MCEDD 2019 Speaker Biographies

  Youssef AMGHAR, Head of Drilling & Wells Engineering, Deepwater Product Line
Youssef AMGHAR has a Master degree of the French engineering and research graduate school named “Arts et Métiers Paris Tech” (ENSAM). He joined TOTAL in 2004 since when he had occupied several positions from Drilling Engineer to Drilling Manager in West Africa, Middle East, UK and Europe in development and exploration projects. He had been actively involved in developing innovative solutions and cost saving initiatives to improve economics in a volatile and uncertain Brent price environment.Youssef is currently based in TOTAL’s Head Quarters in charge of Drilling & Wells Engineering for Deepwater Product Line, leading his team toward development drilling projects FID.
  Andrew Atkinson, Global Commercial Director
Baker Hughes GE
Andrew is the Global Commercial Director for BHGE’s Subsea Production Systems & Services business, based in Bristol, UK.  He has over 15 years of Subsea industry experience, beginning with Wellstream where he held Project Management, Business Development and Sales roles in the UK, Houston and Australia covering Subsea and SURF projects.  Based in Perth, Australia from 2011 to 2017, Andrew was the Oil Field Equipment Commercial Director for Asia-Pacific working collaboratively with customers to develop major projects including Chevron Gorgon and INPEX Ichthys whilst partnering with McDermott during the FEED and now execution of the Posco Daewoo Shwe and ONGC 98/2 Developments.  Andrew has an MBA from the University of Western Australia.
  Gary BAGOT, Product Manager
Gary Bagot started his career with the French navy and continued with 10 years in the O&G industry working first for Boskalis and then Technip. With a strong knowledge of survey operations Gary also has experience of ultra-deep water international project management, Gary joined iXblue as subsea inertial product manager, and is responsible for promoting innovative and cost efficient solutions to the energy market.
  Dr. Subrata Bhowmik, Senior Subsea Engineer
McDermott International
Dr. Subrata Bhowmik has Masters in Control Systems Engineering and PhD in Structural Control using Artificial Neural Network from Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Swiss Federal Laboratory for Material Science under ETH Zurich. He has more than 12years of industrial experience in Oil and Gas industry in NKT Denmark, National Oilwell Varco, McDermott, Petrofac, INEOS, NIOT etc. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer from UK. He had an extensive experience in asset integrity and life extension for offshore structures for different operators. He has contributed extensively in Life Extension using Risk Based Inspection, Cognitive IOT, Flexible Riser design, Pipeline buckling and walking, Integrity Management and Machine Learning based Predictive Maintenance for offshore structures. He is currently working as a Senior Subsea Engineer in McDermott London office.
  Knut Boe, Senior Vice President for Subsea Projects
Knut Boe has more than 35 years of experience in the oil industry in Norway and internationally.
He joined the Technip Group in 1998 as a Managing Director of the Norwegian Unit Coflexip Stena Offshore, then called Technip Norway AS.
In 2001, Knut was transferred to Paris where he took the position of Executive Vice President Marine, Operations and Technical Services at the Corporate level.
Still based in Paris in 2005, Knut took the position of Senior Executive Vice President, Operations Division at the Corporate level. He was a Deputy manager for the operations division, which managed all assets and engineering execution centres within Technip, covering Subsea, Offshore and Onshore.
From 2007, Knut was based in Aberdeen/Oslo, and has held the position as President North Sea Canada and then President Europe Africa. He was responsible for all Technip’s business activities in these regions and for the world-wide umbilical business.
Knut was Member of EXCOM from 2014- 2017
Since 2018, he holds the position as Vice President Subsea Projects, responsible for the world- wide project executions of Subsea Projects.
Knut holds a Msc Mechanical Engineering degree from the NTH University of Trondheim in Norway.
  David Boggs, Managing Director
Energy Maritime Associates
Mr. David Boggs is the founder and Managing Director of Energy Maritime Associates (EMA), which is a leading consultancy for the floating production market. David has over 20 years’ experience with extensive involvement in a range of FSO and FPSO projects, including as project manager. He has performed market research, strategic planning, project execution support, and business development expertise to clients in the offshore energy sector. David has a BA with honors from Harvard University and an MBA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was President of the Energy Finance Group.
  Christophe Candelier, Flow Assurance Specialist
Total E&P
Christophe CANDELIER is graduated from ‘Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Marseille’ (option Offshore) and from the Paris ‘Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Petroles et des Moteurs’ (IFP-school – Option DEG). He also received a Master’s degree in mathematical and numerical modeling of turbulence from Ecole Supérieure de Mathématique de Marseille.
