Ms Ruth Cairnie will be speaking at the Singapore Energy Summit's Featured Plenary on "Connecting the Dots: Energy–Water–Food Nexus". Shell has been working with academics, government and industry to better understand the stress nexus and to look at ways to tackle the stresses on energy, water, food, climate, sustainable urban development, greenhouse gas emissions regulation and carbon pricing.
Ms Ruth Cairnie was appointed VP for Group Strategy in April 2011 and EVP for Strategy and Planning in September 2011. She is responsible for the development of the global Group strategy covering all Shell. This includes understanding the external business environment, both long term (Shell scenarios) and shorter term; development of long-term strategic options addressing developments in technology, environmental challenges and the shifting world economic footprint; and translation into business plans and appraisal.
Previously, Ms Cairnie was responsible for Shell's global Commercial Fuels business from 2005 - 2010. This involved sales of fuel to business customers in over 60 countries, representing a third of Shell's total global marketing sales volumes. During her career in Shell, she has worked in a wide range of areas including Research, Oil Markets analysis, various B2B businesses, Strategy, Supply Chain and M&A. Currently based in the Netherlands, she has mainly been stationed out of London but has also lived in Stockholm, Hamburg and Singapore.
Ms Cairnie graduated in Joint Honours Mathematics & Physics from Bristol University and then did research into Cosmology and Black Holes at Cambridge University, taking a Masters in Advanced Studies. She took the Corporate Finance programme at London Business School in 2003. She is a Non-Executive Director of Keller Group plc, the leading global ground engineering specialist, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Rotterdam School of Management.