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This event ran April 19-20, 2017 and has now finished.


If you are an industry expert and would like to share your expertise, we would like to speak with you. Please contact:

Symon Rubens
Phone: +1 (855) 709-0098




Dave Lafferty
President, Scientific Technical Services

With over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, David provides business development and technology insights for the oil and gas segment – with special emphasize in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). David has presented and published on a number of O&G related IIoT topics. Prior to starting Scientific Technical Services, David was at the BP Chief Technology Office (CTO) where he spearheaded a wide range of innovative projects including: Developing the “Digital Umbrella” concept, wireless measurements systems, predictive analytics, and mobility projects. David has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Chris MacDonald
Director of Business Analytics Business Development, PTC

Chris joined PTC through the acquisition of Coldlight on May 7, 2015. Chris has been a leader and technologist in the Analytics space throughout his career.  Through his work at companies such as Xerox, SAP, Oracle, Coldlight and now PTC, Chris has helped companies across every vertical harness value data-driven innovation.   Leveraging his expertise in purpose built IOT analytics, Chris remains focused on unlocking potential opportunities in evolving data ecosystems using innovative technologies in his current role at PTC.  In his current role as Director of ThingWorx Analytics at PTC he has responsibility for GTM Strategy and Business Development Globally for ThingWorx Analytics.

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy
Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy is a pioneer in the fields of data science, big data, analytics, and emerging technologies. He is currently chief data scientist at Halliburton’s Landmark PSL, leading expansion of integrated workflow capabilities and big data and data science initiatives. Dr. Priyadarshy has appeared as speaker at several international conferences, and has written, co-authored, presented and published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. He has held various leadership positions in AOL, Network Solutions, Acxiom Corporation prior to joining Halliburton. He was recently named to The Financial Times’ list of potential board candidates with emerging technology and analytics expertise. Dr. Priyadarshy is an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.  He is currently senior fellow at the International Cyber Security Center at George Mason University. He is advisory board member at multiple organizations including Big Data Summit, Virginia Tech’s MBA Board, etc.  Dr. Priyadarshy holds a Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Daniel Davila
Research Engineer, Southwest Research Institute

Daniel has extensive experience in the area of applied machine learning research and embedded software development for clients in the aerospace and oil & gas industries. He and his team of researchers explore new areas of application for machine intelligence such as computer vision for leak detection, anomaly detection, high data volume throughput optimization and integration of machine learning tools into legacy systems and instrumentation.

Mark Reynolds
Senior Solutions Architect Technical E&P Applications, Southwestern Energy

Mark Reynolds has been creating answers in diverse industries and disciplines – avionics systems, performance analysis, process management, real-time solutions, and knowledge research. His broad experience covers a wide range of engineering solutions which are operations-centric knowledge systems. His mantra is “focus on bottom-line solutions by improving operations, developing solutions, and finding synergy within the organization.” At Southwestern Energy, Mark Reynolds provides the vision and innovation necessary to identify and implement solutions in real-time operations that pull together individual systems, repositories, and operation centers to add value, efficiency, and safety to the upstream exploration and production environments.

Giewee Hammond
Lead Data Scientist - Upstream, Aramco Services

Giewee has an extensive mathematics background which she uses to resolve complex problems for Upstream E&P. She is a Lead Data Scientist for her division and has strategized and filled needs for constructing a productive advanced data analytics team to meet the demands of upstream ADA projects. Her projects are high profile, information sensitive by nature and require strategic planning with department directors. She led a company initiative on how knowledge gets managed as senior employees leave her company over the next two (2) to three (3) years. She enjoys empowering individuals with information that will help them to make decisions with favorable outcomes.  She holds the following master degrees: Actuarial Science and Analytics.  

Dr. Mehrzad Mahdavi
Vice President - Digital Solutions, Weatherford

Dr. Mahdavi is the Vice President, Digital Solutions, at Weatherford, where he is responsible for enhancing product and service offerings through information and analytical capability.

Dr. Mahdavi is a technology entrepreneur with focus on IoT, Cloud, predictive analytics and their application to breakthrough IT and cybersecurity offerings. He previously served as the President and CEO of CyberSafe id, a global firm providing cybersecurity products and services. Prior to this position, he served as the president and CEO of Dexa Systems.

