MCEDD 2020 Speaker Biographies

  Stephane Anres, R&D Coordinator – Subsea Process & Systems
Stephane holds an engineering degree from “Ecole Centrale de Marseilles” (France) and a Master’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (USA).
Stéphane has more than 20 years of experience in offshore technology developments. He is currently coordinating development projects related to subsea systems within the Saipem R&D Department in France. Recent work experience includes the development of subsea sulfate removal of seawater, development of a subsea liquid-liquid separator, and qualification of new technologies to optimize field architectures.
  Alex Argyros, Lead Naval Architect
Alex Argyros is Chartered Engineer with the IMarEST and holds a PhD from Cambridge University for his work on ultra-deep water mooring analysis and model testing, which has been published in several academic conference proceedings. He joined DNV GL in 2012 and is currently Lead Naval Architect, specializing in the design and approval of mooring systems used in floating wind, wave energy, tidal energy and O&G applications.
As Technical Authority for moorings for Noble Denton marine services, part of the DNV GL group, he has an active role in the development of standards including the standard for marine warranty, DNVGL-ST-N001, sections on moorings and cable installation and the new up-coming mooring integrity management recommended practice.
  Jeremy Auer, Field Development Engineer
Subsea 7
Jeremy has 13 years of experience in EPCI and T&I projects both deepwater and conventional. Jeremy’s experience focuses on riser and pipeline design and in offshore installation.
Jeremy now works in the Subsea 7 Field Development Group in Paris, which manages field optimization studies for Operators, to support them in making their subsea developments viable and with maximized value.
  Pierre-Jean Bibet, Expert Pumping Systems and MPPs
Total SA
Pierre-Jean is Expert in Pumping Systems, Centrifugal Pumps and MPPs at Total E&P in Paris, France, who has been working in the Rotating Machinery Department of the Technology Division since 2003. His work concentrates on subsea boosting projects, following 25 years of professional experience with pumps, especially with Multiphase Pumps (MPP).
  Marius Bjørn, Department Manager
Master of Science in subsea technology with more than 20 years’ experience in subsea design. Process & Controls Department Manager in Kongsberg Oil and Gas with responsibilities for relevant delivery projects and development of subsea process equipment. Heading Process & Controls in NOV with responsibility for development, qualification and delivery of new technologies as: Subsea Automated Pigging technologies, Subsea Oil- and Chemical Storage and Subsea Treatment of Produced Water.
  Thierry Conti, Senior Vice President Strategy and Product Management
Thierry holds the position of Senior Vice President Subsea Strategy and Product Management for TechnipFMC, based in Houston, responsible of the Subsea Product, Services & Technology portfolio performance. His organization drives the technology programs and investment prioritization as well as the Marketing and Communication activities for the Subsea.
Mr. Conti holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering and Finance from French grande école d’ingénieurs, and spent last 11 years working within the oil and gas industry.
In the last decade, Thierry has held multiple roles within TechnipFMC, including head of the Genesis and Offshore EPC businesses operations for Americas prior taking his current role.
  Alan Crowle, Principal Naval Architect
Alan Crowle holds the current position of principal naval architect at McDermott, London.
He has a BSc (1974) from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and MSc (2020) from the University of Plymouth.
He is responsible for naval architecture activities for offshore projects on steel jackets, semisubmersibles, FLNGS, FPSOs and offshore modules.
  Neil Douglas, Director
Viper Innovations Ltd
Neil Douglas has been in the Subsea Controls Industry for over 35 years, the majority of which were spent with what is now Baker Hughes. In 2007, along with co-director Max Nodder, he established Viper Subsea (since renamed Viper Innovations), a company that specializes in technology development and integrity management of subsea controls and electrical distribution equipment.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronic engineering and a Masters in Subsea Engineering.
  Arun Duggal, Chief of Technology
Arun Duggal is the Chief of Technology at SOFEC, Inc., a business unit of the MODEC Group. His responsibilities range from overseeing research and development activities across the SOFEC portfolio, and to provide strategic focus to SOFEC’s technology development, FEED and new project development. He has been employed at SOFEC for 25 years in several roles associated with mooring technology and project execution, before moving to an Executive Management position. He has been an active participant in industry conferences and meetings, authoring and presenting over 70 papers.
Arun is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University. He has also received his Ph.D. degree (Ocean Engineering) from Texas A&M University, a M.S. degree (Ocean Engineering) from the University of Miami, FL, and his B.Tech. degree (Civil Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.
