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Masato Sasaki

 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).

Mohamed Bernannou

M.Bernannou was educated engineering in Ecole des Mines, France, and held his engineering degree in 2000. He then completed an economics master degree from Dauphine University in Paris. In 2008, he was admitted to Ecole des Ponts et Chaussée in Paris to do a Master of Public Administration (Corps des Ponts et Chaussée). M.Bernannou Spent 10 years working as a consultant for several international and national public and private organizations: Réseau Ferré de France, OLAF (European commission), Altran Technology, .Etc. He joined Masen in 2010 as senior advisor where he was in charge of Plan of Development (POD) of Ouarzazate Solar Complex. During 2011-2013, he was Director of sustainable development, then Director of training and industrial development. Until 2017, M.Bernannou directs the Moroccan Solar Cluster and the Moroccan Climate Innovation Center (MCIC) focusing on the development of green technology and their market. The Cluster/MCIC is the first green technology cluster, in the region, aimed at bolstering the competitiveness of emerging new energy technology industries through innovation and the use of market forces. To date M. Bernannou is Senior Advisor of His Excellence the Minister of Energy and Mines.

Jeong Joon Yu

Mr. Jeong Joon Yu is President & CEO of SK E&S and President of SK Group’s Energy & Chemicals Committee.

Having served as Chairman of Korea Independent Power Producer Association from 2014 to 2015 and Chairman of Korea District Energy Association from 2016 to 2017, Mr. Yu has been contributing to development of the Korean energy business.

He has been leading the LNG business of SK Group essentially. To cover the global market, he has expanded significantly the company’s city gas business that used to only focus on the Korean market, completing the LNG value chain of the upstream, the midstream and the downstream.

Alaa Abujbara

Alaa Abujbara is the Chief Commercial & Shipping Officer of Qatargas. 

With over 23 years of experience in the energy industry, Alaa has been a key member of the Qatargas Management Leadership Team since 2011.

In his current role he is responsible for marketing, customer relationship management, the network of international offices that cover Korea, China, Japan and South East Asia, production planning, shipping and contract administration across 77 million tonnes of annual LNG production, helium, other associated products and domestic gas for Qatar.

In 2006 he assumed the position of Marketing Director of Qatargas, in which he led the global long and short term LNG Marketing activities and managed the overseas offices in Japan and China.

Alaa started his career with Qatargas in 1996 and held various positions of increasing responsibility. He was promoted to the position of Public Relations Manager in 1998 and then to General Manager of Japan Liaison Office in 2003, based in Nagoya, Japan.

Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of South Hook LNG Terminal Company Ltd. in the UK.

Alaa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Pierce University, Tacoma, Washington, USA.

Prabhat Singh

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

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

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

Kunio Nohata

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

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


Hiroki Sato

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

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


Frédéric Barnaud

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.

Tony Attah

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.

Steve Hill

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

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

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

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

Thomas Maurisse

Thomas Maurisse started his career in 2007 in the French Ministry of Economy, Finance & Industry where he became, in 2011, Chief of Staff of the State Secretary for Consumption, Small Enterprises, Trade & Services and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Minister of Economy, Finance & Industry.

Thomas Maurisse joined Total in 2012 in the Refining & Chemicals Branch where he worked successively in Germany as Head of the economic division of the Leuna refinery, then in Belgium as General Manager of the Supply Sales and Optimization activities for the North and East Europe zone.

In 2017, he joined the Exploration & Production Branch as Strategy and Sales Director of Total EP Nigeria.

In 2019, he joined the Gas, Renewables & Power Branch as Deputy Senior Vice President LNG.

Cristian Signoretto

After graduating in Mechanical Engineering in 1999 from the Politecnico di Milano, he fulfilled his military service as an Officer in the Italian Army.

In 2000 he was awarded with a scholarship as a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Energy of the Politecnico di Milano, where he was involved in research projects and teaching activities.
In 2001 he joined McKinsey.

He obtained a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University, New York, in 2005.
After a short experience in Citgroup in New York, he continued his career in McKinsey, mostly dealing with projects in the Oil & Gas and Banking & Insurance sectors.

In 2007 he joined Eni in the Office of the CEO supporting the Top Management for corporate strategy and group-level projects.

