Who we are
This is the organising committee members.
Jens BengtssonAssociate Professor
Jens is an associate professor at the School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His teaching and research areas are within operations and supply chain management, decision analysis and real options. Before joining the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, he worked for the Norwegian School of Economics and the Institute of Technology at Linkoping University in Sweden.
Trygve BotnCEO | Decision Advisor
Trygve has experience as a Decision Science Professional from Chevron and as a consultant. He is a Fellow at the Society of Decisions Professionals and is the Founder of ThinQ Decisions, an Oslo-based decision consultancy firm. With over 15 years of energy industry experience from Chevron, Trygve has held several key roles as a Decision Professional Leader, Advisor, and Analyst in Norway, the USA, and Kazakhstan. He has applied the principles of Decision Quality (DQ) to several major investment decisions for various oil & gas projects, technology development, renewable energy, business development and commercial investments decisions, and corporate strategies. Trygve has led several organizational DQ efforts and worked to enhance methodologies and practices in framing, economics and evaluations, Value of Information, and portfolio selection.
Reidar Brumer BratvoldDecision Advisor | Professor of Investment and Decision Analysis
Reidar is a partner at ThinQ Decisions and a Professor of Investment and Decision Analysis at the University of Stavanger where he is teaching and supervising graduate students doing research in decision & data analytics including artificial intelligence and machine learning, project valuation, portfolio analysis, real-option valuation, and behavioral challenges in decision-making. Prior to academia, Reidar spent 15-years in the industry in various technical and key management roles such as Vice President, Managing Director, Senior Scientist, and Reservoir Engineer. Reidar has published numerous papers on topics such as decision-making, value of information, application of machine learning, Bayesian evidence learning, stochastic reservoir modeling, fuzzy logic, data assimilation, and reservoir management. Reidar has also served as the executive editor of the SPE Economics & Management journal.
Andrea DickensSenior Manager, Decision Analysis
Andrea is an experienced internal consultant with over 30 years’ experience of applying Decision Analysis techniques in two international companies. She currently leads CNOOC UK’s Decision Analysis capability which provides consultancy, training and the infrastructure needed to embed Decision Quality thinking across the organisation. Prior to CNOOC, Andrea worked for Unilever where she was the Portfolio & Decision Analysis Director, responsible for embedding Decision Analysis and also designing, developing and implementing Unilever’s long-term innovation portfolio process. Andrea is a Fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals.
Christian DiendorferMechanical Engineer, PhD, MBA
Christian is a mechanical engineer by education, with a PhD from Vienna University of Technology and an MBA in Energy Management from Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has spent several years in the portfolio management department of the Austrian oil company OMV and is currently working at the Austrian Institute of Technology where he focuses on decarbonization strategies of the energy-intensive industry. In addition, he is a board member of the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leader program and secretary of SDP’s Vienna chapter.
Eivind FlatelandVice President Strategy & Key Accounts
Eivind is Vice President Strategy and Key accounts in Business Area Production and Industrial Ownership in Statkraft. He has a Master of Laws from University of Oslo and Universität Mannheim. He has held multiple roles within Statkraft, most recently in the Corporate Strategy function. Prior to joining Statkraft, he worked as a management consultant and as a commercial lawyer.
Verena HagspielProfessor of Investment and Finance
Verena Hagspiel is a Professor of Investment and Finance at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She teaches and supervises graduate students in the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management. Her research focuses on real option analysis, project valuation and decision making under uncertainty within the areas of energy economics, microeconomics and quantitative finance. She applies financial and operational methods to analyze and evaluate investment decisions under uncertainty and is interested in how dynamics and uncertainty affect the firm’s investment and innovation behavior. Verena collaborates with industry players in several research and innovation projects.
Remus Gabriel HaneaLeading Advisor Reservoir Technology
Remus is the leading advisor Reservoir Technology, Assisted History Matching and Optimization/Decision Making in the Subsurface Discipline Excellence department in Equinor. His background is in Applied Mathematics, and he has 15 years of experience in Uncertainty Quantification, Data Assimilation and Optimization and Decisions Making with applications in Atmospheric sciences, Hydrology and in various Energy domains (mainly O&G). He also has a part time professorship position at University of Stavanger. in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, in the group of Petroleum Geoscience Engineering. Remus ’s main research topics are: Assisted History matching and Robust Optimization for Reservoir Management, Value of Information, Decision and risk analysis and Geostatistics. Remus teaches a specialized course for PhD and MSc students on Inverse Modeling, Data Assimilation and Optimization with applications in Reservoir Management, is supervising MSc and PhD students.