Christophe is a Flow Assurance engineer with over 15 years of professional experience in the Oil & Gas industry, including subsea and offshore facilities design and installation. He started his carrier in SAIPEM, EPCI contractor, where he developed a large experience in subsea field development, installation, subsea processing and Flow Assurance concerns.
He joined TOTAL in 2012 as a Flow Assurance – Multiphase flow specialist. He is currently involved in several R&D programs and provides support to deepwater projects in Design and Operation phases and support to various E&P affiliates with deepwater assets. He also participates to field development studies.
  David Charlesworth, Head of Engineering
Magma Global
David has nineteen years of oil and gas industry experience and five years in academic research.
He is a recognised expert in flexible pipes, highly skilled in all forms of riser design, analysis and integrity management, and has an in-depth knowledge of FPSO turret systems. His career has included working for contractors and operators on projects in different regions of the world.
Before joining Magma at the beginning of 2014, David spent six years working for BP, latterly as the Riser & Flowline Technical Authority for BP’s Angola Region.
He has a doctorate in Computational Fluid Dynamics from University College London and a first-class degree in Mathematics from the University of Newcastle Upon Type.
  Gianbattista Curti, Technical Manager
Gianbattista Curti holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering.
After a few years in nuclear industry he moved to oil & gas industry and joined Snamprogetti-Italy in 1988.
Initially, he has been involved in R&D projects, like SOPI, MASPUS and SUPERB, which have been instrumental to the development of guidelines and limit states based design criteria for offshore pipelines design.
From 1992 to 1998, it was project engineer on North Sea projects, like Zeepipe, Haltenpipe and Troll Oil..
It was the engineering manager for the Blue Stream Project, in Black Sea.
In 2002, he joined Saipem – Italy, where he has taken the position of technical manager in several subsea development projects, in Africa, Brasil and Gulf of Mexico, like Kizomba, Akpo, Cabiunas, Jack & St Malo, East Hub.
From 2008 to 2011, he had the position of Deepwater Engineering Manager for the Saipem Houston office.
Gianbattista has now a 25+ experience in offshore industry and has developed his career in Italy, Norway, USA and France.
Thanks to the range of technical management positions, he has taken on a number of challenging EPCI projects, as well as conceptual and FEED studies, and tendering activities, Gianbattista has a wealth of knowledge of engineering and construction of offshore pipelines and subsea structures.
  Evgeniy Dimkin, Marine Engineer
Doing things differently gives the world colour. Evgeniy Dimkin has worked at DNV GL to provide alternative innovative solutions to modern engineering problems in offshore. Dimkin graduated with Honours from University of Glasgow and has since worked with DNV GL as a Marine Engineer in the Noble Denton Floating Structures and Marine Warranty divisions.
During his time with the company, he has worked in both the Oil and Gas, and Wind Industries across Europe and Asia, on projects such as Filanovsky Phase II, Filanovsky Phase III, East Anglia One and Deutsche Bucht.
Evgeniy Dimkin enjoys tackling complex problems which are not actively discussed in industry and his interests focus on topics involving deep water development. Dimkin has presented at the 3rd Program of International Platforms on Ocean Energy for Young Researchers in Saga University, Japan. His work on Shared Anchor Points has also been recognized by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) which awarded the topic with both a certificate and medal.
  Gautier Dreyfus, CEO
Forssea Robotics
Gautier Dreyfus is a petroleum engineer with 5y experience in the Oil & Gas industry. Prior to founding Forssea, his 1st company, he worked 2 years as a field engineer onshore and offshore Africa. He also worked for Schlumberger Business Consulting as an analyst for North Sea projects. He is currently leading FORSSEA to develop autonomous subsea robotics systems, including the ATOLL vehicle which can lift and deploy assets up to 1.5T. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (France), IFP School (France) and Texas A&M University (USA).
  Thomas EPSZTEIN, Composite Materials Project Manager
TechnipFMCThomas joined TechnipFMC in 2007 as material engineer. He specialized in thermoplastics used in flexible pipes (mechanical properties , SC CO2 applications and permeation).Between 2011 and 2016, Thomas was R&D Project Manager in charge of the qualification of new materials: PVDF monolayer (CoflonXD), Anti-H2S layer. He was strongly involved in the qualification of Flexible Pipes for HPHT application (17.5kPsi, 150°C).Since 2016, Thomas works as Composite Materials Project Manager within the Flexibles Product Line and EMS organization. In 2017, Thomas was nominated Expert in non-metallic materials.’’
