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H.E. Ana Paula Vitorino

Ana Paula Vitorino is a graduate in Civil Engineering, specialising in urban development and transports, (1986) and has a Masters in Transports, (1992) by Instituto Superior Técnico.

She has published several articles in scientific and technical journals on matters regarding transport, infrastructure, logistics and maritime economy. Between 1989 and 1990 she was invited as Assistant Professor to teach a wide range of disciplines in the Instituto Superior Técnico, subjects such as urban planning, transports, roads and systems, Department of Civil Engineering, architecture and Earth resources.

She was a partner in TransNetWork Consultancy, which provides services in Portugal, Africa and Latin America since 2011. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a non-executive Board Member of the Hydroelectric of Cahora Bassa, S.A..

She was Secretary of State for Transports in the XVII Constitutional Government, between 2005 and 2009.

She is a member of the Portuguese National Assembly since 2009.

Prabhat Singh

Shri Prabhat Singh has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO (MD & CEO) of Petronet LNG and assumed charge as MD & CEO w.e.f. 14th September, 2015. Shri Singh is a Civil Engineer having graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and has around three decades of experience of working in the Hydrocarbon Industry both in MNC and Public Sector Navratna PSUs at prominent positions.

Prior to join the Company, Shri Singh was Director (Marketing) in GAIL India Ltd. Shri Singh headed the Upstream Business Development and the Strategy Divisions in British Gas since April 2006. During his earlier stint in GAIL, he headed GAIL’s Exploration and Production Department as General Manager. He made a major contribution in the execution of world’s longest exclusive LPG pipeline project from Jamnagar to Loni. The project was recognized by the Asian Development Bank as the “Best Managed Project” of the year. He was also instrumental in ushering in of the “Open Access Common Carrier Principle” in India which brought in a paradigm shift and contributed manifold in transitioning the  pipeline transportation industry of the country into the matured industry that it is today.

Shri Prabhat Singh also led “Project Parivartan” in GAIL – a highly human oriented change management initiative which put “people at the heart of corporate purpose” to address the changing business environment.

Kunio Nohata

Mr. Nohata has been working for Tokyo Gas for more than 30 years since joining in 1984. Through his career with the company, he has engaged in various fields such as overseas business development, infrastructure development, energy sales & service planning, energy solution business, LNG procurement and power business, as well as experiencing as President & CEO of Tokyo Gas Engineering Solution, subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co.Ltd., specializing in engineering business.

He holds a Bachelor and Master of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.


Hiroki Sato

Hiroki Sato is managing executive officer of JERA Co., Inc. and senior operating officer of its Business Development Department. He also serves as non-executive CEO of JERA Americas.

Prior to assuming his current positions in April 2019, as JERA’s senior executive vice president and chief fuel transaction officer from July 2016, Mr. Sato was involved in all of the company’s LNG procurement and sales activities, including spot procurement, as the world’s largest buyer of LNG (35 million tons/year). In the course of his career, he has devoted his energies to creating business opportunities by leveraging a global networking of connections built through long experience.


Jane Liao

With Chemical Engineering as the major in university, Jane Liao continued her education and received MSc degree from National Tsing-hua University, Taiwan followed by another Master degree in Laws from CEPMLP, University of Dundee, UK. She has recently completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP191) from Harvard Business School.

Jane started her career as a chemist at Exploration & Development Research Institute of CPC. In 1997, she was transferred to Supply Division in charge of LNG /LPG Purchase and Gas Sale Contracts. Since March 2015, she has become the Deputy CEO of Natural Gas Business of CPC Corporation, Taiwan.

Steve Hill

Steve is a member of Shell’s Integrated Gas and Shell’s Trading & Supply Leadership Teams with responsibility for Shell’s global LNG, natural gas and power marketing and trading activities. Steve is also responsible for Shell’s natural gas market development activities, Shell’s Integrated Gas strategy and Shell’s gas advocacy efforts.

Prior to the Shell purchase of BG Group, Steve was a member of BG Group’s Corporate Executive Team with responsibility for BG’s global LNG, natural gas and crude oil marketing and trading activities, and BG’s shipping business. Steve was involved in building and optimizing BG’s LNG business since joining the company in 2002 in roles in the UK, USA and Singapore.

Prior to joining BG Group, Steve worked for Mobil and subsequently ExxonMobil, in business development and trading roles in the UK, USA, Singapore, and Qatar.

Steve graduated from Durham University in the UK with a degree in Engineering and Management.

Laurent Vivier

Laurent Vivier is President for the Gas division of Total, currently located in Paris. He started his career within this company in 1996, holding successive positions in Total’s trading offices in Paris, Geneva, London and Houston. He was responsible for the trading activities in LPG and then in natural gas for the European Continent and North America. He then moved to his current position in 2011, originally combining the Group activities in New Energies. He graduated in France at the EDHEC School of Business, and then obtained an MSc of International Relations at the London School of Economics.

Martin Houston

Following his studies which commenced with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Newcastle University in 1979 and then a petroleum geology master’s degree from Imperial College London in 1983, Martin was employed by BG Group plc and its predecessor companies, retiring after 32 years in February 2014 as chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors.
He’s managed all forms of enterprise in the energy industry, has established a strong external reputation in the international gas business and is largely credited with being the key architect of BG Group’s world class Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business. In recognition of this, in 2011 he was the first recipient of the CWC Group LNG Executive of the Year award.