  Steve Ellis, Subsea Engineer
Steve is passionate about the future of the deepwater industry and embracing the challenges and opportunities to the sector presented by climate change, digitisation and disruptive technologies.
After graduating from Bristol University in UK with a masters degree in software engineering, Steve joined BP as a graduate subsea engineer, completing the graduate programme before continuing his career in subsea engineering and project delivery of deepwater projects, focused mainly in Angola, where he has worked on BP’s PSVM, Greater Plutonio, Platina and PAJ developments, working in both the UK and Angola.
Steve has also held roles away from subsea at BP, including leading the concept development of new projects in the Middle East and Russia and has used his software engineering skills to manage digital projects as part of BP’s Modernisation and Transformation programme. Steve is currently leading subsea engineering for BP’s deepwater PAJ project, again in Angola.
A long time attendee to the conference, Steve is honored to have been nominated by BP to represent future leaders of the subsea industry as we discuss the important topic of “a clear vision to responsible energy”, where he hopes he can bring a diverse and alternate perspective to the operator forum and operator-contractor panel.
  Luiz Feijo, Director Global Offshore
Luiz Feijo is Director, Global Offshore for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in its headquarters in Houston, Texas – USA. Feijo looks over the business intelligence and business development activities on the classification and certification of offshore production facilities. He is also responsible for regulatory compliance aspects, interfacing with regulatory agencies involved in production units in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Feijo joined ABS in 2001 as Project Manager and held different positions related to project management and business development. Prior to working at ABS Feijo worked in offshore construction yards and shipyards. With over 30 years of experience in classification, offshore construction and shipbuilding, Feijo holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rio de Janeiro State University in Brazil.
  Stuart Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President Strategy & Alliances
Subsea 7
Stuart began his career with a specialist marine engineering consultancy before moving to Worley Engineering, in Australia and Brunei.
Stuart joined Subsea 7 in 1998 and held operating and leadership positions within engineering, project management, and sales, at a Norway regional level until 2009, when he was appointed Vice President for Norway. In 2014 he was appointed Vice President Sales and Marketing for the Northern Hemisphere and Life of Field business. In June 2016, Stuart was appointed Vice President Strategy and Technology which he held until his appointment to Executive Vice President – Strategy and Commercial in January 2018.
Stuart has been Executive Vice President – Alliances and Strategy of Subsea 7 since 2019. Stuart also holds the dual role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Sales and Marketing for Subsea Integration Alliance.
Stuart has a Bachelor of Engineering degree within Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree within Applied Mathematics from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
    Marco Davide Gabelloni, VP Global Pump Leader
Aker Solutions
Marco Gabelloni is responsible for the Subsea Pump department in Aker Solutions, a top-tier supplier of products and services for the energy industry. He is focused on providing high technology subsea boosting and processing solutions aiming at simplifying field developments, boosting outputs and increasing recovery rates.
Mr Gabelloni holds an MBA from London Business School and a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Pisa University, Italy. He has 14 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, mainly in product management, business development and technology development. Before joining Aker Solutions, Marco worked at GE O&G in the turbo machinery department.
  Mads Hjelmeland, Vice President – Processing Systems
OneSubsea – A Schlumberger Company
Mads Hjelmeland holds an MSc in Marine Technology with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and currently holds the position as Vice President, Processing Systems, and he’s responsible for the subsea processing business in OneSubsea, a Schlumberger Company.
From 2016 to 2017 Mads served as the Global Sales Director for OneSubsea’s, and prior to this he held the role as Director of Emerging Technologies within the subsea processing domain. Prior to joining OneSubsea in 2014, Mads worked with Murphy Oil in Malaysia where he held the position as Manager of Subsea Projects, which included development planning and execution of EPC projects across Murphy’s Malaysia deepwater portfolio. Before he joined Murphy Mads worked with OneSubsea where he held a variety of positions in Norway, the Middle East and Asia. His work scope focused on subsea processing technologies, with particular emphasis on subsea boosting and multiphase compression technologies.
    Crispin Keanie, Managing Partner
OTM Consulting
Crispin is the Managing Partner of Science Group’s Energy, Chemicals & Industrial practice, OTM Consulting. He joined the company in 2005 after starting a career in the aerospace sector with Rolls Royce, having graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University.
Since joining OTM Consulting, Crispin’s work has focused on technology / R&D strategy and planning, technology commercialisation, the facilitation of networks & JIPs and market intelligence services. He now leads the Energy, Chemicals & Industrial practice within Science Group working with leading International Conglomerates investing heavily in R&D and innovation.
