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HE Khalid Al Falih [More Info]
Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Chairman of the Board, Saudi Aramco

H.E. Khalid A. Al-Falih is Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) Board of Directors. Mr. Al-Falih was appointed Minister by Royal Decree in 2016. In this capacity, he oversees the kingdom’s energy and minerals sectors, activities related to industry and electricity, and the National Industrial Clusters Development Program. He concurrently chairs the boards of Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Arabian Mining Company, the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology, the King Abdullah City of Atomic and Renewable Energy, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Fund for Industrial Development, Saudi Industrial Property Authority, Saudi Geological Survey, and the Saudi Export Development Authority. Previously, Mr. Al-Falih served as Minister of Health for the kingdom and Chairman of Saudi Aramco, positions to which he was named in April 2015. He serves on the boards of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (founding member); Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University; and American University in Sharjah. Mr. Al-Falih also served on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) International Business Council and chaired WEF’s Oil & Gas Community; the Asia Business Council; and the J.P. Morgan International Council. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and in 2009 was awarded Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, the King Abdulaziz Medal (First Class), for his service to the nation. Mr. Al-Falih holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

 
HE Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber [More Info]
Minister of State in the United Arab Emirates, Group Chief Executive Officer
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

HE Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is a Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates and a member of the federal cabinet. As minister, he is responsible for handling strategic portfolios. As CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Dr. Al Jaber oversees its operations and growth. Prior to taking on the leadership position at ADNOC, Dr. Al Jaber was the CEO of Energy at Mubadalathe Abu Dhabi government’s strategic investment arm and principal agent in the diversification of the Emirates’ economy. There he drove strategic energy investments across two portfolio companies, Mubadala Petroleum and Masdar. As Chairman of Masdar, Dr. Al Jaber continues to drive the company’s strategic direction after spearheading its launch and establishment in 2006 as its Chief Executive. Dr. Al Jaber holds several board and advisory positions and counsels on issues related to energy, sustainability, and economic diversification. Dr. Al Jaber serves as Chairman of the UAE National Media Council and the Abu Dhabi Ports Company. He also serves as a member of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy Board of Trustees and on the board of Emirates Global Aluminum. Since 2011 Dr. Al Jaber has served on the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. In 2012 he was recognized as a "Champion of the Earth," the United Nations’ award for leaders in the fields of policy, science, and entrepreneurship. In 2013 Dr. Al Jaber was also appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 
Khalifa Al Suwaidi [More Info]
Executive Director, Refining & Petrochemicals
Mubadala Investment Company

As Executive Director of Refining & Petrochemicals at Mubadala Investment Company, Khalifa Al Suwaidi oversees the company’s interests in the sector within its petroleum and petrochemicals platform.  Prior to this role, Khalifa held various senior management positions including, most recently, leadership the Abu Dhabi National Chemical Company (Chemaweyaat) as its Acting CEO. Previously, as Senior Vice President of the Service Venture Unit of Mubadala Development, Khalifa was instrumental in the establishment of the Logistics Company Agility Abu Dhabi, which he chaired, and developed the Geospatial Mapping Services company, Bayanat Limited.  Khalifa began his career with Borouge in 2000.  He led and successfully delivered a number of successful projects including establishment of the order to cash process, distribution and global customer service across Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong, and subsequently headed the Borouge 2 supply chain management function. Khalifa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, majoring in Marketing, from California State University and an EMBA with Distinction from Zayed University. 


 
Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi [More Info]
Senior Vice President - Downstream
Saudi Aramco

Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi has been appointed as senior vice president of Downstream, effective May 1, 2017, having previously served as acting Business Line Head for the business line.  He had previously served as the vice president, Power Systems, an assignment he took on in September 2014. Prior to that, Al-Judaimi held similar leadership positions with Corporate Planning, Chemicals and New Business Development. He was appointed vice president – Northern Area Oil Operations (NAOO), in April 2007, after being elevated to executive director of NAOO in September 2006. He joined the company in January 1994, following the merger of  the Saudi Arabian Marketing and Refining Co. (SAMAREC) with Saudi Aramco. Al-Judaimi began working for SAMAREC in 1983 at Riyadh Refinery, after graduating from King Fahd University of  Petroleum & Minerals with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering.  He later obtained an M.S. degree in Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, in 2001. Al-Judaimi served as superintendent of the Berri Gas Plant Maintenance and Berri Gas Plant Engineering divisions before taking an assignment with Northern Area Producing Operations Engineering, eventually becoming Manager in November 1997. From 1998 to 2003, he held management positions with the Berri Gas Plant,  Shaybah Producing, Ras Tanura Producing, Gas Ventures Development and Rabigh Project Execution departments. In September 2006, he was named Executive Director of NAOO, until his appointment to Vice President in 2007. Al-Judaimi is chairman of  the  Board  for  Motiva  Enterprises  LLC  (Motiva)  and  Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro   Rabigh); and is the shareholder representative on the Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemical Company (SATORP) and the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) boards. From April 2004 to June 2006, Al-Judaimi was president & CEO of Aramco Gulf Operations Co. Ltd. in al-Khafji.

 
Dr. Ayed Al-Qahtani [More Info]
Director, Research Division
OPEC
Dr. Ayed S. Al-Qahtani is Director, Research Division, OPEC. Dr. Al-Qahtani, a Saudi Arabian national, has been Advisor to Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, HE Eng. Khalid A. Al-Falih. He had previously led Saudi Aramco's Global Economic & Energy Outlook.  He has also formerly served as Senior Project Manager for global energy scenarios at the World Energy Council and the vice-chair of the Industry Advisory Committee of the Riyadh-based International Energy Forum.
 
Abdulaziz Alhajri [More Info]
Director, Downstream Directorate
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Abdulaziz Alhajri is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years’ experience leading downstream businesses. Currently the Downstream Director of ADNOC, one of the leading oil, gas and petrochemicals companies in the world, Mr. Alhajri is responsible for driving profitable growth of ADNOC’s downstream operations. Alhajri has a compelling track record in executive management, operations and technical services within ADNOC and its Group of Companies.  Prior to joining ADNOC, he was Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Ltd (Borouge), a leading provider of innovative and value creating plastics solutions, and a joint venture between ADNOC and Borealis AG. Prior to joining Borouge, he held several positions at ADNOC Gas Processing (Ex-GASCO), including Habshan & Bab Plant Division Manager and Assistant General Manager (Technical).  He is a member of the Board of Directors of several ADNOC Group Companies, a member of the Board of Directors of NOVA Chemicals, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Khalifa University for Science and Technology. Alhajri holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in the United States.


 
B. Anand [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
Nayara Energy Ltd.
B. Anand is the Chief Executive Officer of Nayara Energy Limited – an Indian energy company owned by a consortium of Rosneft, Trafigura and UCP.  Anand is an accomplished business leader with extensive experience in leading high growth businesses, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. His leadership experience cuts across consumers, suppliers, finance and technology value chains. Prior to joining Nayara Energy, Anand was the Chief Financial Officer of Trafigura India – the Indian arm of the global commodity trading and logistics powerhouse.  In a career spanning over 30 years, he has served in various leadership positions with Vedanta Plc., HSBC, Citibank, Motorola India, and Future Group among others. He is the Independent non-executive Chairman of Just Dial.  A Bachelor of Commerce from Nagpur University, Anand is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He speaks regularly in national and international forums on Energy topics. Anand is passionate about health & sanitation and water & livelihoods, with a focus on Women Empowerment. He is an avid sports fan – he plays squash in spare time and has run a few half-marathons.
 
Atul Arya [More Info]
Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Strategist
IHS Markit

Atul Arya, Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Strategist, IHS Markit, is responsible for integrating energy content, analysis, and insights across the entire energy value chain and for c-suite client engagements. The Energy division has an international presence, with over 500 colleagues and office locations on five continents. Legacy product brands including CERA, Herold, Purvin & Gertz, McCloskey, and EER are now part of the Energy business. Dr. Arya’s areas of expertise include business strategy, commercial analysis, oil markets, energy technologies, climate change, and renewables. He has previously led Energy Insight, Research and Analysis and Energy Research teams at IHS Markit. Dr. Arya has over 30 years of leadership experience in the energy industry, including senior posts with BP. His international career spans a diverse array of energy fields from strategy development and business planning to field operations and technology commercialization. His experience includes leadership in solar energy development as well as the oil and gas sector. Dr. Arya has previously served on boards of several companies and institutions, including Tata BP Solar, Green Mountain Energy, and National Council for Atmospheric Research. He was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas and Adjunct Senior Fellow at Council on Foreign Relations in the United States. He is a regular speaker and moderator at public conferences, company boards, and at CERAWeek. Dr. Arya holds doctorate in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

 
B. Ashok [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd.

Mr. B. Ashok, is currently the Chief Executive Officer, Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd., a Joint Venture Company of the three major Oil Marketing Companies in India.  The Venture is implementing an integrated Refinery & Petrochemical Project in the State of Maharashtra, India at an estimated cost of around US$ 45 billion.  This Project is in the initial phase and is slated for completion by the middle of the next decade and is potentially the largest Project of its kind in the world. Mr. Ashok was earlier the Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. between July, 2014 and May, 2017, the largest commercial undertaking in India and the highest ranked Fortune Global Major in the country.  Concurrently, he was also the Chairman of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd., an IndianOil subsidiary and IndianOil Tanking Limited, a Joint Venture with Oiltanking GmbH of Germany. In addition, he was the Vice President of the Paris based World LPG Association, the authoritative voice of Global LPG Industry, Chairman of Petroleum Federation of India and Chairman of CII’s Council on Central Public Sector Enterprises. An alumnus of College of Engineering, Madras University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, he is also a Post Graduate in Management from MDI, Gurgaon.  His experience in the Oil & Gas Industry spans nearly four decades. Mr. Ashok has been a speaker in several international meets such as the World Petroleum Congress, IHS CERA Week, Houston, Microsoft CEO Summit, World LPG Forum, Oxford Energy Seminar-UK, Asia Oil & Gas Conference-Kuala Lumpur, PETROTECH, India-Africa Hydrocarbon Conference etc. He has been part of several Indian Ministerial delegations abroad and has contributed to policy making in the hydrocarbon sector at both National and International levels. He has been an industry leader in the implementation of transformational LPG initiatives in India, besides several others. Mr. Ashok has been conferred with the SCOPE Award for excellence and outstanding contribution to Public Sector Management in individual leadership category, an award received from the Hon’ble President of India.

