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FT Digital Energy Summit 2019

Redefining Competition in an Evolving Energy Landscape

London |
Speakers include:
Morag Watson

Morag Watson

BP

Mike  Young

Mike Young

Centrica

Rosa  Kariger

Rosa Kariger

Iberdrola Group

Overview

Digital technologies are transforming the energy industry, bringing huge changes to productivity, safety, workforce development and the competitive landscape. The past decade has been a period of disruption. Now a new wave of technologies developed outside the industry is emerging, opening up a new range of opportunities and threats. Digitalisation has offered new ways of working and new sources of value to oil, gas and power companies. It has also enabled companies with no background in the energy industry to emerge as collaborators and potential competitors. To succeed in this fast-changing competitive environment, companies need to be able to realise the full potential of digital technologies while maintaining the reliability of their legacy systems.  The fourth annual FT Digital Energy Summit, bringing together over 175 decision-makers from the digital energy community, including executives, innovators, entrepreneurs and experts, will explore how digital technologies are redefining the world of energy.

How can energy companies make the best use of digital technologies to enhance productivity? What are the implications of digitalisation for safety and security? What will the competitive landscape look like as digitalisation takes hold?  How will traditional players compete with new entrants? How should companies manage their data to maximise its value? What are the barriers to adopting digital technologies? What are the right ways to recruit, retain and reward staff with the new skills that a digital energy company will need?   

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2018 Testimonials

2018 Testimonials

"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

“Excellent technical presentations and a great mix of professional backgrounds. It was fantastic to be able to engage with delegates with such a diverse experience in the digital field." Project Engineer, TUV SUD NEL

“A wonderful day! Provided a better understanding of the intersection between digitalization and the energy transition.” Chairman, Oblath Advisory

“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!” Senior Development Manager, National Grid Ventures

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2017 Testimonials

2017 Testimonials

“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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Agenda - 18th Sep

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair's opening remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening keynote interview: 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. Global coal demand is likely to remain stable.  Electric car sales will keep rising as a wave of new models hit the market.

    • What is the prediction for the energy transition? What is the UK looking at?
    • How is the power sector progressing towards decarbonisation in its commitment to deliver a carbon neutral electricity supply by 2050?
    • What is the bigger purpose of digital technology across the energy sector?  Are energy companies facing a new quality of change which requires radical new approaches?
    • How impact will the rise of renewable power, battery storage and electric vehicles have?
    • How much is the government responding to the potential of digital?  For example, why are new nuclear energy plants being developed?
    • How does the industry perceive the evolution of regulations?  Is a form of RegTech required?
    • Where do we see the majority of players shifting within the end to end value chain?
    • Is infrastructure sufficient to match the changing energy landscape, including electrification of transportation, and the next decade of rising power demands?  

    Mary Starks, Executive Director for Consumers and Markets, OFGEM

  • 9:30am
    Interactive delegate voting session
  • 10:00am
    Executive level dialogue: What does leadership look like in the digital era?

    Companies believe digitalisation will require new and different types of leadership to effectively address changes in organisational structures and operating models.  The nature of transformation has changed and affects the evolution of culture within a business.

    • What are board level expectations in relation to digital and how can they be met?
    • How can CIOs overcome an overall lack of tech fluency on Boards and within executive teams?
    • How can CIOs determine which  issues are part of digital transformation, and which are just ordinary adaptations leveraging technological advancements?
    • How can CIOs allocate digital transformation budgets to help demonstrate the direct value to stakeholders?
    • As CFOs become the new owners of big data, what will this mean for the role of the CIO?
    • How can CFOs and CIOs collaborate to ensure data is valued as an asset, not a by-product?
    • As more responsibility is handed to IT, how can CIOs ensure their teams effectively partner with Operations Technology teams?
    • Are digitalisation and diversity catalysts for propelling the energy industry forward?   
    • How can diversity be improved across the organisation including the Board?
    • AI is set to replace one third of employees in the future, what is the energy sector perspective?

