Senior Director of Digital Transformation and Emerging X, Halliburton
Chandra Yeleshwarapu is Senior Director of Digital Transformation and Emerging X. His responsibilities include business development and delivering the digital tools for our industry, OpenEarth® community and platform, iEnergy® Cloud, and artificial intelligence and machine learning with the Big Data Center of Excellence.
In his previous role, Mr. Yeleshwarapu was Senior Director of R&D, Customer Support, and Global Services at Halliburton Landmark.
Prior to joining Landmark in 2011, Mr. Yeleshwarapu was Senior Director of Solutions Management at Ariba (now SAP), and Director of Product Strategy and Product Management at Oracle. Mr. Yeleshwarapu is co-author of multiple patents and patent applications. He is a Board of Director at Energetics, the upstream industries data exchange standards organization.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Pune University in India, his master of science in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Corporate VP, Microsoft
Tom Keane is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure Global, a 750+ strong engineering team located in 20 countries. In addition to teams that design and build Azure’s Global infrastructure footprint, he also leads AzureCAT (Customer Advisory Team), the team responsible for helping Azure’s most complex customers remove product blockers. Furthermore, Mr. Keane is Azure’s chief compliance and privacy officer working with global governments and regulators enabling Azure to be the industry leader in compliance and privacy.
He has led the expansion of Microsoft Azure into 54 global regions covering 74% of the world’s GDP, including the Middle East, Africa, the UK, Japan, India, France, Germany, Korea, China and Australia. Currently, Mr. Keane is also leading Azure’s expansion into Sweden. In addition to landing a global footprint, he is also spearheading Azure into key segments such as financial services, oil and gas, critical infrastructure, and health and life sciences. Engineering efforts for Microsoft’s blockchain capabilities, precision agriculture, and security and audit for highly restricted industries also fall within his remit, as does the responsibility for defining and executing Azure’s approach to federal, state and local governments, departments of defense, and global intelligence communities. Mr. Keane has led the build out of Microsoft’s government cloud capabilities, including the effort to host classified data.
Mr. Keane holds multiple patents covering hyperscale computing, infrastructure operations, user experience, and distributed systems. He earned his BSC in computer science from the University of South Australia.
EVP Development & Production, Equinor
Opedal joined Equinor in 1997 as a petroleum engineer in the Statfjord operations. Previously, he worked for Schlumberger and Baker Hughes. He has held a range of positions in Equinor in Drilling and well, Procurement and projects. He served as Chief Procurement Officer in Equinor from 2007-2010. In 2011, he took on the role as Senior Vice President for Projects in Technology, Projects and Drilling (TPD) responsible for Equinor’s approximately NOK 300 billion project portfolio.
He served as Equinor’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before taking the role as Senior Vice President for Development & Production International, Brazil. His most recent position, which he held from August 2018, was Executive Vice President for Development & Production Brazil.
He holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University and Master’s degree in Engineering (sivilingeniør) from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim.
Team Lead – iEnergy® Seismic Engine & Automated Fault Interpretation
Alejandro Tapia is the seismic engine team lead at Halliburton Landmark, and is responsible for driving the development and deployment of the seismic engine in an iEnergy® software environment. He has six years of industry experience, and has previously worked with a number of different teams within Landmark, including but not limited to, various geology teams, petrophysics teams, and release management teams, among others. Mr. Tapia has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Reservoir and Data Analytics Consultant, Halliburton on behalf of Ecopetrol
Intern, Landmark R&D Software Engineering, Halliburton
Rohan Lewis is a software engineering intern with the Halliburton Landmark research and development (R&D) team, with interests that include machine learning and app development. He is currently earning a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, with a minor in business, from the College of Engineering at Cornell University.
Service Senior Consultant and Product Owner, Halliburton
Peihu Wang is a senior software testing engineer at Halliburton, focused on software and algorithm development, continuous integration (CI), continuous deployment (CD), and automatic software testing. Before joining Halliburton, Dr. Wang worked for Schlumberger for 10 years as a senior software testing engineer. He has a PhD in petrophysics.
Vice President R&D, LMKR
Asim Ghaffar is vice president of research and development (R&D) at LMKR in Islamabad, Pakistan, responsible for all aspects of LMKR’s software development and delivery. In Pakistan, he is a member of oversight committees for national incubation centers in Peshawar and Karachi, and is also on the board of Step Robotics. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer system engineering from the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIK) in Pakistan, and a master’s degree in interactive systems engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Principal Architect, Halliburton
Shashi Dande is a principal architect at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for creating innovative advanced concepts in robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, reinforced learning, and machine learning for exploration and production. He has over 20 years of industry experience, and has previously worked as a software architect and technical leader at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Madras, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University.
Delivery Manager, Halliburton
Srini Kethireddipalli is a delivery manager at Halliburton Landmark, and is responsible for the development of the DecisionSpace® Integration Server platform and an information management (IM) suite of products, including OpenWorks® and Recall™ software, borehole data management (BHDM), SDM and CDS. He has over 25 years of industry experience, and, prior to joining Landmark as a senior developer, has worked in various engineering and software development roles at EMC, BMC, and Texas A&M University. He has a master’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University.
Sales and Delivery Lead, Houston Innovation Hub, Accenture
Neil Christianson is a senior leader at Accenture Houston Innovation Hub in Houston, responsible for delivery capabilities across digital and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, X.0 and connected solutions, new IT, and modernization. He has held roles in advanced analytics and product management, focusing on building innovative products and platform solutions, strategy operations, and digital transformation. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and is completing his MBA degree at the University of Texas–Austin.
Principal Energy Solution Architect, Cloud Platform, Red Hat
John Archer is principal energy cloud platform solution architect at Red Hat, leveraging container platforms for full-stream energy applications. He also focuses on building end-to-end scenarios for creating new secure-edge computing platforms and enabling data scientist teams for remote monitoring and operational optimizations. He has previous technical and sales experience from Oracle, Petris (Halliburton Landmark), BEA Systems, SilverStream, BSI Consulting, DocuQuest, and Andrews & Kurth LLP. Memberships include SPE, SEG, PPDM, HJUG(Founder), Energistics, Open Group (OSDU) Forum.
Machine Learning Engineer, Halliburton
Venugopal Devarapalli is a machine learning engineer at Halliburton, specializing in machine learning automation, infrastructure, optimization, information management, earth modeling, and application development. Prior to joining Halliburton, he worked in various technical and operational roles across the industries, and has played a critical role in delivering commercial software. He received his master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Principal Consultant, Wipro Technologies
Shrinivas Kamalapur is a principal consultant and technologist with over 20 years of experience in enterprise software design, architecture, and development. For the past five years, he has gained expertise in the design of digital systems, and is implementing integrated solutions, using the latest digital technologies. His current focus is on developing tools and framework to assist organizations in undergoing a rapid digital transformation.
Senior Consultant and Data Scientist, Halliburton
Damián Martínez is a senior consultant and data scientist at Halliburton, focusing on spatial data analysis and software development. As a cadastral and geodetic engineer, he participates on major oil and gas projects in the Latin America region, working with petrotechnical data and specialist information systems. He develops integration data workflows and analytics models, using historical data and real-time systems.
Senior Project Manager and Scrum Master, Halliburton
Claudia Moussis is a senior project manager and scrum master at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for managing SmartDigital™ projects in the iEnergy® cloud for various clients and domains. Ms. Moussis has over 25 years of industry experience, and previously worked for consulting firms like IBM, EDS, and CSC. She has a degree in computer science engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico, and a Global Executive MBA degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Software Developer, Halliburton
Sheng Hong Pan is a software developer at Halliburton Landmark, and is responsible for delivering applications and services in the OpenEarth® Community platform. He has 22 years of experience in software development, and has previously worked on IT service management applications at BMC Software. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Houston.
