Mark Wesley Menezes, Deputy Secretary of Energy, serves as the Department’s principal advisor on energy policy and on a wide array of existing and emerging energy technologies. The Deputy Secretary is responsible for driving transformative energy progress and technology solutions through coordinated planning, management, and innovation. Prior to being confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Energy, Mr. Menezes served as the Under Secretary of Energy.
Having served as an executive at Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, and a Chief Counsel, Energy and Environment, at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce – Mr. Menezes has held many positions within the energy sector prior to coming to the Department of Energy. Before his service with House Energy & Commerce, he was Vice President with Central and South West, and upon its merger with American Electric Power, served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs.
Mr. Menezes has been named in National Journal’s “Hill 100”—top Congressional staff for his work on both energy and environmental matters. He has been frequent guest speaker and lecturer before numerous associations and civic groups, including legal education seminars where he has been called on to address the nation’s energy and environmental policies, utility restructuring, telecommunications, ethics, merger and acquisition practices, and regulatory and legislative processes. He has co-authored numerous articles, a practice manual, and been quoted in the New York Times, Law360, Oil and Gas Journal, Politico as well as interviewed by E&ETV. He’s been listed Best Lawyers in America 2013–2016, Corporate Counsel’s Top Lawyers 2006–2011, Washington Post’s Top Lawyers 2008–2016, and DC Super Lawyers 2012–2016.
Mr. Menezes is a graduate of Louisiana State University receiving both his undergraduate and juris doctor degree. Until joining the government he was a charter member of the Advisory Council, Louisiana State University Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, and served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus.
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.
With Chemical Engineering as the major in university, Jane Liao continued her education and received MSc degree from National Tsing-hua University, Taiwan followed by another Master degree in Laws from CEPMLP, University of Dundee, UK. She has recently completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP191) from Harvard Business School.
Jane started her career as a chemist at Exploration & Development Research Institute of CPC. In 1997, she was transferred to Supply Division in charge of LNG /LPG Purchase and Gas Sale Contracts. Since March 2015, she has become the Deputy CEO of Natural Gas Business of CPC Corporation, Taiwan.
Jillian (Jill) Evanko is President and Chief Executive Officer of Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTLS), serving in this capacity since June of 2018. Ms. Evanko joined Chart in February of 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Chart, Jill was the Chief Financial Officer of Truck-Lite Co., LLC as well as having held multiple operational and financial executive positions at Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV) and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Dover in 2004, Ms. Evanko worked in valuation services at Arthur Andersen, LLP and held financial roles for Honeywell and Sony Corporation of America. In addition to serving on Chart’s Board of Directors, Ms. Evanko also serves as an independent director of the Board of Alliant Energy and its subsidiaries (NASDAQ: LNT).
Jill received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from La Salle University. She is the ExxonMobil Power Play Rainmaker award winner for 2020 and is a finalist for the S&P Global Platts Energy Award for Chief Trailblazer in 2020.
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 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 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.
Eric Festa oversees TOTAL’s gas and LNG midstream assets worldwide. He recently held positions of Vice President M&A Upstream and Vice President Corporate Strategy. Earlier in his career at TOTAL, he held various overseas positions in upstream business development, operations, engineering, project development and general management.
Eric received a MEng. in Energy from French engineering school Centrale-Supelec and subsequently obtained a Master from the French Petroleum Institute (IFP School) in Paris. He was a visiting scientist in the Energy Lab at MIT for two years before joining TOTAL.
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.
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.
Shamsairi M Ibrahim is the Vice President of LNG Marketing & Trading in PETRONAS. In this role, he oversees the marketing and trading of LNG in Asia, Europe and the Americas on top of energy commodities trading in the UK and Europe.
He started his career in PETRONAS in 1991 as a Marketing Executive in Malaysia LNG Sdn. Bhd (“MLNG”) and was transferred to Malaysian International Trading Corporation (Japan) Sdn. Bhd. (“MITCO”) in 1999. He returned to MLNG in 2004, where he held multiple positions including roles in marketing and operations in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan markets.
In 2008, Shamsairi ventured in chemical business after seconded to Optimal Group of
Companies. His career within petrochemical business was further cemented as he led the
Commercial — Olefins & Derivatives Department and later the Marketing and Sales Division for the PETRONAS Chemical Group.