    Mike Young, Group CIO, Centrica

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

  • 10:45am
    Networking break
  • 11:15am
    Industry challenge: What are the key considerations in balancing safety and security when working with start-ups?

    This quick fire-side chat will provide feedback from an energy enterprise on the complexities they are facing in relation to ensuring the safety and security of their networks, architecture and data, in addition to other challenges, when partnering with start-ups as part of the innovation strategy.

    Alisa Choong, Vice President and CIO; IT Services and Operations, Shell

  • 11:25am
    Digital debate: How can energy companies embrace risk whilst continuing to comply with safety and security standards?

    Investment into start-ups continues to provide an innovation platform for energy enterprises. Procuring digital technology and know-how from outside of the industry can also maximise the benefits to energy companies.  Yet all partnerships add further complexity and risk, already an existing challenge for the sector. However a risk-embracing mindset is required in order to achieve innovation as part of a digital transformation strategy.

    This interactive panel will debate the points raised in the previous session and aim to provide guidance for addressing the key challenges being faced by the energy sector. Audience participation is key to this discussion and we will be actively encouraging all attendees to participate in the discussion!

    Example questions:

    • How can we balance the tension between organisations knowing about a business problem and vendors trying to solve an issue before the business is aware it exists?
    • How can a more iterative approach be taken to innovation?
    • 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?
    • What impact do start-ups have on the corporate mainstream culture?
    • How can structural conflicts be managed?
    • What are some of the restrictions of integrating a start-up into the main organisation?
    • Can corporate standards and rules be aligned without hindering innovation?

    Alisa Choong, Vice President and CIO; IT Services and Operations, Shell

    Rosa Kariger, Global CISO, Iberdrola

  • 12:00pm
    Interactive round tables
    1. How can we overcome the restrictions of data protection in cross-industry data sharing whilst complying with privacy laws and contractual arrangements?
    2. How can contracts be restructured to allow for more collaboration in respect of data and AI?
    3. What are some of the emerging solutions for overcoming access to data in poorly connected locations?
    4. How could companies be incentivised to share their data?
    5. What kind of security architecture is required to ensure data isolation and GDPR compliance?
    6. What are some of the objectives and ethics that should be considered for data sharing?  
    7. How can the true value of big data be extracted across a whole asset or supply chain be achieved?
    8. How can a data analytics and business intelligence capability be integrated into an organisation?  
    9. Procuring digital technology and know-how from outside of the industry can maximise benefits for oil and gas companies, how can they manage the risks presented by adding further complexity?
    10. As digitalisation becomes industralised, there are more capabilities that can be leveraged through partners such as Google, with little intellectual investment, how can this be monetised
    11. Are enterprises ready to adopt 0 code solutions?  
    12. How can 0 code solutions be promoted to enable citizen software development?
    13. How can 0 code solutions be reused within an enterprise? What are the barriers?
    14. How can we ensure availability, consistency and integrity of the right data sets to feed into AI projects?
    15. How can companies increase the Return on Innovation (ROI) investment?
    16. How can CIOs play a bigger role in the customer journey?

    Facilitators:

    Daljit Rehal, Senior Vice President of Digital and Data Systems, Centrica

  • 1:00pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    AI @ scale to drive customer and business impact

    Energy is transitioning from a commodity into a service and the industry must adopt a customer-centric mindset to stand out from competitors as well as meet growing expectations.

    • Don’t fall behind the competition: put customers at the heart of your strategies to stay on top
    • Utilise AI based use cases to drive real-time cross and upsell, customer retention and deliver a great customer experience
    • Keep customers engaged by unlocking and harnessing omni-channel data using advanced analytics 

    Kuldip Singh, Digital Director Retail International, Retail Leadership team and Coordinator Global Digital Board, innogy
  • 2:15pm
    Panel: Redefining competition in energy - How can traditional energy retailers compete with the tech giants in delivering a customer experience?