Between 2008 and 2016 he worked in the Gas & Power Business Unit of Eni, first as Senior Vice President for International Sales and later as Executive Vice President for International Markets and LNG Activities.

In November 2016 he became Executive Vice President for Portfolio Strategy and Long Term Gas Negotiations in the newly established Midstream business of Eni with the responsibility to oversee the gas supply portfolio management and the relationships with long term gas suppliers.

In February 2018 he was appointed Executive Vice President Business Unit Gas. In this role he managed the entire midstream wholesale gas value chain, including supply and trading activities. In parallel he was also appointed EVP Trading & Origination in Eni Trading & Shipping S.p.A. (the fully owned subsidiary of Eni S.p.A. in charge of all the trading operations within the group).

In April 2019 he was appointed Chief Gas & Lng Marketing and Power Officer.
He is the Chairman and CEO in charge of Gas, Lng and Power activities of Eni Trading & Shipping S.p.A.
He is a member of the Board of Directors in Union Fenosa Gas, a JV between Eni and Naturgy, and in BlueStream, a JV between Eni and Gazprom.

He is the President of Anigas, the Italian gas business Association, and a fellow of the Governing Board of Eurogas, the European gas business Association. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of GIIGNL, the International Group of LNG Importers.

Jonty Shepard

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

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

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

Eric Bensaude

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

Harry Huang

Harry Huang has over 20 years’ experience in the European energy industry. He is currently the Head of Gas, Power & Derivatives Trading for PetroChina International (London) Co. Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s trading in all European physical gas hubs. Prior to joining PetroChina in 2013, Harry spent over 10 years with Statoil and held various positions in trading and structuring, including setting up their flexibility and options trading desk. His earlier career was with National Power PLC in the UK and TXU Europe Energy Trading in Switzerland where he had roles ranging from project management, analysis and risk management. Harry holds a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a PhD from Imperial College in London.

Mark Gyetvay

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.

Alessandro Della Zoppa

Alessandro is the head of LNG Business Unit in Eni (Italy).

From 2013 to 2015 he led all Long-Term Gas Supply Negotiations for Eni’s European market.

From 2008 to 2012 he was seconded by Eni to Union Fenosa Gas (Spain), where he served as Managing Director starting 2009. In that period he was also Board member in the companies owning the Damietta liquefaction plant in Egypt and the Qalhat LNG train in Oman.

Formerly he was responsible for Eni’s international gas pipelines, working with various roles for pipeline companies as Trans Austria Gasleitung,  Transitgas (Switzerland), TENP (Germany), Transmed and Trans Tunisian Pipeline. He has been member of the Board of Directors of Interconnector (UK) for several years to July 2012.

Peter Keavey

Peter serves as Managing Director, Global Head of Energy Products at CME Group. He is responsible for managing CME Group’s existing suite of energy products, including crude oil, refined products, natural gas, power, natural gas liquids, coal and renewables. In his current role, Keavey also works closely with customers to lead development and execution of new risk management tools for the energy industry.

Peter has more than 29 years of experience in the futures and options industry, including 15 years as a trader of physical and financial Energy products across the natural gas and crude oil and refined product markets.

Justin C. Bird

Justin Bird is responsible for marketing and commercial development of Sempra LNG’s five LNG projects. Previously, he was Sempra LNG’s chief development officer.

Bird has served as vice president and gas infrastructure special counsel and vice president of compliance and governance, and corporate secretary for Sempra Energy. He was director of project finance, leading the successful $7.4 billion financing of the Cameron LNG liquefaction export project.  

Bird holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Bird serves on the board of directors for IEnova, Sempra’s subsidiary in Mexico.

Matt Schatzman

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.

Darshan Hiranandani

Mr Darshan Hiranandani leads H-Energy – the energy venture of the Hiranandani Group – one of India’s largest residential developers. He holds a Masters degree with a major in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Under his able leadership the Company has ventured into LNG regas terminals and natural gas pipeline projects in India. The Company also plans to develop an LNG liquefaction project and crude oil infrastructure in Canada.

Mr Darshan started his professional career pioneering the development of 23 Marina, a 90 storey, 400m residential tower in Dubai – the world’s 3rd largest residential tower – which generated more than US$250 Million in revenues. As part of the Board of Directors of the Hiranandani Group, Mr Darshan’s achievements also include the establishment of the Dr. L.H. Hiranandani Hospital, which won the coveted Ramakrishna Bajaj Award for the best hospital in India.

