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Energy & Natural Resources Summit: Americas 2022 (On-Demand)

3 November 2022 - 16 December 2022

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT

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How the commodity crisis is changing the world

 

The Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have thrown global energy and commodity flows into turmoil. Soaring prices for oil, gas, coal and metals have put an urgent focus on energy security and forced a worldwide reassessment of the transition to lower-carbon technologies. Join Wood Mackenzie’s expert analysts, as well as leaders from across the energy and natural resources industries, to hear how companies, investors and governments can succeed in this rapidly changing world through the current crisis and beyond.

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Agenda

8:00 AM

CT

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM

Opening & Welcome note

Joe Levesque

Co-President

Wood Mackenzie

Liz Dennett

Data Architecture and Data Engineering

Wood Mackenzie

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair Americas

Wood Mackenzie

8:10 AM

CT

8:10 AM - 8:35 AM

Keynote Interview- Digitalization and future of energy

Darryl Willis

CVP Energy & Resources Industry

Microsoft

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair Americas

Wood Mackenzie

8:35 AM

CT

8:35 AM - 9:35 AM

Panel Discussion: What does the new geopolitical order mean for energy and commodities?

Ann-Louise Hittle

Vice President, Oils Research

Wood Mackenzie

Mark Finley

Fellow in Energy and Global Oil

Baker Institute - Rice University

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair Americas

Wood Mackenzie

Grant Porter

Global Chairman of Investment Banking and Co-Chairman of Global Natural Resources Banking

Barclays

Ixchel Castro

Head of Refining Assets

Wood Mackenzie

9:35 AM

CT

9:35 AM - 9:45 AM

Interactive segment: Share views on the key issues facing the industry

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair Americas

Wood Mackenzie

9:45 AM

CT

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Coffee

10:15 AM

CT

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM

Insight: The new dynamics for North American gas

Eugene Kim

Director Research

Wood Mackenzie

Shawn Robinson

Managing Director of Fundamentals

EQT

Clay Lightfoot

Senior Manager, Americas Gas Research

Wood Mackenzie

Kristy Kramer

Head of Markets, Gas & LNG Research

Wood Mackenzie

Ariel Handler

Senior Vice President, Commercial Structuring

Next Decade

11:05 AM

CT

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Panel Discussion: Carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS): from potential to possible

Vikas Bharathwaaj

Managing Director

Morgan Stanley

Ash Shepherd

Director, Business Development CCS

Talos

Peter Findlay

Principal Analyst, CCUS

Wood Mackenzie

Rob Berra

Group Senior Vice President, CCUS Growth Unit Lead

Worley

11:35 AM

CT

11:35 AM - 11:45 AM

Presentation: Future of metals in the energy transition

Julian Kettle

Senior Vice President, Vice Chair Metals and Mining

Wood Mackenzie

11:45 AM

CT

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM

CT

12:45 PM - 1:10 PM

Keynote Interview: Does exploration have a future at a company with net zero goals?

Jay Thorseth

VP Subsurface Renewal

bp

Julie Wilson

Director of Subsurface Research

Wood Mackenzie

1:10 PM

CT

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM

Panel Discussion: How to design the ideal US upstream portfolio

Sunday Shepherd

General Manager, Corporate Strategy Chevron Strategy and Sustainability

Chevron Corporation

Robert Clarke

Vice President, Upstream Research

Wood Mackenzie

Jim Grant

Vice President of New Energy Ventures & Chief Geoscientist

Chesapeake Energy

Christopher M. Paulsen

Vice President, Business Development and Strategy

Pioneer Natural Resources

2:10 PM

CT

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

Panel Discussion: Opportunities in low-carbon hydrogen

Bridget van Dorsten

Research Analyst, Hydrogen and Emerging Technologies

Wood Mackenzie

Armando Infanzon

Director – Business Development, Clean Energy Innovations

SoCalGas

Melany Vargas

Global Head of Hydrogen Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

2:40 PM

CT

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM

Networking Coffee

3:10 PM

CT

3:10 PM - 3:55 PM

Interactive Segment. Future of EVs: Can the supply chain cope?

