Dr. Roberto F. AGUILERA Prof. Kjell ALEKLETT Dr. Roger BENTLEY Dr. William BLYTH Dr. Henri PAILLERE Dr. Kenneth CHEW
Dr. Michael DALE Peter DRYBURGH Dr. David FERMIN Karl HARDER Prof. Stuart HASZELDINE Prof. Charles HENDRY
Andrew HIORNS Prof. Gordon HUGHES Dr. Peter JACKSON Prof. Michael JEFFERSON Prof. Alex KEMP Guy de KORT
Dr. Michael KUMHOF Dr. Jeremy LEGGETT Dr. Ulrike LEHR Dr. Alastair MARTIN Paul MCCONNELL Dr. Nicola MCEWEN
Dr. Tatiana MITROVA Dr. Alexander NAUMOV Lord Ron OXBURGH Prof. (Emeritus) Stephen SALTER Friedrich SCHULTE Dr. Sgouris SGOURIDIS
Prof. Zoe SHIPTON David SHROPSHIRE Prof. Mehran SOHRABI Prof. Richard STAINSBY Prof. Steve THOMAS Kevin Jianjun TU

Keynote Speakers

Lord Ron Oxburgh, House of Lords UK Parliament

Lord Ron Oxburgh is a graduate of the University College, Oxford and Princeton University (PhD) (1960) where he worked on the emerging theory of plate tectonics. He has taught geology and geophysics at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. At Cambridge he was head of the Department of Earth Sciences and President of Queens’ College. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Caltech, and Cornell. From 1988 to 1993, Lord Oxburgh was chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence, and Rector of Imperial College London from 1993–2000.

During 2004–05 Oxburgh was a non-executive chairman of Shell, the UK arm of Royal Dutch Shell. His tenure was remarkable in that while chairing a fossil fuels giant he expressed his “fears for the planet” because of climate change, sought new energy sources, and urged the global community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He was knighted (KBE) in 1992 and made a Life Peer (crossbench) as Baron Oxburgh, of Liverpool in the County of Merseyside in 1999, where he sits on the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology and is an officer of the All-Parliamentary Group for Earth Sciences.

DrJeremyLeggettDr. Jeremy Leggett, non-Executive Chairman Solarcentury, Chairman SolarAid

Dr. Jeremy Leggett is founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Solarcentury and founder and Chairman of SolarAid, a charity set up by Solarcentury. He is also a founding director of the world’s first private equity fund for renewable energy, Bank Sarasin’s New Energies Invest AG (2000-present), which was Solarcentury’s idea, and in which the company has a stake. He was a member of the UK Government’s Renewables Advisory Board from 2002-6. He has worked in the oil industry, among other things researching oil source rocks funded by BP and Shell, and in the environmental movement, where he won the U.S. Climate Institute’s Award for Advancing Understanding. He has recently been appointed a CNN “Principal Voice,” and described by the Observer as “the UK’s most respected green energy boss.” His critically-acclaimed books The Carbon War and Half Gone cover climate change and peak oil.


Prof. Michael Jefferson

Michael Jefferson, Professor at the University of Buckingham

Prof. Michael Jefferson studied at University College, Oxford and then the London School of Economics, before going into an economics consultancy, an industrial policy body, and then becoming Chief Economist of The Royal Dutch / Shell Group. He spent nearly 20 years in Shell in various roles, from Head of Planning in Europe to a Director of Oil Supply and Trading.

He then spent ten years as Deputy Secretary-General of the World Energy Council, where he began working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as Contributing Author, Lead Author, Editorial Reviewer and Expert Reviewer, culminating in his receipt of the IPCC’s certificate for his contributions to their award of the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007. He has also written extensively on energy policy, including contributions to various UN bodies, and was for many years involved with the World Renewable Energy Network and Congresses.

He is a Visiting Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Buckingham, and a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Renewable Energy Foundation. He is a member of the Sustainable Development Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.

Alongside his work in business, he has written several books in the fields of energy and economics; contributed to books on economic and social history; and written or co-authored many peer-reviewed papers in the energy and environmental field. He is a Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University, and Professor of International Business and Sustainability in the Centre for International Business and Sustainability at London Metropolitan Business School.


