Mr. Masato Sasaki has served as Director for Oil and Gas of the Agency for Natural Gas Resources and Energy at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and is in charge of policies for upstream development and procurement of oil and gas for Japan. He has a long carrier in energy affairs at METI as Director of Nuclear Facilities Development and Public Relations Division, and as Director of Energy Strategy Office.
He obtained his LLB from the University of Tokyo (1995).
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.
Carlos Gomes da Silva was born in Porto, Portugal and is 50 years old. He has been a member of Galp’s Board of Directors since 2007 and vice-president and president of the Executive Committee since April 2015.
He is a professional with 27 years of experience in different industries, in particular oil & gas. He joined Galp Energia/Petrogal early in the 1990’s, where he played several managerial roles leading the areas of refining operations, supply & trading, planning & control and strategy.
From 2001, and for six years, he served in the beverages industry (at Unicer, a Carlsberg group company) as Head of M&A Strategy and subsequently as Executive Director (for the supply chain, retail and human resources). He returned to the oil & gas industry in 2007 to serve as Board Member in Galp Energia, having served in several executive roles since 2008 as Executive Director namely for marketing oil, gas & power, trading oil & gas and corporate divisions (procurement, marketing, human resources, legal, corporate governance and compliance).
Carlos holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science by the School of Engineering of the Porto University and an MBA by ESADE/IEP (Barcelona).
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 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.
Mr Frédéric Barnaud is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Pavilion Energy.
Mr Barnaud has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas sector where he worked for major energy companies in various senior roles, which include the establishment and leadership of commercial, trading and shipping businesses in global energy markets. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at most international energy conferences.
He was previously a member of the Gazprom Marketing & Trading Group (Gazprom M&T) Executive Committee and its Chief Commercial Officer managing the global LNG, Oil/LPG and Shipping business units. Between 2008 and 2017, Mr Barnaud successfully positioned Gazprom M&T as a significant player of the global LNG markets, where he built and led a first-class commercial, operational and trading platform. He promoted Gazprom M&T’s presence in Singapore as early as 2009 and was the first chairman of the board of Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore Pte Ltd.
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.
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.
Meg Gentle has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tellurian since August 31, 2016.
She previously served as Executive Vice President-Marketing at Cheniere Energy, Inc. from February 2014 until August 26, 2016. She also served as Senior Vice President-Marketing, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President-Strategic Planning & Finance. Vice President of Strategic Planning, and Manager of Strategic Planning.
Before joining Cheniere, Meg spent eight years in energy market development, economic evaluation and long-range planning. She conducted international business development and strategic planning for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and energy market analysis for Pace Global Energy Services.
Meg received a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from James Madison University in May 1996 and an M.B.A. from Rice University in May 2004.
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 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.
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.
Iqbal Z Ahmed is the Chairman of Pakistan GasPort Consortium Limited, which owns Pakistan’s second LNG import and regasification terminal at Port Qasim, Pakistan. PGPC partners in the project include Trafigura and BW. Mr Ahmed is a key business leader in Pakistan’s energy sector. His group’s other interests are in LPG, Power, and Media. His services to the national economy were recognised at the annual 2012 event of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lahore in 2012. He has been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, and on CNBC Pakistan. Mr Ahmed serves as the president of the Endowment Trust of Government College, one of the oldest academic institutions in Pakistan.
Tom Earl is the Chief Commercial Officer of VG LNG Marketing, LLC. Tom previously served as Vice President at the international oil company Total, focusing on the development of its global LNG business.
After graduating from City University in London with a degree in Engineering, Tom joined Total’s newly formed gas marketing and trading team in 1998. After various responsibilities within the trading division of the newly combined Total, Elf and Petrofina operations, he managed the natural gas option desk and gas trading desk. Tom successfully led significant commercial negotiations on long-term gas and LNG contracts in countries such as Russia, Norway and Qatar.
In 2006, Tom was appointed Head of Electricity Trading at Total where he led a significant expansion into newly opened power markets across Europe. In 2011, Tom moved to Houston, where he was appointed as head of Total’s North America commodity trading business, including its LNG, gas, power, coal, petcoke and LPG operations. Tom also represented Total in its US LNG liquefaction transactions from 2012 to 2015.