He was previously (2004 – 2009) a non-executive director of Severn Trent plc, an integrated water and environmental company. He is a former director of SIGTTO, the international organization representing gas tanker and gas terminal operators worldwide. From 2008 to 2014 he was a vice president and board member of the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL). Between 2015, and 2018 he was the chairman of TPH International, a boutique investment bank based in Houston, Texas.

In January 2014, he was appointed as a non-executive director of BUPA, an international healthcare group. He sits on the nominations committee and is chairman of the remuneration committee. He also sits on the board of Bupa Arabia, a JV company listed on the Saudi Arabian Tadawul and based in Jeddah.
In June 2014, he was appointed a non-executive director of CCC Energy. In February 2016, he co-founded Tellurian Inc. with Charif Souki and is now the vice chairman. Tellurian is developing a 27.5 mtpa LNG export project in Louisiana and is listed on the Nasdaq. In March 2017, Martin was appointed as vice-chairman of Hakluyt North America a company which provides independent, strategic advice to the world’s leading multinationals and financial institutions on complex issues.

In March 2018 he was appointed by Moelis and Company as Chairman of its global energy group.
Martin’s other activities include:
• Council member of the National Petroleum Council of the United States of
• Fellow of the Geological Society of London
• Member of the Development Committee of the Royal Opera House of London
• Member of the advisory board of the Global Energy Policy unit at Columbia
University’s School of International and Public Affairs, New York.
• Member of the advisory board of Radia Inc.

Ahmad Adly Alias

Ahmad Adly Alias is the Vice President of LNG Marketing & Trading in PETRONAS. In this role, he oversees the trading and marketing of LNG in Asia, Europe and the Americas on top of energy commodities trading in the UK and Europe. He is also currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PETRONAS LNG Sdn Bhd (PLSB).

Adly sits on the Board of various PETRONAS subsidiaries namely PETRONAS LNG Ltd (PLL), PETRONAS LNG (UK) LIMITED (PLUK), PETRONAS LNG Sdn Bhd (PLSB), PETRONAS Energy Trading Ltd (PETL) and the MLNG Group of companies.

Adly holds a BSc in Business Administration and an MBA in Corporate Finance & Investment from State University of New York, Buffalo, United States.

Jonty Shepard

Jonty joined BP Oil in 1992, where he performed several roles in operations, trading and refining. In 1998 he took over the business development team looking after the Former Soviet Union, Mediterranean and Africa.  During this period, he took on the role of BP nominated director in the setup of a new internet company the Intercontinental Exchange, which is now the world’s third largest exchange.

 In 2001 Jonty moved to Vietnam to be the marketing manager for upstream.  In this role, he was responsible for negotiating gas sales agreements with the State Oil and Power companies and working with the World Bank to finance new Power stations.  Following this, he moved to Angola where he was the commercial manager for BP’s first deep water oil development.  Prior to his current role, Jonty was the executive assistant for the head of Integrated Supply & Trading, then Group Strategy, in the corporate centre.

Jonty is currently global head of LNG for BP with a responsibility for the management of upstream contracts in Trinidad, Egypt and North West Shelf, merchant supply from Freeport in the USA and future projects in Coral LNG in Mozambique, Tortue in Mauretania and Senegal and Calcassieu Pass in the USA.  The portfolio includes a fleet of ~20 LNG carriers, regas facilities in the USA, UK, Spain and Italy, as well as long term customer contracts globally.

Octávio Simões

Octávio Simões was named President and CEO of Tellurian Inc. on November 30, 2020.

Previously he was an EVP, LNG Marketing and Business Development and a member of the Executive Committee at Tellurian engaged in all aspects of the LNG industry.

Before he joined Tellurian, he was President and CEO of Sempra LNG & Midstream where he was responsible for all LNG and natural gas midstream activities, including the company’s efforts at Cameron LNG, Energia Costa Azul LNG and Port Arthur LNG.  Prior responsibilities include business development, acquisitions, engineering and construction, operations and asset management in power generation, as well as financial and strategic planning.

Simões has degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts. Simões is a native of Lisbon, Portugal.



Eric Bensaude

Mr Bensaude is in charge of LNG Commercial Operations and Portfolio Management for Cheniere and sits on the Sabine Pass Liquefaction board of directors. He has more than 25 years of experience in the energy, oil and natural gas trading and marketing business. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Bensaude served as Head of Global LNG at EDF Trading where he set up and ran the LNG trading and marketing department. Prior to EDF Trading, Mr. Bensaude was an Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton in the Energy Practice, working on a variety of gas & power assignments. Mr. Bensaude started his career in energy as a trader of middle distillates for Total and previously served as the representative for the French bank, Société Générale, in Canton, PR of China. He held the position of Vice-Chairman of the European Federation of Energy Traders Gas Committee while at EDF Trading. He holds an MBA from ESSEC, business school in France, and studied Mandarin at Paris 7 Jussieu.

Kees van Seventer

In 1991 Kees van Seventer (1966) started his career at one of Royal Vopak predecessors, Royal Pakhoed

Since 2005 member of the Strategic Committee of Royal VopakFrom 2011 till 2017, as Group Commercial President, responsible for Vopak’s worldwide sales, marketing, product strategies, M&A and business development for oil, chemicals, gasses and vegoil

From 2015 till today, as President Vopak LNG, P&L responsible for all LNG activities of Vopak. This includes the joint ventures for land based lng terminals with Enagas in Altamira (Mexico) and with Gasunie in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), as well as Vopak’s worldwide projects and endeavours to develop more LNG land based and floating infrastructure with access to deep water.

