Maria Claudia Borras is President & CEO, Oilfield Services, at Baker Hughes, a GE company, and is responsible for setting the business and value-creation strategies of the Oilfield Services business. In this role, Borras leads approximately 30,000 employees.
Borras has more than 25 years of experience in the oil & gas sector, serving most recently as Chief Commercial Officer at GE Oil & Gas. In this capacity, she managed a global team of more than 4000 sales, commercial, and marketing professionals.
Borras came to GE Oil & Gas in January 2015 from Baker Hughes, which she joined in 1993. From 2013 to her assignment with GE Oil & Gas, she served as President, Latin America Region, overseeing a $2 billion business with approximately 6,000 employees and a diverse range of customers.
She also served as President, Europe/Africa/Russia Caspian Region; Vice President, Global Marketing; Vice President, Centrilift Marketing; and Area Manager for a number of countries in Latin America.
Borras began her career in the oil & gas industry in 1991 as a production engineer for Esso in Bogotá, Colombia. She then moved into operations, marketing, and management roles at Esso before joining Baker Hughes.
She earned a degree in petroleum engineering from the Universidad de América, Bogotá, Colombia, in 1991.
Borras has broad experience in organizational transformation, process improvement and growth strategies. She is actively involved in the BHGE Women’s Network and the BHGE Hispanic Forum. She also serves as executive sponsor of the BHGE Accelerated Leadership Program, a premier program for senior leaders at BHGE.
Barbara J. Burger, PhD., is president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV). CTV addresses Chevron’s business needs through the identification and integration of innovative externally-developed technologies that strengthen Chevron’s core operations.
Burger joined Chevron in 1987 as a research chemist and has since held a number of management positions across International Marketing, Chemicals, Technology Marketing and Lubricants. In Lubricants, she served as vice president of Base Oils; vice president of Europe, Africa, Middle East; vice president of Global Supply Chain and vice president of Supply Chain and Base Oils.
Her many civic and industry affiliations include leadership positions with Houston Exponential, the Houston Symphony Society and Houston’s Committee of Foreign Relations. Beyond Houston she serves on the external advisory council for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and on the governing board of the MIT Energy Initiative. Burger is an active alumnus of the University of Rochester where she serves on the Board of Trustees and as a member of the university’s River Campus Libraries National Council and the George Eastman Circle. She established the Barbara J. Burger Endowed Scholarship in the Sciences and founded the Barbara J. Burger iZone, where students generate, refine, and communicate ideas for social, cultural, community and economic impact.
Burger holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester, a doctoral degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and an academic honor MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
Denise Cox is President of Storm Energy where she is currently responsible for generating and evaluating new projects for the company’s oil and gas portfolio. Ms. Cox’s expertise is in carbonate exploration and development projects and unconventional reservoir assessment. Ms. Cox began her petroleum career as a geologist with Marathon Oil Company at the Denver Research Center in 1985. During her 20 year career with Marathon, she specialized in the application of technology to the petroleum business working projects in the Permian Basin and East Texas. While at Marathon, Ms. Cox diversified her technical background into unconventional reservoirs. She has worked CBM development in the Powder River Basin, shale gas in the Permian Basin, and both coal and shale gas exploration in the United Kingdom and Europe. Denise Cox is the 2018-19 AAPG President, and member of the AAPG Divisions DEG, DPA, and EMD, the AAPG Foundation. She is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist and licensed geologist in Wyoming. She has held leadership positions on numerous geological society committees where she is best known as a geoscience “connector” and for her outreach activities with students, young professionals, and women. Denise is Past President of the Association for Women Geoscientists.
Ms. Helima L. Croft, Ph.D, serves as Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets, LLC. Ms. Croft served as a Managing Director and Chief Commodities Strategist of RBC Capital Markets, LLC since October 2014. Ms. Croft serves as the Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Research Division. She was previously employed as a Managing Director, Head of North American Commodities Research and Geopolitical Analyst at Barclays Capital, Research Division. She specialized in the commodities research of oil and natural gas and base and precious metals at the firm. Prior to this, Ms. Croft served as a Research Analyst at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Research Division. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence Group. She has also worked at the Council on Foreign Affairs and the Central Intelligence Agency. Ms. Croft is the recipient of industry awards throughout her career, including Breaking Energy’s Top Ten New York Women in Energy. She is also a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received her PhD in Economic History from Princeton in 2001.
