2017 North America Natural Gas and NGL Forum
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Uday Turaga brings 18 years of industry experience gained at ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Booz & Company, and ADI Analytics. 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 UT Austin.
Ron Sills is an internationally recognized expert on energy conversion technologies in the natural gas/coal/biomass to products value chain. Prior experiences include Gas Conversion Network Leader at BP, manager of Mobil’s Research Planning and Evaluation Group, and member of the commercialization team of the Methanol-to-Gasoline process. He co-authored a National Research Council report entitled Fuels to Drive Our Future. Sills holds a PhD and M.S. in chemical engineering from MIT and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia. He is the co-inventor for 10 patents.
Elliott Smith has over 20 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 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 and various roles at Siemens Energy. Smith holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Central Florida, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.
Blake Roberts is a senior energy professional with diversified experience in leadership roles in the global energy and petrochemical industries. Roberts 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.
Tulio 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 Scacciati 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 UT Austin.
Vis Viswanathan brings over 35 years of oil and gas, coal, and chemical industry experience 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 a PhD from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
Vikki Dunn has a 30-year career in technology commercialization and marketing within the energy, oil and gas, chemicals. Dunn is an advisor at Strategic Growth Advisors, and has held various roles including EVP at CSA Group, Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Gardner Denver; Chief Marketing Officer for GE Oil & Gas; and numerous executive strategic marketing and communications roles at Royal Dutch Shell. She began her career as an engineer at Ericsson and was a product manager at Compaq Compute. Dunn graduated with a degree in Engineering from SMU in the USA, and is a graduate of the IMD Executive Leadership program in Switzerland.
David M. Austgen
David M. Austgen brings extensive experience in oil and gas industry. Austgen has held several executive roles including Chief Business Development Officer at Proterro, Chief Development Officer for Luca Technologies, an interim head of business development for both KiOR and American Process Inc., and Senior Business and Joint Venture Manager, Americas, Advanced Biofuels for Royal Dutch Shell. 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. He received a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tyler Wilson brings consulting experience in oil and gas, energy, power, and chemicals. He has led several voice-of-customer research projects for new technologies and has added value in various market research, competitive landscaping, financial modeling, and due diligence projects along with conducting research for ADI’s flagship subscription service on natural gas monetization including large- and small-scale LNG, GTL, gas conversion to chemicals, and power. Wilson holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Coe College.
Brandon Johnson’s expertise includes technology assessments, competitive benchmarking, market size modeling, and risk analysis using Monte Carlo uncertainty analysis in the oil and gas, chemical, power generation, and mining industries. 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. He holds a B.S. in physics from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dmitry Popov is the VP Commercial for INFRA Technology. He is responsible for Business Development and international projects of the company. Popov joined INFRA in 2011, having spent most of his previous career in corporate finance. He has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, specializing in M&A and private equity fund raising, in particular. Popov has completed a number of international transactions in the oil & gas industry. He had graduated from Moscow State University and received an MBA from the University of Houston.
Riley Hagan is the manager of WRT which now owns the former CEC operations. Hagan brings to WRT vast experience in a number of industries including petroleum engineering, oil and gas operations, banking, non-banking finance and administrative experience in each of these industries. Hagan was a reservoir engineer at Exxon Company in Houston. Hagan is a cum laude graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. in petroleum engineering; a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking – Southern Methodist University.
Joseph C. Gentry
Joseph C. Gentry is the Vice President of Technology, R&D and Engineering, for GTC Technology US LLC. He previously worked for ARCO Chemical Co. and Lyondell Petrochemical Co. in the olefins and aromatics areas. Gentry earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is the inventor of several patented separations technologies and has specialized in their applications for the petrochemical industry.
James Sledzik brings 25 years of worldwide oil and gas industry experience. Sledzik is a Partner at Energy Ventures AS. Sledzik has held several executive positions at WesternGeco. Schlumberger Ltd., Oxane Materials Inc, and ARKeX Ltd. He has also served as Director of Ingrain, Inc. Sledzik holds B.Sc in Geosciences from Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA in International Business from University of Pittsburgh.
John Oyen brings over 35 years of experience in process engineering, operations, and automation. He has spent the last ten years with ABB in business development on greenfield projects in the oil, gas and petrochemical markets specifically floating production, LNG and GTL. His background includes H.B. Zachery, Honeywell, Rockwell Automation and Yokogawa. He is a member of AIChE, SPE and ISA. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Doug Moorehead serves as Chief Operating Officer and President in FlexGen Powers Systems. Moorehead is the Board Advisor at Earl Energy. Prior experiences include Automative Business director at A123 Systems, Inc., nine years as a Naval Special Warfare officer, deploying to the Middle East, South America, and Asia. Moorehead earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the United States Naval Academy, a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Robert Sammon is currently Global EPC Account Manager at GE Oil & Gas focusing on the natural gas processing value chain. He brings nearly 10 years of experience in various roles at GE including the company’s transportation and oil and gas businesses. Sammon’s prior experience includes stints with the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Peace Corps, and Gotham City Online. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA and a M.S. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Walhof has over 25 years of experience working in the oil & gas and energy sectors. Walhof serves as the Sales Director, Distributed LNG Solutions for the Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas. Prior to joining Dresser-Rand, he served as Global Sales Director for a cryogenic equipment manufacturer and North American Director of Sales for a European compressor manufacturer. He holds a BBA in Management and Marketing from the University of Texas at Tyler, and an MBA in Management from LeTourneau University.
Håvard Devold is a Country Technology Manager and has been with ABB since 1982, Experience in multidiscipline ECIT projects, Mechanical Integration, Process, Subsea and Offshore Electrification, Renewable and Alternate energies, Digital Oilfield, Well and Process Productivity and Condition Based Maintenance. Prior experiences include EB Industri AS, EB Industri og Offshore AS, ASEA Per Kure AS, ASEA AB, and Royal Norwegian Air Force. Devold holds M.Sc. in engineering from Norwegian University of Science and Technology and graduated from ABB SLDP Program.
Stephen Sims is the President of NGTS North America with the objective of introducing the Russian research developed Methaforming process to the international market. Stephen’s career has been with major international oil companies including ConocoPhillips in technical, operations, strategy and business development. He is also an independent energy consultant recently engaged in several projects for the World Bank, and an energy advisor at the Houston Technology Center. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Houston and B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and post graduate studies in intellectual property law.