 
Deepak Bagla [More Info]
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Invest India
Deepak Bagla has a professional career of over three decades, starting with the World Bank in Washington DC. In 1989he joined Citibank Global Corporate and Investment Banking team and held several responsibilities across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In 2007 he joined Private Equity to start an India dedicated fund for core infrastructure. Mr. Bagla is currently Managing Director & CEO of Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency promoted by the Government of India. Invest India is also the execution agency for Government of India’s Start-up initiative. He is a special invitee on the official Bilateral CEO’s Forum and a member of the Venture Capital Investment Committee of the US $ 1.5 billion “Fund of Funds for Start-ups” established under the Prime Minister’s Startup India action plan. He is also a member of the Ministry of Finance steering Committee on Fintech and a Member of the High-Level committee of the Atal Innovation Mission responsible for establishing and scaling up incubators and tinkering labs across India. He was a special invitee to the Government of India’s, “High Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure” –(2011-2013), member of the Banking & Finance Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards (ISO affiliate 2005-06) and a member of the committee established by the Government to recommend corporate governance norms for independent directors (2006). He was elected President of Delhi Management Association (2008-09).Mr. Bagla has a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Economics from St Stephens College, New Delhi and a dual Masters in International Diplomacy and International Trade and Finance from The School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC
 
HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo [More Info]
Secretary General
OPEC

His Excellency Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria began his tenure as Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on 1 August 2016. Over the years he also worked in several key roles at OPEC. In 1986, he was appointed to Nigeria’s delegation to OPEC, and from 1993 to 2008 he served as Nigeria’s National Representative on the Organization’s Economic Commission Board. In 2006, he was Acting OPEC Secretary General, and represented Nigeria on OPEC’s Board of Governors from 2009 to 2010. From 2009 to 2010, he was Group Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Previous to that, he served as Deputy Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas. Earlier in his career, he held the role of Special Assistant to former Minister of Petroleum Resources and OPEC Secretary General, HE Dr. Rilwanu Lukman KBE. Mr. Barkindo has also been the leader of Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN climate change negotiations since 1991. He served as Chair of the Group of 77 and China at the UNFCCC and was elected to serve three terms as Vice President of the Conference of the Parties—COP13 (Bali, Indonesia), COP14 (Poznan, Poland), and COP15 (Copenhagen, Denmark), where he chaired the opening session. Since his assumption of office as Secretary General, he remains a leading voice in the long-standing quest for more OPEC and non-OPEC cooperation for stable oil markets on a sustainable basis.

 
Kurt Barrow [More Info]
Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream, and Downstream
IHS Markit
Kurt Barrow, Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream, and Downstream, IHS Energy, leads the oil markets, midstream, and downstream services, including consulting and research. He also provides technical, commercial, and strategic advice to a diversity of clients in the midstream and downstream petroleum and biofuels space. Formerly a Vice President with Purvin & Gertz (acquired by IHS in 2011), Mr. Barrow leads a consulting team that specializes in mergers and acquisitions, crude oil and refined products market analysis, strategic analysis, and technical assessments. Prior to consulting, Mr. Barrow began his career at the Exxon Baytown Refinery in various engineering and planning roles. He also worked in Singapore for Purvin & Gertz for six years. Mr. Barrow was the lead author for the Purvin & Gertz Pricing and Margins module of the Global Petroleum Market Outlook service and the Director of the Residual Fuel Market Outlook study.
 
Ashok Belani [More Info]
Executive Vice President, Technology
Schlumberger

Ashok Belani has served as Executive Vice President of Technology at Schlumberger since August 2011. Mr. Belani is responsible for 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, Mr. Belani served as President, Reservoir Characterization, and earlier as Chief Technology Officer. Mr. 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, Mr. 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 Chief Executive Officer, and then sold it to Credence Systems. 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. Mr. Belani studied electrical engineering in India and holds a graduate degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.

 
Utpal Bora [More Info]
Chairman & Managing Director
Oil India Ltd.
Prior to taking up leadership of OIL, Mr Bora has had a rich and varied experience of over 33 years in the E&P Sector. Mr Bora has served in various capacities at ONGC Ltd. including OVL, the international branch of ONGC. He had been Executive Director- Asset Manager of ONGC’s Mehsana Asset and is credited with turning around ONGC’s highest producing onshore Asset and steering it towards newer heights. Under his leadership the Asset received the Best Onshore Award of ONGC in 2015. At OVL he was specifically engaged in framing of policy directives and its implementation, co-ordination with the NOC of Venezuela, PDVSA, under projects like Petro-Carabobo and San Cristobal. Under Mr. Bora’s stewardship as Chairman and Managing Director, OIL has been able to arrest decline in oil production, registering positive annual growth during successive years. During this period, the Company has achieved its highest ever natural gas production while recording the highest ever annual drilling meterage and number of workover jobs.  Mr Bora holds a degree of Bachelor of Technology in Petroleum Engineering from the prestigious ISM, Dhanbad, an Advanced Management Certificate from IIM, Lucknow and has completed a Leadership Development Programme from ISB, Hyderabad. Besides being an avid reader and a good cricket player, Mr Bora enjoys sports and movies.
 
Bill Davis [More Info]
India Chief Executive Officer and Lead Country Manager for South Asia
ExxonMobil
Bill Davis leads ExxonMobil’s business activities in India and South Asia, where the company is building on a long heritage in chemicals and lubricants, and a pioneering role in India’s LNG market. ExxonMobil is also empowering local talent through its rapidly growing business and technical services units in India. Bill brings a lifelong passion for energy and extensive global experience in the front lines of dynamic and growing energy markets. Recently, as Project Executive he led the proposed ~$10 billion Golden Pass Products LNG export project in Texas. In Qatar, Bill headed up ExxonMobil’s flowing gas and new business development activities during a time of unprecedented development. Earlier, Bill was South America Gas Manager, before striking landmark gas deals in Australia. A veteran wilderness adventurer and martial artist, Bill began his career as a geologist in minerals exploration for Rio Tinto, with postings in Chile, Argentina, and the UK. Bill earned degrees in Earth Science from Dartmouth College and Stanford University, and an MBA from Cornell University with graduate studies at the Stockholm School of Economics.
 
Tom De Vleesschauwer [More Info]
Executive Director
IHS Markit

Tom De Vleesschauwer is Senior Director and Transport and Mobility Practice Leader at the Auto Industry Analysis practice at IHS Markit. He is responsible for both market research and business consulting projects in the mobility sector globally. Recently, his work has included carbon dioxide forecasting evaluations, future mobility outlooks, and the Reinventing the Wheel mobility study. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he was with the Automotive Group of Standard & Poor’s DRI. Mr. De Vleesschauwer has more than 20 years' experience in the international automotive industry. He has contributed to many special projects assessing technical, business, regulatory, and societal trends to help senior management improve their decision making. He has also assisted automotive manufacturers, global suppliers, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies, including the European Commission and Parliament. He is the author of numerous contributions to automotive publications, including Automotive Agenda—Urbanisation Special: What is the role of the car in the city of tomorrow. He is frequently quoted in the media, including Automotive News Europe, Automobilwoche, Vehicle News, Detroit Free Press, and BusinessWeek. Mr. De Vleesschauwer is certified by the Institute of the Motor Industry and holds an HBO from IVA Driebergen, a BBA from Northwood University, and an MBA from the Cardiff Business School at the University of Wales.

 
Christian Deiss [More Info]
Head of APAC Energy
Credit Suisse

Christian Deiss is Managing Director, Investment Banking division, and Head of Oil and Gas, Utilities and Chemicals coverage for Asia Pacific for Credit Suisse. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2011, he worked in the New York office of Credit Suisse with the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Group, focused on M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector. Mr. Deiss joined Credit Suisse in 1998 and has also worked in offices in London, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) after studying at Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in France. 