Dr. Mahdavi has been the founder and CEO of several entrepreneurial companies for the last 10 years. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he served in variety of technical and management positions in Schlumberger for 22 years. Dr. Mahdavi has served as Chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Digital Energy Section and is currently the SPE Digital Energy chair for strategy. He holds a PhD in Nuclear Science and Technology from the University of Michigan – Rackham Graduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jeremy Sweek
Partner, Darcy Partners

Jeremy Sweek is a partner at Darcy Partners. Corporate clients engage Darcy Partners to scout and validate emerging technology companies and trends with clear applications to the oil and gas industry. Darcy Partners’ interactive quarterly forums connect the highest quality oil and gas entrepreneurs and start-ups with their end users.

Prior to Darcy, Jeremy was a Director at a Houston based energy technology investment firm, where he played a key role in deal origination and fund management.

Before energy technology investing, Jeremy worked in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) at Occidental Petroleum, where he acted as an advisor for business unit operations and other support groups to frame and evaluate project economics, and support the capital budgeting decision process.

Jeremy began his career as a consultant at Deloitte, and still maintains an active CPA license in the state of Texas.


Bill Robertson
Senior Manager - Enterprise Analytics, Baker Hughes

Bill Robertson is a Senior Manager within Enterprise Analytics at Baker Hughes. He has worked in product development within the upstream sector and is currently focusing on data management and advanced analytics. Bill has an MBA and Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Rice University.

Gilbert Chahine
Director - Data Science & Analytics, National Oilwell Varco

Gilbert Chahine joined NOV in 2011. During his short tenure, he created several centers of excellence in the fields of numerical simulation, high performance computing and predictive analytics.

He currently leads the Corporate Engineering Analysis and the Corporate Engineering Data Science groups where he plays a key technical role in the development of the NOV MAXTM platform; the company’s premier industrial data analytics platform.

His Data Science team leads the effort of developing the first prognostics health management framework for Subsea Blow-out Preventers.

He specializes in integrating new technologies and disciplines into engineering and business organizations. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s of Science in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelors of Mechanical engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Brant Swidler
Manager - Customer Success, SparkCognition

Brant Swidler is the manager of Customer Success at SparkCognition. In this role, he handles project management of SparkCognition’s A.I. products for oil and gas clients, as well as business development and partnerships. Previously, Brant spent 5+ years at Schlumberger, both as a cementing field engineer in Algeria and as a strategy and operations consultant with Schlumberger Business Consulting, with a focus on digital oilfield implementations.

Brant is also the co-founder of an independent consulting firm focused on innovation and strategic implementation of new technologies in the oil and gas industry. His clients included venture, licensing, and R&D departments of Global Fortune 50 companies, as well as top-tier venture capital firms and a variety of startup businesses.  Brant has a BS in mechanical engineering with a concentration on aerospace engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Peter Thomas
Chief Technology Officer, Blue Lance

Peter Thomas is a seasoned IT security professional, analyst, and business leader who thrives in the constantly changing and challenging world of network and cybersecurity. For more than two decades, he has been a part of the success of Blue Lance, a global provider of cyber governance solutions, which is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

In 1995, Peter began his tenure at Blue Lance as a Development Manager, overseeing a software team in the development of auditing and monitoring solutions.

Since 2002, Peter has served as Blue Lance’s Chief Technology Officer, leading the engineering team in the development of innovative cybersecurity, governance and compliance solutions. He directs all technology-related planning, including overseeing configuration and systems architecture, operating systems, data communication and internet technologies. Peter monitors and reviews all Blue Lance technology developments and new product enhancements. As part of the senior management team, Peter’s expertise in all aspects of cybersecurity makes him a trusted contributor to Blue Lance’s business strategy.

Before joining Blue Lance, Peter was the General Manager at Softec International where he led technical software teams. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree as well as an MBA from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business.

Peter is an active member of the Cyber Houston, which sponsors monthly Cybersecurity Happy Hour events as a community forum on cybersecurity best practices for business leaders and IT professionals. Peter has also served the Greater Houston Partnership Cybersecurity Task Force at the Greater Houston Partnership, which has published the third edition of Cybersecurity and Business Vitality: What Every Houston-Area Business Needs to Know, a helpful guidebook for business owners to assess and improve the status of corporate data security.

You can find Peter on LinkedIn or stay up to date with Blue Lance by visiting BlueLance.com or by liking the Facebook page.

