Vice President of Global Exploration
Liz Schwarze is vice president of Global Exploration for Chevron Upstream, based in Houston, Texas. In this role, she is responsible for Chevron’s worldwide exploration program and chairs the company’s Global Exploration Leadership Team. She is also a member of Chevron’s Management Committee and Upstream Leadership Team.
Schwarze joined Chevron in 1990 as a development geologist in the Gulf of Mexico and has subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of exploration, reservoir management, strategy and planning and technology. She has had assignments in multiple locations in the United States, in Venezuela and in Singapore and has worked on projects around the world.
Schwarze holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Duke University, a master’s degree in geology from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in business administration from Tulane University. She is a member of AAPG, SEG and SPE.
Sylvia Anjos works as Geoscience and Engineering Business Advisor for Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro. In this position, she combines her technical expertise, upstream experience and business acumen to help the company conduct the digital and corporate transformation needed to operate under Brazil’s new downstream regulatory regime projected to launch in 2021.
Anjos has worked in the energy industry since 1979 and has dedicated her years of service to Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro. She served as manager of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Petrology and Biostratigraphy and manager of Rock Technologies at the Petrobras Research Center, then moved to Petrobras Exploration in 2005. She started as manager of the Petroleum Systems Modelling before being named general manager of geology for Petrobras Exploration, a position she held for 10 years.
From 2016-2019 Anjos served as deputy general manager for the Libra Joint Project Team, representing Petrobras and overseeing applied technologies projects for the Libra field in the Brazilian pre-salt.
Anjos holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a master’s and a PhD in geology from the University of Illinois in the United States.
Anjos was founding member of the Brazilian Association of Petroleum Geologists (ABGP) and served two terms as president. She has been an active member of AAPG since 2001 and served as Latin America and Caribbean Region president from 2017-2019. Since 2018, she has served as member and co-founder of the Diversity Committee at the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP)
Founder and President
Priority Oil and Gas
Robbie Gries is founder and president of Priority Oil & Gas LLC, a Denver-based natural gas production, petroleum exploration and development company. She has been in the petroleum industry for more than 45 years and has worked as an independent operator since 1980. Gries combines the business side of oil and gas with her passion for the science of geology and has published more than 30 papers.
In 2017, she published Anomalies—Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology, a book inspiring the documentary series “Rock Stars-Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology” debuted at AAPG’s centennial that year. She was the first woman elected president of the 35,000-member association, and she expanded AAPG’s footprint by visiting over 44 countries during her tenure.
Gries earned a bachelor’s in geology from Colorado State University and a master’s in geology from The University of Texas at Austin, where she serves on the Advisory Council for the Jackson School of Geosciences. She is past president of the Colorado Women’s Forum and recipient of the Woman Leader of Excellence Award from the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition.
Andrea López is a Geologist at Total E&P Bolivie in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where she is in charge of interpretation and modeling for the Incahuasi field. Previous positions include geologist and G&G technical support specialist at Schlumberger and structural geology intern at Total Francia.
López has a bachelor’s in geological engineering from Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City and master’s in in geoscience – reservoir geology from Université de Montpellier, France. She speaks Spanish, French and English and has participated actively in leadership development programs provided by Total and AAPG.
López was selected to participate in Total’s TWICE (Total Women Initiatives for Communication and Exchange) mentoring program in 2019-2020.
She served as president of the Bolivia Young Professionals Chapter from 2018-2020 and currently chairs the AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region Student and Young Professional Leadership Summit.
López also serves as treasurer of the global AAPG Women’s Network (AAPGWN).