Team Lead, Halliburton
Mastana Rao Kunapareddy is a team lead at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for the DecisionSpace® Geosciences software platform and software development kit (SDK) development. He has 17 years of industry experience. Previously, he worked in San Diego, California, as a senior software engineer with Sequenom, a biotechnology company, and as an IT analyst with Tata Consultancy Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Koneru Lakshmaiah College of Engineering (KLCE) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Anna University in India.
Team Lead, Halliburton
Tej Kiran Medapally is a team lead at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for the planning, development, and timely delivery of the Digital Well Program™ solution’s core and platform-dependent features. He has 17 years of industry experience, and has previously worked in a variety of roles in the sports, entertainment, and taxation fields. He has a master’s degree in computer science from Sam Houston State University in Texas.
Architect, DecisionSpace® Integration Server (DSIS) Software, Halliburton
Shakir Husain Shaik is an architect at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for the overall design of DecisionSpace® Integration Server (DSIS) software, both on-premises and SaaS offerings. He has 20 years of industry experience, with a special interest in exploration and production (E&P) data management. Before joining Landmark, he worked as a team lead at Schlumberger on ProSource products. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India.
Software Architect, Halliburton
Joseph Peng is a software architect for DecisionSpace® Geosciences software at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for software design and development of the base framework for this application. Mr. Peng has over 20 years of industry experience, and has worked on a variety of projects regarding geoscience applications and frameworks – during which time he worked as a development lead, and as a scrum master and developer, and was involved with project, people, and business management. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Houston.
Development Lead, Halliburton
Jyothi Dronamraju is a development lead at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for the web platform and solutions in DecisionSpace® Integration Server (DSIS) software and IMPT. She has more than 15 years of industry experience, and previously worked as a development lead at Petris Technology in Houston, working on various data management solutions. She has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Houston, along with a master’s degree in statistics from Texas A&M University.
Architect and Product Manager of OpenEarth® Community, Halliburton
Shekhar Mishra is the architect and product manager of the OpenEarth® Community (OEC) at Halliburton Landmark, and is responsible for defining governance, workflows, architecture, and PaaS for the OEC development environment. He has 18 years of industry experience. In his previous assignment, he led several data management and product development teams. He was also involved in defining architecture and deployment blueprints of various Landmark solutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronics from the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology in Allahabad, India.
Matthew Gerring is a delivery manager at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for coding and delivering Landmark software. He has 22 years of industry experience, and has previously worked as a software development manager and software developer for Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. He was also part of a successful software startup in the early 2000s. Mr. Gerring has a master’s degree in chemical engineering and environmental science from the University of Birmingham, U.K.
Solution Architect, Halliburton
Maurice Gehin is a solution architect at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for the design of the DecisionSpace® cloud native platform. Mr. Gehin has 25 years of industry experience, and has previously worked as a development manager, a senior technical advisor, and a software engineer for various domain teams. From 2000 to 2010, he worked as development lead on geomodeling applications in the DecisionSpace framework. Since then, he has worked as a software architect. He has a master’s degree in geology and computer science from the École Nationale Supérieure de Géologie (ENSG) in France.
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Ana Diaz Artiles is an assistant professor in aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University. Her interests focus on human spaceflight and space system engineering, with a strong emphasis on extravehicular activity and human performance in altered gravity environments. She received her PhD from MIT in 2015, where she investigated spacesuit injuries due to human–spacesuit interaction, along with artificial gravity combined with exercise as a countermeasure to spaceflight-related physiological deconditioning. Prior to MIT, she worked for five years in French Guiana as a member of the Ariane 5 launch team.
Global Lead & Principal Director – Architecture & Places, frog design
Jeff Sharpe is global lead and principal director, architecture and places, for frog design. An architect and designer with over 30 years of experience, he has led transformational strategic design for Fortune 500 companies, helping them understand how systemic thinking and intentional design can help them re-envision the traditional boundaries of learning, productivity, and brand experience. Clients include Minute Maid, Nestlé, Sprint, and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Data Scientist, Halliburton
Chao Yang is a data scientist at Halliburton Digital Solutions, focusing on big data engineering and applying machine learning/deep learning technologies in predictive analysis. Prior to joining Halliburton, Mr. Yang worked in IT consulting with a concentration on advanced data analytics. After earning a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from Towson University, he obtained a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Houston, along with a second master’s degree in cancer biology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Senior Reservoir Engineer, Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company – BP JV
Islam Zewain is a senior reservoir engineer with eight years of experience in multiple disciplines. He joined the GUPCO–BP joint venture in 2012 as a field petroleum engineer. In 2015, he joined reservoir management and simulation teams in the Gulf of Suez, and currently leads a new team for economic studies. Mr. Zewain is experienced in software packages for surface and subsurface modeling and programming. He has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a master’s degree in reservoir engineering, both from the Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez University.
Executive Technology Director, frog design
Robert Tuttle, executive technology director at frog design, is a leader in the experimental design and software delivery practice specializing in accelerating the creative process with collaborative R&D, ideation, prototyping, and validation of emerging technologies through platform insights and software code. With over 20 years of experience as a developer, architect, inventor, problem solver, and team leader, his portfolio represents a range of technical expertise and passion for delivering innovative user experiences for clients such as Microsoft, Intel, GE, AT&T, and DARPA.
Industry Solutions Advisor, on behalf of Wintershall Dea
Nasikul Islam is an industry solutions advisor for Halliburton in the EESSA region, promoting the Digital Well Program™ solution and Well Construction 4.0. He is an SME on real-time operations centers, collaboration environments, predictive well engineering and workflows, smart real-time technologies, digital well engineering, and data science. Mr. Islam is active with SPE technical sections on oil and gas digitization. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering and nanotechnology from the University of Utah.
Geologist, Occidental Petroleum
Didi Ooi is a geologist and citizen data scientist within Anadarko Petroleum’s Advanced Analytics and Emerging Technologies, focusing on the development and application of innovative reservoir characterization solutions that push the limits of quantitative geological interpretations in her organization. Didi’s experience includes over five years of global industry research, with work in both exploration and upstream research groups. She earned her PhD in geology from the University of Bristol, UK, specializing in integrated sedimentology, geochemistry, and reactive transport modeling.
Technology Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton
Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy is a Halliburton Technology Fellow for Landmark, a pioneer in the fields of data science, big data, analytics and emerging technologies. Smart Industry named him as a key innovator, on the leading edge of digital transformation. He’s globally recognized as a leader with a breadth of scientific knowledge, in-depth technology experience, and extensive business acumen. His profile has appeared in many scientific and professional media publications. Dr. Priyadarshy holds a Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and MBA from The Pamplin School of Business, Virginia Tech.
Managing Consultant – Reservoir and Production, Halliburton
Sergio Sousa is a managing production and reservoir consultant for Halliburton Landmark, focused on addressing challenges related to production forecasting for unconventional wells. He has 23 years of experience in the oil and gas industry (12 years with Halliburton), and has served as a software developer, a reservoir engineer, and a production engineer. Mr. Sousa holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering, both from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil.
Geoscience Technical Consultant, Halliburton
Mailen Fontana is a geologist with Halliburton Landmark in Argentina. For the past five years, she has been working for Landmark as a geoscience consultant, preparing and delivering courses based on Landmark technologies, such as the DecisionSpace® software suite and the OpenWorks® database, for geology and geophysics interpretation. Before joining Landmark, Ms. Fontana was a junior uranium exploration geologist at CNEA and an environmental geologist at JMB Ingeniería Ambiental S.A. She is a licensed geologist from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Buenos Aires.
