Nico Duursema has been in leadership roles in the energy business for over 25 years. Nico sees the energy industry through an international lens as he has worked in North and South America, Africa, and the Middle and Far East within the petrochemical, transportation, mining, and oil and gas industries. Nico has led several significant business transformations and project development portfolios resulting in his teams receiving excellence awards including the prestigious Project Management Institute (PMI) Gold Award.
As the president and CEO of the Cerilon Group, Nico's core areas of focus are environmentally friendly, low carbon, energy, infrastructure and downstream beneficiation. This includes gas-to-liquids (GTL), bio-to-liquids (BTL), liquified-natural-gas (LNG), and renewables. Established in 2009, the Cerilon Group exists to provide global energy security with an approach that is strategic, courageous, intentional, and sustainable. Cerilon is committed to helping business lead changes toward a new energy future.
Nico has a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, along with Honors in Business. He is also a cum laude graduate with an MBA from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Development Program at Daniels College of Business, Denver, Colorado, USA. Nico serves on Cerilon’s corporate boards and acts as an advisor to the Board of Impact Nations. He has been a member of the Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA) for the last five years and has served for three years as CEEA board governor. Nico is also serving on the Global Energy Show (GES) executive committee and is executive chairman for the Global XTL Summit.