In 2017, he was appointed as the CEO of PETRONAS Chemicals Marketing (Labuan) Ltd. and the Head of Commercial for PETRONAS Chemical Group Berhad, responsible for the Group’s overall commercial excellence. Shamsairi also sits on several Boards within the PETRONAS Group of Companies.
He graduated with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from National College of Technology, Japan and obtained an Executive MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
Alex Volkov was named Vice President – Global LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company on April 1, 2019. In his role, he has global responsibility for ExxonMobil’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) portfolio and marketing of LNG for ExxonMobil’s projects and joint ventures. Alex is based in Houston, Texas.
Prior to his current role, Alex was Vice President – International Gas, ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing and Chairman, ExxonMobil Gas Marketing Europe located in the United Kingdom. He was responsible for ExxonMobil’s natural gas marketing activities in Europe, Russia, Caspian region, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia. In his previous assignment, Alex was based in Moscow, Russia where he served as Vice President of Exxon Neftegas Limited responsible for ExxonMobil natural gas marketing activities in Russia, including commercialization of Sakhalin-1 gas resources.
Alex joined ExxonMobil in 1997 in Houston, Texas. He has held various management positions in ExxonMobil’s natural gas marketing and business development organizations. During his early tenure with the company, he has held diverse assignments in the areas of marketing, supply chain logistics, and business strategy development.
Alex holds a degree in Engineering and Economics from the University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia and he also holds an MBA from the University of Alabama. He is married with two children.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sveinung Støhle serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Höegh LNG through his employment with Höegh LNG AS since 2005. He also holds the position as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Höegh LNG Partners LP, an MLP company listed on the NYSE in New York. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Avenir LNG Ltd. Sveinung Støhle has more than 30 years of experience from the LNG industry with both shipping and oil & gas companies. Prior to his employment with Höegh LNG he held positions as President of Total LNG USA, Inc., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Golar LNG Ltd., General Manager Commercial of Nigeria LNG Ltd. and various positions with Elf Aquitaine. Sveinung Støhle has a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from California State University.
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.
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.
As Commercial and Regulatory Director Danielle is working closely with the market to develop Hanseatic Energy Hub’s LNG terminal project in Stade in the Hamburg metropolitan region of Germany.
With over 20 years’ experience Danielle leverages her deep understanding and strong network in the gas industry across shippers, infrastructure operators and regulators. Danielle was previously Commercial Manager at Interconnector (UK) Limited where she was responsible for developing and marketing innovative products including Implicit Allocation as well as implementing new regulatory requirements. Prior to this Danielle was a key contributor to the South Hook LNG project for 6 years through start-up and beyond. A fluent French speaker, Danielle has also worked for Engie in Paris and has an MENG in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Loughborough University.
Jonathan C. Russell, born September 23, 1964, British, is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of First Gen Corporation. He is a board member of Energy Development Corporation and a Senior Adviser to First Philippine Holdings Corporation.
Mr. Russell is leading the development of the FGEN Batangas LNG Terminal Project, located in the First Gen Clean Energy Complex in Batangas City, Philippines. This will serve the natural gas requirements of existing and future gas-fired power plants of third parties and First Gen. First Gen currently owns approximately 2,000 MW of operating gas assets (the 1,000 MW Santa Rita Power Plant, the 500 MW San Lorenzo Power Plant, the 414 MW San Gabriel Power Plant and the 97 MW Avion Power Plant), all of which currently operate on indigenous Malampaya gas supply.
Before joining First Gen, Mr. Russell was Vice President of Generation Ventures Associates (GVA), an international developer of independent power projects based in Boston, USA, responsible for the development of 1,720MW of IPP projects in Asia. Prior to joining GVA, he worked for BG plc based in London and Boston, responsible for the development of power and natural gas distribution projects.
Mr. Russell has an MBA with Distinction in International Business and Export Management degree (1989), from City University Business School, London, England, and a BSc. with Honours in Chemical and Administrative Sciences (1987) from City University, London, England.
Pablo Galante Escobar is the Global Head of LNG of Vitol based in Geneva. Prior to this role, he was a senior crude oil trader based in London. He has been with Vitol for more than 10 years. Before Vitol, Pablo worked for BP from 1996 in Caracas and from 1999 as crude oil trader based in London. Pablo has a 1st class economics degree from UCAB in Caracas.
Philippe Berterottière, is a graduate of the H.E.C. Business School and of the IEP Political Studies Institute. He occupied several senior positions in the aerospace industry before joining GTT in 2009 as Chairman and CEO.
