Exploration Manager, Global New Ventures
Professional Profile: Neil has been working in the upstream energy industry for over 26 years, having held a variety of positions from research geochemist to asset exploration management roles in Shell, BG Group and Hess. He has worked in a number of different countries, including The Netherlands, Oman, Australia, China, Russia and Mexico, where he has undertaken technical exploration roles and negotiated significant new deals. Neil has also led Shell’s innovation portfolio (“GameChanger”), which yielded a number of significant new technology and business advances for both proprietary application and commercialisation. Neil was President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (2017-2019) and subsequently founded the “Exploring the Energy Transition” special interest group. He is an active Trustee and Company Secretary for The Etches Collection (a museum of Jurassic marine life on the south coast of Dorset).
Digital Leader and General Manager
Professional Profile: Eric leads the Energy & Utilities and Travel, Transport, Hospitality industry teams for DXC’s Analytics and Engineering business unit in North and Central Europe. Eric’s focus is to substantially grow DXC’s presence in these industries for Analytics and Engineering.
Previously Eric built and led several DXC’s teams where he has supported clients in their Digital Transformations by building and deploying digital roadmaps and blueprints with clients, such as E.ON. Prior to that role at DXC, Eric has held a similar role in the Global Strategic Growth team, leading complex, large and strategic pursuits. Assistant Vice President and Market Lead for Cognizant Business Process Services for Banking, Financial Services and Insurance clients across Continental Europe, working with clients, industry and country teams to solve client challenges, generate revenue growth and create a portfolio of business process services for financial institutions in Europe. He has been responsible for selling strategic outsourcing engagements to major clients in the Benelux and Nordics. Eric received several awards and nominations for his sales activities.
Eric earned a master’s degree in computer science from the Delft University of Technology and completed the Young Management Programme at the University of Nijenrode. Is an active supporter of European integration, and has held various functions in European associations. He has worked all across Europe.
Together with his wife and two sons, he lives in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands. In his free time, Eric likes to read, cook, play and coach handball, and drive old Italian cars.
HYZON Motors Australia
Professional Profile: John is currently the Operations Director for Hyzon Motors Australia, based in Sydney, Australia. John commenced his commercial management career after ten years working within the oil & gas industry in exploration geologist and technical consultant roles. Having now been in commercial management and director roles for twenty five years, he has held senior leadership roles within the mining, oil & gas and renewable energy industries.
John has commercial management expertise that ranges from startups, to SMEs, to multi-national listed and private organisations. He has built and evaluated numerous project economic models to determine capital investment values and to support decision-making under risk, uncertainty and complexity. John has a BSc (Honours) in Geology and a MSc in Petroleum Geology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and a PhD on Innovation Management. His PhD is focused on evaluated the organisational culture and behaviours required to achieve successful innovation by individuals within large organisations.
Furthermore, John is passionate about assisting teams to achieve successful commercial and project outcomes. His skills in the energy and resources industries are well positioned to assist businesses transitioning into an increasingly decarbonised and environmentally sensitive society.
Eduardo de Mulder
Earth Science Matters Foundation
Chair of the Board
Professional Profile: Eduardo De Mulder is a geologist and throughout his professional career he has been employed by the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO) in various positions, from field geologist to manager of the Sustainable Management of the Subsurface business unit. He was Professor at Delft Technical University. Internationally, de Mulder has been President of the International Union of Geological Sciences, initiator and Executive Director of the UN proclaimed International Year of Planet Earth, and the Director of the Earth Science Matters Foundation. He has published 135 scientific publications and books. He is Springer’s editor of the World Regional Geography Series.
Professional Profile:Nick is a Copenhagen-based project manager with a background in geoscience. He is passionate about the energy transition, the digital transformation and student outreach. Nick has worked in the offshore oil & gas industry in a variety of subsurface roles in exploration, development and production in Denmark, the United States and the United Kingdom. After 3 years with Total E&P and almost 10 years with Maersk Oil, he is starting a new role as EPC project manager at GreenGo Energy this month, where he will be supporting the development of utility scale solar projects and leading their execution during the construction phase. He is a certified Project Management Professional, holds an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, and a BSc in Geology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Business Development Coordinator, Senior Project Engineer
Professional Profile: Alex is a civil and geotechnical engineer focused on building lasting relationships to support development of mainly offshore renewable projects. He believes that meaningful development and innovation is a team effort. In his role as business development coordinator for Cathie, a respectable global offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy company, he identifies industries’ needs related to geoscience and links it to consultancy and research and development projects.
He started his professional carrier 13 years ago, in Romania performing structural and geotechnical design for residential buildings and moved on to geotechnical consultancy and site investigations. His passion for advanced laboratory testing lead him to the offshore projects and since then he has had the privilege in working on projects throughout the world in multi-cultural teams.
Alex is also a member of technical organizations (SRGF, ISSMGE) and of WindEurope’s Work Groups for Offshore Wind.
Deep Wind Offshore
Professional Profile: Lasse is an experienced Communications Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry in Norway. Currently managing Deep Wind Offshores communications – a offshore wind company located in Norway. Skilled in Strategy, Market Research and Campaign development. Specialised in communications aimed at stakeholdes in government and the public. Former political advisor in the parliament for the Conservative party in Norway.