Crispin has led projects with some of the largest oil companies in the world: Oil and Gas IOC’s such as Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and Eni, and NOC’s including Saudi Aramco, Petrobras and Equinor. In this, Crispin has worked in technology areas across the upstream oil and gas sector focused on subsea and production technology areas, including digital strategies. The technology trends from across multiple sectors, such as decarbonisation, sustainability, electrification, automation and IOT have also been recent areas of focus, both in Oil & Gas and related heavy industries.
  Jim Latto, Technology Manager
Airborne Oil & Gas
Jim Latto joined Airborne Oil & Gas in January 2019 to lead the technology development team. Prior to this, Jim spent over 7 years at BHGE Flexible Pipe Systems (Formerly Wellstream Flexibles) where he was a Senior Program Manager with responsibility for several non-metallic material and product initiatives.
In his 22 year career, Jim has served in the British Royal Navy as an aircraft engineer and has also held senior engineering and project management positions in the offshore and marine industry. This varied experience includes the development and construction of state of the art pipelay systems as well as small vessels ranging from offshore windfarm service to military grade fast patrol boats.
Jim studied Aerospace Engineering at Kingston University, London as well as Marine & Mechanical Engineering and Computer Aided Manufacture. He is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys running, motorcycles and spending time with his young family.
  Neil Manning, Chief Operating Officer
3D at Depth
Neil Manning is responsible for the guidance of 3D at Depth’s corporate strategy and investment programs and works closely with executive leadership on the development of the Company’s proprietary (IP) system engineering and software technology through all phases of product delivery to ensure that client deliverables meet expectations. In addition, Manning manages the firm’s marketing, sales and business partner programs worldwide.
  Benjamin Mauries, Offshore Plant & Renewable Systems Development Manager
Mr. Benjamin MAURIES is in charge of Saipem Offshore Plant & Renewables Systems Development department, based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France near Paris. He has been working there on R&D and engineering activities since 2003 as R&D engineer and project manager, then on the coordination and management of R&D activities, but also on various green field development projects (from conceptual phases to FEED). His experience covers LNG technologies, including development and qualification of LNG storage and transfer systems, SURF (Subsea Umbilicals Flowlines and Risers) technologies and Offshore Renewables technologies (Floating Offshore Wind in particular).
  Philippe Muguerra, Subsea Field Architect
Over fifteen years of experience in the energy sector. Involved in various project from R&D to EPC contract, Philippe has acquired experiences in managing projects aiming at solving new challenges and aiming at transferring new technologies to project. Thanks to a large multidisciplinary knowledge, philippe has a wide vision on new energy trends and associated new technologies During the last three years he concentrates its work on subsea processing activities and especially in the development on the innovative solution for subsea field development.
  Anni Piirainen, Renewables Consultant
Xodus Group
Anni Piirainen is a Renewables Consultant at Xodus group. She holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and has over three years of experience in the automotive, industrial gas and renewables industries. At Xodus, Anni has worked primarily on offshore wind project development and on floating offshore wind projects. She has also studied repurposing oil and gas assets for renewable energy, hydrogen and CCS. She specializes in techno-economic analysis and structural analysis of offshore wind foundations.
  Adri Postema, Director Joint Industry Program 33 (JIP33)
International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)
Professional in the Oil, Gas and Energy sector with more than 30 years’ experience. Has fulfilled leadership roles in Technology and Innovation Management, Capital Projects Development, New Business Development, Strategy, Change- and Transformation Management, and Knowledge Management & Communications.
Good understanding of opportunities and challenges in Chemicals/Refining, New Energies (Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Solar) and Shipping & Maritime.
Currently active as Project Director for the Joint Industry Program JIP33. The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) initiated JIP 33, with the support of the World Economic Forum. JIP33 is a transformative program aiming to unlock significant value in the Oil & Gas industry and drive a permanent reduction in project costs through the development and use of industry-level, global technical procurement specifications. The program is funded by BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Eni, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Petrobras, Petronas, Woodside, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Total.
Is determined to drive technology- and commercial innovation with positive and big impact on society. Has proven to be very effective in managing relationships and building trust, partnerships and alliances, to jointly develop innovative technical/ commercial solutions and ways-of-working which drive value in the Oil, Gas and Energy industry.
Born in the Netherlands, Adri is married to Patricia and they have two sons.