Honorary Panel Leader


Professor Charles Hendry, Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden

Charles Hendry has been Member of Parliament for Wealden since 2001. He served as Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2010-2012. His previous posts included Shadow Energy Minister (2005-2010), Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (2003-2005) and Shadow Minister for Young People. In 2012, the Prime Minister appointed him as Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. He has also been appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh, associated with both the Business School and the Academy of Government.

From 1992-1997, Charles was Member of Parliament for High Peak, during which time he was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party (1995-1997). Following the 1997 General Election, Charles was appointed Chief of Staff to the Rt Hon William Hague MP, when he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party. Charles’ business career has mostly been spent working for international marketing companies. He was Founder/Chairman/Chief Executive of The Agenda Group (1999-2005), a specialist consultancy helping company Chairmen and Chair Executives with their corporate networking.

Charles was born and brought up in Sussex. He went to Rugby School before going on to study Business Studies at Edinburgh University from 1977-1981.


Roberto Aguilera

Roberto F. Aguilera, Research Fellow at Curtin University Australia

Roberto Aguilera is a Research Fellow at Curtin University, Australia. He is deputy director with the Curtin Centre for Research in Energy and Mineral Economics (CREME). He has participated in projects such as the Global Energy Assessment, the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources, the United States National Petroleum Council study Facing the Hard Truths About Energy, and the World Petroleum Council Guide to Unconventional Gas. He is also a Research Affiliate with the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).

His research focuses on the availability of global fossil energy, utilizing distribution analyses to forecast fossil fuel resources and their costs of exploitation. Previously, he was an adjunct Professor at the University of Vienna Department of Economics, a program officer and scholar at IIASA, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Roberto Aguilera holds a PhD. in energy economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

aleklett_websiteKjell Aleklett, Professor, Global Energy Systems Group, Uppsala University

Kjell Aleklett is Professor of Physics at Uppsala University, Sweden, and leader of the Global Energy Systems research Group at Uppsala University. He was appointed as an associate professor at Uppsala University in 1986 and promoted to full professor in 2000. His interested in the world’s energy supply began in 1994 when he acted as energy advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden. He subsequently changed his field of research from nuclear physics to the depletion of oil, gas and coal and its global consequences in 2002. In May 2002, he organized the First International Workshop on Oil Depletion at Uppsala University. It was in connection with this workshop that ASPO, the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas, was established. Since 2003, he is president of ASPO, the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas . In 2005 the Prime Minister of Sweden, Göran Persson, became aware of Peak Oil and the research of UGES.

In 2007 he was asked by the OECD to write a report on “Peak-Oil and the Evolving Strategies of Oil Importing and Exporting Countries: Facing the Hard Truth about an Important Decline for the OECD Countries.” In 2009 he testified on Peak Oil for the Australian Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport. Kjell Aleklett frequently lectures and gives interviews on Peak Oil at community, national and international events. His hosts have included international transport and oil corporations, governments and security agencies. Kjell Aleklett is the author of the book “Peeking at Peak Oil”. Kjell Aleklett holds a doctorate degree from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and worked as a post-doctoral staff scientist, 1977-85, at the Natural Science Laboratory at Studsvik, Sweden.


Dr. Roger BentleyDr. Roger Bentley, Research Fellow at the University of Reading

Dr. Bentley is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading’s Department of Cybernetics. His research areas include global hydrocarbon depletion, solar energy, and broader energy issues. He was a member of the University of Reading’s ad hoc ‘Oil Resources Group’ which has given presentations on oil depletion to governments, industry, research institutions and academia.

In 2001/02, Dr. Bentley was Co-ordinator of the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, London. Other positions held include Head of Research, Whitfield Solar Ltd.; Senior Research Fellow, University of Reading; Modelling Analyst, Thames Water Utilities; and Financial Analyst, Esso Chemicals. Dr. Bentley has published some 40 academic papers, including:

Jakobsson, K., Bentley, R., Söderbergh, B., Aleklett, K. The end of cheap oil: bottom-up economic and geologic modelling of aggregate oil production curves. Energy Policy, vol. 41, pp 860–870; Elsevier, 2012.

Sorrell, S., Speirs, J., Bentley, R., Miller, R., Thompson, E. Shaping the Global Oil Peak: A review of the evidence on field sizes, reserve growth, decline rates and depletion rates. Energy, vol. 37, issue 1, pp 709–724; Elsevier, 2012.

Sorrell, S., Miller, R., Bentley, R., Speirs, J. Oil futures: A comparison of global supply forecasts. Energy Policy, vol. 38, pp 4990-5003; Elsevier, 2010.

