3 December 2018 - 4 December 2018 at Intercontinental O2 North Greenwich, London, UK
The world’s largest gathering of international oil and gas executives, investors and financiers

Europe’s Largest and Most Influential Oil & Gas Conference and Dinner for C-Level Executives

Assembly Day One
Monday 4th December 2017

07:30 Registration and Networking Breakfast
07:30 Breakfast Briefing hosted by Aker Solutions

Leading the Digital Revolution

08:40 - 08:45
Welcome Remarks
08:45 - 09:00
Opening Keynote Address

As the agenda in the developed world begins to shift under increasing public pressure to acknowledge and react to environmental concerns, the oil and gas industry sees itself facing a number of challenges and increasing opportunities. How will disruptive technologies, renewable energy and demand for gas as a cleaner fuel impact the oil and gas industry in the short-, medium- and long-term and what changes can we expect to see across the value chain?

Keynote Speaker:

  • Lord Browne of Madingley, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy

09:00 - 10:00
IOCs: Developing an Organisation that is Fit for the Future

With oil prices at or below investment threshold, what is the strategy of the industry’s major players? Has 2017 seen the beginning of growth and development, moving beyond continued adaptation to the ‘lower for longer’ environment, and how do IOCs adapt to the changing energy landscape in 2020 and beyond, ensuring they are fit for the future?


  • Bob Dastmalchi, VP & Director, Business Development, Chevron
  • Howard Leach, Head of Exploration, BP
  • Marc Gerrits, EVP Exploration, Shell
  • Raghdaa Hasan, SVP, Strategy & Business Development, Statoil
  • Paul Griffin, Senior Adviser & Council, Oil & Gas, White & Case (Session Moderator)

10:00 Networking Break

10:40 - 11:40
Private Equity: Will the Momentum be Sustained?

Early 2017 saw increased activity on the part of Private Equity but what has created the environment for this increase and how will this develop in 2018? What is the appetite for risk and investment across regions and the various development phases of oil and gas assets?


  • Haroun van Hövell, Founder & Managing Director, Fort Bay Capital
  • Michael Hill, Managing Director, Natural Resources, CPPIB
  • Neil J. Hartley, Managing Director, First Reserve
  • Simon Eyers, Managing Director, Energy, Warburg Pincus
  • Tushar Kumar, Managing Director, Investments and Portfolio Management, Kerogen Capital (UK) Limited
  • Bob Ruddiman, Partner, Head of Oil & Gas, Pinsent Masons (Session Moderator)

11:40 - 12:50
Strategic Models for Real Value Creation within Leading Global Independents

With stability in the industry for most of 2017, albeit in a lower price environment, the business models of the industry’s independents are varied and their effectiveness is critical to continued success. As explorers uncovering the newest discoveries or as aggregators of later-life assets, independents are key players in the next phase of the industry cycle but they face major challenges in the current climate.


  • Austin Avuru, CEO, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc
  • Gretchen H. Watkins, Chief Executive Officer, Maersk Oil
  • Karl Johnny Hersvik, Chief Executive Officer, AkerBP
  • Martin Bachmann, Executive Director & Head, Exploration & Production for Europe & Middle East, Wintershall
  • Mathios Rigas, CEO, Energean Oil & Gas
  • Graham Phillips, Partner, Clifford Chance (Session Moderator)

12:50 Networking Lunch

Cost Reduction & Technology

14:10 - 14:50
Oil Field Services Navigating the New Normal of Tighter Margins, Reduced OPEX and Limited Capital

With great demand to reduce costs and increase efficiency over the last few years, the oil field service sector has faced extreme challenges. How have they adjusted their operating models and relationships with customers, what has been learned and are the cost reductions sustainable?


  • Alex Haynes, Senior Vice President – Business Development, Wood plc.
  • Bill Coates, CEO, OneLNG, Schlumberger JV
  • Rodrigo Rendon, Group Head of Business Development, KCA Deutag Drilling
  • Sandra Antonovic, Chief Operating Officer, Reflex Marine
  • Arindam Das, Director, Westwood Global Energy Group (Session Moderator)

14:50 – 15:20
Digital Technology Reducing CAPEX & Transforming Conventional E&P

Join Matthew Chinn, COO New Equipment Solutions, Dresser Rand Business Unit, Siemens Plc, and Karl Johnny Hersvik, CEO of Aker BP, to discuss how digitalization is changing the offshore industry and breaking business models of the past.

In this thirty minute session, we will discuss new digital lifecycle applications that are helping the industry cut CAPEX and OPEX and what possibilities the intelligent “digital twin” has to offer operators for decision-making support and asset optimization. We will also discuss how digital solutions are already cutting project development cycles and reducing CAPEX and OPEX on the Ivar Aasen platform in the North Sea.