Julian Kettle

Senior Vice President, Vice Chair Metals and Mining

Wood Mackenzie

Chris Hedge

Head of Market Research for Oil, Refining & NGLs

Wood Mackenzie

Robert Whaley

Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Adam Pearson

VP, Supply Chain Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

Ram Chandrasekaran

Head of Road Transport

Wood Mackenzie

3:55 PM

CT

3:55 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair Americas

Wood Mackenzie

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The Energy & Natural Resources Summit: Americas will be held in person at the Westin Houston.

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Why attend?

2022 themes

  • What does the new geopolitical order mean for the energy and natural resources industries?
  • How will companies respond to surging oil and gas prices
  • Which low-carbon technologies now have the brightest prospects?

 

Who should attend?

IOCs, NOCs, Institutional Investors and Investment Banks, Utilities, E&P, Power & Renewables Developers, Independant Downstream, Metals & Mining, Gas & LNG, Upstream oil & gas

Networking opportunities: 

After two years of virtual Summits, we are excited to be back in person for this year's event! Be part of a global network; connect, learn and share with the Wood Mackenzie team and fellow industry peers.

Past Speakers include:

US Speaker 1 - Diamondback.JPGUS Speaker 2 - Sunrun.JPGUS Speaker 3 - BoA.JPGUS Speaker 4 - Cheniere.JPGUS Speaker 5 - BlackRock.JPGUS Speaker 6 - Oxy.JPGUS Speaker 7 - Octopus.JPGUS Speaker 8 - Enel S.p.A.JPGUS Speaker 9 - Credit Suisse.JPGUS Speaker 10 - Kimmeridge.JPG

Past attendees include:

Air Products and Chemicals, APA Group, Apache, Apex International Energy, Baker Hughes, Boardwalk Pipeline, bp, California Resources Corporation, CenterPoint Energy Service Company, Chevron North America E&P, CNOOC Petroleum USA (Nexen Petroleum USA), ConocoPhillips, CPChem, Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, Deloitte & Touche, Enable Midstream Partners, Enbridge, Energy Spectrum, Energy Transfer L.P., ENI, Equinor, Expro North Sea Ltd, ExxonMobil Corporation, EY, First Solar, Inc., Five Point Energy, Hess, HollyFrontier Corporation, HSBC, Invenergy,  ITOCHU Corporation, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation, Kosmos Energy, LNG Freeport Development L P, Macquarie, Mitsui Oil Exploration, Mitusbishi Heavy Industries America, Moda Midstream, Murphy Exploration & Production Company, NextEra Energy Resources, Noble Energy Inc., Osaka Gas USA Corporation, Petroleos Ebano, Quarter North Energy, Renova, Repsol, Schlumberger, Scotiabank, Scout Energy Partners, Shell, SK Innovation, Sumitomo Corporation, Technip Energies, Tellurian Inc., TGS, TotalEnergies, Wood PLC, WTS Energy, and more

Jay Thorseth

VP Subsurface Renewal

bp

Jay graduated from the University of Utah in 1988 with degrees in Geophysics and an MBA. He joined Amoco in Denver, CO as a geophysicist. His initial experiences were exploring for oil and gas across various basins in the US from Alaska to California and through the Mid-Continent. He moved to Houston in 1992 and focused on international exploration projects in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia. In 1997, Jay moved to Cairo, Egypt and worked oil exploration covering the Gulf of Suez. The Gulf of Mexico was his next stop in 2003, where he eventually became BP’s Deepwater GoM Exploration Manager. In 2011, Jay was appointed VP Angola E&A based in London. Subsequently, after several Exploration roles as VP North America and Western Hemisphere, Jay is currently VP Subsurface Global Renewal in Houston.