In 2015, Tom was appointed Vice President of Development for Total’s global LNG activities. Tom led Total’s most recent and highly regarded global expansion into new LNG markets. This work has included innovative new LNG terminal projects and new downstream asset transactions across the world.
Darren Mort is a Senior Vice President of Bechtel and the General Manager for Bechtel’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) business line, within the company’s Oil, Gas & Chemicals business. In this role, he has overall responsibility for development and delivery of all Bechtel’s ongoing and prospective LNG projects across the globe.
Darren has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, construction, contracts, business development, project management and business management. He also has experience in numerous industries across four continents including heavy civil, transportation, energy, oil and gas, and mining.
He joined Bechtel in 2000, and served as a chartered civil engineer in both the Civil and Power businesses, holding various roles in construction, engineering, contract management, business development and project management. From 2012, Darren led execution of the 2-train APLNG project, part of the historic Curtis Island LNG program Bechtel built in Queensland, Australia. He then became the Operations Manager for the LNG business, before becoming the General Manager.
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 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, 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.
Pablo Galante Escobar is the Global Head of LNG of Vitol based in Geneva. Prior to this role, he was a senior crude oil trader based in London. He has been with Vitol for more than 10 years. Before Vitol, Pablo worked for BP from 1996 in Caracas and from 1999 as crude oil trader based in London. Pablo has a 1st class economics degree from UCAB in Caracas.
Eduard Ruijs is Managing Director for the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure funds of BlackRock, which currently manage $5.2 billion for investment in the power, midstream, utility and other areas in the energy sector across 3 long term funds. BlackRock acquired the Funds in 2017, which were initially created and built at First Reserve, a private equity firm that has been investing in exclusively in the energy sector since 1983. Mr. Eduard Ruijs is leading the London team responsible for investment origination, execution and exit strategy, focusing on the energy infrastructure sector.
At First Reserve, Eduard Ruijs was a Managing Director on the Energy Infrastructure team. Prior to joining First Reserve in 2011, Eduard was an Investment Director & Partner with NIBC Infrastructure Partners, a Europe focused infrastructure fund manager, where he executed several investments in the renewable energy and midstream sectors, and served on the Boards of those companies. Prior to NIBC, he was a senior Principal with Boston Consulting Group’s Energy Practice in London, and a Manager with A.T. Kearney Ltd, where he also advised mostly energy clients.
Eduard Ruijs earned a M. Juris in Law and Economics of Oxford University where he was a Chevening Scholar, an MSc (Drs) in Economics and MA (Mr.) in Law from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, a Bachelor in Business Administration of Nijenrode University in the Netherlands, and obtained an Executive MBA from Michigan Business School as well as graduated from the government sponsored Japan Prizewinners Programme at Leiden University.
Mustafa M. Siddiqui is Senior Managing Director and Head of Energy in the Private Equity group and is based in London. Mr. Siddiqui leads Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy sector across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Chris has twenty-seven years with KBR and has worked exclusively in LNG for eighteen years. His responsibility includes the design and construction of onshore and offshore liquefaction projects and receiving terminals.
Chris leads the Global LNG Technology and Development Team, which is comprised of the most experienced LNG consultants at KBR. The team has oversight responsibility for LNG projects while maintaining KBR’s know-how and technical execution consistency.
Chris’ interests include promoting the LNG industry through an honest discussion about technology and execution, engaging clients new to the LNG industry, and teaching classes on LNG for the Gas Technology Institute.
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 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.
Pat is CEO of Gas Strategies, the London based global gas and LNG commercial consultancy. Founded by some of the lead protagonists of the early LNG industry in Asia Pacific. Gas Strategies has been recognised for more than 30 years as a leading commercial and market advisor on LNG project and value chain development to the oil and gas industry and to its financiers and on both the initiation and development of markets. In addition to being advisors to the development and financing of more than 80% of LNG liquefaction projects around the world in the past 20 years, the firm supports its clients extensively on LNG regasification and gas demand development and has been instrumental in the realisation of both land based and FSRU import projects. Gas Strategies brings particular combined LNG, gas and power capabilities to the development of LNG/Gas-to-Power projects.
