The 2017 Conference Committee

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  • Committee Chair: Catherine MacGregor, President, Drilling Group, Schlumberger Limited

    Catherine MacGregor is president of the Drilling Group, a position she assumed in May 2017. Prior to her current role, she was president of the Reservoir Characterization Group; president of Europe & Africa and held various technical positions in operations and product development in Malaysia, France, North America, United Kingdom, and Congo. She began her career with Schlumberger in 1995 in drilling operations in Congo.
    MacGregor holds an engineering degree and a diplome d’études avancées of energetics and heat transfer from Ecole Centrale, Paris, France.

  • Roger Ader, Partner and Global Head of Energy and Power, Rothschild

    Roger Ader is a Partner and Global Head of Energy and Power at Rothschild. After a brief period as a geologist working for BP, he has spent nearly 30 years in banking, advising energy companies on M&A and financing transactions.

  • Gordon Ballard, Director, IOGP

    IOGP Executive Director Gordon Ballard joined the Association in January 2016 after spending 30 years working with oilfield services company, Schlumberger, on four continents. He became Schlumberger’s UK chair in 2005. He has also served as chair of the UK’s Oil and Gas Industry Council and was co-chair of the industry trade association, Oil & Gas UK.  He remains chair of OPITO International, the upstream oil & gas skills organization.

    Gordon graduated from the University of Glasgow with a B.SC. Hons in Civil Engineering and holds a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot‐Watt University

  • Kamel Ben Naceur, Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, IEA

    Kamel Ben Naceur is the IEA Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, overseeing the Energy and Environment, Energy Technology Policy and Energy Supply and Demand Outlook divisions. His Directorate oversees the production of the World Energy Outlook and the Energy Technology Perspectives.

    Mr. Ben Naceur has more than 34 years of experience and knowledge in the energy and industry sectors around the world in both public and private service.

    After joining the research and development division of the energy multinational Schlumberger, he took charge of developing several key technologies in the upstream sector. He then moved to management roles in Africa, North and South America, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East and North Africa regions in the oil and gas sectors. In 2004, he started the Oilfield Services Business Unit developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) prospects, working extensively with regulators and policy makers.

    In 2006, he was seconded from Schlumberger to the IEA Energy Technology Perspectives Division, where he helped write publications on policies including industrial energy efficiency and ETP. In 2007, also on secondment, he joined the IEA World Energy Outlook (WEO) team, where he was a co-author of a book on CCS and participated in two editions of the annual WEO.

    In 2009, he became the Chief Economist at Schlumberger in Paris, responsible for the strategic outlook for the largest oil and gas services company. In 2011, he became the President of the Schlumberger technology organisation in Rio de Janeiro, handling challenging technology and solutions development for the offshore sectors (especially deepwater/pre-salt exploration) as well as South America-specific issues.

    In 2014, he became Tunisia’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines in a government tasked to lead the country’s first fully democratic elections and to restore the country’s economic fundamentals. During his tenure, he implemented new policies for energy subsidies rationalisation, as well as having won approval of a law on renewable energy implementation. At the end of his government tenure, he returned to Schlumberger as Senior Advisor and Vice President for technology, based in Paris.

    Mr. Ben Naceur has served on several boards of international businesses and organizations, and has received several medals and recognitions. He is the co-author of 13 books and more than 120 articles.

    A French-Tunisian dual national, Mr. Ben Naceur is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Supérieure of France, with an Agrégation de Mathématiques.

    Kamel Ben Naceur is married with three children.

  • David Clark, Regional President EAF, Aker Solutions

    David Clark began his career as a Wireline Field Engineer with Schlumberger. There he enjoyed a lengthy service of 18 years in a variety of internal line management and staff roles before gaining further experience at Technip and Wood Group before returning to Schlumberger in 2013 as global VP for the Production Facilities Management business. David commenced his current role at Aker Solutions in Q4 2015, based in London, taking on the regional leadership responsibilities for Aker Solutions’ activities in Europe and Africa and is a member of the Aker Solutions executive management team.

    Throughout his appointments, David has travelled extensively and has lived in nine countries, including the UK, Far East, Middle East, Australia and mainland Europe. These positions have provided David with the opportunity to gain extensive leadership, operational and business development experience.