    Digital is redefining competition and creating a new competitive landscape.  It is also an equaliser, with more commonality than distinctiveness, and companies must find new ways to distinguish their offerings. Technology and price are unlikely to be market differentiators. Energy providers have started venturing into new markets and are transitioning from traditional business models to end to end energy portfolios. This disintermediation will facilitate direct customer relationships. For global enterprises, speed and capability are critical for deploying digital solutions but must be combined with a local mind set regarding customers.  

    • How can the competitive landscape be defined in this evolving space?
    • Is it possible for a legacy business to do what the tech giants have done?
    • Could the tech companies become competitors for energy sector companies?
    • How will the traditional players compete with new entrants to communicate with existing customers?  
    • Are energy companies destined to become mere hardware providers, while the owners of digital networks, platforms and data houses capture the bulk of the value?
    • How can you take the best parts of what is available and move them into traditional parts of the business?
    • How can the energy sector evaluate which technologies are going to delight their customers?

    Richard Gosling, CIO, First Utility

    Morag Watson, VP Digital Innovation, BP

    David Ivell, CTO, Good Energy

  • 2:55pm
    Industry challenge: The People Challenge - Mind the Gap

    This quick fire-side chat will provide feedback from an energy enterprise on the key challenge they are facing in relation to creating a productive and diverse culture, agile structure, redeploying talent and hiring NextGen energy leaders.

  • 3:10pm
    Digital debate: NextGen energy culture: Is digitalisation helping to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment?

    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.  

    This interactive panel will debate the points raised in the previous sessions and aim to provide guidance for addressing the key challenges being faced by the energy sector. Audience participation is key to this discussion and we will be actively encouraging all attendees to participate in the discussion!

    Example questions:

    • What is the perspective on sustainability and climate change?
    • What are some motivations for entering the energy sector?
    • How can productivity be optimised?
    • 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?

    Jonathan Kini, CEO of Retail, DRAX

  • 3:45pm
    Chair's closing remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:50pm
    Networking afternoon tea

Speakers (11)

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.

Mike  Young

Mike Young

Group Chief Information Officer
Centrica
Rosa  Kariger

Rosa Kariger

Global Chief Information Security Officer
Iberdrola Group

Rosa Kariger is the global CISO of Iberdrola, the Spanish multinational electricity company. It employs 31,000 people in dozens of countries around the world, and is one of the world’s largest companies by market capitalisation. Ms Kariger is responsible for cyber security governance, intelligence and oversight for the IT and OT environments in all countries where the company operates – mainly Spain, UK, US, Mexico and Brazil.
 Since she joined Iberdrola in 1997, she has held different positions as internal consultant and global risk manager. Before being appointed as the Group’s CISO, in February 2016, she was the Group’s Deputy CRO. She holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has participated in the Executive Development Program (PDD) from IESE Business School, and the Global Leadership Program from IMD Business School.


Mary Starks

Mary Starks

Executive Director for Consumers and Markets
OFGEM

Mary Starks joined Ofgem in September 2018 and oversees Ofgem's work to protect consumers' interests in the retail and wholesale energy markets, including putting in place a price cap for all those on poor value default deals.

She joined from the Financial Conduct Authority where she was the Director of Competition (as part of a job-share) and Chief Economist. She has over two decades' regulatory and public policy experience. Before joining the FCA, she was Senior Director at the Office of Fair Trading, where she oversaw the watchdog's work in financial services, legal and professional services, health, education and infrastructure. Mary has also worked on energy regulation at NERA Economic Consulting, and at the New Zealand Commerce Commission. She began her career at the Bank of England.

She is a trustee of Working Families, a leading UK charity helping parents, carers and employers find a better balance between the responsibilities of home and work.

Kuldip Singh

Kuldip Singh

Digital Director Retail International and Coordinator Global Digital Board
innogy

Kuldip Singh is a digital executive with a strong grounding in digital technology adoption and digital business scaling. He has been a digital executive in CXO roles in reputed global
media companies and is now leading the digital transformation at innogy in the international retail business and coordinating the innogy wide digital board.

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.

