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The 21st Annual Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Technical Symposium is fortunate to have lunchtime Keynote speakers that will provide context to current topics in Deepwater.

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Tuesday, August 22

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Imran Khan  

Imran Khan

Wood Mackenzie, Senior Manager, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Upstream Oil and Gas

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Topic:

"Deepwater Gulf of Mexico: Production growing but can investment grow?"

Biography:

Imran Khan, CFA, joined Wood Mackenzie in 2013 and is currently the Senior Manager of the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Upstream Oil and Gas research team. Imran and his team focus on developing asset valuations, publishing insights on regional trends and advising on consulting projects. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Imran worked as a Senior Analyst with an energy focused buy-side investment fund in Houston. Imran graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an M.S. in Civil Engineering and received his MBA from Georgia State University. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.

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 Wednesday, August 23

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Joe Leimkuhler  

Joe Leimkuhler

Vice President of Drilling for LLOG Exploration

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Topic:

“Can the U.S. Dominate Energy?”

Biography:

Joe Leimkuhler is the Vice President of Drilling for LLOG Exploration based in Covington, Louisiana. Joe is responsible for all Drilling and Completion Operations and Well Engineering for LLOG. Prior to joining LLOG in early 2012 Joe was the Offshore Well Delivery Manager for Shell International E&P Co, (SIEP) covering all Gulf of Mexico well operations for all Semi-Submersible and Drillships. Prior to the SIEP role, Joe served in a similar role as the Offshore Well Delivery Manager for Shell E&P – Americas, covering all TLP, Platform and Jack-Up based offshore well operations in the Americas.

Prior to taking on a management role, Joe served as the Project Drilling Engineer for the Mars development, and as an instructor at Shell’s Bellaire Research Center in Houston, where he taught Shell’s Drilling Engineering classes.

Before working for Shell Joe worked for M-I Drilling Fluids in the Wyoming Overthrust belt and for ARCO in Drilling and Reservoir engineering in Bakersfield California.

Joe graduated from the University of Montana in 1981 with BS degrees in Geology and Forestry; in 1987 he graduated from the University of Wyoming with a MS in Petroleum Engineering.

Joe serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Drilling Engineers, and served as the National President of AADE from 2007 to 2009. He has served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the GOM Deepwater Technical Symposium for the years, 2010-2015. Joe is a 30 year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and also serves on various University Engineering Advisory boards focused on Petroleum Engineering. Joe and his wife Stephanie live in Mandeville, La, they have two grown children and 6 grand children.

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