Javier Moret

Javier is currently Global Head of LNG  at RWE Supply and Trading, one of Europe’s leading trading houses. He has more than 15 years of experience in the LNG industry. Prior to joining RWE Supply and Trading in June 2012, he was in the role of Director of LNG Origination at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also held roles in LNG at Repsol and Gas Natural Fenosa, from trading and origination to shipping and business development. He has studied at the IE Business School, Energy Institute of Repsol and Spanish Maritime Institute.

Philippe Berterottière

Philippe Berterottière, is a graduate of the H.E.C. Business School and of the IEP Political Studies Institute. He occupied several senior positions in the aerospace industry before joining GTT in 2009 as Chairman and CEO.

Katan Hirachand

Katan joined SG in December 2005 having spent 5 years in the industry with BG Group based in Brazil, Tunisia and Iran. He has cultivated a wide experience of advisory and arranging roles across the energy sector including LNG, refineries, pipelines and upstream.

He leads a number of landmark advisory deals for the bank including Mozambique LNG, Brass LNG (for strategic investors) and floating LNG mandates. He also led the financing of the landmark Egyptian Refining Company financing. He has worked extensively with multi-laterals, DFI’s and export credit agencies and is leading several new initiatives in the bank.

ERC, which closed in 2012, won a host of plaudits for its structure and ability to weather multiple political and financial storms. The USD 2.6 billion financing won the outright deal of the year in 2012 and represents the largest non-recourse financing in Africa to date. It has an unprecedented capital structure comprising DFI’s, commercial banks, multi-laterals and private equity.

Katan is a regular industry speaker and has a number of publications to his name. In 2012, he was nominated for the Financial News “Rising Stars” under 40 award. In 2013, he became the first representative from an investment bank to secure a position on the Gastech steering committee highlighting his contribution to the industry.

He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from King’s College London and is holder of the Tadion-Rideal prize for contribution to Molecular Science.

Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson is an Energy Partner with King & Spalding, based in Singapore since 2008. Richard has worked previously in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo and advises on energy-related transactions and projects, particularly in the upstream oil and gas, LNG and power sectors. Richard currently manages King & Spalding’s global LNG practice and regularly advises international oil and gas companies, host governments and project developers and sponsors in jurisdictions across South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. He is currently recognised as a leading energy and natural resources lawyer in Singapore and Asia Pacific by the leading legal directories, including Chambers and Legal 500.

Patrick Janssens

Patrick Janssens is currently serving as ABS Vice President LNG, Corporate Global Gas Solutions and is responsible for coordinating LNG-related activities within ABS on a corporate level.

Prior to joining ABS, Janssens served as Senior Vice President of Technology at Flex LNG where he focused on conceptual development and FEED of a generic floating LNG liquefaction project. He also served as Chief Technical Officer of Exmar Marine NV where he was in charge of the development of the first LNG regasification vessels from conceptual design to the development of all operational procedures and the development of the first commercially used ship to ship LNG transfer system. He managed newbuildings projects for several LNG carriers, LPG/NH3 carriers, oil tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.

Janssens holds a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Djohardi Angaga Kusumah

Djohardi Angga Kusumah is the Senior Vice President of Gas and Power at PT Pertamina (Persero). He has been part of the senior management in Gas, New & Renewables, and also the Upstream business of Pertamina. He starts his C – Level career as the first President Director of PT Nusantara Regas, one of Pertamina’s subsidiary which serves domestic gas demand by utilising the first FSRU in Indonesia.

Having professional expertise for more than 24 years covering LPG, LNG, CNG, power, new & renewables, and also upstream business, he has a comprehensive knowledge mainly in developing Pertamina’s gas business at full value chain, from exploration until delivering the gas to its end users. Currently he is also appointed as the Head of LNG Committee of Indonesia Gas Society.

Graduating his Management studies from consecutively University of Padjajaran and University of Gajah Mada in Indonesia, Djohardi has proficiently managed across business and operational matters in the company. 

Kathleen Eisbrenner

Kathleen Eisbrenner is Chairman and CEO of NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT), a liquefied natural gas (LNG) development company based in The Woodlands, Texas positioned to create innovative opportunities in the global integrated natural gas industry, including the proposed Rio Grande LNG project in South Texas. Prior to founding NextDecade, Eisbrenner served as Executive Vice President at Royal Dutch Shell, where she was responsible for the company’s global LNG portfolio management and LNG trading. In addition, Eisbrenner was founder and CEO of Excelerate Energy and held various senior management positions at El Paso Energy prior.

Eisbrenner is a member of the National Petroleum Council, American Bureau of Shipping, and JERA’s Fuel Business Expert Advisory Board, among others. Eisbrenner is passionate about mentoring and inspiring students, often presenting to universities and colleges, as well as serving as a board member and laureate for the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.

Eddie Lycklama

Eddie Lycklama à Nijeholt is currently responsible for the development of a LNG terminal in Germany and the replacement of the Dutch supervisory system for the national gas transport grid. He has experience at a senior managerial level within IT (CIO) and business (management team GTS) and as a senior project manager of natural gas infrastructural projects (compressor stations and pipelines), and major IT projects (GIS, SCADA, SAP). He is an entrepreneur in the development of digital business.

