank you for an outstanding event!” Mike O’Hare, Senior Development Manager, National Grid Ventures

“A high quality peer group, variable team to engage with.” James Neophytou, Executive Partner, IBM

​“Succeeded in targeting and discussing many of the key issues to date. It also provided a great opportunity for interaction with digital leaders and experts across the industry” Åshild Hanne Larsen, CIO and Senior Vice President Corporate IT, Statoil​

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Speakers (22)

Thomas Siebel

Thomas Siebel

Chairman and CEO
C3

Tom Siebel is the Chairman and CEO of C3, the leading software platform provider for digital transformation. C3 delivers the world’s only comprehensive, proven, and tested PaaS for rapidly developing and operating big data, predictive analytics, AI, and IoT applications at scale.  As founder of Siebel Systems, one of the fastest-growing software companies, Mr Siebel built the foundation of the CRM market. Siebel Systems became a leader in application software with revenue exceeding $2B before merging with Oracle in 2006.

Mr Siebel is the Chairman of the Siebel Energy Institute, and serves on the College of Engineering boards at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and UC Berkeley. He is a director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He received a BA, MBA, and MS in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bruce McCullough

Bruce McCullough

Senior Vice President, Technology and Innovation, and CIO
Marathon Oil

Bruce McCullough is senior vice president, Technology and Innovation, and CIO for Marathon Oil Corporation, which includes Information Technology, Innovation and Analytics, and Business Process Optimization.

Prior to joining Marathon Oil in June 2013, Mr. McCullough was director, Global Business Systems for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. While at Anadarko, he led efforts to develop and maintain systems and execute strategic projects in both operations and corporate support functions. Prior to Anadarko, he was a partner at Accenture and served in a variety of capacities for clients such as Atlantic Richfield Company, Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation and Burlington Resources.

Mr McCullough earned a bachelor of arts degree in computer science from Baylor University. He is a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board and serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.

Julia Hamm

Julia Hamm

President and CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance

Julia Hamm is a visionary non-profit leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector to a clean and modern energy future.  For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs. Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies, including over 640 electric utilities.  Julia has led the organization through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).  Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program.  Julia, a graduate of Cornell University, walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.

Antonio Pietri

Antonio Pietri

President and CEO
AspenTech

Antonio Pietri is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AspenTech, and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment to President and CEO, Mr Pietri served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, where he led global Sales, Sales Operations, Professional Services, and Customer Support & Training. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Regional Operations, Asia Pacific, based in Singapore and Beijing, China.

Mr Pietri joined AspenTech through the company’s acquisition of Setpoint, Inc. in 1996. At Setpoint, he held a range of sales, services implementation, and consulting roles, where he oversaw integration of AspenTech solutions at European refinery and process manufacturing sites. In 2002, he relocated to Singapore as Vice President, Business Consulting, and was subsequently promoted to Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region.

Antonio Pietri began his career at ABB Simcon as an applications engineer focused on advanced control and multi-variable controllers for refining. He holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa

Mary Anne Brelinsky

Mary Anne Brelinsky

President
EDF Energy Services

Mary Anne Brelinsky is President of EDF Energy Services, the EDF Group’s customer platform for Retail Power and Natural Gas Supply, Hedging and Optimization, and Generation Services in North America.  Mrs Brelinsky has held positions in Trading, Origination, and currently serves as an Executive Committee Member for EDF Trading Limited. 

Mrs Brelinsky started her career with Exxon where she held several engineering and operations positions.  Mary Anne later accepted a position with Dynegy where she managed power plants, developed bidding strategies, and traded spark spread positions around generation assets. She serves on the Board of Directors for Atlas Scholars, DK Energy, the Gulf Coast Power Association, the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Council for Women’s Energy Network, and the University of Houston’s Energy Advisory Board. She has an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Bert Natalicchio

Bert Natalicchio

Vice President IT and Strategic Programs Director
Shell Projects & Technology

Bert Natalicchio started in Shell in 1983 at the former Shell Wood River Manufacturing Complex.  He progressed through various technical positions, then roles in maintenance and operations, culminating as the site Chemical Plant Manager and Operations Manager for Catalytic Cracking, Alkylation, and Volatiles.  In 1996 he moved to Shell Technology Center Houston as the Technology Manager for Control Systems Engineering.  He has progressed through several business and technical management roles in Equilon (Shell/Texaco/Saudi JV), Shell Global Solutions, and Shell Projects and Technology.  From 2012 to 2018, he was Vice President Engineering & SMART in Shell Technical and Competitive IT (TaCIT), and had accountability for a broad range of software development, delivery and services used across Shell for process design, project engineering & construction, and facility operational monitoring, control, and optimization for Upstream, Integrated Gas, Downstream, Projects & Technology.     