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.
Yunus Emre is the Deputy Head of Natural Gas Supply and Export Department in BOTAŞ. He previously served as Deputy Head of Natural Gas Operations Department in the same company.
After graduating from university he obtained MSc Management of Projects degree from University of Manchester. Currently, Yunus Emre is a PhD candidate on the subject of natural gas market modelling.
In his current position, Yunus Emre is responsible from spot LNG supply, long-term contract management, supply planning, gas pricing and trading activities on the Exchange.
Mrs. Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska, Member of Ukrainian Parliament (2014-2019), currently holds a position of the Economy and Investments Expert at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future – the major Ukrainian Think Tank.
At the Institute Mrs. Katser-Buchkovska is researching geopolitics of gas, the LNG development and gas transit strategy for Ukraine, stressing the importance of geopolitical factor in Ukraine`s energy security and advocating for developing comprehensive energy diplomacy.
In Parliament, she led the Subcommittee on Sustainable Development, Strategy, and Investments of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, focused on energy security and diplomacy, liberalization of energy markets, attraction of investments, and achieving sustainable development goals. She is co-author of key 20 energy laws. In particular, Mrs. Katser-Buchkovska was co-sponsor of laws “On the Natural Gas Market”, “On the National Commission that Exerts State Regulation in the Spheres of Energy and Utilities” and “On the Electricity Market”, and “On the Principles of State Policy in the Field of Energy Security”.
Prior to being elected in 2014, Mrs. Katser-Buchkovska served as a Managing Partner of the KCG Investment Consulting, developing investment solutions in the renewable energy sector. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in the area of corporate governance, investment, and energy law.
In addition, she often speaks on global international events such as Atlantic Council, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, CERA Week, WEF. The author of numerous analytical publications on energy security and diplomacy, peace-making process. Mrs. Katser-Buchkovska is often quoted by leading international media and think tanks such as American CNN, Voice of America, Atlantic Council, Bloomberg, BBC (UK), Financial Times, YLE (Finland), as well as ITN, World Economic Forum.
Mrs. Katser-Buchkovska had obtained a B.A. degree in Law at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and a M.A. degree in Law and Economics at University College London. In 2018, she successfully completed the Emerging Leaders Program and National and International Security Course for Senior Executives within the Executive Education of the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a member of Aspen Community as well as Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship winner.
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.
Aravind Mohan has over 10 years’ experience in the LNG industry. He joined Glencore’s LNG Team in summer 2016. Having moved in early 2020 from the London office, he is currently based in the Singapore office to lead the efforts in Asia-Pacific traded LNG markets. Prior to Glencore, Aravind worked in various roles within the LNG desk at Noble Group and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has specialised in LNG physical trading, chartering and risk management, which entailed being involved in the development of the financial instruments for LNG (JKM swaps). Early on in his career, he has also worked as a cross commodity structurer of LNG, Pipeline Gas, Power and Coal by utilising a combination of physical logistics, risk management services and financing for customers in the producer/consumer space.
Graduated from Fudan university majored at MBA and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
Currently I work as a Senior Manager of LNG Department, shouldering the responsibility relating to the construction of international LNG trading system. In addition, the index research and development are also under my working scope.
Before joining SHPGX, my 3 years working experience in the field of drilling platform’s building and commissioning gives me insights about the energy exploration.
Sophie started her career in 2001 and has had various roles in the energy and environment sectors. After 7 years in Veolia Environment Paris, as Business Development Manager for Power/CHP in the Baltic States/Russia and Manager for Environmental Products, she moved in 2008 to London to join Gazprom Marketing and Trading (GMT) and set-up its carbon trading desk. She moved to Singapore in early 2010 to become the Head of Clean Energy Asia for GMT and moved in 2012 to become Head of LNG Origination Asia Pacific there. In 2016, she was recruited by EDF Trading (EDFT) as General Manager LNG Origination and then joined the EDFT joint-venture with JERA, JERA Global Markets, in 2019. Sophie recently joined Axpo Solutions, as Managing Director of Axpo Singapore to lead Axpo development in Asia. Sophie holds a Master’s Degree from Sciences Politiques Grenoble and a Master’s degree in International Business from Paris University.
Dr Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas sector.
Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.