Pat has spent 28 years consulting to the global energy industry. This has been in projects of both strategic and operational nature and with global power and gas players, both as a partner in a Big 4 consulting firm and as CEO of Gas Strategies for the past 12 years. He has been involved in the development of LNG export and import projects including LNG import projects for power applications. He advises governments, commercial players and regulators and has acted for the European Commission as Monitoring Trustee on major power and gas mergers since 1999. Pat is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA.
Jam Kamal Khan is currently the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Government of Pakistan. He is elected as the member for the National Assembly from Lasbela- Awaran Balochistan and is member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N).
Jam Kamal Khan was born in Quetta Balochistan and did his basic primary schooling from there. The rest of his schooling he completed from Karachi and went to Greenwich University Karachi for Bachelors. Jam Kamal Khan started his political career by becoming the Chairman of the Town Committee Hub, Lasbela in 1998. From 2001 to 2010 he served twice as District Nazim (Mayor) of Lasbela, Balochistan.
He is the son of Jam Mohammad Yousaf (late) who was the ex Chief Minister of Balochistan and grandson of late Jam Mir Ghulam Qadir Khan, ex Chief Minister of Balochistan.
Jam Kamal Khan is the current Jam and Nawab of Lasbela in Balochistan. He belongs to the royal family of Aliani in Lasbela who were rulers of the area from 1742 to 1947. Lasbela is the coastal district of Balochistan and adjacent to Karachi City.
John McCarrick has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources since July 2017. In this role, he leads energy policy initiatives and execution of those policies to advance America’s energy security and interests.
He previously advised institutional investors on policy and political risk in energy and related sectors. He practiced corporate law at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and also worked as in-house counsel at both public and privately held companies. Prior to that, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and also served in the Office of the Independent Counsel. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Chen has been President of UNIPEC since April 2014. Mr. Chen is also the Chairman of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited.
Since joining Unipec in 1993, he has successively held various positions:
Mr. Chen has extensive working experience in international crude oil and natural gas trading and transportation as well as international storage logistics and has maintained a good relationship with the world’s major oil producers, large oil companies and large trading companies.
As the Interim Chief Marketing & Shipping Officer is responsible for RasGas’ global LNG commercial and marketing activities, economic and market analysis, production planning, and shipping operational and scheduling activities.
Al-Kaabi joined RasGas in 2002 as Commercial Officer and has held leading positions in the company’s Commercial and Sales Contracts departments responsible for the administration and implementation of LNG, Condensate, LPG and Helium Sales & Purchase Agreements.
In 2008, he was appointed as a Marketing Manager, Long Term Sales Department responsible for managing and overseeing all RasGas long term LNG Sales & Purchase Agreements as well as leading the development and implementation of RasGas’ LNG marketing strategy, developments and negotiation of new long term sales for RasGas globally.
Al-Kaabi is the Secretary of RasGas LNG Marketing Committee and he is also a Board Director for Adriatic LNG Terminal (Italy). Ali was also a member of the RasGas Helium Marketing Committee (2005-2008).
Al-Kaabi has a degree in Manufacturing Engineering (2002) and an MBA in Engineering Management (2005) from Coventry University, United Kingdom.
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.
Tony Attah is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited and the Vice President of Bonny Gas Transport.
Tony has over 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to his current role at Nigeria LNG Limited, he was the Managing Director and Board Chairman of Shell Nigeria E & P Company (SNEPCo), Vice President HSE and Corporate Affairs and Vice President Human Resources (HR). He has managed other technical & non-technical roles in Operations and major projects including being Head of Joint Venture Economics in the commercial function.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Benin. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Over his distinguished career across Europe, Russia and Africa, Tony has led multi-disciplinary teams across diverse cultures. He is renowned for his strong strategic and commercial mind-set which is underpinned by a solid technical background and excellent leadership capabilities. His goal in NLNG is to sustain the historical excellent performance, move the company to the next level and continue to make NLNG an inspiration to Nigeria and a company committed to helping build a better Nigeria. With revenue exceeding $90bln since 1999, the company will easily rank with other FTSE 100 companies globally and is being managed to world class standards.
Tony is epitomized by his focus on people and on delivering business value to stakeholders. His personal core values are humility, excellence, integrity and respect for people. He is married with children and his hobbies are watching soccer, playing golf and listening to music.