Susan M. Cunningham, with over 35 years of industry experience, is an advisor for Darcy Partners, a research company connecting oil and gas companies with emerging technologies. She retired from Noble Energy in 2017, where she was Executive Vice President of EHSR (Environment, Health, Safety and Regulatory), global exploration and business innovation.
Before joining Noble Energy, Susan served as Texaco’s vice president of core worldwide exploration from April 2000 to March 2001. Employed by Statoil from 1997 through 1999, she was responsible for West Africa exploration as well as vice president of deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration. She began her career in 1980 in Calgary as a geologist at Amoco Canada. She moved to Houston in 1981 to join Amoco’s International Region and held various exploration and development positions including managing director - Denmark based in Copenhagen, and deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration manager.
Active in the industry and the community, Susan served as chairman of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in 2010 and 2011, representing the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Having served on the board of Cliffs Natural Resources, an iron ore and metallurgical coal mining company from 2005 to 2014, Susan currently serves on the board of Oil Search. She also served on the boards of the Houston Area Women's Center and the Houston Geological Society.
Susan received her Bachelors degree (Geology and Geography) from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She also completed a management program through Rice University's Office of Executive Development.
Davis became chair and CEO of Siemens Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of German conglomerate Siemens AG, in January 2017. She is a member of the managing board of Siemens AG and oversees the global company's energy operations. She has steered the largest single order in the company's history; a megaproject that aims to increase Egypt's power-generation capacity by 50%. In April 2017 she completed a merger with Spain's Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica SA, creating one of the world's largest wind-turbine manufacturers. A planned rail merger with Alstom is planned for 2019 but the companies are navigating objections raised by Australia's competition watchdog.
Ms. Susan Dio is Chairwoman and President at BP America Inc. since May 01, 2018. She serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Shipping - Downstream at BP p.l.c. Ms. Dio has been the Chief Executive Officer at BP Shipping Limited., since May 2015. She has a breadth of operating and commercial experience to BP shipping. Her career with BP started in 1984 at the Green Lake Texas acrylonitrile plant, where she held a wide variety of roles in process engineering, project management, turnaround management and production management. Following the BP Amoco merger, she was appointed Area Manager for PTA (purified terephthalic acid) in Decatur, Alabama. Her career broadened outside petrochemicals in 2002 when she was appointed Executive Assistant to the R&M Commercial Director based in London. She returned to her home-state of Texas in 2004 as Commercial Manager for the Texas City refinery before being appointed works General Manager for Texas City chemicals in 2006. In 2010, she moved to Australia as Business Unit Leader for Bulwer Island refinery, where she embedded a culture of systematic operations before returning to the USA as the Head of Audit for Downstream. She completed Chemical Engineering from University of Mississippi.
Christine Economides is Professor and holds the William C. Miller Chair honoring Charles V. Fitzpatrick at the University of Houston. Prior to her current position, Ehlig-Economides taught at Texas A&M University for ten years and worked twenty years for Schlumberger. While at A&M, she managed research in production and reservoir engineering in conventional and shale reservoirs and helped the petroleum engineering department to grow and evolve to a broader energy scope.
Economides was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2003, was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on America’s Energy Future, and is currently a member of the NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES). She is one of sixteen Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI) Scholars and has recently been named a Chief Scientist for the Sinopec Research Institute on Petroleum Engineering as one of the Thousand Talents in China.
Economides earned a Bachelor of Arts in Math-Science from Rice University, a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.
Ms. Kathleen M. Eisbrenner is Independent Director of Exmar NV since May 15, 2018. She founded NextDecade Corporation in 2010 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from July 24, 2017 to February 1, 2018. Ms. Eisbrenner served as Executive Vice President of Global Liquefied Natural Gas of Royal Dutch Shell plc since October 1, 2007 until 2009. Ms. Eisbrenner has a long and distinguished business career in the oil and natural gas industry. Ms. Eisbrenner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Excelerate Energy, L.L.C. from 2003 to 2007, which she founded in 2003. Prior to organizing Next Decade, she served as the head of Houston-based Poten & Partners Project Development Group. Ms. Eisbrenner served as Chief Commercial Officer at El Paso Global LNG Company. She serves as the Chairman of NextDecade Corporation. She also served in various senior leadership positions with other energy companies in the United States, including El Paso Corporation. She served as Co-Chairman of Flex LNG Limited until June 2011. She served as Deputy Chairman of Flex LNG Limited since March 24, 2011. Ms. Eisbrenner served as a Director of Chesapeake Energy Corporation from December 1, 2010 to June 2012. She served as Director of Flex LNG Limited from March 24, 2011 to June 2011. Ms. Eisbrenner graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1982 with a BS in Civil Engineering.