Joe Levesque

Co-President

Wood Mackenzie

Joseph C. Levesque is the co-president of Wood Mackenzie with responsibility for data, technology, and product. Before Wood Mackenzie, Joe was president of PowerAdvocate, which he also co-founded. He spent more than 15 years there, leading the development of PowerAdvocate’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions and innovations, including its Energy Intelligence Platform. Joe was also responsible for the group’s strategy, growth, and execution. Under Joe’s guidance, PowerAdvocate helped global energy and natural resource companies become more resilient and effective contributors to the global economy, providing actionable intelligence to make them more efficient and productive and less risky. Joe also spearheaded PowerAdvocate’s $6 trillion FactBase and pioneered its machine learning program. Before PowerAdvocate, Joe worked in engineering, operations, and management roles for Intel and DuPont and gained valuable experience in product development, supply chain, data analytics, and energy. Joe holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management and a BS and MS in chemical engineering from MIT. Joe is a longtime youth basketball and softball coach in his hometown of Westborough, Massachusetts.

Julian Kettle

Senior Vice President, Vice Chair Metals and Mining

Wood Mackenzie

Julian brings 30 years of experience in the analysis of metals and mining to his current role as Senior Vice President, Vice Chair Metals and Mining, where he is responsible for senior stakeholder engagement and relationships. He is a recognised authority on the aluminium industry across the value chain from bauxite mining through to end-use analysis. His in-depth understanding of the key factors influencing the industry and issues that stakeholders face is of critical importance in his work providing strategic advice to clients. Since joining Wood Mackenzie, he has carried out the role of Manager – Metal Market Services, Global Head of Metals Research, and Global Head of Metals and Mining Research. Julian travels extensively and regularly presents to senior industry and financial community stakeholders on our analysis across the value chain of the metals and mining space, covering aluminium, copper, lead, nickel, zinc, iron ore, steel and coal. He also supports consulting assignments and specialises in market environment assessment, expert witness, raw materials sourcing, contract pricing, portfolio optimisation and strategic advisory relating to brownfield and greenfield investments in the metals and mining space. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Julian worked in British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Division, where he was a development engineer responsible for the development and evaluation of advanced materials and processes for aerospace applications.

Ann-Louise Hittle

Vice President, Oils Research

Wood Mackenzie

Ann-Louise Hittle brings to Wood Mackenzie over 25 years of experience in analysing global oil markets. Her career began with Gulf Oil, where she focused on OPEC and markets in Asia. She then worked as a Middle East/Oil Markets research associate with Kissinger Associates and a Senior Oil and Gas Futures Analyst with Shearson Lehman Brothers. During her decades in the industry, Ann-Louise established an international reputation for her analyses of short- to long-term oil markets. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Ann-Louise worked at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, where she was Research Head of the Upstream Oil Service with responsibility for world oil market analysis and writing long-term scenarios. After joining Wood Mackenzie in 2003, she directed the development of the Macro Oils Service, launched in April 2005, and led it until her promotion to Vice President. In addition to overseeing the oils research team, Ann-Louise is a frequent contributor to numerous industry publications and conferences, where she shares her trusted insights on the futures of oil markets. Ann-Louise's extensive experience and deep understanding of Middle East markets make her an invaluable member of the Wood Mackenzie team. With oil markets becoming more complex due to production cuts and the growth of renewables, her guidance helps our research team provide clients with timely, accurate market outlooks.