After a broad scale reorganization within the Projects & Technology organization, Bert now takes up his current role with broad accountability for IT in the Surface Engineering, Subsurface and Wells technology as well as strategic IT programs.  His focus with his business partners is 2 fold:  Modernizing the current IT landscape that is generating revenue today for digital explosion and how to change/transform the business with digital technologies.

Darryl Willis

Darryl Willis

Vice President Oil, Gas and Energy
Google Cloud

Darryl Willis is Vice President Oil, Gas and Energy at Google Cloud. In this role, he is responsible for driving Google Cloud’s business across the entire Energy sector. He is focussed on developing products and solutions, providing deep line of business expertise to the sales teams in their to go market efforts, and building trusted relationships with key leaders and companies across the Energy sector.

Mr Willis is an accomplished global senior executive with expertise leading businesses across the oil and gas industry. He has a proven track record of delivering growth and improving profitability for enterprises in the United States, Russia, Asia and Africa. He has earned the reputation as an inspiring leader who develops people, builds high-performing teams and gets business results.  

Prior to joining Google, Mr Willis was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer for BP Angola based in Luanda. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Subsurface for BP.  During his 25-year career in oil and gas, his technical and global management experience includes subsurface, drilling, operations, commercial, strategy, safety, ethics and compliance, public affairs, crisis management and technology.

Mr Willis earned a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University with concentrations in Managing Global Businesses and Social Responsibility, a Master of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the University of New Orleans,  and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Literature from Northwestern State University. 

Sebastian Gass

Sebastian Gass

General Manager, Technology, Strategy and Services
Chevron

Sebastian Gass is the General Manager for Technology, Strategy & Services in Chevron’s Information Technology Company (ITC).  In this role, Mr Gass is responsible for Chevron’s data science, enterprise architecture, project management, operational excellence, supplier management, services definition and business planning groups. Most recently, he built the foundation for Chevron’s global digital transformation strategy and continues to lead ITC’s efforts in that initiative.

He previously managed Chevron’s data center infrastructure asset, which he transitioned into a hybrid cloud world via an industry-first partnership deal with Microsoft.  Prior to that, he was the regional IT manager for Chevron North America Exploration and Production, overseeing the information technology needs of six business units focused on heavy oil, unconventionals, deepwater and liquefied natural gas. In this role, Mr Gass was responsible for creating Chevron’s data science program as well as establishing Chevron’s digital platform for unconventionals.  Prior to joining Chevron in 2007, he was the chief technology officer and executive vice-president at Hubwoo, a publicly-traded European company that provides comprehensive spend management and business process collaboration for goods and services. He started his career in information technology with SAP in Palo Alto, CA.

He holds Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Stanford University.

Brian Savoy

Brian Savoy

Senior Vice President Business Transformation and Technology
Duke Energy

Brian Savoy serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Transformation and Technology for Duke Energy, overseeing the company's information technology organization as well as resources dedicated to business and digital transformation. His teams provide foundational support for the company’s long-term strategy.

Prior to this role, Mr Savoy was senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller. He has also led a number of key functions, including vice president and controller of the company's Commercial Power segment, since joining Duke Energy in 2001. Savoy has extensive experience with financial modeling and forecasting. Previously, he was a manager with Deloitte & Touche, where he oversaw audit engagements with large energy clients.

Dave Truch

Dave Truch

Technology Director, Digital Innovation Organization
BP

Dave Truch is a Technology Director within the Digital Innovation Organization (DIO) BP. Dave works with the business to accelerate the efficient adoption of new technologies and deployments at scale by identifying the next waves of digital opportunities before they have even begun to take shape, while also remaining vigilant to digital developments that might one day pose a threat.  Dave has been working in the Oil & Gas sector for over 40 years, 30 of those with BP. 

