UP Conference 2020 by Aucerna

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 2019 conference, 200+ attendees from more than 75 oil and gas operators, plus guests from solution providers, financial firms and industry consultants gathered from around the world and discussed new ways to leverage technology to meet the evolving goals of the energy industry.

The UP Conference is coming to Houston in October 2020!

2019 UP Conference Keynotes

Martin Stuart

Vice President of Business Planning

Marathon Oil Corporation

Keith Thomas

Central Planning Manager, Shell Unconventionals

Shell USA

2019 Industry Expert Speakers

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





Can't join us in Houston?  Register for one of our local Upstream Planning Summits where local operators will gather to network,

share ideas, and discuss the digital transformation taking place in our industry today.

2019 UP Summit Calgary Speakers & Panelists

Tyler Blasetti

Director of Oil Sands Business Analysis


Caralyn Bennett

EVP & Chief Strategy Officer

GLJ Petroleum Consultants

Rebecca Keshen

Supervisor, AFE and Core Maintenance

Crescent Point Energy

Scott Rennie

Sr. Vice President Development

Hammerhead Resources

Michael Loughlean

Director, Innovation


Sean Petersen

GM Kaybob Asset

Murphy Oil Corp

The Global UP Experience

The Aucerna Upstream Planning Conference is an annual event held in Houston, Texas. This conference in combination with our Summits, Technology Workshops and Executive Forums make up a Global Event Series which brings together more than 390 attendees from more than 200 oil and gas operators, solution providers, financial firms and industry consultants from around the world to discuss new ways to leverage technology to meet business goals.

What to Expect at the UP Global Event Series
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Who Attends

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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."

Past Upstream Planning Speakers & Panelists

Janeen Judah Chevron

Janeen Judah

Independent Director, Patterson-UTI

2017 SPE International President


Mark Bright

VP - Strategic Planning & Risk Management


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


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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

Laricina Energy

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Elizabeth DeStephens

VP Reserves & Corporate Development

California Resources

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Mark Maddox

Vice President
and CIO


Kentaro Kawamori Chief Digital Officer_Chesapeake Biz Headshot business team photo person

Kentaro Kawamori

Chief Digital Officer


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Brannon Kuykendall

Chief Information Officer

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