Escola de Geologia e Geofísica em Óleo e Gás
Escola de Geologia e Geofísica em Óleo e Gás


Pedro Victor Zalán

Worked for Petrobras for 34 years where he held the positions of well site geologist, interpretation geologist, explorationist, coordinator of technical teams and exploration manager for several basins in Brazil and worldwide, notably for the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and South America.
He was appointed top senior consultant in his last 8 years with the company. His technical interests are mainly structural geology, tectonics, architecture of rifts/ruptured continental margins, exploration in deep/ultra-deep waters, seismic interpretation/mapping, and integration of regional data in order to evaluate the economic potential of major petroleum systems.
Zalán has produced several tens of publications and has given presentations in numerous international conferences. He received a Bachelor degree in Geology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. titles in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines, Golden. He was awarded the Orville Derby Golden Medal in 2005 by the Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia, the Gabriel Dengo Memorial Award from the AAPG (2010) and the Giuseppe Bacoccoli and Rodi Ávila Medeiros Medals (2012 and 2017) by the ABGP (Brazilian Association of Petroleum Geologists). Upon retirement, Zalán founded ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration, based in Rio de Janeiro.
Since 2012 he has been a consultant for exploration matters for more than 30 companies in Brazil and abroad; as well as for Brazilian government entities such as ANP, EPE and the Navy.

Luiz Braga

is an exploration geophysicist with more than 20 years of experience in the O&G industry, and over 40 years in the Earth Sciences. He has been involved in acquisition, processing, and interpretation of almost all kind of geophysical data applied to petroleum exploration, with major experience in Multiphysics integrated to Seismic works.
Dr. Braga has a strong involvement with most of the Geophysical Departments and Research Institutions in Brazil because of his former extensive cooperative work as a Professor, Thesis Advisor and/or member of thesis committee. He has worked with geophysical data of all Brazilian basins during the 14 years he spent at Petrobras as Field Supervisor, Processor, and Interpreter and, during the last 8 years before leaving the company in 1998, as Petrobras non-seismic division General Manager, spread over all its exploration branches, internationally.
Dr. Braga is a founder member of the Brazilian Society of Geophysicists (SBGf) for which he was elected Secretary in 1999. He has been in the position of Vice-President of SBGf since 2019. He is also a SEG, EAGE, and AAPG member, and former member of AGU. From 2008 to 2013 he was based in Houston working for Fugro in the position of VP of Global Business Development, promoting the geoscience technologies offered by the Company worldwide. After the acquisition of Fugro Geosciences by CGG in early 2013, Dr. Braga returned to Brazil taking the position of VP and Geomarket Director for CGG Latin America. In Sept 2015 he was appointed Director Brazil for Seabed Geosolutions -JV CGG-Fugro.
At present Dr. Braga is the R&D and New Ventures Director for Invision Geophysics.

Dag Helland-Hansen

has a Geophysics MSc degree from NTNU and later a Geology MSc degree from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. He has through his career worked various technical and managerial roles in exploration and appraisal projects in Norwegian and International Oil companies, most notably Chevron and Aker BP.
Currently in his role as Global Exploration Advisor in EMGS, he has a partly technical role where he works on advice on how to use CSEM in exploration projects for companies around the world and a partly commercial role leading the efforts on new business development and international sale and marketing. He has authored or co-authored a number of technical papers amongst others on CSEM for conventions including the SEG and EAGE and also at NCS conferences.

Ole Jakob Birkeland

has a MSc in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Currently full-time consulting as Data Scientist for Unacast, Ole Jakob has also worked 14 years in the oil and gas industry as a geophysicist, technical adviser, manager, and business developer. He has extensive knowledge of the seismic industry through his experience at CGG, and the CSEM method through employment and later consulting for EMGS. Co-authored papers both within the seismic domain and on the CSEM method. Presenter at SEG Denver 2014, AAPG ICE 2019.

Renato Darros de Matos

  • Cornell University - Most Outstanding Graduate Student (1991-1992).
  • Ramped the Onshore Potiguar Basin from a new frontier basin to a Petrobras exploratory priority during the 80’s, while deeply involved in the discovery of more than 15 oil and gas fields, acting initially as a geophysicist and later as a manager.
  • After leaving Petrobras, led oil and gas R&D at UFRN (Rio Grande do Norte Federal State University), with the implementation of applied research laboratories in geophysics and geology, sponsored by ANP (National Petroleum Agency) and Petrobras.
  • Co-founder of Flamoil Serviços Ltda. Transformed a new seismic service company into a seismic-E&P solution provider, focused on onshore exploration.
  • President of the northeast regional section and Council-member of the SBGf (Brazilian Geophysical Society) during the 90’s.
  • Led and organized the creation of an independent oil and gas company, focused on onshore exploration. Responsible for one of the first onshore oil discoveries after 1998’s new petroleum law in Brazil and lead the process of organization of small independent oil producers in Brazil.
  • Coordinated the creation of ABPIP (Brazilian Independent Petroleum Producers Association) and became its first president (2007).
  • Very active academically and managerially with the publication of many technical papers, abstracts, and talks.
  • Help to reverse Petrobras’s exploratory perspectives in Libya and adjacent Mediterranean offshore basins. Led exploratory team in identifying and correcting critical technical approaches; optimizing hardware and software and strengthened local human resources.
  • Transformed Imetame Energia into a known new operating company in the E&P Brazilian domestic market, responsible for the discovery of conventional reserves and non-conventional resources, at São Francisco basin.
  • Management Director of PPSA (Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A). Attended the first Board of the government controlled PPSA. Management of production sharing agreements and representation of the State in unitization agreements. Oversaw the technical team on the evaluation, assessment, and approval of Work Programs, Budgets and Exploration Plans for the Libra Project. Accompanied and approved crucial- long-term impact decisions in the pre-salt development, besides oversaw decisions on drilling programs, Pilot Project, FPSOs contracts among others.
  • Multidisciplinary professional profile, with extensive experience in exploration and production, services, teaching and research in the oil and gas industry. Extensive knowledge in the Equatorial and Southern Atlantic margins, as well as on the world-class pre-salt discoveries in Brazil.
  • Since 2017: Independent Consultant – Guarini Serviços