Chris Hedge

Head of Market Research for Oil, Refining & NGLs

Wood Mackenzie

Chris joined Wood Mackenzie in 2018 to head the our NGL research team covering our short term and long-term market analysis for NGL supply, demand, Infrastructure and pricing in North America. In mid 2019 his responsibilities expanded as he took on the role as global head of market research for oil, refining & NGLs Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Chris spent 30 years working for Chevron where he worked in the mid and downstream space. He began his career with Chevron’s pipeline company as a commercial representative for several crude/refined products pipelines and managing director/owner's representative for several operated/non-operated joint ventures. He was instrumental in building out Chevron’s global NGL asset backed trading business and has experience with integrating/managing waterborne LPG from West Africa & NorthWest Shelf; LPG off-take from the Chevron refineries in the US, Europe and Asia; an LPG import, break-bulk and bottling businesses in India and China, an LPG reticulation business in Hong Kong and Macau; and in negotiating NGL gas processing, pipeline, fractionation, storage, and export contracts in the US. Chris also spend several years managing Chevron’s long-range analytics group for Oil/Oil Products, Refining, NGL’s and Petrochemicals. In this capacity he was also advisor to the Chevron board of director members of ChevronPhillips Chemical Company and GSCaltex. Chris holds a BSBA degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Robert Whaley

Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Mr. Whaley has 20 years of experience in North American Electricity Markets, including price forecasting and long term capacity planning. In addition to fundamental market modeling, including energy and capacity forecasting, Mr. Whaley has done extensive research in various markets, including analysis of renewables, pricing, and asset valuation. Mr. Whaley has experience as an integrated resource planning analyst in utility resource and bid planning. Mr. Whaley has engaged past clients in price forecasting and valuation for litigation support and appraisal of generating assets for M&A and financial reporting. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Mr. Whaley worked as a consultant in a variety of energy related roles and with Xcel Energy. Mr. Whaley holds an M.A. in Economics from Miami University (Ohio). Mr. Whaley is based in Wood Mackenzie's Houston office.

Adam Pearson

VP, Supply Chain Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

Adam is a VP on Wood Mackenzie’s Supply Chain Consulting team. He brings nearly a decade of consulting experience in the energy industry. At PowerAdvocate and Wood Mackenzie, he has worked closely with dozens of utility and energy operator clients to save hundreds of millions of dollars, improve performance, and mitigate supply and operational risks. One of Adam’s areas of expertise is in fleet vehicle purchasing and leasing strategies and cost optimization. He has been heavily involved in many EV-focused engagements, including EV unit cost benchmarking, supporting the creation of fleet EV partnerships, and advising the board of directors of a Fortune 500 utility on fleet EV vehicle purchase timing and vendor management strategies and recommendations. Adam earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University’s School of Engineering with concentrations in renewable energy.

Sunday Shepherd

General Manager, Corporate Strategy Chevron Strategy and Sustainability

Chevron Corporation

Sunday Shepherd leads Chevron’s Corporate Strategy group, with accountability for corporate strategy development and alignment, enterprise risk management and investment governance. Sunday is passionate about building collaborative relationships within Chevron and across industry to ensure all voices are heard and to drive value. She chaired Chevron’s Executive Women’s Group in Houston from 2016-2019. Sunday’s passion for the arts and quality education for all has led her to represent Chevron on the Houston Ballet’s Board of Trustees and serve on OneGoal Houston’s Board of Directors. Sunday joined Chevron in 2000 as a geologist and has worked in exploration and reservoir management assignments in the United States, Venezuela and Singapore. Prior to her current role in Corporate Strategy, Sunday led Chevron’s MidContinent Applied Reservoir Management team. Sunday’s prior roles include Exploration and Regional Manager roles in US Gulf of Mexico, Exploration Advisor for Chevron’s Asia Pacific E&P headquarters in Singapore, Development Geologist in Chevron’s Latin America Business Unit on a heavy oil field in Venezuela, and Earth Scientist and Team Leader in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company consulting on reservoir issues on many global projects. Sunday earned a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina (an Historically Black University where she received a minority scholarship) and a Master’s in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Sunday currently lives in Houston where she enjoys exploring the city’s food and arts scene and competing in Monopoly marathons with her three children and husband Ryan.