    Mike Rainey, VP Deepwater
Salamander Solutions Inc.
Mike is the VP for Deepwater and Pipelines with Salamander Solutions Inc. He is a broad-based E&P professional with 35 years of major IOC experience in field development, project management, and Operations. This covers leadership roles across 11 major/mega class onshore and offshore projects. Mike holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Tulane University.
  Mark Richardson MBA MSc MAPM, Vice-President Projects
Neptune Energy
Mark is the Vice-President Projects in Neptune Energy, holds an MSc in Offshore Engineering with distinction and an MBA. In 2013 he was presented with the Society of Underwater Technology Award of Merit, and also won the Oil and Gas UK Business Efficiency Award. In 2015 Mark was awarded the Industry Emerging Leader Award. In 2017 he received the Oil and Gas Authority sponsored Maximizing Economic Recovery award. In support of the Industry Mark has been a member of the Subsea UK Board and the UK Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.
Prior to joining Neptune in 2018, Mark worked for; Apache, BP, Lloyds Register and numerous subsea contractors in various roles. The first 12 years of his working career were spent in the military as a Captain in the Royal Engineers, serving with Commando Forces and specializing in military diving operations.
  Mattias Rudh, Specialist Process Engineer
Mattias Rudh is a Specialist Process Engineer and Product Responsible Engineer at TechnipFMC in Norway, where Mattias currently leads the qualification of TechnipFMC’s Subsea Chemical Storage and Injection System, including subsea injection pumps and subsea chemical reservoirs.
Mattias also works as the Technical Lead for Subsea Chemical Injection and Storage Systems field architecture, together with several global Oil and Gas Operators. In as third role, Mattias is TechnipFMC’s Product Responsible Engineer for Subsea Process Coolers. Trained as a Process Engineer, Mattias has in his 20 year career developed skills as a multidisciplinary technologists, with deep technological insight in several disciplines.
Mattias is an emigrated Swede, outdoorsman and amateur squash player living Asker, Norway.
  Colin Russell, Flexible Pipe Product Line Manager
Baker Hughes
Colin is the Offshore Flexible Pipe Product Manager at Baker Hughes and has 15 years of experience with flexible pipe technology. Prior to joining Baker Hughes he worked for Wood where he supported a number of operators in the design, operation & integrity management of flexible pipe systems.
  David Saul, Subsea Technical Authority
David is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience working in the Oil and Gas Industry. He worked in subsea controls for Aker and GE before joining BP in 2005. In addition, David has presented undergraduate and postgraduate university courses in Engineering and Knowledge Management. He is a member of the engineering advisory panel for Brunel University and council chairman of the Society for Underwater Technology.
His first role in BP was to lead BP’s autonomous underwater vehicle development programme before moving on to the Shah Deniz stage 2 project, where he managed the subsea technology qualification programme. David then moved to the newly formed BP Global Subsea Hardware team managing reliability and technology development.
David’s current role is the Subsea Technical Authority for BP’s Safety and Operational Risk (S&OR) group. Working on issues relating to subsea technical integrity and conformance together with providing specialist advice in his practice areas. David is also the BP Advisor on subsea system reliability, sitting on the API17N and Q committees.
David first presented at MCEDD in 2006 returning several times most recently at the 2019 London conference. He has been a member of the MCEDD conference technical advisory board since 2017.
  Edouard Thibaut, Electrical Specialist
Total SA
Edouard THIBAUT graduated from the ESIEE (Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique) with an electrical engineering degree in 1998. He held several positions as Variable Speed Drive Systems design and
commissioning engineer. He has authored or coauthored 19+ technical papers. He presently holds 3 patents. He is currently VSD referent and electrical specialist for various projects within TOTAL Exploration & Production
  Daan Uiterwaal, Area Sales Manager
Royal IHC
Daan Uiterwaal is an Area Sales Manager at Royal IHC responsible for sales of offshore construction and support vessels in the European market. Daan joined Royal IHC’s Offshore Division in 2013 as a Market Intelligence Manager, having previously worked in a Business Development role for an international engineering and construction contractor. Daan holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Management from the Rotterdam School of Management.
  Erik van der Blom, Head of Product Development Shipbuilding
Royal IHC
Erik van der Blom studied Mechanical Engineering at Delft Technical University and graduated in 1999. He started working at Royal IHC in 2002 where he worked on various positions, all related to research and development.
