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Dr Ceri M. Powell                                                               

Ceri is from Pembrokeshire in southern Wales. She graduated with a BSc. in Geology from Liverpool University, and with a PhD in Structural Geology from The University of Wales (Cardiff), joining Shell in 1990, working as a geoscientist in the UK, Angola, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates. 

As Executive Vice President of Exploration for Shell, Ceri is accountable for exploration operations and new business opportunities worldwide, overseeing all technical aspects of exploration.

In 2014 Ceri was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Heriot-Watt University for services to Geoscience, in 2015 was honoured by a Fellowship at her alma mater, the University of Wales, Cardiff as well as being made a Fellow of the Energy Institute of the UK. She has also been an active Advisory Board Member of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative, chaired by the Secretary General of the UN.

As one of the most senior women in the Energy Industry today, Ceri has twice been recognised on the Fortune Top 50 most Powerful Women in International Business.

Ceri recently moved back to London with her husband, Ajay Shah, also an energy industry professional, Shell’s global expert on LNG/gas markets.