Eugene Kim

Director Research

Wood Mackenzie

Eugene Kim is a Research Director on Wood Mackenzie’s Americas Gas Research team, which covers short-term and long-term market analysis and outlooks for supply, demand, pricing, and flows in North America and as part of the global gas market. Eugene recently rejoined Wood Mackenzie in 2018, initially serving as the senior analyst for the Americas Gas Research team from 2005 to 2007. In between, Eugene took several commodity trading analytics roles at Citadel, Shell Trading and most recently Millennium Management where he served as an Oil and Gas Strategist managing fundamental supply-demand balances to generate trading recommendations. Prior to his initial role at Wood Mackenzie, Eugene performed geological research for the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology publishing several Permian, Gulf Coast, East Texas, and Barnett play analyses and reservoir characterization studies. Eugene holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S.E in Mineral and Petroleum Engineering from Seoul National University.

David Eudey

Vice President

Chesapeake Energy

Mark Finley

Fellow in Energy and Global Oil

Baker Institute - Rice University

Bridget van Dorsten

Research Analyst, Hydrogen and Emerging Technologies

Wood Mackenzie

Bridget is a hydrogen-focused research analyst within Wood Mackenzie’s Energy Transition Practice. They have expertise in cost modelling and developing market forecasts for emerging hydrogen technologies. Before Wood Mackenzie, Bridget was a consultant with Power Advocate specialising in hydrogen asset modelling, strategic sourcing and category management for energy utilities in North America. Prior to PowerAdvocate, they worked at AirLiquide France in their hydrogen operations division and FirstElement Fuel in the US. Education BS Energy Engineering, Brown University

Robert Clarke

Vice President, Upstream Research

Wood Mackenzie

Robert leads our US onshore research, with a particular focus on the evolution of the tight oil sector. He specialises in geologic play description, portfolio valuation, operator benchmarking, and sector trend analysis. Robert joined Wood Mackenzie in 2005 as an original member of the Houston-based Lower 48 Upstream Research group, where he led the modelling of the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Haynesville plays. He has worked on upstream consulting projects that range from tight oil asset opportunity screenings for the Majors, to due diligence shale gas work for private equity-led M&A. He is a frequent speaker and panel moderator at industry conferences, and an adjunct professor in the Energy MBA program at the Neeley School of Business at TCU in Fort Worth. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Robert was a geologist at a private engineering firm in Houston.

Julie Wilson

Director of Subsurface Research

Wood Mackenzie

Julie has specialised in global exploration since January 2011, following 11 years at Wood Mackenzie split between the upstream consulting and research divisions. She has worked closely with clients advising on global and local industry issues, with a recent focus on exploration strategy and performance. Julie moved to Houston from the UK in November 2000 in an upstream consulting role. She helped build the Houston consulting practice and managed a wide variety of international consulting engagements, including corporate strategies, exploration and country entry strategies, competitor analysis, gas supply and market analysis. In 2006, she moved across to research and built the Houston-based team focusing on the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Julie worked in BP's upstream business for eight years in a variety of political, commercial and financial analysis roles, spanning international and domestic North Sea operations and exploration.

Jim Grant

Vice President of New Energy Ventures & Chief Geoscientist

Chesapeake Energy

Jim Grant is Vice President of New Energy Ventures & Chief Geoscientist for Chesapeake Energy at the company’s Oklahoma City headquarters. His responsibilities include pursuing New Energy Ventures as part of the company’s commitment to meeting the world’s need for affordable, reliable, and lower-carbon energy. Since joining Chesapeake in 2017, Mr. Grant has played an important role in the transformation of the company, with a keen focus on building an efficient and effective culture focusing on technical excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration. Mr. Grant has served in various leadership, corporate and technical roles throughout his career at Chesapeake and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where he worked prior to joining Chesapeake. Mr. Grant’s background spans the E&P value chain. His past positions include Director of Exploration and Geoscience Technology; Exploration Manager roles spanning the South Atlantic Margin and the Asia Pacific region; and corporate roles including Worldwide Exploration Planning Manager and Director of Investor Relations. Mr. Grant holds a BA in geology from Hamilton College, a MS in geology from the University of Idaho, and an MBA from Rice University, where he was a Jones Scholar Award recipient.