Dave is currently advancing the use of autonomous approaches for changing the paradigm of inspection and monitoring activity within the company, as well as digitally capturing the physical world through new sensor types.  In the past, Dave has effectively used new technology approaches in a diverse set of activities across the breadth of the energy value chain. 

Dave received his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Physical Chemistry from the University of Calgary in 1975 and 1978 respectively. 

Sonny Garg

Sonny Garg

Energy Solutions Lead
Uptake

Prior to Uptake, Sonny Garg spent 13 years at Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 125 company, in a variety of senior executive positions, including serving as a member of the Executive Committee. Most recently, he was Chief Information and Innovation Officer (CIIO), where he developed and executed a strategy for Exelon’s $1B IT department designed to rapidly adapt to the changes in technology and the energy industry. He also was accountable for defining and driving a culture of innovation at Exelon, and for designing and implementing Exelon's cybersecurity program.  Prior to being CIIO, Sonny was the President of Exelon Power, where he oversaw the operations of 8,500 MW of generating assets. During the 2008 financial crisis, Sonny designed and executed Exelon’s $350M cost reduction initiative. He also has served as Exelon’s Senior Vice President for Human Resources.

Sonny began his career in the public and non-profit sectors, serving as an Assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and was appointed a White House Fellow by President Clinton. Prior to these positions, he was a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children.

Sonny is a Henry Crown Leadership Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He currently serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Sonny earned a MBA and a BA at the University of Chicago, and a MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Satyam Priyadarshy

Satyam Priyadarshy

Chief Data Scientist
Halliburton

Satyam Priyadarshy is a pioneer in the fields of data science, big data, analytics, and emerging technologies. Dr Priyadarshy is the first Chief Data Scientist of Oil and Gas Industry. In September 2016, Smart Industry (www.smartindustry.com) named Dr Priyadarshy as one of key innovators on the leading edge of digital transformation. He holds various academic positions at Oklahoma State University, George Mason University, and Virginia Tech. He has held various leadership positions in AOL, Network Solutions, Acxiom Corporation before joining Halliburton. He has co-founded few startups in DC and Silicon Valley and is an advisory board member of few startups in Healthcare, Retail, Finance and Analytics domain. His profile has appeared in many magazines including Chemical and Engineering News, The Scientist, Silicon India, Oil Review Middle East, Petroleum Review, RigZone among others. He has published over 35 papers and articles including an expert opinion in magazines like Science. Dr Priyadarshy obtained his PhD from IIT Bombay and MBA from The Pamplin School of Business, Virginia Tech.

Kentaro Kawamori

Kentaro Kawamori

Vice President, Chief Digital Officer
Chesapeake Energy

Kentaro Kawamori joined Chesapeake Energy in May 2018 as Chief Digital Officer. Tasked with leading the Digital Transformation as the company evolves its operating model to be digitally enabled across the enterprise, 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 areas prior to that.

Kentaro holds a BS from Northern Arizona University in Interdisciplinary Studies and an MBA with a focus on Management of Technology and Innovation from Arizona State University.

Eric Abecassis

Eric Abecassis

Chief Information Officer
Schlumberger

Eric is responsible for the corporate transformation with a focus on Digital strategy and enabling the agile enterprise. He is a key actor of the Industry, taking a leadership role in the digital transformation. His passion is about driving change through rethinking how technology, organization and people blend to produce outstanding value. Before this appointment, Eric served as President of Schlumberger Software Business (SIS) and led the digital strategy, driving new ways of addressing the challenges of Exploration and Production enabled by digital technologies. Eric Abecassis holds a Doctorate in Computer Science from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France and started his career in linguistics research followed by a number of architecture and technical roles before moving to more senior management positions.

Nikhil Patel

Nikhil Patel

Partner
McKinsey & Company

Nikhil Patel is a partner in McKinsey’s Houston office. His clients span the full extent of the energy system, including oil & gas producers, power companies, and energy service companies.  He is a leader of Digital McKinsey in North America, serving energy companies on digital strategy, implementation, and capability building. In this capacity, he supports energy companies in capturing real business value through digital technologies, and in using digital to transform how they work and create sustained competitive edge.Prior to McKinsey, he worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He has a JD from Yale Law School and an MA from the University of Chicago.

