- About Variables Intelligence
In the oil and gas upstream industry, medium and small-sized oil companies conduct approximately 75% of the business. Unlike major companies, these smaller organizations often lack the resources to invest in sophisticated modeling due to its high costs in time, money, and manpower. To address this, VarIntel offers cutting-edge AI-powered solutions at a significantly reduced cost, catering to over 7,800 small and medium-sized companies. These advanced tools enable these businesses to enhance well drilling, increase oil and gas production, and tackle carbon-related challenges.
- Dr. Tony Gao, EMBA, PMP (Founder & CEO)
Dr. Gao holds the positions of Chairman and CEO at VarIntel, overseeing the team as well as the company's strategic direction, vision, growth, and performance. With an impressive background spanning 18 years in the energy sector, Tony is highly regarded for his expertise in oil and gas operations, technological innovation, digitalization of oil and gas, and decarbonization efforts. Prior to establishing VarIntel, Tony gained invaluable experience at prominent Fortune 500 companies such as Baker Hughes, GE Oil & Gas, Weatherford, and China National Petroleum Corporation. Holding an MS and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering, as well as an EMBA in Energy, Tony is also a certified project management professional through PMI.
Dr. Peter Zhang (Co-Founder & CTO)
Dr. Zhang holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at the company, bringing his expertise in big data and artificial intelligence to the forefront. Peter is highly skilled in strategic planning, organizational leadership, technology development in green energy, data analytics, automation in manufacturing and production, and information technology. Throughout his career, he has made significant contributions to several Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Zhang possesses a Ph.D. in computer science, further solidifying his credentials as a technology leader.
Dr. Bill Fu (Co-Founder & Chief Digital Officer)
Dr. Fu holds the position of Chief Digital Officer, with a strong background in artificial intelligence. Bill's extensive experience encompasses machine learning application development, automation and control, IT security, disaster planning and recovery, as well as cloud and edge computing and engineering software development. In addition to his corporate role, Bill is a distinguished professor at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Fu has earned a Ph.D. in computer science, further establishing his expertise in the digital realm.
Dr. Baizhou Chen (Co-Founder & CFO)
Dr. Chen serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Baizhou served as a Senior Assistant Controller for about three years at Oracle Corporation. He focused on executing controllership over Oracle's Global Business Units, debt and related reconciliations, swap Mark-to-Market, Cash Management, Hedging, Foreign Exchange, Investments, and Stock Repurchases. Baizhou had been practicing public accounting with EY. Dr. Chen is a Certified Public Accountant registered and licensed in both the states of California and New York. Dr. Chen holds a Ph.D. in business administration.
Mr. Mark Holtz (Director - CCUS)
Mr. Holtz holds the position of Director of Subsurface and Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS). With an impressive 35-year tenure in the energy sector, Mark is a highly skilled expert in low-carbon solutions. His specialization encompasses reservoir management, underground gas storage, as well as subsurface modeling and characterization. Throughout his career, Mark has held various technological and leadership positions at esteemed companies such as Praxair, Baker Hughes, and GE Oil & Gas.
Mr. Kristian Cozyris (Director – Business Development)
Mr. Cozyris holds the role of Director of Business Development. As an oil and gas industry veteran, Kristian possesses extensive experience in marketing strategy and requirement analysis. In addition to his strong background in technology, Kristian is particularly skilled in product and technology deployment, with a focus on shale development. Throughout his career, he has served in various capacities at leading companies such as Baker Hughes, BJ Services, and Halliburton.
Dr. Richard Li (Director – Subsurface Technology)
Dr. Li holds the position of Director of Carbon Solutions. As a distinguished senior scientist, he brings a wealth of petroleum engineering and geological expertise to the table, especially in the development of advanced enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and carbon sequestration techniques. Prior to joining VarIntel, Richard held various roles at Fortune 500 companies, including Chevron and CNPC. Dr. Li earned his Ph.D. in geology and a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering.
Ms. Casey An (Tech leader)
Ms. An serves as the Technology Leader, bringing over a decade of experience in petrophysics, geology, and geophysics. Casey's robust technological background is complemented by her expertise in subsurface technology development, with an emphasis on petrophysics. She has held various roles at the prominent energy service company, Baker Hughes, throughout her career. Ms. An has earned both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in geology.