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The James Watt Lecture.

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 6 p.m., Edinburgh

Elisabeth Proust, Managing Director, Total UK

This Scottish Oil Club Event is held in partnership with the Watt Club, the alumni association of Heriot-Watt University, who have a long-held tradition of recognising James Watt’s birthday each year by "supping" together. In recognition of Heriot-Watt’s long established association with the Scottish Oil Club, the annual January "James Watt Lecture" be delivered by a leading commentator who will address aspects of the role of oil and gas in the broader energy sector. The role of research and contribution of universities in supporting industry to address global societal challenges will also be discussed. After the presentation there will be the opportunity to network, "sup" together and toast James Watt’s contribution to science and engineering.

Sponsorship provided by Scottish Oil Club (Students).

Please make your finalised booking before Monday, 22nd January 2018.

Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.

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Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.


Elisabeth Proust, is a 1979 graduate of Mechanics and Marine Hydrodynamics from the Mechanical Engineering School (ENSM) in Central Nantes, France. She later obtained a degree in Petroleum Engineering at the French Petroleum Institute (ENSPM) Paris, France in 1980. She joined the then Elf Aquitaine (now Total) as a junior drilling supervisor the same year (1980). From 1981 to 1987 she worked at various affiliates of the company in Douala (Cameroun) Rio (Brazil) Luanda (Angola) and Pau (France) as drilling supervisor (offshore) drilling supervisor (deep offshore) drilling engineer and subsea specialist respectively. She was Head of the drilling engineering department in Pau, France from 1987 to 1989 before moving to The Hague in the Netherlands where she held technical and managerial positions as Head of non operated follow up, Development Responsible for all operated assets and Project Manager for the K5 Central complex between 1989 and 1997. From 1997 to 2004, Mrs Proust was responsible for technical evaluation of new assets, project manager for New Business in Russia, production manager and operations manager in Paris (France) and The Hague (Netherlands). Between 2004 and 2008, she was Vice President Development Engineering and Head of petroleum engineering competence for TOTAL worldwide and in December 2008, was appointed President and General Manager for Total E&P Indonesia, where she was also the General Manager for other 15 Total companies in that country, Group representative for refinery/chemicals and marketing division and President of the Oil and Gas Association of Indonesia. She served in this capacity till 2013. On February 12, 2014, Elisabeth Proust assumed duties as Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria. She becomes the first ever female managing director of Total in Nigeria, bringing over 30 years of extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. She is also the Group Representative for all Total Subsidiaries (Upstream and downstream in Nigeria).


Neither video nor audio recording is permitted at this event.

Members and guests are invited to convene between 17:30 and 18:00 for coffee/tea and biscuits (pay-bar available). Meeting commences at 18:00. An opportunity for informal discussion between members and guests will follow the presentation in the Cocktail Bar until commencement of the Discussion Dinner (Chatham House Rule) at about 20:00.

Menu: Haggis bon bons with a whisky dressing ~ Supreme of chicken on a cock a leekie broth, sauté potatoes & seasonal vegetables ~ Traditional Scottish cranachan ~ Coffee and mints

Wine: Brise de France Sauvignon Blanc Languedoc France 2015 and Brise de France Merlot Languedoc France 2015

Special Venue Information

The Royal Scots Club offers availability of overnight accomodation to SOC members. Directly contract the Royal Scots Club on +44-131-556-4270 or book here.


Bookings for dinner are required. Bookings for you to attend only the presentation are normally not required (unless specified otherwise for a particular event), but we would appreciate if you could let us know anyway since we need to monitor the total head-count. There is no charge for attending the presentation-only.

Send your booking request by email to: bookings@scottishoilclub.org.uk. Please be specific about what you are booking for.

Cost: £35.00 inclusive of VAT.

For more information on booking and paying, see How to Book and Pay.

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