Dr. William Blyth, Director, Oxford Energy Associates

William Blyth has worked for over 15 years in the field of modelling and analysis of energy security and climate change policy. He is Director of Oxford Energy Associates, an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, and Visiting Research Fellow at London Business School. His work focuses on the role of policy on investment decision-making and risk, and how to deliver secure energy supplies within a context of transition to a low-carbon economy.

Until October 2004, William was working at the International Energy Agency in Paris responsible for policy analysis on energy and climate change issues. Prior to joining the IEA, he worked for a short period at the European Environment Agency where he worked as Project Manager on Energy and Environment. He worked for over 8 years at one of Europe’s largest environmental consultancies – AEA Technology. William Blyth holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Oxford.


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Dr. Henri Paillere, Nuclear Energy Analyst at the Nuclear Development Division of the OECD/NEA

Since 2011 Henri Paillere has worked as a nuclear energy analyst at the Nuclear Development Division of the OECD/NEA. In this position he worked on several publications of the NEA including managing editor to the Agency’s flagship publication “Nuclear Energy Today”, as well as contributed to various IEA reports, providing energy sector analysis and policy recommendations. He is also involved in the Generation IV International Forum as part of the Technical Secretariat supporting this initiative.

Previously,  from 2009-2011 he worked at Alstom Power in their Nuclear Business, where he was in charge of R&D program management in the area of heat exchangers, pumps, EDG and advanced power conversion. He worked at the French nuclear research institute CEA from 1995 to 2009 in various roles. In his work as European Cooperation Program Manager he assisted in the setup the European Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technoloy Platform (SNETP) and managed bilateral cooperation between CEA and various EU R&D institutes active in nuclear energy research. He also was head of the CEA hydrogen safety laboratory  working on LWR accident safety and hydrogen-fueled systems. He is the author of over 40 publications of which 12 in scientific journals. Dr. Paillere holds a PhD in Fluid Dynamics from the Free University in Brussels and the von Karman Institute of Fluid Dynamics.


Dr. Kenneth Chew, Independent Unconventional Oil & Gas Analyst

Dr. Ken Chew is an unconventional oil & gas analyst specializing in exploration and production. Previously, he was Vice President Industry Performance for the Energy Division of IHS Inc. (1998 – 2010). Ken is a geologist with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Aberdeen, where he specialised in the study of mineral deposits. He subsequently worked for BP in Aberdeen as a petroleum geologist, mainly on the northern North Sea and in 1976 joined the academic staff of the Geology Department of University College Galway, where he lectured principally on applied aspects of geology.

In 1978 he moved to Petroconsultants Ltd. in Dublin where he became the assistant manager and head of research, with overall responsibility for the company’s petroleum exploration database. In 1987 Ken transferred to Petroconsultants’ Geneva headquarters, heading divisions on E&P Database, Computerized Services, Geological Information and Database Support & Client Services. Early in 2006 Ken left the IHS Geneva office and has since worked for IHS out of his home in the Scottish highlands.

Dr. Michael Dale, Postdoctoral Fellow Stanford University

Michael A. J. Dale is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). He is a committee member of NSF Research Collaboration Network for the harmonization of life cycles analysis (LCA) and net energy assessment (NEA). His research focuses on the physical capital investments required in a large scale transition to renewable energy. In this he examines the fundamental relationships related to energy embodied in photovoltaic systems, an energy analysis of the whole photovoltaic industry under scenarios of system growth and technological learning, energy analysis of supply chains, and net energy metrics. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury and an M.S. in Physics & Philosophy from the University of Bristol.


Dryburg_Peter_websitePeter Dryburgh, Head of Coal Group, Wardell Armstrong International

Peter Dryburgh is a qualified mining geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry with 19 years international experience managing multidisciplinary and multicultural teams for private and public sector clients. After initial experience in the Zambian copper mining industry, Peter worked in the UK coal industry, initially with the nationalised coal industry, and then in a senior management position in a private mining company with activities in the UK and the USA. Peter’s overseas experience has mostly been as a project developer for major mining companies or as part of mine management teams and he has worked on projects in Turkey, India, Pakistan, Oman, Zambia, Poland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, China, the USA and Canada.

