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Durham University

Centre for Resources and Earth Energy Systems (CeREES)

Keith Gerdes

Global Exploration Advisor, Shell International 

Keith studied Geology and Geophysics at Durham University and after taking part in geophysical research cruises in the Arctic, Atlantic and Indian Oceans he obtained his PhD from the University of Swansea in Wales.

His career in the energy industry has spanned a wide range of technical, operational and managerial roles in both major International companies and smaller exploration-focussed, independent organizations. His exploration activities have contributed to the discovery of new reserves in the Far East, Europe, Africa and the former Soviet Union. He has taught in both industry and academia, regularly contributes to international conferences and has published a number of papers on various aspects of petroleum geoscience.

Keith is actively involved in furthering the links between Industry and academia, serving on Industrial Liaison Boards at a number of UK and European Universities, and he regularly presents on a wide range of energy related subjects. He heads the Industrial Liaison Committee of the UK CDT for Oil and Gas, is an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University and was recently elected President of the European Region of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the largest professional geoscience organisation in the world.

Keith is married with two children and many of his interests revolve around his family. He is a qualified UEFA football coach and maintains an active interest in most sports, ancient and medieval history and the natural world.