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Plenary Speakers

David Reid

David Reid
Chief Technology Officer &
Chief Marketing Officer

Plenary Title: Navigating Digital Disruption: From Pain to Gain

Abstract: In a world where change is constant and digital transformation is imperative, businesses often find themselves grappling with complexity, controversy, and compliance issues. In this keynote speech, we embark on a journey through the career of David Reid, exploring the highs, lows, and breakthroughs he experienced in the digital landscape. Through David's story, we confront the challenges of human resistance and inertia while uncovering the potential for innovation and value creation. Ultimately, we discover that amidst the chaos of digital disruption, there lies an opportunity to transform pain into gain, with hope firmly in our own hands.

Biography: David's life and career has focused on the development of people, business, technology and culture. He has been a pioneer and champion of strategic growth in technology, business models, machine design, and industrial digitization. He is a global public speaker on innovation, change, and leadership, as well as being an advocate in addressing modern slavery. David currently serves on the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board, the National Ocean Industries Association, and Redeemed, a trauma informed recovery program for sex trafficking survivors. He has served on the IntelliServ JV with Schlumberger and NOV, the IADC and SPE boards in the past.

David has written many published technical papers and magazine articles, with patents in drilling systems and automation. He has founded industry groups in technology, diversity and inclusion, a startup village, and RedM, a pro-bono crowdsourcing organization. A winning team member of the first Rockets and Rigs hackathon with a NASA patent-based start-up company, Permittivity, also serving as an advisor to their board.


Joseph B. Powell, PhD

Joseph B. Powell, PhD.
University of Houston
Founding Executive Director, UH Energy Transition Institute
Aspire Initiative Endowed Executive Director
Professor, William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
National Academy of Engineering, Fellow AIChE

Biography: Joe Powell (Joseph B. Powell, PhD) is Executive Director of the University of Houston Energy Transition Institute, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Fellow and former Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He served as Shell's first Chief Scientist – Chemical Engineering from 2006 – 2020, culminating a 36-year industry career where he led R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, enhanced oil recovery, and advised on global strategy for the energy transition to a net-zero carbon economy. He is co-inventor on more than 125 patent applications (60 granted), has received AIChE / ACS / R&D Magazine awards for Innovation, Service, and Practice, and is co-author of Sustainable Development in the Process Industries: Cases and Impact (2010). He chaired the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC), served two terms on the U. S. National Academy Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and on the editorial board of Annual Review of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and serves as climate advisor for the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development. He served as crosscutting team lead for Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (2017), and currently serves on the National Academy Carbon Utilization Infrastructure, Markets, Research, and Development Committee. Dr. Powell obtained a PhD from the U. Wisconsin-Madison (1984); and a BS from the U. Virginia (1978), both in chemical engineering.



Nikki Martin

Nikki Martin
President & CEO
EnerGeo Alliance

Biography: Nikki Martin is President & CEO of the EnerGeo Alliance, the global trade organization for the energy geoscience industry. Nikki joined EnerGeo (then IAGC) in 2013 and previously served as the Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs. An attorney and government affairs professional, Nikki has years of experience championing effective global advocacy and strategic cross-industry collaboration for the energy industry.

Before joining EnerGeo, Nikki was the Regulatory and Legal Affairs Manager at the Alaska Oil & Gas Association (AOGA) and worked in the U.S. Capitol and Alaska State Capitol for the U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore, the Alaska State Senate President and Alaska State House Majority Leader.

Nikki sits on the Board of Directors for MicroSeismic, Inc. and the Western Resources Legal Center and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.


Ezinne Nnebocha

Ezinne Nnebocha
Global Head,
Production Systems Technology Integration – Mature Assets

Ezinne Nnebocha is a dynamic leader with two decades of expertise in the global energy sector spanning Africa, Middle East and North America. As the Global Business Head for SLB Production System Technology Integration, Ezinne brings a wealth of experience in reservoir and production engineering spanning multiple domains including production optimization, intelligent wells, sand management, flow diagnosis, reservoir management and production enhancement in sandstone, carbonate and unconventional reservoirs.

Her innovative mindset and strategic acumen have propelled her through various leadership roles, where she has adeptly directed diverse multidisciplinary teams to implement forward-thinking solutions. She is a highly sought-after speaker, authoring several technical papers. As a subject-matter expert, she continues to shape the industry discourse and drive innovation in field production challenges and optimization.

Ezinne has a Master's degree in Petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, Ezinne combines technical prowess with business acumen to drive impactful results.