Richard Gosling

Richard Gosling

Chief Information Officer
First Utility

Richard Gosling joined First Utility in June 2018 after working in Information Technology within Shell for over 20 years. During this time, he worked across the globe and developed a breadth of experience working in many different IT roles. His last two roles were as CIO for a number of the Global Commercial (B2B) businesses and more recently as the Shell Downstream IT Chief Operating Officer, driving the IT Strategy, Planning and Architecture required to support the Shell Downstream businesses. He is passionate about IT being a key enabler to driving forward business value. For the customers, this should be through providing a digital experience that delights them. For First Utility, this involves providing the right tools and technology to provide the most efficient and effective support possible to their customers.

Åshild  Hanne Larsen

Åshild Hanne Larsen

CIO and Senior Vice President Corporate IT
Equinor

Åshild Hanne Larsen is Equinor’s CIO and SVP of its Corporate IT function. Her current focus is on digital transformation and creating business value from IT – using IT as a key enabler in improving operational efficiency and transforming the oil and gas industry. Ms Larsen started her career with Statoil (now Equinor) in 1993 and has broad experience both from professional and executive roles primarily within HR and IT, including leadership of corporate projects and large-scale organisational change efforts. Prior to taking on the CIO role, she was the Vice President for People and Organisation in Statoil’s technology, projects and drilling business area. Ms Larsen holds a specialist MBA from Heriot Watt University in the UK, as well as an MA degree from Universität Bielefeld in Germany. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the International School of Stavanger.

Jonathan Kini

Jonathan Kini

CEO - Retail
Drax

As CEO of Drax Retail, Jonathan Kini oversees business operations and champions Drax’s retail strategy across Haven Power and Opus Energy. He is responsible for pursuing increased business growth through small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sectors, and for sustaining and growing Drax Retail’s industrial and commercial (I&C) customer base. The retail strategic focus is a more customer-centric approach to energy sustainability, to inspire change in energy use and help customers to use less. Under Mr Kini’s leadership, both Haven Power and Opus Energy will have the unique ability to offer reliable, renewable energy generated using biomass technology. The long-term ambition is that 100% of Drax’s Retail customers are on 100% renewable.

David  Ivell

David Ivell

Chief Technology Officer
Good Energy
Daljit  Rehal

Daljit Rehal

Senior VP Digital and Data Systems
Centrica

Daljit Rehal is the leader behind Centrica’s Data and Digital transformations. In the case of Data this has led to the introduction of NoSQL, Hadoop, SPARK, HBASE and our Data Lake. At the same time, he has transformed the digital delivery model from waterfall to agile by setting up a digital studio adopting Google Service Design (GSD) methodology. He joined British Gas in December 2012 as Head of Architecture, leading the completion of Data Centre transformation for the server’s side estate modernising the infrastructure and rationalising costs through removal of redundant equipment.

Prior to British Gas, he held senior level position in both commercial and technology teams including TalkTalk plc, Virgin Media, Three, and KPMG. He graduated from university with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Computer Science, he followed this up as a research assistant working on ‘Mathematical modelling of Asymmetric Traffic in Optical Fibre Networks’, which was the topic of his PhD thesis at Manchester leading to several publications in scientific journals. 

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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.

Advisory Board (7)

Daljit  Rehal

Daljit Rehal

Senior VP Digital and Data Systems
Centrica

Daljit Rehal is the leader behind Centrica’s Data and Digital transformations. In the case of Data this has led to the introduction of NoSQL, Hadoop, SPARK, HBASE and our Data Lake. At the same time, he has transformed the digital delivery model from waterfall to agile by setting up a digital studio adopting Google Service Design (GSD) methodology. He joined British Gas in December 2012 as Head of Architecture, leading the completion of Data Centre transformation for the server’s side estate modernising the infrastructure and rationalising costs through removal of redundant equipment.

Prior to British Gas, he held senior level position in both commercial and technology teams including TalkTalk plc, Virgin Media, Three, and KPMG. He graduated from university with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Computer Science, he followed this up as a research assistant working on ‘Mathematical modelling of Asymmetric Traffic in Optical Fibre Networks’, which was the topic of his PhD thesis at Manchester leading to several publications in scientific journals. 

