The ADI Analytics team includes thought leaders with 15 to 35 years of experience in oil and gas, energy, and chemicals gained at leading operating and consulting companies. Our thought leaders and project managers are supported by a growing pool of smart and energetic analysts with bachelor and graduate degrees from leading universities in engineering, business, marketing, and policy. Finally, ADI Analytics maintains a rich network of subject matter experts who amplify our capabilities and capacity as needed.
Our team has worked in developed and emerging economies building deep expertise in strategy, operations, and technology. In addition, we bring extensive experience in advising and supporting c-suite officers, senior executives, business unit heads, strategy leaders, investors, and policy makers with a variety of consulting needs. Collectively, we deploy teams that are in perfect alignment with client needs and project goals to deliver on ADI Analytics’ value proposition. A few of our consultants are profiled below.
Uday Turaga is Founder & CEO of ADI Analytics. Through 15 years of industry experience gained at ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Booz & Company, and ADI Analytics, Turaga brings deep commercial and technical expertise in oil and gas, coal, renewables, and chemicals. He specializes in corporate strategy, market research, economic analysis, competitive intelligence, and technology assessments with rich domain expertise spanning oil and gas exploration, production, and refining, coal and power, and chemicals. Turaga holds a PhD in fuel science from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to authoring over 100 papers and patents, he has been recognized by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Chemical Society, and the Penn State Alumni Association. Finally, Turaga has been featured in various news and media outlets including National Public Radio, and is a frequent speaker on energy issues at conferences and events globally.
Brandon Johnson is an analyst at ADI Analytics and holds a B.S. in physics from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has experience in the oil and gas, chemical, power generation, and mining industries. His expertise includes technology assessments, competitive benchmarking, market size modeling, and risk analysis using Monte Carlo uncertainty analysis. He has utilized these skills to understand the economics, investment attractiveness, and competitive landscape of the engineered pump, wet gas and multi-phase compressor, bearing, seal, and heat exchanger markets. In addition, Johnson has supported development of go-to- market, M&A, and growth strategies for various clients with emphasis on original equipment manufacturers serving the oil and gas, and chemical industries.
George Findling brings deep expertise in upstream oil and gas including strategic planning, commercial development, and technical assessment of reservoirs, facilities, gas processing and monetization projects. He gained this expertise through over 35 years of experience across a number of technical and business roles at ConocoPhillips, ARCO, and Bechtel spanning projects in the U.S. Lower 48, Alaska, and the Middle East. Gas commercialization is an area of particular expertise where Findling has led the technical and economic evaluation, contract structuring and negotiations, and oversight and execution of various projects including some of the world’s largest and most complex LNG plants. He has received a B.S. in engineering science from the Colorado State University.
Vis Viswanathan brings over 35 years of oil and gas, coal, and chemical industry experience with leading companies such as ConocoPhillips, Akzo-Nobel, Nexant, and Lummus in roles spanning corporate strategy, technology assessments, innovation and R&D, and process economics and modeling. He is renowned for his deep expertise and broad experience in shale gas and unconventional resources, natural gas processing and monetization, coal gasification and utilization, biofuels and bioenergy, chemicals, and materials. Viswanathan holds two degrees in chemical engineering — a PhD from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai — and has published and patented extensively and has presented at a number of leading industry conferences.
Elliott Smith has over twenty years of experience in the Power and Energy Industries through a variety of roles including serving as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Voith’s Power, Oil & Gas division in Houston covering business development, market intelligence, and innovation programs for the Americas region for the multinational technology enterprise. Prior stints included directing Global Engineering Services & Consulting teams for CH2M’s Power and Energy division in Atlanta, and leading pursuit teams for complex turnkey EPC projects in conventional and renewable power during his nine-year tenure with the firm. Smith served in various roles at Siemens Energy, providing OEM solutions including engineering, supply chain management, technology development, and sales/marketing of plant solutions across the Americas. Smith holds a B.S in physics from Jacksonville University, a B.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Central Florida, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Ryan Zarnitz holds bachelors and masters degrees in chemical engineering and has over 10 years of experience in the oil and gas and utilities industries. In roles with leading oil and gas majors and technical consulting companies, Zarnitz has operated process units, led plant start-ups, supervised unit revamps and equipment installations, and conducted numerous economic and technical feasibility assessments. He is proficient in process modeling, technical assessments, plant operations, and economic analysis focused on oil and gas exploration, petroleum refining, power generation, and environmental management.
