Darryl Willis

Microsoft Corporation

Corporate Vice President, Energy Industry

As Vice President of Microsoft Energy Industry, Darryl Willis leads the core teams driving digital transformation for organizations within the power & utilities, oil & gas, and mining sectors. Willis blends his technical and strategic acumen with his deep knowledge of the global energy sector to lead the global Microsoft team enabling the energy transition, reducing carbon emissions and intelligently fulfilling growing demand with new renewable sources. Prior to joining Microsoft, Willis was Vice President of Oil, Gas and Energy at Google Cloud. His other past roles include president and CEO of BP Angola; head of Deepwater Horizon claims and spokesperson for BP; and senior vice president and deputy head of Subsurface for BP. Willis is passionate about empowering customers, partners, governments and investors to drive the transition to clean power, while providing equal access to all. Willis is an advocate for energy startups, supporting and fostering innovation in the field to enable next generation leaders to solve for the energy transition. Since joining Microsoft in 2019 Willis has grown the Microsoft Energy Industry organization to become a global leader in driving digital transformation in the energy sector. Willis holds an MS in business from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MS in geology and geophysics from the University of New Orleans, and a BS in chemistry and literature from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He resides in the New Orleans area.


SESSIONS WITH Darryl Willis

Friday, 5 March

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm (CST) / 05/mar/2021 06:00 pm - 05/mar/2021 06:30 pm

    Plenary

    Will Energy Innovation Deliver?

    Panel Clean Tech Digitalization Innovation & Technology Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Decarbonization Pathways
    It’s harder than designing a cell phone app. From carbon air capture to nuclear fusion, energy innovation demands scale and capital to have impact. Can 2021 technologies bridge the gap to net-zero emissions? Can green hydrogen become the emission-free gas of the future? Can batteries overcome supply chain constraints to balance renewable energy intermittency? Much depends on whether ideation and innovation can beat the constraints of time to transform our energy infrastructure.