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Houston and the Netherlands: accelerating business opportunities in CCS

October 5, 2021
October 5, 2021
Start time:
8:30 am
End time:
9:45 am
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The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami and the Netherlands Business Support Office in Houston, in close collaboration with the Greater Houston Partnership, will host the virtual roundtable: Houston and the Netherlands: accelerating business opportunities in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Both the Netherlands and Houston are energy hubs at the forefront of the energy transition, and the two have been collaborating indifferent areas of innovation. Both also have the potential to become hubs for CCS. The Netherlands is developing major projects to store CO2 in empty gas fields beneath the North Sea; similar plans are being conceptualized for the Houston port area.

What can the gateway to Europe and the energy capital of the world learn from one another? An exchange of experiences and best practices between key players in Houston and the Netherlands could help define business opportunities and inspire the commercialization of smart solutions.

Why Carbon Capture, and Storage? How can this technology be scaled commercially, and integrated into existing infrastructure and industrial processes? How will this move the energy transition forward?

Join us for an insightful conversation on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 8:30 AM CDT/3:30 PM CET.


Ruth Emmerink

Consul General of the Netherlands in the United States of America

Ruth Emmerink studied Cultural Anthropology and Non-Western Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. She started her career with the Dutch government in 2000, and with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002. Mrs. Emmerink held the posts of  Second Secretary in Bamako/Mali, Senior Policy Officer at the Department of Human Rights and Peace Building, and she served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassies in Manila/the Philippines, and most recently, Seoul/South Korea prior to her current appointment as Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami in August 2019.

Jose Beceiro

Sr. Director, Energy 2.0,Greater Houston Partnership

Jose joins the Partnership with 15 years of experience in business and project development, with a majority of his work centered in the energy and cleantech areas. Jose most recently served as the Director of Corporate Relations for Energy and Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he managed a portfolio of external industry partners representing the leading corporations in the energy, cleantech, automotive, and high-tech sectors. During his time at UT Austin, Jose worked with development teams and researchers across campus to engage companies in major interdisciplinary research initiatives. He also served as liaison for regional stakeholders, including cities, utilities, chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, nonprofits and other entities located in Central Texas. Jose spent seven years of his career at The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Clean Energy in the Economic Development Department. During this time, Austin’s cleantech industry grew from 30 companies and 3,000 employees to over 250 companies and 20,000 employees.

Lee Stockwell

General Manager, U.S., Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, Shell Energy Resources Company

Lee Stockwell has 20 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry.  Over his career Lee has held engineering and leadership roles in exploration, major projects development, asset management and operations, safety & environmental management as well as R&D in the offshore Deep Water and Onshore lines of business in various countries.  Lee is now the General Manager for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage in the Americas, building our CCUS portfolio across a number of value chains. He enjoys working to improve the safety, environment impact and community presence of the energy industry and serves on several industries boards aimed at those outcomes.  He also represents Shell as chair the CCUS working group for the API.  

Ed Graham

Vice President, Ventures, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solution

Ed Graham is Vice President, Ventures, for ExxonMobil’s Low Carbon Solutions business. He assumed this role in June 2021.

Ed is responsible for building and operating the business ventures created by Low Carbon Solutions, as well as providing support to the company’s other business lines when they apply low-carbon technologies to their business activities, including carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, bio-fuels, and nature-based energy solutions. Prior to his current position, Ed spent the prior four years overseeing ExxonMobil’s business interests in Malaysia, serving as President of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. and Chairman of the ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia. In 2013, he was appointed Vice President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Iraq Limited where he oversaw the development and production of Iraq’s world-class West Qurna I oil field outside Basra, growing production to over 500,000 barrels per day by 2017.

Bram Sommer

Public and Regulatory Affairs advisor, Porthos

Since 2019 Bram works as a Public and Regulatory Affairs advisor for the Rotterdam CCS project Porthos. Bram is active in all public affairs concerning the project, with a focus on government relations, both at EU and national level. Graduated as a Historian, Bram has been working in the field of Energy and environment as consultant for a local Dutch Public Affairs company ‘Publieke Zaken’ for several years now. Besides CCS, his expertise lies in national political developments regarding grid management.

Ushma Kriplani

Senior Science Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Joelle Rekers

Program Lead CCS, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

At the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Joelle Rekers is a heading a multi-disciplinary team on CCS, working on the development and implementation of CCS policies and projects in the Netherlands. As an Environmental Economist by training, Joelle has been working for 15 years on climate and energy policies at different government levels, both in the Netherlands as abroad, and has been involved in CCS since 2016.

Juliana Garaizar

Head of Houston Incubator, Vice President of Innovation, Greentown Labs

Juliana is the Head of Greentown Labs' Houston Incubator and VP of Innovation. A Kauffman Fellow and Board Member of the Angel Capital Association, Juliana is also a Lead Investor of the Portfolia Rising America Fund, Consumer Fund, and Rising Tide Fund. She is an Advisory Board Member of the University of Houston Cougar Venture Fund, the Houston Diversity Fund, and the Investors of Color network; she was recently appointed to the City of Houston's inaugural Women's Commission by Mayor Turner. Juliana was the Director of the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund and the Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network. She was the Manager of the Sophia Business Angels network in the French Riviera and of Antipolis Innovation Campus, as well as Project Manager of several International Projects funded by the European Commission. Previously, Juliana worked for five years in Singapore, first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain in a broad range of industry sectors and then as a Project Manager for the Asia Technology Office of Citigroup, leading projects at the international level. Juliana obtained an MBA at the London Business School, specializing in Entrepreneurship.

Moji Karimi

Co-Founder and CEO, Cemvita Factory

Moji is a multidisciplinary entrepreneur and engineer fluent in ideating, developing, and commercializing breakthrough technology. With a proven track record of taking ideas to market, both at big companies and startups, his experiences range from developing advanced deepwater drilling methods to novel biotechnologies with applications in the energy and space industries. In his previous endeavor, Moji joined Biota Technology, a 3-person company at the time, to start the Houston office and commercialize DNA Sequencing in the energy industry. In two short years, he grew Biota’s business to millions of dollars in revenue. Moji holds BS and MS degrees in drilling and petroleum engineering, respectively.

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For questions, please contact to Maria Alamo at maria.alamo@nbso-texas.com

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