Dave Claggett is Senior Vice President, OGC Markets and Strategy for Kiewit Energy Group, part of Kiewit Corporation. This includes responsibility for all business development, project pursuits and estimating in the oil, gas, and chemical sectors. Prior to this position, from 2009 to 2014 David was the District Manager of Kiewit Energy Canada with oversight of operations in industrial segment of the oil sands market. In 2014, Kiewit Energy Canada completed over $500 million in volume and employed 400 full-time staff and 1600 hourly skilled trade employees. Dave began his career with Kiewit in 1991 as survey party chief in British Columbia on the Whalley Guideway project. Since then, he has held numerous leadership positions throughout various projects. Dave also serves as a board member for several organizations, including the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships and Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Mark Coscio is Vice President Operations for McDermott’s North, Central and South America. With more than 20 years of experience in the EPC industry, Mark provides leadership and support to a portfolio of McDermott’s EPC projects and is currently the Executive Sponsor for three of the company’s North American petrochemical projects. Mark has extensive experience in gas processing, petrochemicals, engineering, construction, and commissioning. He has spent much of his career in project operations and technology management roles on projects in the Middle East, Australia, Central and South America, Papua New Guinea, Canada and the United States. Mark started his career as a field engineer on a project in Chile and is fluent in Spanish. He also held a corporate role as Vice President of Corporate Planning. In this position, he developed and led the Global Investor Relations Strategy while also managing the market research and analysis group, as well as the global proposal group. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a project management specialty from Texas A&M University. He also holds a master’s of business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill. He has attended multiple Executive Education programs including the Rice Advanced Leadership Program.
Reginald DesRoches is the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, as of July 1, 2017. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice. DesRoches previously served as chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. A fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), DesRoches’ research focuses on the design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads and the application of smart and adaptive materials. He served as the key technical leader in the U.S. response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. DesRoches joined the faculty of Georgia Tech as an assistant professor in 1998 after completing his Ph.D. in structural engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2002 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given to scientists and engineers early in their careers. He became a professor in 2008, and in 2012 was named the Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He led a top-ranked program with 100 faculty and staff and more than 1,150 students.
Frank Dishongh is vice president and general manager for Fluor’s Houston office, a major Energy & Chemicals operations center and hub for mega-projects. Mr. Dishongh has more than 36 years of engineering and construction experience with over 32 years of service to Fluor, supporting projects in the refining, chemicals, petrochemicals, and manufacturing industries. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Dishongh served as regional general manager for the Middle East and North Africa where he was responsible for all in-country execution of Energy & Chemicals projects in the region. He also simultaneously served as the general manager for Fluor Arabia Limited in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, supporting project execution for all of Fluor’s business lines. Mr. Dishongh has also served as project director on major Energy & Chemicals projects globally, including locations in Azerbaijan, Germany, Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. He has worked in various project management, engineering management, construction management, and project controls roles. Mr. Dishongh has also supported operations and business development opportunities in Fluor’s Amsterdam office. Mr. Dishongh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.
Mark Eramo is vice president, global business development – energy & chemicals, at IHS Markit. Based in Houston, TX he joined IHS in May 2011 following the acquisition of Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI). In this current role which began in August 2015, Mark leads a global team that is working with existing and new clients to develop and strengthen the business relationships at the executive level, and ensure a full understanding of the breadth of the IHS offerings for the Chemical Industry. Prior to this role, Mark had responsibility for the IHS Chemical market insight teams located in every major region that provide in-depth market research and analysis on nearly 300 chemical and plastics products. Mark worked at CMAI (Chemical Market Associates) for more than 13 years, where, in his last role as executive vice president, he was responsible for CMAI’s global market advisory services covering base chemicals, intermediates and plastics markets. Mark also served on the Board of CMAI. Before joining CMAI, Mark worked for more than twelve years in the chemical industry with Vista Chemical Company holding positions in technical sales, customer service and product management. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, where he also enjoyed playing football for the Big Red.
Ravi Kathuria is a recognized business thought leader. Quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, WorldNews, NPR, and was featured on PBS Nightly Business Report, CBS Radio, TEDx and the BusinessMakers show. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book/leadership parable, How Cohesive is your Company?: Top-notch business performance is impossible until you cohesively align mission, vision, goals, strategy, execution & culture. It is a realistic and intense story of how a CEO struggles to transform the business and, in the process, struggles with his personal transformation. Ravi Kathuria has developed a conceptually simple, but powerful business management method to cut the noise and help companies become clear and cohesive. He is also the founder and president of the Houston Strategy Forum.
Jim Krane, Ph.D., is the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. His research addresses the geopolitical aspects of energy, with a focus on the Middle East. His scholarly work looks at energy exporting states and the challenges they face from energy subsidies, internal demand, and climate action. He is the author of two books: “Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf,” to be published by Columbia University Press in Fall 2018, and “City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism,” published in 2009 by St. Martin’s Press. He is a former journalist who spent more than six years reporting in the Middle East. He is also a member of Cambridge University’s Energy Policy Research Group, where his Ph.D. studies took place.
David Lafferty, Scientific Technical Services, has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. David provides business development and technology insights for the oil and gas segment – with special emphasize in the Industrial Internet of Things and 3D Virtual Environments. Prior to starting Scientific Technical Services, David was at the BP Chief Technology Office (CTO) where he spearheaded a wide range of innovative projects including:
- Developing the “Digital Umbrella” concept which evolved into the Internet of Things
- Enhancing safety and operations using 3D virtual environments – including the award winning Virtual Hazard Monitor.
- Award-winning Wireless Measurements systems using “motes” resulting in reducing industrial instrumentation cost an order of magnitude. Working with Emerson, they deployed the first WirelessHART systems at the BP Cherry Point refinery. Also served on the ISA100 committee for the establishment of the ISA100.11a standard.
- Predictive Analytics for equipment health
- Handheld projects including Operator Rounds Mobility with embedded work rules
David has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Dave Makin is an accomplished Technology Executive & Transformational Leader with more than 25 years’ international experience working with some of the world’s most successful Project Delivery and Technical Services organizations. He maintains industry leading expertise in Project Delivery & Information Management Technologies used to execute the world’s largest and most complex capital projects. The Energy & Resources sector has been a key area of focus for much of his career. At Jacobs, Dave is responsible for the development and implementation of the Energy, Chemicals & Resources (EC&R) Technology Strategy. He also leads the EC&R Jacobs Connected Enterprise (JCE) organisation which is responsible for executing the line of businesses Digital Transformation. The JCE team consists of industry sector subject matter experts (SME’s) who leverage broad industry knowledge to deliver world class outcomes for our clients through the application of integrated digital capabilities and new and emerging technologies and solutions. Dave joined Jacobs through the acquisition of Aker Solutions’ Process & Construction business in 2011. He holds a Master of Information Systems (MIS) in e-Business and Supply Chain management from Deakin University in Australia. He has lived and worked in Australia, The Netherlands, USA, UK and Germany. He currently splits his time between Melbourne Australia and Houston Texas.
Mariel Morina has more than 11 years in the industry of comprehensive experience in the development of remote location, lump-sum megaprojects. She has advanced expertise in project execution planning, construction execution planning and permitting, constructability analysis, construction estimating, and civil engineering. She has been involved in the execution and front-end development planning of several multi-billion-dollar LNG facilities worldwide, including Australia, Peru, and Mozambique. She is currently leading Construction and Fabrication Digital Transformation efforts from the Houston office for Fluor. Mariel has a studied Civil Structural engineering from the University of Houston.
Scott Sharp is executive vice president, Manufacturing at Chevron Phillips Chemical. In addition to overseeing Chevron Phillip Chemical’s global manufacturing operations, Sharp is responsible for the Projects organization and oversaw the successful commissioning and start-up of the USGC Petrochemicals Project. He also leads the company’s Global Procurement and joint ventures in Qatar. Previously, he was the senior vice president of Manufacturing; vice president of Projects and vice president of the company’s Qatar operations. In addition to those leadership roles, he also served as vice president, Environmental, Health. Safety, and Security and was plant manager at the Pasadena Plastics Complex and the Q-Chem joint venture facility in Mesaieed, Qatar. Prior to the formation of the Chevron Phillips Chemical joint venture in 2000, Sharp held multiple manufacturing, operations and plant management positions with Chevron Chemical. He began his career in 1979 with Standard Oil of California in Richmond, California, and served in a variety of refining and technology positions. Sharp graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979.
Sanjeev Kapur is Principal Consultant and President at Apex PetroConsultants, an independent consulting services company in the field of olefins based petrochemical businesses. He brings the value of strategic thinking, specific industry insights, knowledge and depth of experience for olefins based petrochemical businesses to develop, build and operate best-in-class facilities. Sanjeev has 35 plus years of industry experience and had been associated in leadership positions with Fluor, ABB Lummus Global (now part of McDermott), Shaw Stone & Webster and The Kinetics Technology International (both now part of TechnipFMC). He has extensive experience in the licensing and engineering & construction industry. He is a well-recognized industry expert in the Ethylene and related technologies, including cracking furnaces, for production of olefins/ petrochemicals. Sanjeev has presented at many major industry events covering variety of topics. He has contributed a chapter on Ethylene Technology in McGraw Hill’s “Handbook of Petrochemicals Production Processes” and a section on Ethylene and Propylene for ENI Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbons.
Nrupa Shah brings more than 15 years’ international experience from the Oil and Gas and Mining and Minerals industries. Nrupa started her career as an Instrument and Controls Engineer on large projects, then expanding her skills through the small projects execution and eventually moving into Process Improvement in Europe assessing Risk and Quality. She relocated back to the US in 2009. Her previous roles include Project Engineer, Quality, Risk, Process Improvement, Mergers and Acquisition, Claims Management (support role), Business IT, Business Development – Inside Sales, and managing the Inside Sales team. Her current role in Business Development is managing accounts for global and regional clients. Nrupa joined Jacobs through the acquisition of Aker Solutions’ Process & Construction business in 2011. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University’s Executive MBA Program, a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering through University of Houston and several minors.