Keynote Speakers






Emmanuelle Garinet – TOTAL

Emmanuelle Garinet is Vice President Strategy, Planning, Portfolio & Performance in Exploration for TOTAL Paris, France.

Mrs. Garinet has 24 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, mostly in the Exploration domain. She began her career in 1997 with ELF as a geophysicist working for New Ventures. Post the merger of ELF and TOTAL, she was posted in Norway, and then in Angola, where she had an active role in the major oil discoveries of offshore Block 32.

In 2008, Mrs. Garinet moved to Gabon in the role of Exploration Manager, where she participated in the rejuvenation of Exploration activities. In 2012, Mrs. Garinet was named Geosciences Manager for Nigeria, working in support of TOTAL’s Nigerian subsidiary. In 2015, she took a transversal position in the Exploration Excellence Team, which allowed her to provide support to TOTAL’s exploration teams worldwide. In 2017, Mrs. Garinet moved to Houston, where she was in charge of leading TOTAL’s exploration activities in South America, including entering prolific licenses in Guyana, Suriname and Brasil.

In 2020, in a time of unprecedented crisis but also best ever year for Total’s exploration results, Mrs. Garinet was promoted to the role of Vice President Strategy, Planning, Portfolio & Performance in Exploration, based in Paris.

Mrs. Garinet is fully engaged and involved in the development of young female professionals in the oil and gas industry. During a certain time she led a local chapter of the company’s mentoring network for women, the TOTAL Women’s Initiative for Communication and Exchange (TWICE).

Mrs. Garinet has a Master’s degree from the Geological Engineering School of Nancy, France, as well as a Master’s degree in Geophysics from the IFP School in Paris.



Phil Kirk –  Harbour Energy

Phil is currently President and CEO Europe of Harbour Energy plc one of the leading European independent oil and gas companies and the largest net producer in the UK.Phil was previously CEO and founder of  the Chrysaor Group. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 1991, he joined Hess in 1996 where he served a variety of roles including Head of Finance, North West Europe. In 2002, Phil set up CH4 Energy where he was Joint Managing Director. CH4 acquired and operated the Markham Field and associated satellites on the UK/Dutch median line. After selling CH4 to Venture Production in 2006, he founded Chrysaor in 2007 and led the group until completion of the merger. Phil has been a member of the Board of Oil and Gas UK since 2013 and recently retired from the position of Co-Chair. He is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Energy Institute and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.



Sophie Zurquiyah – CGG

Sophie Zurquiyah is CEO of CGG, a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to the oil and gas industry.

She has over 29 years of experience in the oilfield services industry successfully leading large global organizations delivering high-end products and services, ranging from subsurface technical services, equipment engineering and manufacturing, to integrated solutions, to clients worldwide in the oil & gas industry.

She holds dual citizenship in France and the United States. She is married with two daughters.



Christopher Jackson – University of Manchester

Professor Christopher Jackson is Chair in Sustainable Geoscience at the University of Manchester. Having completed his BSc (1998) and PhD (2002) at the University of Manchester, Chris was employed as an exploration research geologist in the Norsk Hydro (now Equinor) research centre, Bergen, Norway. He then moved to Imperial College in 2004, where he used traditional fieldwork techniques and seismic reflection data to study the evolution of sedimentary basins. Chris very recently returned to the University of Manchester (2021), where he continues to work on a range of problems related to basin structure and evolution. When not studying rocks and the ways in which they deform, Chris gives geoscience lectures to the general public and in schools, having appeared on several, Earth Science-focused, television productions and podcasts. Chris is actively engaged in efforts to improve equality, diversity, and inclusivity in Earth Science in particular, and Higher Education in general.