Director Unconventional Resources Technology, Halliburton
Joel Walls is director of unconventional resources technology with Ingrain, a Halliburton Service, focused on advanced technology products and services for the upstream oil and gas industry. A co-founder and first president of the Society of Core Analysts, he is also a member of AAPG, SPE, SPWLA, and SEG. He has authored industry publications and holds four U.S. patents related to digital rock properties and seismic reservoir characterization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Texas A&M University–Commerce, Texas, and a master’s degree and PhD in geophysics from Stanford University.
Technical Advisor, Halliburton
Stephen Williams is a technical advisor for well planning and drilling applications for Halliburton Landmark. Based in Houston, he began his career in 2008, working for a directional drilling company, and has extensive knowledge in planning directional wells across the U.S. In 2011, he joined Halliburton as a well planner in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. In 2014, he began working with the Landmark product service line as a technical sales consultant, specializing in well planning and drilling solutions.
Kane Nile is a geologist at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. He joined Anadarko in 2014 to work in the Delaware Basin as an asset development geologist, after working for five years in the Williston Basin in North Dakota as a wellsite geologist. At Anadarko, his responsibilities have ranged from overseeing wellsite operations and geosteering, to reservoir characterization and full field asset development planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.
Senior Drilling Engineer, Occidental Petroleum
Garrett Granier is a drilling engineer with Oxy, working with the company’s Permian Resources New Mexico business unit in the unconventionals sector. In 2016, he worked on various well construction projects across the Permian Basin. Mr. Granier originally joined Oxy in 2014, after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering. His first role with Oxy was in the Permian Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) business unit as a shadow drill site manager (DSM) in the field, with time spent as a Night DSM.
Seth Brazell is a geoscientist with Anadarko’s Advanced Analytics & Emerging Technologies, developing/applying artificial intelligence and analytical solutions to enable the digital transformation of geoscience interpretation within Anadarko. He has also helped develop/deploy tools enhancing reservoir characterization in offshore deepwater and onshore unconventional domains. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte, and a PhD in geoscience from UNC–Chapel Hill, specializing in integrated core, well log, and seismic stratigraphy.
Industry Solutions Advisor, Halliburton
Lead Reservoir Engineer, Pertamina Hulu Energi Offshore South East Sumatra
Lucky Bagus is a lead reservoir engineer, experienced in reservoir performance evaluation and reservoir management and currently responsible for leading the digital oilfield transformation and cross-domain integration through digital transformation for Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE) Offshore Southeast Sumatra (OSES). After graduating from the Petroleum Engineering Department of Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia, Mr. Bagus began his career at CNOOC Southeast Sumatra (SES) as a reservoir engineer, and then joined PHE OSES as a lead reservoir engineer. He is an active member of SPE and IATMI.
Global Services Director, Halliburton
Gerardo Mijares is global services director for production and reservoir management for Halliburton Landmark. Prior, he was global services director for Landmark and regional general manager for Landmark in Latin America. He began his career at M.W. Kellogg in 1987, which became KBR. He joined Landmark Graphics in 2005, as manager of real-time operations for the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Mijares has a bachelor’s degree from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and a master’s degree and PhD from Texas A&M University. A member of SPE and AIChE, he has published more than 50 papers and holds several patents.
Manager, Data Management, ADNOC Onshore
Mohamed Akoum currently serves as manager of data management, and is in charge of subsurface data, for ADNOC Onshore, the largest UAE producer of oil and natural gas. His research focuses on measuring and improving internal control effectiveness in the oil and gas industry. He has more than 30 years of international experience in multiple fields, working in oil and gas for the past 18 years. He holds a doctorate in petroleum management, and has been a keynote speaker in many forums locally and internationally, covering various oil and gas subjects.
Senior Manager for Global Digital Services, Halliburton
Information Management Platform Technology Principal Consultant, Halliburton
Achille Miele is a principal consultant for information management platform technologies at Halliburton Landmark, responsible for supporting Landmark portfolio delivery and developing custom solutions. After obtaining a degree in computer engineering, Mr. Miele began his career as a developer in the avionics industry, and then covered different roles within the IT support department of a mid-sized engineering services company. He later moved to Hewlett Packard to deliver IT infrastructure management solutions for large companies, and joined Landmark in 2005.
IT Manager, Eni
Mario Fiorani is manager of IT services for geosciences and subsurface operation, high-performing computing (HPC) and GIS architectures at Eni SpA, implementing IT services for exploration, reservoir, and drilling activities worldwide, as well as HPC infrastructure for seismic processing and reservoir modeling, and architectures based on GIS platforms to support exploration and production on a geographical basis. For 10 years, Mr. Fiorani has managed IT and information management projects for upstream activities. He has a degree in physics science from the Università degli Studi di Milano.
Senior Product Manager – Reservoir Management, Halliburton
Technology Fellow, Halliburton
Jeffrey Yarus is a Halliburton Technology Fellow for Landmark with over 41 years of industry experience. Jeffrey’s specific areas of thought leadership includes earth modeling and geostatistics, and he is the principle lead for the DecisionSpace® Earth Modeling solution. He holds a PhD and MSc in Geology and a BS in Geology. He’s served as a Chair on various AAPG committees. Jeffery’s authored many papers and abstracts on reservoir modeling and geostatistics. He’s earned the distinction of 10-year Adjunct Faculty Member for the University of Houston Department Of Petroleum Engineering.
Reservoir Engineer, ADNOC Offshore
Basit Altaf is a reservoir engineer at ADNOC Offshore, responsible for dynamic modeling, including history matching, calibration, and forecasting. He has more than 13 years of industry experience. Before joining ADNOC Offshore, Mr. Altaf worked with Schlumberger in the Middle East, and with Mari Petroleum Company Ltd. (MPCL) in Pakistan, as a reservoir engineer involved with reservoir management, production optimization, water flood optimization, and reservoir modeling and simulation. He has a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Curtin University in Western Australia.
Scientific Advisor, Halliburton on behalf of Talos Energy
Travis Ramsay works with Halliburton as a scientific advisor for reservoir management in Landmark R&D, delivering solutions focused on 4D, geomechanics, and small data optimization. He has previously worked with such companies as Fugro-Jason (now Jason, a CGG company) and Ingrain (now a Halliburton service). Mr. Ramsay holds a bachelor’s degree in earth science with a specialization in geomatics from York University, and a master’s degree in geology and physics from the University of Toronto. He is currently completing a PhD in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.
Global Advisor – Knowledge & Processes Analytics, Halliburton
Principal Well Engineer, WellPerform ApS
Sandeep Dhawan is a principal well engineer at WellPerform ApS, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has 28 years of global experience as a drilling engineer specializing in high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT), ultra-HP/HT, and deepwater projects. He has also worked as a principal drilling engineer and subject matter expert (SME) in well design at Maersk Oil in Copenhagen. As a representative in work instruction for API RP 5C5 standard developments, he has authored HP/HT casing design standards for Maersk Oil and for Wintershall Dea in Germany.
Drilling Optimization Team Leader, Ecopetrol S.A.
Ricardo Bustos Acosta is a drilling specialist at Ecopetrol Colombia, working in the engineering department as an optimization team leader, responsible for real-time operations, digital drilling, and data-driven approaches to optimize, modify, and deliver on priorities across the business. He has more than 14 years of experience in the oil and gas business, all of them working in drilling with Ecopetrol, and has previously worked with Gran Tierra Energy. His background is in business management, computer science, and petroleum engineering.
