4 December 2017 - 5 December 2017 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
08:30 - 08:45
Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum


08:45 - 09:00
Opening Keynote Address: A State of the Industry Review

A macro overview of the industry in 2017 and outlook for 2020.
09:00 - 10:00
Panel Discussion: IOCs: Developing an Organisation that is Fit for the Future

How do IOCs adapt to the changing energy landscape in 2018 and beyond, ensuring they are fit for the future?


  • Howard Leach, Head of Exploration, BP
  • Marc Gerrits, EVP Exploration, Shell
  • Moderator: Paul Griffin, Senior Adviser & Council, Oil & Gas, White & Case

10:00 Networking Break

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

Early 2017 has seen 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?


  • Tushar Kumar, Managing Director, Investments and Portfolio Management, Kerogen Capital (UK) Limited
  • Simon Eyers, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus
  • Francesco Giuliani, Manging Director, London, First Reserve
  • Michael Hill, Managing Director, Natural Resources, CPPIB
  • Moderator: Bob Ruddiman, Partner, Head of Oil & Gas, Pinsent Masons

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

Independents are key players in the next phase of the industry cycle but they face major challenges in the current climate.


  • Karl Johnny Hersvik, Chief Executive Officer, AkerBP
  • Sara Akbar, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, Kuwait Energy
  • Dr ABC Orjiako, Co-Founder & Chairman, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc
  • Moderator: Graham Phillips, Partner, Clifford Chance

12:50 Networking Lunch

Cost Reduction & Technology

14:10 - 15:10
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?


  • Senior Representative, Schlumberger
  • Sandra Antonovic, Chief Operating Officer, Reflex Marine

Corporate Development & Financing

14:10 - 14:25

Keynote Address:

  • Senior Representative, Shell Trading

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

The last few months have seen a number of sizeable deals 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
  • Janan Paskaran, Partner, Torys LLP

15:10 - 16:25
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


  • Ahmed Hashmi, Head of Upstream Technology, BP Upstream
  • Ernst Sack, Founding Partner, Blue Bear Capital LLC

15:25 - 16:25
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:

  • Frank Pluta, Managing Director and Global Co-Head, Oil & Gas Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered Bank


  • Matthieu Duhem, Managing Director - Head of Upstream Oil & Gas, Credit Agricole
  • Russel Alton, Head of Finance, Statoil
  • Martin McAspurn-Lohmann, Managing Director; Head of Oil & Gas and Utilities, Santander

16:25 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 10 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…


  • Senior Representative, Twister
  • Senior Representative, Siemens Plc.

17:00 - 18:00
Investing in the Future Growth & Development of the 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:

  • Senior Representative, BP IST


  • Alastair Bishop, Director & Portfolio Manager, BlackRock
  • Jan Laubjerg, CEO, Flowstream Commodities
  • Stephane Lamoine, CEO, Technology Enhanced Oil Plc
  • Moderator: Jeremy Low, Head of Energy, EMEA, BMO Capital Markets

18:00 Evening Drinks Reception

19:30 Leader’s Dinner (By Invitation Only)


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