Tom Strang

Tom is a chartered Naval Architect who started his professional career in British Shipbuilders in Barrow-in-Furness.  He then joined Lloyd’s Register where he was involved in all aspects of shipbuilding and ship survey, finishing up as a Senior Passenger Ship Specialist.  He joined Carnival Corporation & plc in 2000 and has had a variety of senior roles across the group, including 3 years as SVP Marine Operations for Costa Crociere.  Tom is now SVP Maritime Affairs and is responsible for the LNG strategy for Carnival and regulatory affairs in Europe.

Steven Miles

Steven Miles serves as Baker Botts’ Energy Sector Chair and heads the firm’s 50+ lawyer worldwide LNG Practice. His practice focuses on the energy sector in the United States and internationally, particularly in the liquefied natural gas (LNG), natural gas, electric power and renewable energy industries.  Mr. Miles has worked on over 100 major LNG transactions worldwide, including having assisted clients in launching such leading-edge projects as the first new LNG export project in North America in 40 years (Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG project), the first LNG project in South America, one of the first floating regasification terminals and the first LNG imports into new terminals in Brazil, China, India, the E.U., the U.S. and several other countries. He and his team have each consistently received the highest ranking (Tier 1) for LNG Projects by Chambers USA.  Among other industry leading roles, Steven has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), as well as Co-Chair of the 200 member AIPN LNG Committee, which published a Model LNG Master Sales Agreement for use by the LNG industry. Steven serves as member of the Program Committee for LNG 19 (the triennial LNG conference to be held in Shanghai in 2019), and did so for LNG 18 (Perth, 2016) and LNG 17 (Houston, 2013).

Christopher Goncalves

Mr. Christopher Goncalves, Chair and Managing Director of BRG’s Energy Practice, has over 25 years of experience in the energy and financial industries, spanning over 40 countries worldwide. He has advised energy sector clients on business strategies, transactions, and dispute resolution matters involving market, commercial, financial, and regulatory issues for natural gas and LNG, oil and petroleum products, conventional electricity generation, and renewable energy. He has broad experience with industry, economic, and damages analysis and testimony for commercial and investment disputes before international arbitration panels and federal courts.

Debbie Turner

Debbie is currently the Senior Shipping Adviser to Simpson, Spence and Young,  one of the largest privately owned shipbroking firms in the world.

She has over 30 years of LNG and LPG experience and began her career with Burbank Marine,  which became part of the Braemar Seascope group in 1999. She established the current LNG desk at Braemar  which has grown in stature and worked closely with the successful technical arm of the company, Braemar Engineering (formerly Wavespec).

In her current job, Debbie is responsible for the all aspects of the industry with her prime focus on consulting work and aiding the broking team with their long term strategy,  together with day to day chartering business. She also works in close co-operation with the highly reputable SSY Research team.

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Tom Choi

Tom Choi is a noted international natural gas economist and strategist who provides a global perspective on energy economics and market fundamentals.

During his almost thirty-year career in management consulting, he has advised senior management in client organizations on making strategic decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty. He has worked with clients including international energy companies, local utilities, midstream and upstream players, investment banks/private equity firms, and governmental agencies.

Mr. Choi provided testimony before a Congressional subcommittee examining US liquefied natural gas export policy. He has been quoted in publications including Forbes, Financial Times, World Oil, Energy Journal, Houston Chronicle, Platts, National Public Radio, Natural Gas Intelligence, and Oil & Gas Journal.

Pat Roberts

Since 2005 Pat has been the Managing Director of LNG Worldwide Ltd, a consulting company offering advice, support and training in all areas of the LNG commercial supply chain. Previous to that Pat has 24 years of experience with the Shell Group of companies both in oil and natural gas. Her direct experience in LNG is in the area of developing and implementing LNG strategies for new market entrants and companies seeking to strengthen partnerships with LNG producers. This includes working in all commercial areas across the LNG value chain. Her work has included working with governments, NOCs, IOCs and utilities and she has advised on structuring and optimising LNG supply portfolios. Coupled with her commercial experience is also a strong grounding in fundamental market analysis and strategic planning.

David Ledesma

David Ledesma is an independent gas and LNG consultant with 20 years’ LNG experience gained through the development of LNG projects in Asia and the Middle East. David provides commercial, financing and strategic support to national and international energy companies globally. He also gives commercial training courses on LNG in the UK and overseas, writes on gas and LNG and presents regularly at conferences. David was appointed a non-executive Director of Pavilion Energy in 2013, a member of the Energy Advisory Committee of JERA in August 2017 and is also a Chairman of the  Natural Gas Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

David Carroll

David C. Carroll is President of the International Gas Union for its 2015-2018 triennium as the United States, with leadership from the American Gas Association, prepares to host the 2018 World Gas Conference in Washington, DC.

IGU’s mission is to advocate for natural gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system, and to promote the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry.

Mr. Carroll also serves as the President and CEO of the Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA.  He joined GTI in 2001 after holding various technical and management positions with Praxair, Inc., Liquid Carbonic Industries (a subsidiary of Chicago Bridge & Iron), and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

He served as Chairman of the Steering Committee for the 17th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas held in Houston, Texas on April 16-19, 2013.  He is a member of the Society of Gas Lighting and serves on the board of National Fuel Gas Company. Mr. Carroll is a member of the American Gas Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative Governing Board.