In 2009 Erik became Manager Development & Innovation and started leading the Product Development Department of IHC Dredgers. He became responsible for the R&D program for Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers. In 2016 he started working as R&D Manager at the Product Group Vessels, expanding the focus of innovation and product development also towards offshore vessels.
Since 2018 Erik works as Head of Product Development for IHC Shipbuilding. With his team he is now responsible for initiating R&D projects and developing new innovations and innovative designs for all vessels in IHC’s portfolio, including offshore vessels and vessels for the offshore wind market.
  Svein Vatland, Vice President Subsea Technology Program
Svein VATLAND holds an MSc in process automation from the University of South-Eastern Norway and an executive Master of Management degree from BI Norwegian Business School. Svein leads ABB’s Subsea Power Joint Industry Project (JIP), bringing more than 24 years of experience in the oil, gas and utilities industries to his role. Svein has extensive management experience of knowledge organizations from several large- and medium-sized companies. He started his career in ABB in 1995 as a project engineer and has held several positions in the company, including Senior Scientist at ABB Corporate Research and Senior Project Manager, Oil & Gas. From 2009-17, Svein spent time outside ABB. Svein has authored and coauthored several technical papers.
  Daniel Vunza, Head of Subsea Field Operations Technical Support Department
Total E&P Angola
Daniel Vunza is Head of Subsea Field Operations Technical Support & Subsea Division Deputy Manager of TOTAL E&P in Angola. He has over 23 years of broad-based experience in offshore oil and gas operations (from shallow to deepwater subsea production operations) and in subsea projects including design and engineering background of subsea production systems particularly in subsea control systems. His experience includes also overseeing the manufacturing, assembly, testing and installation of subsea christmas trees, subsea control systems and subsea interventions.
Mr. Vunza Joined TOTAL in 2009. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Vunza worked for Chevron for 13 years where, he assumed progressively various positions including field operations supervision and management, subsea systems engineer and subsea control system project engineer in projects such as Kuito and Tombua Landana. Mr. Vunza is an electromechanical engineering graduate from Jean Piaget University of Angola and earned his MBA degree from the American Intercontinental University of Houston Texas. He is a member of Sigma Beta Delta – International Honor Society for Business, Management & Administration, SPE and ASME.
  James West, Senior Managing Director and Partner – Oil Services, Equipment and Drilling
Evercore ISI
James West is a Senior Managing Director responsible for the research coverage of the Oil Services, Equipment and Drilling industry consisting of detailed fundamental research on over 60 companies. Prior to joining Evercore ISI, Mr. West was a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Barclays and Lehman Brothers for a combined 15 years.
Since assuming lead coverage in 2011, Mr. West has been top ranked in Institutional Investor, including number three in 2011, number two in 2012 and number one from 2013 to today. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. West worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. West received his B.A. in Economics and a minor in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  Scott Wilson, Global Account Manager
OneSubsea – A Schlumberger Company
Scott Wilson has over 20 years of experience in major capital projects in the energy sector. His international background has provided an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the technical and economic hurdles required to achieve project sanction. A Chemical Engineer by background, he has worked for both Operating and Service companies allowing him to align both client and project objectives. Scott has worked across the development process; from early appraisal through concept definition and selection through to operations. In his more recent career, Scott has been working with a number of international clients to unlock development challenges enabling investment decisions to be taken.
  Ben Woodward, Senior Engineer – Structures and Lifting
Ben is a Senior Engineer at TechnipFMC, involved in Research and Development of subsea installation systems. Since joining TechnipFMC in 2017 he has been involved with expanding the understanding and use of composite materials in the subsea environment. His recent focus has been on determining plywise material properties of glass fibre composites.
Ben gained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD on the mechanical properties of composite sandwich structures from the University of Aberdeen. He has worked in offshore oil and gas industry since 2012 performing analysis of complex systems such as dynamic risers and rigid pipe installation equipment as well as performing R&D into composite material applications for the oil and gas industry.
  Casey Yaw, Mad Dog 2 Subsea Operations Engineer
Casey Yaw is a licensed professional engineer in the United States and has worked for BP for 6 years. Before joining BP, she worked for Ensco as a Marine Engineer in Houston, Texas and GE Aviation as an instrumentation design engineer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Casey currently works on the Mad Dog 2 project in Houston, Texas as a subsea operations engineer. She is responsible for developing the subsea integrity management and maintenance program for Mad Dog 2 and is involved in various BP modernization and transformation projects, including the digital twin. She has been married to her husband, James, for 6 years and has a 1 year old son named Allen.


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