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 40 years. After graduating with a physics degree from the University of Oxford and subsequent postgraduate experience at Caltech, he joined Shell in 1980. He has also been a Sloan Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeremy has held a number of senior executive positions, including membership of the leadership team of Shell’s commercial technology company and chief executive of Shell Hydrogen. Since January 2006 he has been on the strategy leadership team of Shell, advising the CEO and Board. In particular, he is responsible for Shell’s Global Business Environment team, which is best known for developing forward-looking scenarios to support strategic thinking and direction-setting. Jeremy also advises external bodies like the World Economic Forum, The Performance Theatre and the Singapore government.

Steven Fries

Steven Fries

Chief Economist

Steven is Shell’s Chief Economist, a role he previously held from 2006 to 2011.Before rejoining 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 senior positions at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, including Deputy Chief Economist and Director of Research.

Steven began his career as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and holds a DPhil in economics from the University of Oxford and a degree in economics and finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

David Hone

David Hone

Chief Climate Change Adviser

David joined Shell in 1980 after graduating as a chemical engineer from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He has worked in refinery technology, oil trading and shipping for Shell.

David is a board member of the International Emissions Trading Association and was its Chairman from 2011-13. He is a board member of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in Washington, USA, and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

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”.

Cho-Oon Khong

Cho-Oon Khong

Chief Political Analyst

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

He joined the Shell Scenarios team in 1994, and has since led a wide range of country and focused scenario projects, and also actively helped develop sets of Shell scenarios 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 is a core faculty member of the Oxford Scenarios Programme. He is also an Academy Adjunct Faculty member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, UK.

Cho was previously an academic at the University of Bath, UK, and the National University of 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 the University of Cambridge.

Peter Wood

Geraldine Wessing

Chief Energy Adviser

Peter is Shell’s Chief Energy Advisor. His team is responsible for worldwide energy analysis and long-term global energy scenarios, and advises Shell companies on issues such as pricing, global supply and demand, regulations, energy policy, markets and industry structure.

He joined Shell in 1997 and has held various positions in petroleum engineering and commercial and strategy functions in the Netherlands, Syria, Saudi Arabia, France and the USA. He has also been seconded to the International Energy Agency in Paris. Peter’s education started on a farm in the north of England and he later earned an MSci in physics from Durham University, UK, and an MBA from the Institute of Management Development, Switzerland.

Tijs Beek

Steven Fries

Senior Energy Advisor

Tijs joined Shell in 2005 after completing his master’s degree at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. In his role as Senior Energy Advisor he helps the Scenarios team understand how the world’s energy system could develop during the energy transition, especially with regard to global oil and gas supply.

Before joining the Shell Scenarios team, he held various upstream roles for Shell in the Netherlands, Brunei and Iraq, and worked in internal audit and on global capital project improvement. 

Georgios Bonias

Steven Fries

Senior Energy Analyst

Georgios is a Senior Energy Analyst in strategy and planning for Shell Scenarios. He is part of Shell’s World Energy Model team and focuses on generating insights for Shell strategy and businesses.

Georgios joined Shell in 2013. He has significant analytics and business experience having worked as Analytics Lead for Shell Lubricants Supply Chain before joining the Scenarios team in 2013. Previously, he worked for Procter & Gamble in various supply chain roles. He holds an MBA and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the London School of Economics. 

Adam Eales

Steven Fries

Energy Analyst

Adam joined Shell in 2015, in a computational research role, focused on using machine learning to improve the efficiency of upstream oil and gas operations.

Since joining the Shell Scenarios team in 2018, Adam has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence in Shell’s long-horizon energy models and has led research into the decarbonisation pathways for industrial sectors, ranging from steel and cement to agriculture and textiles.

In 2019, Adam led the Shell Scenarios Sketch The Digitalisation of Society, which explored the impact of legal, social and market drivers on the future of digital technologies. Adam has represented the company in external engagements on the energy transition and digitalisation. 

Adam has a background in chemical engineering, with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, including a PhD in computational fluid mechanics.

Martin Haigh

Martin Haigh

Senior Energy Adviser

Martin is Senior Energy Adviser and leads Shell’s World Energy Model team, which explores how energy demand is evolving in different countries and sectors.

Martin joined Shell in 2003 and has been a member of the Shell Scenarios team since 2004. He has led the development of Shell’s World Energy Model, which has underpinned the last three Shell scenario rounds and built on Shell’s 50-year history in scenario planning. 

Martin works with many institutions, including MIT’s Climate Science team, the International Energy Agency and has participated in the IPCC Sixth Assessment focusing on energy systems modelling. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Martin’s background is mathematics. He has experience in mathematical and economic modelling in the transport, telecom and energy industries.

Peter Heijmans

David Hone

Senior Economist

Peter took up the position of senior economist in 2008, where he is responsible for advising Shell on global economic developments and for analysis supporting strategy development, investment evaluations and business planning.

Before joining the Shell Scenarios team, Peter held various other positions at the Shell Asset Management Company, Saudi Aramco, the Institute of International Finance, the Ministry of Finance in the Netherlands and the European Commission in Brussels. 

Mallika Ishwaran

Mallika Ishwaran

Senior Economist and Policy Adviser

Mallika is Senior Economist and Policy Advisor at Shell. She advises on economic, energy and climate policies to shape Shell’s long-term scenarios. She leads strategic engagements on energy transitions with national and city governments across the world, notably a multi-year collaboration with the Chinese government. Mallika also helps shape Shell’s policy and advocacy on the energy transition to support the company’s decarbonisation strategy. She sits on a range of external advisory boards.

Before joining Shell, she was Deputy Director at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responsible for evidence and analysis across the environment, food and green economy portfolio. She has held senior positions in the UK government, including at the Cabinet Office as Head of Policy Analysis for the 2009 G20 London Summit. Before that, Mallika worked in senior economics and policy roles in the USA. 

Mallika holds PhD and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and a BA from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India.

Eric Puik

Eric Puik

Senior Energy Adviser

Eric works in Shell's Corporate Strategy department 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 developing 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 Amsterdam, followed by an additional posting in surface physics at the FOM Institute of Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen in the Netherlands.

Geraldine Wessing

Geraldine Wessing

Senior Political Analyst and Scenario Practitioner

Geraldine advises on political trends and risk for the Scenarios team. She also leads, builds and develops country and global scenarios internally for Shell and in collaboration externally with academic, public and private organisations.

Geraldine is also the team’s in-house scenarios trainer, providing introductory as well as immersive scenarios training for colleagues new to the Scenarios and Shell Strategy teams.

She joined Shell’s Scenarios in 2013, after eight years in various functions at the company's Corporate Affairs departments. She studied business economics and history at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and earned her master’s degree in international relations at King’s College London.

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