Minister of the Sea
Republic of Portugal
Ana Paula Vitorino is a graduate in Civil Engineering, specialising in urban development and transports, (1986) and has a Masters in Transports, (1992) by Instituto Superior Técnico.
She has published several articles in scientific and technical journals on matters regarding transport, infrastructure, logistics and maritime economy. Between 1989 and 1990 she was invited as Assistant Professor to teach a wide range of disciplines in the Instituto Superior Técnico, subjects such as urban planning, transports, roads and systems, Department of Civil Engineering, architecture and Earth resources.
She was a partner in TransNetWork Consultancy, which provides services in Portugal, Africa and Latin America since 2011. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a non-executive Board Member of the Hydroelectric of Cahora Bassa, S.A..
She was Secretary of State for Transports in the XVII Constitutional Government, between 2005 and 2009.
She is a member of the Portuguese National Assembly since 2009.
Carlos Gomes da Silva was born in Porto, Portugal and is 50 years old. He has been a member of Galp's Board of Directors since 2007 and vice-president and president of the Executive Committee since April 2015.
He is a professional with 27 years of experience in different industries, in particular oil & gas. He joined Galp Energia/Petrogal early in the 1990's, where he played several managerial roles leading the areas of refining operations, supply & trading, planning & control and strategy.
From 2001, and for six years, he served in the beverages industry (at Unicer, a Carlsberg group company) as Head of M&A Strategy and subsequently as Executive Director (for the supply chain, retail and human resources). He returned to the oil & gas industry in 2007 to serve as Board Member in Galp Energia, having served in several executive roles since 2008 as Executive Director namely for marketing oil, gas & power, trading oil & gas and corporate divisions (procurement, marketing, human resources, legal, corporate governance and compliance).
Carlos holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science by the School of Engineering of the Porto University and an MBA by ESADE/IEP (Barcelona).
Director, Oil & Gas Division
Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI), Japan
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).
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 30 years in February 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of directors.
During his international career, Martin has conducted business in over 40 countries, and has lived in Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, the Philippines and the USA.
He 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 LNG business. In recognition of this, in 2011 he was the first recipient of the CWC LNG executive of the year award.
He was previously a non-executive director of Severn Trent plc, an integrated water and environmental company, a former director of SIGTTO, the international organization representing gas tanker and gas terminal operators worldwide, and a former GIIGNL regional vice-president for the Americas. In January 2014, he was appointed as a non-executive director of BUPA, an international healthcare group. In June 2014, he was appointed a non-executive director of CCC Energy. In January 2015, he was appointed as the chairman of TPH International. In June 2016, he was appointed as Senior Advisor for Miro Advisors.
Martin sits on the National Petroleum Council of the United States and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. He sits on the Development Committee of the Royal Opera House of London.
Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd
Mr. Nohata has been assigned as Member of the Board, Senior Executive Officer and Chief Executive of Power Business of Tokyo Gas Co.Ltd. in 2017.
He 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, project development, energy sales & service planning, energy solution business and LNG procurement, as well as experiencing as President & CEO of Tokyo Gas Engineering Solution, subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co.Ltd. specializing in engineering business.
He also contributed to the start-up and the growth of Gas Malaysia, the first natural gas distribution company throughout Peninsular Malaysia, as a Technical Specialist on the experience of energy sales and technical service for Industrial customers.
He holds a Bachelor and Master of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Fuel Transactions Officer
JERA Co. Inc.
Mr. Hiroki Sato is one of the foundation members of JERA from Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. now is Chief Fuel Transactions Officer, Senior Executive Vice President of JERA Co., Inc. and Special Advisor of Chubu.
He graduated from Keio University, specializing in Marketing Management and has previously worked as a diplomat in Middle East.
He has over 25 years of experience in LNG business. He made several innovative deals such as first MSPA in Asia, joint purchasing, time swap, tripartite SPA, liquefaction tolling agreements in Freeport LNG Project, capacity agreement with European players etc. while in Chubu and JERA.
Executive Vice President
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.
Senior VP, Gas Division
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.
Vice President, LNG Marketing & Trading
Ahmad Adly Alias is the Vice President of LNG Marketing & Trading in PETRONAS. In this role, he oversees the trading and marketing of LNG in Asia, Europe and the Americas on top of energy commodities trading in the UK and Europe. He is also currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PETRONAS LNG Sdn Bhd (PLSB).
