Tara Schmidt is Wood’s Vice President of Strategic Planning. She is responsible for developing, implementing and leading Wood’s strategic development process for Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia – in conjunction with managing our company’s approach to business intelligence – in responding to the emerging market and evolving needs of our customers.
With more than 20 years of energy industry experience, Tara brings a wealth of expertise in global energy and infrastructure markets, climate-related financial risk, technology and sustainable development. For over a decade, she has assisted corporate development teams in some of the world’s largest energy companies and financial institutions in strategic planning, scenarios development and market analysis.
Prior to joining Wood, Tara worked for the world’s largest sustainability consultancy, ERM, in building out their strategic offering on energy transition in conjunction with the G20 Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). At the leading energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, Tara managed Global Energy Trends research overseeing a team of global market analysts. She began her career as a petroleum engineer working for BP and Shell, and later moved into management consulting with Accenture.
Tara has a broad knowledge of global markets, with hands-on work experience in Australia, France, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, the UK and USA. She has an MBA in International Business from the London Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.