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Ian Voparil, Ph.D.
Principal

Ian Voparil, Ph.D.

Principal

Dr. Ian Voparil is a principal project development manager of offshore energy projects with 16 years of experience managing early phase development projects in the private sector for an international energy company. His experience includes accountability for non-technical risk management of a multibillion-dollar portfolio of global exploration, development, and operational oil and gas assets. Dr. Voparil creates value and protects opportunity by applying environmental, economic, and societal sustainability across the development lifecycle. He actively creates strategic partnerships with legislators, federal and state regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other de...

Dr. Ian Voparil is a principal project development manager of offshore energy projects with 16 years of experience managing early phase development projects in the private sector for an international energy company. His experience includes accountability for non-technical risk management of a multibillion-dollar portfolio of global exploration, development, and operational oil and gas assets. Dr. Voparil creates value and protects opportunity by applying environmental, economic, and societal sustainability across the development lifecycle. He actively creates strategic partnerships with legislators, federal and state regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other developers to create value for all. Dr. Voparil was previously an oceanographer before finding his professional purpose at the intersection of energy, environment, and human welfare.

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Climate Change

Business Opportunity Manager, U.S. Gulf Coast Led an energy company’s response to climate change impacts to U.S. Gulf Coast assets and operations. Oversaw risk, capital projects portfolio, commercial contingency strategy, external collaborations, and public relations activities. Negotiated $250 million public works project that protects company’s facilities most at risk. Served as board member of the Grow Louisiana Coalition, steering public relations that improved public favorability of industry 8 percent across the state in a year. Appointed to state agency’s finance committee for coastal protection that created a $10 million market around voluntary carbon credits. Collaborated to create partnership agreements with other operators, local and state agencies, and NGO organizations to protect two areas of national significance due to societal value, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and energy infrastructure. For more info: https://thewaterinstitute.org/projects/partnership-for-our-working-coast.

Oceanography

Lecturer and Post-doctoral Researcher, University of California Santa Cruz From 2003–2005, was an academic in the Ocean and Earth Sciences program with a strong bibliography on global carbon cycling in the oceans and biogeochemistry in sediments, “invited speaker” presentations, and undergraduate and graduate teaching activities in ocean science and marine contaminants.

Renewable Energy

Venture Integration Manager, Deepwater, Global Led management of non-technical risks for company’s renowned global Deepwater business. Previously, risks were resulting in unacceptable major project cost and schedule overruns. Revised governance structure for functions supporting this business to have single-point accountability. Delivered four major offshore production facilities below cost and on schedule, post-Deepwater Horizon accident. Protected pre-lease accessibility of more than 5 billion barrels of undiscovered technically recoverable oil, leading global science and advocacy program for offshore exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf of the U.S., French Guiana, Colombia, Nova Scotia, Brazil, and the Arctic. Managed corporate social responsibility program in Louisiana with more than 30 community partners, thousands of employee volunteer-hours, and improvements to communities, education, and ecosystems. Chaired Communications Committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producer’s Joint Industry Programme on marine sound. (www.soundandmarinelife.org).
Company Biodiversity Expert, The Hague, Netherlands Delivered upstream development projects in Nigeria, Gabon, Kazakhstan, and Australia that met World Bank and Equator Principles for project finance debt, demonstrating satisfactory environmental and social risk management for lender due diligence. Focused on “big elephant” projects that deepened experience with international finance, labor strategy, supply chain, and multilateral negotiations. Developed control framework and assurance program for company’s performance on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Audited performance of major projects and facilities against these controls and international health, safety, security and environmental standards. Represented company during negotiations with the United Nations (UNESCO), E.U., nation states, and international NGOs on Arctic, offshore, and energy development policy, preserving license to operate responsibly in multiple basins across the world. Benchmarked performance against other companies in extractives sector, proving top-quartile performance to investment
Environmental Consultant, Global Joined the energy company’s internal consultancy as subject matter expert on environmental, social, and governance issues. Managed consultancy delivery for international projects including Sakhalin II (Russia), Bonga (Nigeria), Brazil, Alaska, and Gorgon Joint-Venture (Australia). Served as multiyear member of Alaska team delivering market opportunity identification, pre-sale efforts, competitive analysis and bid development, and post-sale delivery of exploration activities. Co-managed program of best-available marine science and technology. Managed field program in Arctic Ocean with zero health and safety incidents with very broad span of activities. Managed agency negotiations on programmatic environmental impact statement, NEPA, Coastal Zone Management Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and OPA90 consistency, environmental permits, and stakeholder consultations. Co-created company-NOAA “Collaboration on Hurricane Observations in the Gulf of Mexico” after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast. Received leadership award from Offshore Operators Committee for leading negotiation with regulators on revision of NPDES permits for Gulf of Mexico operators to reflect best-available science. Led technical team for major natural resource damage assessment settlement for a refinery.
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