Meet the Team

Sixlab Team

Hong Dinh
SixLab Mentor
Hong has 20+ years of experience managing complex business innovation and development opportunities across finance, operations, HR, and legal. Currently, she is leading program management for Exploration Digitalization at Shell aligning across multiple stakeholders to drive innovation.
Nate Suurmeyer
SixLab Mentor
Nate has been an Exploration Geologist at Shell for 13 years working projects from unconventionals to deep water, and currently leads exploration digitization projects. His passions include alluvial fans and interrogating heaps of data in order to develop new ways of finding hydrocarbons.
Max Gray
SixLab Director
Max has 23 years of energy industry experience in Upstream operations, data management, and digital transformation. He has led transformational projects across the globe with five years living and working in Norway and Malaysia. Currently he is the SixLab Program Director, working with startups to accelerate the energy transition.
Jeff Allyn
SixLab Mentor
Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations at Simpler Trading. Prior to Simpler Trading, Jeff served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at NXT Board, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Carnegie Technologies and LocationSmart, as well as President of Locaid Technologies.
Francesco Menapace
SixLab Mentor
Francesco has 15+ years of experience as an Exploration Geologist with deep knowledge in near-field exploration. Currently, he serves as the Business Opportunity Manager for the Exploration Digitalization program at Shell, driving innovation in hydrocarbon exploration with digital technologies.
Gabriel Guerra
SixLab Mentor
Gabriel has 20+ years of experience in exploration projects globally with a background in geology and sedimentology. Currently, he serves as the VP of Exploration Transformation at Shell, integrating new ways of working and providing the platform for lasting and enhanced exploration performance.
Tracy Jones Martin
Sixlab Advisor
Tracy, a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades, master of some”, is an Engineer with a background in reservoir engineering, development planning and project management. She joined Studio X in September 2021 as a Project Manager.
Elaine Clement
Product Management
Elaine has spent her career in Product Management, defining the product strategy and delivering applications across a variety of companies and industries. She joined Studio X in October, 2021 as Director of Product Management and leads the Product and Design team.
Morgan Oteba
Marketing
Morgan joined Studio X in May 2022 as the Community Marketing Manager. She has been working in digital marketing and community management for 6 years across various industries. She enjoys traveling the world and gardening in her free time.
Alice Hildick
Geoscience
Alice Hildick is a Director at Studio X, a company powered by Shell and focused on accelerating innovation in the Energy sector. She is passionate about working closely with business leaders and organizations to create sustainable, technology-driven solutions that help organizations operate more effectively.
Kenton Prindle
Machine Learning / Data Science
Kenton is Head of Data Science and Geoscience at Studio X. Before this, he was a Machine Learning Geophysical Engineer at Google & Google X. He is a subject matter expert for Oil and Gas (Geophysics), Machine Learning for Geophysics, and HPC/Cloud Computing. Kenton is a long-time rock climber and a proud father of two smart and very energetic children.
Chris Chauvin
Engineering
Chris has been in various engineering and product roles mostly focused on early stage startup companies. He has experience writing software in many environments and has experience in development operations. Chris has built the engineering processes and procedures from the ground up while growing the engineering teams both locally and internationally.
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Mentors/Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts

Nate Suurmeyer
Geologist
Nate Suurmeyer is the director for Xeek, the data science competition platform for Studio X. He has been a geologist with Shell Exploration for 15 years and has been passionately involved with Studio X since its inception. Triceratops fossils and falling off mountain bikes are his simple pleasures.
Kenton Prindle
Machine Learning / Data Science
Kenton is Head of Data Science and Geoscience at Studio X. Before this, he was a Machine Learning Geophysical Engineer at Google & Google X. He is a subject matter expert for Oil and Gas (Geophysics), Machine Learning for Geophysics, and HPC/Cloud Computing. Kenton is a long-time rock climber and a proud father of two smart and very energetic children.
Chris Chauvin
Engineering
Chris has been in various engineering and product roles mostly focused on early stage startup companies. He has experience writing software in many environments and has experience in development operations. Chris has built the engineering processes and procedures from the ground up while growing the engineering teams both locally and internationally.
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Hong Dinh
SixLab Mentor
Hong has 20+ years of experience managing complex business innovation and development opportunities across finance, operations, HR, and legal. Currently, she is leading program management for Exploration Digitalization at Shell aligning across multiple stakeholders to drive innovation.
Tracy Jones Martin
Sixlab Advisor
Tracy, a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades, master of some”, is an Engineer with a background in reservoir engineering, development planning and project management. She joined Studio X in September 2021 as a Project Manager.
Elaine Clement
Product Management
Elaine has spent her career in Product Management, defining the product strategy and delivering applications across a variety of companies and industries. She joined Studio X in October, 2021 as Director of Product Management and leads the Product and Design team.
GABRIEL GUERRA
SixLab Mentor
Gabriel has 20+ years of experience in exploration projects globally with a background in geology and sedimentology. Currently, he serves as the VP of Exploration Transformation at Shell, integrating new ways of working and providing the platform for lasting and enhanced exploration performance.
Nate Suurmeyer
SixLab Mentor
Nate has been an Exploration Geologist at Shell for 13 years working projects from unconventionals to deep water, and currently leads exploration digitization projects. His passions include alluvial fans and interrogating heaps of data in order to develop new ways of finding hydrocarbons.
Max Gray
SixLab Director
Max has 23 years of energy industry experience in Upstream operations, data management, and digital transformation. He has led transformational projects across the globe with five years living and working in Norway and Malaysia. Currently he is the SixLab Program Director, working with startups to accelerate the energy transition.
Jeff Allyn
SixLab Mentor
Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations at Simpler Trading. Prior to Simpler Trading, Jeff served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at NXT Board, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Carnegie Technologies and LocationSmart, as well as President of Locaid Technologies.
Morgan Oteba
Marketing
Morgan joined Studio X in May 2022 as the Community Marketing Manager. She has been working in digital marketing and community management for 6 years across various industries. She enjoys traveling the world and gardening in her free time.
Alice Hildick
Geoscience
Alice Hildick is a Director at Studio X, a company powered by Shell and focused on accelerating innovation in the Energy sector. She is passionate about working closely with business leaders and organizations to create sustainable, technology-driven solutions that help organizations operate more effectively.
FRANCESCO MENAPACE
SixLab Mentor
Francesco has 15+ years of experience as an Exploration Geologist at Shell with deep knowledge in all key Exploration workflows. Currently, he serves as the General Manager Exploration Technology in the Shell Digital Ventures team, driving innovation in hydrocarbon exploration with digital technologies.
Francesco Menapace
SixLab Mentor
Francesco has 15+ years of experience as an Exploration Geologist with deep knowledge in near-field exploration. Currently, he serves as the Business Opportunity Manager for the Exploration Digitalization program at Shell, driving innovation in hydrocarbon exploration with digital technologies.
Gabriel Guerra
SixLab Mentor
Gabriel has 20+ years of experience in exploration projects globally with a background in geology and sedimentology. Currently, he serves as the VP of Exploration Transformation at Shell, integrating new ways of working and providing the platform for lasting and enhanced exploration performance.
Tracy Jones Martin
Sixlab Advisor
Tracy, a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades, master of some”, is an Engineer with a background in reservoir engineering, development planning and project management. She joined Studio X in September 2021 as a Project Manager.
Elaine Clement
Product Management
Elaine has spent her career in Product Management, defining the product strategy and delivering applications across a variety of companies and industries. She joined Studio X in October, 2021 as Director of Product Management and leads the Product and Design team.
Morgan Oteba
Marketing
Morgan joined Studio X in May 2022 as the Community Marketing Manager. She has been working in digital marketing and community management for 6 years across various industries. She enjoys traveling the world and gardening in her free time.
Alice Hildick
Geoscience
Alice Hildick is a Director at Studio X, a company powered by Shell and focused on accelerating innovation in the Energy sector. She is passionate about working closely with business leaders and organizations to create sustainable, technology-driven solutions that help organizations operate more effectively.
Kenton Prindle
Machine Learning / Data Science
Kenton is Head of Data Science and Geoscience at Studio X. Before this, he was a Machine Learning Geophysical Engineer at Google & Google X. He is a subject matter expert for Oil and Gas (Geophysics), Machine Learning for Geophysics, and HPC/Cloud Computing. Kenton is a long-time rock climber and a proud father of two smart and very energetic children.
Chris Chauvin
Engineering
Chris has been in various engineering and product roles mostly focused on early stage startup companies. He has experience writing software in many environments and has experience in development operations. Chris has built the engineering processes and procedures from the ground up while growing the engineering teams both locally and internationally.
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