Vishakha Shembekar brings extensive experience and proven expertise in the design and utilization of analytics to explore, understand, and solve business, commercial, and technical problems. She has utilized these skills to understand the economics and investment attractiveness of conventional and unconventional resources in oil and gas; power from coal, natural gas, and renewables in particular geothermal; biofuels and bioenergy; and specialty and commodity chemicals. Further, Shembekar is an expert market research professional who has used a mix of primary and secondary research to size segments, assess technology penetration, and forecast growth outlook for the energy and chemical industries. Finally, she has evaluated and benchmarked a number of existing and emerging technologies for their technical feasibility, business potential, market risks, and commercialization challenges. Shembekar holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and brings nearly 15 years of experience in leading companies such as Dow Chemical Company.
Paul F. Meier
Paul F. Meier brings over 35 years of experience in petroleum refining, gas processing, coal monetization, clean fuels, hydrogen energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and water treatment gained at ConocoPhillips and Sinopec. His expertise includes technology assessments, innovation strategy, operational improvements and excellence, and process modeling and economics developed through numerous projects and engagements for oil and gas, energy, and chemical companies. In addition to helping clients solve problems, Meier has developed and delivered training programs to improve organizational capabilities and technical competencies. He holds bachelors and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of Arkansas and Rice University, respectively. Meier has published approximately 35 papers and patents and has made 50 presentations at conferences and clients.
Amol Wayangankar has 15 years of experience advising clients on market, commercial and regulatory aspects of natural gas, LNG, and NGL markets. Wayangankar has directed numerous domestic and international energy infrastructure M&A transactions including asset valuations, commercial due diligence, and market assessments to support project developers, energy companies, utilities, financial/strategic investors, and lenders. His primary focus has been on natural gas storage, gathering and processing, pipelines, and LNG terminals as well as serving investor-owned utilities, IPPs, and Coops. In addition, Wayangankar has led LNG market assessments and due diligence for LNG terminal developers, lenders and prospective capacity holders and negotiated LNG agreements. Also, he is experienced in analyzing, recommending and implementing fuel procurement practices/plans and transportation strategies for independent power plants, industrial facilities and recently North American LNG export projects. Wayangankar holds bachelors and masters degrees in industrial engineering from Sardar Patel University and Penn State University, respectively, and worked previously with Wood Mackenzie, Ventyx, and Pace Global.
George D. Parks
George D. Parks brings over 35 years of expertise in energy and fuels, in particular hydrocarbon fuels, biofuels, and hydrogen. In a long career with ConocoPhillips, Parks held a wide range of technical and management positions and initiated several new internal and external programs in biofuels, hydrogen, advanced fuels, fuel cells, and power trains collaborating with companies, universities, national labs, and government agencies. In addition, he has advised the U.S. Department of Energy and other government agencies on funding for emerging energy technologies. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Rice University.
In a distinguished career spanning over 45 years, Prasada Rao has led the national laboratory Indian Institute of Petroleum as its chief executive, served in senior roles at leading public sector institutions in India such as Fertilizer Corporation of India and Indian Petrochemicals Corporation (now part of Reliance Industries Limited), and advised the boards and management of a number of companies around the world. Rao brings a deep understanding of the oil and gas, chemicals, and energy industries in emerging economies, global refining and chemical markets, innovation and technology for competitive advantage, and organizational leadership. He holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in chemistry from Andhra University, has published numerous papers and patents, and has been recognized with a number of awards and honors including the PETROTECH Lifetime Achievement Award presented by India’s Prime Minister in 2014.