Mick Coady

Mick Coady

Partner, US Energy Cyber and Privacy Leader
PwC

Mick Coady is a Principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers with over 20 years of global privacy and technology experience. He has worked computer task forces around the world leading forensics and security investigations in the public and private sector. Mick is credited with developing an enterprise risk methodology to help companies mitigate risks and he has vital architecture and implementation experience in the deployment of identity and access management technologies with large, multinational corporations. Mick is an expert in the application of solutions related to privacy directives, having managed over 60 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), EU Privacy Directive (EUPD), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) engagements internationally. Most recently Mick worked on the HITRUST Alliance leadership team to help develop and write control objectives that have been completed in the Common Security Framework (CSF).

Geoff Plese

Geoff Plese

Principal, Power and Utilities Sector
PwC

Geoff Plese is part of the Power and Utilities Customer Leadership Team.  In this role, Geoff has responsibility for projects that include improvements in digital customer engagement, customer operations, and the use of innovative technology to drive change in a utility customer organization.  Geoff has 20+ years of consulting experience in the utilities industry.  His primary focus throughout his career has been working with utilities to improve utility consumer engagement and operations.

Geoff has been the engagement lead on large transformation programs that have included strategy, business process, human capital, technology, and overall operating model improvements.  All of these programs have been focused on business outcomes related to revenue growth, cost reduction, customer/brand satisfaction, energy efficiency programs and product/service adoption and/or risk mitigation.

Geoff specializes in customer experience, meter-to-cash, contact center/customer service operations, CRM, revenue assurance/management, digital engagement, channel management, analytics, sales, and marketing capabilities.

Gary Rackliffe

Gary Rackliffe

Vice President Smart Grids and Grid Modernization North America
ABB

Gary Rackliffe is the ABB Vice President for Smart Grids and Grid Modernization North America.  He has been in this position since 2009 and leads ABB's smart grid initiatives in North America.  He also is the General Manager for the Smart Grid Center of Excellence located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  With 30+ years of electric grid transmission and distribution experience, Gary has been recognized as an industry leader on smart grid technologies.  He is the past chair of National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Smart Grid Council and is the Technical Advisor for the IEC US National Committee’s advisory group.

Gary holds BS and ME degrees in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and an IEEE Senior Member.  He has co-authored a T&D planning book, and has written numerous technical papers and articles.

Irina Borovskaya

Irina Borovskaya

Founder and CEO
Iblytics

Irina Borovskaya has more than 15 years of upstream oil and gas experience in conventional and unconventional assets,  in onshore and offshore environments during exploration, appraisal and development phases.  Ms Borovskaya is the founder of Iblytics LLC, a boutique consulting firm focusing on helping clients with their strategic data driven decisions. Prior to founding Iblytics LLC she worked in ConocoPhillips in Lower48 Unconventional plays during appraisal and development stages for DJ basin and Eagle Ford, leading teams and projects. She has also worked in Schlumberger and held various positions in research, consulting and operations while working in the United States, Russia and Brazil with Data and Consulting Services and the Drilling and Measurements Segment. 

Ms Borovskaya has BSc and MSc degrees in applied mathematics and physics and PhD in mathematical modelling from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia. She is an MBA Candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Irina Borovskaya is an active member of SPE and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), she has been President of the Board of Directors of the Houston Chapter of SPWLA 2016-2018.

Alex De Sousa

Alex De Sousa

Head of IT
Equinor US

Alex De Sousa is currently the Head of IT for Equinor US. Alex is an IT professional with more than 20 years in the Oil and Gas sector, serving technical, non-technical, and leadership roles in sales, services, and operations. Passionate about the use of technology to enable others meet and exceed their goals, Alex has dedicated his career to help companies build strong technology portfolios with an end-to-end value perspective. 

Alex holds a Computer Science degree and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Justin  Lo

Justin Lo

Data Science Team Lead
Chevron

Justin Lo, data science analytics team lead in the Chevron’s Information Technology Company, leads a team of data scientists focused on growing the use of data science across the enterprise. This includes rapidly building and delivering the analytics portfolio and scaling solutions across Chevron’s globally distributed business units.  He joined Chevron in 2013 as a data scientist in Drilling & Completions where he was responsible for applying modeling and analytics to support Drilling & Completions and Chevron North America Exploration and Production IT strategies.  Justin received dual bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and liberal arts Plan II from the University of Texas in Austin. He also holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Duke University.