Liz Dennett

Data Architecture and Data Engineering

Wood Mackenzie

Liz Dennett, PhD is a passionate technologist with over a decade of experience using data-driven approaches to solve pressing energy challenges. She has demonstrated success pioneering novel data types, architectures, and analytics solutions through the energy value chain. Liz is currently a VP of Data Architecture and Engineering at Wood Mackenzie where she is helping slay data silos to fuel sustainable innovation, and hosts the Horizons Podcast, a candid take on the Energy Transition. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Liz was the Lead Solutions Architect for Energy Data Platforms at Amazon Web Services (AWS), and held various roles of increasing scope and complexity within AWS, Biota Technology, Hess Corporation, and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Liz holds advisory board positions with the UW-Madison Dept. of Geoscience and Cemvita Factory. A technology evangelist, Liz has given over 100 invited presentations, received over a dozen awards including being named #13 in the “Top 50 Women Leaders in Houston” in 2022, and writen more than a dozen academic and industry publications. Liz holds a MS and PhD in Geoscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed executive education at the Haas School of Business. Liz’s passions include building things, board games, and stubbornly refusing to believe things are “hard”.

Ram Chandrasekaran

Head of Road Transport

Wood Mackenzie

Ram is the head of Road Transportation at Wood Mackenzie, based in the company’s Houston office. He studies the evolution of global transportation to assess the impact of various commodities on the automotive industry as it trends toward de-carbonization. Ram curates the electric vehicle (EV) subscription service, a collection of reports that delivers thought leadership, analysis, and updates about EV ownership, global policy, and consumer preferences. The service provides a long-term outlook, examining the next 30 years and how EV ownership will affect global oil consumption and related industries. It explores the winners and losers of the upcoming EV revolution, as world governments push toward carbon neutrality. Ram’s 15 years of experience in the automotive industry have given him a wealth of knowledge in EV manufacturing, operations, and costs, as well as the impact of EVs on complying with government-mandated fleet fuel economy regulations. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, he spent six years at Ford Motor Co., specializing in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Darryl Willis

CVP Energy & Resources Industry

Microsoft

As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Energy & Resources Industry, Darryl Willis leads the global teams driving digital transformation for organizations across the energy sector to enable the energy transition, reduce carbon emissions and intelligently fulfil growing demand with new renewable sources. Prior to joining Microsoft, Willis was Vice President of Oil, Gas and Energy at Google Cloud. His other past roles include president and CEO of BP Angola; head of Deepwater Horizon claims and spokesperson for BP; and senior vice president and deputy head of Subsurface for BP. Willis is passionate about empowering customers, partners, governments and investors to drive the transition to clean energy, while providing equal access to all. Willis holds an MS in business from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MS in geology and geophysics from the University of New Orleans, and a BS in chemistry and literature from Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Shawn Robinson

Managing Director of Fundamentals

EQT

Shawn has spent 15 years at EQT, North America’s largest producer of natural gas, where he has worked to develop a peer leading fundamental research team. Prior to his current role, Shawn participated in numerous commercial functions at EQT and was frequently involved with strategic decisions. He has an MBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and a BSBA from John Carroll University. He is a volunteer and past member of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors. He is an avid baseball fan who enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and Goldendoodle

Christopher M. Paulsen

Vice President, Business Development and Strategy

Pioneer Natural Resources

Chris Paulsen is Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Pioneer Natural Resources. Since joining Pioneer in 2002, Chris has served in various areas including investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, operations and subsurface. Over the past ten years, Chris has managed over $20 billion in upstream, midstream and oilfield service transactions located in the Permian Basin, Mid-Continent, Gulf Coast, Alaska and Rockies. In his current role, Chris’ team is responsible for M&A, corporate strategy, scenario planning and energy transition investments. Prior to joining Pioneer, Chris worked for SBC Communications in planning as well as treasury. Chris received his BBA from Baylor University and his MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Chris is a father of four young children and an avid runner, golfer and skier.