 
Robert Dudley [More Info]
Group Chief Executive
BP plc

Bob Dudley became Chief Executive of BP in 2010.  He joined the oil and gas industry in 1979 and has held a variety of engineering, commercial and strategy posts in the US, the UK, Russia and China. In 2009, Bob was appointed to the BP Board with accountability for the Americas and Asia. From 2003 to 2008 Bob served as President and CEO of TNK-BP in Moscow. Following BP’s sale of TNK-BP in Russia and acquisition of ~20% of Rosneft, he joined the Rosneft board in 2013. Previous executive roles include Alternative and Renewable Energy activities and responsibilities for BP’s upstream business in Russia, the Caspian region and Africa and BP’s Gulf Cost Restoration activities. Bob’s external roles include membership of various Business Councils and Advisory Boards and he chairs the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Bob has a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.  

 
Aldo Flores-Quiroga [More Info]
Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons
Ministry of Energy, Mexico
Aldo Flores-Quiroga was appointed Deputy Secretary for Hydrocarbons on August 1st, 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), based in Riyadh, from January 2012 to July 2016. Since his appointment he has worked on the implantation of the Energy Reform, including the exploration and production bid rounds and the opening of the natural gas and fuels markets in Mexico. Previously, he was Head of the International Affairs Office in the Ministry of Energy and Head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aldo Flores-Quiroga is an energy expert, with a major in economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and a PhD in Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1996 to 2011, he was professor at the Department of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University in California. In Mexico, he was visiting professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). His research on trade policy and energy issues has been published in English and Spanish.
 
Jonathan Gear [More Info]
President
IHS Markit
Jonathan Gear is president of resources, transportation and CMS for IHS Markit, including business lines supporting the automotive, energy, chemicals, maritime and aerospace industries. Earlier, he served in multiple senior vice president positions and as president/COO of IHS CERA. Jonathan previously held leadership positions at Activant Solutions, smarterwork.com and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
 
Amos Hochstein [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Tellurian
Amos Hochstein is Senior Vice President for Marketing.  Prior to joining the company in May 2017, Amos served as the U.S. Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs and led the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Energy Resources. As the U.S. "Energy Diplomat," Hochstein oversaw global U.S. energy foreign policy engagement and advised the Secretary of State and the Vice President of the U.S. on global energy markets. As Special Envoy, Hochstein led the engagement to strengthen Europe's energy security through diversification of natural gas resources; authored the White House Caribbean Energy Security Initiative; chaired the President's U.S. - Caribbean and U.S. - Central America Energy Security Task Force; led U.S. efforts to promote global fuel switching to natural gas and develop stronger natural gas markets throughout Asia and South Asia; and; Working closely with the Department of Defense, Mr. Hochstein led the U.S. efforts to diminish ISIL and other terrorist groups' profits from energy assets. Prior to serving in the State Department, Mr. Hochstein served in a variety of senior level positions on Capitol Hill and advised energy companies entering and developing new markets.
 
Martin Houston [More Info]
Vice Chairman
Tellurian

Following his studies which commenced with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Newcastle University in 1979 and then a petroleum geology master’s degree from Imperial College London in 1983, Martin was employed by BG Group plc and its predecessor companies, retiring after 32 years in February 2014 as chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors. He’s managed all forms of enterprise in the energy industry, has established a strong external reputation in the international gas business and is largely credited with being the key architect of BG Group’s world class Liquefied Natural Gas ( LNG ) business. In recognition of this, in 2011 he was the first recipient of the CWC Group LNG Executive of the Year award. He was previously (2004 – 2009) a non - executive director of Severn Trent plc, an integrated environmental company. He is a former director of SIGTTO, the international organization representing gas tanker and gas terminal operators worldwide. From to 2014 he was a vice president and board member of the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL). Between 2015, and 2018 he was the chairman of TPH International, a boutique investment bank based in Houston, Texas. In January 2014, he was appointed as a non-executive director of BUPA, an international healthcare group. He sits on the nominations committee and is chairman of the remuneration committee. In June 2014, he was appointed a non-executive director of CCC Energy, a private E&P company with 40,000 bbl/d oil production in Oman. In February 2016, he co-founded Tellurian Inc. with Charif Souki and is now the vice chairman. Tellurian is developing a 27.5 mtpa LNG export project in Louisiana. In March 2017, Martin was appointed as vice-chairman of Hakluyt North America a company which provides independent, strategic advice to the world’s leading multinationals and financial institutions on complex issues. In March 2018 he was appointed by Moelis and Company as Chairman of its global energy group.

Martin’s other activities include:

  • Council member of the National Petroleum Council of the United States of America
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  • Member of the Development Committee of the Royal Opera House of London
  • Member of the advisory board of the Global Energy Policy unit at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, New York.
  • Member of the advisory board of Radia Inc.
  • Chairman of the advisory board of Praxis

 

 
Gauri Jauhar [More Info]
Director, Energy Research & Analysis
IHS Markit


Gauri Jauhar is a Director, India Consulting and Research, in the IHS Markit Energy-Wide Perspectives group. Ms. Jauhar’s primary responsibilities include conceptualizing and leading consulting projects related to Indian energy policy development, advocating for market opening, and utilizing global energy best practices to create a competitive Indian energy sector. She mentors a growing team of researchers across the energy value chain and represents IHS Markit in various industry bodies. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Ms. Jauhar was a commercial advisor at BP in India, where she was the gas policy lead for a multidisciplinary team leading BP’s gas reform advocacy efforts in India and represented the company in industry associations. She also created a system for tracking key stakeholders in the gas-consuming sectors and the policy and opinion space and was part of the multidisciplinary team that prepared BP’s India Strategic Framework. Prior to joining BP, Ms. Jauhar was a senior consultant at PFC Energy (now IHS Markit), leading the company’s business in India and Singapore. Her focus was on upstream and gas markets, country risk, and strategy projects. In her analytical roles, she led financial and strategic analysis of key oil and gas players. Previously, Ms. Jauhar was a research associate at the National Council of Applied Economic Research in New Delhi. She coauthored a paper for the Asian Development Bank, "India’s Macro-Stabilization Policy in 1990s: A Review and Assessment," published in the book The Indian State in Transition. Based in New Delhi, Ms. Jauhar holds an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University, an MS from Radford University, and an MA from the Delhi School of Economics.

 
Shri A. Jindal [More Info]
Joint Secretary (Marketing), Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Government of India
Mr. Ashutosh Jindal serves as Joint Secretary (IC) of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India. Mr. Jindal is an IAS Officer from Manipur - Tripura cadre (1995). During his career spanning over two decades, he has held various positions in the state of Tripura at the district and State Level. Before joining MoP&NG, he was a Secretary of Finance, Urban development and Tourism Departments in the State of Tripura. He served as an Advisor in the Indian Mission to European Union (EU) in Brussels (Belgium). He has been a Non-Executive Government Nominee Director of Indian Oil Corporation Limited since February 12, 2016. He served as Government Director of ONGC Videsh Ltd. since August 03, 2015. He served as a Government Nominee Director at GAIL (India) Limited from February 24, 2015 to December 23, 2016. Mr. Jindal holds BE in Electronics & Communication Engineering and has a Post-Graduation in Economics.
 
A.K. Jindal [More Info]
Vice President, Engineering Research Center and Head of Development, Commercial Vehicles, xEV & Defense Vehicles
Tata Motors Ltd.

Dr. Ajit Kumar Jindal is Vice President in Engineering Research Center at Tata Motors Ltd and leading the development of xEV and Defence Vehicles. During the last decade, Dr Jindal has led various projects involving technology development, meeting various regulatory as well as product upgradations required for domestic as well as international markets and has developed vehicles with Automated Manual Transmission, Hybrid and Electric as well Fuel Cell Buses.  Safety technologies such as ANCAP, Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning etc. have also been incorporated in the vehicles. Under his leadership, Tata Motors has continuously improved the products for fuel efficiency and enhanced performance through various innovations, light weighting and development of new generation aggregates. Prior to Tata Motors, he has worked in senior positions at Swaraj Mazda Ltd and  Eicher Motors in the areas of vehicle and engine design. Dr Jindal holds a PhD in IC Engines, and is an active member of various industry forums. He has authored many technical papers for national and international journals. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of I Mech E. and Member of Society of Automotive Engineers, USA.


 
Shri V.P. Joy [More Info]
Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Government of India
 
Dr. Amitabh Kant [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)
Mr Amitabh Kant is presently posted as CEO, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India).  He was till recently Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Amitabh Kant is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 Batch).  He is the author of “Branding India – An Incredible Story” and has been a key driver of “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and “God’s Own Country” campaigns which positioned and branded India and Kerala State as leading tourism destinations.  These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities – infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding. Amitabh Kant has worked as Chairman & CEO, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corporation, CMD – ITDC, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Kerala, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, District Collector, Kozikhode and Managing Director, Matsyafed. Amitabh Kant did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi, Graduation in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University and M.A from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar.
 
Dr. M M Kutty [More Info]
Petroleum Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Government of India
Dr. M.M. Kutty is Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.  He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service with over 32 years experience at the State and National levels.  He has held crucial positions in the Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. As Chief Secretary to Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, he made significant contribution towards good governance and better delivery of services. His international experience includes serving as Bureau Member and Vice President of Asia Pacific Region for ICCM-5, Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).  Dr. Kutty also served as Director in the Board of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Beijing and New Development Bank (NDB), Shanghai as well as Member in the Board of Green Climate Fund (GCF), Songdo, South Korea. Dr. Kutty is a Ph.D in Agriculture from New Delhi, India.  He also holds M.A. in Rural Social Development from University of Reading, United Kingdom.
 