Dr. Robello Samuel is a Technology Fellow at Halliburton in Houston. He has 33 years of multi-disciplinary experience in domestic and international oil and gas drilling and completion operations. Dr. Samuel is a thought leader, and innovator and is regarded as one of the world’s most influential contributors to the advancement of research and practice in drilling engineering. He holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering, and MS and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering.
Deputy Manager Seismic Data Processing, Geofizyka Torun SA
Seweryn Tlalka is Geofizyka Torun’s (GT’s) deputy manager for the Seismic Data Processing Department and the company’s chief technologist. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating all research and development and innovation (R&D&I) projects at GT. After graduating in 2006 with both a master’s degree in geophysics and a bachelor’s degree in informatics, Mr. Tlalka joined GT’s R&D team, working on all seismic data processing activities, including experience with time domain and depth imaging. He has served GT as a project leader, project coordinator, and geophysical advisor, and has been working on the development of innovative GT processing techniques.
SVP and COO, Geofizyka Torun SA
Jerzy Trela is SVP and COO of Geofizyka Torun S.A. (GT). He joined GT in 1982 and advanced his career through the Seismic Data Acquisition and Processing departments. He also gained experience while working under contracts in India and Japan. In 2006, Mr. Trela was promoted to the role of vice director of marketing and contracts, and, in 2007, to VP and CCO. In 2008, he became SVP and COO. He graduated from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow, Poland, and has also attended numerous trainings in Poland and abroad in the field of seismic prospecting and management.
Senior Geophysical Advisor, Ecopetrol America
Jose Foucault is a senior geophysical advisor at Ecopetrol America LLC, with more than 35 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Before joining Ecopetrol in 2017, he worked at YPF, Schlumberger, Petrolera San Jorge, and Chevron. He was also an exploration manager at President Energy LLC, and an executive exploration and development advisor at Taurus Global Energy for more than 10 years. His experience includes geophysical interpretation, covering global assets. Mr. Foucault holds a master’s degree in geophysics from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.
Drilling Engineering Consultant, Occidental Petroleum
Jonathan Lightfoot is a drilling engineering consultant for Occidental Petroleum, focused on wellbore surveying, directional drilling, and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) technologies. With over 22 years of experience, he serves as the global directional drilling specialist and leader of the Performance Drilling Community of Practice. He was elected program chair for the ISCWSA/SPE Wellbore Positioning Technical Section in 2015 and is the current chair. He belongs to SPE, AADE, IADD, and IADC, and has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Associate Director, University of Utah
Robert M. “Mike” Kirby, PhD, is a professor of computer science, acting director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, and associate director of the School of Computing at the University of Utah. Beginning September 1, he will serve as executive director of the Utah Informatics Initiative. Dr. Kirby’s interests include high-performance computing, scientific and data visualization, and computational science and engineering applied to various applications. He is a leader in the synergistic combination of applied mathematics and computer science to real-world engineering problems.
Instructor, Texas Tech University
Richard Burgess is an instructor in the Whitacre College of Engineering at the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism at Texas Tech University. He teaches ethics courses for undergraduate students, and collaborates with faculty and staff regarding ethics in professional practice. Mr. Burgess also oversees the Murdough Center’s Professional Development Hour (PDH) course program for professional engineers. An emphasis within all of these roles is the importance of ethical reflection. Mr. Burgess holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy, and is a PhD student in the Systems and Engineering Management program at Texas Tech.
Principal Master Petrophysical Data Management, BHP
Karl Brand works with BHP, which he joined to work on the development of a borehole data management system. Following his graduation from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in geology, he worked for the Colorado Highway Department and conducted highway foundation, slope stability, and aggregate studies. Mr. Brand worked on a USGS grant to evaluate the coal resources of the Denver Basin, and this project produced three publications. Additionally, he has worked on energy projects in U.S. basins and the Gulf of Mexico. He has also managed log, scout, seismic, and lease data.
Chief Architect Landmark R&D, Halliburton
Keshava Rangarajan is the Chief Architect of Landmark and Halliburton Digital Solutions, focusing on architecture, technology innovation, and open source. With three decades of experience in the software industry, from startups to large technology corporations, he has over 30 patents in areas covering analytics, optimization, search and semantics, real-time sense and respond, deep learning, artificial intelligence, automation, online planning, dynamic pricing, drilling, production, and more. Mr. Rangarajan has a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Missouri–Rolla.
Reservoir Engineer, IGAPO
Juan Carlos Sandoval is a reservoir engineer specializing in reservoir simulation. He has six years of experience as part of a Halliburton high-performance team working on projects including reservoir characterization, static and dynamic modeling, field development planning, reservoir characterization, productivity optimization, and reserves estimation. He has worked on the Halliburton integrated asset management project IGAPO in Ecuador as part of the team that duplicated the production of IGAPO assets in less than one year.
Director of Product Management, Oracle America, Inc
Ahmed Gamal is a senior reservoir engineer working with Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO) in Egypt. He has more than seven years of industry experience, which includes reservoir performance analysis, optimization of field production and depletion plans, waterflooding evaluation and optimization, evaluation of artificial lift systems, monitoring of daily production data, the planning of development wells, economic evaluations, forecast production, and reserve estimation. Mr. Gamal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Suez Canal University.
Petrophysicist, Ecopetrol S.A.
Jose Espinosa is a petrophysicist with Ecopetrol in Colombia, working in the Middle Magdalena Valley (MMV) Basin fields as part of the company’s development department. He has eight years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including petrophysical modeling, acquisition, quality control, and the interpretation of core analysis. Mr. Espinosa received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia.
Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Kadri Umay is a principal program manager for the Energy Industry Group at Microsoft Azure Global, focusing on domain-specific data platforms utilizing Microsoft technology and cloud platform. He also works with the Microsoft product team, mapping industry architectures to technology requirements, and helping to define the features of the new products and capabilities. Mr. Umay is an IASA-P architect and holds data science certifications. He has bachelor’ degree in electrical and electronics engineering, and a master’s degree in process control and mathematical modeling from METU, Turkey.
Geophysicist, Pan American Energy
Ignacio Rovira is a geophysicist at Pan American Energy in Argentina. His background includes both onshore and offshore seismic interpretation, as well as other geophysical methods. As a reservoir seismic interpreter, Mr. Rovira is skilled in structural and stratigraphic interpretation and in diverse seismic attributes application for both gas and oil field development. He has collaborated on articles published in industry publications, such as The Leading Edge and AAPG EXPLORER. He received a degree in geology with an orientation in geophysics from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Drilling Engineer, Pertamina Hulu Mahakam
Himawan Kartaatmadja is lead drilling engineer at PT Pertamina Hulu Mahakam (PHM) who has 12 years of industry experience. Prior to joining PHM, he worked at TOTAL EP in similar roles. In his career, he has been trusted as a TADM (technical ad hoc) for DD/MWD/LWD and EKD-MPD contracts, handling drilling software, internal and external budgets, and well close-outs. At the start of his career, he worked as an MWD engineer with Schlumberger Norway before transferring to Schlumberger Indonesia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Indonesia.
Senior Geophysicist, Saka Energi Indonesia
Haryono Haryanto is a senior geophysicist with Saka Energi Indonesia, and has more than 11 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to his current role, he joined Petronas Carigali Indonesia in 2013 as a senior geophysicist, and began his career in 2008 with M3nergy Gamma as an exploration geophysicist. Mr. Haryanto joined Saka Energi Indonesia in 2018. He earned a master’s degree in reservoir geophysics from the University of Indonesia.