Mr. Carroll earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in business administration from Lehigh University, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Martin Paliga

Martin has over 30 years of experience in the energy business of which more than fifteen is LNG-focused.  This includes LNG marketing and the negotiation and implementation of agreements for the development, installation, financing and operation of LNG import facilities.  Martin specializes in commercial development and the negotiation of commercial agreements for LNG projects, either for buyers or sellers of LNG. Prior to joining Galway, Martin held LNG marketing positions at RasGas and Qatar Petroleum, was Commercial Manager for an LNG and power project in northern Spain and has acted as an independent consultant specializing in LNG. 

Graham Hartnell

Graham Hartnell leads LNG & gas consulting activities for Poten & Partners in London. He has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industries. He began his career in the oil and gas exploration sector and has subsequently worked in a variety of upstream and downstream roles in a wide range of countries across the globe. Previously he was Vice President with Nexant, following spells with Bechtel, Halliburton and Enterprise Oil. He has wide experience in developing corporate and sector strategy and providing commercial and technical support to oil and gas companies, governments, regulators and financial institutions on technical, economic commercial and financial issues related to oil and gas developments and markets. He has been active in the LNG industry for over 15 years advising buyers, sellers, project developers and governments around the world. He is an active member of a number of industry societies. He holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MSc degree in Geophysics and an MBA degree, specialising in Finance.

Jason Bennett

Jason Bennett is the Department Chair of the Global Projects department at Baker Botts and concentrates on project development, oil and gas projects and transactions, project finance and international business transactions and investments. Jason has extensive current experience with LNG projects, including assisting clients with the development, construction and launch of greenfield liquefaction projects and related upstream developments, regasification facility projects, LNG shipping matters and the structuring of LNG trading platforms and investments. He also assists clients with development and structuring of joint venture, joint marketing, and joint operating agreements, offtake and balancing arrangements and with acquisitions and divestitures of interests in LNG, oil and natural gas, pipeline and non-conventional energy projects.  He holds a BA (1993) from the University of Texas, Austin, and a JD with honors (1999) from Georgetown University Law Center.

Mohamed A.El Masry

Eng. Mohamed Ahmed Aly Hassan (Mohamed Elmasry) Possess more than 30 years of experience in Oil and Gas sector in upstream, midstream and downstream projects, operations and management.

Currently, He is Chairman of Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) since April 2016, before that, He was CEO of Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC).

From 2012 to 2015 he acted as the Chairman & MD of SUCO then Rashid & Burullus. From 2009 to 2012, he worked as an Assistant Chairman for Operations & Board Member in NOSPCO and then PHPC.

EGAS Chairman is currently a member of the board of Directors of EGPC, ECHEM, East Gas, ELNG & EPRI. He also served in the past as a member of the board in PETROJET, ENPPI, GASCO & OPCO.

Eng. Mohamed Elmasry holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Cairo University in addition to Crude Oil & Gas Production Technology certificate from Houston, USA.

Kazushige Tanaka

Mr Kazushige Tanaka was appointed in June 2016 as the Director of the International Affairs Division, and currently serves as Japan’s Governing Board Representative for the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Mr. Tanaka’s energy policy experiences including IEA connection span many years. He has been involved in energy related work since 1994. He served as the Director of Energy Demand and Supply Division between 2011 and 2013, and as an Energy Advisor of Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD/IEA in Paris from 2013 to 2016.

He also has diverse experiences serving in other offices in METI in areas including trade policy, regional economy policy and other issues.

Mr. Tanaka earned a Bachelor of Law from University of Tokyo in 1994 and an MPhil in Development Studies in 2000 from University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

Amani Al-Azzam

I had graduated from Jordan University science and Technology (Irbid-Jordan) as an Electrical Power Engineer in 1989. In 1990 I joined National electric Power Company in Jordan as a Planning Engineer. In 2002 I had held a position of Technical studies section head, and in 2004 I became a manager for the Technical studies Department. In year 2006 I have held a position of Managing Director Assistant for Planning Affairs, and nominated as a Secretary General for EIJLLPST Project (Eight Interconnection project which aims to connect Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Turkey), In 2010 I became a Managing Director Assistant for Operation and Planning Affairs. In May 2016 I was appointed as a Secretary General for Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

During My career I have focused mainly on generation expansion studies, IPP’s Projects and Electrical Interconnection Projects. Nowadays I am deeply involved in the Renewable Energy projects, Gas projects, Oil Shale Retorting projects and oil exploration.

Khalid Sultan R. Al-Kuwari

Khalid Sultan R. Al Kuwari leads the Marketing & Shipping Group, and is responsible for RasGas’ global LNG commercial and marketing activities, economic and market analysis, production planning, and shipping operational and scheduling activities.

Al Kuwari joined RasGas in 1997 as a Petroleum Engineer and has held leading positions in the company’s Reservoir Engineering, Petroleum Operations and Technical Planning departments.

In 2003, he was assigned to LNG Marketing as Marketing Manager and as a member of the RasGas Marketing Committee. In 2007, Al Kuwari was appointed Marketing Executive, and his scope of responsibilities further expanded in 2011 to include Production Planning and Allocation, Sales Contract and the management of the RasGas shipping activities with a fleet of 27 LNG carriers.

Al Kuwari has held board representative positions for the South Hook Gas (UK) and Adriatic LNG (Italy) companies. He has a B.Sc. in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and an EMBA from HEC-Paris.