Ravi Lambah [More Info]
Head, Telecom, Media & Technology and Head, India
Temasek
Mr. Ravi Lambah joined Temasek in April 2012 and is currently Head, Telecom, Media & Technology and Head, India. Prior to this role, Mr. Lambah was the Chief Operating Officer of ST Telemedia, an investor-operator with a significant global portfolio of telecom and media assets. His role comprised overseeing the investments and operations of the company, which is also a 100% owned subsidiary of Temasek. Mr. Lambah has over 28 years in the financial and investment banking industry in the Asia-Pacific region, 15 of which were with Credit Suisse and Jardine Fleming. Mr. Lambah is a Chartered Accountant and a Cost and Management Accountant. Mr. Lambah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics, from India’s University of Bombay.
 
Peter Maier [More Info]
President, Industries
SAP SE
Peter Maier is the President of the industries organization of SAP. He and his team are globally responsible for the SAP business with companies and organizations in the following industries: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, High Tech, Industrial Machinery and Components, Chemicals, Defense & Security, Mill Products & Mining, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Public Sector, and Travel & Transportation, Sports. Peter and his team lead the definition and delivery of intelligent solutions that enable customers to sustainably optimize, extend, and transform their business and their organization. Peter also drives the SAP Roadmaps program that gives customers clear guidance to the intelligent suite and to the SAP digital platform – both powered by SAP’s intelligent technologies. Peter is passionately driving innovation that makes his customers more successful and he frequently shares his strategy and insights with customers, SAP partners, press, and analysts. He is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches and to moderate panel discussions. To scale the SAP guidance for customers to become intelligent enterprises, Peter has overseen the design and delivery of the award-winning SAP Transformation Navigator –a free self-service available to customers and SAP partners. Previously, Peter has served as General Manager of the Energy and Natural Resources industries, after leading Industry Solution Management, Line of Business Solutions, Field Enablement, Global Industry and Line of Business Solution Marketing, and Solution Management for Process Industries. Peter joined SAP in 1991 as a consultant for the chemical industry. In 1995he assumed responsibility for global business development for the oil & gas industry. He is a valued expert for trends, challenges and best practices in the process industries and has earned the trust of strategic customers as an executive sponsor. Peter is connected to executives and experts from customers, partners, and influencers across the energy and natural resources industries and beyond.
 
Paul Markwell [More Info]
Vice President, Upstream Oil & Gas Research & Consulting
IHS Markit

Paul Markwell is Vice President, IHS Energy, for the upstream oil and gas consulting practice in Europe. He also oversees upstream technology research and for 10 years has led various research and consulting teams, overseeing content and consulting on strategy, opportunity screening and characterization, unconventionals, and technology and innovation. Mr. Markwell has over 30 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry as well as management consulting expertise covering operations, acquisition and divesture strategic planning, asset management, and energy policy development. Prior to joining IHS Mr. Markwell worked for over two decades in the upstream oil and gas industry and subsequent consulting-related roles. He held posts at McKinsey and Company as an upstream expert consultant and as European Petroleum Practice Manager, as an expert advisor to oil and gas consulting teams. Previously Mr. Markwell spent 18 years in international exploration and production companies, most recently as General Manager for British-Borneo’s business in Pakistan, overseeing the commercialization and development of the company’s gas assets. He also worked in business development roles with Hardy Oil and Gas and with Shell UK and led numerous oil and gas acquisition and divestment projects. Mr. Markwell first joined the industry as a petroleum engineer with Shell International and worked in a number of operational and team leader positions in the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. He is a lay member of Brunel University Council in the United Kingdom. Mr. Markwell holds a BS with honors from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Henley Management College. He is based in London.

 
Sudhir Mathur [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
Cairn Oil & Gas – Vedanta Ltd.

As CEO of Cairn Oil & Gas, Sudhir Mathur has been instrumental in defining the organisation’s strategy and its growth story. Domestic exploration and production of oil and gas has been an imperative for the Indian economy, and Cairn is working to support the government’s vision to move towards self-sufficiency. Sudhir is leading the effort to increase Cairn’s contribution to India’s domestic oil and gas production to 50 percent. Sudhir brings to Cairn more than 32 years of rich expertise and experience in finance and strategic planning, supply chain management, as well as regulatory affairs. He has a proven track record in deploying large capital to enable value creation for companies. Prior to joining Cairn in September 2012, Sudhir was CFO and Head of the Netco Business for Aircel Cellular Limited. He has formerly held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Delhi International Airport Limited, Idea Cellular, Ballarpur Industries Limited, and Price Waterhouse Coopers, India. Sudhir is an Economics graduate from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cornell University, New York. A former basketball player, Sudhir lives in Delhi with his family, and enjoys cricket, and reading books. 


 
Hital Meswani [More Info]
Executive Director & Member of the Board
Reliance Industries Ltd
Mr. Hital R. Meswani (DIN 00001623) is a Management & Technology graduate from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in the USA. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UPenn, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the Wharton Business School. He joined Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) in 1990 and is the son of Mr. Rasiklal Meswani, one of the Founder Directors of the company. He is on the Board of the company as Whole-time Director, designated as the Executive Director, RIL, since August 4, 1995. His overall responsibility spans the Petroleum Refining and Marketing Business, Petrochemicals Manufacturing and several corporate functions of the company including Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Research & Technology and Capital Projects Execution. He has been involved with almost all mega initiatives of the group through its growth journey. He was instrumental in execution of the world class petrochemicals complex at Hazira and the mammoth Reliance Jamnagar Refinery complex, the largest in the world at any single location. He had also led a company-wide business transformation initiative, which has resulted in the development of the constitution of RIL – the Reliance Management System. He has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers – the International Professional body for Chemical, Biochemical and Process Engineers) in recognition of his contribution to the process industries. He is a member of the Engineering Board of Overseers of University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) and is a recipient of the prestigious ‘The 2011 D. Robert Yarnall Award’ from The Engineering Alumni Society of the UPENN. He was conferred the Honorary CEPM-PMA Fellowship Award for Project Management Excellence. He is also a Member of Board of Management - Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai.
He is a member of the Finance Committee, Stakeholders’ Relationship Committee, Risk Management Committee, Human Resources, Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Chairman of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee of the Company.
He is a Director of Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Ltd. and Reliance Commercial Dealers Ltd.
 
Sashi Mukundan [More Info]
Regional President and Head of Country, India
BP plc
Sashi Mukundan as Regional President and Head of Country, India, BP Group, leads the Upstream business in India, in addition to overseeing the wider operations of all BP Group companies in the country. He is a member of the BP Global Upstream Leadership team and also on the board of Castrol India Ltd. Sashi was closely involved in forging the landmark partnership between BP and Reliance Industries Ltd. (one of India’s largest private companies) across the gas value chain, culminating in the largest foreign direct investment into India to date. Sashi is the Chairman of the National Committee on Hydrocarbons of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). With over 34 years of experience in strategic planning, finance and commercial business development in a variety of assignments in the U.S. and Asia, he is currently responsible for strengthening BP’s portfolio in India. Sashi holds a BS degree in Physics and an MBA in Marketing from Mumbai University. After completing his studies in India, he went to the U.S. and obtained an MBA in Finance.
 
Arjun Murti [More Info]
Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincus LLC and
Independent Director, ConocoPhillips

Arjun N. Murti is a Senior Advisor to the Energy Group at Warburg Pincus. He also serves on the Board of ConocoPhillips and RS Energy Group and is an Advisory Board member for Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.  Prior to this, Mr. Murti was Co-Director of Americas Equity Research, Business Unit Leader for Commodities & Industrials, and Equity Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Global Investment Research division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 as a Vice President, served as a Managing Director from 2003 to 2006, and Partner from 2006 until his retirement in 2014. During his time at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Murti worked primarily as a sell-side equity research analyst covering the energy sector in addition to his leadership responsibilities. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Murti was a Vice President and Equity Research Analyst at J.P. Morgan Asset Management from 1995-1999. His career began in 1992 at Petrie Parkman & Co, a Denver-based oil & gas boutique investment bank, where he was a Research Associate.

 
J.C. Nakra [More Info]
Chairman & Managing Director
Engineers India Ltd.
Shri J.C. Nakra is the Chairman & Managing Director of our Company. In a career spanning over 36 years, Shri Nakra has worked in a wide array of domains including Projects, Construction & Marketing. He joined EIL in 1983 in Construction Division (Offshore). Subsequently, he served in various capacities in Marketing and Project Divisions. He has steered the Marketing initiatives of EIL for business development in India and abroad and has also led Project teams for implementation of major projects. Prior to assuming charge of C&MD, Shri Nakra was Director (Projects) in EIL. A Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh (1981 Batch), he also possesses a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
 
Sunita Narain [More Info]
Director General
Centre for Science and Environment

Sunita Narain is a Delhi-based environmentalist and author.  She is currently the Director General of Center for Science and Environment (CSE) and Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. Dr. Narain plays an active role in policy formulation on issues of environment and development in India and globally. She has worked extensively on climate change, with a particular interest in advocating for an ambitious and equitable global agreement. Her work on air pollution, water and waste management as well as industrial pollution has led to an understanding of the need for affordable and sustainable solutions in countries like India where the challenge is to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth. She was a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change and has been awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour. In 2005, the Centre for Science and Environment, under her leadership was also awarded the Stockholm Water Prize. In 2016, Time magazine selected her as one of the most influential people in the world. She received “The Order of the Polar Star” award from the Swedish Government in 2017. Penguin has recently published her new book Conflicts of Interest, in which she has written about CSE’s campaigns from air pollution to colas to tigers. She continues to serve on national and international committees on environment.  