Peter has over 25 years of commodity experience, working in Europe for the past 16 years and, prior to this, in the Americas and Asia. Peter took over the role as Global Head of Origination & LNG for Uniper Global Commodities SE on 1st February 2017, with a special emphasis on multi-commodity transactions. Prior to taking up his role at Uniper, Peter spent a decade working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commodities.
Peter began his commodity career with Cargill, where he was instrumental in building a structured origination business in the US, Latin America and Asia. After spending 3 years in Singapore, Peter and his family relocated to London in 1999, and since that time he has focused on Origination and Structuring in the European Physical Energy markets, having worked for Enron Europe, Sempra Commodities and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commodities.
Peter has been a regular speaker at a number of industry events, including CWC LNG, Oxford University, and the annual Bank of America Merrill Lynch LNG Symposium
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.
Jun Nishizawa has occupied numerous roles in Mitsubishi’s LNG projects, such as NWS and Tangguh. He has been the driving force behind developing Donng-Senoro (Mitsubishi’s first ever co-operator project with Pertamina), the shale gas development project in Western Canada and Cameron LNG project. Currently he leads Energy Resource Business Division B as SVP/ Division COO, which covers trading and marketing as well as the various projects in Americas, Russia, Europe, Africa, Middle East and South Asia.
Jesus Bronchalo was promoted to Vice President, LNG Market Development for ExxonMobil in May 2017. In this new role, Jesus has responsibility for market development of LNG for ExxonMobil’s international projects and joint ventures. He is based at the ExxonMobil Houston Campus in the U.S.
After working with BHPBilliton as a Petroleum Engineer in Algeria, Jesus joined ExxonMobil in May 2004 and has held a number of positions in various business units including North Sea Supply Planning, Gas SPAs/Transportation/Lifting Agreements Negotiator, Strategic Planning, Asset Divestment and Commercial Activities and Negotiations in the areas of Exploration and Discovered Resources.
Jesus received his BE in Civil Engineering from the London South Bank University in 2002. In 2003, Jesus completed his MSc in Petroleum Engineering from the Imperial College London where he was elected President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter. He held several elected positions of the Young Professionals (YP) including Chairman for YP Gas & Oil professionals under 35. Jesus received his Executive International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain in 2006.
Jesus is an active member of SPE and the Association of Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Jesus is active in sports and mentoring activities with other Oil & Gas professionals and students. In 2013, he raced the Ironman Hawaii & Ironman 70.3 World Championship to raise over $10K as part of his volunteering activities with Running Across Borders and Girls Gotta Run in Ethiopia, non-profit organization that invests in girls who use running and education to empower themselves and their communities.
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.
Dr James Henderson is Director of the Natural Gas Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and he has been writing for and working with the Institute since 2010. He produces research for both the Gas and Oil Programmes covering Russia and CIS issues as well as global energy matters that affect the region. He is a Visiting Professor at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and has lectured on energy economics and security of supply at a number of universities in Europe and the US. He has worked in the oil sector for US company Amerada Hess, as well as spending time as a consultant and investment banker. He obtained a PhD in Social Sciences from London University in 2010. With OIES he initially published a monograph on “Non-Gazprom Gas Producers in Russia” before contributing numerous working papers on the Russia oil and gas sectors and their connection with the global energy economy. In particular he co-edited the 2014 book entitled “The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets are Driving Change” and has more recently published papers on the future of Russian oil production, tight oil in Russia, Arctic oil, East Siberia’s hydrocarbon export potential, Russia’s gas export strategy, Russian LNG and Russia’s energy relations with China. He has also published a book on “International Partnership in Russia” (Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently writing a book on the history of Rosneft for Columbia University Press and a book on the evolution of the Russian gas market with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo.
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).
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.
Desmond Wong has covered LNG markets in the Atlantic basin at Platts for the past eight years, developing pricing for Northwest Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and Latin America. Most recent areas of focus have been the interaction between the seaborne cargo markets of LNG and the onshore gas hubs of continental Europe, as well as the growth of derivatives and forward curves in the world of LNG. He also leads coverage of the small scale LNG and LNG bunker market in ARA and the Baltics.
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 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.
