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What's Next for the Global Energy Transition: Technology for Transformative Change

The energy transition is here. Here's how technology will supercharge industrial transformation.

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Today fossil fuels cover 85% of the world's energy demand, powering global economies and dictating the geopolitical tides. However, the world is facing a paradigm: While global energy demand is rising, led especially by emerging markets, the world is also facing an urgent climate crisis due to ever-higher amounts of energy-related emissions.

Oil and gas remain essential to meet the rise in global energy demand, but energy production needs to be smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable. Industrial digitalization will make this possible; data-driven decision-making and automation will help exploration and production (E&P) companies bring emissions down during a time when society is still heavily dependent on oil and gas, while simultaneously playing an enormous role in enabling a more rapid energy transition.

In this session, we'll look at what’s next for the global energy transition and discuss the technologies that are key to enabling industrial transformation and more sustainable production of oil and gas.

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Bernard Looney

Bernard Looney

Bernard Looney is CEO of BP. He joined BP in 1991 as a drilling engineer and worked in operational roles in the North Sea, Vietnam, and the Gulf of Mexico, including as drilling engineer on the discovery of the Thunder Horse field. During his 10 years as the leader of BP’s Upstream business, Looney saw the segment through one of the most difficult periods in BP’s history, helping transform the company into a safer, stronger and more resilient business. Looney has a master’s degree in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ahmad A. Al-Sa’adi

Ahmad A. Al-Sa’adi
Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Saudi Aramco

Ahmad A. Al-Sa’adi heads Saudi Aramco’s engineering services, project management, information technology, materials supply and community, infrastructure, and public projects. He oversees the direction of corporate environmental and occupational health policies and provides guidance to management as to the impact of environmental trends. Al-Sa’adi joined Saudi Aramco in 1981 after earning his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. In 2000, he completed the Management Development program at Harvard Business School.

Oyvind Eriksen LB

Øyvind Eriksen
President and CEO, Aker ASA

Øyvind Eriksen is President and CEO of Aker ASA. He joined the law firm BA-HR in 1990, where he became a partner in 1996 and director and chairman in 2003. As CEO, Eriksen is currently chairman of the board in Aker BP ASA, Aker Solutions ASA, Cognite AS, Aker Capital AS, Aker Kværner Holding AS, and REV Ocean Inc. Eriksen has a law degree from the University of Oslo.

Paula Doyle

Session Moderator - Paula Doyle
SVP of Sales & Marketing, Cognite

Paula Doyle is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Cognite. She has spent the past 15 years working in a variety of roles within the oil and gas industry for companies such as ABB and Siemens, including in Norway and the Middle East. Paula has a Ph.D. in industrial automation from the University of Limerick.