Carl Fehres

Carl Fehres

Vice President Engineering Technology
NOV

Joining NOV in 1998 as part of the IRI International acquisition and with over twenty-six years of experience, Carl Fehres has held numerous roles including engineering management, project management, product engineering and product development. In 2015, Carl started the Corporate Engineering Data (CED) group focused on creating a center of excellence for Big Data and IIOT technologies.  This group is responsible for NOV’s MAX Platform which is at the core of NOV’s newest digital solutions. 

He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and completed the Executive General Management Program (GMP6) at the Harvard Business School.  Today he is passionate about developing and implementing Big Data and IIOT solutions into NOV products and services.

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Chair (2)

Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.

Gregory Meyer

Gregory Meyer

Markets Reporter
Financial Times

Gregory Meyer is a reporter in the Financial Times' New York bureau. He covers commodities markets, futures exchanges and derivatives regulation. His previous reporting experience includes work at the Chicago Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University.

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Morag Watson

Morag Watson

Vice President of Digital Innovation
BP

Morag Watson is the Vice President of Digital Innovation at BP. In this role, Morag leads a team focused on identifying the application of emerging digital technology innovation to meet business requirements. She works closely with the BP business segments and functions to accelerate the efficient adoption of new technologies and deployment at scale. Her current position has evolved from the role of Chief Technology Officer and helps improve alignment and integration across BP. Morag’s expertise has been instrumental in the Technology Innovation system at BP from ideation to development, application and standardisation

Most recently, Morag Watson served as the Director of Global IT Operations and Infrastructure for the America’s region. She also held a senior business unit leadership role in BP's Alternative Energy business responsible for exploring and developing a new part of the renewable energy portfolio, focussing on low carbon power opportunities. Prior to this, Ms Watson was the CIO and Vice President of the Exploration and Production business of BP where her responsibilities included being accountable for all aspects of digital technology and infrastructure supporting the Upstream activities worldwide.

Over her 25-year tenure at BP, she has held other leadership positions including a wide range of roles in strategy, planning, and architecture in addition to the development of leading-edge technologies. Outside of the technical arena, she was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer and later Vice President, for the North America Commercial Fuels Marketing business. Ms Watson's diverse skills and experiences have taken her to roles based in many different countries, including the US and UK, as well as Venezuela and Colombia.

Her career has seen numerous accolades, including the BP Upstream Technical Achievement Award in 1999 and 2000, BP IT Helios Award in 2001, and the BP Performance Innovation Award in 2003. In addition, she was externally recognised by winning the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) award for Top Women in Technology.

She currently is BP’s Executive Sponsor for MIT, serves on the board of Intel Capital, Price Waterhouse Coopers Exchange and BPs Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is also the Executive Sponsor of BP Women International Americas Business Resource Group which is focussed on creating a greater pipeline of talent and opportunities for women in technical industries through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme.

Ms Watson holds an MSc in Management from Stanford University where she was sponsored by BP under the Sloan Program, a BSc in Mathematics and Computing from Aberdeen University and an LTCL from the Trinity College of Music in London.

Satyam Priyadarshy

Satyam Priyadarshy

Chief Data Scientist
Halliburton

Satyam Priyadarshy is a pioneer in the fields of data science, big data, analytics, and emerging technologies. Dr Priyadarshy is the first Chief Data Scientist of Oil and Gas Industry. In September 2016, Smart Industry (www.smartindustry.com) named Dr Priyadarshy as one of key innovators on the leading edge of digital transformation. He holds various academic positions at Oklahoma State University, George Mason University, and Virginia Tech. He has held various leadership positions in AOL, Network Solutions, Acxiom Corporation before joining Halliburton. He has co-founded few startups in DC and Silicon Valley and is an advisory board member of few startups in Healthcare, Retail, Finance and Analytics domain. His profile has appeared in many magazines including Chemical and Engineering News, The Scientist, Silicon India, Oil Review Middle East, Petroleum Review, RigZone among others. He has published over 35 papers and articles including an expert opinion in magazines like Science. Dr Priyadarshy obtained his PhD from IIT Bombay and MBA from The Pamplin School of Business, Virginia Tech.