 
Ravi Narayanaswamy [More Info]
Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream & Downstream
IHS Markit

Ravi Narayanaswamy, Senior Director, IHS Energy, has over 23 years of international oil industry experience. Based in Singapore, he heads the downstream energy research and analysis team covering Asia Pacific and the Middle East at IHS. Mr. Narayanaswamy’s extensive experience includes working with senior executives on trends in the oil markets and other strategic/commercial issues, particularly in those two regions. Prior to joining Purvin & Gertz in 2005 he was with ExxonMobil for over 11 years in a number of strategic, commercial, and technical positions. Previously Mr. Narayanaswamy worked for HPCL Mumbai. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bangalore University and an MBA from the University of Southern Illinois.

 
P. Panda [More Info]
Executive Vice President
Maruti-Suzuki
Mr. P Panda, Executive Director MSIL R&D MSIL has 33 years of experience in the field of Vehicle Engineering. He joined MSIL as Graduate Engineer Trainee worked on varied functions such as Powertrain engineering, Vehicle durability testing, Product Strategy, Product Planning, Project Management, NVH engineering, Vehicle Ride & handling etc., He had been instrumental in bringing new generation powertrain technology in India, which has helped in increasing fuel efficiency of MSIL vehicles over 3 decades. He has keen interest in tracking of technology and crystal ball gazing, in the field of Passenger Cars. In his present Role as Head of Powertrain division in MSIL Engineering vertical, he is responsible for bringing new technologies to improve Engine Efficiency, Fuel economy and Implementation of future emission regulations like BS VI etc. Mr. Panda had been in various regulatory forums in SIAM such as Environment and Conservation and Vice Chairman of SAE Northern India chapter. Apart from Technical acumen, Mr. Panda is an ardent nature enthusiast and a passionate sketcher. He had also exhibited his Sketches and photographs in Delhi’s prestigious art galleries.
 
Unai Pastor [More Info]
Director, Origination
Cheniere Energy
Mr. Unai Pastor Aguirrezabal is an Origination Director for Cheniere Energy. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for the origination and business development activities in different regions in Asia including Korea, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. He reports to the Global Managing Director Origination in London. Before joining Cheniere, Unai was a Marketing Specialist for Korea, Taiwan and Bangladesh at RasGas where he worked for over 6 years in different positions in the analytical, short team and long term marketing team before joining Cheniere. Prior to that, Unai worked for Stream LNG (Repsol/Gas Natural) in the commercial and strategy department. During his career in LNG he has worked in UK, Spain, Qatar and Singapore. Mr. Pastor has a Master’s degree in Chemistry, a Bachelor degree in Economics and a post-graduate degree in Energy Business.
 
Patrick Pouyanné [More Info]
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
TOTAL S.A.

A graduate of École Polytechnique and a Chief Engineer of France’s Corps des Mines, Mr. Pouyanné held, between 1989 and 1996, various administrative positions in the Ministry of Industry and other cabinet positions (technical advisor to the Prime Minister – Édouard Balladur – in the fields of the Environment and Industry from 1993 to 1995, Chief of staff for the Minister for Information and Aerospace Technologies – François Fillon – from 1995 to 1996). In January 1997, he joined TOTAL’s Exploration & Production division, first as Chief Administrative Officer in Angola, before becoming Group representative in Qatar and President of the Exploration and Production subsidiary in that country in 1999. In August 2002, he was appointed President, Finance, Economy and IT for Exploration & Production. In January 2006, he became Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production and was appointed a member of the Group’s Management Committee in May 2006. In March 2011, Mr. Pouyanné was appointed Deputy General Manager, Chemicals, and Deputy General Manager, Petrochemicals. In January 2012, he became President, Refining & Chemicals and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. On October 22, 2014, he became Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL S.A. and Chairman of the Group’s Executive Committee. On May 29, 2015, he was appointed by the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting as director of TOTAL S.A. for a three-year term. At its meeting on December 16, 2015, the Board of Directors of TOTAL appointed him as Chairman of the Board of Directors as of December 19, 2015 for the remainder of his term of office as director. Mr. Patrick Pouyanné thus became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL S.A.


 
Hon. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan [More Info]
Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
Government of India

Hon. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan is the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India. He was first elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, in 2012 to represent Bihar State. During his term he has served as a member of the Parliamentary Committees on Rural Development, Government Assurances, and Agriculture. Previously, from 2004 to 2009, Mr. Pradhan was a member of the Lok Sabha, or lower house, representing the Deogarh constituency of the State of Odisha. He first entered public life as a member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Pradhan has worked on issues concerning youth, such as unemployment and a lack of skilled education, as well as the rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers, displaced persons and other backward classes. He has played a major role in mobilizing youth for politics and promoting better leadership. He enjoys studying history, politics, and changing social trends. Mr. Pradhan holds a post-graduate degree in Anthropology from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

 
Nitin Prasad [More Info]
Chairman
Shell India

Nitin Prasad is a dynamic and accomplished business leader  with  20+years  of cross-cultural professional experience spanning  industries from  technology  to  energy and geographies from USA, Singapore to India. Nitin, a Fortune 40 under 40 awardee, has a proven track record of managing large diverse global teams, developing/implementing strategy, innovating and leading change across cross-functional and multi-jurisdictional roles. He is passionate about Shell’s purpose of powering progress together for better and cleaner energy and believes collaborations and partnerships are key to solving country-wide growth challenges. Nitin did his schooling from the Doon School, India before completing an engineering degree from  Georgia  Institute  of  Technology,  USA  and thereafter  went on  to complete his MBA from INSEAD. He succeeded Dr. Yasmine Hilton on October 2016 as the Chairman of Shell Companies in India. Prior to the current role, Nitin was the Managing Director for Shell Lubricants for the cluster of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, which combined is the 3rd largest lubricants market in the world. This role was preceeded by several  other  roles  in  Shell  across verticals  of strategy,  marketing, project delivery and supply chain in geographies of APME, APACMEA, China, South East Asia and USA. Nitin is an avid sports enthusiast with an interest in golfing, sailing, skiing and diving. He enjoys traveling,  listening  to jazz  and  collecting  wines.  He currently lives in  New  Delhi with his  two children and his wife. Shell in India Shell has been present in India since 1928, when Burmah Shell set up operations in the country. Today, Shell is one of the most diversified international energy company in India with over 7000 employees, 200,000 retail customers and a 250 -strong distribution network. It brings world-class energy solutions across traditional, new energies and its derivatives including crude oil, refined products, chemicals and technology to individuals and enterprises. India is recognized as one of Royal Dutch Shell’s innovation hubs globally. It is home to world class centres hosting operations, information technology and innovation mandates in Bangalore and Chennai that are creating value for Shell and India. The company is nurturing a vibrant ecosystem in India to accelerate energy innovations with the Shell E4 programme for startups, Shell Eco-marathon and investments in companies like Husk Power that are expanding access to energy. Shell remains committed to making positive contributions to the communities in which we operate through our NXplorer that promotes the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, Access to Energy and Road Safety across India. Follow @shell_India @makethefuture@shell_ecomar to know how we are redefining the energy space.

 
D. Rajkumar [More Info]
Chairman & Managing Director
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
An Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, Shri. Rajkumar took over the reins of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, a Fortune Global 500 Company with a significant presence in the entire hydrocarbon value chain, as Chairman & Managing Director in October 2016.
As Managing Director of Bharat PetroResources Ltd. (BPRL), a wholly owned subsidiary of BPCL, Shri Rajkumar propelled BPRL into a fully recognized Upstream Company of international standards. The phenomenal growth and development of BPRL bears testimony to the stellar role that he has played in enhancing the net worth of the Company. BPRL, today has world class discoveries in Mozambique and Brazil, and with the acquisition of Russian assets, the Company has been transformed into a revenue generating and self-sustaining entity, creating significant value for BPCL. During his illustrious career spanning over 3 decades, Mr. Rajkumar has held a number of responsible positions in Engineering & Projects in several capacities across India. Among his noteworthy achievements was his pivotal role in the design and implementation of two major cross-country pipelines of BPCL - the Mumbai-Manmad Pipeline and the Cochin-Coimbatore-Karur Pipeline. He also enjoyed a stint as the Managing Director of Petronet CCK Ltd. The BPCL Group has achieved significant milestones under his fine leadership, chief amongst them being conferment of the Maharatna Status elevating the Company to the elite club of Maharatna Companies, akin to the crown jewels of the public sector fraternity, attainment of the “Star PSU Award”, recognizing BPCL’s outstanding financial metrics and competitive advantage, scale of operation, sustainability, leadership and innovation, furtherance of the Petrochemicals business and incorporation of BPCL’s Wholly Owned Gas Subsidiary – Bharat Gas Resources Ltd., besides innovative forays into renewables and a revamped R&D Strategy. A perfectionist to the core, Shri Rajkumar has close to 16 years of Board experience. He serves on a number of Government Committees, and Joint Working Groups established by the Government. He was also a member of a Committee on the Indian National Standards which set up standards and guidelines for engineering practices.
 