Mrs. Followill is Head of Research and a Senior Managing Director covering Midstream Infrastructure at U.S. Capital Advisors. She is also a member of USCA’s Operating Committee. In addition to her 20 years in equity research, her diversified energy background includes experience in reservoir engineering, power plant development and natural gas pipeline planning and operations.
Prior to joining U.S. Capital Advisors, she was a Managing Director and Head of Midstream Research for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co, covering pipelines, integrated natural gas companies and midstream providers. Before that, she was with Howard Weil, covering the Gas and power sectors and with Merrill Lynch, covering natural gas utilities. She also spent 11 years for various Tenneco divisions, including Tenneco Inc., Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Tenneco Oil Company.
Thomson Reuters named Mrs. Followill as the number two stock picker for Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels for 2016 and ranked her #2 in Top Stock Pickers for Oil & Gas in 2017.
Mrs. Followill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston. In addition, she is a registered Petroleum Engineer in the State of Texas. She resides in Houston with her husband and their two daughters.
Robin S. Fredrickson, a partner in the Houston office, represents exploration and production companies, midstream companies, and private equity clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, and oil and gas transactions.
Ms. Fredrickson also has experience in secured and unsecured financing transactions in the energy sector, including volumetric production payments and other innovative structures used in the oil and gas industry.
Ms. Fredrickson is a member of the Women’s Energy Network, the Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section of the Texas and Houston Bar Associations.
Ms. Laura C. Fulton has been the Chief Financial Officer of Hi-Crush GP LLC, a General Partner of Hi-Crush Partners LP since May 2012 and also serves as its Chief Accounting Officer. Ms. Fulton has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC since April 2012. Ms. Fulton served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AEI Services, LLC (AEI) from March 2008 to October 2011. She served as an Executive Vice President of Accounting of AEI from March 2008 to October 2011. Ms. Fulton has experience as a financial executive in the energy industry. She has extensive financial, accounting and compliance process experience. Ms. Fulton served as Chief Accounting Officer of AEI. Ms. Fulton joined AEI in March 2008. Prior to AEI, she spent 12 years with Lyondell Chemical Company in various capacities, including as General Auditor responsible for Internal Audit and the Sarbanes-Oxley certification process and as the Assistant Controller. Prior to that, she spent 11 years with Deloitte & Touche in public accounting, with a focus on audit and assurance. She has been a Director of Targa Resources GP LLC, General partner of Targa Resources Partners LP since February 26, 2013. She has been an Independent Director of Targa Resources Corp. and TRI Resources Inc. since February 26, 2013. She serves as a Member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Mays Business School Dean's Advisory Board. She serves on the Accounting Department Advisory Board at Texas A&M University. Ms. Fulton is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting.
Mrs. Grigsby joined Ascent in 2015 as Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer. She previously worked at Chesapeake Energy Corporation for 19 years in management roles including her most recent positions as Senior Vice President, Corporate and Strategic Planning and Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. Prior to Chesapeake, Mrs. Grigsby worked for Commander Aircraft Company and Deloitte & Touche, LLP in various accounting and supervisory roles. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from Oklahoma City University. Mrs. Grigsby is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Ms. Diana O. Hoff, BSc (Petroleum Engineering) has been Vice President of Operations of Antero Midstream GP LP and Antero Resources Midstream Management LLC since 2018. Ms. Hoff is Vice President of Operations of Antero Midstream Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Antero Midstream Partners LP since June 2017.Ms. Hoff has been Vice President of Operations of Antero Resources Corporation since June 2017. She was Chief Executive Officer of US based The Unconventional Group from 2015 to 2017. Ms. Hoff served as Vice President of Technical Engineering and Innovation at Santos Ltd., and served as its Vice President of Technical and Engineering. She was responsible for drilling and completions, projects, surface engineering, safety and environment at Santos. She is a petroleum engineer with 30 years of international and Australian upstream oil and gas experience in technical and executive roles from Drilling Foreman to Engineer, Manager, General Manager, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. She has held line accountability for drilling and completions for significant proportions of her career. She also has held corporate responsibility for environment, health and safety, major projects (up to $18.5 billion), innovation and development of engineering communities and engineering standards. She has participated in significant stakeholder engagement, media interviews and presentations to investors, regulators and public audiences. She joined Santos in 2010 as General Manager Drilling and Completions. She previously held positions with several oil and gas companies including Chevron, Amoco, Basin Exploration, Amoco Production Company, Barrett Resources/Williams Production and Questar. Ms. Hoff's career has included drilling and completions operations, engineering and management and production management with significant focus on regulatory processes including environmental approvals, stakeholder engagement and mitigations to lessen impacts to air quality, water quality and surface disturbance. She served as a Non-Executive Director of MEC Resources Limited since July 21, 2017. She was appointed by the Minister of Industry to the Council of the Australian Institute of Marine Science in 2014, which also included appointment to its audit committee in 2015. Ms. Hoff holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering (magna cum laude) from Marietta College.
