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 Omar Mitha (50) is a Mozambican national and holds a degree in Economics (1992) and post-graduate course in management. At an early age, he started his career as a teacher at the Commercial Institute (Accounting School) in 1987. In 1990, prior to completing his studies, he joined The Local Industry Institute (IDIL, Ministry of Industry and Trade) as a junior economist dealing with feasibility studies to assist SME´s tap a pool of funds at the one-time state owned bank (Banco Comercial de Moçambique). In 1993, Mr Mitha joined a consulting firm, Proinvest, which also encompassed a portfolio of businesses, like, an Exchange House, Consulting, and Agro-Industry. re Mitha was promoted to the positon of General Manager in 1995. In 1997, Mr Mitha joined Ernst & Young as a Consultant in charge of companies valuations for the purpose of privatization at a time when the state was downsizing its stakes across several sectors. After Ernst & Young, his career went into the investment bank, with the opening of the first Merchant Bank, BIM-Investimento, and was in charge of Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance and IPO´s, including risk analysis for big-ticket transactions (Deputy Manager). This involved Valuation, and financial modeling, including the entire process from the Data Room to financial closure.
In 2000 Mr Mitha was a consultant to the World Bank, within the Enterprise Development Project, on behalf of International Development Ireland (IDI), as the Competitiveness Office Manager with focus on SME´s in the industrial sector is intended to enhance the company´s capabilities country-wide. In 2006 Mr Mitha joined the World Bank, as an investment officer for the IFC office in Mozambique.
From 2008 and 2014, Mr Mitha was Millennium Bim´s Chief Economist and Investment Banking Manager (Research, M&A, Project Finance and Credit). The bank consolidated its position as number one in Mozambique both by asset value and market share. In 2015, Mr Mitha was appointed as Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade. In August 2015, Mr Mitha was appointed ENH chairman, up to the current time.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Mark Gyetvay is the CFO and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at NOVATEK. From 2003 to 2014, he was a member of NOVATEK’s Board of Directors and served as the Chairman on the Strategy and Investment Committee. He was responsible for listing NOVATEK on the London Stock Exchange in 2005, and has led many of the Company’s Eurobond and domestic bond placements.
He has been consistently recognized by Investor Relations Magazine as one of the best CFO’s in Russia and the CIS by winning numerous awards and accolades, and was recognized twice by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the Top Five CFO’s in Europe’s Oil and Gas sector. Mr. Gyetvay is the recipient of the Finance Monthly 2015 – 2018 “Best CFO – Russia”, “Game Changer Award – Russia ” 2017 and 2018, and was recently announced as the Institutional Investor’s “Best CFO” in the EMEA oil and gas industry for 2017.
Prior to joining NOVATEK, he worked at a number of independent oil and gas companies in the United States since 1981 where he specialized in financial and economic analysis matters in both the upstream and downstream segments, as well as was a former partner in PWC’s Petroleum practice based in Moscow from 1995 to 2003. He is an internationally recognized expert in the oil and gas industry and a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences.
Matthew (Matt) Schatzman is President and CEO of NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT), a liquefied natural gas company focused on LNG export projects and associated pipelines in the State of Texas. NextDecade intends to develop a portfolio of LNG projects, including the 27 mtpa Rio Grande LNG export facility in Brownsville, Texas and the 4.5 Bcf/d Rio Bravo Pipeline that would transport natural gas from the Agua Dulce supply area to Rio Grande LNG.
As President and CEO, Schatzman is responsible for advancing the core business priorities of NextDecade, building critical organizational infrastructure and driving commercial delivery as the Company evolves from the development phases of its Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline projects and into construction and operations.
Schatzman joined NextDecade in September 2017 with nearly 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, including in senior executive roles with BG Group and Dynegy. Schatzman’s unique contributions to the transformative growth of BG Group’s global LNG business as well as his recognized expertise as a strategic thinker with a keen execution focus makes him uniquely suited to steer NextDecade through to its final investment decision. In addition to managing an international portfolio of LNG, shipping and commodity trading positions, Schatzman’s expertise extends to hedging, risk management and process improvement across a diverse portfolio of development and operating assets.
Schatzman graduated from Yale University with a BA in Political Science and has been an active member of several energy industry boards and associations.
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.
Pedro Carmona de Oliveira Ricardo was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and is 52 years old. He has been a member of Galp’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee since April 2015, and is responsible for the Gas&Power business unit.