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair Americas

Wood Mackenzie

Ed Crooks joined Wood Mackenzie in 2019 as Vice-Chair, Americas. Based in New York, he covers the full range of commodities, technologies and sectors, with a particular focus on climate policy, economics and the energy transition. He writes Wood Mackenzie's popular Energy Pulse newsletter, analysing the latest developments in the world of energy. Before Wood Mackenzie, he was an award-winning energy editor for the Financial Times, first in London and then in New York. He joined the FT in 1999 as economics editor. He previously worked as an economics correspondent for BBC News, a reporter for Investor’s Chronicle magazine, and an economic researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He also served on the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission.

Vikas Bharathwaaj

Managing Director

Morgan Stanley

Vikas Bharathwaaj leads various energy transition and decarbonization coverage initiatives at the investment banking division. He has been with Morgan Stanley since 2008, having held key roles in its New York, Houston and Calgary offices, and during his tenure has led and executed several strategic and capital markets transactions for his clients in the energy and natural resources sectors. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Vikas worked in various engineering and business development roles in offshore oil & gas engineering and construction at Larsen & Toubro Limited. Vikas received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently serves on the advisory board to the Energy Center at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and has served on the board of Global Kids, Inc., a NY-based non-profit organization that focuses on empowering the youth in some of the underserved local communities, from 2017-2022.

Grant Porter

Global Chairman of Investment Banking and Co-Chairman of Global Natural Resources Banking

Barclays

Ash Shepherd

Director, Business Development CCS

Talos

Ash Shepherd is Director of Business Development for Talos Low Carbon Solutions. There he leads the commercial negotiations for all CCS transactions. Recently, Ash negotiated the first permanent offshore CCUS lease in United States history. Ash has previously been named by Oil & Gas Investor to their “Thirty Under 40” list and is a former appointee of President Bush in the Department of Energy. Ash earned his BA from St. Edwards University, JD from South Texas College of Law and is earning his Executive MBA from Rice. He is married to his wife Heather and together they have three children.

Clay Lightfoot

Senior Manager, Americas Gas Research

Wood Mackenzie

Clay brings a detailed understanding of the US operating environment, with a particular expertise in political and regulatory issues, to his role as a senior manager in our North America Gas Service. Clay joined Wood Mackenzie in 2015. He initially worked on our US Upstream Lower 48 team, leading play-level analysis focused on type curve generation, asset economics and operator benchmarking. Earlier in his career, he worked for Hess Corporation in New York City and in the US Senate, advising on energy policy. Education MBA, University of Oklahoma Political Science and General Business, Texas Christian University

Armando Infanzon

Director – Business Development, Clean Energy Innovations

SoCalGas

Armando Infanzon is director of business development for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) since June 2020. Mr. Infanzon is responsible for advancing several low carbon infrastructure initiatives including hydrogen, carbon capture utilization & sequestration and distributed energy resources. Prior to joining SoCalGas, Mr. Infanzon served as director of operations for Peru at Sempra Energy International between 2014-2020. Between 2011-2014, Mr. Infanzon was Smart Grid Policy Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric working on several grid modernization initiatives including energy storage. Mr. Infanzon joined Sempra Energy in 1998 and had several positions of increasing responsibilities.

Melany Vargas

Global Head of Hydrogen Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

Melany has extensive experience solving strategic problems for clients across the global energy value chain, including oil field services, upstream, chemicals and mining. Her functional experience includes market entry, growth strategy, large-scale transformation, M&A transaction and financing support. Melany joined Wood Mackenzie as a consultant in our oil and gas team in 2018. Her recent work has focused on due diligence and financing for North America LNG and assets targeting LNG markets, including a series of pipeline and gathering and processing support projects in North America. Prior to joining our team, Melany worked with Accenture Energy strategy, where she advised some of the world’s largest natural resources companies.