Harry de Grijs

Harry de Grijs

Vice President and CIO IT Services and Operations (ITSO)
Shell

Harry de Grijs, appointed Vice President and CIO IT Services and Operations (ITSO) in 2016 is based in Houston, Texas. Though largely Netherlands- based, his career has included roles in Malaysia and London. Now in Shell IT, he is all about delivering value to the business. ITSO’s primary role is to protect that value, to ensure that “IT Just Works” for nearly 145,000 users in the Shell Group of Companies. ITSO does this by providing secure, reliable and affordable IT services and operations for a very global, very diverse, very 24X7 Company. Ensuring that IT will also just work in the future, he is driving a technical and cultural transformation putting the user firmly at the center of all ITSO efforts, propelling faster adoption and enablement of new technologies while transforming the organization to get back into technology and to become more agile. A few years in and while navigating a world with a relentless pace of technology change, Harry is truly transforming the organizational culture.

Mr de Grijis joined Shell in 1987, as a graduate with an Economic degree from Erasmus University (Rotterdam, NL). He believes his experience in the Upstream and Downstream arms of the industry- in delivery and strategic roles, in addition to leading IT in Capital Projects, Manufacturing, Supply, Distribution, Upstream solutions and Operations, has grounded him in the value chain and has developed his dedication to the bottom line value from technology.

Eric Abecassis

Eric Abecassis

Chief Information Officer
Schlumberger

Eric is responsible for the corporate transformation with a focus on Digital strategy and enabling the agile enterprise. He is a key actor of the Industry, taking a leadership role in the digital transformation. His passion is about driving change through rethinking how technology, organization and people blend to produce outstanding value. Before this appointment, Eric served as President of Schlumberger Software Business (SIS) and led the digital strategy, driving new ways of addressing the challenges of Exploration and Production enabled by digital technologies. Eric Abecassis holds a Doctorate in Computer Science from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France and started his career in linguistics research followed by a number of architecture and technical roles before moving to more senior management positions.

Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.

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Agenda - 6th Dec

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks from the Chair

    Ed Crooks, US Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Energy leaders' panel: Digital evolution of energy

    Whilst digital technologies are not new to the energy sector the pace of adoption and change is unprecedented.  From exploration and production through to storage and retail, digitalization is at the heart of energy transformation, disrupting traditional business models and redefining roles.  This opening panel will take a 360 degree view of the impact throughout the supply chain and consider the value that digitalization brings. To what extent can the industry adapt, respond to the challenges and become leaner and more resilient as a result?

    • How do you assess the value of digital? How have current technologies been implemented at scale and what has worked and hasn’t?  What has been the effect on productivity and costs?
    • What does it take to implement digital transformation models and integrate technologies across businesses? How do you avoid the associated risks and ensure that strategies are aligned?
    • Are energy companies more likely to invest in in-house R&D, make acquisitions or establish partnerships?
    • What influence might further industry consolidation have on the pace of digital uptake?

    Julia Hamm, President and CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance

    Bruce McCullough, Senior Vice President, Technology & Innovation, and CIO, Marathon Oil

    Nikhil Patel, Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Moderator:  Ed Crooks, US Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Keynote Interview: The next leap forward for energy

    Thomas Siebel, Chairman and CEO, C3

    Interviewer:  Ed Crooks, US Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Fireside Chat: Lessons from the pioneers
  • 10:40am
    Networking
  • 11:00am
    Fireside chat: Managing the risks of ITOT convergence

    Mick Coady, Partner, US Energy Cyber and Privacy Leader, PwC

    Interviewer:  Ed Crooks, US Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
    Panel discussion: Translating data into value

    Data volumes are growing exponentially and there is an increasing need to extract value and optimize the use of this core asset.  Powerful analysis can convert big data into actionable insights which help aid decision making, streamline processes and speed up development.   However, making sense of the huge amount of data is all the more challenging as much of it exists in silos across organisations. This panel will look at the potential of digital technologies to fuel growth and explore ways to unify and share data, generate insights and monetize information.

