Hi, I am Frédéric Verhelst


Welcome to my webpage

An overview of my background

Petroleum Geoscientist

20+ years Upstream Energy experience; from Reservoir Description and Dynamics over Production and Operations to Field Development and Projects. PhD in Applied Physics / Exploration Geophysics. MSc in Mining Engineering / Petroleum Geology.


Project/Program Manager

10+ years experience with managing complex projects. PMP® and AgilePM® certified. Strong on integration management. Able to tailor project management to project needs, using waterfall and agile methods. Track record of successful projects.


Innovator / Enterpreneur

10+ years experience as Business Developer Manager and VP R&D. Worked with strategic roadmaps, IPR strategies, networking, Joint Industry Projects (JIPs), business cases and (new) business models related to digitalization in the E&P industry.


Digital & Data Champion

15+ years experience with Digital Transformation in the Upstream Energy sector, working for operators like Shell, Chevron, Equinor and TotalEnergies. Structured and creative. Able to work on several abstraction levels. Interested in human and organizational aspects of change.

My Portfolio

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My Employment History

A quick overview of my employment history

My Employment History

Head of Data Management

Head of Data Management

TotalEnergies EP Danmark
Esbjerg, Denmark

Senior Operations Engineer<br>Integrated Operations SME<br>Tyra Redevelopment Project

Senior Operations Engineer
Integrated Operations SME
Tyra Redevelopment Project

Total E&P Denmark
Esbjerg, Denmark

Principal Consultant<br>PMP-certified Project Manager

Principal Consultant
PMP-certified Project Manager

Bergen, Norway

Senior Staff Geophysicist<br>PMP-certified Project Manager

Senior Staff Geophysicist
PMP-certified Project Manager

Weatherford Petroleum Consultants
Bergen, Norway

Deputy Member of the Board - part-time<br>Board of Directors

Deputy Member of the Board - part-time
Board of Directors

Bergen University College
Bergen, Norway

Vice-President<br>Real-Time Decision Support

Real-Time Decision Support

Bergen, Norway

Business Development Manager<br>Oil and Gas Industry

Business Development Manager
Oil and Gas Industry

TNO Science and Industry
Delft, The Netherlands

Senior Reservoir Geophysicist<br>Enhanced Oil Recovery

Senior Reservoir Geophysicist
Enhanced Oil Recovery

Saga Petroleum (now part of Equinor)
Oslo, Norway

Research Associate<br>Delphi Seismic Research Consortium

Research Associate
Delphi Seismic Research Consortium

Delft University of Technology
Delft, The Netherlands

Teaching and Research Assistant<br>Civil and Mining Engineering Department

Teaching and Research Assistant
Civil and Mining Engineering Department

Catholic University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium


What others say about my work
Eirik Espe

Frederic has been part of Epsis' consulting department and has primarily been working for the company's international customers in the oil & gas segment.

He has been involved in major projects within Integrated Operations (IO) - both in the project phase (green field) and in the operational phase. His field of work has been broad and included among others the preparation of IO strategies, operational philosophies as well as practical implementations of new working methods for operating groups.

Frederic is very knowledgeable and has been a key employee within his field. He is very systematic and structured and has always delivered high quality work. Frederic is a self-starter and has been highly appreciated by all the customers he has worked for.

[translated from Norwegian employment certificate]

Jan-Erik Nordtvedt , President and CEO at Epsis AS
Edwin Meissner

Frédéric managed a Field Development Plan project for a brown field in Western Sibiria. As lead Geomodeller, I was member of the Project Management Team.

The project was very demanding on several levels: many different stakeholders in several countries with complex relationships and changing interests; language and cultural barriers within a big project team with more than 40 contributors excluding the client; tight budget for a project with many risks.

Technically Frédéric knowledgeably oversaw a wide range of specialists, from sedimentological, geophysical and petrophysical interpretation to static and dynamic modelling, to come up with an appropriate field development plan for that specific field. Frédéric managed to integrate the different interests and react flexible on changing situations. He guided the work of all the different disciplines and enabled the members of the team to deliver the required contributions.