Tulio S. Scacciati
Tulio S. Scacciati is an executive with 20 years of experience in the Energy Industry developing clear strategies with deep domain knowledge in the technology and business models. Most recently Scacciatio was the VP of Strategy, M&A and Marketing for a Global leader in the O&G equipment and service industry covering, surface pressure control, pressure pumping, drilling and production equipment and services. He has worked previously with GE and Exelon as well. Scacciati holds M.S. in industrial engineering and received an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.
Faiza Tanvir is an analyst with ADI Analytics and brings extensive experience in gathering, maintaining, and analyzing data sets, primary and secondary research, capital project monitoring and profiling, and market research. She has supported many consulting projects and teams through market research and competitive landscaping across oil and gas including upstream, midstream, refining, and natural gas monetization; solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative energies; and specialty and commodity chemicals. Faiza also leads the marketing effort for ADI Analytics including outreach, newsletters, and social media engagement. She was educated at Houston Community College and the University of Houston.
David M. Austgen
David M. Austgen is an executive advisor with ADI Analytics. Until December 2014, he was Chief Business Development Officer at Proterro, a venture capital-backed startup company developing technology to produce sugar photo-synthetically. From 2011 until 2013, Austgen served as Chief Development Officer for Luca Technologies, a late-stage startup company developing biotechnology to increase natural gas production from coal beds. During 2010 he served as interim head of business development for both KiOR and American Process Inc. From 1989 until 2010, Austgen worked for Royal Dutch Shell finishing his career there as Senior Business and Joint Venture Manager, Americas, Advanced Biofuels. In prior Shell roles, Austgen served as VP Technology, Shell Hydrogen, Global Technology Manager, Strategic Innovation-Shell Chemicals, Research Manager, Kraton Polymers-Shell Chemicals, and Process Research Team Leader, Polymer Manufacturing-Shell Chemicals. He is a co-inventor of six patents. Austgen also served as an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University, from 1997 until 2004. He has served on numerous advisory committees and boards. He received a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
W Tom Holland, an executive advisor with ADI Analytics and Principal at Holland Associates, Intl has worked in the oilfield for most of his adult career. Starting in the oilfields of Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico Holland learned the business starting from the grass roots. Employed by Caterpillar for 35 years, Holland was responsible for marketing to the US region and later became director of the Global Petroleum Business Unit with worldwide responsibility. Holland has also served as chairman of the Associates Advisory Board of the AESC (Assn of Oilwell Servicing Contractors) , on the board of PESA (Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Assn), IADC (International Association of Drilling Contractors), NOIA (National Ocean Industries Assn) and SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineering), and MTS (Marine Technology Society). He also spent 10 years as Director of the Offshore and Marine market segments at MAN Diesel & Turbo before starting this consulting business. Holland graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Management from Tennessee Technological University with graduate work in Business Administration.
Bruce Rising, an executive advisor with ADI Analytics, brings 30+ years of experience in combustion, environmental control technology, and gas turbine technology issues. He was Strategic Business Manager within Siemens Power Systems. Rising also served as manager of Marketing Intelligence in Siemens’ Global Strategy group. Prior to joining Siemens, he was the manager of Emissions and Control Technology for Rolls-Royce Allison in Indianapolis, and research scientist in Energy and Environmental R&D at Battelle Columbus Labs. Rising earned a B.S. in Chemical Physics and an M.S. in Fuel Science from Penn State. He holds seven patents related to energy production, emissions controls and engine diagnostics.
W. Blake Roberts
W. Blake Roberts is a senior energy professional with diversified experience in leadership roles in the global energy and petrochemical industries. Roberts is an executive advisor with ADI Analytics. He previously had several leadership roles with operating companies, EPC contractors and consulting companies. Roberts is experienced in management, business development, project development, commercial development, operations, strategy development and value chain financial analysis. Roberts holds B.S. in chemical engineering from UT Austin, and an MBA from Rice University
Deepti Kesiraju holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics and an MBA in marketing. She brings nearly 10 years of experience in accounting, marketing, capital projects, commodity trading, trading back office operations, and financial analysis in the oil and gas industry with leading companies including ConocoPhillips and BG Group. She supports internal operations with emphasis on marketing and finance at ADI Analytics.