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FT Digital Energy Summit USA 2019

Driving higher business optimization and value through digitalization

Houston |
Speakers include:
Francisco Ortigosa

Francisco Ortigosa

Repsol SA

Michelle  Pflueger

Michelle Pflueger

Kentaro Kawamori

Kentaro Kawamori

Chesapeake Energy

Overview

The spread of intelligent and connected devices, cloud computing and artificial intelligence is creating exciting new possibilities that are making the energy industry safer, more efficient, and more productive.

As energy companies look ahead to the 2020s and beyond, they face a new set of challenges. A ferociously competitive exploration and production industry in the US means that few are generating free cash flows. Increased production, made possible by digital innovations, is likely to put further downward pressure on world oil prices. Meanwhile, many forecasters think the growth in demand for oil will slow. While demand for electricity grows faster, with the rise of e-mobility creating opportunities for expansion. Pressure from investors, customers, politicians and the public is pushing some to rethink strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The convergence of oil, gas and power businesses is intensifying competition. The industry’s workforce is starting to change, as new technologies create a need for skills and specialisms that are new to the industry, such as data science.

FT Digital Energy Summit USA will gather innovators and energy leaders to consider the opportunities and complexities of disruption throughout the sector, share best practices and lessons learnt in order to foster innovation and help attract new talent.  The thought leadership event will explore how energy companies can respond to a fast-changing world, new opportunities and threats. The issues to be addressed will include:

  • How can digital transformation strategies help oil and gas address the growing threat to current business models?
  • Can digital technology provide a solution for generating profit from unconventional oil and gas?
  • In a traditionally risk-averse industry with a multi-generational workforce, how can oil and gas companies compete with digital native companies?
  • What is the role of digital in an energy transition towards renewable power?
  • Is digital the key to becoming carbon-neutral and achieving business sustainability?
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fallback Add to my Calendar 12/03/2019 07:40:0012/03/2019 17:30:00trueFT Digital Energy Summit USA 2019The spread of intelligent and connected devices, cloud computing and artificial intelligence is creating exciting new possibilities that are making the energy industry safer, more efficient, and more productive.As energy companies look ahead to the 2020s and beyond, they face a new set of challenges. A ferociously competitive exploration and production industry in the US means that few are generating free cash flows. Increased production, made possible by digital innovations, is likely to put further downward pressure on world oil prices. Meanwhile, many forecasters think the growth in demand for oil will slow. While demand for electricity grows faster, with the rise of e-mobility creating opportunities for expansion. Pressure from investors, customers, politicians and the public is pushing some to rethink strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The convergence of oil, gas and power businesses is intensifying competition. The industry’s workforce is starting to change, as new technologies create a need for skills and specialisms that are new to the industry, such as data science.FT Digital Energy Summit USA will gather innovators and energy leaders to consider the opportunities and complexities of disruption throughout the sector, share best practices and lessons learnt in order to foster innovation and help attract new talent.  The thought leadership event will explore how energy companies can respond to a fast-changing world, new opportunities and threats. The issues to be addressed will include:How can digital transformation strategies help oil and gas address the growing threat to current business models?Can digital technology provide a solution for generating profit from unconventional oil and gas?In a traditionally risk-averse industry with a multi-generational workforce, how can oil and gas companies compete with digital native companies?What is the role of digital in an energy transition towards renewable power?Is digital the key to becoming carbon-neutral and achieving business sustainability?FT-Digital-Energy-Summit-USA-2019f7c8431f07c05e45cfdf71842e69f52cMM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 3rd Dec

  • 7:40am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:40am
    Chair's opening remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:45am
    Opening keynote dialogue: Macroeconomics and current trends for the energy sector

    Macroeconomic and political uncertainties, including the US-China trade war and rising interest rates weighing on growth, could result in a slowdown in the world economy.  As global oil and gas consumption continues to grow, total world greenhouse gas emissions are predicted to rise again this year. Renewable electricity and energy storage costs will continue to fall, thereby increasing global investment in power generation and a new range of possibilities.  Total oil demand is projected to continue steadily rising to 2040.

