Meet Our Session Speakers for Embracing a new Oil and Gas: Can it be Diverse, Inclusive and Profitable?   Recently updated !

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Dr Sarah Peers – Founder Director, Peers & Peers


Sarah is Deputy President of INWES, the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists, where she leads on policy and regional network development. Until recently she was involved in the strategy work at the Women’s Engineering Society and she is currently on the Board of the regional network INWES-Europe.

Her background is mathematics with a PhD in mechanical engineering from UCL, where as an engineering lecturer she engaged in international technology transfer and the development of reliability- and AI-based maintenance planning of offshore structures. She is currently an advisor and a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange, driving innovation skills in scitech corporates, including defence and high tech global companies, and she is Director at the STEM Foundation supporting vocational STEM education and leading the STEM Assured accreditation scheme.

Her expertise is in skills strategy and policy development for innovation, STEM education and the engineering and tech sectors. She is working on international projects as a designated EU expert in gender & STEM and speaks widely on the subject, in Spanish and English. Her other projects include a speculative condition monitoring data interpretation investigation, and curriculum development for new engineering programmes. In her spare time, she is also a home educator following the “radical unschooling” approach.

Twitter: @smcpeers







Jay Surti is a Business Presentation Consultant, Author and Keynote Speaker.

Graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering, later qualified as a lawyer and practised for 17 years before moving into speaking, coaching and consulting.

When she’s not speaking or consulting, she works with young adults facilitating training workshops in Leadership and Presentation Skills – working in conjunction with two youth charities.











Josh is the Policy Manager in Energy UK’s Generation Team looking after low carbon and planning policy as well as investment regime policy.

In the February 2017 he set up and now chairs, Pride in Energy, a nationwide LGBT+ network for the energy sector.

Josh is also heavily involved in Energy UK Equality and Diversity Forum, which he chairs. The forum arranges for the energy industry to drive best practice for equality and diversity and looks to learn from other organisations and industries.











Nicola is the Exploration Manager for India & Asia Pacific New Ventures at BP.

She graduated in 2000 with a Masters’ Degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Leeds and has performed a wide range of technical and leadership Upstream roles within BP over the last 18 years.

Nicola is also a POWERful Connections mentee, a mentor in her own right and a member of BP’s Women’s Network.













Bani is a Energy Sales Director at IHS Markit

Iranian national

She as 10+ years experience in the oil and gas industry and 9 years sales experience

Founder and Director of StrivE Excellence- set up to strive for equality in the workplace through consultancy services