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  • Symposium

    Get ready for an inspirational three days focused on cutting-edge technologies and digital transformation that will help your business thrive in the changing landscape within the industry.

    Directed by a committee of leading industry experts, the symposium will bring together leaders and experts from within and outside the oil and gas industry, focusing on key areas including data, automation, robotics, skills development, cyber security and business process.

    The symposium will feature:

    • 60+ hours of technical content
    • 100+ speakers
    • 450+ delegates

    The theme will be: Re-imagining the oil and gas industry. Unleashing the power of digital- today, tomorrow and beyond.

  • 2018 Committee

    Expand each section to find out more about the ENGenious 2018 Conference Committee.

    • Co-Chair: Ahmed Hashmi, Global Head of Upstream Technology, BP


      With 30 years industry experience, Ahmed Hashmi has held technical, commercial and leadership positions in Amoco and BP’s worldwide operations in the US, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Arabian Gulf.

      In his current role, Ahmed has line accountability for the creation and delivery of BP’s Upstream technology strategy. He leads the Upstream Technology organization which comprises scientists and engineers, technology centers and laboratory facilities in USA and UK, and a global network of research and technology suppliers.

      Ahmed serves on the Board of the International Centre for Advanced Materials at the University of Manchester, UK. He is co-founder of the US Energy Policy Coalition, a non-profit organization, which develops scientifically vetted industry material in support of educational awareness.

      Ahmed enjoys working on and reviewing the intersection of strategy, technology and policy. He authored BP’s Technology Management Handbook and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

      Ahmed holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Physics, M.Sc. in Computer Sciences (Operations Research) and MBA in Finance and Economics. He lives in Houston, USA, with his wife and son. His personal interests include reading, travelling with family, music, cycling, swimming, and volunteer work.

    • Co-Chair: Matthias Heilmann, President & CEO Digital Solutions, Chief Digital Officer at Baker Hughes, a GE company


      Matthias Heilmann is President & CEO Digital Solutions, Chief Digital Officer at Baker Hughes, a GE company. A 20-year industry veteran, Heilmann previously served as Chief Digital Officer, President and CEO of Digital Solutions at GE Oil & Gas, where he oversaw the development of digital products, services and software that deliver asset and operations optimization for the oil and gas industry and was responsible for all product lines, systems and global operations of the Digital Solutions business unit.

      Before joining GE, Heilmann led ABB’s Global Product Group Enterprise Software business from June 2014 to January 2016 where he oversaw strategy creation, business model development, go-to-market execution for industrial software, critical technology transformation, and the development of key partnerships across the business. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Managing Partner for CounterPoint Capital Partners, LLC, and from 2005 to 2012 as Operating Partner for Platinum Equity, LLC in various leadership roles in technology, software, operations, and finance.  From 2000 to 2003, Heilmann worked at SAP as Vice President in various sales and business development roles.

      Heilmann started his career in 1996 with A.T. Kearney, Inc in Germany with subsequent assignments in the U.S.  He earned a Ph.D in finance and management accounting from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany.

    • Ashok Belani, Executive Vice President Technology, Schlumberger Limited

      Ashok Belani is executive vice president Technology, a position he assumed in August 2011. Belani is responsible for the Schlumberger Research, Engineering, Manufacturing, Technology Lifecycle Management, Software Technology, and Information Technology. Since 2013, he has also led the Marketing, Sales and Account Management functions for Schlumberger. Prior to this appointment Belani served as president, Reservoir Characterization and earlier as chief technology officer.

      Belani joined Schlumberger as a field engineer in 1980 and worked for 10 years in different field positions in operations, sales, and management. He then transferred to product development and held positions in engineering, marketing and technique, and technology management. He served as vice president of Marketing and Product Development for Wireline and later as vice president of Marketing and Product Development for Oilfield Services. He later held the position of chief information officer of Schlumberger Limited. Between 2000 and 2004, Belani managed the Schlumberger semiconductor equipment business in California, where he led a leveraged buyout to a private equity firm, listed the company on Nasdaq as CEO, and then sold it to Credence Systems.

      Belani studied electrical engineering in India and holds a graduate degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. He serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, and the Board of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He also serves on the Board of Liquid Robotics Inc.

    • Bob de Haven, General Manager Communications & Media, Microsoft Corporation

    • Paul Francis, Programme Chair, Europe, DSATS

      Paul Francis is currently a London-based independent consultant providing consultancy and training services for Advanced Drilling Technology implementation, such as Managed Pressure Drilling.  From 2010 to 2015 he was a global Business Development/Technical Advisor for the Dynamic Pressure Management sub-segment of M-I SWACO.

       His oilfield career started with Shell in Holland in the 1990s with Research and Development which included Underbalanced Drilling. In 1998 he setup the first IADC Underbalanced Operations Committee and was Chairman of the 1st International IADC Drilling Conference in 1999.   From 1999 to 2005 he was active with the implementation of new drilling technologies, first in Oman, working for PDO, then globally for Shell from 2005 to 2010 based in The Hague.

    • Andrey Gladkov, Modelling Technology Centre, Moscow

    • Adam Hillier, VP Computational & Analytical Technologies, Shell

    • Bazmi Husain, Chief Technology Officer, ABB Group

      Mr. Bazmi Husain is Chief Technology Officer of the ABB Group. Prior to assuming this role in January 2016, Mr. Husain was ABB’s Managing Director in India for four years and, before this, head of ABB’s Global Smart Grid industry segment initiative. In this role, he was instrumental in pioneering agreements with partners such as General Motors and Deutsche Telekom, which have helped to make ABB a leading name in smart grid solutions.

