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

Thursday, 10 March

  • 02:20pm - 03:00pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 08:20 pm - 10/mar/2022 09:00 pm

    Technologies for Zero Carbon

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    “Do we have the technologies to get to net-zero?” This has been the topic of debate recently. Some have claimed that as much as half of the future emission reductions will come from technologies that have not yet been invented. Innovation is a continuous process and new emission reduction technologies are continuously being developed, tested, and deployed. While emissions have gone down in the power sector in the EU and the US, emissions from transportation and industrial sectors continue to increase. In this conversation, the panel will discuss technological pathways to get to net zero in the next 30+ years. Do we have the technologies to get to net zero and is it primarily about deployment at scale or do we also need new inventions? What will come after solar PV and wind as the next game changing technologies? Why is the enthusiasm for hydrogen justified? Which digital technologies have the biggest potential to contribute to meeting sustainability and net-zero goals? How can the oil & gas industry become the leader in emission reductions? Does the world need to move from molecules to electrons for everything—heat, light and mobility? How is data and data analytics being used to improve efficiency and reduce emissions? Is it possible to accelerate the speed of energy innovation?

  • 05:00pm - 06:30pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 11:00 pm - 11/mar/2022 12:30 am

    “Next Gen” Future Energy Leaders Town Hall

    Diversity & Inclusion/Future of Workforce Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management/ESG Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    The race is on for innovative, fresh approaches to solve the world’s greatest energy and climate challenges. The emerging generation of future energy leaders, technologists, and entrepreneurs have unprecedented opportunity for impact and to create real change. The energy world is hungry and open to disruptive ideas. There never has been a more exciting—or urgent—time to be part of the energy industry. Join this special interactive “Next Gen” dynamic session, featuring rapid-fire insights by leading minds on energy innovation, along with CERAWeek Future Energy Leaders. How can we achieve net zero ambitions by 2050? How can we tackle climate change while meeting the planet’s need for more energy? What are the promising and scalable technologies? What are the challenges and most exciting opportunities?