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Organising committee

Alan Smith, Luchelan

Conference Committee Chair

Alan graduated as a geophysicist and spent time working on exploration and production projects globally for BP. After leaving BP he helped set up Paras Limited, one of the first boutique consultancies to specialise in data and information management. Alan was instrumental in setting up CDA in the UK and worked on several other national data repositories around the world. He has worked across the industry for multiple E&P companies and contractors and has held interim management positions including CIO. His more recent roles have included helping move companies to use cloud technologies for storing and using their data. All his work has been based around the need to define and adhere to agreed standards and to learn from others.

Dan Brown, OGUK

Conference Committee Deputy Chair

Daniel is the Data and Digital lead for OGUK, the representative body for the UK offshore energy industries. He is chief executive of OGUK's two subsidiaries - CDA, and LOGIC - which have delivered data and digital services to industry for more than two decades - and is the Chair of the Society for Professional Data Managers (SPDM). He has been working in data and information since 1998, and in oil and gas since 2004.

Sunil Garg, dataVedik

Sunil is the founder and CEO of dataVediK, a Houston based startup building a Hyper-Converged Data and Analytics Platform for Oil & Gas industry. Prior to this, he spent 20+ years establishing and growing Data Management, Big Data and Analytics business for Schlumberger. Sunil has deep understanding of Oil and Gas data, Data Science & ML and uses the combination to build end user centric solutions. He is a member of several industry organizations and forums like SPE, AAPG, PPDM, SPDM, OSDU and Rice Alliance. Sunil is a sought-after speaker at various industry conferences and conducts Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain trainings for the Industry, the Government, and the Academia. He is also an active angel investor and a charter member of TiE, an organization whose mission is to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, funding, and incubation.

Gianluca Monachese, Kadme

Gianluca is the Founder of Kadme and its Director for Business Development. He has a Master in Geoscience from Italy and one in Computing for Geoscience awarded by the Nottingham Trent University and the British Geological Survey.

He is also Operations Manager for DISKOS Trade module.


Stephan Gruijters, TNO

Trained as an engineer, Stephan started at TNO - Geological Survey of the Netherlands in 2000, after almost 10 years of project management in consultancy. He is involved in projects aimed at creating geo-information used in soil, groundwater and mineral resource management, risk assessments and spatial planning. In 2002 he moved into (international) projects on data management, data dissemination and standardization. Since 2009 he has been is involved in the transition of the Dutch NDR to a fully automated, web service based system for upload, storing and download of all subsurface data in the Netherlands.

Kerry Blinston, Oasis Group

Kerry holds a degree in Geological Sciences from Leeds University and a masters in Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen. He commenced his career as a sedimentologist working for Robertson Research. Advancing into various business development and managerial roles Kerry now manages the Smart Data Solutions team, acquired by OASIS Group in January 2022. As an active member of the international petroleum data management community he has been part of the organising committee for the NDR conference, sits on the advisory group for the RGU Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management and, during 2020 co-lead the Data Security, Entitlements and Obligations team working on the Open Subsurface Data Universe initiative.

Mark Anderson, Harbour Energy

Mark has over 20 years industry experience in information and data management. He started his career in 2003, working for a geophysical survey company in West Africa. From there Mark moved to Landmark, working in their Petrobank team, then on to Hess and latterly to Premier Oil (now Harbour energy), heading up their information and data management team. Mark holds an MA degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews.

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