Adly sits on the Board of various PETRONAS subsidiaries namely PETRONAS LNG Ltd (PLL), PETRONAS LNG (UK) LIMITED (PLUK), PETRONAS LNG Sdn Bhd (PLSB), PETRONAS Energy Trading Ltd (PETL) and the MLNG Group of companies.
Adly holds a BSc in Business Administration and an MBA in Corporate Finance & Investment from State University of New York, Buffalo, United States.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Meg Gentle has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tellurian since August 31, 2016.
She previously served as Executive Vice President-Marketing at Cheniere Energy, Inc. from February 2014 until August 26, 2016. She also served as Senior Vice President-Marketing, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President-Strategic Planning & Finance. Vice President of Strategic Planning, and Manager of Strategic Planning.
Before joining Cheniere, Meg spent eight years in energy market development, economic evaluation and long-range planning. She conducted international business development and strategic planning for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and energy market analysis for Pace Global Energy Services.
Meg received a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from James Madison University in May 1996 and an M.B.A. from Rice University in May 2004.
Global Head of LNG
Jonty joined BP Oil in 1992, where he performed a number of 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 second largest energy 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 Chief Operating Officer for BP’s LNG business with a responsibility for the management of upstream contracts in Trinidad, Egypt and North West Shelf, merchant supply from Freeport in the USA and Coral LNG in Mozambique, a fleet of 16 LNG carriers, regas facilities in the USA, UK, Spain and Italy, as well as long term customer contracts globally.
Chief Financial Officer & Deputy Chairman of the Management Board
Managing Director, Commercial Operations & Asset Optimisation
Mr. Bensaude has more than 20 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. Previous assignments include: General Manager for natural gas and LNG origination. 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.
Sempra LNG & Midstream
Octávio M. C. Simões is President of Sempra LNG & Midstream, where he directs all LNG and Midstream activities. Sempra LNG & Midstream leads Sempra Energy’s efforts to develop, build and operate liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminals, liquefaction facilities, natural gas pipelines and storage facilities. Most recently, Simões was the Vice President of commercial development for Sempra LNG, where he was responsible for all commercial activities related to Sempra LNG. Prior to joining Sempra LNG, Mr Simões held numerous management positions in the Sempra Energy family of companies. Mr Simões has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, serving as a project manager, project developer, consultant, and asset manager in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts.
Chief Commercial Officer
Venture Global LNG
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.
President & CEO
President - LNG
● In 1991 Kees van Seventer (1966) started his career at one of Royal Vopak predecessors,
● From 2000 – 2005, held various management positions outside Vopak (including Kroymans
Corporation and Solveigh Corporate Development).
● In 2005, re-joined Vopak serving in the capacity of Division President with the P&L
responsibility for Vopak Chemicals EMEA including a.o. some 20 terminals.
● Since 2005 member of the Strategic Committee of Royal Vopak.
● From 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.
Executive Director (COO)
Senior Vice President, Upstream LNG
Christophe Malet is Senior Vice President Upstream LNG at Hanas, a growing Chinese independent energy company focusing on Renewables and LNG, and Managing Director of Hanas LNG Pte. Ltd., Hanas’s Singapore-based entity dealing with LNG procurement and trading, and the development of the company’s LNG business outside China.
Christophe's experience in the LNG Industry over the last 13 years with Hanas, Yamal LNG, Excelerate Energy and Shell covers LNG business development, short-term trading and long-term LNG marketing.
With an engineering degree and a MBA as academic background, he has over 20 years of commercial experience
Managing Director, Real Assets - Global Energy & Power Infrastructure
Eduard Ruijs is a Managing Director in the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure funds, which currently manage $3.7 billion for investment in the power, midstream, utility and other areas in the energy sector across two 15-year funds. BlackRock acquired the Funds in 2017, which were created and built at First Reserve, a private equity firm that has been investing in exclusively in the energy sector since 1983. Mr. Eduard Ruijs is leading the London team responsible for investment origination, execution and exit strategy, focusing on the energy infrastructure sector.
