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ACAUS Houston Panel: Future of the Energy Sector
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Future of the Energy Sector

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
6-8:30 pm
Where: BHP Billton
1500 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, Texas  77056
United States
Contact: Sasha Carlson

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Our long anticipated Panel event has finally been organized! We have 4 featured panelists and a great moderator (profiles below).

We will have a moderated discussion followed by a question and answer session. Our panel will be followed by a networking reception.

Topics will likely include:

·         US becoming an exporter of natural gas

·         Shale industry – bubble ready to burst, what’s next

·         Availability of finance (to fund Oil & Gas acquisitions) in the current market

·         Alternatives to oil (e.g. electric/wind/solar

·         New accounting pronouncements in the energy 

·         Managing environmental and social impacts of upstream oil and gas

·         Non-financial reporting - communicating sustainability to stakeholders

·         Strategic drivers for sustainable development

In lieu of paying a "cover charge" for this event, I ask that you bring in donations to help in the recover efforts for the aftermath of Harvey and other devastation around the world. I will take anything, from non-perishable food, to clothing to blankets and linens. Cash would be welcome but I am not registered as a charity so I couldn't give any tax related receipts.

We hope you can attend this event - we are looking forward to hearing many views and learn about one of our most influential sectors.


Featured panelists:

Alex James:

Alex James is the Global Manager for Sustainability at Halliburton, working within the Global Health, Safety, Environment and Service Quality team. His focus areas are sustainability strategy and external reporting, including responsibility for the annual corporate sustainability report. Key objectives include working with the Company’s operations to reduce sustainability impacts across the value chain, and working with Investor Relations and Business Development to communicate Halliburton’s sustainability efforts to key stakeholders. 

Alex holds a master’s degree in environmental technology,  a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a member of the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment and of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Ken Lewchuk:

Ken Lewchuk is responsible for risk assurance focusing on commodity trading at Cheniere.  Prior to joining Cheniere he held various accounting positions at companies across the energy value chain, including Director, Technical Accounting & M&A at NextEra Energy Resources, and Director of Technical Accounting and Policy at Weatherford International.  Ken is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada), Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Certified Accountant and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ali Rathore:

Ali Rathore is currently the finance manager providing commercial and financial advice to the North American Shale business of BHP Billiton. He has over 20 years of experience covering a variety of industries from manufacturing, retail to most recently oil and gas. Ali has worked in 4 different countries, speaks 4 languages, is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and is currently presuming his Executive MBA at Kellogg (Northwestern).

Stuart Studsrud:

Stuart Studsrud is a Chartered Accountant of ICAS who started his career at Hardie Caldwell in Glasgow, UK.  Stuart has also worked as a senior audit manager at BDO in Western Australia, was an IFRS project manager at the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group in Brussels, and currently as a Senior Technical Accounting Manager for Centrica Plc in both the upstream, midstream trading and downstream parts of the business.


Andrew Jowett:

Andrew Jowett is a Chartered Accountant of the ICAEW who started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has worked in a variety of roles and industries, primarily in troubled companies. Until recently he was the Vice President of Finance at US Shale Solutions, a PE-backed oilfield services company. Andrew is also the Chair of the Houston chapter of the Financial Executives Network Group.

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