Session speakers:

  • Matthew Chinn, COO New Equipment Solutions, Dresser Rand Business Unit, Siemens
  • Karl Johnny Hersvik, Chief Executive Officer, AkerBP

Corporate Development & Financing

14:10 - 14:25

Keynote Address:

  • Nazir Kader, Crude GM for Europe, East & Derivatives, Shell Trading

14:25 – 15:20
M&A Activity: Re-Structuring the Oil & Gas Industry Forever?

2017 has seen a number of sizeable deals outside the US, however volume is down on pre-downturn figures with the last two years seemingly displaying a disconnect between sellers and potential buyers. Have we turned the corner and will M&A in the coming years change the face of the oil and gas industry?


  • Artem Matyushok, Head of M&A and Business Development, Rosneft
  • Christian Coulter, Principal, L1 Energy
  • Janan Paskaran, Partner, Torys LLP
  • Stuart Cooper, SVP Portfolio & Commercial, INEOS, DeNoS
  • Tushar Kumar, Managing Director, Investments and Portfolio Management, Kerogen Capital 
  • John Bigham, Managing Director, Head of Oil & Gas, EMEA, Nomura (Session Moderator)

15:20 - 16:20
Digital Technology - Lead the Way or Risk Being Left Behind

Within the current climate there is a need for Oil & Gas companies to refocus and embrace change to increase productivity. With cost management and efficiency the name of the game, is investment in digital technologies on the agenda, and if not, should it be?

  • What value will digital technologies provide and what opportunities will these offer those who embrace their uptake?
  • Understanding the capabilities required to move forward with the implementation of digital technology
  • How are organisations financing the necessary investment; what is the business case for digital vs other investment decisions?
  • What are the challenges that companies across the sector face in the shift to digital?
  • Discussing the impact on hiring strategies and the challenges faced in attracting the right talent


  • Andy Bane, CEO, Element Analytics
  • Ahmed Hashmi, Head of Upstream Technology, BP Upstream
  • Astrid Skarheim Onsum, Chief Digital Officer, Aker Solutions
  • Ernst Sack, Founding Partner, Blue Bear Capital LLC
  • Mike Hinchliffe, Regional Head of Sales, Merrill Corporation
  • Nuri Demirdoven, Managing Director, Energy, Accenture Strategy (Session Moderator)

15:20 - 16:20
Funding the Future Growth and Development of the Global Oil & Gas Industry

  • What emerging financing challenges are energy companies and their CFOs now facing?
  • Debt/Bond financing trends and observations from 2017: landmark deals, financial instruments used, by whom and why so successful?
  • How are energy companies restructuring their finances and balance sheets to meet the needs of tomorrow energy markets and deliver continued investment and growth?

Keynote Address:

  • Nicolas Decaillet, Managing Director, Senior Petroleum Engineer, Standard Chartered Bank


  • Jan Laubjerg, CEO, Flowstream Commodities
  • Lance Crist, Global Head of Natural Resources, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Martin McAspurn-Lohmann, Managing Director; Head of Oil & Gas and Utilities, Santander
  • Matthieu Duhem, Managing Director - Head of Upstream Oil & Gas, Credit Agricole
  • Russel Alton, Head of Finance, Statoil

16:20 Networking Coffee Break

Technology Spotlight

17:00 - 18:00
The Only Way to Keep Winning in a Competitive Market is to Keep Innovating

This fast paced series of quick-fire technology showcases will highlight meaningful advances in technology development and their real-world application to our industry. With only 12 minutes for each speaker, they will have to be direct and engaging to pique the interest of the crowd. Presentations will include the latest in technologies including digitisation, AI, decommissioning, sub-sea/deepwater and drilling…

Technology Presenters:

  • Elgonda La Grange, Director Digital Solutions, Dresser Rand, a Siemens Company

  • Bart Prast, Head of Technology, Twister

17:00 - 18:00
Investing in the Future Growth & Development of the Global Oil & Gas Industry

  • Are global and regional public equity markets opening again for oil and gas companies to raise capital?
  • Equity financing trends and observations from 2017: landmark deals, financial instruments used, by whom and why so successful?

Keynote Address:

  • Monica, Rovers, Head, Business Development - Global Energy, TSX


  • Alastair Bishop, Director & Portfolio Manager, BlackRock
  • Richard Norris, Oil & Gas Advisor, Helios Investment Partners
  • Stephane Lamoine, CEO, Technology Enhanced Oil Plc
  • Jeremy Low, Head of Energy, EMEA, BMO Capital Markets (Session Moderator)

18:00 Evening Drinks Reception

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