  Tim Farrant, Subsea Engineering Manager, Global Projects Organisation AGT Region
Tim Farrant is currently Subsea Engineering Manager for the BP Global Projects Organisation in the Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey Region. His role includes responsibility for subsea engineering on the Shah Deniz 2 project which achieved first gas in July 2018. Prior to this Tim has work in various subsea engineering roles for BP in the Gulf of Mexico and Angola business units, and in Upstream technology. Early in his career, Tim work in the oil and gas industry for UK based subsea engineering contractors. He is a chartered engineer with the IMarEST, holds degrees in mechanical engineering and naval architecture and has a PhD in computational fluid dynamics.
  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 is a Project Manager Professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rio de Janeiro State University in Brazil.
  Marie Féron, Project Engineer
DORIS Engineering
Marie Féron is a graduate of the French engineering school Ecole des Ponts and is currently working at DORIS engineering on design methodologies for floating wind turbine.
  Stuart Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President Strategy & Commercial
Subsea 7
Stuart began his career with a specialist marine engineering consultancy, progressing to Worley Engineering in Australia and Brunei.
Stuart began his career with Subsea 7 in 1998. In 2007 Stuart was appointed as head of Sales and Marketing for Norway and Denmark, and in 2009 became 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 for the Group which he held until he was appointed Executive Vice President Strategy and Commercial in January 2018.
Stuart has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
  Ted Fletcher, IOGP-JIP33 Integration Chair
International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP)
Executive manager leading and facilitating corporate and project teams specializing in;  Strategic planning, objectives deployment, measurement and analysis, risk management, corporation and project management systems development and implementation, team leadership and mentoring, training, facilitation and communication, process re-engineering and improvement initiatives, performance standard development, project assurance, verification and validation programs, supply chain evaluation, audit and verification programs, integrated corporate and project audit and review programs.
Currently on secondment from Woodside Energy to IOGP as the Integration Chair within the project team for the Oil and Gas Sector Equipment Procurement Specifications Joint Industry Program.
  John Goodey, Subsea Lead Controls and HIPPS Engineer
John Goodey is a Chartered Engineer with 12 years of oil and gas experience. He has worked in the controls and functional safety discipline applying these to topsides and subsea developments, most recently the Shah Deniz 2 HIPPS, Taurus Libra and Raven HIPPS projects. His current roles in BP are BP Global Subsea Systems Lead Controls/HIPPS Engineer and Subject Matter Expert for Subsea HIPPS.
  Matthew Green, Subsea Engineer
Matt has ten years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. After graduating from Purdue University, Matt moved to Houston to work for Cameron (now OneSubsea) where he held roles in engineering and project management. He went to work for BP in 2012. At BP, Matt worked on the 20ksi technology development, representing BP on several Joint Industry initiatives to develop 20ksi subsea equipment. He is now in BP’s Global Subsea Systems group where he has worked in Gulf of Mexico aftermarket supporting new well deliveries and currently as a subsea hardware engineer for the Mad Dog 2 and Matapal projects in the Gulf of Mexico and Trinidad.
  Paul Griffin, Special Adviser, Oil & Gas
White & Case
Paul Griffin is an English lawyer who has over 35 years’ experience of practising in the international oil and gas business. Paul was a partner in leading international law firms for some 25 years until his retirement from Allen & Overy in 2016. During that time he led the oil and gas teams at those firms and worked on many of the significant deals and disputes of the global oil & gas business, as well as being involved in related matters of public law and competition law.
In addition to Paul’s chair at the University of Dundee, Paul acts as an adviser and consultant in relation to the law of the international oil and gas business of White & Case. He is also active in the resolution of disputes in that sector where he works as an arbitrator, an expert and a mediator. He writes and speaks regularly about the issues and developments of the law in the context of the global oil and gas industry and he is the consulting editor of the leading text, “The Law and Business of LNG”.
Paul is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Accredited Mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.
Awards and Recognition: “World’s Leading Energy Lawyer” Expert Guides: Best of the Best, “World’s Leading Oil and Gas Lawyer” Who’s Who Legal, “Thought Leaders – Global Elite” Who’s Who Legal, “Global Energy Elite” Petroleum Economist
  Helge Hagen, Project Manager
Currently project manager for Aasta Hansteen SURF and marine operations. Have experience with subsea projects since 1993, Troll B/C, Ormen Lange, Vega, Hyme and more. Is in these days starting up as Project Manager SURF for the Rosebank project.