His technical experience is in coal geology; resource evaluation; surface mining; groundwater evaluation, pumping & treatment; mine reclamation; clean coal technology; carbon sequestration; underground coal gasification and the management of technical groups both in mine operations and due diligence. His main current focus is to head up Wardell Armstrong International‘s Coal Group as well as being the leading the company’s UCG efforts, having worked on UCG projects in Bulgaria, China and the UK.

Fermin_websiteDr. David Fermin, Reader School of Chemistry of the University of Bristol

Dr. David Fermin is a Reader at the School of Chemistry of the University of Bristol. He has over 15 year experience in the field of Interfacial of Electrochemistry and Solar Energy Conversion. He currently leads the Electrochemistry group involving more than 10 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.

His research includes 1) Novel materials for the generation of solar fuels, 2) Solution processable active component for photovoltaic solar cells, 3) Nanostructured catalysts for fuel cells and electrochemical reduction of CO2 4) Electrocatalytic conversion of fuels. Research activities in Dr. Fermin’s group are mainly supported by the Engineer and Physical Science Research Council, with a grant portfolio in excess of £1M.


Karl Harder

Karl Harder, Managing Director, Abundance Generation

Karl started out working as a parliamentary researcher on renewable energy. With a desire to do more than simply write about the things he cared about, he set up his first green business, which also championed the Living Wage for its employees and was funded by the late Dame Anita Roddick. After 5 years and with his interest in energy renewed, he left to study for an MBA at Imperial College and to pursue the idea that has eventually became Abundance. Abundance aims to break down the barriers between people and the energy industry by enabling the public to finance the building of a renewable energy based economy.



Prof. Stuart Haszeldine, Professor at University of Edinburgh

Stuart Haszeldine is the world’s first Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage, appointed in GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2005 he has examined carbon capture, geological storage and public understanding, in the context of changing climate and energy generation. He is now Director of the UK’s largest university CCS research group. He is a member of several UK government advisory groups. In 2011, Stuart was awarded the prestigious William Smith Medal of the Geological Society, for global excellence in applied geology.


andrew_hiorns_websiteAndrew Hiorns, Future Strategy Manager, National Grid UK

Andrew Hiorns has been National Grid Future Strategy Manager since 2007 at National Grid UK. In this role he is responsible for developing the Electricity Transmission network to meet future energy challenges. His work involves developing future network designs, assessing new technology and establishing system performance requirements. He held several previous positions at National Grid including project director of the Western HVDC in the UK, and grid system design manager. He holds a BSc in Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bradford University.


Gordon HughesProf. Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Gordon Hughes is a Professor of economics at the University of Edinburgh where he teaches courses in the economics of natural Resources and Public economics. He was a senior adviser on energy and environmental policy at the World Bank until 2001. He has advised governments on the design and implementation of environmental policies and was responsible for some of the World Bank’s most important environmental guidelines. Professor Hughes is the author of the Global Warming Policy Foundation reports Why is Wind Power So Expensive and The Myth of Green Jobs.


Dr. Peter Jackson, IHS CERA Head of Research Exploration, Production, Technology, and Cost

Peter Jackson is a widely respected authority on oil and gas production and upstream development. He combines expertise with practical experience in some of the world’s most important production areas. At IHS CERA he is responsible for global oil and gas capacity outlooks. A major component of his research is examining current trends and challenges in production capacity and reserves distribution as well as forecasting which areas will become a focus for future exploration and production (E&P) industry investment.

Dr. Jackson has 22 years of E&P experience with what were Britain’s two leading independent oil companies, Britoil and Enterprise Oil, as a geologist and manager. With Enterprise he was President and General Manager of Enterprise Oil’s Gulf of Mexico business, where he gained extensive experience with deepwater development. He served as Chief Geologist for Enterprise, responsible for the worldwide view of prospects and development, while Enterprise was the world’s largest independent oil company. He also gained extensive knowledge of E&P projects while working in the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Italy. Dr. Jackson holds a BS from the University of St. Andrews and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

Kevin Jianjun Tu, Senior Associate Carnegie Endowment Energy and Climate Program

Kevin Jianjun Tu is a senior associate at the Carnegie Energy and Climate Program, where he leads Carnegie’s work on China’s energy and climate policies. He is also a non-resident research fellow at the Canadian Industrial Energy End-use Data and Analysis Centre. Prior to joining Carnegie, Tu served as senior energy and environmental consultant from 2004 to 2011 for M.K. Jaccard and Associates, a premier energy and climate consulting firm in Vancouver. Before he moved from China to Canada in 2001, he was the director of marine operations at Sino-Benny LPG, China’s largest liquefied petroleum gas importer and distributor. From 1995 to 1997, he worked first as technical supervisor and then project manager for Sinopec, a Chinese national petroleum company.