Subir Purkayastha

Shri Subir Purkayastha, Director (Finance), GAIL (India) Limited is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary by professional qualification. He joined GAIL in 1985 as a Finance Officer. He has a rich experience of nearly 30 years in the areas of Corporate Finance and Treasury including Forex Risk Management, Capital Budgeting, Corporate Budgets, Corporate Accounts, Finalization of Long Term LNG and Gas Agreements, Liquefaction and Regasification Terminal Service Agreement, Shareholders Agreements and Joint Ventures Agreement etc.

Currently, he is holding additional charge of Director (Marketing), GAIL India Ltd. He is also currently Director in GAIL Global (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Limited, GAIL Gas Ltd. and Petronet LNG Ltd.

He had in the past also held the positions of Director in GAIL Global (USA) Inc., Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt. Ltd (RGPPL) and TAPI Pipeline Company Limited. Besides serving a long tenure at GAIL corporate office, he was on secondment to Petronet LNG Ltd., during its formative years from 1998 to 2002. During this period, he was involved in the selection of LNG supplier, finalization of first ever LNG supply agreement in the country viz with Ras Gas, Qatar, Time Charter Agreement with Japanese Shipping consortium and EPC contract for construction of Dahej re-gasification terminal.

Shri Subir Purkayastha is an avid reader and in his spare time likes to read on topics related to finance, management and leadership. He is also fond of old Hindi film melodies.

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Jean-Marie Dauger

Jean-Marie Dauger has served several positions within Gaz de France, including Chief Operating Officer, and since the merger of Gaz de France and Suez, with GDF SUEZ, then ENGIE, as Former Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the Global Gas & LNG Business Line.

Mr. Dauger is a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit and a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Jean-Marie Dauger is Co-Chair of the World Energy Council and also Chair of the World Energy Council’s Studies Committee.

In October 2016, he was elected President of GIIGNL, the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers.

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José Simón

Born in Pontevedra (Spain), Dec 1968.

Bachelor in Law and Economics by ICADE, MBA by IESE Madrid and MBA in International Leadership by IMD Lausanne.

In 1993 he started his career as Senior Consultant in Arthur Andersen.

In 1997 he joined Iberdrola as Director for Corporate Planning until September 2001 taking active role in the Iberdrola Strategic Plan launched in 2001 which actually was meant to transform the Company. In addition, he lead some corporate transactions and power assets acquisitions.

In 2001 he was appointed VP for Gas Procurement, being one of the members in the top management team that set up the gas activities for Iberdrola.

Since 2014, he heads the global gas and LNG activities of the whole Iberdrola Group, which encompasses an overall portfolio of roughly 14 bcma of gas supplies and very recently he has been appointed as well responsible for Global Origination, taking carre of the promotion of the different Iberdrola businesses growth in the UK, US and Contuinental Europe markets.

Philip Olivier

Philip Olivier holds Electromechanical and Nuclear Engineering Degrees as well as Management Degrees from Gent and Fontainebleau. He has over 25 years of experience in the electricity and gas industry.
The first twelve years of his career he spent working for Electrabel holding various positions in electricity and gas distribution operations. Since 1995 he has worked for SUEZ Energy International, contributing to its expansion worldwide, predominantly in electricity and gas distribution and transportation. From 2002 to 2007, he held the position of Chief Business Developer at Suez Global LNG Ltd. In 2007, he was appointed to the position of President & CEO of Suez Global LNG.
After the merger with Gaz de France, he became President of GDF SUEZ LNG, the business unit responsible for the management of all Group’s LNG supply and vessel chartering contracts, for optimization of the Group’s LNG portfolio, and for LNG business development including new markets, new supplies and investments in liquefaction plants.

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Greg Vesey

Greg joined LNGL as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer effective April 2016, based in Houston Texas.

Greg has held senior executive roles in the international energy sector through a distinguished career of 35 years with Chevron and Texaco.

Most recently he was President of Chevron Natural Gas & Vice President, Gas Supply and Trading from 2011 to 2015.  In this role he was responsible for Chevron’s Global LNG, natural gas, and natural gas liquid marketing and trading activity and was based in Houston. Previously as President of Chevron Global Power Company, he led a business unit which held a portfolio of commercial power plants and projects in the U.S., Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Chief Executive Officer of Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd (LEA), one of Europe’s leading M&A and Strategic Advisory firms in the Oil and Gas sector, having been involved in over $60 billion of transactions in recent years.

LEA, founded in 1999, is headquartered in Mayfair, London, with senior representation in Oslo, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Tokyo.

LEA has also been deeply involved in the global gas industry. LEA has advised companies such as Petronas, Statoil, Wintershall etc. on transactions securing their position as leading gas players. LEA is also deeply involved in “Gas Advocacy” with policy makers in countries such as Japan, Germany, UK, Russia, Norway and UAE. LEA has also published major works on the Global Gas industry such as its “Gas Revolution” papers in 2010 and 2015.

Before 1999, Philip Lambert was head of Global Energy at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and headed the team which advised on the privatisation of Gazprom and its subsequent Alliance with Shell in 1997.

Uwe Bode

Uwe Bode is CEO of PGNiG Supply & Trading GmbH (PST), the German subsidiary of the polish oil and gas major PGNiG SA. He joined the company in 2011 as Head of Trading, responsible for the international gas and power wholesale trading activities within the group. In 2015, Uwe took responsibility to oversee the full activities of the company including the sales business in Germany and Austria. In 2017 PST will open a branch in London to conduct short term LNG trading activities for the PGNiG group.

