SPE Online Education
Biomimicry Deep Dive
Recorded On: 12/05/2022
As today’s nonpareil of information and technology advances, innovators must pace the ever-changing landscapes of their fields to realize the value in their efforts. With the imminence of climate change, the urgency increases for technologies that can be converted into successful innovations.
Drawing upon the 3.8-billion-year natural history of life evolving on planet Earth, this talk explores biomimicry solutions that offer an opportunity for oil and gas professionals to take action and bring about sustainable and regenerative outcomes across the entire value chain of the industry. We also discuss deep patterns in natural evolutionary ecologies, seeking analogous strategies for innovation, especially in fields that feel stuck in the “way things are done”.
This webinar is categorized under the Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical discipline.
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Farid Mohamed is a passionately curious creative thinker and problem solver who thrives in collaborative environments to discover and implement innovative strategies. As a biomimicry professional, he adopts an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable and regenerative solutions to human challenges by emulating time-tested biological intelligence, patterns and strategies found in nature. He is dedicated in helping to create products, processes and systems, and forming new ways of living that are well adapted to all life on earth over the long haul. With a rich background in Oil and Gas industry (over 16 years of Geomechanics technical consulting experience), he is keen to re-imagine how the energy industry can generously and positively contribute to the well-being of society, nature and the planet. He holds master’s degrees in Geoscience and Biomimicry.
Nick Heier comes to Biomimicry 3.8 after serving more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces. He is an alumnus of Arizona State University with Master of Science degrees in both Biomimicry and Construction Management and Technologies. He has also earned a professional certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Innovation and Technology. His work focuses on enhancing innovation adoption rates in the building industry for sustainable technologies.
Originally from Philadelphia, Nick currently resides in Colorado Springs, USA with his family. Outside of work you can find Nick outdoors, exploring the world around him and practicing all sorts of yoga.
Flora Moon is the sustainability director for Expressworks, a change management consultancy that helps clients navigate systemic change. A former award-winning filmmaker, Moon’s focus is now on change and transformation, helping people move from current to next state successfully. Her clients have included DuPont, Halliburton, Williams and Chevron as well as the City of Houston and national / international NGOs. Moon has served on the SPE Sustainable Development Technical Section Steering Committee since 2016 and is one of the co-founders of the SPE Gaia Sustainability Program.
She currently co-leads the natural capital and regeneration effort for Gaia. Moon is the author of several papers on sustainability and strategy. In 2020 she received the SPE Sustainability and Stewardship Award from the Gulf Coast Region and the Environment and Energy Leaders Award in 2021. She is the recipient of the 2022 SPE Sustainability and Stewardship Award.
Nihal Mounir (Moderator)
Nihal Mounir is a graduate teaching assistant at Imperial College London and a member of the group of experts on carbon neutrality with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Her work focuses on carbon capture and storage, low-carbon technologies, and decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries. She has more than 7 years of experience in oil and gas reservoir geomechanics, production operations, drilling waste management, and petroleum engineering consulting.
Nihal is one of the founders and the first chair of the SPE Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also the chair of SPE Young Member Engagement committee and the co-lead for the natural capital topic within the SPE Gaia Board. She previously held several SPE volunteer positions within the Young Professionals Committee in Egypt as well as a director on the SPE Egypt Section Board. Nihal holds a MSc degree from the imperial college London in petroleum engineering and a bachelors degree in natural gas and petroleum engineering from Alexandria University.
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