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A first of its kind collaborative hub that dissolves silos, removes barriers and fosters innovation.

Leadership team

Jeff Allyn

CEO

As CEO, it’s my mission to do whatever it takes to remove the barriers and bring the best teams together to advance energy innovation and navigate the energy transition so that we can achieve a net zero future. No matter how difficult the challenge, there’s nothing that can’t be solved when you bring the right blend of talent, perspectives, experiences and technology together and hold it accountable to a well-executed plan.

Shirley Golden

CFO

I joined Shell Finance in 2013. I have held numerous roles in the Upstream and Downstream businesses across North America as well and have executed projects in Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago. I am a strong business partner bringing a wealth of commercial finance business experience, a focus on value delivery, bottom-line performance and team leadership.

Cliff Vars

Head of Product

I combine my interest in science and experience in technology with a curiosity for understanding people’s motivation for using products. What are their goals, needs, frustrations? When we understand the levers that will drive adoption, we can begin to solve the complex energy transition puzzle.

Chris Samuel

Head of Engineering

For me, technical challenges are all about solving for the user experience. I have a passion for building well-crafted products that are effortless and accessible for people to use. My diverse experiences in the travel, communications and climate tech industries inform my approach and perspective. I believe in empowering high-performing, global teams to innovate and deliver products that drive results.

Cristina Mirabal

Head of HR

When people are in a safe and happy environment, great things become possible. My drive comes from creating a culture and building a team where everyone can focus on doing what they love. My job is to make sure that every member of the Onward team can focus on their passion to innovate and transform the energy industry.

Michele “Mik” Isernia

Head of Sales

It's my belief that the best relationships, both personal and professional, are built on trust. I’m always trying to build trust and learn from my colleagues and customers. When a community is able to collectively leverage diverse experiences and technology to address common problems and achieve results, there’s no limit to what we can achieve.

Christine Whatley

Head of Marketing

I love marketing because it is an action-packed adventure, blending creativity with data-driven insights. It's where art meets science, offering new challenges and innovations daily. I am excited to unite a community of scientists to tackle tough energy challenges.

Board of directors

Gabriel Guerra

Vice President Innovation and Performance at Shell

I’ve been a leader in the energy industry for over 20 years and I believe in constant innovation. I strongly believe that if we can dream a better future, we can create it. Innovation and technology, harnessed to aspiration, are the means to a better future for all.

Francesco Menapace

GM Technology Innovation at Shell

I have a deep passion for reinventing business models and scaling high-performing innovation teams. With over 17 years in the industry, I know we have to move faster and more collaboratively if we’re to solve the complex energy and climate challenges we face today. I believe Onward offers a platform that can drive radical innovation and unlock the potential of a community of innovators dedicated to purposeful change. 

Hong Dinh

Digital Program Manager at Shell

As a finance professional with over 20 years of experience with venture startup operations in the energy industry, I know we need new thinking to unblock the road ahead. Onward is empowering collaboration between people from diverse backgrounds with fresh perspectives and distinct experiences. With support and resources, it is the power of these people that will drive transformation in our global energy systems.

Martin Stauble

Independent Energy Consultant and Founder

I’ve spent my career in exploration and lived on several different continents. I’ve had a front row seat at the geopolitical show that impacts energy availability, accessibility and cost. With the experience I’ve gained I’m now focused on preparing the industry for the uncertainty and complexity that lies ahead. Onward is providing the digital tools and data resources that will empower the next generation of explorers. I’m particularly excited about the opportunities for coaching, mentoring and training that the Onward community creates.

Frits Klap

Senior Vice President, Chemicals & Products Canada at Shell

For more than 20 years, I’ve worked in the energy industry and held a variety of commercial, operational and leadership roles. Prior to my current role, I established a profitable decarbonization unit which merged into Shell’s Low Carbon Solutions business and led Shell’s onshore upstream business as Senior Vice President US Shales. I have also served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Aera Energy. I’ve lived and worked in the Netherlands, Qatar, Dubai, Iraq, the UK and the US.

Julie Ferland

Vice President, Innovation Excellence at Shell

As Vice President, Innovation Excellence, my primary role is infusing Shell’s Technology teams with innovative capabilities and tools to Power Progress Together.  Previously, I led Shell TechWorks, Shell’s entrepreneurial innovation hub in Boston. Prior to joining Shell, I held senior leadership positions at Hydroid and Maritime Applied Physics Corporation and served as an Engineering Duty Officer and Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy.  I hold two graduate degrees from MIT and an undergraduate degree from Harvard.

Jeff Allyn

CEO

As CEO, it’s my mission to do whatever it takes to remove the barriers and bring the best teams together to advance energy innovation and navigate the energy transition so that we can achieve a net zero future. No matter how difficult the challenge, there’s nothing that can’t be solved when you bring the right blend of talent, perspectives, experiences and technology together and hold it accountable to a well-executed plan.

Shirley Golden

CFO

I joined Shell Finance in 2013. I have held numerous roles in the Upstream and Downstream businesses across North America as well and have executed projects in Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago. I am a strong business partner bringing a wealth of commercial finance business experience, a focus on value delivery, bottom-line performance and team leadership.

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