At First Reserve, Eduard Ruijs was a Managing Director on the Energy Infrastructure team. Eduard led the Firm’s investment in the Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy plant, and the joint venture with Petrofac, which led to the investments in PetroFirst I & II, which constitutes a fleet of FPSO's. Prior to joining First Reserve in 2011, Eduard was a Investment Director & Partner with NIBC Infrastructure Partners, a Europe focused infrastructure fund manager, where he executed several investments in the renewable energy and midstream sectors, and served on the Boards of those companies. Prior to NIBC, he was a senior Principal with Boston Consulting Group's Energy Practice in London, and a Manager with A.T. Kearney Ltd, where he also advised mostly energy clients.
Eduard Ruijs earned a M. Juris in Law and Economics of Oxford University where he was a Chevening Scholar, an MSc (Drs) in Economics and MA (Mr.) in Law from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, a Bachelor in Business Administration of Nijenrode University in the Netherlands, and obtained an Executive MBA from Michigan Business School as well as graduated from the government sponsored Japan Prizewinners Programme at Leiden University.
Head of Energy, EMEA
Mustafa M. Siddiqui is Head of Energy in the Private Equity group and is based in London. Mr. Siddiqui leads Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy sector across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Partner, Head of LNG Practice
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Steven heads Baker Botts’ 50+ attorney LNG Practice and chairs the firm’s Energy Sector Committee. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His practice focuses on the LNG and natural gas industries, as well as electric power and renewable energy. He is co-chair of the LNG Committee of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). He has the highest ranking for LNG attorneys in Chambers USA, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, Which Lawyer? (Energy; Banking & Finance), Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal (Energy and Project Finance) and the PLC Cross-border Finance Handbook, and Expert Guides – Project Finance. Steven holds a BA (1980) from Union College; an MBA (1984) from Cornell University, and a JD (1984) from Cornell Law School. He is based in Baker Botts’ Washington, DC office.
King & Spalding
Richard Nelson is an Energy Partner with King & Spalding, based in Singapore since 2008. Richard has worked previously in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo and advises on energy-related transactions and projects, particularly in the upstream oil and gas, LNG and power sectors. Richard currently manages King & Spalding’s global LNG practice and regularly advises international oil and gas companies, host governments and project developers and sponsors in jurisdictions across South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. He is currently recognised as a leading energy and natural resources lawyer in Singapore and Asia Pacific by the leading legal directories, including Chambers and Legal 500.
Chairman & CEO
Pat is CEO of Gas Strategies, the London based global gas and LNG commercial consultancy. Founded by some of the lead protagonists of the early LNG industry in Asia Pacific. Gas Strategies has been recognised for more than 30 years as a leading commercial and market advisor on LNG project and value chain development to the oil and gas industry and to its financiers and on both the initiation and development of markets. In addition to being advisors to the development and financing of more than 80% of LNG liquefaction projects around the world in the past 20 years, the firm supports its clients extensively on LNG regasification and gas demand development and has been instrumental in the realisation of both land based and FSRU import projects. Gas Strategies brings particular combined LNG, gas and power capabilities to the development of LNG/Gas-to-Power projects.
Pat has spent 28 years consulting to the global energy industry. This has been in projects of both strategic and operational nature and with global power and gas players, both as a partner in a Big 4 consulting firm and as CEO of Gas Strategies for the past 12 years. He has been involved in the development of LNG export and import projects including LNG import projects for power applications. He advises governments, commercial players and regulators and has acted for the European Commission as Monitoring Trustee on major power and gas mergers since 1999. Pat is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA.
Vice President, Global Gas Solutions
Patrick Janssens is currently serving as ABS Vice President LNG, Corporate Global Gas Solutions and is responsible for coordinating LNG-related activities within ABS on a corporate level.
Prior to joining ABS, Janssens served as Senior Vice President of Technology at Flex LNG where he focused on conceptual development and FEED of a generic floating LNG liquefaction project. He also served as Chief Technical Officer of Exmar Marine NV where he was in charge of the development of the first LNG regasification vessels from conceptual design to the development of all operational procedures and the development of the first commercially used ship to ship LNG transfer system. He managed newbuildings projects for several LNG carriers, LPG/NH3 carriers, oil tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.
Janssens holds a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Capra Energy Group
Senior Gas & LNG Consultant
Poten & Partners
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 Senior Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and co-editor of the OIES book “LNG IN Transition: The Great Reconfiguration” that was published in September 2016.
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.
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