Paulo Johann (Petrobras)

is currently the Senior Advisor for Petrobras, based in Rio de Janeiro. Paulo has more than 40 years of technical and managerial experience in the petroleum industry. He graduated with a degree in geology from UNISINOS University, RS, Brazil. Paulo received his D.E.A. and Ph.D. degrees in reservoir geophysics from Sorbone University (Paris VI), France. His career has encompassed activities in geophysical acquisition, geophysical interpretation, and reservoir geophysics. Paulo is also a frequent lecturer at Brazilian universities. Paulo became active in the Brazilian Geophysical Society (SBGf) and SEG where he has served in many positions including its vice presidency. He has published and presented several technical papers at SEG, EAGE, SPE, OTC, and SBGf. Paulo was appointed the first Central & South America SEG Honorary Lecturer. He is an active member of EAGE, SEG and SPE.

Karen Leopoldino

is an Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Ceará in the Department of Geology. Her research and teaching focus on the application and development of applied geophysics and geological field mapping. Dr. Karen research group is the Center of Excellence in Petroleum Geophysics, Remote Sensing and Prospecting Geophysics Laboratory (LGPSR-UFC), and Attribute-Assisted Seismic Processing & Interpretation. Her research areas are Seismic Attribute Interpretation, Quantitative Interpretation, Seismic Data Processing, Reservoir Characterization, and Potential Field and Electromagnetic Methods. Seismic reflection data is currently the main investigative data being utilized. Current projects are combining seismic interpretation with developments seismic attribtes and machine learning.

Ana Clara B. Souza

is a postdoctoral researcher at Unicamp, where she works with geotechnology applied to oil and gas studies using multi and hyperspectral geologic remote sensing. During her Ph.D. period, she worked in the Center of Excellence in Petroleum Geophysics. Her research involved sequence stratigraphy and the organic geochemistry of hydrocarbon source rocks on the Equatorial Margin of Brazil. Based on their results, Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events from Ceará Basin were mapped for the first time. Ana Clara's previous experience includes facies analysis and the characterization of unconventional petroleum systems in Paleozoic basins of northeastern Brazil involving geochemical characterization.

Narelle Maia de Almeida

is a Geologist, Professor of Department of Geology of the Federal University of Ceará. Coordinator of the Marine and Applied Geology Lab (LGMA-UFC) and Researcher of the Center of Excellence in Petroleum and Gas Geophysics. Ph.D. in Geology with the sandwich period in Cardiff University (Wales, UK) and Master in Geodynamics and Geophysics by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). She has experience in Geosciences for over 10 years with an emphasis on Marine and Petroleum Geology and Geophysics and is the author and co-author of several technical papers in renowned journals, such as AAPG Bulletin and JMPG. Some areas of her interest are marine geophysical methods, petroleum systems, modeling and characterization of oil and gas reservoirs, and marginal sedimentary basins, especially those of the Brazilian equatorial margin.

Francisco Nepomuceno Filho

is a professor at the Federal University of Ceará in the Department of Physics and coordinator of the Center of Excellence in Petroleum Geophysics. He has a master’s degree from University of Texas and a Ph.D. from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas. He worked at Petrobras for over 39 years as an executive manager for petroleum exploration and production in Brazil and as head of Petrobras’s London office dedicated to presalt technology. In the Center of Excellence in Petroleum Geophysics he coordinates several projects related with presalt and the Brazilian equatorial margin.

Mario Carminatti

is a Brazilian geologist, doctor of Earth Sciences, who has been working for PETROBRAS since 1978. As a geologist Mario had occupied technical and managerial positions in the process of hydrocarbon resources exploring in deep water regions of the Brazilian sedimentary basins. He is the current Petrobras Exploration Executive Manager for Petrobras, a position he has held since 2008.

Ronan Ávila

is a geologist (UFRRJ) with over 20 years of experience, master’s in petroleum systems analyses (UFRJ-COPPE) and specialist in project management (USP-ESALQ). He joined the ANP in 2013 as specialist geology and geophysics of oil and gas and currently holds the position of Deputy Superintendent of Geological and Economic Assessment [ANP-SAG]. Previously, in the government sector, he worked at Energy Research Company [EPE], Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM) and Brazilian Nuclear Industry (INB). In the private sector, he worked as an offshore operations supervisor at Fugro and a G&G consultant at Halliburton and Paradigm Geophysical companies and mudlogging at the Georesearch company.


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