Kristy Kramer

Head of Markets, Gas & LNG Research

Wood Mackenzie

Kristy brings more than a decade of energy industry experience with particular expertise in flowing gas, LNG, and the upstream oil and gas business in the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Kristy leads Wood Mackenzie’s gas market research team, which delivers fundamental supply, demand, and pricing analysis across global and regional gas markets. Having joined Wood Mackenzie as a principal in consulting in 2016, Kristy has been involved in helping customers determine and evaluate investment opportunities, design portfolio strategy, and understand associated market responses. She later joined our research team as Head of Americas Gas Research. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Kristy spent eight years at ExxonMobil, where she led deal evaluation and developed portfolio strategies for both proprietary flowing gas and joint venture LNG assets.

Peter Findlay

Principal Analyst, CCUS

Wood Mackenzie

Peter is leading the economics function for global CCUS projects as part of Wood Mackenzie's Energy Transition. He has experience of corporate finance, operations and strategy consulting projects in oil and gas, power & utilities (including renewables and decarbonization), petrochemicals, and other sectors since 2008. He has worked on transactions, corporate strategy, and operations initiatives ranging in value from $50 MM to $40 billion for the world's largest energy companies as well as much smaller operators, across the hydrocarbon and power value chains. Peter also advises on emerging technologies, primarily relating to decarbonization. Periodically, Peter publishes and presents research at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in the UK, on Canada's oil sands and natural gas markets. Peter started his career as an aerodynamic design engineer with Pratt & Whitney in Montreal in 2005 and has a Master's of Science/Engineering degree in computational fluid dynamics and advanced numerical / data methods from McGill University, an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and a finance-focused MBA from ESSEC, Warwick, and Mannheim Business schools in Europe.

Ariel Handler

Senior Vice President, Commercial Structuring

Next Decade

Ariel Handler was appointed Senior Vice President, Commercial Structuring in February 2022. He joined the company as Vice President, Finance and Market Analysis in March 2018. Prior to joining NextDecade, Handler served as Manager of Strategic Planning at Apache Corporation where he played a key role in developing Apache’s short- and long-term term financial and operational plans, capital allocation strategy, and portfolio and scenario analysis. Shortly before his departure, Handler oversaw all of Apache’s planning activities in the Permian, Midcontinent (Scoop/Anadarko Basin), and Gulf Coast regions. Handler holds a B.A. degree with Honors in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University.

Ixchel Castro

Head of Refining Assets

Wood Mackenzie

Ixchel Castro leads our Refining and Assets team, covering our research on refineries around the world through our products Petroplan and Refinery Evaluation model. Previously, she was responsible for our refined product market analysis in the Americas. She is regularly cited as an expert in Bloomberg, Reuters, BNA, Reforma, Expansion, amongst others. Ixchel joined Wood Mackenzie in 2012, covering Latin America for the Energy markets team in the Houston office. She also worked in Paris, covering Southern European markets as part of the Gas & Power team. In 2016, Ixchel joined the Oils team, leading the research practice in Mexico City and developing our analysis for Latin America, focusing on downstream and midstream. Before Wood Mac, Ixchel worked at PMI, International Trading (Pemex) in crude trading and refined product analysis. At PMI, she was responsible for fundamentals analysis of oil markets, including daily pricing of Mexican crudes. She also analyzed gasoline and distillate markets, providing market research analysis and support for the trading group. She has also worked for Energy division of the World Bank doing research on power interconnections in South America. Ixchel holds a Master in International Energy Policy from Columbia University and a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Political Science. She is based in Wood Mackenzie’s Mexico City office.

Rob Berra

Group Senior Vice President, CCUS Growth Unit Lead

Worley

Rob is an executive leader within the Transformation Group for Worley. He leads the Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Growth Unit on a global basis where he is responsible for establishing Worley’s position in this rapidly growing sector. Rob has over 32 years of industry experience with contractors and a major international oil company, leading teams in engineering, construction, program management, significant P&L operations, sales and executive management functions. He has extensive international experience with several foreign expat assignments. Rob joined Worley in 2016 following an executive/board position at CH2M Hill, and is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Texas at Austin.