It was a pleasure to work together with Frédéric and appeasing to get his "out of the box" ideas to solve issues along the way. I experienced that Frédéric integrates many different personalities with his calm character and also technical complexities with his broad knowledge and ability to quickly grasp the essence and transforms it into the desired results.

Edwin Meissner LinkedIn profile, Section Manager and Senior Geomodeller at Weatherford Petroleum Consultants AS


Jan Richard Sagli

This is to acknowledge the high performance by Frédéric Verhelst (hired from Epsis to DNV) as the project manager and DNV as the lead organization for IOHN (Integrated Operations in the High North). This four year project was finalized in May 2012 with 23 participating organizations. Running this 100 MNOK project has been very challenging due to e.g. complex tasks, the large number of participants and negotiations with companies that wanted to be a member of the consortium but had very demanding IPR requests.

Frédéric and DNV have been herding the very different cats in an excellent way during the course of the project, and it is a great pleasure for me to recommend them for other large and complex R&D projects in the future.

[excerpt from a letter of recommendation]

Jan Richard Sagli, PhD , Chairman of the IOHN Steering Committee, Statoil R&D


Vidar Hepsø

I've had the pleasure of working together with Frédéric as Statoil coordinator and board member for the IOHN-project.

He is an easy going and very professional project manager. Frédéric demonstrated through IOHN that he has the necessary capabilities to be able to run large scale JIP's.

I will recommend him to others both as a person and a professional.

Prof. Dr. Vidar Hepsø , Principal Researcher and Project Manager at Statoil ASA
Aart-Willem Bentschop

Frédéric showed himself as en excellent business developer, who is able to build up relationships both on the technical as the strategic management level of large companies.

Based on these skills Frederic acquired two major new strategic accounts for TNO in a relative short period of time.

Aart-Willem Benschop , Department Manager at TNO Science and Industry.


Read more recommendations on my LinkedIn profile.

My Education and Certifications

An overview of my education and certifications

My Education and Certifications

Data Management for Operations

Data Management for Operations

IFP Training for TotalEnergies Learning Solutions
Paris, France

based on Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBoK) by Data Management Association (DAMA) International

Digital Transformation Facilitator Certificate

Digital Transformation Facilitator Certificate

ESCP Europe Business School
Paris, France

AgilePM Foundation & Practitioner<br>Agile Project Management

AgilePM Foundation & Practitioner
Agile Project Management

APMG International
High Wycombe, UK

Credentials #2000908711 & #2000916072

Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training, BOSIET

Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training, BOSIET

Mærsk Training for OPITO
Esbjerg, Denmark

Credential #8249570005101810052
Additional certificates: IMIST and CA-EBS

Lean - Yellow Belt

Lean - Yellow Belt

Lean Akademiet
Bergen, Norway

Project Management Professional, PMP

Project Management Professional, PMP

Project Management Institute, PMI

Credential #1548222

ISO 15926 Modeller - Yellow Belt

ISO 15926 Modeller - Yellow Belt

DNV GL and POSC Caesar Association
Oslo, Norway

ISO 15926 is also known as the "Oil and Gas Ontology"

Young Managers Taskforce on

Young Managers Taskforce on "Increasing Entrepreneurial Spirit of Business-led R&D"

European Industrial Research Management Assoc.
Paris, France

Member of taskforce of 15 young managers selected from member companies. Enrollment was part of TNO's High Potentials Leadership Development Programme.

Ph.D. in Applied Physics<br>Exploration Geophysics

Ph.D. in Applied Physics
Exploration Geophysics

Delphi Seismic Research Consortium
Delft, The Netherlands

Awarded "cum laude", top 5%
SEG Distinguished Achievement Award (Delphi, 2001)

M.Sc. in Mining Engineering<br>Majors: Geology and Geophysics

M.Sc. in Mining Engineering
Majors: Geology and Geophysics

Catholic University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Awarded "magna cum laude", top 10%
Student prize by Royal Flemish Society of Engineers.
Final year at Delft University of Technology


I am a member of the following professional organizations
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Project Management Institute
Data Management Association