Houston CDO Virtual Executive Summit

December 7, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm CST

December 7, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm CST


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Houston CDO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDOs today:

Executing flexible data governance frameworks that enable innovation

Generating measurable economic benefits to the business from data assets and advanced analytics

Adopting D&A strategies and operating models that deliver business value in volatile environments


Navin Advani

Vice President | BT - Supply Chain & Merchandising Technology and Enterprise Data & Analytics Platforms

David Bowlby

Occidental Petroleum
VP, Data & Analytics

Sebastian Gass

Quantum Energy Partners

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy

Chief Data Scientist

Lynn Robinson

Shell Oil Company
IT Chief Data Officer - Manufacturing

Jackie Wallace

Baker Hughes
VP, IT Program Management – Divestitures


December 7, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am CST Virtual Summit Keynote

CDO Role — From Bucking Bronco to Mild Mustang

Felix Van de Maele headshot

Felix Van de Maele



Charles Li headshot

Charles Li

IT Chief Data Officer for Trading & Supply

Royal Dutch Shell

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Kevin Carroll

IT CDO Information Risk Management

Royal Dutch Shell

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Yomei Gonzalez

CDO Upstream Unconventionals

Shell Oil Company

A CDO’s journey and responsibilities are arguably more unique and less defined than any other C-level executive. Many find themselves juggling multiple business reins to simply manage data demands. To tame the chaos, Shell assigned different CDOs for specific arms of the business.

In this keynote, hear from a panel of CDOs from Shell on:

  • The evolution of their role 
  • Strategies for working with other CDOs within your organization 
  • Ways "the new normal" is impacting teams, departments, and the enterprise 

8:45am - 9:00am CST Break

9:00am - 10:00am CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Disrupting With Data

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Sebastian Gass


Quantum Energy Partners

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Raphael Louvrier

Chief Data Officer - North America

Vallourec North America

Now more than ever, companies are facing increased competition and are seeking ways to stay at the top of their industries. Learn how your peers are leveraging their data and analytics capabilities to maintain a competitive advantage and plan for tomorrow.

In this session you will discuss:

  •  Best practices for utilizing data as a differentiating asset
  • Strategies for effective change management
  • Leveraging information to impact enterprise-wide future business strategy

9:00am - 10:00am CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Governance vs. Analytics Agility — Finding the Right Balance

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Joe DosSantos

Chief Data Officer


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Justin Lo

Manager, Data Science Engineering Center of Excellence


Data and Analytics leaders have been thrust into the forefront of decision making for the current and future states of their organizations. Faced with the intensifying pressure of accelerated data collection and insights, CDOs are challenged with the dynamic tension between data speed and quality.

In this session, we'll discuss:

  • The role and evolution of data nerve centers to meet the real-time data needs of the business
  • Approaches to balancing data speed, data quality and data governance
  • Adopting a data-driven culture

10:00am - 10:45am CST Virtual Summit Keynote

Fireside Chat — 2021 Data and Analytics Insights

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Ben Taylor

Chief AI Evangelist


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Dr. Ashwani Dev

Digital and Data Science Officer


More details to come. 

10:45am - 11:00am CST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Breaking Free From the Chains of Data Governance

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Kim Wiley

VP Clinical Technology and Data Warehouse


Over the last decade, organizations have worked to provide the right data to the right people by building out a strong data governance framework that encompasses people, process and technology. That same framework can be seen as a hindrance to innovation and collaboration with strict rules and procedures. CDOS must enable the organization to transform data governance into a data enablement strategy.

This session will explore:

  • Relationships between data governance, enablement, and monetization
  • Strategies for communicating the value of data to leadership
  • Use cases of leveraging established data stewards, business users and technologies to change the data governance approach

11:00am - 12:00pm CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The Journey to Trusted Data

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Susan Laine

Global Data Intelligence Evangelist

ASG Technologies

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Ellen Nielsen

Chief Data Officer


Business leaders struggle with immature data environments and cultural obstacles when shifting to a data-driven organization. Learn how your peers are automating the foundation of trusted data to deliver business value and enable compliance, data privacy and modernization efforts through AI and Machine Learning.

In this boardroom we will discuss:

  • Overcoming cultural challenges that inhibit enterprise data transformation
  • Building on strong foundational elements to support innovation and disruption
  • Measuring and delivering ROI through automated tooling

12:00pm - 12:30pm CST Networking

CDOs Helping CDOs — Interactive Discussion

Join this informal virtual gathering to network and meet other CDO's in your Houston community.  You will also have the opportunity to share a challenge you currently have with other CDO leaders in the community, and discuss possible approaches and solutions to your challenge with your peer CDOs.


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Houston CDO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program manager.

Lindsay Kasberg