Ms. Lampert joined NGP in 2007 and serves as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of NGP. Since taking her current position, NGP has significantly grown its capital commitments. To support this growth, Ms. Lampert has built out the infrastructure to support the increased number of investors and entities and associated complexities as well as the demands for enhanced reporting from both investors and regulators. In her role, Ms. Lampert oversees financial reporting, tax, accounting and other administrative functions such as technology, marketing, human resources, and support operations. She is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee.
Ms. Lampert served as Chief Financial Officer and Founding Member of NGP Midstream and Resources from 2007 to 2010, where she was responsible for managing the complexities presented by global investments, including legal documentation, tax planning, investor communication, financial reporting and accounting oversight. Prior to NGP, Ms. Lampert held other financial, accounting and operational roles after beginning her career at Arthur Andersen.
Ms. Lampert is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her B.B.A. in Accounting in 1988 from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mary Ellen Lutey was appointed Senior Vice President and Regional Manager – South Texas & Gulf Coast in July 2015. Ms. Lutey joined SM Energy in June 2008 as North Rockies Asset Manager, where she managed the Company’s activities in the Williston Basin including the significant growth of the Bakken/Three Forks resource play. In December 2012, she was named Vice President and Mid-Continent Regional Manager.
Prior to joining SM Energy, Ms. Lutey held various technical and managerial positions in several regions of the United States and Canada. She was a Senior Reservoir Engineer with Chesapeake Energy Corporation from September 2007 until June 2008, where she was responsible for the resource development of the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas.
Ms. Lutey was a Team Lead for Engineering and Geoscience with ConocoPhillips Canada from April 2006 until September 2007, where she was responsible for the technical and business performance of two multi-discipline groups in Western Canada. From July 2005 until April 2006, she was a Team Lead for Engineering and Geoscience with Burlington Resources Canada, where she managed the growth and development of resource plays in Western Canada. From 1994 until 2005, Ms. Lutey held various engineering and leadership positions of increasing responsibility for Burlington Resources. Ms. Lutey graduated with honors from Montana Tech University with dual Engineering Degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Engineering Science.
Maria Mejia is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P., where she is responsible for all aspects of financial management in support of the company’s strategic and operational goals. In addition to her CFO responsibilities, she also oversees the Legal, Information Technology, and Integrated Supply Chain divisions at Ulterra. More than that, she has become known for leading change by creating an environment of empowerment, a culture of responsiveness, an emphasis on employee education and development, and a focus on visible internal programs to reward innovation.
Mejia became Ulterra’s CFO in 2016. She quickly advanced through the ranks of the company, having started at the company as an Accounting Manager for U.S. operations in 2010. She has performed almost every job in the accounting department on her way to becoming CFO, including efforts spent in the roles of Operations Controller and Corporate Controller. She helped “build the book” for Ulterra’s sale to ESCO in 2012 and was instrumental in concluding the company’s sale to American Securities in 2016. During her tenure, Ulterra’s revenues have tripled, while staff size has increased to more than 600 employees.
Niloufar Molavi is the Vice Chair and US Energy and Mining Leader and Market Managing Partner for Greater Houston at PwC. Niloufar leads a practice comprised of more than 1000 professionals serving US energy clients in the oil and gas industry and is responsible for all client services—assurance, advisory and tax—for the geographic markets of Houston, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and New Orleans. She previously served as energy leader within PwC’s Tax practice and as the Firm’s US Chief Diversity Officer, overseeing the Firm’s diversity strategy and all of its related programs and initiatives. With more than 20 years of experience with PwC, Niloufar has served a wide range of energy companies both in the US and abroad, advising clients on international and US tax structuring, mergers, acquisitions and potential public offerings.
