Vania De Stefani

Business strategy consultant and former Vice President at BP

Vania is a progressive and innovative leader in the energy sector and world-class expert in assessing and managing major industrial hazards whilst advancing sustainable solutions.

Vania started her career working as process engineer and technical safety advisor on a number of energy projects in the Netherlands, the UAE, Congo and Algeria. Subsequently she joined bp and her work focused on setting up and implementing the major accident risk process and identifying major risks across the organization. During this period she played a major role in BP’s internal and external response to the Deepwater Horizon incident and contributed to develop a sound risk policy, institutionalized positive change and transformed the workplace culture

Thereafter she in a joint venture in Asia, where she led the drilling business through a period of oil price volatility, by leveraging innovation and low carbon strategies. Vania was also the maintenance and engineering manager in Central Asia and chaired the engineering capability forum, liaising with universities, chamber of commerce and private sector to promote the engineering profession. Most recently, Vania established regional and operational readiness for bp’s major projects in Mauritania and Senegal.
She has a passion for diversity and inclusion and is a true inspiration for her work with women in the frontline and in STEM. She contributed significantly to the bp Women in GOO programme, especially while in Central Asia where she led many initiatives to support women in the field.

Vania has a PhD in process engineering from Ecole National Superieure des Mines de Paris and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. She held a number of research roles at Imperial College. She is author of several research publications and speaker to international conferences.

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