SSV Ramakumar [More Info]
Director, Research & Development
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Dr. SSV Ramakumar is Director (Research & Development) on the Board of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IndianOil), a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Ramakumar has almost three decades of uninterrupted R&D experience in downstream hydrocarbons sector, notably in the areas of lubricant technology, refinery process research streams, including catalyst development; and development, quality upgradation, and marketing coordination of automotive lubricants. He is instrumental in the development of India’s home-grown, OEM-approved marine lubricant technology, which catapulted IndianOil’s SERVO lubes into the select league of five multinational oil companies. He spearheaded the complete indigenization of IndianOil’s flagship resid up-gradation technology by developing an in-house catalyst for the process. Dr. Ramakumar has to his credit over 119 research publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals and 40 patents. Besides serving on the board of IndianOil, Dr. Ramakumar is also on the Oil Industry Development Board and participates in the Society for Petroleum Laboratories and India Energy Forum. He also presides over several national scientific societies, including International Council of Internal Combustion Engines—India Chapter, Indian Society of Fuels and Lubricants, and Tribology Society of India. In his long career, Dr. Ramakumar received many awards, including NPMP, FIPI, NRDC, AIIMA Innovation, Bangalore Nano, and most recently the World Petroleum Congress excellence award for technologies he developed at IndianOil. He holds a doctorate in Chemistry from IIT-Roorkee (erstwhile University of Roorkee).
 
Biswajit Roy [More Info]
Director of Human Resources and Business Development
Oil India Ltd.
Mr. Biswajit Roy has taken over as Director (Human Resources & Business Development) of Oil India Limited (OIL) on 8th May 2015. Mr. Roy has over 32 years of rich experience in the Oil Industry, spanning across a spectrum of diverse functions such as Marketing, Operations, Business Development, Human Resources, besides a stint at the Overseas Office of IndianOil at Dubai. Some of the HR Initiatives in which Mr. Roy has been actively associated with includes introduction of Leadership (Assessment) Centres and multi-rater (360?) appraisal system, implementation of electronic performance management system (ePMS), formulation of new Vision and its implementation strategy, besides heading an Industry Team on setting up of ‘Hydrocarbon Sector Skill Council (HSSC)'.
A graduate in Chemical Engineering from University of Roorkee (now, IIT Roorkee), he completed National Management Programme (NMP) from Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. He also has to his credit many publications in National and International journals and made presentations at international forums. He has won many coveted Awards like ‘Overall Winner’ of the prestigious Global HRD Award 2014, presented by International Federation of Training & Development Organizations (IFTDO). He is a Core Committee member of National HRD Network (NHRDN), Delhi and NCR Region for the period 2014-16, for building the "HR brand". Mr. Roy has also been chosen to be an UNCTAD-certified trainer by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on 'entrepreneurship'.
 
Keisuke Sadamori [More Info]
Director for Energy Markets & Security
International Energy Agency

Keisuke Sadamori was appointed Director of the Energy Markets and Security Directorate on 3 September 2012. Prior to joining the IEA, Mr. Sadamori, a Japanese national, held many senior positions at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and most recently was Deputy Director-General at the Minister;s Secretariat. Mr. Sadamori served as executive assistant to Prime Minister Kan in 2011 when the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan, causing the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Accident. Before this, he worked on international energy affairs and was the representative of the Government of Japan in such for a as the IEA Governing Board in 2008 and 2009. He also served as the chief negotiator for trade and investment agreements with Asian countries in 2009 and 2010. Mr. Sadamori received an LL.B. from University of Tokyo in 1983, and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University in 1990.

 
Dev Sanyal [More Info]
Chief Executive, Alternative Energy and Executive Vice President, Regions
BP plc

Dev Sanyal is Chief Executive, Alternative Energy and Executive Vice President, Regions of BP plc. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee. Dev Sanyal joined the BP Group in 1989 and has held a variety of positions globally. He has been General Manager, FSU and Eastern Europe; Chief Executive Officer, BP Eastern Mediterranean Fuels; Chief Executive Officer, Air BP International; Head of the Group Chief Executive’s Office; Group Treasurer and Chairman of BP Investment Management Ltd. During this latter period, he was also accountable for BP’s aluminium business. He was appointed to the Group Executive Committee on 1st January 2012 and was Executive Vice President, Strategy and Regions prior to his current appointment on 31st March 2016. He is an independent non-executive director on the board of Man Group plc, Vice Chairman of Centre for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a member of the Accenture Global Energy Board, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, and a member the board of advisors of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Economics and Politics.

 
Dinesh K. Sarraf [More Info]
Chairperson
Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board

Shri Dinesh Kumar Sarraf born on 3 September, 1957, Shri Dinesh Sarraf graduated in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and did his post-graduation from the same University. Shri Sarraf is an Associate Member of Institute of Cost Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has experience of three-and-a-half decades in the oil and gas industry, having started his oil and gas career in Oil India Limited and worked there until 1991 where he inculcated the experience in various facets of E&P at oil field level. Thereafter he joined ONGC and handled various key assignments at corporate offices. These included, converting ONGC from a statutory commission into a commercial corporation, its financial restructuring and valuation.  During the years 1997-2000, Shri Sarraf worked in Oil Coordination Committee of the Government of India where he got the industry-wide experience on Indian oil and gas sector. He played a major role in drafting the map for deregulating Indian oil and gas sector.  Shri Sarraf worked in ONGC Videsh Limited as Director (Finance) during February 2005 to December 2007. During this period, Mr Sarraf played key roles in negotiation and conclusion of significant acquisition transactions in Syria, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Egypt and Myanmar. ONGC Videsh experienced significant increase in its activities, production, revenue and profits during this period.  During December 2007 to August 2011, he worked as Director Finance of ONGC and its Group CFO. He introduced robust governance systems in ONGC and led several systematic improvements. In recognition of his achievements, he was given the Best CFO Award in Indian Oil & Gas sector by CNBC in 2009 and 2011.  Shri Sarraf assumed the charge of Managing Director and CEO of ONGC Videsh Limited in September 2011. As MD & CEO, ONGC Videsh Limited, he institutionalized systems and processes to ensure attainment of the committed targets. He introduced the concept of 'zero-based risk review' mechanism for risk assessment in major acquisitions and mitigation of the risks. He led company's major acquisitions, like Block BC-10 Brazil, NEMED Block Egypt, AFPC Project Syria, MECL Project Columbia, Rovuma Area I Block in Mozambique offshore etc.; and guided the negotiating team for other acquisitions, resulting in substantial savings. He was awarded the CEPM-PMA fellowship on December 2, 2013 by the Project Management Associates - India (PMA - India).  During March 2014 to September 2017, Shri Sarraf was the Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC and Chairman of its Group companies – ONGC Videsh Ltd; Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd; ONGC Petro-additions Ltd; ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd; Mangalore SEZ Ltd; ONGC Tripura Power Company Ltd. and a director on the Board of Petronet LNG Ltd. He was also the President, Global Compact Network India and Chairman, Petrotech Society and Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry.  He is a member of the Governing body of CSIR – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.  He led the ONGC in one of the most difficult periods of low oil and gas prices, did not let the fresh investments in the business slow down, led formulation of several mega projects and their implementation, revived declining production trend, led increase in organization-wide efficiency, kept the morale of the employees high even in otherwise difficult environment, gave emphasis on encouraging start-ups, research and development and industry-academia collaboration, etc. Shri Sarraf was conferred Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) Degree by the Amity University in 2017.  Shri Sarraf joined PNGRB as the Chairperson on 4th December, 2017.


 
Neil Saunders [More Info]
President & Chief Executive Officer
Oil Field Equipment, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Neil Saunders is the President & CEO of the Oilfield Equipment (OFE) division at Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), where he has responsibility for all product lines, systems and global operations of this business unit. Prior to his current role, Neil was the President & CEO of the Subsea Systems & Drilling product company  within  GE  Oil  &  Gas  following  four  years  as Senior Vice President-Products & Projects, where he was responsible for product lines, systems, project execution and operations for the company’s major subsea-dedicated facilities.  BHGE’s OFE division provides customers with a portfolio of ultra-reliable technologies, including subsea trees, manifolds, blowout preventers (BOPs), flexible risers  and  advanced  control  systems,  and  has  a  long  heritage  of innovation   and   inventions,   with   more   than   7,000   systems   installed  worldwide. This portfolio of products and services is complemented by safe, high-quality   execution; engagement   at   the   earliest   project   phases; innovative commercial approaches, and digital solutions. Neil has in-depth industry experience gained from a career spanning more than 25 years in upstream oil and gas. He initially joined GE through Vetco Gray within the Subsea Controls business in Nailsea (Bristol), before a move to Aberdeen in 2002.  Five years  later,  Neil  was  appointed  Senior  Vice President  for  a  newly  formed  Global  Services business,  first  based  in Houston, before returning to Aberdeen in 2009. Neil moved to the Subsea Production Systems Project office when it was established in Bristol in 2013. He continues to  be  based  in  the  Bristol  and  regularly  works  from  the company’s Aberdeen, London and Houston offices. Before joining Vetco Gray in 1991, Neil worked for British Aerospace. He has an MSc in Subsea Engineering from Cranfield University and an MBA from Henley Management College. Neil is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
 
Nirmal Shani [More Info]
Executive Director
IHS Markit

Nirmal Shani, Country Manager & Executive Director – South Asia, manages the business for all solution groups of IHS Markit in the Indian Sub-continent (primarily India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and also Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives)
IHS Markit (NASDAQ: INFO) is a global information leader, providing critical information, decision support tools and related services, organized in the following verticals:
- Energy & Natural Resources (Oil & Gas Upstream, Midstream, Refining, Petrochemicals, Climate & Carbon, Power, Gas, Coal, Renewable Energy)
- Transportation (Automotive, Aerospace Defence & Security, Maritime & Trade)
- Consolidated Markets (Engineering & Product Design, Technology Media & Telecom, Economics & Country Risk)
- Financial Markets
Prior to joining IHS Markit in 2011, Nirmal was the Business Head with Dun & Bradstreet India (NYSE: DNB). He spent Nine years at D&B across sales, operations, data architecture and general management, setting up and growing the business for multiple product-lines Nirmal holds an MBA in Marketing, is a meditator, actively involved with charitable organizations and is passionate about scuba-diving.

