President and COO, Hess Corp.
Greg Hill is president and chief operating officer of Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. Hess is a leading shale oil and gas producer and a leader in deepwater production and development. Its global portfolio is focused in five strategic areas: onshore North America; deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, offshore West Africa, and offshore Malaysia. The company is also engaged in exploration and appraisal activities in the Gulf of Mexico, Guyana, Australia and Nova Scotia. Prior to joining Hess in 2009, Hill spent 25 years at Shell in a variety of operations, engineering, technical and business leadership roles in Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. This included serving as executive vice president – exploration and production of Singapore-based Shell Asia Pacific, vice president of production for Shell E&P Europe, and senior vice president of Aera Energy, a California-based joint venture affiliate of Shell and Mobil. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.
Principal Investigator, Engineering, Statistical, and Economic Analysis, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Svetlana Ikonnikova is an Energy Economist in the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. She received B.Sc. and M.S. degrees in applied mathematics and physics (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia) and Ph.D. in economics and management science (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany). Over the past ten years, she has been conducting research and lecturing on energy markets and energy industries developments, focusing on the electric power industry and renewable energy sustainability, natural gas supply, liquefied natural gas trade and shale gas economics in the U.S. and EU. Dr. Ikonnikova also participates in research on policy and regulation of natural resource supply and transmission. At present she leads a study on shale gas and oil production, predicting future production and investigating market implications.
Taylor L. Reid
President and Chief Operating Officer, Oasis Petroleum Inc.
Taylor L. Reid, president and chief operating officer of Oasis Petroleum Inc., co-founded the Williston Basin-focused operator in 2007. Previously, Reid worked the basin for Burlington Resources Inc., including during its tests of the upper Bakken shale in the late 1980s and early 1990s in western North Dakota. With Burlington, Reid also worked in the Permian, Anadarko and Western Canadian Sedimentary basins and was general manager, Latin and Asia operations, and general manager, corporate A&D. After Burlington’s merger with ConocoPhillips in 2006, Reid was asset manager, Permian and Panhandle operations. He received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
President and COO, Continental Resources Inc.
Jack Stark, president and COO of Continental Resources Inc., joined the company in 1992 and was its senior vice president of exploration from 1998 to 2014. Prior to joining Continental as its vice president of exploration in 1992, he was the exploration manager for the western Midcontinent region for Pacific Enterprises. From 1978 to 1988, he held various staff and middle-management positions with Cities Service Co. and TXO Production Corp. Stark holds a master's degree in Geology from Colorado State University.
Dr. Scott Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
Scott Tinker's passion is bringing academe, government, industry and NGOs together into what he calls the "radical middle" to address major societal issues in energy, environment and the economy. Scott is director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Tinker has been president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and is the current president of the American Geosciences Institute. Tinker, who has visited over 50 countries and given over 600 keynote and invited lectures to government, industry, academia and the public, is a Halbouty Leadership Medalist, Boyd Medalist, Fellow of the Geologic Society of America, honorary member of the AAPG, and has been broadly awarded for his success in engaging the public in science. Tinker serves on many private, public, academic, and government boards and councils and co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film, Switch, which has been seen by over 10 million viewers.
Chairman, President and CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corp.
James J. (Jim) Volker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Whiting Petroleum Corp., joined Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. in 1983 as vice president of corporate development and was named executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2000. Prior to joining Whiting, he was co-founder, vice president and, later, president of Energy Management Corp. He holds a degree in finance from the University of Denver, an MBA from the University of Colorado and has completed the H.K. VanPoolen and Associates course of study in reservoir engineering.