  Torbjørn Hegdal, Business Development Manager
National Oilwell Varco
Holds a Master in Petroleum Engineering from University of Technology in Norway, – and an MBA from Norwegian Business School.
28 years in the oil and gas industry, primarily with Shell International, Enterprise Oil and other companies, held various Asset and Business Unit management positions.
  Xavier Henneuse, Flow Assurance Specialist
Xavier is a chemical and process engineer graduated from ENSIACET in Toulouse, France.
With 11 years of experience in flow assurance engineering, Xavier started his carrier in SAIPEM, an EPCI Contractor, where he developed his West Africa Subsea field experience through projects, tenders and R&D programs.
He joined TechnipFMC in 2013 as Senior Flow Assurance engineer and is today in charge of all Subsea Africa flow assurance and thermal design activities in Paris office.
  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.
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.
  Rune Høstmark, Product Manager
National Oilwell Varco – Subsea Production Systems
Rune Høstmark joined NOV with the legacy Kongsberg Oil and Gas Technologies team in 2016. Mr. Høstmark works as a product manager, where he supports product development, engineering and global business development for NOV Subsea Products. He has 10 years of experience within engineering and project management and holds an MS degree in mechanical engineering from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  Kevin Hunn, Lead Concept Engineer, Global Subsea Systems
Graduated from University of Bristol with MEng Mechanical Engineering (with distinction) in 1991.
Current position is Lead Concept Engineer in BP’s Global Subsea Systems group, with responsibility for concept engineering of subsea production systems for all Eastern Hemisphere projects.
Worked for over 27 years in the Oil and Gas industry, with a total of 25 years at BP.
Experience has covered the full life-span of subsea engineering from Concept Design to Decommissioning.
Worked in UK, Norway, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia.
He has a doctorate in Computational Fluid Dynamics from University College London and a first-class degree in Mathematics from the University of Newcastle Upon Type.
  Soichi Ide, Vice President, LATAM and Ghana Operation
Ide is the Vice President of MODEC Serviços de Petróleo do Brasil Ltda, a group of MODEC (Headquarter in Japan) in offshore oil and gas production service sector. He holds a bachelor of mechanical engineering from University of Tokyo and has 23 years professional experience.
He started the initial carrier for 2 years in mechanical engineering and design in automotive sector then spent majority of his time for project management. Since joined MODEC in 2000, he assumed project management for 15 years to deliver FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading unit) to serve oil and gas production service for oil and gas field operators. From 2015, he took the role of Vice President of Operation in Brazil where MODEC holds 10 FPSO facilities to charter and operate. MODEC contributes to deliver around 20% of all Brazil oil production, or around the half of gigantic pre-salt reservoirs in Brazil. He has also assumed the role of Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) to lead deep/wide financial and sustainable transformation at MODEC do Brazil with consultancy firm.
From 2017, he extended his role into Ghana to extend, synergize, adapt, and further elaborate Brazil experience, methodology, and deliverables into Ghanaian operation where MODEC operates two FPSOs.
As a matter of continuation of transformation journey, he is currently leading digital transformation in operation as well as working as advisor for global digital strategy.
  Walter Antonio Kapp, IHC Robotics R&D Advisor
Royal IHCI am a Mechanical Engineer with 30+ experience on Mechatronics Design. I have worked on general industries metrology instruments design in the beginning of my career, followed by Robotic design for Hydropower turbines maintenance. During the last 10 Years I have working for the Oil and Gas Industry on Innovative projects. We have developed several Instrumented pipelines PIGS, Flexible Inspection Robots (AURI – Autonomous Under Water Riser Inspector) for deep water (1000 m), on shore pipeline welding robots, cable robots for painting FPSOs, etc. I have a Doctor degree by the University of Santa Catarina, concluded in 2010, my work was the development of a Residual Stress LASER Measuring Device, able to be applied for in the field application, including for offshore measurements.
  Adrian Luckins, Vice President Projects: Americas, North Sea & Subsea Systems
Adrian has 33 years of upstream oil and gas engineering, project management, and operations experience gained in various domestic and international assignments with Shell, ABB and BP. 
Adrian is a member of the BP Upstream Global Projects Organization leadership team with accountability for major projects in the Americas, the North Sea and subsea systems globally.