Tu is an experienced policy adviser and project manager who specializes in operations strategy and policy analysis of coal, oil, gas, and power sectors, and sustainable resource and environmental management. He has extensive connections with China’s energy industry, government, academia and environmental NGOs. From 2007 to 2009, he was entrusted by the Canada School of Public Service to advise the Central Party School in Beijing on environment and sustainable development. In 2009, he was appointed by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) as the lead consultant of the CCICED Task Force on Sustainable Use of Coal in China.

He authored the report, Industrial Organization of the Chinese Coal Industry, for the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University.

alex_kemp_websiteProf. Alex Kemp, Professor of Petroleum Economics, University of Aberdeen

Alexander G. Kemp is currently Professor of Petroleum Economics and Director of Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF) at the University of Aberdeen. He was formerly Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader. He previously worked for Shell, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Nairobi. For many years he has specialised in his research in petroleum economics with special reference to licensing and taxation issues and has published over 200 papers and books in this field. He has been a consultant on petroleum contracts and legislation to a large number of Governments, the World Bank, the United Nations, various oil companies, the European Commission, the UK Know-How Fund and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He was a specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on Energy from 1980 to 1992 and also in 2004 and 2009. He is an editorial adviser to a number of energy and other academic/professional journals. From 1993 to 2003 he was a member of the UK Government Energy Advisory Panel. In May 1999, Professor Kemp was awarded the Alick Buchanan-Smith Memorial Award for personal achievement and contribution to the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. He is Director of Aberdeen University Petroleum and Economic Consultants (AUPEC) which provides consultancy services in petroleum economics. Professor Kemp is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded the OBE in 2006 for services to the oil and gas industries. He was a Member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the First Minister of the Scottish Government from 2007 – 2011. In June 2011 Professor Kemp was appointed a member of the Scottish Energy Advisory Board to the Scottish Government. He has written The Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas which was published in 2011 in 2 volumes.

guy_de_kort_websiteGuy de Kort, VP GTL, Shell Projects & Technology

Guy de Kort is Shell’s Vice President GTL, based in Amsterdam where he leads the GTL technology group. In this role, Guy is looking after GTL technology development, new project designs and technology support for existing and new GTL projects, including the GTL facility in Bintulu Malaysia and the Pearl GTL Project in Qatar. Guy is a mechanical engineer from Delft University.

In the first 10 years of his career with Shell he has held various technical roles in upstream process and facilities engineering, followed by some 10 years in commercial roles, which included the development of the Pearl GTL project. In 2009 Guy returned to technology in his current role.


Dr. Michael Kumhof, Deputy Division Chief, Modeling Unit, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Dr. Michael KumhofMichael Kumhof is Deputy Division Chief of the Modeling Division in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research Department. His main responsibility is the development of the IMF’s global macroeconomic model GIMF, a DSGE model that is used heavily for IMF policy and scenario analyses in multilateral and bilateral surveillance, for the World Economic Outlook publication, and for work on G-20 issues. He is co-author of the IMF Working Paper: “Oil and the World Economy: Some Possible Futures” (October 2012), and “The future of Oil: geology versus Technology” (April 2012) which explore non-linear relationships between oil supply shocks, oil prices, and the world economy. Before joining the IMF in 2004 he was Assistant Professor at Stanford University (98 – 04). Michael Kumhof holds a PhD in Economics from University of Maryland.


Dr. Ulrike Lehr, Senior Researcher at GWS Institute of Economic Structures Research

Ulrike Lehr studied physics at the University of Essen (Diploma in 1990) and economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA USA (M.Sc. 1992). She received her PhD for a thesis on environmental valuation in 2005 from the University of Hohenheim. She worked as a researcher at the department of System Analysis and Technology Assessment of the German Aerospace Center (2005-2008) at the Rhine-Westphalia Institute of Economics Research, RWI e.V., Essen; Department of energy policy studies and research (1993-1999).