      During his 30 years at ABB, Mr. Husain has also worked in various roles in
      research and development, service, strategy and business operations around the world. He has led the Global Research Center in Bangalore (ABB’s largest R&D center worldwide), the Corporate Research Center in Sweden and the global Automation Technology Research team. Over a period of more than two
      decades, Mr. Husain shaped ABB into the largest automation solutions provider in India in his time.

    • Susan Nash, Director of Innovation, Emerging Science and Technology, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

      Susan Nash has been involved in innovation and economic development for more than 15 years, emphasizing innovative platforms and programs for education, training, analytics, as well as for products and processes for energy and the environment. She is currently Director of Innovation, Emerging Science and Technology for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. She is the founder of AAPG Pitchapalooza, a funding and commercialization event for technology start-ups.  Nash earned her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Oklahoma.

    • Sutyam Priyadarshy, Technical Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton

      Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy is a pioneer in the fields of data science, big data, analytics, and emerging technologies. Dr. Priyadarshy is the first Chief Data Scientist of Oil and Gas Industry. In September 2016, Smart Industry ( named Dr. Priyadarshy as one of key innovators on the leading edge of digital transformation. Dr. Priyadarshy is a globally recognized leader with a breadth of scientific knowledge, in-depth technology experience, and extensive business acumen. He holds various academic and research positions at Oklahoma State University, George Mason University.

      Dr. Priyadarshy has appeared as keynote speaker at several international conferences and has written, co-authored, presented and published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. He has held various leadership positions in AOL, Network Solutions, Acxiom Corporation before joining Halliburton. He has co-founded few startups in DC and Silicon Valley and is an advisory board member of few startups in Healthcare, Retail, Finance and Analytics domain. Agenda Week of The Financial Times listed Dr. Priyadarshy as one of the potential board candidates with emerging technology and analytics expertise. His profile has appeared in many magazines including Chemical and Engineering News, The Scientist, Silicon India, Oil Review Middle East, Petroleum Review, RigZone among others. He has published over 35 papers and articles including an expert opinion in magazines like Science. Dr. Priyadarshy obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and MBA from The Pamplin School of Business, Virginia Tech.

    • Eric Duchesne, Senior VP Technology

      Eric Duchesne is Total’s Group Senior Vice President of Technology with a specific focus on Industrial Standards simplification/ harmonization, technology specialists development and technology innovation common to upstream, midstream and downstream assets.

      Eric’s career has been wholly within TOTAL, but through mergers and demergers has had the opportunity to work on several company’s plants (Elf, BP, Fina). He started in polymers as a process engineer before joining as lead process engineer on a project in Scotland building a brand new Polypropylene plant with him finishing up as Commissioning Manager.

      His next assignment was in Belgium leading a brand new polymers process department developing a more efficient and faster manufacturing process as well as developing new products and meeting best in class manufacturing excellence.  While in Belgium he became Head of Base Chemicals Research & Technology.

      Along with his responsibilities as VP Technology for the Refining & Chemicals branch of TOTAL he also run an engineering entity in Lyon which he relocated to Le Havre in 2015.

      Eric is married and has 3 children. 

    • Andrew Smart, Global Energy Industries MD, Accenture

      Andrew Smart is Accenture’s Global Industry Managing Director for Oil and Gas – as well the client lead for one of their largest and longest running client relationships in the sector.
      As such he is responsible for defining how Accenture can add increasing levels of value to our Oil and Gas clients around the world.  This strategy is increasingly focused on helping our clients transform their oil and gas businesses and operations for a massively more agile and digitally advantaged future.

      Andrew has been with Accenture since 1994, since which time he has run Accenture’s global Strategy Consulting practice for Oil and Gas, as well as the UK Strategy Practice for all the industries Accenture serves. 

      As a Strategy Consultant, Andrew has led complex Strategy, M&A and business transformation programmes for the likes of BP, Shell and BG Group, as well as working with a wide range of our largest Energy clients on their strategic priorities and planning.  These exercises have included business diversification, merger integration, and reconfiguration of our clients’ operating models.  Over the years this has given Andrew experience of working in the upstream side of the industry, down through trading and into the customer facing activities of the oil and gas sector.

      Andrew holds a Philosophy degree from Durham University and a post graduate in Computer Science from Cambridge University.
      Andrew is currently based in London.

    • Ashraf AlTahini, Research and Development Director, Aramco Services Company


      Ashraf AlTahini is the R&D Director for Aramco Services Company, the U.S.-based subsidiary of one of the world’s leading energy providers, Saudi Aramco.  He assumed the post in June 2015.  In this role he is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and operations of Aramco’s three research centers in the U.S. located in Boston, Detroit and Houston.  These centers conduct a broad range of research spanning the upstream and downstream sectors. 

      The centers are closely aligned with Saudi Aramco research organizations including the Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center’s Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) and the Research & Development Center (R&DC) located at company headquarters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The company also has research centers in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia; Delft, The Netherlands; Paris; Daejeon, Korea; and Beijing.

      Prior to this role, AlTahini was the assistant to the Vice President of Petroleum Engineering and Development for Saudi Aramco and the Chief Technologist of EXPEC ARC. AlTahini earned his PhD and Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

      AlTahini is a member of several professional organizations and has received awards and recognition for his work, including: the 2010 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Young Member Outstanding Service Award; the University of Oklahoma Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering (MPGE) Rock Mechanics and Publication Award 2003 and 2006; and Best Paper and Presentation at the Saudi Aramco Technical Exchange Meeting in 2000. 

      AlTahini was the 2009 chairperson for the SPE Saudi Arabia Section Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition.  He also served as the 2011 chairperson for SPE’s Saudi Arabia Section. 
      AlTahini is a SPE Century Club member and has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical publications and three U.S. patents. 

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