    • How can the extraction of insights and value from data assets be improved?   
    • How do you integrate new analytics technologies and mine legacy data?
    • What does it take to break down the silos and aggregate data into a single platform?  Is it possible to share data whilst navigating the challenge of competitive advantage?
    • Who owns and controls the data? Understanding governance and protection regulation
    • How do you tap data and facilitate information sharing whilst protecting against security breaches?  Best practices for building system integrity and resilience

    Sebastian Gass, General Manager, Technology, Strategy and Services, Chevron

    Kentaro Kawamori, Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, Chesapeake Energy

    Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton

    Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grids and Grid Modernization North America, ABB

    Darryl Willis, Vice President - Oil, Gas and Energy Sector, Google Cloud

    Moderator:  Ed Crooks, US Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Special focus: Leading company-wide digital transformation

    Digital investment involves managing disruption internally, building capabilities and redefining roles. Robotics and automation are having a widespread impact on the ways companies operate.  Company leadership and management principles have to adapt in order to drive the adoption of new technology across organizations. New initiatives are needed to equip the workforce with skills, knowledge and training to keep up with technological innovation.                                                                      

    • How can the mind-set of the executive team be inspired to lead digital transformation throughout the business?
    • How do you create a digital-ready workforce and prepare employees for the shift in labour responsibilities between people and machines? 
    • In what ways can a data and security focused corporate culture be implemented?
      • What can be done to attract millennials to the energy sector?  How do we position and communicate digitally to make that happen? 

    Eric Abecassis, Chief Information Officer, Schlumberger

    Bert Natalicchio, Vice President IT and Strategic Programs Director, Shell Projects & Technology

    Antonio Pietri, President and CEO, AspenTech

    Moderator:  Gregory Meyer, Markets Reporter, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Interactive round table sessions

    This is the opportunity to engage with fellow participants, join the debate and share ideas and experiences.  Discussions will focus on the approaches and best practices which are enabling digital transformation and improving resilience, efficiency and safety across organizations.

    What new approaches are needed to manage cultural change and the shifting generation of employees?

    Facilitator: Irina Borovskaya, Founder and CEO, Iblytics

    To what extent can technology enhance end-user experience?

    Facilitator: Mary Anne Brelinsky, President, EDF Energy Services

    Key enablers and barriers in a digital approach to business transformation

    Facilitator: Alex De Sousa, Head of IT, Equinor US

    What value can IT and data-centric technology bring to engineering capability and productivity?

    Facilitator: Carl Fehres, Vice President Engineering Technology, NOV

    How can deep learning drive operational excellence?

    Facilitator:  Justin Lo, Data Science Team Lead, Chevron

  • 3:00pm
    In conversation with the FT

    Sonny Garg, Energy Solutions Lead, Uptake

    Interviewer:  Gregory Meyer, Markets Reporter, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Digital dialogue: Bringing benefits to partners and customers

    Advanced technologies are changing the way energy is produced and also consumed; they are playing an ever more significant role in customer interactions and transforming relationships with partners and end-users.  How are shifting customer expectations influencing business strategies?  In what ways are digital technologies being used to increase flexibility and drive new revenue streams? AI helps suppliers to understand more about their customers and enhance personalization but how far can digital tools go in delivering value and improving client experience, and what are their limitations? 

    Mary Anne Brelinsky, President, EDF Energy Services

    Geoff Plese, Principal, Power and Utilities Sector, PwC

    Brian Savoy, Senior Vice President Business Transformation and Technology, Duke Energy

    Moderator:  Gregory Meyer, Markets Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Closing panel: Emerging technologies - bringing opportunity and value to energy

    In the rapidly evolving world of innovation how do you assess the advantages of the latest digital tools and platforms and the challenges they present?   Which digital solutions are worth the investment? Can the innovators demonstrate the real-world value of their technologies?  How effective are they in keeping costs down and productivity up?  This closing panel will home in on what technologies can provide in terms of efficiency, safety and returns on investment and weigh up the obstacles to adoption.

    Eric Abecassis, Chief Information Officer, Schlumberger

    Dave Truch, Technology Director, BP

    Moderator:  Gregory Meyer, Markets Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Concluding remarks

    Gregory Meyer, Markets Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Drinks Reception

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Digital Energy Summit will be attended by CEOs, CIOs, CDOs, CISOs and Heads of IT and Technology from:

  • National and International Oil and Gas Companies
  • Oil and Gas Services and Suppliers
  • Power Companies/Utilities
  • Power Grid Operators/Transmission and Distribution
  • Power Equipment Manufacturers
  • Energy Services Companies 
  • Energy and Resources Fund Managers
  • Private Equity & Investment Banks
  • Energy Lawyers and Consultants
  • Big Data and Analytics Providers
  • Fixed and Mobile Operators
  • Web Service Providers
  • Data Security Firms
  • Water Companies
  • Renewable Energy Suppliers
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Why Attend?