Rodrigo Costa Lima e Silva

Has been working at Petrobras since 2005, he holds a degree in Business from PUC/BA, with an MBA in Corporate Finance from FGV/SP and a master degree in Business from IBMEC. Previously, worked in KPMG in external audit.

Through his career at Petrobras worked as business analyst in the Strategy and Planning area, having been expatriated to work for Petrobras Argentina. He temporarily held a position as Executive  Management of International E&P area. He held a position as Executive Manager in the Natural Gas area and Executive Manager in the Strategy area. Currently he is Executive Manager in Gas and Power area.

Susannah Pierce

Susannah Pierce is Director of Corporate Affairs, LNG Canada – A joint venture of Shell, Petronas, Mitsubishi, PetroChina and Kogas. Susannah joined LNG Canada in 2013 and over 6 years has been responsible for the project’s federal and provincial regulatory approvals, indigenous relations and negotiations, government relations, media relations, community consultation and communications. Her leadership underpinned LNG Canada’s Final Investment Decision in October 2018, the largest private sector investment in Canadian history.

Prior to her role in LNG Canada, Susannah held several high-level senior management positions within Shell as well as Director, Government Affairs for TransCanada Pipelines based in Washington, DC and New York City. Susannah serves on the Board of Directors of the following non-profit organizations: The Vancouver Police Foundation, The BCBC Board of Governors, The Fraser Institute and The Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Susannah lives in Vancouver with her two children, Robert and Gabriela.

Andrew Seck

He has 30 years of experience working in the international oil and natural gas industry and began his career as a wireline engineer working for Schlumberger. Following his doctoral studies, he spent eight years in Russia with Royal Dutch Shell, including an assignment with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, where he marketed the first sales of Russian LNG into the Asia-Pacific. Following a corporate planning assignment with Shell in Houston, Dr Seck joined Qatargas Operating Company where he worked six years as Assistant Director, LNG Marketing, East of Suez, with the responsibility for maintaining and growing Qatargas’ LNG sales portfolio throughout the Asia-Pacific region. At the beginning of 2015, he joined Uniper Global Commodities as Regional Head of LNG, Asia, based in Singapore.  In November 2016 he joined Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as VP LNG Marketing & Shipping and led a team which successfully secured 11 MTPA of long-term LNG sales which culminated in the final investment decision of the Mozambique LNG project in June 2019.  In September 2019 Total acquired the Anadarko’s interest in the Mozambique LNG project and became the Operator of the Area 1 Concession.

Dr Seck holds a PhD from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland and a Bachelor of Science in geological engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

Tom Earl

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.

Tarek Souki

Tarek Souki joined Tellurian as Senior Vice President – LNG Marketing and Trading in August 2016. Since joining, he has created the marketing team tasked with commercializing the Driftwood Project.  Additionally, Tarek has overseen the build out of Tellurian’s LNG trading group. Prior to Tellurian, Tarek was VP of Finance and Business Development at Cheniere Marketing in charge of finance for the marketing and trading group.  He also led the build out of the middle and back office functions for Cheniere’s trading desk.  Before Cheniere, Tarek spent 14 years in working in the banking industry, including most recently at Credit Suisse in New York and London. There he specialized corporate and project finance for the resources sector.  He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.

About Tellurian Inc.

Tellurian was founded by Charif Souki and Martin Houston and is led by President and CEO Meg Gentle. Tellurian intends to create value for shareholders by building a low-cost, global natural gas business, profitably delivering natural gas to customers worldwide. Tellurian is developing a portfolio of natural gas production, LNG trading, and infrastructure that includes an ~ 27.6 mtpa LNG export facility and an associated pipeline. Tellurian is based in Houston, Texas, and its common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “TELL”.

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Valeria Mangiarotti

Valeria is Marketing Manager of  ADSP “Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sardegna”(Port Network Authority of the Sardinian Sea). Valeria started her professional career in the Port of Cagliari in 2002 and before she was a lawyer in a legal office in Milan. She became involved in the cruise industry in 2004. She holds a degree in law from the Catholic University of Milan Italy. She became a lawyer in 1992 in the Court of Appeal of Milan. She attended a Masters in Common Law at the London School of Economics, London. UK.