 
Shashi Shanker [More Info]
Chairman and Managing Director
Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.

Shri Shashi Shanker is Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Company and also the Chairman of ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) and Joint venture companies namely Mangalore SEZ Limited, ONGC Tripura Power Company Limited, ONGC Petro-additions Limited, ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Limited and a Director of Petronet LNG Limited. Before elevated to the position of CMD, Shri Shashi Shanker was serving as the Director (T&FS) of the Company.  Shri Shashi Shanker is a Petroleum Engineer from Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad and holding MBA degree with specialisation in Finance. He has also received Executive Education from prestigious institutes  like IIM, Lucknow and ISB, Hyderabad.  Shri Shashi Shanker is an industry veteran with more than three and half decades of experience in diverse E&P activities. He has progressed through senior management roles in various work centers viz. Institute of Drilling Technology, Dehradun; West Bengal Project; Assam Project and Deep Water group at Mumbai.  He was acclaimed for his performance in spearheading the deep/ultra-deep water campaign of the Company which was christened as ‘Sagar Samridhi’. Under his leadership, ONGC drilled the deepest deep water well covering a water depth of 3174m - a world record till date. Shri Shashi Shanker successfully spearheaded the HPCL acquisition of 51.11% Govt. stake to improve ONGC’s downstream portfolio.  Under his leadership, ONGC Videsh made a successful entry overseas acquiring 10% stake in one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest offshore oil concessions (Lower Zakum). The agreement was signed by Shashi Shanker on behalf of Indian consortium at Abu Dhabi in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. Through this acquisition, India has secured a share in the Emirate’s crude production for the first time. Under his guidance, ONGC led the delivery of cutting-edge IT solutions that drive growth, streamline performance and promote efficiency. Various path breaking initiatives were taken to strengthen the IT platforms like SCADA, ERP(ICE), EACS etc. He conceptualized an ambitious company wide project called “DISHA” for creation of a paperless office platform, which is under implementation.  Shri Shashi Shanker  is also a member of the High Powered Steering Committee for the flagship initiatives of Govt. of India viz. “Make-in-India” and “Start-Up-India”.  He is also a part of various other national and international bodies like FIPI, GCNI etc.   His vision and dynamic attributes have helped in making numerous operational and policy initiatives and steering the Company though many milestones. His priority is towards developing the East Coast discoveries, rejuvenating the mature fields of Western Offshore and Onshore and improvement in Reservoir Management.


 
Scott Sheffield [More Info]
Chairman of the Board
Pioneer Natural Resources

Scott Sheffield, a distinguished graduate of The University of Texas with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, is Chairman of Pioneer Natural Resources. The son of an ARCO internati onal executive, Scott attended high school in Tehran, Iran. After graduating from the University of Texas in 1975, he began his career as a reservoir engineer with Amoco Production Company. In 1979, Scott became the fifth employee of Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company in Midland, Texas. By 1985, he was CEO of Parker & Parsley and became its Chairman in 1991. Under Scott's leadership, Parker & Parsley merged with MESA, Inc. in 1997 to form Pioneer Natural Resources Company. He became the company’s founding Chief Executive Officer and assumed the posiion of Chairman of the Board in August 1999. Today, Pioneer is a large independent E&P company with reserves of approximately 10 billion barrels equivalent of total resource, an enterprise value of $32 billion and approximately 3,500 employees. Pioneer is considered a leader in developing oil-rich shale plays and was ranked as one of the most active operators in the United States. Pioneer is committed to grow its net production to over 1mm boepd from the Permian Basin over the next 10 years. Pioneer consistently ranks as one of the best places to work in America. In 2016, Indeed.com ranked it the fourth top company to work for in the country, The Dallas Morning News named it the number one employer in North Texas, and Forbes and the J.U.S.T. Foundation announced Pioneer as the “most just” company in the oil and gas industry. After 31 years as CEO, Scott retired in December 2016 while retaining the position of Chairman. He serves on various industry-related and education-oriented boards, including the Williams Companies, the Maguire Energy Institute of the SMU Cox School of Business and Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. The Permian Basin Petroleum Association recently honored Scott as the recipient of its prestigious Top Hand award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership within the oil and gas industry and the Permian Basin community. He is also a 2013 inductee into the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Hall of Fame, memorializing those whose achievements and outstanding contributions to the industry helped build the Permian Basin. Scott received the ADL’s Henry Cohn Humanitarian Award in Dallas, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Hope Award in Midland and the Frank Pitts Award for Energy Leadership from SMU.

 
Prabhat Singh [More Info]
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Petronet LNG Ltd.

Prabhat Singh is MD&CEO, Petronet LNG Ltd. since September, 2015.  He  is an Engineering graduate from IIT, Kanpur, and having around 36 years of relevant experience in the Hydrocarbon Industry both in MNC (British Gas) and Maharatna PSUs (GAIL, NTPC, EIL) etc. He is a vastly experienced professional having worked his way up in diverse areas including Project Planning, Execution & Management, Exploration & Production, Training & Organizational Reforms and Business Development Marketing.   Prabhat has been Director of Marketing of GAIL (India) Limited and also served as (i) Chairman of Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Limited (RGPPL) erstwhile Dabhol Power Company and during his tenure has commissioned the 5 MMTPA LNG regasification terminal at Dabhol and (ii) Chairman of GAIL Global Singapore Pte Ltd. (GGSPL) - a global trading arm of GAIL at Singapore, which is currently creating value & managing India's pioneering efforts towards global LNG business. Prabhat has been instrumental in putting the country on the world gas map, India being one of the first countries to have sourced LNG (based on Henry Hub) from the US. His major contribution has been the execution of world's longest exclusive LPG pipeline from Jamnagar to Loni. The project was recognized by Asian Development Bank as the "Best Managed Project" of the year. He was also instrumental in ushering in the "Open Access Common Carrier Principle" in India. Prabhat is one of the core contributors to the concept of gas pooling for power & fertilizer sector which is under successful implementation.  Prabhat is instrumental for successful negotiations in the various International Contracts. Prabhat has also been a member of National Auto Fuel Policy of MoPNG & member of the Governing body of Rajeev Gandhi Institute of Petroleum and Technology, Rai bareily.  IIT, Kanpur honoured him with Distinguished Alumnus Award in November, 2016 for his professional excellence.  Times Ascent presented him a CEO with HR Orientation Award in February, 2017.  Today, Prabhat is recognized as a visionary professional in the Industry for having a great business sense with a human touch & excellent communication skill.


 
Sanjiv Singh [More Info]
Chairman
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Mr. Sanjiv Singh, as Chairman of IndianOil, leads India's largest commercial enterprise and the highest-ranked Fortune 'Global 500' integrated  energy major, with a sales revenue of over US$ 78.5 Billion, accounting for nearly half of India's petroleum products consumption and the largest refiner of the country with 11 out of 23 refineries in India. 
As Chairman of the Board, Mr Singh also heads Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd, a stand-alone subsidiary refinery of IndianOil with two refineries, Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd., a joint venture to set up 3 world-scale fertiliser plants, and IOT Infrastructure & Energy devices Ltd., a joint venture engaged in providing terminalling devices. 
A highly respected voice in the hydrocarbons sector, Mr. Singh also holds the position of Vice-President of World LPG Association, the global authoritative voice representing the LPG industry value chain.
Mr. Singh is also Chairman of Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd., a joint venture of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, to set up a 60 MMTPA (~1.2 mbpd) refinery & petrochemicals complex on the West coast of India, which will help realise India's vision of emerging as a 'refining hub' in South Asia. 
As member of national think tanks and bodies of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt of India, like the Centre for High Technology, Petroleum Conversation Research Association, Central Pollution Control Board and the prestigious Scientific Advisory Committee, his views are sought for policy decisions. 
A chemical engineer from IIT-Roorkee, Mr. Sanjiv Singh joined IndianOil in 1981 and has served the Corporation for over 35 years. Prior to taking over as Chairman, Mr. Singh was holding the post of Director (Refineries) at IndianOil, heading its entire refineries & petrochemicals value chain comprising nine refineries and petrochemicals complexes in different parts of the country.
An ardent champion of clean & green fuels, Mr. Singh has spearheaded India's LPG transformation programme, including Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana& Smokeless Villages. Having guided the on-schedule rollout of BS-IV green fuels across the country in 2017, Mr. Singh has set a frenetic pace for IndianOil to meet the tough deadline of introducing superior BS-VI grade fuels in phases by April 2020. 
Under his stewardship, capital investment projects of about US$ 15 Billion are in full swing, including various brownfield capacity expansions and modernisation of refineries & petrochemical complexes; extension of pipeline networks; upgradation/automation of 26000+ fuel stations, bulk storage terminals and LPG bottling plants; scaling up of aviation fuelling business; acquisition of oil & gas assets; expansion of overseas business; and diversification of IndianOil's energy portfolio into renewable energy, including waste-to-fuel and waste-to-power projects.
Acknowledging his sterling contribution in the hydrocarbons space, Mr. Singh was felicitated with the Fellowship Award-2016 by the Centre for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) for setting international benchmarks in project execution. He has also been conferred the Award for outstanding contribution to the field of fuel science by the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research. 
Mr. Sanjiv Singh is a keen proponent of future-preparedness; he considers high-performance teams to be the key for organizational success. A charismatic leader, he brings out the best in both individuals and teams. Under his inspirational leadership, the year 2018 is being celebrated as the Year of Trust at IndianOil to strengthen the trust element across the business chain in order to exceed the expectations of its billion-plus customer base.
 