Principal Advisor Geoscience, Halliburton
Frans van Buchem is Principal Advisor Geoscience at Halliburton Landmark, and has 29 years of experience in the petroleum industry. He worked for the French Petroleum Institute (IFP), Maersk Oil and Elf-Aquitaine and recently joined Halliburton Landmark. He is a specialist in sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy applied to basin evaluation and reservoir model building, with a particular in-depth knowledge of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonate petroleum systems of the Arabian Plate. Frans published widely, was the AAPG distinguished lecturer for the Middle East in 2009, and holds MSc degrees in Biology and Geology from Utrecht University, NL, and a PhD degree from Cambridge University, UK.
SVP, Drilling and Wells, Aker BP
Tommy Sigmundstad is senior vice president, Drilling and Wells, at Aker BP. He joined Aker BP in 2016, following a position as vice president, Wells Asia Pacific, for BP. His experience within the oil and gas industry includes working with companies such as Baker Hughes and Phillips Petroleum, before joining BP in 2000. Within BP, Mr. Sigmundstad held various operational, engineering, and management roles in Norway, the UK, Azerbaijan, and Indonesia. He has a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Stavanger in Norway.
Technical Manager – Performinator Project, Aker BP
Arnfinn Grøtte is the technical manager for the Performinator project at Valhall IP. He has been working at Valhall for the last eight years in different roles, including as the Safety and Automation lead for the startup of the new process plant, and as a member of the plug and abandonment team in drilling and the simultaneous operations (SIMOPS), stimulation and well intervention team. Mr Grøtte has 20 years of experience within different roles in engineering and E&P companies. He has a master’s degree in technology and operations management from the University of Stavanger in Norway.
Drilling & Wells Manager Valhall Asset – Performinator Project, Aker BP
Øystein Eide is the manager for drilling and wells on the Valhall asset. He has over 30 years of experience with drilling and wells operations, working for Amoco, BP, and Aker BP. Prior to the Aker BP merger, he led the Drilling and Wells organization at BP Norway, and is now the Drilling and Wells representative on the Valhall asset leadership team, with a main focus on early phase projects, including the Performinator rig upgrade project. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering from the University of Stavanger in Norway.
Senior Drilling Engineer, Wintershall Dea
Robbert Schuurmans is a senior drilling engineer at Wintershall Dea, based in Kassel, Germany. In his role with the Global Well Construction team, he carries out various governance tasks, providing QA/QC to business units worldwide. Mr. Schuurmans also leads the company’s well construction skills network, which supports knowledge management and transfer. Additionally, he oversees various New Technology topics, along with several pilot projects, within Wintershall Dea’s digitalization drive. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in oil and gas technology.
Data Scientist, Halliburton
Meng Zhang is a senior data scientist at Halliburton Digital Solutions, focusing on the development of advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms to bring insights and actionable strategies for oil and gas business. Prior to Halliburton, Dr. Zhang had 11 years of industry experience working for GE and Intel in multiple fields, including high-turbulence flow modeling, turbine performance engineering, and reliability digital tool development. He has a master’s degree from Arizona State University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota, both in mechanical engineering.
Fahad Ahmad is a senior data scientist at Halliburton Digital Solutions, where his focus is to apply artificial intelligence to solve problems in the oil and gas industry. His experience includes working in software development and data science for a diverse group of companies, where he delivered on several projects. Mr. Ahmad has a master’s degree from the University of California–Davis, where he researched and developed efficient computer graphics algorithms for machining free-form surfaces.
Bo Liang is a data scientist at Halliburton Digital Solutions, focusing on developing and applying machine learning/deep learning technologies in a variety of oil and gas applications. Prior to joining Halliburton, Dr. Liang worked as a data analytics lead for applied mathematics at the University of Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Shandong University, and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Virginia.
Managing Director, Accenture
Sacha Abinader is a managing director of Accenture’s technology consulting–digital practice, based in Houston. He has over 14 years of experience in consulting, with more than 10 years focusing on the upstream sector, with a specific emphasis on digital implementations. Mr. Abinader currently leads day-to-day efforts for Accenture at a super major for its upstream business and IT needs. He has a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rice University.
President, Srivastava Consulting
Big Data Cloud Architect | A-Team, Oracle
Global Director, Evaluation and Production, Halliburton
Petroleum Engineer, Galp Exploração e Produção Petrolífera
Paulo Gomes is a petroleum engineer focused on drilling and completions, with four years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He is currently working on Galp’s E&P core geographies and projects, mainly in Brazil, providing engineering support to Galp’s technical and commercial teams. Previously, Mr. Gomes worked as a maintenance manager of an industrial printing and finishing plant in Lisbon, Portugal, for four years.
Senior Reservoir Engineer, ADNOC
Shaikha Al Jenaibi is a senior reservoir engineer with ADNOC, serving as project manager for the Integrated Capacity Model (ICM), being developed at ADNOC in collaboration with Halliburton. She also manages reservoir development activities in ADNOC’s offshore fields. Previously, she was a technical lead in reserves and project portfolio management at ADNOC, and also a senior reservoir engineer for ADNOC Onshore Company, managing the second largest onshore field in Abu Dhabi. She has worked on reservoirs in exploration, appraisal, and development stages, both onshore and offshore.
Specialist Depth Conversion, Equinor
Tone Wadel is a specialist in depth conversion at Equinor. She joined Equinor in 1998, and has more than 20 years of experience within seismic interpretation and depth conversion in exploration, field development, and production. She has a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Bergen in Norway.
Seismic Interpretation Advisor, Equinor
Einar Magerøy is an advisor in seismic interpretation at Equinor. He began working with Equinor in 1998, and has more than 20 years of experience in seismic interpretation, 4D, and well planning in production and field development. Mr. Magerøy has a master’s degree in numerical analysis from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.
Global Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
Carlos Castro is a solutions architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS), responsible for helping global oil and gas companies on their journey to the cloud. Prior to AWS, he was a technical solutions architect at Cisco. He holds multiple industry certifications, including AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), and has 12 years of industry experience helping companies solve complex business problems by using technology. Mr. Castro has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Universidad de Puerto Rico–Mayagüez.
Upstream Technology Operations Manager, YPF
Eugenio Ferrigno is the manager for upstream technology operations at YPF in Argentina. Prior to this role, he was a plant manager for Lufkin Argentina and GE Oil & Gas; a product manager for Lufkin Argentina/Lufkin Industries for Latin America; an account executive for Tecnet S.A., focusing on the upstream market for customers in Argentina and Bolivia; and a procurement executive for GNC Galileo S.A., for high-pressure gas compressor systems. Mr. Ferrigno is a mechanical and marine engineer. He also has an MBA degree in business from Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires, graduated with Honors “Summa Cum Laude”. During his professional career, he was also owner of an R&D business entrepreneurship, achieving a couple of international innovator programs awards.
Head of Products, MongoDB
Robert Oberhofer is head of product solutions at MongoDB, a cross-platform document-oriented database program. In April, MongoDB acquired Realm.io, a mobile database and data sync technology, where Dr. Oberhofer was senior vice president of product. He has nearly two decades of experience in bringing new and disruptive products to market with product leadership roles at companies such as Openwave, Skyfire, and Opera. His experience spans mobile apps, telco, and digital transformation. He earned a master’s degree and a PhD in electronic systems from Ulster University in Northern Ireland.
