Future Downstream

Online | 2-3 March 2021

Industry transition accelerates digitalisation drive at Future Downstream

[London, 2nd October 2019] The downstream and oil and gas industry is rushing headlong into the digital era. And the transformation that is underway is one that will eventually affect all aspects of the industry’s global supply chain.


Keynote: Improving asset performance with digital technologies
Claudia Zuluaga, Principal Digital Product Manager, Shell

Panel discussion: Stuart Broadley, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Industries Council; Inge Wild, Program Manager Digitalisation, Linde AG; Elisabetta Purlalli, Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Competence Center, Change, Eni SpA; Raahil Burhaani, Chief Information Officer, Essar Oil (UK) Limited

Networking break


Future Downstream is a high-level strategic forum for refining and petrochemical business leaders and technologists to meet and explore the impact of disruptive innovation & digital transformation on the industry.

  2019 Brochure

Cetin Karakus

Global Head of Quantitative and Analytical Solutions, BP

Udayan Vyas

Emerging Technology Strategist, Chevron

Michael Lewis

Cybersecurity and Technology Planner, Chevron

Bob Maughon

EVP Sustainability, Technology and Innovation, CTO & CSO, SABIC

Noorddin Taj

Technology Strategy, Architecture and Digital Innovation Lead, BP

Fadhlan Nik Abdul Aziz

Head of Innovation, PETRONAS

Marijn Bezuijen

SME and Business Opportunity Manager, Predictive Maintenance, Shell

Richard Zhang

Software Product Development Lead, Shell Hydrogen

Future Downstream Attendee Testimonials

The conference provided an intimate setting to exchange ideas on digital innovation opportunities, challenges and solutions with other downstream leaders

Ann Sun

Vice President, Market Development, Atomiton

The Future Downstream 2019 conference was a very productive and rich event for collaboration among companies in our industry, to discuss the challenges and share best practices to overcome them when building your Digital Strategy. (...) I look forward for more events like this, bringing real cases and collaboration among corporations to continually address the new challenges ahead of our industry in today’s and tomorrow’s world.

Marcos Abech

Digital Transformation Lead, Braskem

I was honoured to moderate the opening panels of the excellent Future Downstream conference, and I must compliment the organizers for the outstanding quality of conference topics and panellists, which ensured we had the best possible panel debates. The outcomes were surprising and extremely helpful for all attendees as they pointed to a new and fast-changing world of BOTH digital and energy transition disruption that will come to define all our jobs in the very near future across the entire downstream sector

Stuart Broadley

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Industries Council

Future Downstream hit the mark in terms of industry relevance, a good balance between presentations and the opportunity to interact and network, a great range of speakers, and a number of practical takeaways that can impact business projects today. It was a pleasure to both present and be part of the event.

Rik Irons-Mclean

Chief Architect – Industries, CTO Office, Industry Solutions Group, Cisco Systems

The events are jam packed with content and speakers relevant to exploring the future of the energy sector. It has been a pleasure to share how BakerHughesC3.ai has a strategic role to play in that future, to accelerate Digital Transformation across the Oil & Gas sector

Sak Nayagam

Global Marketing Director, Digital, Baker Hughes

It was a pleasure to deliver the key note, on behalf of Shell, in the Future of Downstream conference. It offered the great insights of where the whole Downstream supply chain is, and the incredible work ahead needed to catch up when it comes to Digital transformation. An effort that will need all value chain leaders involved

Claudia Zuluaga

Principal Digital Product Manager, Shell

Really an inspiring conference covering a broad scope of relevant digital topics, such as data management, digital skills and cybersecurity.  The variation between different formats made the day very lively. Well done! Thanks for inviting me as a speaker!

Dorothee Arns

Director General, European Association of Chemical Distributors Fecc

Future Downstream 2019 Sponsors


Future Downstream took place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London on 1-2 October 2019

CONFERENCE VENUE: Millennium Gloucester London Kensington Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 4LH

 Digital in the HPI represents a very substantial opportunity, but companies need a strategy to succeed in this new world. Changes are starting to happen and at a pace that is unprecedented, but the impact of change is uneven and significant uncertainty exists. Strategy is the art of making hard-to-reverse choices ahead of time and in the face of uncertainty to create and capture economic profit.

Industry leaders should not shy away from this task but instead develop clear digital strategies based on an understanding of where and how impacts will occur in their sector. 

Digital in chemicals: From technology to impact, McKinsey & Company