    • What is the prediction for the energy transition? What is the US looking at?
    • What does it mean to be in the midst of a comeback in unconventionals? Is it the same as before and what has changed?
    • How is digital contributing to the production of unconventional crude?
    • Has the energy sector become much more competitive? What role does digital play?
    • With a focus on the Permian basin, can independents compete with the supermajors or are more acquisitions inevitable?
    • How can we achieve a balance between investment into digital versus cleaner fuel and carbon neutral operations? Do the two go hand in hand?
    • What impact will the rise of renewable power, battery storage and electric vehicles have?

    Moderated by: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:15am
    Early adopter case study: Converging Information Technology and Operational Technology systems in order to set up the digital IT foundation that allows digitalisation

    The potential integration of IT systems used for data-centric computing with OT systems used to monitor events, processes and devices and make adjustments in enterprise and industrial operations is a relatively new area within the energy sector. This early adopter case study will discuss how to realise the opportunities, lessons learnt, cyber resiliency, and challenges including cultural considerations and overcoming resistance.

    Session reserved for: BP

  • 9:35am
    Executive level dialogue: What does leadership look like in the digital era?

    The convergence of oil and utility businesses is making them increasingly direct competitors. Digitalisation can be both a differentiator and a leveler. A revision to traditional business models  will require new and different types of leadership and to help distinguish offerings. The nature of transformation has changed and affects the evolution of culture within a business. Digitalisation and cyber resilience must be integrated into the business strategy and culture like safety and asset management.

    • What are board level expectations in relation to digital and how can they be met?
    • How does the executive team perceive technology ROI versus investing into new energies?
    • How has the role and responsibility of the board changed in relation to data and cyber breaches?
    • How can CIOs help to improve al lack of tech fluency on Boards and within executive teams?
    • What does digital do for the top and bottom line within the energy sector?
    • Can Machine Learning (ML) and AI be utilised to help reduce the impact of previous lay-offs in the sector?
    • Can the company culture survive the digital transformation process, particularly with the added challenge of regulation and unions?
    • Are digitalisation and diversity catalysts for propelling the energy industry forward?   
    • How can diversity be improved across the organisation including the Board?

    Moderated by: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Networking break
  • 10:50am
    Technology deepdive: What are the next generation of digital technologies?

    This technology deepdive will provide a snapshot of the technologies coming up for the energy sector including Machine Learning engineering, cloud at hyperscale and as a development platform, deploymentof digital platforms, and the future of corporate IT.

  • 11:10am
    CIO debate: How can CIOs strengthen their position within the organisation to ensure digitalisation becomes integrated into the business strategy and culture?
    • From disruption to competition, what opportunities are created in energy by new tech?
    • How can the challenges in scaling successful pilot projects up to full oilfield (ie designing surface facilities and infrastructure needed) be addressed?
    • How can CIOs ensure data is valued as an asset, not a by-product?
    • How can an organisation of non digital natives be led to become digital?
    • As more responsibility is handed to IT, how can CIOs ensure their teams effectively partner with OT teams?
    • How can energy companies embrace risk whilst continuing to comply with safety and security standards?
    • How can CIOs help to support a portfolio of multiple operating models?
    • How can the complexities and risks of partnering with start-ups be minimised?

    Kentaro Kawamori, Chief Digital Officer, Chesapeake Energy

  • 11:40am
    Tech spotlight: Creating a cyber resilience culture - How to ensure a complete enterprise recovery in the aftermath of a cyber breach

    Across all sectors, there is an ongoing tension between digital and cyber security teams - functionality and innovation versus security and reliability. Capabilities create vulnerabilities. Digital info risk versus regulation versus speed. This cross-sector tech spotlight will discuss data in the cloud - what are the security considerations on third party audits, international regulations, integrating into the culture, and the right level of spend versus the level of risk.