She was a vice president of MEDCRUISE, the Association of the Mediterranean Cruise Ports between 2005 and 2008. She was director of  Environment of the  board of MEDCRUISE from 2008 to 2011. In October 2017, she became the Director of Sustainability/Environmental Issues of the Board of MEDCRUISE.

She has collaborated with The Maritime Economist (MEMag), a scientific magazine published by IAME (International Association of Maritime Economists). She wrote an article entitled “European Environmental Laws: Some Considerations for Mediterranean Cruise Ports published in The Maritime Economist. She has attended many international environmental conferences as a speaker and in particular she was speaker on behalf of Medcruise in many editions of the Green port conference from 2014 to 2018 .

She represents from 2017 Assoporti ( association of Italian ports ) in ESPO (European ports association) in the environmental Committee .

In February 2019, she was nominated as the Director of Directorate General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission and a member of the Commission’s expert ports group: Sub Group of Sustainable Ports.

She was a speaker at the European Environmental Ports Conference in 2017 and and at the European Environmental Ports Conference in Antwerp in 2019.

 0n 21 May 2019, she held a lecture at the University of Antwerp -Maritime Academy on the market, environmental and legal aspects of the European Directives relating to the cruise industry.

Valeria is currently in charge of the Port Network Authority of the Sardinian Sea. As Marketing Manager, she is responsible for leading the marketing activities of the Sardinian Ports ( seven ports) while giving support to the expansion of the Port Network Authority of the Sardinian Sea. Since 2013, she has been a member of the board of the Bank of Italy.

Symeon Kassianides

Dr. Symeon Kassianides is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Hyperion Systems Engineering Group. He holds a PhD and DIC in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London (UK), a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and has extensive experience in project execution and management of technology in the process manufacturing industries. He has been a Member of the Board of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) since 2014 and was appointed as Chairman in March 2017.

Lisa Fischer

Lisa Fischer works as a Senior Policy Advisor in E3G’s London office. Her work concentrates on EU energy, infrastructure and climate change policy and she is leading E3G’s work on the transition of the gas sector to a fully decarbonised world. Lisa joined E3G in July 2016 after working as an analyst for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (now BEIS) and the UK Department for Transport leading the analysis for major infrastructure and climate finance business cases. She holds a MSc in Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London as well as a BA in International Relations from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany.

Kees van Seventer

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

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

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

Javier Moret

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

Christophe Malet

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.

Marcel Tijhuis

Markus Hector

Markus Hector is General Manager, LNG Market Development in Shell. He champions the development of energy solutions for customers, enabling access to LNG as a fuel for power, industrial and commercial use or as a transportation fuel.

Markus has held leadership positions across Upstream, Downstream Gas, Business Development and Trading in Europe, Africa, the East and the United States for over 20 years, included Global Head of LNG Supply and Sales, Commercial Development Director for Natural Gas, as well as leading several business areas in Shell’s LNG Trading businesses in London and Houston, and engineering and construction project management roles.

Developing access to LNG and gas for new customers and markets is Markus’ passion.  He strongly believes in the benefit gas brings to people, business and society at large, playing an important role in our Energy Transition to a cleaner and sustainable Energy system.

Markus holds a Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Universities in Hamburg, Germany and Waterloo, Canada as well as an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands and is married and proud father of three kids. 

François Vuylsteke

Starting his professional experience with naval operations and foreign affairs, François turned later to the LNG industry where he held several positions in construction, engineering, and project development, with EPC contractors, Consultancies, Shipowners, and Developers. He is today in charge of Development & co-venturing for Power Projects in Africa with Wärtsilä Energy Business, whose global strategy is to provide gas fired flexible generation as a complement to Renewables. Besides a degree in marine engineering and various qualifications as seafarer (Captain) and liquid Gas Tankers, Francois holds an MBA and an advanced MSc (Eng) in Gas Management & Engineering.