Before PST, Uwe had a wide range of roles from over 20 years as Head of Trading and trader in the banking and energy industry covering different commodities and currencies. Having been based in Germany, Singapore and Luxemburg, he has a wide experience of different markets and commodities.

Uwe has been a lecturer at Borsa Italiana (“Energy Trading Course”) and has been a speaker at several conferences within the energy industry.

Monika Zsigri

Monika Zsigri works for the European Commission in EU energy policy dealing focusing on gas security of supply. Currently she is involved in the revision of the Gas Security of Supply Regulation and the development of a comprehensive EU LNG and storage strategy. In previous positions she was responsible for energy infrastructure and regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as Central- and South-Eastern Europe overseeing initiatives such as the North-South gas corridor or the BEMIP, the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan.

Before joining the Commission, as management consultant she worked on different assignments in the energy and telecommunications sectors helping clients optimizing their business processes or developing successful business strategies. Ms Zsigri holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Desmond Wong

Desmond Wong tracks the Atlantic basin LNG market from London, tracking developments in Europe, Latin America and Africa. He previously covered the Pacific basin LNG market with a focus on China, Indonesia and Australia.   He also has a wide knowledge of LNG as a bunker fuel.

Prior to joining Platts, he spent time as a broadcast equity markets reporter and covered corporates for broadsheets in Asia.

He holds a double major BA from the National University of Singapore in Philosophy and English Literature, and a MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Desmond also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Rosario Sgarioto

Rosario is responsible for Petrochina’s LNG Trading & Origination activities since November 2015. He previously worked for Koch Supply & Trading as Head of LNG Trading from 2012 until 2015 and for Gazprom Marketing & Trading where he assumed different responsibilities in LNG trading, origination and business development from 2005 until 2012. Rosario started his career with ENI in Milan in the late 90s. He lives in London and speaks 4 languages.

Moriyuki Aida

Moriyuki Aida holds the position of Executive Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) based in London since July 2015.

Prior to his current posting to London, he was Director General, Treasury Department, Corporate Group. He has led various departments of the bank during his career which have included; Director General, Oil and Gas Finance Department and postings as Chief Representative in the Dubai office and Senior Representative in the New York office.

He graduated from Keio University in April 1986 with a BA in Economics and M.Phil in Development Economics & Sociology, Cambridge University.


Geoffroy Hureau

Geoffroy HUREAU is Secretary General of CEDIGAZ. An international association dedicated to Natural Gas information, CEDIGAZ has been the industry’s reference provider of fundamental gas data since its creation in 1961. Geoffroy is an Energy Economist, he holds an engineering degree in geology and an MBA from the HEC School of Management in Paris. His fields of expertise include upstream oil & gas economy and worldwide hydrocarbon reserves. At CEDIGAZ, besides his activity as Secretary General, Geoffroy is in charge of worldwide gas reserves estimations. Apart from CEDIGAZ Geoffroy has been collaborating with IFP Energies nouvelles (New Energy ), the leading french research center on energy, transport and the environment, since 2004. His contribution include a participation in IFPEN’s annual survey “Investments in Exploration-Production and Refining” , of which he writes the E&P section. In a previous career, Geoffroy has worked as an engineer for a mining company and as an independent consultant. 

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Brian Bradshaw

Brian A. Bradshaw advises clients on acquisitions, divestitures, and development matters involving oil and gas, power, and liquefied natural gas (LNG). In domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and commercial financings, Brian counsels companies on structuring, negotiating, and documenting projects. He advises on issues such as regasification, refineries, cross-border pipelines, floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) and offshore development, and both fossil fuel and alternative energy power plants.

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Paul Sullivan

Paul is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Chartered Civil Engineer and Environmental Engineer. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a FEANI Professional Engineer.

He has 25 years’ experience in the LNG Industry.  His career has covered construction and engineering in Europe, the Middle East, India, Korea, China, SE Asia and the Americas.

He headed up the FEED group in BG from 1988 to 1998 and was instrumental in developing their first grassroots liquefaction project, Atlantic LNG in Trinidad.

From 1998 to 2009 he served as the Development Director within Whessoe LNG with direct responsibility for product and project development. He managed the development and delivery of LNG Import facilities in India, Europe and the Americas.

Mahinde Abeynaike

Mr. Mahinde Alexander Abeynaike is Chief Executive Officer at Bomin Linde LNG, a 50/50 JV between The Linde Group and Marquard & Bahls. The Germany based company is a leading player in providing the marine market with tailored LNG fuelling solutions. Bomin Linde LNG covers various activities along the value-chain from LNG sourcing to delivering the fuel into the customers’ vessels in different supply modes.
Mr. Abeynaike has a long track record in finance in infrastructure based business. Prior to joining Bomin Linde LNG in 2012, he advised The Linde Group on several transactions in the gas sector. Mr. Abeynaike started his career at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and acted as Chief Strategy Officer of a major fiber network infrastructure provider. He holds a master degree in Mathematics and Informatics from Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz.