Catalina Herrera
Senior Solutions Consultant, Tibco Software

Data Scientist Catalina Herrera is an experienced problem solver in multiple industries, including energy, semiconductors and finance. As a Solutions Consultant for TIBCO Software Inc (Houston), she provides a wide range of analytics expertise to corporations, including ConocoPhillips for its Spotfire dashboards — tracking downhole failures and defect elimination and other evaluations and databases — and Banco de Brasil for its Spotfire reports on Portfolio Management and ATM troubleshooting, as well as providing Spotfire end-user training for the Spotfire LEAP team at Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Ecopetrol, New York Life and other corporations.

She has also served as Product Engineer-Yield Team for Texas Instruments, leading yield enhancement activities on processors and ASIC devices; optimizing SQL, Spotfire and other software tools for maximally efficient and effective problem solving; and leading strategic activities for cost reduction and performance improvement of TTR, AVS, outlier screening, etc. as well as interfacing with customers to resolve yield issues. In addition, with Alternative Energy Institute (GA), while at West Texas A&M University, Catalina verified data acquisition for wind towers’ sensors and conducted statistical analyses to benefit wind farm developers in Texas.

Starting her career as an Electrical Engineering Professor at an engineering university in Colombia, Catalina Herrera holds a Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, in Engineer Technology from West Texas A&M University, and in Electronic Engineer and Computer Science from Los Andes University, Colombia. As a Yield Engineer, she is skilled in Tibco Spotfire (Author certified), Matlab, JMP, and R.

Arik Pelkey
Senior Director of Product Marketing, Pentaho

Arik is a Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Pentaho. Previously, Arik held marketing leadership roles at both Fortune 500 and early-stage companies, including Skytree, a Series A machine learning startup, Moody’s Analytics, the software division of the leading rating agency, and SPSS, an early predictive analytics firm acquired by IBM. Arik received his B.S. from Syracuse University and MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Francisco Sanchez
President, Houston Energy Data Science, Inc.

Mr. Sanchez is President of Kudos Consulting, LLC, a consulting company focused on data monetization based on your business strategy and bottom line.  With two decades of experience in Business Finance, most in the Energy sector, Mr. Sanchez is cognizant that what is most important to executives and managers is the bottom line of your business. This approach towards undertaking analytics projects ensures that data monetization is optimized in your organization.

Mr. Sanchez is also President and founding Board Member of Houston Energy Data Science, Inc. a non-profit organization whose main mission is to connect the Energy industry and the Data Science community through Meetups and Conferences. Since 2011, Mr. Sanchez has been one of the early advocates and leaders of Data Science and Analytics in the Energy Industry; he’s spoken at several conferences and Meetups about the benefits of taking a data-centric approach.

Mr. Sanchez holds an MSc. in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University where he focused on Data Science in the Energy Industry. He also holds an MSc. in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado and a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston. Mr. Sanchez also holds several professional certificates: Accounting Certificate in Energy from UH, Energy Finance Certificate from UT-Austin, and Professional Land Management from UHD.

Michele Bennett PhD
Executive - Digital Advanced Analytics, Avanade

Michele specializes in transforming organizations through the use of data and customer experiences. She has a passion for data and analyses as tools to shape businesses as well as to provide immediate impact, protection from competition and a path to future growth.

A scientist, technologist, and business executive, she brings context to data that leads to impact and actionable insight.

She believes that data is a lifeblood of all organizations but it cannot become fuel for business without strong knowledge of what clients need to accomplish, and what success looks like at every turn in a constantly changing landscape that demands real innovation.

Michele has a strong track record of helping companies find value in the data they already have, seek new sources and opportunities to expand their reach, and create meaningful impact on their bottom line, while positively engaging customers and employees.

Abhilash Iyer
Research Engineer, SAAPE Designs

Abhilash has a background in applied machine learning research and embedded system development for consumer electronics applications. He works with his team on developing flexible electronic platforms for internet of things applications, which involve research in the areas like flexible electronic sensors, embedded systems and software development for these systems. He holds a master’s in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s in electronics and communications.

Carl Byers
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer , Contextere

Carl Byers applies thirty years of experience in modeling and simulation, virtual environments, and augmented reality to software applications that improve knowledge-based productivity enhancement and decision making in complex distributed organizations. As co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Contextere, Carl drives integrated R&D, product development, and collaborative partnerships that leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to empower the 21st century workforce. Carl is also President of the AREA, a member organization focused on accelerating the adoption of augmented reality in the enterprise. Carl holds an MBA, a Master’s in Human Security & Peacebuilding, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering Physics.

