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Published 31 March 2021
In the last week of international women’s month, we caught up with Lamé Verre, Co-Chair Europe & Sub-Saharan Africa at Lean In Energy. Through her own story Lamé illustrates the power of a simple ‘yes’, as her decision to study in a different culture and language became the springboard for her incredible career to follow. Through the story of Lean In Energy, Lamé goes on to show the power of women as a collective, working together to support each other in achieving their ambitions. Enjoy the episode!
Published 26 March 2021
In this episode we spoke with Eleanor Rowley, Vice President Exploration for the MENA and Caspian Southern Europe region at Total. During our conversation, Eleanor described the broad life experience she has gained in working in oil and gas, particularly having worked abroad for 20 of her 22 years in the industry. In reflecting on the past year, Eleanor describes the decade-worth of change we experienced, and the logistical challenges of moving a team to 100% remote working in a very short space of time. She also went on to highlight the three areas she thinks will be most important in rebuilding stronger, more sustainable businesses post-pandemic. Enjoy the episode!
Published 19 March 2021
In this episode, we hear from Louise Woods, Partner at Vinson & Elkins’ London office. Louise provides a wealth of knowledge in practical projects aimed at improving inclusivity. Through her work in the non-profit Arbitral Women and the projects run at V & E, she has seen the benefits of supporting women, and men, through the vulnerable return-to-work period after the arrival of a first child. She provides helpful advice for others who may be formulating similar projects aimed at inclusion, and encourages those with influence to support their junior female employees who may not believe in themselves enough. This episode is a must-listen for anyone aiming to institute inclusive initiatives at their organization. Enjoy!
In this episode of the Women’s Energy Council Podcast, Ima Ofulue joins us from Oando plc in Lagos, to share with us her journey to HR, and her belief in the potential of energy project development in Africa. With her background in talent development, Ima provided some useful advice for women transitioning jobs or those looking for new roles. She expressed that it can be lonely at the top for c-level women, so those in less-senior positions need only reach out for guidance and utilize the supportive resource that executive women can provide.
We hope you enjoy the episode!
In this episode of the Women’s Energy Council Podcast, Amalia Olivera-Riley joins us from Tullow Oil in the United Kingdom. In discussing her journey to engineering, she highlighted the important influence parents can have on their children, with stories of her engineer father who made civil construction processes part of dinner table talk. Amalia discussed the vital role oil and gas will continue to play in the energy mix for many years to come, and how sustainable business practice will require inclusive measures both internally in corporate environments, as well as externally in the communities in which they operate.
We hope you enjoy the episode!
Lucia Martinez joins us from Greensill to discuss the evolution of her career in Banking and how she is helping launch a new Energy division at Greensill.
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On this episode of the Women's Energy Council Podcast series we chat with Nicola Macleod, Executive VP, General Counsel at Spirit Energy. During the episode, Nicola shares her journey into the oil & gas industry and what she has learnt along the way including
How she joined Maersk Oil thinking it would be for a year or 2 and ended up staying for over a decade
The differences between working for a large oil & gas company with an international focus vs a smaller O&G business with a more regional focus
How to make sure the decisions we make in 2020 impact the longer term strategy in the right way
And the importance of not just paying lip service to diversity but rather setting the right culture from the top of the organisation
We hope you enjoy!
During this 30 minutes conversation between Kahina Abdeli-Galinier, Marketing and Strategy Director, Schlumberger Digital and Integration and Amy Miller, CEO, Energy Council discuss Kahina's passion for science, the challenges faced by the industry that keep her on her toes, the excitement of being surrounded by such passionate people, the importance of the willingness to embrace change, the way in which the next generation are encouraging us to change our focus areas, the small changes during the COVID pandemic that will accelerate change in the longer term and accepting that you cant always achieve the perfect work/life balance but that as long as you make the right choices at the right time for you, you cant go too far wrong.
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In the next episode of the Women's Energy Council Podcast, Amy Miller chats with Sandra Antonovic, Chief Operations Officer of Reflex Marine.
Sandra and Amy discuss the skill of focusing on what is important and not paying too much attention to the noise around you. The importance of adaptability, quick decision making, understanding your audience and communicating with people remotely without it getting in the way of business. The importance of accepting knowledge in any form in order to move forwards. Her excitement about a good crisis and how women have the tools and the ability to solve problems often in a more practical manner.
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In the next episode of the Women’s Energy Council podcast series, we speak with Christine Hommes, Partner at Apollo Global Management. We will discuss Christine’s work with next generation tech and its impact on the energy industry of the future, the impact of ESG on investment decision making today and the upside of sometimes being the only woman in the room.
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Today we welcome Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets
Over the next 30 mins, Helima will share with us how her experience working at the CIA was the ultimate bootcamp when it came to preparing her for her career in the oil & gas industry; what her thoughts are on what the demand environment will look like over the next few decades; the differing constraints faced by developed and developing countries in accelerating the energy transition and the importance of her support system in raising 3 children and being able to maintain the right work life balance. We hope you enjoy.
