Frigyes Lestak is the European Director of the Global Methane Program, which has a mission to achieve zero flaring and methane emissions in the oil and gas value chain, create value, mitigate climate change, and reduce health impacts.
Frigyes has 30 years’ experience within the oil and gas industry, including policy, strategy, corporate change management, engineering design, operation, technology, new business development, sales, and marketing. His expertise cuts across upstream, midstream, and downstream.
A recognized climate change leader, Frigyes worked at Shell for 15 years as general manager and program manager. He has set up climate change strategies and managed efficiency and methane reduction programs, including one that delivered a 30 percent improvement for Shell’s operations.
In support of their efficiency and flare reduction programs, he developed and managed collaborations with government partners in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Oman, and the UK. He has worked alongside the World Bank and other multilateral organizations to drive flare reductions globally. At Shell, he also took a lead role to set up an efficiency service business.
Prior to joining Shell, Frigyes worked with MW Kellogg, where as a Technology Manager, he set up efficiency services and commercialized technologies. Frigyes started his career as a lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UK).
EDUCATION & AWARDS
MBA, Henley Business School, UK
PhD, Chemical Engineering (summa cum laude), Pannon University, Hungary
MSc, Chemical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
WHY I LOVE WORKING AT RMI
“The industrialists of our generation have an opportunity and an obligation to make a difference : mitigate climate change and create sustainable economic value. This requires innovation, systems thinking and relentless focus on implementation. RMI is ideally placed to drive the energy transition and I am truly energized to be part of this team.”