Patrick Brody is an analytics and data science consultant with Avanade, and has worked in the field for the past five years across multiple industries and problem spaces. He has worked with the HDS Data Science team for the past year, working on a variety of data engineering and data science work streams. Mr. Brody has a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Tommy Inglesby is a managing director in the Houston office of Accenture, focused on upstream and oilfield services. He has worked across the energy value chain, with experience in digital strategy, mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and operations. Previously, Mr. Inglesby was head of strategy and marketing at Halliburton, head of finance at Cobalt International Energy, and a partner at McKinsey & Company. He has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Scrum of Scrums Master for DecisionSpace® Production Portfolio, Halliburton Landmark
Gary Lo is the scrum of scrums master for the DecisionSpace® Production portfolio at Halliburton Landmark, and is responsible for the Agile Transformation on DecisionSpace Production products. He has over 25 years of industry experience, and, in addition to working with Landmark, at one time he held a variety of roles for TIBCO for which he served as a director for TIBCO OpenSpirit products, and was involved with projects, partners, business development, and sales. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Houston.
Advisory Platform Architect, Pivotal
Corby Page is an advisory platform architect at Pivotal. For over 25 years, he has worked with oil and gas companies in Houston on software development activities. Mr. Page has focused on the use of open standards in languages, frameworks, and platforms to improve software delivery. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College, and is an active contributor to open-source solutions.
Head of AWS Solution Architecture Energy, Amazon Web Services
Koen van den Biggelaar is head of AWS Solution Architecture Energy, leading the technical team in supporting global energy companies with their digital transformation. He applies cloud technologies to deliver an innovative approach toward a sustainable energy future. He leads AWS’ participation in the Open Group Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) Forum and the OSDU on AWS solution. He has a bachelor’s degree in theoretical physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and a master’s degree with a research on fluid dynamics in trickle-bed reactors at the Shell Technology Centre.
Trond Ellefsen is CEO of INVATARE LLC, an oil and gas company based on distributed artificial intelligence. Before INVATARE, Mr. Ellefsen spent over 20 years with Statoil and Norsk Hydro, including five years as CIO and special advisor for digital transformation and strategy for Statoil North America. He serves as a board member for three companies and as chairman for two companies. He is also a board member for the George R. Brown School of Engineering’s Professional Master’s Program at Rice University. He has an electrical engineering degree and a master’s degree in strategy and leadership.
Chief Revenue Officer, Airobotics
Rick Baker, as chief revenue officer at Airobotics, drives new revenue opportunities created by digital products and services. Prior to Airobotics, he led the engagement strategy that was instrumental to global expansions for Airware, SAVO Group, and Citrix. He also promotes enterprise software implementation, sales strategies in the drone space, Software as a Service (SaaS), predictive analytics, and the Internet of Things. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in business from the University of Texas at Austin.
Data Scientist, on behalf of Noble Energy
Jiazuo Zhang is a data scientist at the Halliburton Landmark geoscience research and development (R&D) center in the U.K., currently working on one of the big data solutions – assisted well Interpretation. Dr. Zhang has worked with multiple oil operators on data-driven projects, using geostatistical and machine learning approaches, and is also focused on building end-to-end big data solutions, including data visualization and cleaning, algorithm validations, and data engineering in production. She has a PhD in petroleum engineering from Imperial College London.
Specialist Geophysicist, Kuwait Oil Company
Indrani Sinha is a specialist geophysicist in the Paleozoic unit of the exploration team at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). Before joining KOC, Dr. Sinha worked for Shell Oil Company in the U.S., the Netherlands, Australia, and Brunei. Her experience includes exploration/new ventures, operational geophysics, geophysical modeling, workflow development, 2D/3D seismic interpretation, 4D seismic time-lapse monitoring, seismic acquisition, processing, and software development. Dr. Sinha has worked globally in both offshore and onshore environments. She earned her PhD from Texas A&M University.
Senior Technical Advisor, Digital Solutions Architect, Halliburton
Chris McMillon is a digital solutions architect for Halliburton, providing technical designs for real-time systems – from edge systems to the cloud. Additionally, he is the lead architect for the Halliburton Technical Software Architecture Council. A licensed professional engineer in electrical and industrial engineering, Mr. McMillon holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas in Dallas, and a master’s degree in systems and engineering management from Texas Tech University. He is also pursuing a PhD in systems and engineering management from Texas Tech.
Energy Field Director, DellEMC
Mark Daus is a Dell EMC global alliance manager for Halliburton Landmark. He joined EMC (now Dell Technologies) in 2009, focused on IT transformation, application deployment on converged and hyperconverged infrastructure, private cloud computing, and the emergence of a service-based IT delivery model. Over the past six years, Mr. Daus has worked with customers in the upstream area of the oil and gas industry. He began his career as a NASA engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, working on a variety of networking, computing, and application technologies.
Chief Technology Officer, Energistics
Jay Hollingsworth is chief technology officer for Energistics, responsible for the technical adequacy of the standards stewarded by the organization, including WITSML, PRODML, RESQML and the Energistics Transfer Protocol, among others. Prior to Energistics, Mr. Hollingsworth worked with Oracle, the Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium (POSC), and Schlumberger. He completed a bachelor’s degree, along with post-graduate studies, in chemical engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans. He has also attended graduate school in computer science at the University of Texas in Dallas.
Senior Drilling Engineer, Occidental Oil & Gas Corp
Garrett Granier is a drilling engineer with Oxy, working with the company’s Permian Resources New Mexico business unit in the unconventionals sector. In 2016, he worked on various well construction projects across the Permian Basin. Mr. Granier originally joined Oxy in 2014, after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering. His first role with Oxy was in the Permian Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) business unit as a shadow drill site manager (DSM) in the field, with time spent as a Night DSM.
Geophysics Technical Lead, BPX Energy
Forbes McIntosh is the geophysical technical lead at BPX Energy, with a technical background in processing, interpretation, and software development. In addition to BPX Energy, he has worked at Texaco, BHP, Woodside Energy, Marathon Oil Corporation, and Santos Ltd. Mr. McIntosh has experience working globally on conventional and unconventional exploration, development, and R&D projects, both onshore and offshore. He has a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering and geophysics from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.
Senior Technical Advisor, Halliburton
Srinath Madasu is a senior technical advisor at Halliburton, focusing on machine learning, optimization, robotics, and physics-based modeling. He has developed a real-time machine learning and optimization model for drilling, along with artificial lift methods, such as gas lift and fracture cluster efficiency prediction. Prior to Halliburton, Dr. Madasu worked at Maya Heat Transfer Technologies as a CFD and heat transfer application developer. He has published industry papers and articles, and has several patents. He earned a PhD in chemical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Account Manager, Halliburton
Leonardo Machado is a chemical engineer at Halliburton, and an account manager for major operators in Brazil. Over the last five years, he has also been engaged in digital transformation initiatives in Brazil, building solutions such as the FPSO digital twin, using artificial intelligence and big data analytics. Mr. Machado has designed and implemented digital oilfield solutions for Latin America and Middle East majors. He has worked with Halliburton for 12 years, and previously worked with Petrobras and with the Refit Oil Refinery. He has MBA degrees in management and petroleum engineering.
Geologist, BPX Energy
Kelsey Lewis is a geologist at BPX Energy. Her main focus is in operations and development geology, working with drilling engineers on well planning and on geological hazard avoidance. Ms. Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and a master’s degree in geology, with a focus on reservoir modeling and simulation, from the University of Oklahoma.
Giovanny Yepez is a geomodeler and development geologist at Halliburton in Ecuador. He has 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including eight years with SIPEC, two years with YPF, and five years with Halliburton. Throughout his career, Mr. Yepez has managed projects, and has worked on a wide range of global operations, including in Argentina’s Comodoro Basin and Egypt’s Western Desert, and, currently, as a multidisciplinary team member for the drilling, production, and development of oil fields in Ecuador’s Oriente Basin.
