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Laurent Vivier

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

Martin Houston

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

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

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

In March 2018 he was appointed by Moelis and Company as Chairman of its global energy group.
Martin’s other activities include:
• Council member of the National Petroleum Council of the United States of
America
• 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.

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.

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