    David is a member of the Oil & Gas Authority Supply Chain & Export Board Working Group and the Scottish Enterprise Energy Jobs Taskforce. David is also a member of the Institute of Directors and the Society of Petroleum Engineers

  • Tim Dodson, Executive Vice President Exploration, Statoil ASA

    Tim Dodson is a UK citizen and has more than 35 years industry experience, whereof 31 from Statoil.  He has a BSc in Geology from the University of Keele in the UK. Tim started his career in the oil and gas industry in 1980 with an oil and gas service company and worked for 5 years in South America and Middle East. Tim joined Statoil’s Exploration and Production Norway unit in 1985. He has held various management positions within exploration, production and technology and HR, Vice President Exploration Southern North Sea, Vice President Technology Arena, Exploration. From 2004 – 2008 he held the position as Senior Vice President for Exploration in Norway and in 2008 he was appointed as Senior Vice President for Global Exploration in Statoil’s business area for international operations. As of 1st January 2011 Tim leads the Exploration business area in Statoil as Executive Vice President and is a member of the Corporate Executive Committee.

    Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland, Statoil ASA

  • Simon Flowers, Chairman, Energy and Chief Analyst, Wood Mackenzie

    Simon Flowers was appointed Chairman, Energy for Wood Mackenzie in April 2016. He has led the commodities, global trends and corporate analysis research over the last few years and has been Chief Analyst since July 2015. He re-joined Wood Mackenzie in 2010, and has over 20 years of experience in the oil, gas, utilities and mining sectors, working with the boards of many energy companies on strategic issues. His views on major industry issues are regularly sought by the media in Europe, the US and Asia.

    Simon was MD and Head of Pan European Utilities Research with Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 1998, covering the major European utilities. The team was in the Top 3 ranked in the sector for over a decade and Simon was involved in most of the major European privatisations in the sector during this period, including Enel, EdF and GdF.

    Simon was a No.1 ranked oil analyst with NatWest Markets from 1992 to 1998, covering the E&P and Gas sectors. Prior to joining NatWest, he had worked for Ord Minnett Securities in Sydney as an energy and mining analyst in the Australian market.

    Simon graduated in geology from the University of Edinburgh, and worked for two years as a geologist in the oil industry working in the Netherlands and offshore Egypt. Simon originally joined Wood Mackenzie in 1983 as an analyst in the North Sea and NW Europe Services.

  • Alan Grant, ‎Executive Chairman, Raffles Energy

    Alan Grant is Chairman, Energy & Marine Group, Reed Exhibitions Ltd and also Chairman of Raffles Energy which is a private equity investor in exploration, production and power generation.  He is as a member of the Offshore Europe Partnership Board.

    From 2002 to 2008 he was Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Maersk Oil UK Ltd.  From 2001 he also held the position of Executive Director of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) for 4 years.

    Alan Grant worked for the Shell Group from 1971 to 2000. This involved assignments in Oman, Brunei, Russia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.  Appointments included Senior Reservoir Engineer for Europe, Director of Research for Shell Exploration & Production, and President of Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin II), a joint venture then consisting of Marathon, Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Shell.

    Alan Grant graduated from both Aberdeen University and the Cranfield Institute of Technology

  • Neil McCulloch, Chief Operating Officer, EnQuest

    Neil McCulloch is a graduate of Cambridge University and Heriot Watt University and holds a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. He began his career as a graduate trainee with British Gas E&P and from 1996‐2001 worked in a variety of technical consultancy and investment banking roles. He then went on to spend 11 years with BG Group in a range of senior UK and international roles, latterly as vice president & asset general manager, UK Upstream, with accountability for the delivery of BG’s UK North Sea business. Neil joined EnQuest in March 2014 from international oil and gas company OMV AG, where he held the global role of senior vice president production & engineering. Neil holds a number of external appointments including operator co‐chair of Oil and Gas UK and a board member of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre.

  • Paul McDade, CEO Designate, Tullow

    Paul McDade (British) was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2006 having joined Tullow in 2001. Paul was appointed Chief Operating Officer following the Energy Africa acquisition in 2004, having previously managed Tullow’s UK gas business. An engineer with over 25 years’ experience, Paul has worked in various operational, commercial and management roles with Conoco, Lasmo and ERC. He has broad international experience having worked in the UK North Sea, Latin America, Africa and South East Asia and holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.

  • Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK

    Deirdre Michie has extensive experience as a senior business leader in the oil and gas industry, upstream, downstream and globally.

    Ms Michie joined Shell’s downstream operations with an LLB Hons in Scots law, undertaking a variety of business roles before moving to Shell’s UK upstream operations as Senior Commercial Negotiator.

     She subsequently moved into external affairs to become External Affairs Manager for Shell UK’s upstream operations and Communications manager for Shell’s European business.

    In 2007 Deirdre was appointed Contracting and Procurement Manager for Europe, where she was responsible for a multi-billion annual contracting and procurement strategy across Shell’s European exploration and production business.

    From 2011 to 2014, Deirdre successfully managed a global team delivering a multi-billion annual strategic sourcing programme for Shell International Petroleum Company Limited. In 2014, she headed up a multi-disciplinary team to develop and deliver a revised sustainable operating model for Shell’s UK upstream operations.

    Deirdre was appointed CEO of Oil and Gas UK in May 2015 and is a member of MER, the UK Government and industry forum, and is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board and the UK Treasury’s Oil Industry Fiscal Forum. She is Chair of Common Data Access Limited, a director of OPITO Strategic Ltd and a Board Member of Opportunity North East.

    A former vice-president and council member of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Deirdre takes an active role in local business and in the community.

    Before taking on the role of CEO of Oil & Gas UK, she was Chair of the Board of Aberdeen Science Centre, a Board member of North East of Scotland College, and of Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training.

    Married with two sons, both studying Chemical Engineering, Deirdre enjoys reading, cycling, skiing and running.

  • Maria Moræus Hanssen, Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE E&P International SA.

    Mrs. Moræus Hanssen (born 1965) is CEO of ENGIE E&P International SA.
    She joined ENGIE E&P in 2014, first as the Managing Director for its Norwegian E&P affiliate, since October 2015 as CEO. Prior to that Mrs. Moræus Hanssen spent five years as an Investment Director with Aker ASA. Before joining Aker ASA, she held various management roles in Norsk Hydro Oil and Energy as subsequently Statoil ASA, among these Head of Field Development NCS, Offshore Installation Manager Troll B and EVP Gas Supply and Transportation.

    Mrs. Moræus Hanssen graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and from IFP School in Paris with a degree in Petroleum Economics from IFP School.

    Since 2010, she has been member of the Hafslund ASA Board, where she is Vice Chairman and member of the audit committee. Likewise, since 2015, she has been member of the YARA International ASA Board, where she is Vice Chairman and Leader of the audit committee.

  • Steve Phimister, Upstream Director UK & Ireland, Shell

    Steve Phimister - Upstream Director UK & Ireland
    Steve has a varied background in technical, commercial and asset management roles working with Shell for nearly 25 years across Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas. He has also worked in Shell’s Upstream, Downstream and Integrated Gas businesses.

    Returning to the UK earlier in 2016, he led a multi-functional team successfully integrating the upstream businesses of Shell and BG in the UK and Ireland. Prior to this, Steve spent seven years leading a period of strong growth for Shell in Australia, including roles as GM Non-Operated ventures, GM Unconventionals and GM Business Development.

    He has a degree in Chemical & Mineral Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK and is a member of several Engineering Institutes. He is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on the board of a number of energy-related businesses in Australia. Steve is married with two daughters.

  • Elisabeth Proust, Managing Director, Total E&P UK Limited

    Elisabeth Proust is the Managing Director of Total E&P UK Limited.

    Elisabeth graduated in Mechanics & Marine Hydrodynamics in 1979 from the Mechanical Engineering School (ENSM) in Nantes.  In 1980 she obtained a degree in Petroleum Engineering at the French Petroleum Institute (ENSPM) in Paris.

    She joined the Elf Aquitaine (now Total) group as Junior Drilling Supervisor the same year (1980).

    From 1981 to 1987 she worked in various affiliates of the company in Cameroun, Brazil, Angola and France (Pau) as Drilling Supervisor (offshore), Drilling Supervisor (deep offshore), Drilling Engineer, and Subsea specialist respectively.