Mr. Maciej Woźniak is a graduate of the Cracow University of Economics (holding a master’s degree in Economics) and the National School of Public Administration. He also completed a post-graduate course in property valuation at the Warsaw University of Technology. He is a member of the Polish Civil Service Corps. In 2011, he participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program run by the US Department of State.
In 2003−2008, he worked at the Ministry of Finance and at the Ministry of Economy, where he led the Oil and Gas Department and was responsible for implementing the act on mandatory oil, gas and fuels stocks and for securing Poland’s accession to the OECD’s International Energy Agency based in Paris. After Poland joined the IEA, he represented his country at IEA Governing Board meetings a number of times. He also coordinated preparations ahead of the implementation of the second package of the EU gas market liberalisation legislation and participated in the EU’s work on the third such package.
In 2008−2010, he was the Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser on Energy Security and Secretary of the Prime Minister’s interdepartmental Energy Security Policy Team. He represented Poland in the V4 High-Level Group on Energy and the EC’s Group for the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan. He supervised the pre-construction phase of the Świnoujście LNG Terminal project. He was on the team that negotiated the intergovernmental gas supply contract between Poland and Russia. He resigned from his position as adviser to the Prime Minister only after the contract was signed in November 2010.
In 2011−2013, he advised the Environment Minister and Chief Geologist on geological and mining law reform.
Ann has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, spanning upstream and downstream operations in oil and gas, and including 15 years in LNG.
Ann is currently General Manager LNG Origination covering Africa, Europe and South America for Shell LNG Marketing and Trading.
Prior to this she was Vice President, LNG Supply and Optimisation for BG Group and responsible for BG’s global LNG operating business. During her 10 years in BG Group, she also managed commercial and business development activities in Nigeria, Kazakhstan and European oil and gas. Prior to joining BG Group, she worked for Mobil, ExxonMobil and Tractebel LNG in various international commercial and managerial capacities.
Ann graduated from Imperial College in London with a BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Management Science.
Josh works for ICBC Leasing for the offshore financing business and was latterly appointed to develop global oil and gas financing business.
Prior to joining ICBC Leasing, he spent years in offshore project management in American Bureau of Shipping and Grenland Group (now part of Wood Group). He managed dozens of newbuilding offshore floating projects with experience of international offshore drilling and production.
Josh holds a Master’s degree in Marine Engineering from Dalian Maritime University.
Shammi HERAI holds an Economics Degree as well as an MBA from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. He has over 25 years of experience in the natural gas and LNG business.
Shammi worked for Atlantic LNG from 1999 to 2002 where he was responsible for commercial activities.
From 2002 to the present day, Shammi has worked for Engie Global LNG (UK) Ltd based in London. He was first involved in the short term trading of LNG and thereafter in Business Development where, since 2007, he has held the position of Chief Business Developer for LNG.
At Engie he is responsible for long term global LNG development and growth of supply and sales.
Mr Castro was recently appointed General Manager of SPEC LNG (Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao), the first LNG import terminal in Colombia. Prior to joining SPEC, he worked as Head of Business Development for Promigas, Latin American regional holding with businesses in midstream and downstream of energy, primarily natural gas and LNG. During his tenure at Promigas, he was responsible for all business development activities throughout the region, participated in the development of SPEC, and led the origination of a natural gas distribution concession for the company in the northern Peru.
Jose has over 18 years of experience in the areas of investment banking, capital markets, project evaluation, and business development in the United States and Latin America.
He holds a degree in Industrial Management with minor in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, as well as a Master in Business Administration with minor in International Business from University of Miami. He has complementary studies in areas of finance, project management, and operations management.
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 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 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.
Dan Rogers is a partner in King & Spalding’s Houston office. His practice centers on energy-related infrastructure development and finance, commodities marketing and trading, and transportation projects and transactions, with a focus in the oil & gas and LNG sectors.
Dan is rated as one of the leading projects, transportation and energy attorneys in the Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers USA guides, and he has been included in the International Who’s Who of International Project Finance Lawyers, and the International Who’s Who of International Oil & Gas Lawyers, and in The Best Lawyers in Singapore: Energy Law and Natural Resources Law published by Best Lawyers®, and in Expert Guides: Energy.
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.
Roberto Simon is Managing Director and Head of Natural Resources & Infrastructure for the Americas, for Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking. He is responsible for the bank’s Energy Finance, Infrastructure Finance, Metals and Mining Finance, and Trade Commodity Finance activities in the Americas.