Previous roles include leading transformational change through the creation of the Global Projects Solutions organization, focused on project selection, standardized equipment and brownfield projects; VP HSSE & Engineering for the North Sea; Chief Engineer for Process and Process Safety; and Engineering Manager for BP’s program of Caspian Sea projects.
Adrian graduated from University College London in Chemical Engineering (1984) and holds a MBA in Engineering Management (1993).  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
  Wadih Malouf, Subsea Engineer
Wadih joined BP as a graduate engineer in 2014 after completing a research project in the nuclear industry. Since joining BP, Wadih has been involved in the subsea engineering for deepwater projects from concept selection to execution across BP’s portfolio. Previously, he was responsible for the riser engineering in an industry-first riser repair project. He subsequently took on a site role as a manifold engineer in Norway. Currently, he is a subsea engineer on BP’s West Nile Delta project based in the London office, where he delivered parts of the deepwater flowline scope and supports the concept development team.
  Neil Manning, Chief Operating Officer
3D at Depth
Manning’s career spans over 20 years in the offshore Oil and Gas, and Submarine Network Telecommunications industries where his focus was system and subsea engineering solutions. His successful record of initiating strategies to enable business growth has resulted in expanded operations and sales, advancements in technologies, and corporate acquisitions. Throughout his career, Manning has consistently identified gaps within the market to enable growth using differentiators and enhance technology offerings for a competitive edge.
As Business Development and then General Manager at Seamap, Manning helped lead company annual revenue growth 5x. As President of CD Ltd, the company’s annual revenue growth increased by a factor of 10x, and Manning was a key member for the sale of CDL to then Teledyne Technologies. Manning has also led a variety of corporate expansion efforts internationally in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Prior to 3D at Depth, Manning spent 6 years as the President and one of the Principle for CDL Inc. and held a board seat for CD Ltd where he focused on global growth and operational excellence, and new product revenue streams. Post the sale of CDL to Teledyne Technologies, Manning worked as Head of Business Development and supported the transition of the business to Teledyne.
  Duncan McLachlan, Director Systems Engineering & QHSSE
io Oil & Gas Consulting
Duncan has 17 years of systems engineering professional experience across the oil and gas, automotive, aerospace and defence industries.
He is responsible for strategic quality at io as well as HSSE, Systems Thinking and the io way framework. He has a proven track record in the development and implementation of management systems. His oil and gas experience includes the execute phase of a major deepwater development in Angola; concept selection for Angola and UK North Sea developments; brownfield developments and quality management for projects executed on behalf of Super Majors, NOCs and Independent oil companies.
Prior to io, Duncan was Head of Quality at Amec Foster Wheeler and led the Supplier Quality Management function at BP Angola.
Duncan is a member of the Chartered Quality Institute with chartered quality professional status (CQP MCQI). Duncan is also a member of the institute of physics (MInstP)
  Aslaug Melbø, Senior Product Manager
Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE)
Aslaug graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2001, after completing her master thesis at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She has more than 15 years’ experience within product development and qualification and has since 2005 held various management positions in Schlumberger and BHGE/GE Oil & Gas, within program management, quality management and strategic sourcing management. She is currently working at BHGE as Senior Product Manager for Subsea Power & Processing.
  Anders Martin Moe, Project Development Manager – Floating Production
Anders Martin Moe has a Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He began his career in the maritime industry working as marine engineer both in the shipping and offshore industry, covering a wide range of projects from High Speed Ferries to FLNG FPSOs. The last 10 years he has been working with Floating Production Facilities for the Offshore Oil and Gas industry and has been involved in several projects for deep waters and harsh environments involving different floating production concepts, including ice breaking FPSO, production semi-submersibles, TLPs and Spar platforms.
  Jean-Hervé Morard, Deputy Vice President Deepwater and Subsea
Jean-Hervé has been working for TOTAL for the past 20 years. He held different development and project management positions in different countries such as Norway, Iran, Nigeria, Indonesia, Angola and in the Head Quarters. He has been Director of the Brown Field Projects of TOTAL E&P Angola. He is now deputy Vice President Deepwater and Subsea for TOTAL E&P.
  David O’Connor, Head Global Projects Organization
David currently serves as BP’s Head of Global Projects, accountable for the delivery of all Upstream projects across the world. He manages an annual budget of around $10 billion gross that covers onshore, offshore and deepwater projects.