Lees is currently the President – North America Land at Schlumberger, where she has spent her entire professional career. Prior to this role, she was the HR Director - Production at Schlumberger. Before that, Lees has held multiple senior leadership roles as Vice President - Personnel, Global Account Director and General Manager – Alaska. Throughout her twenty-five year career with the multinational oilfield service company she has relocated eight times, with assignments in Houston, Alaska, Scotland, Venezuela and Trinidad, including roles in Line Management, Sales, Human Resources, Finance, Sales and IT.
Lees grew up in Needville, a small town just southwest of Houston. She attended Rice University for undergraduate and graduate school, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Management in 1991 and an MBA in 1993. Lees is married and has two teenage kids.
Robin Russell is the Deputy Managing Partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Prior to her appointment to that position in April 2018, she served as Managing Partner of the Houston office of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP for seven years and co-chaired the firm's national bankruptcy and restructuring practice for over 15 years. Her practice combines a depth of experience across a broad spectrum of capital finance transactions, including restructurings, asset-backed financings and distressed asset acquisitions. She also has significant experience in bankruptcy adversary proceedings. She represents clients throughout the U.S. in in- and out-of-court corporate reorganization as well as providing strategic advice to corporate clients and special committees on the legal risks associated with counterparty insolvency and the structuring of corporate acquisitions to minimize economic risks in the event of a counterparty’s subsequent financial distress. Clients include debtors, independent directors, special committees, statutory and plan trustees, official and ad hoc creditor committees, secured lenders, DIP lenders, private equity funds, contract counterparties, landlords, trade creditors and buyers (both strategic and financial) and sellers of assets.
Robin has been with the firm for 30 years, where she has served on numerous firm committees. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Neutrals and is a frequent speaker on financial transactions, restructuring and energy-related topics. Robin has been both a consulting and testifying expert witness on customary practices in loan documentation and restructuring and on financial institution insurance coverage. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for the Supreme Court of Texas.
Michele has more than twenty-five years of experience spanning the fields of public accounting, private industry and oil and gas surety. Part of IndemCo since its founding, she initially focused on the company’s finance and operations side. Today, in addition to managing those departments, Michele uses her experience to analyze oil and gas companies and enhance IndemCo’s underwriting model.
Ms. Wassenaar is a Partner at Apollo Private Equity based in New York, and is focused on the firm’s natural resources activities. Previously, Ms. Wassenaar was a Managing Director at Riverstone Holdings, where she was a member of the investment team for ten years. In this capacity, she served on the boards of ten oil and gas companies, including four public companies. Previously, Ms. Wassenaar worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division focusing on natural resources and at The World Bank Group. Ms. Wassenaar currently serves on the investment committee of The Brearley School. She received her AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Gretchen Watkins is the incoming US Country Chair and President of Shell Oil Company, with effect from January 2019. In this role, she will oversee the strategic integration of all Shell businesses in the US and lead the US Country Coordination Team.
Gretchen will continue her current role as Executive Vice President of Shell’s Upstream Unconventionals business, overseeing the global exploration, development, and production of Shell’s unconventional oil and gas portfolio.
Gretchen previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Oil. Appointed CEO in October 2016 following two years as Chief Operating Officer. Gretchen also served as a non-executive director for Atkins
Gretchen graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has had executive education at Cambridge and Stanford Universities.
Ms. Welch is co-founder of Resonance Resources, a Delaware Basin-focused company formed in 2016. She has over 17 years of experience in a wide variety of technical and leadership roles and holds a B.S. in Geophysics and M.S. in Geology from Texas Tech University. After starting her career at Texaco in 2001, she spent 10 years at Chevron and Citation Oil & Gas, during which time she drilled over 100 horizontal and vertical wells in multiple reservoirs in the Permian Basin and Oklahoma as well as in the Monterey Formation in California. During this time, she gained extensive experience in reservoir characterization, petrophysics, sequence stratigraphy, project management, and waterflood analysis. In 2012, she joined the consulting firm, South Texas Reservoir Alliance (STXRA) as their Geoscience Manager, serving as Geoscience Manager and partner for two private equity-backed companies. Ms. Welch guides both corporate and geoscience efforts for Resonance Resources, continuing to build a sizeable position in the Delaware Basin.
Melinda, a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP, leads Deloitte’s Oil & Gas Merger & Acquisition Transaction Services practice. She has more than 20 years of public accounting experience with Deloitte, serving both corporate and private equity clients. Melinda has led numerous M&A teams, both foreign and domestic, on various acquisition and divestiture transactions of varying sizes and complexities, and has experience across the energy spectrum.