He was named to his present position in October 2015. Previously, he was responsible for Société Générale’s Project and Energy Finance activities for the Americas.
Mr. Simon joined Société Générale in 1997 as a Managing Director in the Project Finance Group. He has focused on the energy sector, and has participated in several important project finance and privatization transactions throughout the Americas.
Mr. Simon holds an MBA from University of Chicago, and a B.S. from the University of Maryland.
Tom Holmberg counsels clients around the world on LNG projects and related matters along the entire LNG value chain. He assists project developers, LNG buyers, and other industry participants in all stages of such projects, including the initial development and structuring and the negotiating and drafting of related commercial agreements. Additionally, Tom advises his clients on regulatory issues relating to the LNG industry in the United States, including the approval process before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also represents clients before the Department of Energy (DOE) with respect to authorizations to export and import natural gas and LNG under the Natural Gas Act. Tom holds a BA in Economics (1993) from the University of Arizona and a JD (2000) from Georgetown University Law Center.
Alan Townsend has worked for the World Bank Group for 20 years. He is currently a senior industry specialist with IFC, supporting investments in LNG-to-power, renewables, and electricity T&D globally. He is trained in regulatory economics and has a deep understanding of power and gas markets, the LNG supply chain, and electricity generation and storage technologies. At IFC his work includes development of midstream gas and LNG infrastructure including that related to FSRUs and mid-scale LNG terminals.
Mechanical Engineer (IST, 1986). MSc in Mechanical Engineering (IST, 1990). MBA (UNL, 1992).
1984-1992: aerodynamics researcher in LNEC;
1992-1993: Development and Technology Transfer manager at ITEC, a consultancy entity linked to the university;
1993-2006: Transgás (group Galp Energia), company developing the Portuguese natural gas high pressure grid and supply and sales markets, as Project Manager, Commercial Manager and from 2002 as a member of the Board of Directors.
2006-today: EDP, first in the gas branch and since 2012 as responsible for energy wholesale marketing and risk management . Member of the board of affiliates EDP Gás Com, EDP Comercial, and of OMIE, OMIP and Portsines.
Between 1992 and 2014, he was an invited lecturer in IST and he has several other teaching experiences.
Mr Mylly started his maritime career in the Finnish Merchant Shipping in 1973. He attended Rauma Maritime College of the Satakunta University of Applied Science, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in maritime studies and qualifying as an Officer and Master Mariner in 1980.
He sailed on Finnish ships until 1987 when he joined the Finnish Maritime Administration. In 1993, he became director of the Bothnian Gulf Maritime District and he moved to the FMA headquarters in 1999 and became head of the traffic department, before becoming Director General in April 2004. He served in this position until the end of 2009 when a merger of Finnish transport agencies took place.
Mr Mylly also gained significant experience in development and cooperation projects in
Finland, the Baltic countries, Bulgaria, Croatia and Estonia.
During his time at the FMA, Mr Mylly was appointed as the Finnish representative to EMSA’s Administrative Board and held this position from 2005 to 2009. He was a member of the board’s evaluation committee whose task it was to assess the agency and its work within five years in operation.
He was appointed to the position of Executive Director of EMSA in 2012.
Major achievements of the Agency under his leadership include:
Captain (Navy) Pedro Amaral Frazão retired from active military duty in December 2012 after serving the Portuguese Navy for 30 years in several national posts and abroad, including Command, Staff and Military Advisory duties in the Navy, Maritime Authority, Minister of National Defence Cabinet and NATO.
In February 2013 joined Grupo Sousa as Advisor to the Board of Directors and took in charge the implementation of a LNG virtual pipeline from Portugal mainland to Madeira island, later appointed as Gáslink COO.
Since January 2017 he is Grupo Sousa Director for Energy, Strategic Communication & Social Responsibility, Infrastructures and Safety/Security matters.
As a partner in the Global Projects Group of Baker Botts, John White has extensive worldwide experience in relation to the development and financing of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects. Specifically, Mr. White’s experience includes the structuring, development, construction and launch of greenfield land based and floating LNG liquefaction and regasification projects, LNG trading, LNG shipping, and power projects.
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.