Robertas Kogelis

Mr. Robertas Kogelis is currently a Head of Small Scale LNG at Klaipėdos Nafta AB. The company integrates the lower cost, schedule and flexibility advantages of the FSRU technology into the complete downstream LNG value chain. The LNG terminal in Klaipeda port offers reloading services for small-scale LNG carriers, enabling break-bulk distribution to small and mid-scale import terminals across the Baltic coastline. A multi-purpose on-shore facility will start operations in mid-2017 servicing off-grid locations in the Baltics and North-East Poland. Apart from its primary purpose of loading LNG onto trucks and ship bunkering from existing jetties it will supply natural gas to Klaipėdos Nafta oil terminal, sharing some of the existing infrastructure.

Mr. Kogelis started his career at DHL and prior to joining Klaipedos Nafta, held senior management positions in logistics, financial services and telecommunications. In his current position he is responsible for developing a small-scale LNG supply chain and setting up the commercial infrastructure for the LNG bunkering and transport vessel, the reloading station and business development activities for the new on-shore facility in Klaipeda. Mr. Kogelis holds a master degree in Environmental Management from Vilnius University.

James Henderson

Dr. James Henderson has been working in the oil and gas industry for the past 25 years as a commercial manager, a consultant, an investment banker and now an academic. He worked at US oil company Amerada Hess in the 1990s before joining Wood Mackenzie Consultants, where he became Head of Energy. His interest in Russia and the CIS began when he joined Renaissance Capital in 1997 as Head of Research and oil and gas analyst, and having become a partner he left in 2002 to begin a PhD at London University on “Partnership in the Russian Oil and Gas Industry”. He worked at Lambert Energy Advisory as Head of Russia and CIS from 2006-2013, finishing his doctorate in 2010 and becoming involved with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) at the same time. He is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute, working for the Gas and Oil Programmes covering Russia and CIS issues as well as writing on global energy matters that affect the region. He has published numerous working papers for OIES and in 2010 published a book entitled “Non-Gazprom Gas Producers in Russia”. He is currently co-editing and writing a new book for OIES entitled “The Russian Gas Matrix”, to be published in 2014.

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Li Yao

Yao is the founder and CEO of SIA Energy with 18 years of energy industry experience.  SIA Energy is a China-focused energy consulting firm offering insight and data on Chinese energy policy, politics, players and markets, covering the full oil, gas and power value chain.  SIA Energy serves foreign entities looking to invest and growth in China, and Chinese entities looking for entry and expansion abroad.

Prior to founding SIA, Yao served as Senior Director and Head of PFC Energy’s China office for over seven years, lived and worked in the Middle East for six years, and served Chinese central government for two years.

Yao holds a Master of Science degree from the Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and a Bachelor of Laws degree in International Politics from Renmin University of China.

Andy Flower

Andy Flower has been working as an Independent Consultant since May 2001 specialising in the LNG business where his areas of expertise include; strategy, marketing, project structures, shipping, pricing, supply and demand and project economics. He retired from BP in 2001 after thirty two years of service, including twenty two years working in the company’s LNG and natural gas business units where he managed BP’s interests in LNG projects in Abu Dhabi, Nigeria, Australia and Qatar and negotiated LNG sales and purchase agreements with buyers in Asia, Europe and the USA.

John House

John House, a Managing Consultant based in London, provides experience managing analytical teams in price reviews and arbitrations throughout Europe. He has been responsible for implementing the analytical framework in multiple price reviews in Italy, France, and Eastern Europe and provides modelling expertise in natural gas storage, valuation of flexibility and assessing the market value of energy products. His work has been successfully presented in multiple arbitration hearings, as well as contributing to detailed national and international gas market reviews.

Gavin Esler

An award-winning television and radio broadcaster, a writer and a journalist, Gavin Esler’s celebrated credentials and gravitas qualify him as a respected commentator on culture and current affairs.

Known for his presenting work at the BBC, Gavin is the main presenter on Dateline London on the BBC News Channel and BBC World Service as well as a regular on numerous other programmes, including the arts and culture programme HARDtalk.

He is an excellent after dinner speaker and conference host as well as the author of five novels, including ‘Loyalties’, ‘Deep Blue’ and ‘The Blood Brother’, and two non-fiction books.

His most recent publication ‘Lessons from the Top’ is inspired by his conversations and interviews with numerous heads of state and world leaders, and it examines how successful leaders use stories to educate, persuade and bring about change.

In ‘The United States of Anger’, he examines American discontent, and he is currently writing a third non-fiction book on ‘The Decline of Trust’ in the business and political worlds. On the stage, he debates how we have lost trust in the institutions which define our lives – our governments, public life, big business, the media and financial institutions – drawing on contemporary narratives, such as ‘plebgate’ and the Leveson inquiry.

For eight years, Gavin was the BBC’s Chief North America Correspondent, based in Washington, where he was in charge of shaping and directing BBC coverage from North America and was accredited to the White House to cover the Bush and Clinton administrations. On returning to the UK, he joined the presenting team on the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme Newsnight (2003-2014), and he continues to tackle contemporary issues as an anchor today.

He has reported from countries as diverse as China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, Jordan, Iran, Saudia Arabia and from the Aleutian Islands, as well as all across Europe.

Gavin’s career has been lauded through several awards. As well as being a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the holder of a Royal Television Society Award, he was also awarded a Sony Gold Award for his BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘Letters from Guantanamo’.

His speaking topics include:

– Getting to the top and staying there

– The decline of trust in institutions

– Rebuilding trust in a ‘suspicious’ century

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