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.

Richard Gosling

Richard Gosling

Chief Information Officer
First Utility

Richard Gosling joined First Utility in June 2018 after working in Information Technology within Shell for over 20 years. During this time, he worked across the globe and developed a breadth of experience working in many different IT roles. His last two roles were as CIO for a number of the Global Commercial (B2B) businesses and more recently as the Shell Downstream IT Chief Operating Officer, driving the IT Strategy, Planning and Architecture required to support the Shell Downstream businesses. He is passionate about IT being a key enabler to driving forward business value. For the customers, this should be through providing a digital experience that delights them. For First Utility, this involves providing the right tools and technology to provide the most efficient and effective support possible to their customers.

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.

Jonathan Kini

Jonathan Kini

CEO - Retail
Drax

As CEO of Drax Retail, Jonathan Kini oversees business operations and champions Drax’s retail strategy across Haven Power and Opus Energy. He is responsible for pursuing increased business growth through small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sectors, and for sustaining and growing Drax Retail’s industrial and commercial (I&C) customer base. The retail strategic focus is a more customer-centric approach to energy sustainability, to inspire change in energy use and help customers to use less. Under Mr Kini’s leadership, both Haven Power and Opus Energy will have the unique ability to offer reliable, renewable energy generated using biomass technology. The long-term ambition is that 100% of Drax’s Retail customers are on 100% renewable.

Åshild  Hanne Larsen

Åshild Hanne Larsen

CIO and Senior Vice President Corporate IT
Equinor

Åshild Hanne Larsen is Equinor’s CIO and SVP of its Corporate IT function. Her current focus is on digital transformation and creating business value from IT – using IT as a key enabler in improving operational efficiency and transforming the oil and gas industry. Ms Larsen started her career with Statoil (now Equinor) in 1993 and has broad experience both from professional and executive roles primarily within HR and IT, including leadership of corporate projects and large-scale organisational change efforts. Prior to taking on the CIO role, she was the Vice President for People and Organisation in Statoil’s technology, projects and drilling business area. Ms Larsen holds a specialist MBA from Heriot Watt University in the UK, as well as an MA degree from Universität Bielefeld in Germany. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the International School of Stavanger.

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 Digital Energy Summit?

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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Be in good company

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

Accenture
Air Liquide
Arnlea Systems
Atkins
Baringa Partners
BBC Online
Bloomberg
BP
Castle Water
Centrica
DCC plc
Deloitte
Deutsche Bank AG London
DNV GL
DRAX
E.ON UK
EDF Energy
Electric Ireland
Electron
Embassy of Brazil in London
Enel
Engie
Equinor
Focus P R Ltd
Galp Energia
Gemserv Ltd
Global Smart Transformation Ltd
Google Cloud
Green Energy Options
GridBeyond
Hitachi Consulting
Honeywell
Hydro Energy AS
Innovate UK
KAPPA
Labrador Ltd
Linklaters LLP
Maana
Marks and Spencer plc
Marshall-marten ltd
McKinsey & Company
Montel
National Grid
NM Group
Oblath Advisory
Ofgem
Palantir Technologies
Pemex
Platina Energy Partners LLP
Power Assets Holdings Limited
Respol
Rigetti Computing
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Saudi Arabian Oil Company
Schlumberger
Sembcorp Utilities UK Limited
Shell
Shields Energy Services Limited
Spirit Energy
Tata Consultancy Services
Telegraph Media Group
Telenet
The Alan Turing Institute
The Labrador
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
Trimble Inc
TUV SUD NEL
University of Southampton
Wellcome Trust
Wessex Water

and many more....

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Testimonials from the Digital Energy Summit 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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Fees

Ticket                                                              Fees

Standard Summit Ticket                                   £995

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Venue

etc.venues St Paul's
200 Aldersgate
London EC1A 4HD

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3011 0830

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