Who we are

A team to change the energy market

Kayrros is a team of people who want to achieve something significant: to be positive disruptors – and to change the energy market for good. Some are among the very biggest names in the sector.

Founders

Our five founders represent the academic and industry experience that make Kayrros such a powerful resource for our customers in the private and public sectors. Three hold PhDs in computing or applied mathematics; one is a former lead economist at the US Energy Information Administration; and another ran the BNP Paribas quantitative team. The president of the company is the former founder and global managing director of Schlumberger Business Consulting. As a group, they are intimately plugged in to the world of energy and data science at the highest levels. With connections to some of the finest universities, including Berkeley and Columbia, they have access to many of the most ambitious and progressive minds globally.

Antoine Rostand

Antoine Rostand

President and founder

Antoine has a proven track record in creating and running global businesses in the energy sector. He started his career as an oilfield engineer at Schlumberger and has more than 25 years’ experience of dealing with some of the biggest issues facing oil and gas companies globally. In his role as a senior consultant he has advised many of the world’s largest oil companies. He was previously president and founder of SBC, Schlumberger Business Consulting and had a key role in the group’s development to become one of the leading international management consultant firms in the energy sector. Prior to SBC, he managed the European business of the Consulting and System Integration arm of SchlumbergerSema, and from 1999 to 2002 he was president of Electronic Data Systems in France. Antoine serves as a board member of the AT Kearney Energy Transition Institute. He holds an MBA from Insead and an MSc in engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique.

Antoine Halff

Antoine Halff

Founder

Antoine blends understanding of the energy sector from corporate, governmental and academic perspectives. He is a former chief oil analyst of the International Energy Agency and a former lead industry economist at the US Energy Information Administration, part of the US Department of Energy. He has worked as head of commodities research at Newedge, the brokerage arm of Société Générale. In addition to his work at Kayrros, he directs the global oil markets programme at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Jean-Michel Lasry

Jean-Michel Lasry

Founder

Jean-Michel is a world-class quantitative finance theoretician with deep business experience. He is a professor at Paris-Dauphine University and a co-founder, and CEO, of MFG Labs. He understands well the demands of the finance sector, having worked as head of the quantitative team at BNP Paribas.

Laurent El Ghaoui

Laurent El Ghaoui

Founder and chief data scientist

Laurent is a leading academic in computing. He is a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley, and holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford, as well as an MsC from the Ecole Polytechnique. He has a great grasp of the finance sector having also worked as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund SAC Capital Management.

Alexandre d’Aspremont

Alexandre d’Aspremont

Founder

Alexandre helps Kayrros maintain its edge in the use of machine learning. He is a CNRS senior researcher and professor in the computer science department at Ecole Normale Superieure. He holds PhDs from both Stanford University and Ecole Polytechnique. He is also scientific director of the MASH machine learning MSc at ENS & Université Paris Dauphine.

Governance

We have non-executive support from industry leaders who enrich and challenge our thinking and give us access to insight and opportunities across the globe. We are fortunate in the calibre of people who showed their belief in the Kayrros mission at the very start and who remain closely involved in our operations – delivering far more than just attendance at our board meetings.

Andrew Gould

Andrew Gould

Advisory board chairman

There are few people better known in the energy sector than Andrew. He is a member of the board of directors at Saudi Arabian Oil Company having formerly been non-executive chairman and a non-executive director of BG Group. He has also acted as CEO and chairman of Schlumberger. In addition to his work at Kayrros, Andrew is a member of the supervisory board of DEA, a German exploration and production company, and a member of the board of BJ Services, a North American pressure pumping company. Andrew is a member of the board of trustees at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. He is a former member of the development advisory board at the Royal Academy of Engineering and is chairman of the Oxford Energy Policy Club. By training he is a chartered accountant. Andrew holds a BA in economic history from Cardiff University.

The oil and gas industry has a long history of being secretive and has never paid sufficient attention to the quality of non-technical data. In the information age where markets move commodity prices in near real time, it is time to better understand the key driver of our industry.

Andre Levy-Lang

Andre Levy-Lang

Advisory board

Andre is a leading academic with great experience of business and finance. He is the former CEO and chairman of the management board of BNP Paribas and holds a PhD in business administration from Stanford University. As well as sitting on the Kayrros advisory board, Andre is the president and founder of the Institut Louis Bachelier and an affiliate professor of finance (Emeritus) at Paris-Dauphine University. He is also chairman of the supervisory board at Les Echos and vice-chairman of the supervisory board at Rothschild & Co. In addition, he is president of the Fondation du Risque.

Oil is the most traded commodity in the world and is now part of many portfolios of investment, for hedging, direct or volatility exposure. All players should get on oil and gas the same reliable information as in other markets.

