Keynote & Plenary Speakers
The 23rd Annual Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Technical Symposium is fortunate to have lunchtime Keynote speakers and a Plenary Session that will provide context to current topics in Deepwater.
Opening Speaker - Wednesday, August 27
Scott A. Angelle
Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Department of the Interior
Scott A. Angelle is Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Department of the Interior. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the regulatory oversight and enforcement of energy industry operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. He joined the bureau on May 24, 2017, following more than 30 years of reforming agencies and organizations in both the public and private sectors. His career is characterized by a strong desire to achieve results that lead to greater success for the organizations he leads.
Most recently, he served as Commissioner, District II, Louisiana Public Service Commission, an elected position he held from 2013 – 2017. As a member of the PSC, he was responsible for serving the public interest by assuring safe, reliable and reasonably-priced services for public utilities and motor carriers. He also served as a member of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and a member of the board at Sunoco Logistics Partners LP.
Angelle began his work in public service in 1988 when he was elected to the St. Martin Parish Police Jury; the youngest person ever selected for the position at age 25. He was elected President of the parish body five years later; also the youngest to hold the position. During this same time he worked as a Petroleum Landman for Angelle and Donohue and Vice President for the Huval Companies with responsibilities for insurance risk management solutions in the energy, government and transportation sectors.
In 2004 he was appointed Secretary, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, a position he held until 2012 under both the Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal gubernatorial administrations. In May of 2010, he was appointed as Interim Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana during the height of the worst oil spill in U.S. history. On behalf of the state, he successfully achieved an early end to the offshore drilling moratorium imposed by the federal government. In November 2010, he returned to the position of Secretary for Natural Resources until resigning to run for Public Service Commissioner.
Angelle is a native of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and a graduate of Breaux Bridge Senior High School. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Land Management. He and his wife Dianne are the proud parents of five children and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.
Lunch Speaker - Tuesday, August 27
Michael Murphy, CFA
Research Analyst – US Gulf of Mexico Upstream
"Making Dollars and Sense of Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Trends"
Michael Murphy, CFA joined Wood Mackenzie in 2018 and is a Research Analyst for the US Gulf of Mexico Upstream Oil and Gas research team. Michael focuses on developing asset valuations and authoring insights on regional trends. He routinely advises on consulting projects.
Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Michael worked as a Finance Analyst at BHP Petroleum in both deepwater and onshore capacities. Prior to that role, he worked in various analyst functions in companies throughout the upstream oil and gas value chain.
Michael graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in Finance and received his Masters from the University of Houston. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Lunch Speaker- Wednesday, August 28
Vice President Production, Gulf of Mexico Deepwater
“A Call to Action for Social Investment”
Richard Tallant (Rick) is Vice President Production leading Shell’s offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico, including seven Shell-operated production hubs and co-ownership of two oil and gas producing asset.
Rick has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Petroleum Engineering and Economics from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He joined Shell in 2003 in the United States as a Reservoir Engineer, holding a variety of technical roles across the full lifecycle of Deepwater assets from exploration to producing assets. Rick became Vice President Production, GoM, Deepwater in February 2018.Rick is an advocate for regional and federal policy initiatives which balances economic development, competitiveness, environmental protection, and ensuring the safety of the more than 1,400 Shell employees and contractors.
Rick is an active volunteer in the community and takes immense pride in helping shape a positive future for the city, the state and the region with a specific focus on efforts relating to conservation, STEM education and economic development. He is a member of the Business Council of New Orleans supporting their Coastal Restoration & Flood Protection initiative and serves as a member of the Executive Board for the New Orleans Business Alliance.
Rick is married to Leslie Tallant and they have three children, Ella, John and Jack, all born in New Orleans. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and experiencing the rich cultural flavor of New Orleans, as well as the other places around the world where he’s lived during his career.