Nathan Arentz

Elena Sidorochkina

Elena Sidorochkina, Head of LNG at OMV Gas Marketing & Trading, has 16 years of experience in the gas industry, with a particular focus on LNG since 2005. After graduating from the Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow, Elena joined Gazprom Export Ltd., the export arm of Gazprom Group. In her initial role, she was involved in the development and implementation of the first ever contracts for pipeline gas supply from Russia to first liberalised markets in North West Europe. Following a two-year stint in the pipeline gas business, Elena spent a year on the LNG desk of Total Gas & Power in London, after which she returned to the Gazprom group to become one of the pioneer members of the company’s dedicated LNG team in GM&T. Elena was running a global team, represented in London and Singapore, with responsibility for developing Gazprom’s LNG portfolio based on strategic sources of the group (Russian projects) and third-party supply. The team was also dedicated to sales of LNG on a term basis to traditional buyers and emerging LNG markets. Elena joined OMV in August 2018 to head the team in charge of LNG trading and origination, monetising LNG related assets and developing LNG portfolio.

Steinar Eikaas

Steinar Eikaas is heading up Low Carbon Solutions in Equinor, responsible for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Hydrogen Solutions. Mr Eikaas has worked for 25 years in Equinor (former Statoil) and has previously held senior positions within international business development. He holds a Master of Science from The Norwegian School of Business and Administration (NHH).

Roland Rechtsteiner

Roland Rechtsteiner has over 20 years of top management consulting experience, and for many of those he has been leading Oliver Wyman’s Global Risk & Trading as well as the global Oil & Gas Practices. His experience includes working with global corporations and top tier energy and commodity firms across the world.

He prides himself in partnering with his clients to help them stay ahead of the latest technological trends, while raising awareness of both the challenges and opportunities that rapid digital developments will generate. His clients seek him out for his proactivity and extensive experience in the sector.

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Graeme Wildgoose

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.

Tom Strang

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

Waleed Elgohary

Waleed Elgohary joined CPPIB in 2016 and is a Senior Principal in the Energy and Resources group. Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice President, Asset Management at Capstone Infrastructure Corporation and the Senior Vice President, Operations and Corporate Secretary at Enwave Energy Corporation. Mr. Elgohary has a JD/MBA from Western Law and the Ivey School of Business located in London, Canada and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science from McMaster University located in Hamilton, Canada. Mr. Elgohary currently sits on the board of Crestone Peak Resources, an oil and gas company, located in Colorado, U.S.A.

James Henderson

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.

Bruce Moore

Bruce Moore is Senior LNG Broker for Howe Robinson Partners, London, having previously worked for 23 years for BP. He has worked across the LNG value chain, from upstream gas field investment and operations, vessel finance, construction and chartering, to downstream gas market development. He has lead negotiating teams for the construction and finance of a range of tankers, offshore support ships, tugs and barges as well as conventional LNG vessels. He holds a PhD in Clinical Medicine from Oxford University.

Keita Enjoji

Keita Enjoji has assumed his current role in Singapore as of April 2016 and represents the LNG side of the business within Tokyo Gas Asia Pte. Ltd., to support the various mid-downstream business development activities across the South East Asian region, including but not limited to Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. Also acting as an extension arm of the LNG procurement and trading division within Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., to which he has belonged for the past 9 years following the Fukushima earthquake, he has taken an active role in the optimization of the company’s LNG portfolio. His LNG experiences include LNG trading & optimization(buy/sell, cargo swaps), contract negotiations(ST/LT), inventory management, LNG shipping schedule management.

Steven Miles

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

Christopher Goncalves

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

David Colson

David COLSON is a graduate in Engineering & Commerce from Birmingham University (B. Eng. / B. Com.) and has been employed as a Project & Commercial Manager within the automotive industry with major OEM’s. He gained experience in ship propulsion through the construction of test-beds for vessel marine diesel engines.

He joined Gaztransport & Technigaz in 2004 as Project Manager for Samsung Heavy Industries with the responsibility of all project activities. He was based on-site in Korea from May 2007-2008 as the senior liaison between SHI and GTT during the construction of the Qatari large LNGC.

Under the new GTT organization established on October 1st 2010, he was appointed Commercial Vice-President and has responsibility for the GTT Commercial team of Licensee Key Account Managers, the Business Development Team, Communication, and Strategy and Marketing. The Commercial team expanded in October 2016 with the creation of the dedicated team for LNG as Fuel applications.