Stuart Morstead
Chief Operating Officer, Arundo

Stuart is an experienced high tech entrepreneur and enterprise counselor. As Co-founder of Arundo, Stuart brings hands-on experience as a veteran co-founder of two previous high-tech services companies and a deep appreciation of the challenges of managing complex enterprises, especially in asset-intensive industries.
Prior to his entrepreneurial success, Stuart had a decade-long career at McKinsey & Company where he had operational responsibility for McKinsey’s IT practice in the Southern US and Northern Latin America. His tenure with McKinsey includes many years of extensive work in the Oil & Gas and high technology sectors. Stuart holds a BA in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Jones School of Business at Rice where he lectured on the implications of IP-based technologies for asset-intensive industries.

Victor Chaves
Founder & CEO, RIO Analytics

Victor is Founder and CEO of RIO analytics, a startup company focused on the development of artificial intelligence applications.

He holds a master’s in machine learning applied to subsea structures and a bachelor’s in mechatronics engineering. 

With extensive experience on the design, monitoring and life extension of subsea structures and equipments, Victor has participated on major subsea R&D and commercial projects.

Victor is an enthusiast of machine learning and analytics, believing in the high potential of artificial intelligence applications for the oil and gas industry.

Eric Jones
CEO, Enthought

Sarah Tamilarasan
Vice President, Reat Global

Mark Allen
Chief Petroleum Engineer, Goji Energy

Mark Allen has a background of over 20 years’ technical management in petroleum engineering operations and reservoir studies gained at Tullow Oil, Shell and Schlumberger. He latterly served as Development Manager with Tullow Oil, a leading U.K. independent E&P company, where he led a team of engineers and geoscientists operating a portfolio of assets in Europe and Africa through the appraisal, development and production cycle. Since relocating to Silicon Valley in 2014 he now provides domain expertise to technology firms creating Big Data solutions targeting the oil and gas industry, leveraging the lessons learned from adjacent industry sectors. Mark holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering, an M.Eng in Petroleum Engineering, and an MS in Management from Stanford Business School. He is a published technical author and an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Pradyumna Dhakal
Data Analyst, Pioneer Natural Resources

Pradyumna has a strong and diverse experience developing and delivering enterprise data solutions. His thought leadership has helped companies solve analytical problems by developing or utilizing cutting edge technologies. He applies statistical modeling, machine learning and deep learning to develop intelligent solutions that help with more efficient and safer oil and gas operations. He holds a MS in IT and Management from University of Texas at Dallas and a MS in Analytics from Texas A&M University.

Tyler Williams
Technology Venturing Manager - Shell Technology Ventures, Shell

Boisy Pitre
Emotion AI Evangelist, Affectiva

Boisy is the Emotion AI Evangelist for Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spinoff, where he advocates and promotes the adoption of the company’s emotion-based artificial intelligence technology across all of its supported platforms. He is responsible for designing and developing the first real-time machine learning-based, emotion-sensing and analytics SDK for mobile devices, which has pushed the boundaries of innovation in the industry. Now he is focused on advancing the adoption of Emotion AI through his thought leadership and advocacy. Boisy holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Alex Hendren
Founder & Lead System Architect, Remuv Technologies

Alex is a software architect with academic backgrounds in Computer and Electrical Engineering.  An industry leading equipment manufacturer recruited Alex to Houston from the University of Kentucky, where he kicked off his Oil and Gas career working for both land and offshore drilling control system product groups.  This experience propelled Alex to a position leading the development efforts of an evolutionary operating system for fully autonomous drilling rigs.

This experience not only offered valuable insight into the industry but also exposed the inefficiencies and complexities around proprietary control systems.  Frustrations rooted by vendor-specific technologies presented an opportunity for disruption using an open architecture.  With an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to solve big problems, Alex launched Remuv with the sole mission of offering drilling contractors and operators flexibility and improved technology.

Remuv has been recognized by technology leaders such as ADLINK and Intel for its position at the forefront of software-defined industrial systems.  Alex’s team is always interested in connecting with progressive thinkers who share an interest in machine control, human automation, process automation, IIoT, and data science.  Remuv’s vision focuses on the convergence of these technologies at the edge to improve safety, increase productivity, and reduce costs for the industry.