He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Mark Jackson was appointed the CEO of the Baltic Exchange in February 2017. He originally served on the board of the Baltic Exchange from 2004 to 2012 and as its Chairman from 2009. Mark has over 37 years of shipping industry experience having started his shipping career as a trainee in 1981 in Sydney, Australia. Mark first traded freight derivatives in 1987 and extensively used FFAs as part of a physical trading strategy.
The London headquartered Baltic Exchange is an international provider of benchmark rates for the bulk shipping industry and as a membership organisation has over 650 shipowning, chartering and shipbroking companies who adhere to a code of conduct. The Singapore Exchange acquired the Baltic Exchange in 2016 and Mark is focused on building its London presence and broadening its Asia footprint.
Since September 2020 I’m in charge of the LNG portfolio of Eni which includes the operations, shipping, risk management and portfolio management of all the LNG managed by Eni. Previously I was in charge of running a multi commodity market analytics team for gas, power LNG & Oil, developing proprietary market view to support portfolio, trading and investment decisions. I was also in charge of providing analysis for the entire gas value chain from exploration to downstream markets globally and looking after Strategy for midstream business line. Prior to 2016 I spent more than 5 years within Eni Trading & Shipping in London, Eni trading arm, where I held various roles, including Head of Power and Emission Trading, VP Biofuels Trading and VP Continuous Improvement. In 2011 I was in the Office of the CEO where I worked on strategic projects for Eni across the energy spectrum. Previously I was responsible in for the development of the US Gas market and from 2007 to 2009 I spent two years following Eni projects in Russia, both Upstream and Midstream.
I hold an MSC on Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico Milano
James joined BP in 2007 as a Quantitative Analyst after completing an MSc in Financial Engineering. In 2009 he became a trader on the LNG book with responsibility for the Isle of Grain asset and hedging the physical book.
At the end of 2009, James moved to physical LNG trading and in conjunction with BPs team in Madrid developed BPs LNG reload business in Spain.
James is currently Head of Trading for the Atlantic Basin, with responsibility for the management of Financial and Physical LNG trading activity based out of London. The team is responsible for optimising the value from BP’s positions in the Atlantic, running a fleet of owned and time-chartered LNG vessels and ensuring BP meets its requirements to deliver to its customers. In addition, the team engages in third party business in the spot and mid-term markets in order to generate value and grow the LNG portfolio.
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
Jasper Heikens is the Head of Commercial at GasLog Ltd. and GasLog Partners (both listed on the New York Stock Exchange). GasLog is a leading global provider of LNG shipping services. GasLog delivers natural gas that is helping the world transition to a lower carbon future. GasLog makes LNG shipping safer, cleaner and more efficient, and customers’ businesses more reliable and profitable. Everything from the design and build of the vessels, to the quality of the people and the relentless focus on safety and operational excellence, protects the value of the cargoes entrusted to GasLog. GasLog is a long-term partner for performance, committed to delivering on the promises it makes to its customers.
Jasper’s key responsibilities are the profitable employment of the open fleet, growing the business with long term contracted newbuild LNG carriers, developing Floating Storage and Regassification (FSU and FSRU) opportunities and engage with customers to ensure the best LNG transportation services are offered and maintained at all times. With a team in London, Singapore and Athens he strives to deliver excellence in all matters of commercial LNG transportation and floating infrastructures. As a member of the senior leadership team he provide support to the CEO for all activities, ventures, strategy and direction of the company.
Before joining GasLog Jasper was the Director of Commercial Shipping for BG-Group covering LNG and LPG chartering. BG-Group was a British oil and gas company (listed on London stock exchange) which was taken over by Shell in 2016. BG Group was at the forefront of developing the LNG portfolio trading model and was the biggest trader in flexible LNG volumes until the takeover. Jasper’s core responsibility at BG-Group was to ensure the LNG trading strategy could be delivered as competitively, flexibly and reliably as possible at all times. The strategy was executed by ensuring efficient management of all LNG and LPG contracts while developing and maintaining a high performing and motivated team, building strong relationships with strategic shipping partners and the broader industry and delivering continuous and outstanding performance in a high pressure, multi-faceted and ever evolving market often while operating under strict time constraints. As part of the Shipping Leadership Team, Jasper provided support to the Vice President on all matters pertaining to the shipping department of BG Group.
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.