He joined Transgás, the company that introduced natural gas to Portugal, in 1994, where he was the head of natural gas Procurement and Sales. In 1998 he was appointed Executive Director of Transgás, responsible for supplies, engineering and operation and maintenance.
Between 2002 and 2005 he was executive director of GDP Distribuição, Galp group’s sub-holding company in the gas distribution sector, and executive director of some of the natural gas distribution companies.
Pedro Ricardo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and holds an MBA from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
An Electronics Engineer with a Masters in Marketing, he has over 20 years of experience in trading & marketing of energy commodities. He started his career in energy commodity trading with Crude Oil and Petroleum Products and further moved to LNG trading. He has worked with reputed multinational companies in the Oil & Gas sector and has an extensive track record in Crude Oil/LNG trading and has also worked on LNG terminal market development assignments. Since 2014 Manish heads the Origination, Trading and Marketing department at H-Energy which is responsible for LNG sourcing, downstream gas marketing, LNG shipping and commercial operations. He is additionally responsible for LNG vessel chartering and corporate communication in the company.
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.
Christophe Malet is Senior Vice President Upstream and Midstream LNG at Hanas, a Chinese independent energy company focusing on Renewables and LNG Liquified Natural Gas); and Managing Director of Hanas LNG Pte. Ltd., Hanas’ Singapore-based LNG procurement and marketing entity.
Christophe’s experience in the LNG Industry over the last 14 years with Hanas, Yamal LNG, Excelerate Energy and Shell covers LNG business development, long-term LNG marketing and short-term trading.
With an engineering degree and a MBA as academic background, he has over 20 years of commercial experience.
Having joined Vitol’s crude oil team in 2004, he transitioned to LNG in 2009 where he has focused on short to mid-term physical trading. Stuart is based in Geneva covering primarily EMEA and the Americas.
Richard has served as Chief Development Officer for Höegh LNG since September 2018. Prior to that he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Höegh LNG Partners since 2014. Prior to joining Leif Höegh UK, Mr. Tyrrell served as a Managing Director in the energy team of Perella Weinberg Partners, a global, independent advisory and asset management firm, from June 2009 until January 2014. From 2008 to February 2009, Mr. Tyrrell was an investment professional with Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, an infrastructure investment and management platform with $4 billion under management, where he evaluated principal investment opportunities. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Tyrrell worked for various departments of Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division, including its Global Energy and Utilities Group and its United Kingdom Mergers and Acquisitions Group. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Tyrrell served as a technical manager and field engineer for Schlumberger Limited in Australia and Southeast Asia. Mr. Tyrrell has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
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.
Bernardo Perseke is the Chief Executive Officer of GNA – Gas Natural Açu. GNA is a joint venture among Prumo Logistica, BP and Siemens and is currently developing a 3.0GW LNG-to-Power project at the Port of Açu In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which happens to be the biggest LNG-to-wire project in Latin America.
GNA, besides such 3.0GW already under construction, has additional 3.0GW licensed at the same site and best positioned to attract the gas coming from the Brazilian pre-salt together with the ability to ship if to the Brazilian gas network.
Bernardo has more than 15 years of experience in the energy, infrastructure and Project Finance sectors. Prior to GNA he was the CEO of BP Marine in Brazil, a joint-venture between Prumo Logistica and BP and before it, has developed other LNG-to-power projects in Brazil, was the General Counsel and Chief Admin Officer at CCX and was the leader of the M&A and project finance team of MPX (now ENEVA). Bernardo is a lawyer with post graduate studies at INSEAD in France/Singapore.
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.
Racim Gribaa is the Executive Vice President of LNG of TruMarx Data Partners Inc., providing on-line transactional platform for the negotiation and execution of non-standard, bilateral energy commodities including LNG. Racim spent the last 20 years practicing in Oil and Gas, International Business, LNG Trading, as well as Mergers and Acquisitions.
Racim has held several executive and managerial roles. He ran Global LNG Consulting Inc.; led Deloitte’s Financial Advisory LNG practice; headed the LNG Marketing and Shipping Optimisation Department of RasGas in Qatar, ExxonMobil & Qatar Petroleum joint stock company (a major integrated LNG Company producing and exporting 37 MTPA of LNG, operating 7 of 14 LNG trains in operation, 27 LNG vessels with LNG customers in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America); managed the commercial business of Baker Hughes’ Gaffney Cline Associates (GCA), and spent 10 years with Petro-Canada in Strategic Planning, Evaluation, and M&A roles, establishing their international business with over $3.3 billion in acquisitions.
