The Industry Evolution: Embracing the Change

Returning 2021


The UP Conference is a yearly event designed exclusively for the E&P industry to learn and discuss best practices of upstream planning and new ways to realize the value of digital transformation.

At our 2020 conference, you can expect 300+ attendees from more than 75 oil and gas operators, plus guests from solution providers, financial firms and industry consultants to gather from around the world and discussed new ways to leverage technology to meet the evolving goals of the energy industry.

Space is limited for this free event. Register today!

Industry Expert Speakers: UP Conference 2019

Martin Stuart

Vice President of Business Planning

Marathon Oil Corporation

Keith Thomas

Central Planning Manager, Shell Unconventionals

Shell USA

Kathryn Dexheimer

Sr. Development Planner

Shell USA

David Ramsden-Wood


Franklin Mountain Energy

Ryan Hassen

Team Leader, Planning


Alejandro Oniszczuk

Engineer Reservoir Manager - Strategic Planning


Geoff Wiszneauckas

Director, Corporate Planning

Laredo Petroleum Inc.

Nur Sarena Eza Md Zaki

Senior Manager Value Simulation and Optimization


Innovation Panel: UP Conference 2019

Tim Griepp

IT, Field Development & Production Management

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Britt Thedinger

US Onshore Strategic Planning

Noble Energy

Suzi Hauser

Vice President of Information Technology

Marathon Oil

Alex De Sousa

Head of Business IT


Claire Sirois

Portfolio Planning Director

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Executive Panel: UP Conference 2019

Salvadore Pareja

Managing Director,
Global Natural Resources,
Investment Banking Division

Goldman Sachs

Jason Finch

Director of Corporate Planning

Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Elizabeth DeStephens

VP Reserves & Corporate Development

California Resources Corporation

Zainal Abidin Zainudin

GM, Gas Planning, Optimization,
Integrated Hydrocarbon Management


Amir Gerges

Vice President, Permian


Allen Gilmer



What To Expect

What to expect at our UP Conference and Regional Upstream Planning Summits
Industry Experts

Attendee Testimonials

“The UP Conference was well organized and had a good flow of presentations that related to upstream planning. I enjoyed listening to the many relevant use-case examples.”

“There are so few opportunities for corporate & business planners to network & share experiences. It’s the perfect time to grow and learn a thing or two about their craft. This conference fills a big void.”

“Thank you for holding this free event for the energy industry. I learned a lot about new technologies and best practices from numerous energy companies which has helped us to advance.”

“The UP Conference showed really positive industry participation and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the different perspectives & presentations from operators.”

"We loved the format of the UP Conference. Now that we know it is truly an industry conference, we plan to encourage more executives from our company to attend."

Who Attends UP Conference?

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Past Upstream Planning Speakers & Panelists

Janeen Judah Chevron

Janeen Judah

Independent Director, Patterson-UTI

2017 SPE International President


Mark Bright

Vice President - Strategic Planning & Risk Management, Apache

Dr. John Lee Texas A&M

Dr. John Lee

Texas A&M University

SPE Honorary Member

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Tom Hiddemen

Managing Director, Strategy Advisory Practice, KPMG

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Stephanie Prior

Senior Vice President and Partner, Ernst & Young

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Lee Marchuk

Manager, Corporate Planning, Velvet Energy

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Edwin Suarez

Director of Talent, Technology, & Innovation, Marathon Oil


Glen Schmidt

Retired President, CEO and Founder of Laricina Energy

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Elizabeth DeStephens, P.E

Vice President Reserves & Corporate Development, California Resources Corporation

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Mark Maddox

Vice President and CIO, Apache

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Kentaro Kawamori

Chief Digital Officer, Chesapeake

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Brannon Kuykendall

Chief Information Officer, Alta Mesa