Prior to this role, David was the Vice President of Deepwater projects and over his extensive career spanning over 36 years in industry, he has worked around the world in technical and managerial roles in Houston, Alaska, Algeria, North Sea, and Egypt. David has previously served as President and General Manager for BP’s business in Sharjah, UAE.
David graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in petroleum engineering and joined Amoco in 1983.
David is married with two children and resides in Houston.
  Ezenna Okolie, Business Development Manager for SSA, Africa, Oil and Gas
Ezenna Okolie is the Business Development Manager, Oil and Gas for Sandvik Materials Technology in Africa. His primary responsibility is in the application of seamless tube made from advanced stainless steels and specialty alloys for chemical injection/hydraulic control lines, umbilical tubing and downhole tubing in the oil and gas industry.
He has supported several successful deep-water projects with major operators in Sub-Saharan Africa, within the last eight years, focusing on materials selection and tubular solutions for drilling and completions. Before joining Sandvik, he was responsible for Technical Sales for Tenaris in Sub-Saharan Africa where he led the project delivery for the first recorded installation of CRA tubing completions in triples using Dope-free technology, offshore Angola.
He started his career as a metallurgical engineer within metals and equipment manufacturing before joining the oil and gas industry and is currently the President of the Nigeria Society of Engineers’ Institute of Metallurgy, Minerals and Materials Engineers in Lagos.
Ezenna holds an MSc. in corrosion control engineering from The University of Manchester, UK and a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in Nigeria.
  Christophe Paillusseau, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Christophe Paillusseau is the VP sales & marketing of COLD PAD, an industrial start-up company specialized in reliable and durable bonded solutions for offshore structural applications.
For over 15 years, he built a broad marketing career in the oil & gas industry, covering a wide spectrum of expertise and activities with a specific focus on deepwater fields. His professional reach includes experience in subsea flowlines & risers (SURF) with ITP Interpipe; drilling activities (OCTG) with Vallourec; LNG shipping with GTT; and now structural solutions for FPSO offshore vessels. Missions have brought him to work worldwide, interacting with operators, fellow engineers, and men of the field in the oil and gas industry.
Christophe is an active member of EVOLEN, the French association committed to the worldwide promotion of French excellence in the oil and gas industry, for which he was appointed president of the youth section, from 2012 to 2014. Christophe is a graduate of Ecole Centrale de Lyon, in France, and holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in the US.
  Francois-Xavier PASQUET, R&D Deep Offshore Program Operations Representative
Total E&P
Francois-Xavier is production engineer in Total E&P for R&D Deep Offshore Program based in Pau, France. Following 9 years of experience in well intervention, process engineering and operations within projects (start-up team of Shetland Gas Plant, Girassol MPPs and Kaombo North in Angola) he now deals with Subsea Chemical Storage & Injection, Subsea automated pig launcher, ETH blanket or Riskex subjects.
  Daniele Petrone, Subsea Production Optimisation & Asset Integrity Manager
OneSubsea – A Schlumberger Company
Daniele Petrone graduated with a Master in Chemical Engineering from the University of L’Aquila in Italy in 1998 and after a short stint in Management Consulting he moved to the Oil & gas industry with Schlumberger in 2000. He has worked in several areas ranging from well construction, well intervention and completion and in the past 9 years in subsea, covering technical operational, sales and marketing and management roles. In his current role he overlooks OneSubsea Services businesses related to production optimization, digital platform, intervention and asset integrity. Daniele also holds a MBA from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where he is also an associate lecturer. Since 2018 he is the SUT Aberdeen branch chairman.
  David Phillips, Managing Director, Head of Equity Research, Developed Europe, Global Research
David Phillips is HSBC’s Head of Equity Research for Developed Europe. He re-joined HSBC in 2016 as the Global Head of Resources and Energy Equity Research, based in New York, after working as Head of Industry and Investor Relations for a major oilfield services company. Before moving over to the oil industry in 2015 David had been an equity analyst at HSBC in London for nine years, latterly as Co-Head of Global Oil and Gas Equity Research. He has been an investment analyst since 1998, initially covering European chemicals and moving to the oil and gas sector in 2006. David earned a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge.
  Jérôme RIBUOT, Renewable Energy Development Director
After 25 years of Oil and Gas project management and business development worldwide, including a large subsidiary top management within the SAIPEM group, Jérôme made an enthusiastic move towards Offshore Renewables in 2017.
He is now in charge of developing the Offshore Wind Farm technology and business for SAIPEM.
