In the ever-evolving landscape of energy and technology, one name stands out at the forefront of innovation and sustainability: Yuri Sebregts. As the Executive Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Shell, he has been instrumental in shaping the company's technological strategy and advancing its commitment to a greener, more sustainable future.

His journey at Shell began in 1991, when he joined as a technologist at the Shell Moerdijk Chemical Plant. Since then, he has worn various hats, holding both technical and commercial positions within Shell's Chemicals, Lubricants, and Refining businesses. This diverse background has equipped him with a holistic perspective on the energy industry, allowing him to bridge the gap between technology and business seamlessly.

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A relentless pursuit of innovation has characterized his time as CTO. Sebregts leads Shell's global Technology organization, a formidable team comprising 3,030 experts based at major technology hubs in Amsterdam, Houston, and Bangalore, as well as smaller technical centers strategically positioned near Shell's partners and customers. This collaborative approach is a testament to his vision for technology; it knows no boundaries.

Under his guidance, Shell has embarked on a journey of exploration and innovation. The company's technology strategy encompasses the entire spectrum, from research and development programs carried out in-house to strategic collaborations with external partners. This comprehensive approach ensures that Shell stays at the cutting edge of energy technology. He is also responsible for the deployment of these groundbreaking technologies across Shell's operations. This means that innovations don't remain confined to the lab; they are put into action to make real-world impacts.

Sebregts’s influence extends beyond the confines of Shell's operations. He is deeply committed to sustainability and oversees Shell's efforts in digitalization. This commitment translates into the application of digital technology solutions, both proven and new, to Shell's existing businesses and emerging models. In a world where sustainability is paramount, his leadership in this realm is invaluable.

He also serves as a board member of prestigious organizations such as the MIT Energy Initiative, the Stanford Global Energy Council, and the Dutch ECN/TNO Strategic Advisory Board. These affiliations underscore his commitment to collaborative innovation and shaping the global energy landscape.

Under Sebregts’ leadership, Shell is poised to continue pushing the boundaries of what's possible, creating a more sustainable and technologically advanced future for all. He is not just a CTO – he's a catalyst for change in the energy world.