Technology, Innovation & Decarbonisation in the Energy Sectors

Manas Sahoo

Position: Chief Digital Innovation Advisor for Energy Industry, EMEAS, SAP

I advise Energy company leaders on their Digital Transformation Strategy, helping them adapt to the changing energy landscape leveraging tech innovations such as AI/ML, Robotic Process Automation, additive/adaptive manufacturing, renewable energy, rapid electrification (electric vehicles), carbon capture, Digital Twin, IoT, big data, analytics, blockchain, data science, new generation ERP S/4HANA, cloud, mobility etc. My current focus is to enable “green energy initiatives” leveraging digital technologies making my clients more sustainable and profitable. I coach and empower my team helping them adopt the industry next-practices and inspiring them by being a role-model myself (top performer throughout my career). I lead business development, demand generation and industry thought leadership through 1:N (eg. Speaking at marque industry events, articles/blogs) and 1:1 (ex. account specific innovation events).


My 20 years of professional experience is thus characterized by the following core competencies:

  • Management Consulting for business transformation adapting to changing industry landscape
  • Understanding & applications of 4IR/Digital Technologies (AI/ML, IoT, big data, data science, new generation ERP S/4Hana, RPA, cloud, mobility) for sustainable business outcomes
  • Executive communication, business development, Business case collaboration and advisory
  • Industry knowledge (Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Utilities, Public Sector, EC&O, Retail, Mill Products)
  • Managing Partner eco-system and industry analysts and influence network
  • Organizing industry events and networks
  • Advising on Enterprise Business Architecture
  • People, Project and Product Management
  • Coaching Colleagues

Education: MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India.

My Awards and recognitions include:

  • Hold a patent on “Easy UI migration” awarded in US with patent number 7,917,856
  • Spoke on “Sustainable Operational Excellence” at OpexMENA2021, Gastech 2018, & Opexmena 2018
  • Session on “Future Oil, Gas & Energy Retail” at IV International O&G summit event
  • My interview video tweet with Inautomation - on “Digital Asset Management and IT/OT integrationSAP
  • Winners’ Circle in 2018 and 2016, Industry Value Engineer of the Year 2013 for SAP MENA
  • Chaired the plenary session at IIoT and digital solutions for Oil and Gas conference in Amsterdam
  • Author of article in Digitalist magazine on “Digital Transformation in Energy Industry”
  • Author of IEEE magazine "IT Professional" on topic "IT Strategy“ - Link