Based in SAIPEM Offshore Division located in Paris he benefits from the inexhaustible commitment from this office to promote the Offshore Wind Farm business and foster technical and commercial support among all SAIPEM areas and subsidiaries.
Jérôme was Project Director at Sofresid up to its acquisition by Bouygues Offshore in 1999, when he took position of Engineering Business Vice president for Bouygues Offshore and remains in charge of this business after the merging with Saipem in 2002.
He was nominated CEO of Sofresid Engineering in 2003 and remained in charge of this significant subsidiary up to 2007 when he moved to SAIPEM Offshore Business Unit to trigger Offshore Plant Business Development at SAIPEM Singapore.
Back from Singapore in 2009 he became Floaters Business Director in charge of developing SAIPEM FPSO-FPU-FLNG business in Australia, West Africa, Indonesia, Brazil, Norway, Canada, for any large or unconventional FPSO / FLNG / gas FPU project.
Delivery oriented, experienced in complex operating environments, Jérôme led teams by bringing clarity through periods of  uncertainty and change, with a focus on collaborative working, inclusive and authentic leadership.
He has the resilience, drive and humour to see things through.
  David Saul, Safety and Operational Risk Central Engineering 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. GSH acts as BP’s single face to the subsea hardware suppliers for equipment design procurement, storage, maintenance, and onshore repair.
David’s current role is the Subsea Technical Authority for BP’s Safety and Operational Risk (S&OR) group. Here he works 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. BP’s Technical Advisor Programme is a group wide initiative that recognizes outstanding experts in their field, giving them wider responsibilities in their specialist field, providing them with the time and authority to carry out these activities.
David first presented at MCEDD in 2006 returning a number of times most recently at the 2018 Milan conference. He has been a member of the MCEDD conference technical advisory board since 2017.
  Alex Stanning, Senior Project Engineer
Subsea 7
Alex Stanning is a Senior Project Engineer with Subsea7. He has seven years’ experience in this industry and has worked on a broad range of EPIC projects including Total Laggan Tormore and Premier Catcher. His experience includes multiple offshore installations and he has a particular interest in research and development. Prior to joining the energy sector he worked as an engineer and partner with Max Fordham building services consultancy and worked on the Royal Museum in Edinburgh. He enjoys volunteering with engineering training for young people and is also a mentor for the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
  Demetri Stroubakis, Director – Vendor Market Sector Lead, Corporate Global Business Development
Demetri Stroubakis, ABS Corporate Director and Market Sector Strategy Lead for Vendors, is a twenty-seven year veteran of ABS. He has extensive experience in numerous naval and commercial ship new construction projects and is a subject matter expert in equipment and material certification activities. Demetri has held many positions of increasing responsibility during his ABS career including Principal Surveyor of the Black Sea Area, Regional Vice President ABS Eastern Europe and Senior Vice President ABS Nautical Systems. Most recently he served as Corporate Assistant Chief Surveyor for Global Materials and Equipment certification. 
Prior to joining ABS, Demetri served as an officer in the US Navy. He completed his undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, and is a graduate of Texas A&M Mays School of Business, Executive MBA program.
  Mahesh Swaminathan, Vice President Commercial
Mahesh Swaminathan is the Vice President for Asia Pacific Commercial group at McDermott. Mahesh comes with about 25 years of experience in formulating, negotiating and executing large sized energy projects in Asia, Middle East, Australia and Europe. Mahesh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Masters Degree in Contracts Law. In his current role, Mahesh has been involved in forging partnerships with key customers and industry partners such as BHGE to evolve new contracting models that provide a ‘WIN-WIN’ solution to both the customers and contractors. Such arrangements have been successful in Australia, India and Myanmar recently. Prior to this role, Mahesh was a Project Manager/Project Director executing large EPCI projects for many years. One of his most notable achievements was the successful execution of INPEX Ichthys SURF project as McDermott’s Project Director. This project was an industry first in many aspects and is the largest offshore project ever executed by McDermott.
  Pete Tipler, Renewables Director
Xodus Group
Peter is responsible for the Renewables business at Xodus. With experience across advisory (lenders technical advisor and disputes), project development, operation and decommissioning projects, Peter brings a full lifecycle and multi-perspective angle to Xodus’ Renewables offering.
