Meet the team

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham

Vice President Global Business Environment and Head of Shell Scenarios

Jeremy has been in the energy business for more than 35 years. After graduating with a physics degree from Oxford University, he joined Shell in 1980. He also holds a Masters degree in management from MIT, where he was a Sloan Fellow from 1990 to 1991.

Jeremy joined the leadership team of Shell Global Solutions in 1999, with specific responsibility for commercial and strategic developments including new business. He was subsequently appointed as chief executive of Shell Hydrogen. Since January 2006 he has been responsible for Shell’s Global Business Environment team, which is best known for developing forward-looking scenarios to support strategic thinking and direction-setting.

Wim Thomas

Wim Thomas

Chief Energy Adviser

Wim is Chief Energy Advisor and leads the Energy Analysis practice in Shell. His team is also responsible for Shell’s long-term global energy scenarios, informing Group Strategy.

He has been with the Shell Group for some 33 years, with prior positions in drilling operations, subsurface reservoir management and commercial and regulatory affairs in gas.

Wim is chairman of the UK national committee of the World Petroleum Council and is a former chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He holds a postgraduate degree in Maritime Technology from Delft University in The Netherlands.

Wim has been in his current role for the past 14 years, and also heads up the Energy Analysis Team in Shell’s Global Scenario Group. He leads a team responsible for worldwide energy analysis and long-term global energy scenarios, and advises Shell companies on a wide range of energy issues, including global supply and demand, regulations, energy policy, markets, pricing and industry structure.

Steven Fries

Steven Fries

Chief Economist

Steven is Shell’s Chief Economist, a role he previously held from 2006 to 2011. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

Before re-joining the company in 2016, he was Director of Analysis and Chief Economist for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. He has also held a series of senior positions at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, including Deputy Chief Economist and Director of Research. He began his professional career as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, and holds a DPhil in economics from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in economics and finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 

David Hone

David Hone

Chief Climate Change Adviser

David joined Shell Australia at Geelong Refinery in 1980, after graduating as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Adelaide. During his time with Shell he has worked in refinery technology, oil trading and shipping areas.

David is a board member of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), and served as Chairman between 2011 and 2013. He is also a board member of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in Washington DC.

David posts regularly on his energy and climate change blog and contributes to The Energy Collective, a US-based blog. He has also written a book on climate change, ‘Putting the Genie Back: Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma’.

Ewa Merchel

Ewa Merchel

Energy Transitions Programme Manager and Strategic Project Manager

Ewa has over 14 years’ commercial experience with Shell across Downstream, Integrated Gas and Alternative Energy.

She is an economist by training, holds an MBA, and has worked as a deal lead in Europe, China, Russia and Iraq. Before joining the Shell Scenarios team, she held the role of Business Innovation Manager for Integrated Gas, with responsibility for developing innovative country value propositions and new business models for gas, which included shaping their global program for CO2 management.

She has a strong track record of managing large projects with complex non-technical considerations and in challenging geo-political environments.

Mallika Ishwaran

Mallika Ishwaran

Senior Economist and Policy Adviser

Mallika works within Group Strategy at Shell, focusing on policy and regulatory developments affecting the energy system.  She has over 17 years’ experience working as an economist and policymaker in the public and private sectors, as well as academia. 

Her role at Shell involves advising the Scenarios team on energy and climate change policies that inform Shell’s long-term scenario outlooks. Her work has a significant impact on Shell’s strategic engagements with national governments, as well as Shell’s internal policy and advocacy positions. Mallika also regularly represents Shell on these issues at external events.

Martin Haigh

Martin Haigh

Senior Energy Adviser

Senior Energy Adviser and Lead Shell World Energy Model (WEM)

Martin has been working for Shell for 14 years, and has been a member of the Shell Scenarios Team for the last twelve.

He has led the development of Shell’s World Energy Model, which has underpinned the last two Shell scenario rounds and built on Shell’s 45-year history in scenario planning.  Martin was also a principal contributor to the team’s ‘A Better Life with a Healthy Planet’ booklet looking at the most promising means for very long-term decarbonisation of the whole energy system.

He speaks frequently on the scenario approach as well as energy-related issues, for a variety of audiences.  He is a judge for Shell’s UK-wide schools competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge.  He takes particular interest in energy technology development and environmental change.  He has jointly authored papers on energy technology deployment, and the long-term potential for renewables.  Martin works with many institutions, including MIT’s Climate Science team, the IEA, and a UK universities group focused on energy systems modelling.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Martin’s background is mathematics, with experience in mathematical and economic modelling in the transport and telecoms industries, as well as for energy.  

Cho-Oon Khong

Cho-Oon Khong

Chief Political Analyst

Cho advises on political trends and political risk, and leads the external environment assessments for Shell’s country reviews.

He joined the Shell Scenarios team in 1994, and since then has led a wide range of country scenario projects, actively helping to develop sets of Shell Scenarios right up to the present.

Cho has worked on scenario projects with international organisations, governments, universities and businesses across the world.  He is an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, where he teaches on the Oxford Scenarios Programme. He is also an Academy Adjunct Faculty member at Chatham House, and is a member of the Brains Trust, Evian Group in Lausanne.

Cho was previously an academic at Bath University and National University Singapore. After graduating from Singapore University, he received his MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics under a Ford Foundation scholarship, and did post-doctoral research at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Eric Puik

Eric Puik

Senior Energy Adviser

Eric works in Shell's Corporate Strategy department based in The Hague, Netherlands, and has been with the Shell Group for about 25 years. His focus is on worldwide energy supply and demand analysis and its strategic implications for Shell.

During his time at Shell, Eric's career has evolved from R&D to commercial, and from downstream refining to upstream exploration. He has held a wide range of positions in downstream-upstream process engineering and R&D management, and in identifying and maturing commercial and exploration investment opportunities in the Middle East, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Before joining Shell, Eric earned a PhD in Physics from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, followed by an additional posting in Surface Physics at the FOM Institute of Plasma Physics in the Netherlands.

Geraldine Wessing

Geraldine Wessing

Political Analyst and Scenario Practitioner

Geraldine joined the Scenarios team in 2013, after having worked in Shell since 2005 in various functions including the company's UK Government Relations and Corporate Security departments. Within the Scenarios team, Geraldine is one of two political analysts providing support to country, regional and senior executives in their strategic and portfolio decision-making by way of providing geo-political analysis.

Geraldine is also the team’s in-house scenarios trainer providing introductory as well as immersive scenarios experiences to colleagues new to the Scenarios team and Strategy function more broadly. She studied Business Economics and History at the University of Leiden and did her Masters on International Relations at King’s College London.

Peter Heijmans

Peter Heijmans, Senior Economist

Peter Heijmans, Senior Economist

Peter is a Senior Economist with global macroeconomic focus, a role he previously held from 2008 to 2012 with the Shell Scenarios team. Before re-joining the team in March 2017, he was Head of the Strategy department at the Shell Asset Management Company (SAMCo). He has also held a series of economist positions at Saudi Aramco (KSA), the Institute of International Finance (USA), ABN AMRO bank (NLD) and the European Commission (DG Taxation and Customs Union). Peter started his career at the Dutch Ministry of Finance as a tax policy advisor.

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