Racim holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the University of Alberta Canada and a Master Degree in Management Sciences – University of Law, Economy and Management Tunisia.
Graeme is the Manager of Poten’s LNG & gas consulting team in London, with 17 years of in-depth experience of consultancy to the various elements of the LNG sector, from liquefaction through to regasification terminal development and end user markets. Since joining Poten in 2008, Graeme has provided commercial advice on a range of assignments for companies along the LNG supply chain, including LNG buyers, project sponsors, investors, lenders and government agencies. Such advice includes gas / LNG markets & pricing, project development support, in-depth financial modelling, LNG procurement and sales approaches, contractual terms and negotiation support, and reviews of LNG market participants. Graeme is also highly experienced in undertaking both commercial and technical due diligence on projects for both potential lenders and investors. He holds a BEng Hons. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.
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.
Rod Duke has extensive global experience in the natural gas industry with over 34 years in project management, engineering, construction, commissioning, operations, commercial, marketing and business development areas.
Rod successfully delivered the Santos GLNG 420 kilometre long gas transmission pipeline and completion of the 2 train LNG plant on Curtis Island. He had overall responsibility for project execution, commissioning & start-up, ongoing plant & pipeline operations, commercial, LNG marketing and production planning for GLNG.
With a capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per annum, GLNG is one of Australia’s largest resource projects, employing around 14,000 people at peak construction and more than 1,000 during ongoing operations.
Rod’s qualifications include an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Business Management from Deakin University.
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).
Director LNG & Offshore Division, MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd, London.
Education: MBA from University of Bath, UK
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thyl Kint is a specialist in the technological, strategic, development, commercial, financing and management aspects of the entire gas and LNG value chain. He has 35 years professional experience in the oil and gas business, including executive and director roles, as well as responsibility for managing projects in excess of $2 billion. He is well versed in all aspects of gas field developments, LNG, FLNG, FSRU, SS-LNG, gas terminals, gas processing, pipelines and gas & LNG distribution networks and has a track record of innovative cost saving solutions. He currently works at the International Finance Corporation, which is the private sector financing arm of the World Bank, where he supports teams pursuing investments in the entire upstream, midstream and downstream gas and LNG value chain. Given fast-developing renewable energy technology and increased climate change concerns, IFC aims to be a leader in the deployment of gas as a transition source of energy, helping the developing world address its energy needs whilst minimizing cost, emissions and climate impact.
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.
Having spent 15 years at sea with BP, achieving the dizzy heights of Chief Officer, Keith migrated to a shore position with Clyde and Co after BP made all of their seafarers redundant. Employed as a Marine Investigator tracking down stolen oil he then joined Minton Treharne and Davies to hone his sleuthing skills before adapting them to ship vetting with the French oil major Elf in 1992. Whilst at Elf he volunteered for a posting in Nigeria as the Shipping Manager in NLNG. After nearly three years in Lagos, Paris beckoned and so his brokerage career started with Barry Rogliano Salles until 2001 when the LNG departments of Clarksons and BRS merged to for LNG Shipping Solutions. In 2009 Platou set up a new London operation and Keith moved there as a partner but in August 2012 left Platou to operate in his own consultancy CS LNG operation leaving the brokerage side of the business after 15 years.
Richard Gilmore is Director Gas Fleet for Maran Gas Maritime Inc., the LNG shipping unit of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited. Maran has 27 LNG ships in operation, with 9 LNG ships plus 1 FSRU under construction.
Mr. Gilmore’s career in the LNG shipping industry spans over 30 years, covering LNG ship design and construction, operations, and finance. At Maran, Mr. Gilmore oversees the management of the gas fleet and participates in the new business development activities.
Richard Gilmore received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from Webb Institute and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Paul is a research fellow at the Sustainable Gas Institute, leading the Methane and Environment Programme. Their research investigates the environmental and economic impacts associated with the natural gas supply chain and determining pathways to reduce these impacts. Paul moved to the Sustainable Gas Institute from Manchester in 2014, where he attained chartered chemical engineer status from his time in industry and then completed a PhD on small scale renewable energy technologies. Paul’s research interests more broadly involve understanding how to decarbonise our energy use whilst maintaining living standards and how energy policy help us to do this most effectively.