Peter joined Xodus at the start of 2009 as a graduate consultant in the environment division. Peter’s drive and commitment to forging successful relationships, delivering high quality advice and commercially savvy business, coupled with freedom allowed by Xodus, enabled Peter to move around the business. Peter led the international Environmental Impact Assessment team and subsequently established a thriving international oil and gas Decommissioning business capitalising on the opportunities offered by a low oil price environment.
Peter is proud to be embracing the global energy transition by actively pursuing energy solutions which are technically, economically, ethically and environmentally sustainable.
  Art Torstensen, Director of Technology and Service Development, Offshore Classification
Are Torstensen is currently DNV GL Director of Technology and Services for Offshore Classification, with responsibility for all service development and technology development for mobile offshore units. Special focus has been put on digitalization of existing services and development of new services based on digital opportunities.
Experience: Have worked for more than 20 years in DNV GL, stationed in Norway, USA and Singapore, mainly with classification, certification and verification of floating offshore units, designed, built and operating all over the world. Previously Global director of Approval for Mobile Offshore Units in Singapore, Director of Operations for the DNV GL Approval Centre for Ship and Offshore at Head Office in Oslo, Norway. Also a broad experience within FPSO both from drawing approval and site. Acted as Project Manager and Project Sponsor for DNV GL for FPSO conversions and newbuildings.
Education: MSc. in Mechanical Engineering (1995) from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, at the University of Trondheim, Norway.
  Jostein Tvedt, Sales Manager – Subsea Processing Systems
OneSubsea – A Schlumberger Company
Jostein Tvedt started his career in OneSubsea in 1998 as an instrument engineer for multiphase meters, this position took him around the world to install multiphase meters, and was also very much involved in qualify multiphase meters at well-known laboratories. In 2003 he joined FMC as a field engineer for subsea production control systems and subsea completions. In 2007 he returned to OneSubsea and management positions within customer services and engineering, Jostein have also run 2 major subsea processing EPC and EPCIC projects as Engineering Manager. He also holds patents on subsea related technologies. Jostein is now Sales Manager for subsea processing systems at OneSubsea.
  Dr. Thomas I. Valdez, Manager, Chemical Engineering
Teledyne Energy Systems
Dr. Thomas I. Valdez is the Chemical Engineering Group Manager at Teledyne Energy Systems Incorporated, Hunt Valley Maryland. He manages the development of advanced chemical and electrochemical engineering systems. These projects include advanced electrolysis for the generation of hydrogen and oxygen, fuel cell technologies with a focus on powering air-independent applications, and battery systems for energy storage. His battery system focus is on advanced passive thermal management to enhance durability and address failure propagation mitigation in lithium-based batteries.
Thomas has over 28 years of experience in the area of advanced power systems for military, space, underwater, and commercial applications. His career began at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he was a major contributor to the JPL Fuel Cell Group and Power Systems Section. Thomas has received various NASA New Technology Awards, has published several technical papers in scientific journals, and has co-authored three book chapters on fuel cell technology. He has several patents with regard to his work on fuel cells, electrochemical sensors, and energy harvesting systems.
His educational background starts with being a student of Mr. Jaime Escalante, whose teachings were the basis of the Hollywood movie Stand and Deliver. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Materials Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He completed his doctorate in Materials Science under Professor Florian Mansfeld, winner of the Electrochemical Society Vittorio de Nora Award, at the University of Southern California.
  James West, Senior Managing Director
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 70 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.
  Rob West, Head of Energy Research | Research Associate
Redburn | Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Rob joined Redburn from Sanford Bernstein’s European Oil & Gas team. He has completed 75 modules from the IPIMS Petroleum Geology & Engineering programme, which is used by 40 upstream oil & gas companies to train internal technical staff. Rob holds a First Class degree in Experimental Psychology from University College, Oxford. He is a CFA Charterholder, and a Research Associate with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. In 2019, Rob is spearheading a new research institute, Thunder Said Energy, which will focus on disruptive new energy technologies.
  Dieter Wijning, Product Manager Drilling
DIETER WIJNING has served as Product Manager Drilling at Huisman since 2009, where he is responsible for developing the offshore well manufacturing product portfolio. He designed among others the fundamentals for the LOC land drilling units, the Noble Globetrotter and HuisDrill 12000 drill ships and the new harsh environment drilling semi submersible.
Mr. Wijning joined Huisman in 1998, in the Mechanical Department, before being promoted to department head of the Concepts Design Group, designing various cranes, pipelay systems and other offshore projects.
He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Leeuwarden Institute of Technology, a wide range of patents and has written various articles.


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