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UPPA, Carnot ISIFoR, Member of the French technology academy

Isabelle Moretti is a scientist with a master in mathematics and a Ph.D. in earth science from Univ Paris XI. She were post doc in Cornell Uni and MIT and then began her career in 1987 at the French Petroleum Institute (now IFPen) where she held various project management positions working in France and abroad. She intersperses her research and appraisal activities for industry (TOTAL, CEPSA, YPFB) with work for governmental entities. She is author of more than 130 scientific papers, directed a twenty of PhD. In 2012, she moved to ENGIE as Expert, and became Chief Scientific Officer of the company in early 2018. It that position, she selected the technologies of tomorrow in renewable energies and other emerging markets and lead the research programs of the company. She has been also president of the GERG (European Gas Research organization), member of the board of Ineris and BRGM. She has been elected at the French Technology Academy in 2018. She is now back to the academic world and lead a team dedicated to natural hydrogen at the Pau university (UPPA).

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Dr Ema Frery

Senior Research Scientist CSIRO, Perth Australia

Emanuelle Frery is a senior research scientist with expertise in multidisciplinary projects. She loves to synthesis work from different disciplines and apply her expertise in structural geology to comprehensive assessments of energy production impact on the groundwater systems and the environment. She is passionate about fluid and gas circulation along natural faults and the impact of those circulations on the seismic cycle. She works with a multi-scale approach, from fieldwork to laboratory analyses and to numerical modelling. She acquired a worldwide academic expertise in this field with a PhD thesis on the circulation recorded in the well-known red sandstone of the Colorado Plateau and her implication in the IODP research. Before joining CSIRO, she also worked in the oil and gas industry as a seismic interpreter and a petroleum system analyst.

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Scientific Director GEO4U, Rio, Brazil Associate Professor of the IPGP and of the LIED (Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Energies de Demain), Université Paris VII, Founding Partner HYNAT and CTO HYNAT

Alain Prinzhofer, after a diploma of engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (France), defended a PhD on Structural geology and petrology in the ophiolitic complex of New Caledonia. He defends a Thèse d’Etat” (French State Doctorate) in geochemistry in the IPGP, devoted to the processes of mantle partial melting in extensive areas. He worked then two years in Caltech (California) on Samarium/Neodymium isotopes in meteorites and 20 years in IPFEN, where he focuses mainly on gas geochemistry (HC, stable isotopes and noble gas isotopes). Creating a laboratory of stable isotopes and of noble isotopes, his research deals with various issues concerning gas sources, generation, migration, contamination and alteration. After 3 years in the O&G company HRT (Brazil), he creates the service and research company GEO4U (Brazil). He works today on the geochemistry of natural gas in general, but his main interest is now the exploration of natural hydrogen on the planet, both in ophiolitic environments than in continental cratons. In 2015, he wrote a book on natural hydrogen with Eric Deville.

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Special Advisor Hydrogen ENGIE

Olivier Lhote is director of the natural hydrogen project at Engie and coordinates various exploration projects, particularly in Brazil and France, and research subjects, particularly around the kinetics and behavior of hydrogen in the subsurface. He previously worked in the technical department of the Hydrogen Business Unit on storage (surface and subsurface) and transport (gas pipelines, liquefaction and hydrogen carrier molecules) activities for industrial and R&D projects for hydrogen production by electrolysis powered with renewable energies. Previously, he spent most of his activity in the gas sector in exploration-production, first as an engineer with Total in Africa and in Europe, then with Engie in various positions as project manager, asset manager, portfolio manager of assets, and responsible for all Geosciences activities of Engie’s upstream activities mainly located in Northern Europe and North Africa, including direct management of exploration.

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Interpretation Engineering Manager SCHLUMBERGER

Graduated from IFP School (GEO 1985) and completed a PhD in Geology from ‘Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour’. After several years as a consultant for British & American O&G independents, and as a Seismic Stratigraphy lecturer, she joined Schlumberger. Her domain of expertise is borehole geology and log interpretation, basin geology, sedimentology, seismic interpretation, sequence stratigraphy, reservoir characterization, as well as project management. She held different positions in Engineering, University Relations and Recruiting in Europe, European Affairs HR & RD, and more recently Geology Domain Expert for Schlumberger Carbon Services.  She is a Principal Geologist and is currently the Interpretation Engineering manager for Formation Evaluation. Isabelle has been an active member of AAPG since 1989, of Evolen (previously AFTP) since 1986, of SPE since 2000, of Société Géologique de France since 2018.Since 2004 Isabelle is the Evolen 3G Committee (Geologie, Geophysique, Gisement) President.  She is an AAPG Europe elected representative to the AAPG House of Delegates since 2010 (fourth term 2019-2022).

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Tom Darrah, Ph.D. is a Professor of Earth Sciences and the Executive Director of The Global Water Institute at Ohio State University. He was the Founder of Smart Gas Sciences, a leading provider of gas geochemical analyses and consulting to the petroleum, geothermal, and nuclear power industries and Director of the Ohio State Gas Geochemistry Laboratory. He was a 2018 recipient of the John Hem and Dalway Swaine awards and is an internationally-recognized expert in gas geochemistry, energy, and water. His work on shale gas and geological hydrogen has included developing and optimizing SMaRTS exploration strategies and developing global assessments of the potential for helium and natural hydrogen production. His research program at Ohio State has been funded by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as various international government, industry, and foundational sponsors.