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MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

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RAQUEL CLEMENT

CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD

Raquel and her team currently steward digital innovation and software applications to enable production, operation, transformation, and delivery of Chevron’s produced molecules from the wellhead to the end user markets. Raquel also represents Chevron as member of the Board of Directors for the Blockchain For Energy Consortium. In 1997 she joined Texaco in Venezuela, supporting Downstream and Upstream operations. In 2005 she transferred to the US where she served in a variety of leadership roles including: LNG commercialization analyst, On-shore Production Operations Engineering, Process Safety Management and Performance Improvement/Lean Sigma Management. She earned her BA in mechanical engineering from Universidad del Zulia (Venezuela), and her MBA from Rice University. She is happily married, enjoys outdoors activities, flamenco, opera, and community services.

Rashi Gajula

RASHI GAJULA

VICE-CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD

Rashi has over 18 years of upstream oil and gas IT experience. She leads Automation and Digital Initiatives at Pioneer Natural Resources. Her passion for finding new technological implementations makes her a pioneer in this field. She is a strong advocate of converting innovative ideas to viable solutions that simplify complex enterprise processes with use of relevant technologies and trends. Rashi has a track record of building cross-functional teams with simple well-defined processes. She has a reputation in the firm for agile delivery of projects and products that have compelling value proposition and clear alignment with company strategy. 

JD Franke

JD FRANKE

JD has been a member of the ConocoPhillips office of the Global CIO since 2012, where he serves in IT Strategy and Innovation, based out of the Houston world headquarters. Franke supports the Global IT leadership team in setting the organization's strategic agenda and acts as an internal consultant on emerging IT technologies that enable innovation and digital transformation efforts across the company. Franke is a member of the cross-functional leadership team focused on advancing the company's Blockchain-related efforts and represents IT on a company Emerging Digital Technology Council.

Raj Rapaka

RAJ RAPAKA

Raj is a Digital Innovation Advisor with ExxonMobil and has been with the firm for eight years. Over the course of his career, Raj has worked in consulting, marketing, commodities trading, and environmental management – but found his calling in business transformation. He is an ardent student of business history and is passionate about recognizing, understanding, and leveraging the forces of change. He is the creator of the SELF-HELP business improvement framework, and uses his background in engineering, technology, and finance to ideate, advocate, and execute step-change initiatives.  

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VISHAL MEHTA

Vishal has held leadership and entrepreneurial positions in business, consulting, operations, leading large teams across multiple geographies, working for diverse global clients (Oil, Power, Infrastructure, real estate, Pharmaceutical, Steel, Metals, Mining, Fertilizer, Retail & government). His experience has been in areas of business case for technology investments, design and implement fit to purpose digital solutions. He specializes in transformation initiatives using emerging technologies to get exponential business value using digital technology.


Overall 25 years in the industry with companies like Reliance Industries, IBM, KBR and now with Worley. In his current role for Worley Digital he leads the Digital Platforms, Data Science, AI, scaling and monetizing the investments done in the digital portfolio. Previous roles he has led are  Strategy, Architecture, technology portfolio management, Digital P&L, team building, global partnerships, sales & operations, leading Sustainability and Climate Change Solutions, he started his career in EPC and Operations of the largest Oil refinery, Port and facilities in the world. He is a Chemical Engineer and has  Masters in Carbon Management from University of Edinburgh. 

Rebecca Hofmann

REBECCA HOFMANN

PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rebecca is an accomplished finance and compliance leader with over 19 years of energy industry experience. She recently worked for Equinor's Operations Technology group and was responsible for ensuring the development and improvement of processes over governance, requirements, and compliance to support domestic onshore and offshore operations. She also led the Blockchain digitization strategy of Equinor and is the founder and visionary behind the US Oil & Gas Blockchain Forum, the OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium now re-branded to Blockchain for Energy where she served as Chairman of the Board the last two years. In 2018, Rebecca received the GRIT award for her creativity and innovation within the industry and in 2019 her blockchain team won the GRIT award for their work in emerging technology.