    She was Head of Drilling Engineering in Pau from 1987 to 1989, before moving to the Netherlands where she held technical and managerial positions up to 1997 as Head of Non-Operated Follow-up, Head of Development for Operated Assets, and Project Manager for the K5 Central complex.

    From 1997 to 2004, Elisabeth was responsible for technical evaluation of new assets, Project Manager for New Business in Russia, and Production and Operations Manager in the Netherlands.

    Between 2004 and 2008, she was Vice President Development Engineering and Head of Petroleum Engineering Competence for Total worldwide, and in December 2008, was appointed President & General Manager for Total E&P Indonesia, and President of the Oil & Gas Association of Indonesia.  She served in this capacity until 2013.

    In February 2014, Elisabeth became the first female Managing Director & Chief Executive of the Total Upstream companies in Nigeria.  She was also the Group Representative for all Total subsidiaries in Nigeria and President of the Oil and Gas Association OPTS .

    In November 2015 Elisabeth took up her current role as Managing Director of Total E&P UK.  She is also Group Representative for all Total subsidiaries in UK.

    Born 2nd January 1957, she is married to Pieter Van Heeswijk; they have 5 children.  In April 2014 the French Government awarded her the Légion d'Honneur.

  • Wonuola Scott, Principal Data Transformation Analyst, IHS Markit

    Wonuola Scott is a Principal Data Transformation Analyst at IHS Markit where he has worked for over 7 years in various capacities; some of which include drilling, completions, well interventions and well abandonment  performance benchmarking and data analysis, offset data QA/QC, internal & client-side training, as well as presenting & representing the company at various technical conferences locally and internationally.
    Wonuola obtained a dual honours BSc degree in Chemical and Polymer Engineering at the Lagos State University, Nigeria in 2003, and an MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2007.
    Wonuola has taken on a number of roles within the Aberdeen section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers over the years, including SPE Aberdeen Communications committee, SPE Aberdeen Young Professional (YP) Committee – YP Webpage content administrator, Communications officer, Secretary and was appointed as the current chair of the YP committee in September 2015.

  • Troy Stewart, Divisional Manager, Lifecycle Services, Process Automation, ABB

    Troy Stewart has worked for over 25 years in various companies including ABB, Aspentech and Rockwell, providing solutions and services to the oil and gas industry.  His experience extends from upstream offshore and onshore well heads, through to pipelines, refining and downstream processing plants. Troy has a B.Sc. in Physics, Masters in Control Engineering and an MBA. He is currently responsible for ABB's Oil & Gas Service business in the UK, Europe and Australia.

  • David White, Senior Technology Advisor, Schlumberger

    David White has been a senior technology advisor since Nov 2009.  Based in Cambridge – UK, his roles cover research strategy, external collaboration through the out-licensing of IP, technology scouting, early stage investment and technology development.

    David joined the Schlumberger group of companies as a research scientist in 1983 at its drilling and pumping research facility in Cambridge, England and later worked as drilling engineering manager, general manager, business development manager, VP of Marketing and product development manager in France, the UK and the USA. As Marketing Director, for Schlumberger Research he was responsible for joint research and development with clients and new technology adaptation and innovation across Schlumberger. 

    Prior to taking his current post in Nov 2009, David was President of Schlumberger Water & Carbon Services from April 2006 to Nov 2009. Based in Paris, France, he was responsible for the strategic development of two new start-up businesses involving Water Resource Management & the geological storage of carbon dioxide for climate change mitigation, drawing upon the broad technology base of Schlumberger oilfield services.

    David holds a BSc. degree in Physics from the University of Bristol, England and a Ph.D degree in Geophysics from the University of Cambridge, England where he was also a post doctoral research fellow.

  • Clay Williams, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Oilwell Varco (NOV)

    Clay Williams is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Oilwell Varco (NOV). Previously, he served as NOV’s President and Chief Operating Officer and its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to its merger with National Oilwell, Clay served as Varco's Chief Financial Officer. He also served as Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Corporate Development, and Vice President of Pipeline Services for Varco and Tuboscope before the merger between the two companies. Before Tuboscope, he worked for SCF Partners and Shell Oil Company. Clay also currently serves as a Director of Benchmark Electronics, Inc. Clay has a BS in Civil & Geological engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from The University of Texas.

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