Lord Browne of Madingley

Lord Browne of Madingley

Advisory board

John is one of the most experienced business leaders in the global energy sector with strong ties to the UK government. He is best known for his role as the CEO of BP between 1995 and 2007. During his tenure, he merged the business with Amoco and Arco, gained access to Russian oil reserves and increased BP’s interests in renewable energy. In 2000 he was the first recipient of the Responsible Capitalism Award. Between 2010 and 2015 he was the UK Government’s lead non-executive director, charged with recruiting business leaders to reformed departmental boards. He is a former president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords in the UK. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2006. Among other activities he is executive chairman of L1 Energy, an oil and gas investment vehicle, and Chairman of Huawei Technologies (UK).

In the past, not having the “right” information led to sub-optimal capital allocation in the energy sector. It is time to provide better information to enable better decisions that will lead to cleaner, cheaper and safer energy.​

Jose Scheinkman

Jose Scheinkman

Advisory board

Jose is a highly regarded economist and financial thinker. He is the Charles and Lynn Zhang professor of economics at Columbia University, the Theodore A. Wells ‘29 professor of economics (emeritus) at Princeton University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research. Previously, Jose was the Alvin H. Baum Distinguished Service professor and chairman of the department of economics at the University of Chicago. He was also vice president in the financial strategies group of Goldman Sachs and co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy. He has served as a consultant to several financial institutions and serves on the board of Cosan Limited, a NYSE-listed company engaged in agribusiness, fuel and natural gas distribution, lubricant production, and logistics.

​Decision-enabling information is extremely critical to the market’s functioning and efficiency. The oil and gas market is fairly inefficient today and Kayrros is filling a major gap.

Stephanie Gottlib-Zeh

Stephanie Gottlib-Zeh

Board of directors

Stephanie has 18 years’ experience in software technology in the oil and gas industry. She is currently president of Agileo Sport, a venture capital vehicle that specialises in new digital and sports-related technologies. Prior to Agileo, Stephanie had a long and distinguished career at Schlumberger where she worked as vice president in software and new technology, and vice president in geoscience and drilling software. Stephanie joined Schlumberger upon the acquisition of a company she founded, Techsia SA, creators of Techlog software. Techlog was born out of Stephanie’s PhD research, and allows users to handle, analyse and visualise very large and complex geoscience data sets. She holds a PhD in geoscience from the Universite des Sciences Montpellier II.

Pierre Bismuth

Pierre Bismuth

Board of directors

Pierre is another example of our depth of experience in the oil and gas sector. He was formerly the vice president of human resources for Schlumberger and is currently an HR adviser in the energy sector.

Dominique Vidal

Dominique Vidal

Board of directors

Dominique is a partner at Index Ventures, a global venture capital firm with offices in London, Geneva and San Francisco. He was formerly managing director of Yahoo! Europe. Vidal began his career at Schlumberger, where he worked for ten years in product marketing and business development roles in the telecom and smart card industries in France, the United States and Asia. In 2007 Dominique joined the London office of Index Ventures as a partner. As well as Kayrros, he currently sits on the board of directors of a number of other companies.

Operational team

The company is powered day-to-day by a dynamic, multinational and expanding team. The people we hire to source data, analyse it and then package it for clients represent a truly multidisciplinary set of skills which help us to see issues from our clients’ perspectives. Our team includes people who have experience as:

These people are based in three key hubs around the world, one in Paris, another in New York and a third in San Francisco. We have plans to open new offices in London, Houston, Dubai and Singapore in 2018.

Management

Simone Pugliese

Simone Pugliese

COO

Experience of the sector runs through the management team. For instance, Simone was previously a principal at Schlumberger Business Consulting. Prior to that he worked in the business development team at Centrica Energy and the FIG Distressed Investments division at RBS. Simone holds an MBA from London Business School and an MSc in industrial and nuclear engineering, UPC (The Polytechnic University in Catalonia).

Dimitri Kiriazov

Dimitri Kiriazov

Managing director, business development and client coverage

Dimitri brings a wealth of experience from his various client engagements covering investment banking, asset management, trading and industry clients in the energy and financial sectors. Most recently Dimitri was a director with Wood Mackenzie, a global commodities research and consulting firm, covering its key investment banking relationships out of New York, Houston and London.

Franck Fischer

Franck Fischer

Managing director, business development and product marketing

Franck brings experience of the oil and commodities markets. During a career spanning more than 25 years, he has held senior trading positions in various companies, ranging from investment banks to physical trading companies and major oil firms. He has an in-depth expertise of the fundamentals of the oil market across the major trading hubs, having worked in Geneva, Paris, London, Singapore and Moscow. His last positions were managing director at Sberbank Moscow in charge of the oil and bulk trading department and senior oil trader at BTG Pactual.

Laurent El Ghaoui

Laurent El Ghaoui

Founder and chief data scientist

Laurent is a leading academic in computing. He is a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley, and holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford, as well as an MSc from the Ecole Polytechnique. He has a great grasp of the finance sector having also worked as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund SAC Capital Management.