Brains, Machines & Rocks: Assessing the digital revolution

Wednesday 9 December | 16:00 - 17:00 CET

The digital revolution is today’s hot topic in geoscience-related business and operations. But how much change and value added it really brings about? We discuss with leading experts about the continuing adoption and impact of digitalization on today’s E&P operations and where this may lead in the future.


Gabriel Guerra

VP Exploration Transformation, Shell

Gabriel Guerra, currently is the leader of Shell's Exploration transformation journey, integrating the introduction of new business practices and ways of working to an established technology, digital and data strategy; providing the platform for lasting and enhanced exploration performance.

He is also the founder of Studio X, Shell Exploration new external digital venture looking to disrupt the future of geoscience work. Gabriel is a geologist by background and brings a breadth of experience and energy, after 18 years in various exploration positions with Enterprise Oil and Shell. He also has been involved from the start in shaping and leading exploration digitalisation and is deeply involved in leading the digital agenda for Shell. Gabriel is based in London but hails from Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, and is married with two kids.

Maitri Erwin

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Azure for Energy

Maitri Erwin is an award-winning industry pioneer in applied geo-computing, the empowerment and advancement of women and minorities in geoscience and STEM, and the mentoring of future leaders. With experience in energy exploration and subsurface technology development, Maitri has worked in geoscience and technology project and program leadership roles.

Maitri has a B.S. in geology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a M.S. in structural geology and interdisciplinary master’s in computational sciences and geophysics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Prior to joining Microsoft, Maitri worked as a geophysicist at Shell and in a series of technical and leadership roles at CNOOC.

Maitri is a co-founder of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Women’s Network and currently serves on the boards of the SEG Foundation, GeoLatinas and Project Gutenberg.


Steve Freeman

Director of AI & ML, Schlumberger

Steve gained his PhD in Structural Geology from the University of Leeds in the UK. He has worked in the oil and gas industry around the globe for the past 20+ years. 

He originally grew the RDR geological consultancy group, where he became the CEO in 2012. Schlumberger acquired that business in 2014. 

Steve has since held various technical advisory and executive positions in Schlumberger's software business. His current role is Director of Artificial Intelligence and ML.


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