Kuno HuismanDirector Business Control | Professor of Decision Making
Kuno Huisman is director business control Twinscan Factory at ASML. Next to that he is part-time full professor of decision making under uncertainty at Tilburg University where he teaches courses on professional skills and investment under uncertainty. Kuno beliefs that decision quality can assist individuals and institutions to make better decisions that will lead more often to desired outcomes. Kuno has worked as a quantitative consultant at CQM for 10 years before joining the Decision Support team of ASML. Kuno earned the Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate from the Stanford Center for Professional Development. Kuno has a Ph.D. and master degree in Operations Research from Tilburg University.
Andrew KilmartinPhD Candidate
Andrew Kilmartin is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years industrial experience spanning: mining, marine, oil and gas and offshore drilling sectors. As a PhD Candidate at The University of Edinburgh, Institute for Energy Systems, where he is working on the European Union’s Horizon 2020 “Energy Systems in Transition” (ENSYSTRA) project. Here he has developed a framework based on Decision Quality (DQ) which can integrate Energy System Modelling and Decision Science in order to support the policy process and integrate investment decision options. He has presented his work: “Unbundling the Energy Union” at the 2021 SDP Annual conference and at the 15th WCEAM and recently has published an article summarizing the benefits of DQ to support the Energy Transition in the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE).
Gilberto MontibellerDirector of Executive and Professional Education School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, UK
Gilberto Montibeller is Professor of Management Science and Director of Executive Education at Loughborough University (UK) and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern California (USA).
Prof Montibeller is an expert in behavioral decision analysis and multi-criteria decision analysis. He is Associate Editor of the Informs Decision Analysis journal and his main areas of application are security decision analysis and health risk management.
Dr Montibeller has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), the London School of Economics (UK), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria), and CNRS Lamsade at Paris Dauphine University (France). He is a member of the SDP executive board.
Peter NaylorSenior Decision Quality Consultant
Pete has over 20 years’ experience as a Decision Professional. He is the Principal Technical Expert for Decision Quality in Shell and manages a project to strengthen decision making across the whole company. He helps managers to make complex decisions, taking full account of risks & uncertainties and has an extensive track record in Project Risk Management, helping managers to deliver their value promises. He has worked within integrated teams on a wide range of projects including appraisal and development strategies, refurbishment of processing facilities and asset integrity management.
Pete has one wife, three children, three children-in-law, four grandchildren and one dog and he lives near Poole in Dorset (UK).
Jost PüttmannAdvisor Decision Quality
Jost is a member of the SDP since 2019 and president of the Vienna Chapter. He is a geologist by education with 25yrs of experience. He started his career as a production geologist working in Germany, Argentina, and Bahrain. The last 21 year, he spent with OMV, holding technical and management roles in exploration, development, and portfolio management, working in Austria, Tunisia, and Norway. Since 2019 he is responsible for the Organizational Decision Quality (ODQ) Program at OMV Upstream, identifying, initiating, and managing DQ/DA projects in the areas of Process & Governance, Organization, System & Tools, and ODQ company culture.
Einar is a Senior Engagement Manager at Strategic Decisions Group (SDG), where he helps clients tackle their most challenging business decisions. Prior to SDG, Einar worked in corporate finance, real estate investments and as a lecturer in corporate finance and investment science at the University of Reykjavik. SDG was founded out of the Standford Research Institute in 1981 and set out to create a new kind of management consulting firm – one that would harness the the power of decision analysis to help clients choose the best course of action in the face of uncertainty, complexity, competing preferences and organizational complexity.
Bartholomeus WilligersDecision Science Director
Bart Willigers is a Decision Scientist working for AstraZeneca. His effort focuses on the application of Decision Quality to drug development. Bart has worked in the pharmaceutical- and oil & gas industry. He has deep insight in decision theory, expert elicitation, Bayesian statistics, finance and machine learning & artificial intelligence. He has extensively published, and is a frequent speaker, on these topics.