Consulting Reservoir Engineer, Halliburton
Senior Drilling Engineer, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd
Arpit Gupta is part of ONGC’s directional drilling team in India, with responsibilities including directional well path planning, anti-collision management, survey data management, torque and drag (T&D) and hydraulics analysis, and operations supervision. Additionally, as part of a new technology induction team, Mr. Gupta looks after management and analytics projects for offshore rigs. With more than 10 years of industry experience, he has worked as a drilling engineer, a tool pusher, a directional driller, and a fishing master. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from IIT-Roorkee.
Data Scientist, DataRobot
Rajiv Shah is a data scientist at DataRobot, focusing on helping customers achieve success with artificial intelligence. Over the last few years, he has published research on sports analytics and deep learning; presented on data science at global conferences; and co-organized the Chicago ML meetup, a community of machine learning (ML) researchers and engineers. He has also been responsible for several patents based on data science techniques. Prior to DataRobot, Dr. Shah was part of data science teams at Caterpillar and State Farm. He has a PhD from the University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign.
Senior Expert Partner, and Global Practice Lead for Data and Market Analytics, Gartner
Dimitris Geragas is Gartner Consulting’s senior expert partner and global practice lead for data and market analytics, overseeing a team that helps clients create business value by acquiring, retaining, and using information and algorithms. As manager of this global practice, he is a deep practitioner on all data and analytics-related topics. Before joining Gartner Consulting, he held the role of technical director of database systems for EDO Corp. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland–College Park, and an MBA degree from Marymount University.
VP and CTO for Sales at Dell EMC
Patricia Florissi is VP and chief technology officer for sales at Dell EMC. Previously, she was VP and CTO for sales at EMC prior to the merger between Dell and EMC, and holds the honorary title of EMC Distinguished Engineer. Dr. Florissi is also the creator of the video series Dell EMC Big Ideas on emerging technologies and trends. She holds multiple patents and has published in periodicals. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, an MBA degree from Stern Business School at New York University, and a PhD from Columbia University.
VP Subsurface Technology, Shell
Paul Zeppenfeldt leads Shell’s Subsurface Technology organization which delivers the competitive technology edge for Shell in the areas of geophysics, geology, petrophysics, reservoir engineering, reservoir modeling, subsurface data integration, technical IT including digitalization. The global Subsurface Technology organization covers the spectrum from laboratory experiment to software and comprises some 400 staff, cooperates with a worldwide network of universities and ensures strong upfront business alignment on the technology portfolio. Early agreement on research effort, support models and deployment targets are key to technology replication.
Paul has an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University, joined Shell in 1991 and held prior operational, reservoir engineering, development planning and JV management assignments in UK, NL, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
VP Exploration, PETRONAS
Emeliana Rice-Oxley is vice president of exploration at PETRONAS, responsible for its global exploration business and geoscience function. She began her career as a biostratigrapher over 25 years ago, and has held technical and managerial roles in upstream at Shell and PETRONAS. She has a degree in geology from the University of South Carolina, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. She also serves as a director of PETRONAS Gas Berhad and PETRONAS Management Training Sdn Bhd, and is an advocate and champion of the PETRONAS Leading Women Network.
GM Digital Emerging Technologies / VP IT Innovation, Shell
Johan Krebbers is GM Digital Emerging Technologies / VP IT Innovation for Shell, based in Amsterdam and responsible for defining and driving the future IT strategy for Shell and for spotting new digital emerging technologies. As part of these roles, he maintains an active link with external parties and, in particular, startup ventures. Before this current position, he was vice president of architecture for Shell, responsible for creating and developing the company’s global architecture practice. He has also executed many different IT roles in Shell across multiple locations.
SVP of the Technical Center, ADNOC
Qasem Al Kayoumi is senior vice president of the Technical Center in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC’s) Upstream Directorate. His experience includes drilling, reservoir management, reservoir simulation, field development, business planning, field operations, and technology development and deployment. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, serving as chairman of its Abu Dhabi section, and contributing to various local and regional forums and applied technology workshops. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.
Reservoir Engineer, PEMEX
Luis Gorian is a reservoir simulation engineer for Pemex. He joined Pemex in 2015, working as a reservoir simulation, reserves and reservoir management engineer on projects related to the Cantarell, Ku-Maloob-Zaap, Lakach, Trion, and Ayatsil fields. Prior to this current role, Mr. Gorian worked for Schlumberger for six years as a reservoir simulation engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Universidad Olmeca in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.
Well Planning & Well Engineering Supervisor, Gyrodata
Erik de la Fé is the well planning and well engineering supervisor at Gyrodata, with over 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He oversees the pre-drilling optimization of well plans, bottomhole assemblies (BHAs), and drilling parameters of each hole section in Gyrodata’s Guide Center. He has a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Houston.
Head of Processing Centre, Geofizyka Torun S.A.
Krzysztof Kolasinski leads the Seismic Data Processing Centre at Geofizyka Torun S.A. (GT) in Torun, Poland. He graduated with a Master of Physics degree from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, and completed post-graduate management studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. He joined GT in 1989, working initially in the R&D group. Starting in 1993, he helped implement 3D technology in Poland, and, starting in 1997, he managed the group working on pre-stack depth migration (PreSDM). In 2003, he became a project manager in India, and, in 2004, was promoted to country manager and business development director in India. He has led the processing center since 2007.
Geophysicist, Painted Pony Energy
Chelsea Squires is a geophysicist at Painted Pony Energy Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she focuses on seismic-based well planning, integrated asset optimization, and induced seismicity monitoring mitigation. She is an active volunteer with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG). She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a joint honors Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics and physics, and a Master of Science degree in geophysics.
Production Engineer, Sonatrach
Seyyid Mouissa joined Sonatrach in 2016 as a petroleum engineer after finishing two years of training at the Algerian Petroleum Institute. He worked for Sonatrach’s Production Division in the Rhourde Nouss field, focusing on naturally fractured reservoirs and well test interpretations. He has a petroleum engineering degree from the University of Boumerdès, and studied at the University of Bechar to obtain a Master of Science degree.
Amar Benaida is a petroleum engineer with Sonatrach, working on production in the Rhourde Nouss gas field. After graduating from the University of Boumerdès in Algeria, he joined Sonatrach, where his responsibilities include leading the monitoring of production and dashboard developments, optimizing the life and production of the well and the reservoir, overseeing project management of wells’ network gathering systems, and managing field development projects. He has published technical papers on: development of tight reservoirs, production operations, well performance, and data science.
Subsurface Data Innovation Manager, Petroleum Development Oman
Nasser Al Mahrooqi is manager of subsurface data innovation for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), and is head of technical data management (TDM). He is the founder of TDM at PDO, which has approximately 150 skilled staff members across multiple disciplines. He is also one of the main drivers of PDO’s digital transformation journey. After graduating from Plymouth University in the U.K., he has had over 20 years of experience in exploration and production, and has held various senior positions in the well engineering and subsurface arena. Additionally, he has led global SPE and AAPG workshops.
Senior Petrophysicist, Sonatrach
Abdallah Sokhal is a petrophysicist at Sonatrach. After earning a master’s degree in geosciences from the Algerian Petroleum Institute in 2015, he joined Sonatrach as head of the company’s wireline logging operations and data management services. Mr. Sokhal has more than four years of experience in the oil and gas industry, specializing in petrophysics and reservoir characterizations, neural network solutions, saturation height modeling, and deterministic petrophysical analysis.
Reservoir Engineer, Sonatrach
Amine Hireche is a reservoir engineer who joined Sonatrach’s Reservoir Management Division in 2016, after obtaining a diploma in reservoir engineering from the Algerian Petroleum Institute. In 2019, he joined Sonatrach’s Production Division, working in the Rhourde Nouss gas field. His interests include reservoir monitoring and development. He graduated from the University of Boumerdès as a pipeline engineer in 2012.