  • 12:00pm
    Interactive round tables Part 1:
    1. How does digital play a role in carbon capture, use and storage or CO2-enhanced oil recovery?
    2. What are the key lessons learnt for achieving investment into digital tech?
    3. How should organisations prepare for transitioning to the cloud? How do you approach set up?
    4. How can companies create an ecosystem of suppliers which differentiates the digital business model?
    5. Cost structures are a challenge as finance is not always available to invest in tech and digital, how can IT teams demonstrate and show value for what is a complex investment?
    6. What are the key considerations in balancing safety and security when working with start-ups (ref networks, architecture and data)?
    1. How can the true value of big data across a whole asset or supply chain be extracted?
    2. Good operations + good business = sustainability and a reduction in carbon emissions indirectly, how can this be achieved via tech (ie BPX used algorithms for flaring scheduling which resulted in asset longevity,  efficiency and reduced carbon emissions)
    3. How can consumerization of IT through the development of applications, as part of design thinking, create tangible business impact and value across the business? (ref: the ability of software/AI to become task-orientated for high complexity areas such as maintenance. How can that be broken down? How to develop a tech stack that can make it happen?)
    4. How can consumerization of IT help to form the right platform for plug and play? How can it become an enabler versus a blocker?
    5. Future technology trends: Machine Learning engineering, cloud at hyperscale and as a development platform, and deployment of digital platforms
  • 1:00pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Digital debate: Applications of Machine Learning in Unconventionals versus in Deepwater

    The requirements, challenges and applications of machine learning in unconventionals and deepwater vary greatly. Whilst the priorities and challenges of the former focus on optimisation, cost efficiency, operational, and a complex manufacturing environment; the latter is centred around big data, open source, insights and value.

    This digital debate will cover the following key questions:

    • What are the differences in digital tech and scaling up?
    • How is regulation impacting sector?
    • What culture change is needed?
    • How can digital help to address these challenges?

    Francisco Ortigosa, Director Innovation Technology, Corporate Division Technology and Corporate Venturing, Repsol SA

  • 2:30pm
    Interactive round tables - Part 2
  • 3:30pm
    Digital debate: NextGen energy culture: What does it take to become a NextGen digital leader?

    There is a huge recruitment challenge occuring within the energy sector in Texas. In addition, job tenures are becoming shorter.  Generation K has an entirely new perspective to consider. CIOs must be capable of engaging with multi-generation workforces across global locations to manage talent.  Rapid technological changes mean job titles, roles and functions will continue to change, be eliminated or transformed.

    • How can the energy sector become more appealing to the next generation? What do they want to see? What are some motivations for entering the energy sector?
    • What challenges do the next generation see in digital transformation?
    • How can you adopt an innovative spirit within a traditionally risk-averse culture?
    • Are new job titles required to attract new talent ie ‘data wrangler’ (responsible for interpreting mounds of data)?
    • What incentivises the NextGen digital experts and how can reward packages be structured accordingly?
    • What are some of the reverse mentoring best practices and opportunities?
    • How can CIOs take a more holistic and flexible approach to talent acquisition to account for the rapid technological advances and changing business priorities?
    • What role will talent analytics, in tandem with business analytics, play in creating the most effective, sustainable approach?
  • 4:15pm
    Chair's closing remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Networking afternoon tea
  • 5:30pm
    Close

Speakers (3)

Francisco Ortigosa

Francisco Ortigosa

Director Innovation Technology, Corporate Division Technology and Corporate Venturing
Repsol SA
Michelle  Pflueger

Michelle Pflueger

General Manager, Digital Innovation & Acceleration

Michelle Pflueger is General Manager, Digital Innovation and Acceleration for Chevron. Michelle’s team is responsible for expanding and accelerating digital innovation across the enterprise. Michelle’s career with Chevron has given her the opportunity to work in multiple countries, with leadership responsibilities ranging from roles in field operations (Offshore Installation manager on Agbami FPSO, Nigeria), to production engineering (Lead Production Engineer in Block 2, Angola), to central technology groups (Petroleum Engineering Consultant in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company). By furthering her education through a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics, she expanded her knowledge in advanced data analytics and complimented her experience in Chevron’s efforts around i-field, Upstream Workflow Transformation, and Lean Six Sigma. Michelle has passion around the transformation of business and
workflows through the integration of data analytics and digital technologies. 
A native of California, Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California Berkeley in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics from Texas A&M in 2011. Michelle is a lifetime member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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.

