Gaurav  Verma
Gaurav Verma
Research Manager, IDC Energy Insights

Gaurav Verma is a research manager for IDC Energy Insights Europe, focused on the oil and gas industry. In his role, he advises vendors and end-user clients on how digital technologies can further innovate and transform existing operational methodologies to achieve operational excellence. His main areas of focus include digital transformation, business development, marketing, business advisory, and industry trend analysis for conventional/unconventional hydrocarbons, renewable energy, and the electricity/utility industry. He is based in the IDC Italy office in Milan.

BACKGROUND

Verma has 10 years' international experience in the oil and gas industry. He started as a mineral exploration geologist but has spent a major part of his career in the petroleum industry's upstream and midstream segments. He has held a number of roles in the oil and energy industry, including geoscientist, project manager, consultant, business development lead, and energy-technology developer. He has worked in subsea oil and gas pipeline installation and maintenance, oil well logs, and marine geophysical and 2D-3D seismic survey projects, as well as carrying out subsurface geological studies and geophysical project management consultancy. During his oil and gas management studies in the U.K., he developed a deep knowledge of the complex and vast value chain of the oil and gas industry, the major players, industry challenges, the volatile crude oil market, the LNG business, management accounting and financial appraisal, the geopolitical impact of oil, petroleum policies, and contract/lease agreements. Through his MBA program at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy, he was able to supplement his technical skills with management expertise and business acumen.

EDUCATION/INDUSTRY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2004: Banaras Hindu University, India — B.Sc. in maths, physics, and geology (honors)
  • 2006: Banaras Hindu University, India — M.Sc. (applied geology), concentrating on structural geology and petroleum exploration (a top 3 candidate)
  • 2014: Plymouth University, the U.K. — M.Sc. in oil and gas management (graduated with distinction)
  • 2017: SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy — MBA with a concentration in strategy, innovation, product development, and private equity