Helima is part of the 2020 Top Female Influencers in Energy - find out more here.
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In this episode of the Women’s Energy Council podcast series, Amy Miller, CEO, Oil & Gas Council speaks to Doris Capurro, President at Luft Energia. Over the next 30 mins Doris tells us about how she created her own story and her own strength after becoming an orphan at a very young age, the lessons she learnt as a true entrepreneur and how she transferred those skills into a large corporation when she worked at YPF, the transformational role of networking for women in the industry, the importance of including renewables into the energy mix and the changing balance of investment portfolios as well as the need to ensure that leaders show both masculine and feminine attributes.
Doris is a member of the 2020 Female Influences in Energy - find out more here.
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In this episode, Ayatola shares her journey into the Oil & Gas industry including comments on the impact of the their focus on the sustainable development goals and the importance of these goals in particular in light of the pandemic that we face today, her love of the challenges faced in the Oil & Gas industry and the solutions that need to be implemented moving forwards, her decision to move back to Nigeria from Bermuda, and finally the importance of networking to build sustainable and impactful relationships.
Find out more about the Women's Energy Council here. Ayatola is also one of the Top 275 Global Female Influences for 2020, find out more here.
Sunday Shepherd joins us this afternoon to talk about the circuitous route she took into the oil & gas industry, the culture and values at Chevron that have kept her in the organisation for over 20 years, her learnings over the last 6 months during the COVID pandemic and in particular the need for empathetic leadership and her next move as General Manager of Corporate Strategy and Sustainability for Chevron.
Find out more about Women's Energy Council here. Sunday is also part of the 2020 Global Female Influencers in Energy - find out more here.
Fathima Hussain joins us on today’s episode to talk about her passion for emerging markets, her positivity around the financial markets and the need for strong, flexible organisational structures that can enable diversity and inclusion as well as the importance of mentors and sponsors.
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In this episode we catch up with Tracy Ellerington, Director Europe & Russia Operations at Solomon. In this wide-ranging conversation, we delved into how her upbringing, journey through education and early career led her to the top. Enjoy!
Find out more about the Women's Energy Council here. Tracy is also part of the Global 275 list of Female Influencers in Energy - find out more.
Dawn Farrell joins us to walk through her journey at TransAlta, which started back in 1985. Throughout the episode, Dawn discusses how sometimes there is no such thing as work/life balance but if you stay true to yourself, can achieve work/life balance over a lifetime and career. She also stresses the importance of surrounding yourself with great leaders if you want to continue growing, learning, and challenging yourself.
Elisabeth Eljuri is an Independent Arbitrator and Energy Consultant. Until 2019, Ms. Eljuri was an executive with Sierra Oil & Gas, where she was the VP, Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Counsel. Prior to that, she practiced law for nearly three decades in the areas of energy/natural resources and infrastructure in two major international law firms. She also held important industry positions such as President of the Texas-based Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). Elisabeth taught me a lot in the years we have known each other, one of those things we discuss in this episode – that being risk averse will never make you happy or help you to grow to your full potential.
Whitney Wickes joins us from Rocking WW Minerals, a private minerals & royalties company focused on the Powder river Basin. Early on, Whitney was focused on competitive sports where she was a professional skier and competitive triathlete and marathon runner. After suffering some career ending knee injuries, Whitney pivoted her passion into oil & gas where she began building up her career in Petroleum Management. Throughout the episode, Whitney talks about the importance of taking risks, work ethic, and exploring new opportunities in order to help jumpstart your career. She also highlights the different perspectives, ideas, efficiencies, and technology innovation that can result from having different generations represented on your leadership team.
Stephanie Prior joins us from EY-Parthenon to discuss her unique career path and how her different experiences have given her an appreciation for diversity of thought and the importance of intangibles like trust & community for the long-term value creation of businesses.
Valentina Kretzschmar, Vice President Corporate Research
Julie Wilson, Research Director, Global Exploration
Amy Bowe, Head of Carbon Research
from Wood Mackenzie...
All three came from very different backgrounds and have very different stories to tell but what unites them is their passion for the future of energy. It is the geopolitics, the magnitude of it as well as a bit of luck that drove and kept them loyal to this industry. What Valentina, Julie and Amy also have in common is the knowledge and evidence that diversity has a significant positive impact on businesses and especially when it comes to sustainability and the energy transition. Is there a correlation between diversity and success? Why have women been more climate change conscious? And what are the biggest lessons they have to share from their personal challenges?
Listen to the episode to find out...
