Srinivas (Benné) Betté

Chair and Co-founder

Srinivas (Benné) Betté has more than 40 years of increasing responsibility and achievement as an engineer, executive, leader, and manager in the energy and technology industries. He is the Chairman of Quasitum Inc., a company he founded in 1998, which is involved in Oil and Gas and infrastructure businesses. Recently he served on the Advisory Board of Cairn India Ltd., an $11B oil and gas company and aLTreo a Reserves based financial services firm. He was the President & CEO of Reliance International Exploration & Production during 2007-09. Prior to that he co-founded Mcube Investment Technologies and as the CTO he led the technology effort to build financial asset management tools for institutional fund managers, investment banks, etc. Benne started his career in the oil and gas industry with Mobil Oil Corporation where he spent 18 years in various technical and senior management positions: including VP of Sub-Surface Producing Technologies Division for Mobil Technology Company, Area Operations Manager in Sumatra and Reservoir Manager in Indonesia. Benne has held several strategic assignments: He currently serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Chemical Engineering Department at University of Houston. He worked on the Exxon-Mobil merger as a core team member. He chaired a strategic study on “Competitive Differentiation through Technical Computing” for Mobil Corporation. Benné has authored over 26 technical papers and has delivered many keynote speeches and seminars. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas.