Bergen, Norway 11 – 13 June, 2019

Keynote Speakers 2019

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister of Norway

‘The oceans have huge potential when it comes to meeting the world’s need for resources and creating jobs and economic and social development. We will not be able to realise this potential without sustainable growth in ocean-based industries,’ said Ms Solberg when launching the new High-Level panel for a sustainable Ocean Economy. At UTC 2019 she will talk about Ocean Industries and the total energy perspective from a political angle.

Anders Opedal

Executive Vice President, Technology, Projects and Drilling – EQUINOR

Opedal joined Equinor in 1997 as a petroleum engineer in the Statfjord operations. Previously, he worked for Schlumberger and Baker Hughes. He has held a range of positions in Equinor in Drilling and well, Procurement and projects. He served as Chief Procurement Officer in Equinor from 2007-2010. In 2011, he took on the role as Senior Vice President for Projects in Technology, Projects and Drilling (TPD) responsible for Equinor’s approximately NOK 300 billion project portfolio.

He served as Equinor’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before taking the role as Senior Vice President for Development & Production International, Brazil. His most recent position, which he held from August 2018, was Executive Vice President for Development & Production Brazil.

Michael Bloomfield

Vice president and General Manager, OCEANEERING space systems

Mike is a 1981 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  Mike served 26 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot, test pilot and NASA astronaut. While at NASA, he made three trips into space, serving as the commander on his final flight.  He also held several management positions at NASA, including Chief of Safety for the Astronaut Office, Chief Instructor Astronaut, and Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations.  In this role, Mike represented the Astronaut office for the critical go, no-go decisions prior to each shuttle launch.  Mike also served as the ex-officio member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, providing technical and operational expertise to board members as they investigated the reasons for Columbia’s loss.

Mike is VP and GM of Oceaneering Space Systems, a division of Oceaneering that provides space flight hardware and space suits to NASA.

At UTC 2019 he will talk about his experiences from space, and potential crossover technologies from space to the subsea field.

Graham Henley

Vice President Engineering, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL

Graham Henley is Vice President Engineering in Royal Dutch Shell’s Projects & Technology organisation. He leads Shell’s global engineering capability including teams providing process and discipline engineering support to Shell’s upstream, LNG and downstream assets worldwide.

Graham joined Shell in 1983 after completing a degree in Electronic Engineering. Graham’s career has been predominantly in engineering and projects. From 2013 to 2018 he was Shell’s VP Conventional Oil & Gas Projects, accountable for the delivery of onshore and offshore oil and gas projects in Shell’s upstream heartlands including UK, Norway, Netherlands, Nigeria, Iraq Malaysia and the Philippines.

Astrid Onsum

Head of Offshore Wind, AKER SOLUTIONS

Ms. Onsum has more than 20 years of experience from the energy sector, working with Aker Solutions for the majority of her career in a range of technical and leadership roles, onshore and on offshore sites. As the managing director for Aker Solutions’ engineering business in Norway for 5 years she oversaw delivery of some of the most complex offshore engineering projects in the world. From 2016, Ms. Onsum held the role of Chief Digital Officer for Aker Solutions. She is now putting this experience to work as she develops Aker Solutions’ offshore wind business under an ambitious growth strategy. Ms Onsum holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Trondheim (NTNU) in Norway.

William Zimmern

Head of global macroeconomics, BP

William has been at BP since September 2014. He manages the production of the Energy Outlook, BP’s view of long-term energy markets, and leads the economic analysis on the energy transition. He is responsible for research on the global economy which is a key component of the company view on oil and gas markets and country risk.


Before BP William was head of PwC’s Macro Consulting practice in London which specialised in macroeconomic advice and economic strategy. Before PwC, William worked in UK central Government in the Ministry of Finance (HM Treasury) and the Department for Work and Pensions. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.