23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee

The World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee was responsible for producing the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, December 5-9, 2021 in Houston, USA.

The 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee was governed by a Board of Directors with strong oil and gas industry experience and key stakeholders of the Houston community. This highly-engaged group of professionals had one goal in hosting this prestigious event: To convene a Congress that would advance the conversation on energy transition while delivering exceptional hospitality, compelling engagement and ease of access to every 23rd World Petroleum Congress attendee.


Executive Committee


Jeff Shellebarger

Past President, Chevron
North America Exploration & Production

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Brenda Bazan
Brenda BazanPast President & CEO
Houston First Corporation
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Denis Braham
Denis BrahamChairman Emeritus
Winstead PC
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Galen Cobb
Galen CobbVP, Industry Relations
Chair, US National Committee
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Peggy Kostial
Peggy KostialPast Sr. Managing Director
– US Southwest
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Michael Heckman
Michael HeckmanPresident & CEO,
Houston First Corporation
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Bobby V.P. Singh
Bobby V.P. SinghPrincipal,
Isani Consultants
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board of directors

Khalid Mohammed H.<br />
Khalid Mohammed H.
Executive VP, Subsurface Development & Exploration
Dr. Ali A. Al-Meshari
Dr. Ali A. Al-MeshariManager, EXPEC Advanced Research Center
Saudi Aramco
Aida Araissi
Aida AraissiFounder & CEO
U.S. Arab Bilateral
Chamber of Commerce
Gaurdie Banister
Gaurdie BanisterPast President & CEO
Aera Energy, LLC
Omar Boulos
Omar BoulosSenior Managing Director
– Resources South
W.L. Bullock, Jr.
W.L. Bullock, Jr.Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer
Susan Davenport
Susan Davenport SVP, Economic Development
Greater Houston Partnership
Linda DuCharme
Linda DuCharmePresident, Upstream
Integrated Solutions
Paul Goydan
Paul GoydanManaging Director & Partner
Boston Consulting Group
Steve Green
Steve GreenPresident, North America Exploration & Production
Greg Hill
Greg HillPresident & COO
Hess Corporation
Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti
Dr. Ramanan KrishnamoortiChief Energy Officer
University of Houston
David W. Leebron
David W. LeebronPresident
Rice University
Gina A. Luna
Gina A. LunaBoard Chair
Houston Exponential
Bill McKeon
Bill McKeonPresident & CEO
Texas Medical Center
Jeff Miller
Jeff MillerChairman, President, & CEO
Gary R. Petersen
Gary R. PetersenManaging Partner & Founder
EnCap Investments
Lees Rodionov
Lees RodionovDirector of Sustainability
Mike Sommers
Mike SommersPresident & CEO
American Petroleum Institute
Starlee Sykes
Starlee SykesSenior Vice President
Gulf of Mexico and Canada
BP Americas, Inc.
Uwem Ukpong
Uwem UkpongExecutive Vice President
Regions, Alliances, &
Enterprise Sales
Baker Hughes
Vanessa E. Wyche
Vanessa E. WycheDirector
NASA Johnson Space Center