Francis Browne

Francis joined S&P Global Platts, the price reporting agency, commodity news and analytics publisher in 2006, to head their steel initiative. Now a Director in the price group, he leads a global team with responsibility for price assessment methodology and market development across Platts growing market reporting, in all commodity sectors.

Prior to joining Platts, Francis spent over 20 years trading metals and raw materials, becoming a Director at Coutinho Caro & Co Ltd in 1993. He also held senior management positions at Stemcor and Ferrostaal A.G. He initially trained at Mitsui & Co in London, having graduated in 1984 with a degree in Economics from the University of Northumbria, UK.

Melissa Lindsay

Founder and CEO of Emsurge, a UK tech start-up backed by LNG traders to develop software that streamlines the pre-to-post trade processes in LNG trading.  Melissa is also the founder of Emstream, a tech enabled LNG brokerage and consultancy.  Emstream has backed the recent launch of the world’s first physical LNG Broking Platform hosted by Emsurge.  Emstream utilises its network and technology to assist companies in the faster origination of spot and longer-term opportunities.  Formerly the Global Head of LNG for Tullett Prebon, she established the world’s first LNG physical and financial broking desk, offering deal facilitation, price discovery and trade consultancy out of London, Madrid and Singapore. Over the last 12 years, she has facilitated the sale and purchase of over 100 cargoes, aided the entry strategy of a handful of successful LNG trading businesses, negotiated regasification capacity options and been involved in a number of deals that have been industry firsts. Working with Citibank she established the LNG financial market, helping companies understand risk management and standardising the JKM swap to help the listing on exchanges of the first liquid LNG futures contract.

Pat Roberts

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

David Ledesma

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

Andy Flower

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

Martin Lambert

Martin Lambert is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Within the Natural Gas Research Programme at the Institute, he leads their work on biomethane and other renewable gas. Since leaving Shell in 2016, in addition to his work with the Institute, Martin works as an independent consultant specialising in the international gas and LNG business.
Martin’s 34 year career with Shell included several senior leadership positions in the gas, LNG and biofuels businesses. He spent around half his career overseas, including assignments in Germany, Japan and the Philippines. From 2011 to 2015 he was seconded to North West Shelf Australia LNG as Senior Vice President Marketing.

Martin holds an MA in economics and engineering from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Steve Sawyer

Steve Sawyer has over 35 years of experience in the downstream, strategic planning, commercial optimisation, operational and analytical roles and has worked for FGE since 2012, following five years with Petroplus as Manager, Production Planning & Economics at the Coryton refinery in the UK.

Prior to this, Steve worked for BP in a number of areas including their central Economics team, the London trading office, the Global Refining Strategy team and finally as Manager for Bitumen Global Manufacturing & Supply Optimisation. This followed several years working for Mobil in various roles in the European downstream, including, Systems Manager, Business Plan Manager, Project Manager (FCC Cat Cooler) at Coryton and a variety of other positions including process engineer, operations supervisor, planning, scheduling and analytical roles.

Steve has a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University in the UK.

Chris Walters

Chris has been with Gas Strategies for 18 years and has built up Gas Strategies’ energy transaction advisory business over the last ten years. Chris has a very wide experience of the gas and LNG business covering: project development, commercial structuring and contracts, market and commercial due diligence assessments, LNG procurement, capacity sales and financings. More recently Chris has been leading Gas Strategies thinking on decarbonisation and working with clients to assess the impact of the energy transition on their businesses

Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett is Managing Director, Utility Markets at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), responsible for sales and business development for ICE’s European natural gas and power franchise, together with its international LNG, emissions and coal portfolios.


Prior to joining ICE in 2015, Mr. Bennett spent over 12 years at the energy broker Spectron.  Mr. Bennett joined Spectron as Group Financial Controller in April 2002 and was appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer in February 2005.  He moved to New York in February 2006 as Managing Director of North America and after Imarex’s acquisition of Spectron in 2008 was appointed Managing Director and Head of Energy at Imarex.  He relocated back to London in February 2011 as Managing Director and Global Head of Energy and was appointed to Marex Spectron’s Executive Committee.

Prior to Spectron, he served as a Senior Manager in the Energy, Infrastructure and Utilities division of accounting firm Andersen and was responsible for several large energy trading companies. He also launched the Andersen Spectron Energy Indices in 2001.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998. Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (with Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

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