Ellie Ardakani, P.Geo., PhD
Dr. Ellie Ardakani, P.Geo., is an award-wining tech entrepreneur and a published geoscience adviser who is passionate about and committed to incorporating digital technology to increase the return on investment of data and human capital in the energy sector and beyond. Dr. Ardakani is the CEO and co-founder of Meta Innovation Technologies, a growing tech start-up dedicated to empowering the energy and mining industries with web-based technologies for immersive staff training and AI-augmented data analytics. Prior to Meta, she worked in various roles in the oil and gas sector. She received the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award from the City of Ottawa in 2019 and was recognized as the Founder of the Year by the Bootstrap Awards in 2020.
Dr. Ardakani holds a doctorate in exploration geophysics from the University of Alberta. She is the chair of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Women’s Network, a product manager for the SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation, a mentor for the American Geophysical Union Mentoring365 program, and an active member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Dr. Ardakani holds a licence with APEGA as a professional geoscientist.