She works with GWS – the Institute of Economic Structures Research as a Senior Expert since 2008. She has large research and consulting experiences with national and international institutions including the German Federal Ministries for Economy, Environment, Research and Education, GIZ, EU, IEA, and as a counselor for twinning projects within the new member states

The Institute of Economic Structures Research GWS – a private research and consulting institute – is specialized in the field of empirical economic research and analyses structural change by applying macroeconomic models at a low level of sectoral and regional aggregation. GWS was founded in 1996 and currently employs 20 researchers with expert knowledge in the area of economics, econometrics, social science, energy and environmental science and data management.

Alastair MartinDr. Alastair Martin, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Flexitricity

Dr. Alastair Martin is a professional energy engineer with experience ranging from gigawatt-scale coal and nuclear power stations, through industrial efficiency, to small wind, solar, biomass and hydro generators.

In 2004, Alastair founded Martin Energy Ltd, now Flexitricity Limited, after formulating the core Flexitricity concepts of aggregated load management and flexible generation.

Alastair has 18 years of experience in the energy industry. Before founding Flexitricity, he worked on energy efficiency and renewable energy at Scottish Water. Prior to that, Alastair was a project engineer for Mitsui Babcock Energy Limited (1998-2000), now Doosan Babcock, where he created a repowering strategy for a major nuclear client and developed novel technologies for improving coal-fired power station efficiency. Previously, he conducted research at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh in process intensification and offshore engineering.

Alastair graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 in electrical and mechanical engineering. He completed his PhD in offshore engineering in 1997, also at the University of Edinburgh. He was an honorary fellow of the university from 1999 to 2002, and has been a chartered engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 2000.

Paul McConnell, Senior Analyst – Energy Markets, Wood Mackenzie

Paul joined Wood Mackenzie in 2006, as an analyst on the Energy Markets Service. Initially focusing on European markets, Paul was instrumental in expanding coverage of the service to Russia and the Caspians, and the Middle East. Paul also developed Energy Markets’ expertise on CO2 emissions forecasting and market analysis. During 2008 Paul became Senior Analyst on Wood Mackenzie’s Carbon Research team, and was responsible for analysis and commentary on European and International CO2 markets.

In 2010, Paul returned to the Energy Markets team, with a focus on global themes emerging from the team’s country-by-country market analysis. Alongside this role Paul was involved in the development of Wood Mackenzie’s Scenario offerings, at both a research and consultancy level.

Paul is currently a Senior Analyst in the Global Markets team, developing cross-commodity and cross-regional analysis, drawing on Wood Mackenzie’s broad research base.

Nicola McEwen

Dr. Nicola McEwen, Public Policy Director, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh

Nicola McEwen is Director of Public Policy at the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh, and is responsible for developing the Academy’s knowledge exchange and public engagement activities. She is also Senior Lecturer in Politics and Deputy Director of Research (Knowledge Exchange and Impact) for the School of Social & Political Science. Outside of the University, Dr McEwen is co-convener of the Political Studies Association specialist group on British and Comparative Territorial Politics and Managing Editor of Regional and Federal Studies. In 2012 Nicola was one of seven academics awarded a prestigious fellowship by the ESRC to study the future relationship of the UK and Scotland.

Dr McEwen presented her doctoral thesis on state and sub-state nationalism in Scotland/UK and Quebec/Canada and then completed an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship on the topic. Since then, she has published widely in the fields of devolution, nationalism and territorial politics, and is actively involved in informing debate within the wider policy and political community, through media work, consulting and public engagement. Dr McEwen is currently engaged in projects on intergovernmental relations, voter participation and multi-level environmental policies. The latter includes research on community energy action in Scotland (EnGAGE Scotland), funded by the UK Energy Research Centre.

Tatiana_mitrova_websiteDr. Tatiana Mitrova, Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Head of Oil and Gas Department

Tatiana Mitrova has sixteen years of experience in dealing with the development of Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing, taxation and market restructuring. She also possesses broad experience in working with Russian ministries, as well as major Russian and international energy companies (Gazprom, RAO UES, TNK-BP, NOVATEK, Statoil, GDF SUEZ, Wintershall, etc). Dr. Mitrova is a member of the Governmental Commission of the Russian Federation on Fuel and Energy Complex and of the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. Dr. Mitrova is an Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Economics and Gubkin University of Oil and Gas. She has more than 90 publications in scientific and business journals and authored four books.


Naumov_website_smallerDr. Alexander Naumov, Group Economics Team, BP Plc

Dr Alexander Naumov, is a macro economist at BP Group Economics Team, BP plc. His responsibilities include analysis of global macroeconomic trends, short- and long-term market forecasts and compilation and analysis of energy and macroeconomic data for the BP Statistical Review of World Energy and the BP Energy Outlook 2030. Before joining BP he worked in academic research and in economic and energy consulting. Alexander holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a doctorate in Economics from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh).


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Professor (Emeritus) Stephen Salter

Stephen Salter is Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design at the University of Edinburgh and inventor of the eponymous Salter duck wave energy device. He is also a proponent of geoengineering and is responsible for creating the concept of the mechanical enhancement of clouds to achieve cloud reflectivity enhancement. He was born in Johannesburg South Africa in 1938 and served as an apprentice in the aircraft industry with Saunders-Roe as a fitter, tool-maker and instrumentation engineer eventual working on the Black Knight rocket project before reading physics at Cambridge University where he stayed for six years doing research.

His interests have always been on the border of mechanics and electronics. He moved to Edinburgh University to build robots in Artificial Intelligence and then, in 1973, to Mechanical Engineering to work on wave energy and went on to invent the ‘Duck’ as a means of converting natural power from waves into electricity. In 1986 he was awarded a Personal Chair in Engineering Design and in 1994 he and Win Rampen founded Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd. to develop the next generation of hydraulic machine.

His research group at Edinburgh has its own mechanical and electronic workshops and runs a wide tank with directional absorbing wave-makers. In 1986 he was awarded a Personal Chair in Engineering Design. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Stephen Salter is a Specialist Advisor at wave energy company Aquamarine Power advising on the development of the Oyster wave energy converter.

friedrich_schulte_websiteFriedrich Schulte, Technology Head, Research & Development Division, RWE AG

Since early 2008 Friedrich Schulte has been working as Technology Head in the Research and Development division of RWE AG. He is responsible for the corporate R&D strategy, the design of the project portfolio, and the performance of continuous technology assessments. Prior to that, he was in charge of the Group-wide R&D coordination and was Managing Director of RWE Dynamics Venture Capital GmbH.

Since Mr. Schulte joined RWE in 1992, he has worked for different Group companies in the following fields, just to name a few: IT, communications, high-voltage grids, electricity generation and corporate development. Since 2003 he has been focussing on innovations and R&D.

From 1988 on, Mr. Schulte developed electronic systems in industrial projects at the Fraunhofer Institute in Duisburg. He studied Electrical Engineering at TU Dortmund, where the academic degree “Dipl.-Ing.” was conferred on him in 1986. Subsequently, he worked as a scientific assistant at the Faculty of Communications Engineering.


Sgouridis_websiteDr. Sgouris Sgouridis, Associate Professor at the Masdar Institute.

Dr. Sgouris Sgouridis is an Associate Professor at the Masdar Institute. His current research interests focuses on sociotechnical systems modeling including sustainable transportation systems and sustainable energy systems management. Dr. Sgouridis is Principal Investigator researching ‘Commercial Aviation in a Carbon-Constrained Future’ at Masdar Institute and he is co-leading the development of the Sustainable Bioresource Projects. Prior to his role at Masdar Institute, Dr. Sgouridis worked at governmental and private organizations including the US Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of Thessaloniki and the Hellenic Army. He holds a PhD in Engineering Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007), an MS in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005), and an MS in Transportation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005).

Zoe Shipton, Professor at the University of Strathclyde

Zoe Shipton is a Professor of Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste at the Department of Civil Engineering at Strathclyde University. The focus of her research is on fault growth processes, the link between faulting and fluid flow (especially CO2 rich fluids), and the structure and modern and exhumed earthquake faults.

Previously, she worked as senior lecturer at the University of Glasglow Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences (2004-2010), as a lecturer at the department of geology at Trinity College Dublin (2001-2004), and as a post-doctoral research fellow at Utah State University (199-2001). Zoe Shipton holds a PhD from Edinburgh university in geology and a first class degree in geological sciences from the University of Leeds.


D_Shropshire_imageDavid Shropshire, Planning and Economic Studies, International Atomic Energy Agency

David Shropshire is currently the Section Head of the Planning and Economic Studies Section (PESS) at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna Austria. Previously, he supported the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University, the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), and Pacifiic Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on the role of Small and Medium-Sized Reactors (SMRs) in future energy systems. Mr. Shropshire led research on the cost of GenIV reactors and advanced nuclear fuel cycles for the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and Idaho National Laboratory (INL). At the EU Joint Research Centre he performed and led other EU researchers on several techno-economic assessments and modeling including opportunities to maximize the penetration from renewable energy (off-shore wind in the North Sea) through use of smart and super grids and through the use of flexible power plants. He collaborated with other international organizations where he assessed the competitiveness of small and medium-sized reactors and options to enhance energy supply security.

