Paul Markwell

S&P Global

Senior Associate

Paul Markwell, Senior Associate, S&P Global, is an independent Energy sector advisor with almost 40 years experience spanning technical and executive roles in upstream oil and gas companies, and research and advisory firms. His current focus is around helping energy sector players adopt best practices in ESG, decarbonization and digitalization. Paul spent 17 years with IHS Markit companies until 2021, and has been a regular speaker and moderator at CERAWeek through that time. In his last full time position at IHS Markit he was Vice President for its Global Upstream Oil & Gas Insight business, where his teams provided insights to a wide range of energy sector players globally on company strategies and transactions; E&P terms and aboveground risk; costs, technology and operating performance and plays and basins and technical analyses. Previously he led various research and consulting teams supporting clients on business strategy, market outlooks, opportunity screening and characterization, unconventionals, and technology and innovation and he led a number of energy policy advisory programs for governments in the MENA region. Paul previously held posts at McKinsey and Company as an upstream expert consultant and as European Petroleum Practice Manager. The first half of his career was spent in international E&P companies working in the Netherlands, Thailand, the UK and Pakistan, initially as a Petroleum Engineer and in upstream operations and business development in Shell International; then in business development and country manager roles in Hardy Oil & Gas and British-Borneo. Mr. Markwell holds a BSc from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from Henley Management College. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute in the UK and an Honorary fellow of Brunel University, London, where he served for 8 years as an independent member of Council and Audit committee chair. 

Sessions With Paul Markwell

Monday, 7 March

  • 01:00pm - 01:30pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 07:00 pm - 07/mar/2022 07:30 pm

    Driving Low-carbon Innovation: Criteria for investing in early-stage companies

    Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management/ESG Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Diverse types of innovations and technologies are required to tackle the Climate Change crisis. This is prime time for startups with smart, low-carbon ideas to access seed funding and venture capital. How is this time different to the “cleantech” investment boom in the early 2000s? How are early-stage investors prioritizing the types of companies and technologies to back? And in what space? What criteria are they using to those companies that can make the biggest impact to lower carbon?

  • 04:30pm - 05:00pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 10:30 pm - 07/mar/2022 11:00 pm

    How to Accelerate the Energy Transition Across Multiple Sectors

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    For climate change action to succeed, progress needs to be made across multiple industry sectors. For some, electrification and efficiency gains can play a major role, while other, “hard-to-abate” sectors including cement, steel, and some transportation may rely more on carbon offsets. What does it take to unlock the potential or rapid decarbonization across multiple sectors? Which industrial or government entities can most help to achieve this globally?

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 06:00 pm - 08/mar/2022 06:30 pm

    Who Let the [Robot] Dogs Out?


    Please join us for a special treat! We invite our Agora House Partners to participate with their Robot Dogs in a “Dog Show”. Each partner with a robot dog will display their dog and tell us all a little about the features, functions, and special capabilities or “tricks” they each perform. At this Meetup, you will have a chance to interact and ask questions of each of the partners following a short demonstration by each.

  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 07:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 08:00 pm

    Meetup - Ahmad Al Khowaiter on Carbon Management

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    As Saudi Aramco’s CTO, Ahmad is a dynamic force behind the Company’s technology transformation and he is a key figure behind the Company’s drive for emission reductions and circular carbon economy through technology and digitalization. Come and discuss his views on the technologies and projects which can have the greatest impact on decarbonization of the energy sector.

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 10:00am - 10:30am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 04:00 pm - 09/mar/2022 04:30 pm

    Practical Lessons Learned in Measuring & Reducing Methane in O&G

    Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    Great advances have been made in recent years in the techniques for measuring and reducing methane in oil & gas, using a range of sensors and estimation techniques. But it is still relatively early days and opportunities remain to optimize the process and to make more accurate and quantitative measurements, estimates and reports. What role does regulation play in supporting progress in this area? What are the practical learnings from these projects, for example in terms of the winning technologies? How important is it to deploy technologies which characterize venting and fugitives? What are the best practices and approaches to help the industry to continue to meet its methane reduction goals going forward?

  • 10:30am - 11:00am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 04:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 05:00 pm

    Meetup - Hon. Minister Sonya Savage on Managing Alberta's Energy Resources

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Minister Sonya Savage has extensive background in the energy industry and has been a strong voice championing pipeline for many years at a policy and regulatory level, and handling indigenous reconciliation, legal environment, and climate change matters. Since being appointed Energy Minister for Alberta in 2019, her goals have included ensuring Alberta continues to play a key role in energy security and affordability in North America, while adopting responsible policies to drive down emission from the sector. Come and speak with Minister Savage first hand to discuss her vision and how she works to achieve these goals.

  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 09:00 pm - 09/mar/2022 09:30 pm

    Robotics: Lessons from the Sea

    Digitalization/AI/Machine Learning/Robotics/Cybersecurity Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Robotics is playing an increasingly important role in human enterprises in the ocean. Although out-of-sight from the average citizen, these activities impact our day-to-day lives, as the ocean is increasingly important as a source of energy, a source of mineral resources and as a nexus of climate impacts. How will these enterprises investing in ocean infrastructure for energy and telecommunications be shaped by rapidly advancing robotic capabilities? What can be learned from the science community’s sophisticated ocean observation systems-of-systems approaches leveraging distributed autonomous systems? What lessons do marine robotics offer for other technological efforts in harsh, energy and communications challenged environments?

  • 04:30pm - 05:00pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 10:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 11:00 pm

    Driving Low-carbon Innovation: Hot research topics

    Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    A diverse set of innovations, technologies, and market and policy factors are required to tackle the climate change crisis. This is prime time for new research into low-carbon ideas to shine and make an impact, alongside investments in innovative startups. What criteria are academic and government research institutions using to prioritize research programs to have the greatest impact on carbon management? What do experts believe are the “hot” research topics that could yield the greatest breakthroughs for carbon management in the midterm?