Morag Watson

bp p.l.c

Senior vice president, digital science and engineering

Morag Watson is the senior vice president digital science and engineering, driving digital strategy development, growing digital and data science capabilities, and accelerating the adoption of emerging digital technologies across bp. Before moving into her current role in July 2020, Morag served as vice president and chief digital innovation officer for bp’s digital innovation organization, identifying opportunities to accelerate adoption of new technologies, and deployments at scale within the business. Prior to this she was the director of global information technology operations and infrastructure for the America’s region. She also held a senior business unit leadership role in bp's Alternative Energy business, running the distributed energy business as an incubator “start-up” business. Previously, Morag was also the chief information officer and vice president of bp’s Exploration and Production business where her responsibilities included being accountable for all aspects of digital technology and infrastructure supporting the Upstream activities worldwide. Morag has spent over 25 years with bp, and her expertise has been instrumental in the technology innovation system; from ideation to development, application, standardization, and disruption. Morag’s work has seen numerous coverages in both print and broadcasts around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Houston Business Journal. Morag has been recognized both internally and externally - internal accolades include the bp Upstream ‘Technical Achievement’ award, bp ‘Helios’ award, and the bp ‘Performance Innovation’ award. Some of Morag’s most recent external accolades include the ’Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) award from BioHouston, ‘Top Women in Technology Award’ from the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) and a ‘HER’ Award for Houston women who inspire and serve as excellent role models, awarded by Houston Woman Magazine. Morag has also been named in the HERoes top 100 women executives list for 2020 and 2021. Morag currently serves as bp’s Executive Sponsor for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a board member of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), and bp’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is also a member of the overall Global Steering for bp Women’s International Network (bpWIN) and the Executive Sponsor of the Americas bpWIN, which is focused on creating a greater pipeline of talent and opportunities for women in technical industries through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. Morag holds an MSc in Management from Stanford University where bp sponsored her under the Sloan Program, a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Computing from Aberdeen University and an LTCL from the Trinity College of Music in London.

Sessions With Morag Watson

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 02:30pm - 03:10pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 08:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 09:10 pm

    Journey to the Edge: The need for critical real-time processing

    Panel Digitalization/AI/Machine Learning/Robotics/Cybersecurity

    Advances in digitalization over the past decade are bringing us closer to an ambitious industry goal―autonomous operations that enable continuously optimized, unmanned assets―one that is closely aligned with a set of broader industry aspirations around decarbonization, increased efficiency, and removing staff from harm’s way. Key to delivering this capability are ongoing advances in edge computing, and this session explores several aspects of this increasingly critical technology: What is the current state of edge computing, and what are the pathways for further development? What are some tactical applications, and how are they helping to advance such concepts as autonomous operations? How are energy companies managing the cybersecurity and technical risks associated with edge computing?