Advisory Board (4)

Alisa  Choong

Alisa Choong

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, IT Services and Operations
Shell

As VP and CIO of IT Services and Operations at Shell, Alisa Choong is responsible for end user IT strategy for Shell’s employees and contractors globally. Critical to this role is ensuring the delivery of robust, secure and reliable IT operations that increases productivity and lays the foundations for Shell’s digital transformation. A key success factor of the role is cultural transformation of Shell’s IT workforce and its’ ecosystem to embed the digital characteristics needed to thrive in the future.In her previous roles as P&T CIO and EVP Technical and Competitive IT (TaCIT), Alisa cultivated Shell’s digital transformation by maturing cutting-edge technologies and building the digital skills and capabilities required to operationalise Shell’s Digital Strategy.

Born in Malaysia, educated in Australia, she has worked internationally throughout her career. Her experience was forged by roles at KPMG, Bank of Australia, PwC, IBM, and the global energy shipping and logistics corporation MISC Bhd, a public listed subsidiary of PETRONAS, where she was Chief Information Officer. Alisa is a firm believer in lifelong learning and the trait she values most in others is personal curiosity. She is also widely recognised by her colleagues for her creativity and ability to deliver ideas into real business value.

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.

Toby Everett

Toby Everett

Technology Transition & Acceleration Director Digital Innovation Organization
BP

Toby is the Technology Transition & Acceleration Director within BP’s Digital Innovation Organization (DIO). The DIO seeks to identify and develop innovative digital technology that may benefit BP or might one day pose a threat and Toby ensures proven technologies can move through the organization in a swift, agile manner.
In her nine years at BP, Toby has held a range of IT leadership positions. Toby spent the last five years as the Chief Information Officer of BP’s U.S. Onshore E&P Business – BPX Energy. Before that, she managed the overall IT portfolio, provided delivery assurance for large programs, and implemented critical systems for BP’s trading business. Her time at BP has allowed her to live in London, Denver, and Houston.
Toby’s previous career included five years in management consultancy at KPMG where she specialized in financial risk management advisory solutions. She helped design mid to long-range growth strategies for organizations spanning the energy industry. She also spent five years at a commodity trading risk management system vendor, Sungard Energy Systems. While there she led the global support organization and held other roles across the systems development lifecycle.
Toby is an active coach and mentor both within and outside BP, working with peers across the globe. She is a member of the Technology Business Management Council and recently served as co-chair for the Denver CIO governing body.
Toby holds an MSc in technology management from Columbia University and a BBA in business analysis from Texas A&M University.

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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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 USA 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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Be in Good Company

Companies that attended in 2018 included (in alphabetical order):

ABB
ADI Analytics LLC
Anaplan
Aramco Services Company
Aspen Technology, Inc.
Aurora Clean Energy Partners
Bloomberg NEF
BP
C3
Chesapeake Energy
Chevron
Direct Energy
Duke Energy
EDF
Egon Zehnder
EMRE
Energistics Inc
EnergySys Limited
EPAM Systems
Equinor
EY
Iblytics llc
IMI Critical Engineering
JP3 Measurement
Marathon Oil
Modern Monopolies Podcast
Murphy Oil Corp
New York Times
NOV
Oceaneering
Orbital Insight
Petro IT
PwC
Red Hat, Inc
Repsol
Rigzone
Schlumberger
SEPA
Shell
Software AG
Solar Turbines
TGS
Uptake
Weatherford

and many more....

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Fees

Fees
Standard Summit Ticket
US$ 995 +VAT

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Testimonials from the Digital Energy series

"Great speakers and a great mix of interesting debate and discussions.” Economic and Energetic Studies Specialist, Galp Energia

“The Summit was really valuable, giving insight to the status of analytics in the energy sector.” Senior VP, AlixPartner

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

​“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” CIO and Senior Vice President Corporate IT, Statoil​

“Excellent overview of the broad subject of digital technology on the energy transition" Owner, Oblath Advisory

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Venue

The St. Regis Houston
1919 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston
Houston 77027-3408

United States of America


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Presented By (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, 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.