Sohrabi_websiteProf. Mehran Sohrabi, director of the Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO2 Solutions, Heriot-Watt University

Mehran Sohrabi is director of the Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and CO2 Solutions at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. An internationally recognized centre of excellence for development of new and improved EOR technologies for application in conventional and heavy oil reservoirs across the world. He is involved in reservoir engineering projects, including but not limited to, multiphase fluid flow in porous media, wettability alteration of EOR, gas injection, heavy oil recovery, CO2 application in EOR, application of ultrasound waves, and water alternating gas injection.

Since 2007 he is also Director of Petroc Technologies, a service provider to the oil & gas industry for EOR and geological storage of CO2 technologies. He developed a groundbreaking self sealing technology for CO2 leaks in underground reservoirs, by means of a solute which becomes insoluble as pressure drops in the reservoir due to a leak, thereby plugging it. He is author of over 60 journal publications and holds several patents in the field of EOR.


richard_stainsby_websiteRichard Stainsby, Chief Technologist, National Nuclear Laboratory

Richard Stainsby arrived at National Nuclear Laboratory on the 1st March this year from Amec, where he was a Consultant in the areas of Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow and Advanced Reactors.

Prior to working at Amec, Richard held senior technical roles at Serco and AEA Technology, and he has vast experience of working on a range of reactor types, including the UK’s Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactors (AGRs), fast reactors and modern advanced water-cooled reactors such as the Westinghouse AP1000 design.

Richard is also widely recognised internationally, and was elected Chair of the Generation IV Gas Cooled Fast Reactor System Steering Committee in 2010. He has presented lectures in various countries on the fluidics and thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactor systems.


Steven ThomasSteve Thomas, Professor of Energy Policy at Greenwich University

Steve Thomas is a professor of energy policy at the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) of the University of Greenwich, where he has been senior researcher since 2001. He holds a BSc (honors) degree in Chemistry from Bristol University and has been working in energy policy analysis since 1976.
His main research interests are reforms of energy industries, economics, and policy toward nuclear power, and corporate policies of energy industry companies. Recent clients include Public Services International, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (USA), Energywatch (UK), and Greenpeace International.


Steven Vass, Deputy Business Editor, Sunday Herald

Steven has been at the Sunday Herald for nine years and has been deputy business editor since 2008. He writes mainly about energy, the economy and economic development, and also appears regularly in New Era and Recharge magazines. He was runner-up Scottish Business Journalist of the Year in 2010. He was previously media correspondent and has also worked as a media analyst in London for Zenith Media and as a VSO volunteer in Zambia.

Dr. Ruud Weijermars, Director TU/Delft Unconventional Gas Research Initiative (UGRI)

Dr. Ruud Weijermars specializes in independent strategy analysis and training to support energy executives and professionals in strategy, leadership and change management. Ruud serves as an advisor to major energy companies on strategy analysis and leadership under change dynamics. He is the first Editor-in-Chief of Energy Strategy Reviews. Ruud is also affiliated to the Delft University of Technology, where his research focus is on the gas value chain, petroleum economics and technology. Ruud serves as the TU Delft’s Director of Unconventional Gas Research Initiative (UGRI).
Ruud is a key lecturer in the Master of Petroleum Business Engineering, which he helped develop at Delft University of Technology in close cooperation with industry partners (Shell, BP, Aramco, Baker Hughes, Petronas, Statoil) and energy knowledge partners (TNO, IFP and EDI). Ruud blends energy business optimization, cognitive principles and learning games, with his knowledge of the geosciences and geo-engineering. Ruud holds a B.Sc. (1977) and M.Sc. (1981) in Geoscience from the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD from the University of Uppsala (1987), which he then joined as an Associate Professor and remained affiliated for many years. He moved on to hold professional positions in Switzerland (ETH Zurich – postdoc 2 yrs), the United States (Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Texas at Austin – visiting research fellow – 1 yr), Saudi Arabia (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, associate professor – 6 yrs), and returned to the Netherlands in 1998 (Delft University of Technology).