Technology Fellow, Production Enhancement, Halliburton
Ron Dusterhoft is a Halliburton Technology Fellow for Production Enhancement with over 34 years of industry experience. Dusterhoft’s thought leadership focus includes hydraulic fracturing, fracpac completions, sand control screens, sand consolidation, sand control down hole tool systems, and reservoir simulation for shale. He began his career with Halliburton as an equipment operator in Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada. Halliburton has allowed him to take new ideas to reality through interactions with technology, operations and customers to solve industry problems, which he continues today.
Petroleum Engineer, Petrobras
Fabio Sawada is a petroleum engineer with Petrobras, working with digital technology developments in the Wells Corporate Area. He joined Petrobras in 2013, working for one year as a company man in exploratory well construction. After that, Mr. Sawada worked in the Petrobras research center on the following research subjects: well stability, 3D geomechanical modeling, soil properties for top hole design, and related software developments. He graduated as a mechanical engineer from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) in Brazil.
Andrea Serna-Bernal is a petrophysicist in the development department of Ecopetrol in Colombia, working in the Middle Magdalena Valley (MMV) fields. She has 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to Ecopetrol, she worked for ConocoPhillips in the U.S. for 3.5 years as a petrophysicist with the company’s Permian Basin development team. After receiving her bachelor’s degree as a geology engineer from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín, she worked for Halliburton in Colombia. She has also earned a master’s degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma.
Drilling Engineer, Digitalization, Aker BP
Alexander Brekke is a drilling engineer who works with Aker BP Drilling and Wells (D&W) Digitalization to develop digital systems that will become an integral part of how Aker BP D&W teams work. Mr. Brekke is the focal point for Aker BP in coordinating and leading the development of the Digital Well Program with Halliburton Landmark. The goal of this project is to establish an efficient, lean, and standardized well-planning process, and this work is a key part of delivering the Aker BP vision within digitalization and lean methodology.
Senior Petrophysicist, Ecopetrol
Maria Teresa Cantisano is a senior petrophysicist at Ecopetrol, focusing on heavy oil reservoir evaluation. As a geologist and petrophysicist, she has more than 20 years of experience in clastic and carbonate rocks. Ms. Cantisano has worked in the areas of oil production and exploration, mainly regarding Tertiary and Cretaceous reservoir characterizations of oil fields in Venezuela. Her experience also includes the Soldado field in the Gulf of Paria off the coast of Trinidad & Tobago, and the Neuquén Basin of Argentina, as well as conventional and unconventional reservoirs in Colombia.
Senior VP, Geology & Geophysics, Eni SpA
Mr. Giuseppe Valenti has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector. Mr. Valenti has a degree in geology from the University of Parma in Italy and an MBA from Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen in the U.K. He joined Eni Upstream in 1988 as a geophysicist and moved from R&D to Geophysical Services, and then to Exploration Services working in different areas of the world.
Mr. Valenti is presently Senior Vice President Geology & Geophysics for Eni SpA based in Milano, Italy, where he manages all the Well and Seismic Operations, Services and Integrated Studies worldwide. He was previously assigned to Moscow as Chief Representative Office of Eni SpA in the Russian Federation, and General Manager of Eni’s local branch. Formerly, he had spent a few years as President of Eni Oil do Brazil in Rio De Janeiro coming from a long experience in the U.S. as Senior Vice President Exploration of Eni US affiliate for E&P based in Houston, Texas. During his assignment in the U.S., Mr. Valenti has contributed to the continuous growth of the company in Gulf Mexico deepwater, likewise to its entry in Alaska and onshore unconventional resources.
VP, Chief Digital Officer, Chesapeake Energy
Mr. Kawamori, Chief Digital Officer of Chesapeake Energy, is responsible for the corporate digital transformation as the company evolves its operating model to be digitally enabled across the enterprise. Teams he leads include Digital Product Management, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, Data Governance, Central Reporting & Visualization, Enterprise Automation, GIS, Enterprise Architecture, and Technology Training & Adoption. Mr. Kawamori also leads IT strategy as the group moves to modernize its technology estate to establish the foundation for that transformation. Prior to Chesapeake Energy, he led Cloud Advisory Consulting for the Southwest region at Accenture and worked extensively in emerging software technology and service areas prior to this role.
Mr. Kawamori holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from Arizona State University.
EVP Global Business Lines and Chief HSE Officer, Halliburton
Eric Carre is Executive Vice President of Halliburton Global Business Lines and Chief Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Officer for Halliburton. He is responsible for the Company’s Drilling & Evaluation and Completion & Production divisions, Landmark & Halliburton Digital Solutions, Consulting & Project Management, Global Technology, and HSE & Service Quality. He is a member of the Company’s executive committee.
Mr. Carre began his career with Halliburton in 1991 as a Project Engineer and Manager of Technology. He has held multiple operational roles in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe/Africa regions, as well as other leadership positions, including Vice President of Drill Bits & Services, Vice President of Baroid, and Senior Vice President of the Drilling & Evaluation Division.
Mr. Carre holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Fédération Royale d’Associations Belges d’lngénieurs Civils, d’lngénieurs Agronomes et de Bioingénieurs, an engineering association in Belgium. He is a 2006 graduate of the Halliburton President’s Leadership Excellence Program.
SVP, Landmark and Halliburton Digital Solutions
Nagaraj Srinivasan is Senior Vice President of the Landmark and Halliburton Digital Solutions Division. Previously, he served as Vice President of the Landmark product service line and Vice President of Landmark Research and Development.
Mr. Srinivasan joined Halliburton in 2011 following an 18-year career with Oracle, where he last served as Vice President of Supply Chain Products. Prior to that, he held various leadership roles in Technology and Enterprise Applications.
Mr. Srinivasan has extensive experience in all aspects of research and development, including strategic planning, architectural design, operations, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as leading teams to develop and deliver enterprise-class software solutions across various vertical markets. He also holds several patents in technology and supply chain management. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Master of Science in Analytics at Texas A&M University and on the Global Business Advisory Board of the McCombs Center for Global Business, University of Texas, Austin.
Mr. Srinivasan holds a Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, a Master of Science from University of California in Berkeley, and an MBA from University of California in Los Angeles.
EVP and Chief Innovation Officer of Houston Methodist Hospital
Ms. Roberta L. Schwartz is the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Houston Methodist Hospital, which has been named by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Texas for seven straight years. In her role as chief innovation officer, Ms. Schwartz is responsible for advancing and expanding Houston Methodist’s digital innovation platforms, including telemedicine, artificial intelligence and big data. Prior to joining Houston Methodist, she worked at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, CSC consulting and for the government at CMS. Ms. Schwartz has her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins and her Ph.D. from UT School of Public Health.
Roberta is certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Schwartz is involved in many non-profit organizations such as Lifegift OPO, Robert M Beren Academy and the UOS Synagogue, Young Survival Coalition and many breast cancer organizations. Ms.Schwartz received the 2019 ACHE Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award, and she has won many awards for her professional and non-profit work.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Tasktop Technologies
Dr. Mik Kersten began his career as a research scientist at Xerox PARC, where he created the first aspect-oriented development environment. He then pioneered the integration of development tools with Agile and DevOps while obtaining his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of British Columbia. Founding the company Tasktop Technologies out of that research, Dr. Kersten has written over one million lines of open-source code that are still in use today, and he has brought seven successful open-source and commercial products to market. His experiences working with some of the largest digital transformations in the world has led him to identify the critical disconnect between business leaders and technologists. As CEO of Tasktop Technologies, Dr. Kersten works on creating new tools and a new framework for connecting best-of-breed software delivery tools and enabling the shift from project to product.