Michael Stoppard [More Info]
Vice President & Chief Global Gas Strategist
IHS Markit

Michael Stoppard, Chief Strategist, Global Gas, IHS Energy, and Vice Chair of IHS Energy CERAWeek, is a member of the Energy Research Council overseeing thought leadership across global energy and is a 20-year specialist in the international gas business. He is responsible for the development and coordination of the IHS global and interregional coverage of gas markets and liquefied natural gas. Previously Mr. Stoppard led the global gas team at IHS (formerly CERA). He is the author of numerous IHS Energy reports, including Challenge and Change in the EU-Russia Gas Relationship; The Energy Investment Imperative in Europe; and Methane Hydrates Breakthrough: The next game changer or a major step on a longer road? He was a coauthor with Daniel Yergin of “The Next Prize,” published in Foreign Affairs. Before joining IHS Mr. Stoppard was a research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. In addition he served as a Parliamentary Special Advisor on energy regulation for the House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee in the United Kingdom. Mr. Stoppard holds an honors degree from the University of York.

 
M.K. Surana [More Info]
Chairman & Managing Director
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.M.K. Surana has served as Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) since 1 April 2016. Prior to this role, starting in September 2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer, Prize Petroleum Company Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary and upstream joint venture company of HPCL. A mechanical engineer with a Master’s degree in financial management, Mr. Surana joined HPCL in 1982. During his 30-year career in the petroleum, oil, and gas industry, Mr. Surana has handled a range of responsibilities, including leadership positions in refineries, corporate, and information systems. He has led the exploration arm of HPCL, and has been closely involved in strategy formulation, business process engineering, major projects implementation, refinery operations, corporation-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation, acquisition, and management of upstream assets, etc. With certifications in project management and as a behavioral assessor, Mr. Surana has also been associated with industry forums in the Indian oil & gas hydrocarbon sector.
 
Vijay Swarup [More Info]
Vice President, Research & Development
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
Dr. Vijay Swarup, Vice President of Research and Development, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, joined the company in 1987 as an Engineer at Exxon Research and Engineering. Over his career, he has progressed through a variety of engineering, planning, and managerial roles at company locations in Redwater, Alberta, Canada; Baytown, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; and Fairfax, Virginia. In 2006, Dr. Swarup became the Global Technology Planning Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical. In 2008, he was appointed Global Olefins Marketing Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical Company. Dr. Swarup moved from Houston, Texas to Fairfax, Virginia in 2010 to become Vice President of Base Stocks, Specialties, and Asphalt for ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties Company. He was appointed Manager of Planning and Business Development for ExxonMobil Chemical in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Swarup was appointed Corporate Strategic Research Manager, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. In 2014, he was appointed Vice President, Research and Development, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Dr. Swarup holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Purdue University and a PhD in from Rutgers University.
 
Michael Train [More Info]
President, Emerson and
Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions

Michael Train became Executive President of Emerson Automation Solutions in April 2016. In this role, Mr. Train is responsible for leading strategies and innovations to help customers enhance operations and achieve top quartile performance. Emerson Automation Solutions is a leader in helping process and discrete manufacturing companies automate and optimize production through innovation technologies and expertise. In 2016 he was named to Emerson’s Office of the Chief Executive, which helps develop and guide the company’s global business strategies. Mr. Train began his career at Emerson in 1991 as an international planner, before his appointment as Vice President of Planning and Development for Emerson Asia-Pacific in 1994. He became President of Emerson in Japan and Korea in 1996, before moving to lead the planning group from 1997 to 2002 as Corporate Vice President of Planning and International. In 2002 Mr. Train was named President of Emerson Process Management Asia-Pacific, a role he held until 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Train served as President of Emerson’s Rosemount business. From October 2010 to April 2016, he served as President of Global Sales for Emerson Process Management. In this role, he oversaw five world area regional organizations focused on sales, service, support, and customer satisfaction across all products and services provided by Emerson Process Management. Mr. Train currently serves on Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council and was a 2008 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient. He holds a bachelor’s degree from General Motors Institute and an MBA from Cornell University.
 
Alok Tripathi [More Info]
Executive Director
Petroleum Conservation Research Association
After completing Bachelors in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mr Alok Tripathi joined the Ministry of Railways as civil servant in 1999, where he had a vast experience in several areas of rail transportation such as infrastructure & investment planning, new rail link connectivity to ports/oil refineries, capacity augmentation, project evaluation, passenger and freight business planning, traffic costing, techno-economic feasibility of new technology/initiatives, and human resource management. Building on his administrative and technical experience of railways, he joined the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas as a Director where his focus area has been cleaner fuel, reduction of subsidies for government through innovative programs and efficiency improvement in the area of distribution management for oil marketing companies through policy and operational interventions. Some of the notable programs implemented during his tenure in petroleum sector are PAHAL, world’s largest cash transfer scheme and GiveItUp campaign, a unique policy initiative to encourage well off people to give up their LPG subsidy voluntarily. Currently he is holding the responsibility of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) as Executive Director to drive programs relating to fuel conservation & environment sustainability. Mr Tripathi has also served as  Director on the board of US$ 1.75 billion Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL). Mr Tripathi has two masters’ degree : Master of Technology from IIT Kanpur and Master’s in Public Policy from Maxwell School, University of Syracuse, United States.
 
Shri B.C. Tripathi [More Info]
Chairman & Managing Director
GAIL (India) Ltd.

Shri B.C.Tripathi carries an experience of over 35 years in India’s Natural Gas business and has a unique distinction of having hands-on expertise across the segments of Hydrocarbon project management, operations and Strategy formulation & Business expansion. Shri Tripathi has been a founding employee of GAIL and has shaped GAIL to be a premier ‘Maharatna’ corporation in India. GAIL has won wide acclaim and recognition in various categories under his leadership and in recognition to his efforts of steering GAIL’s strategy to globalize and ensure LNG security for India, he was conferred- ‘Best LNG Executive’ at the 14th World LNG Summit, Paris.  Mr. B.C. Tripathi concurrently serves as Chairman of the Boards of GAIL’s subsidiary companies dealing in City Gas and Petrochemicals. Earlier, he also helmed and mentored as Chairman of India’s leading city gas companies- Mahanagar Gas and Indraprastha Gas and as Director on Board of Petronet LNG. Currently, Shri Tripathi’s efforts are dedicated to building GAIL’s global scale capability for handling LNG and natural gas portfolio with midstream infrastructure expansion of over USD 3 billion to support Government of India’s endeavor for developing green energy economy fueled on Natural Gas. 


 
N.K. Verma [More Info]
Managing Director
ONGC Videsh Ltd.
N.K. Verma is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ONGC Videsh Ltd., the overseas arm of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), India’s premier state-owned petroleum major. Mr. Verma, an accomplished exploration geologist and manager with over 36 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry in India and abroad, joined ONGC in 1980 and has worked in various technical, operational, commercial, and management roles throughout his career. He served on the boards of ONGC Videsh and ONGC as Director (Exploration) before taking over as Managing Director of ONGC Videsh. Mr. Verma is one of the Vice Chairs of the Bureau of Expert Group for Resource Classification for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. He has published more than 20 technical papers and authored over 40 technical reports. Mr. Verma holds a master’s degree from Lucknow University, an MTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Dhanbad, and an MBA.
 
Daniel Yergin [More Info]
Vice Chairman
IHS Markit

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit and co-founded Cambridge Energy Research Associates®. In selecting Dr. Yergin as one of the “hundred people who mattered” worldwide, Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.” A Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Yergin is the author of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The Quest has been called “a masterly piece of work” by The Economist. Dr. Yergin is known around the world for his book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It became a number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 17 languages. Of Dr. Yergin’s book Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, which has been translated into 13 languages, The Wall Street Journal said, “No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.” Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award-winning television documentaries for PBS and BBC. Dr. Yergin was awarded the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” The International Association for Energy Economics gave Dr. Yergin its 2012 award for “outstanding contributions to the profession of energy economics and to its literature.” In 2014 India’s Prime Minister presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2015 he was awarded the first James Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security by the US Department of Energy. Among other positions, he is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a director of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the advisory board of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank and of the National Petroleum Council.