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Daniel Zweidler, PhD

Strategy and Portfolio Advisor
President, Daniel Zweidler & Associates, Inc.
Senior Fellow, The Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Zweidler Bio

A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Daniel Zweidler earned a doctorate of science degree in geology at the University of Neuchâtel, before joining Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands in 1986 as a geostatistician.
In 1995, after having travelled the world as prospect evaluation advisor for over 5 years, Daniel moved to New Orleans, USA, where he held various positions with Shell Oil Company, including senior exploration consultant for Shell’s global deepwater operations, and exploration planning and portfolio manager for the Americas. In 2005 Daniel assumed the role of head of global exploration strategy, portfolio & planning for Royal Dutch Shell based in The Hague, Netherland.
In 2008 Daniel returned to the United States where he joined Merck & Co. as senior vice president and head of portfolio management, global scientific strategy.
In 2011 Daniel founded Daniel Zweidler & Associates, Inc., a niche management consulting firm delivering strategy and portfolio management advice and services to the upstream oil and gas sector. The same year he was appointed senior fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, where his current research interest focuses on the effect of rare events and serendipity on the sustainability of growth strategies.
Daniel is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Swiss Geological Society, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Long Now Foundation.

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