A conversation on energy access, corporate social responsibility, and climate change solutions with Shell’s Harry Brekelmans.
Shareholders of publicly traded oil and gas companies expect a decent return on their investments. To meet those expectations in today’s global economy, these companies have to reduce costs and increase productivity without jeopardizing safety. But foresightful shareholders also realize that corporate profits have to be balanced with social value in a world undergoing profound changes in the way it produces and consumes energy. Can scientific research and technology development help an oil and gas company make energy accessible to a growing population, tackle climate change, and provide a competitive return to shareholders? If so, how?
Includes an introduction by MIT Vice President for Research Maria Zuber and fireside chat with MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong.
This talk was presented on September 6, 2017.
About the speaker:
Harry Brekelmans is Projects & Technology (P&T) Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell plc.
As P&T Director, Harry oversees an organization that delivers Shell’s major oil and gas projects, provides support to operating assets, and drives technological and commercial innovation. P&T also provides functional leadership in areas such as engineering, contracts and procurement, and IT, as well as safety and environment. P&T works with some of the world’s leading engineering, procurement, and construction companies and integrated services contractors. It also collaborates with public and private research institutes, start-ups, incubators, and entrepreneurs on technology developments.
Harry began his career at Shell after graduating from Delft Technical University with a degree in petroleum engineering. A stint in the R&D department of Shell’s Exploration & Production business in the Netherlands was followed by various roles in Egypt and the UK. From 2007 to 2009, he was CEO of Salym Petroleum Development, a Shell joint venture in Russia. In 2009, he became Executive Vice President (EVP) for Shell Group Strategy and Planning, before returning to Russia in 2011 as Country Chairman and EVP for Russia and the Caspian region. He moved back to his native city, The Hague, in 2013 to take up a new role as EVP for Upstream International Operated. Harry moved to his current role as P&T Director in 2014.
Harry is a member of the executive committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and a board member of the Global Leadership and Technology Exchange, which connects business, government, and civil society in seeking more efficient, low-carbon growth.
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