Maria Fernanda Suarez is a Minister of Energy of Colombia (from July 7th she no longer holds the post) but also held a CFO position at Ecopetrol (a National oil and gas company of Colombia) and a CIO of Porvenir, a Colombian pension fund. The 3 things I’ve learnt from our conversation:
1. Sometimes you can’t “have it all” and that’s ok, but you can take a break and come back even stronger which is what Maria proved with her decisions
2. Diversity requires an organised approach and a clear path. Maria’s goal is to have 50% in senior public sector filled by women in 10 years from the current 10% - an ambitious plan she discusses
3. We all have gender biases but we need to overcome them first as parents to achieve equality. Empowering girls is key to allow them join STEM jobs, become CEOs and entrepreneurs of the future
We also talked about an important leadership trait like being open-minded, an ability to listen respectfully and accept other people’s views, which is what helped Maria excel at her career. I hope you enjoy this episode...
Today I’m speaking to Emma Wild, the Upstream Lead for the UKI and Europe at Accenture. Emma is an industry leader with over 20 years of international experience within the energy sector, as well as financial services. Prior to Accenture, she was a Partner and Head of Upstream at KPMG in the UK. She began her career as a reservoir engineer with Santos, and then held positions with RISC Advisory, and Bank of Scotland.
Emma’s practical and pragmatic nature makes her a great adviser. But advice is not what people always need and I love Emma’s story about working to overcome this default position to fix problems but instead to coach and listen. Emma talked about what drove her to the next challenge as well as invaluable lessons on mentorship. Enjoy the episode…
Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani is currently a Managing Director and a Founder of EnergyInc Advisors. Rolake held several advisor, analyst and Head of Energy positions in West Africa for Control Risks, Eurasia Group, FBNQuest Merchant Bank and the IFU. The 3 things I’ve learnt from our conversation:
1. Don’t be afraid to take on the next challenge even if it makes you uncomfortable. This is how you will learn
2. Not knowing what you want in the beginning of your career is ok. Invest in self-reflection and follow your passion
3. What we post online is a bad reflection of who we are but this is what people will remember. Before acting with a keyboard in a public space, ask yourself: did you do everything in your power to resolve the situation?
I hope you enjoy her stories of humility and discovery as much as I did…
In this episode we will discuss how Tracy's passion for recycling as a child led her to the energy industry, her 22 year career in ExxonMobil consisting of 14 positions and opportunities across the value chain. This has taught her to always tap into other people’s talents, ask questions, cooperate and share knowledge. Finally, we will discuss the creation of Power Play, a platform to promote and celebrate diversity in the LNG sector. I really look forward to Women’s Energy Council and Power Play working closer in these tough times and beyond, exploring ways to cooperate and grow both networks. Nominations for the Power Play Awards are open until June 19th and can be found here https://www.exxonmobillng.com/Power-Play/Power-Play-Awards
Olivia Wassenaar is a Senior Partner at Apollo Private Equity having joined the firm in 2018, and is focused on the firm’s natural resources investing activities. She serves on the boards of several Apollo portfolio companies, including Apex Energy, American Petroleum Partners, LifePoint Health, Pegasus Optimization Managers, and Talos Energy (NYSE: TALO). Prior to joining Apollo, Ms. Wassenaar was a Managing Director at Riverstone Holdings, where she was a member of the investment team for ten years.
Previously, Ms. Wassenaar worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division focusing on natural resources and at The World Bank Group.
Dr Amy Jadesimi is a Managing Director of LADOL - West Africa's 100% indigenous sustainable economic zone and logistics hub for Nigerian and multinational companies. In one CNN interview in 2017 she said "The one thing that I definitely didn't want to do was work in oil and gas”. After graduating from Oxford University with Medicine and Physiological Sciences degrees she was ready to be a doctor. But Her career pivoted after working for Goldman Sachs and completing an MBA in Stanford. The return to Nigeria was a heart-warming experience that made her vision clear – Amy wanted to contribute to the development of her country and local communities, and execute her own decisions. She joined her father’s company LADOL. In this episode we talk about challenges working for a family business and how to minimise unhelpful stereotypes, how hard it is to be heard as a woman, and especially as a woman of colour, we talked about institutional racism and about her deep belief in people doing the right thing.
Iman Hill held Managing Director, President and Head of Development and Operations positions in companies including BP, Shell, BG Group, Sasol, Dana Gas in the Middle East and Energean. In this episode we explore lessons in leading teams with respect, not fear, the importance of having tough conversations and close teams, and balancing family (Iman has 5 children) and a successful career. She has also been through one of the most tragic events that I can imagine but came out even stronger. She is now my inspiration and I’m sure she will be yours too.
Geeta Sankappanavar is the Co-founder and President of Grafton Asset Management, a ~$1B energy investment firm based in Calgary Alberta. Geeta had a very clear career path planned in her head when she was at university but one dramatic event changed that trajectory completely. She turned towards the energy industry and stayed in the sector since. This podcast uncovers important ideas about unconscious bias, networking advice and how leadership is about people following you because they want to, not because they have to, and why it is harder for women...
In this episode, Marta describes her journey from Shell to becoming a President of ANCAP, the NOC of Uruguay. Juggling her family obligations, constant travel and ambitions wasn't easy but she developed a keen eye for excellence as a result, challenged traditional ways of thinking even in the public company and drove the energy transition for Uruguay.