Jason Feer is the Global Head of Business Intelligence at Poten & Partners
Prior to joining Poten in 2014, served as COO Americas for Argus Media based in Houston starting 2011, and from 2003 through 2011 as the head of Argus’ Asia Pacific business, where he was responsible for managing Argus’ business East of the Suez Canal. In this role, he oversaw the development of new products focused on petroleum, LNG, LPG, coal, base oils, biofuels and other products.
With more than 25 years’ experience in global energy markets, Jason has worked in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the US. His specialties include markets, project development and the politics of oil.
He is a frequent commentator on oil affairs and has appeared on CNBC, the BBC and other television and radio outlets.
Mark is the Commercial Director for Maran Gas Maritime where he is responsible for the fleet’s commercial activities. Maran Gas Maritime is the in-house technical & commercial manager of the LNG fleet for the Angelicoussis Shipping Group, which is one of the largest privately-owned shipping companies in the world with over 150 vessels on the water or under construction in the dry bulk, tanker and gas sectors.
Prior to joining Maran, Mark served as Chartering Director at TMS Cardiff Gas where he was head of commercial for the company’s short and long-term gas shipping. He began his shipping career in London at Navig8 Group which is the world’s largest independent pool and commercial management company.
Mark received his B.A. in Economics with a Minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Tufts University. He also holds a MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance from Cass Business School.
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.
Stephane Guy is Head of Business Development and Strategy, in charge of growing partnerships with all the companies of our ecosystem. He joined Kpler in 2015 to open the APAC office in Singapore, where he was located until the beginning of 2018. Prior to joining Kpler, he spent eight years in Asia trading equity derivatives in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Stephane has a master’s degree in applied mathematics as well as an MBA.
Dr Andrew Walker is the Vice President for Strategy for Cheniere Marketing. He is located in London and is responsible for the Strategy and Market Outlook of the marketing arm of Cheniere, reporting into the President of Cheniere Marketing Ltd. Until recently (October 2015) he was Vice President for Global LNG, and prior to that Head of LNG Strategy, at BG Group, where he worked for over 20 years before joining Cheniere. During his career in LNG he has been located in Singapore, Egypt, USA and UK and has worked on numerous LNG projects including Atlantic LNG in Trinidad and Tobago, Egyptian LNG, and Dragon LNG in the UK. Dr Walker has a Doctorate in Geology from Imperial College, University of London.
Ann is currently General Manager, Gas Market Development for Shell Energy, with particular focus on the role of natural gas in the energy transition.
Ann has nearly 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry. She has worked for Shell, BG Group, Tractebel LNG, ExxonMobil and Mobil in various leadership and commercial capacities. Her career has spanned upstream, midstream and downstream and most continents of the world.
Ann’s LNG experience includes General Manager LNG Origination for Shell, responsible for Europe, Africa and South America; Vice President, LNG Supply and Optimisation for BG Group, responsible for BG’s global LNG operating business; and leading various business development opportunities for BG Group, Tractebel LNG and Mobil
Ann graduated from Imperial College in London with a BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Management Science.
Jonathan Stern is a Distinguished Research Fellow, and founder of the Natural Gas Research Programme, at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). He holds professorships at the University of Dundee and Imperial College, London; and fellowships at the Energy Delta Institute and the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (in Tokyo). He is the author and editor of several books, including: Natural Gas in Asia; The Pricing of Internationally Traded Gas, and The Future of Gas in the Gulf. He is author of two chapters in LNG Markets in Transition: the Great Reconfiguration. His most recent papers on: Narratives for Gas in Decarbonising European Energy Markets, Challenges to the Future of LNG: decarbonisation, affordability and profitability and Accurate Measurement of Methane Emissions from Natural Gas and LNG Import Supply Chains: an increasingly urgent issue for the future of gas in Europe were published by OIES in 2019 and 2020.
Rob Butler advises clients on a wide range of projects and transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a particular focus on LNG. Rob has advised on the structuring of both liquefaction and regasification projects, including with respect to common facilities arrangements. Rob has substantial experience with negotiating and drafting commercial agreements associated with LNG projects and transactions, including LNG sale and purchase agreements, master LNG sale and purchase agreements, LNG swaps and options, gas sale and purchase agreements, LNG terminal use agreements, joint venture agreements, time charter parties, asset sales and purchases, and corporate acquisitions, disposals and financings.
Pierre has 15 years experience in the shipping and offshore finance industry.