  • Hear how digital leaders and experts across the industry spectrum – oil, gas, power and clean energy, are enabling their strategies to benchmark your progress
  • Gain insights from over 30 thought leaders on what we can expect from the next phase of digital and technology disruption to prepare your organisation
  • Understand how to drive business value and monetise innovation in order to secure further investment
  • Network with over 150 C-level executives and department heads from energy operators, regulators, consultants, start-ups and technology providers to grow your position within the industry
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Fees

Fees

Early Bird Ticket (September 14)

$795 +VAT

Standard Summit Ticket

$995 +VAT

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Venue

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker St
Houston
Houston TX 77010

United States of America

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Accommodation

You can find information about available hotels near the Marriott Marquis Hotel via this link

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Gain access to 150 Senior Executives from the energy industry, who will be attending the event;

  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility;
  • Demonstrate thought leadership around the current critical issues affecting the industry;
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns

Daniel Wood

Commercial Manager, Energy, Climate & Commodities

T: +44 (0) 20 7873 4329

E: Daniel.wood@ft.com

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 940,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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With offices in 158 countries and more than 250,000 people, PwC is among the world's leading professional services networks. We help organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for by delivering quality audit, tax and advisory services. As the needs of PwC's clients and stakeholders have changed, so has PwC. We look at the world through the eyes of clients, anticipating and listening to their needs, helping them to solve problems while capitalizing on the opportunities brought on by new technologies. PwC's mission is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We work alongside our clients to deliver solutions and tackle challenges using the strength of our all business services lines and our global network of firms. PwC’s global Cybersecurity & Privacy practice of 3,300+ practitioners includes specialized consultants, former law enforcement agents, cyber-forensic investigators, intelligence analysts, technologists, attorneys and industry leaders in cybersecurity and privacy. Our team has deep experience helping global businesses across industries strategically assess, design, deploy and improve cybersecurity programs.

Associate Sponsors (2)

ABB enables the grid of the future, shaping a stronger, smarter and greener power grid. Our pioneering technologies help our customers improve performance, capacity, reliability, efficiency and profitability, while lowering environmental impact. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years we've been working closely with utility customers to write the future of industrial digitalization. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers momentum, these new technologies allow our customers to capitalize on the efficiency and performance improvements that digitalization delivers today. No other smart grid solution partner is poised to offer the breadth of systems, equipment, software and communications technologies. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. 

AspenTech is a leading software supplier for optimizing asset performance. Our products thrive in complex, industrial environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and maintenance lifecycle.

AspenTech uniquely combines decades of process modeling expertise with machine learning. Our purpose-built software platform automates knowledge work and builds sustainable competitive advantage by delivering high returns over the entire asset lifecycle. As a result, companies in capital-intensive industries can maximize uptime and push the limits of performance, running their assets faster, safer, longer and greener.

Our hardware-agnostic platform, aspenONE®, integrates seamlessly across the enterprise through the unifying language of asset optimization. AspenTech software serves as the connective tissue of an enterprise-wide, intelligent network, through which real-time data becomes actionable.

AspenTech traces its roots back to the ASPEN (Advanced System for Process Engineering) project at MIT, which was launched in 1977 to develop a process simulation system for chemical engineers. From our very first days to the present, we’ve been committed to helping our customers optimize their operations through the development and application of innovative new technologies.

To see how we help companies around the world maximize profitability and productivity without ever compromising safety, reliability or regulatory compliance, visit www.aspentech.com.

Supporting Partner (1)

With the Digital Transformation under way in the upstream oil & gas industry, Energistics provides the data transfer standards that support the interconnection of all the actors from the well planning to the field production phases of an asset.  Standardized data results in a faster and more reliable flow of knowledge and information, while ensuring superior levels of trust and accuracy.  The participation of operators, service companies, technology companies and regulating agencies translates into standards that address the needs of all the actors.  The agnostic nature of the standards developed by Energistics guarantees that data will be future-proof for use during the whole life-cycle of hydrocarbon assets.

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