He has structured and executed debt financings and advisory mandates on different asset types including LNG carriers, FSRUs, FPSOs, drilling and other vessels for various contractors across the globe.
In particular Pierre has led and structured a number of financings for top tier names across the LNG value chain (LNG carriers, FSRU, FLNG and LNG bunkering), including in the capacity of structuring and bookrunning bank. He has advised LNG shipowners on various matters including ECA financings and capital market solutions. He also sits at the investment committee of the SEA\LNG coalition, which promotes LNG as maritime fuel.
Pierre joined Societe Generale’s LNG Shipping & Offshore Finance team in 2014. He now heads the team which is based predominantly in London and has a global remit. Formerly, he spent 8 years in Singapore where he worked in two of the shipping and offshore industry’s leading banks (ING and Natixis). During this time he acquired an in-depth knowledge of the global and regional maritime markets.
Pierre has a Masters in Management from Audencia Nantes (School of Management / Grande Ecole), obtained in 2006. He has also obtained in 2020 a Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management issued by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Desmond Wong has covered LNG markets in the Atlantic basin at Platts for the past eight years, developing pricing for Northwest Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and Latin America. Most recent areas of focus have been the interaction between the seaborne cargo markets of LNG and the onshore gas hubs of continental Europe, as well as the growth of derivatives and forward curves in the world of LNG. He also leads coverage of the small scale LNG and LNG bunker market in ARA and the Baltics.
Debbie is currently the Senior Shipping Adviser to Simpson, Spence and Young, one of the largest privately owned shipbroking firms in the world.
She has over 30 years of LNG and LPG experience and began her career with Burbank Marine, which became part of the Braemar Seascope group in 1999. She established the current LNG desk at Braemar which has grown in stature and worked closely with the successful technical arm of the company, Braemar Engineering (formerly Wavespec).
In her current job, Debbie is responsible for the all aspects of the industry with her prime focus on consulting work and aiding the broking team with their long term strategy, together with day to day chartering business. She also works in close co-operation with the highly reputable SSY Research team.
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.
David Thomas is an independent LNG advisor with 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. For the last 25 years he has focused primarily on LNG trading, shipping, origination, projects and related Investments. As well as a portfolio of clients David serves on several boards and Advisory Committees
Until 2017 David ran Vitol’s global LNG business, having joined in 2006 to set up the team. Prior to Vitol, David spent 20 years at BP primarily engaged in natural gas and LNG marketing and trading activities; he jointly established BP’s LNG trading business in 1999. Previous assignments in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America included broader commercial, exploration and production roles.
David began his career in Wireline Operations with Schlumberger in West Africa. He is a member of several professional organisations and holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Kent.
Tom Choi is a noted international natural gas economist and strategist who provides a global perspective on energy economics and market fundamentals.
During his almost thirty-year career in management consulting, he has advised senior management in client organizations on making strategic decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty. He has worked with clients including international energy companies, local utilities, midstream and upstream players, investment banks/private equity firms, and governmental agencies.
Mr. Choi provided testimony before a Congressional subcommittee examining US liquefied natural gas export policy. He has been quoted in publications including Forbes, Financial Times, World Oil, Energy Journal, Houston Chronicle, Platts, National Public Radio, Natural Gas Intelligence, and Oil & Gas Journal.
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.
Erin Blanton is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she leads the Natural Gas Research Initiative. Her research focuses on the role of natural gas in the energy transition, energy markets and investment and global energy access.
Before joining the Center, Blanton spent 16 years at Medley Global Advisors, an independent macro policy research firm. She was a Managing Director and led natural gas and renewable coverage as part of the firm’s energy team. Her clients consisted of the world’s leading hedge funds, asset managers, and investment banks.
Blanton has a master’s degree in Energy Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cornell University.
Susan L. Sakmar is licensed to practice law in California and has over 20 years experience working in a variety of legal, corporate, nonprofit, and academic environments. She was an attorney in the commercial litigation department of a San Francisco firm and began her professional career as an accountant for Chevron Corporation in San Francisco.
She currently is a Visiting Law Professor at the University of Houston Law Center where she teaches a course on Shale Gas & LNG. She also consults on various aspects of global gas markets and published a book on LNG, “Energy For The 21st Century: Opportunities And Challenges For Liquefied Natural Gas,” which analyzes the critical role LNG will play in the 21st century as the glue linking global gas markets.
She holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, a J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA., and a business degree (B.S.) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
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.