2019 Speakers Include:
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).
President & CEO
SK E&S Co., Ltd.
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.
Chief Commercial & Shipping Officer
Chief Gas & LNG Marketing and Power Officer
After graduating in Mechanical Engineering, 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 Energy Department of Politecnico di Milano. In 2001 he joined McKinsey. He obtained a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University, New York, in 2005. After a short experience in Citigroup in New York, he continued his career in McKinsey.
In 2007 he joined Eni in the Office of the CEO. In 2008 he was appointed Senior Vice President for International Sales. In May 2012 he became Executive Vice President for International Markets and LNG Activities overseeing the global commercial activities, including affiliate companies and LNG marketing. Between 2016 and 2019 he took responsibility for the management of the integrated gas supply portfolio, including the relationships with long term gas suppliers and trading activities.
He has been Chief Gas & Lng Marketing and Power Officer since April 2019. He is also Chairman and CEO 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.
Member of the Board, Senior Managing Executive Officer and Chief Executive of Global Business Division
Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd
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.
Senior Operating Officer, Business Development Department
JERA Co. Inc.
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.
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.
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.
President, 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.
Global Head of LNG
Jonty joined BP Oil in 1992, undertaking several roles in operations, trading and refining. Appointed global head of LNG for BP in 2006, Jonty heads the global LNG trading business with offices in Houston, London and Singapore. This comprises 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, the development of the Acu integrated regas and power project in Brazil as well as long term customer contracts globally
Chief Financial Officer & Deputy Chairman of the Management Board
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.
Managing Director/ CEO
Nigeria LNG Limited
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.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President LNG
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.
Managing Director, Commercial Operations & Asset Optimisation
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.
Managing Director, Global Head of Energy
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.
President & CEO
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.
MD & CEO
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.
Director, Corporate Affairs
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.
Executive Manager, Gas & Power
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.
Vice President, LNG Marketing & Shipping
Total Mozambique LNG
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.
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.
SVP LNG Marketing and Trading
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”.
For more information, please visit www.tellurianinc.com.
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Director of Sustainability and Environmental Issues
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.
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.
Senior Policy Advisor
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.
Head of Gas Trading
President - LNG
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.
Senior Vice President - Upstream LNG
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.
Global Head of LNG
RWE Supply & Trading GmbH
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.
Head of CCS & Hydrogen Solutions
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).
Chairman & CEO
Philippe Berterottiere, 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.
Head of LNG, General Manager
Tokyo Gas Asia Pte. Ltd
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, 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 8 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.
Director of LNG & Gas Trading
Baker Botts L.L.P.
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).
Chair and Managing Director
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.
Partner, Oil & Gas
Senior Gas & LNG Consultant
Poten & Partners
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.
Senior Principal, Energy & Resources
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Chief Executive Officer
GLNG Operations Pty Ltd
Rod Duke has extensive global experience in the natural gas industry with over 34 years in project management, engineering, construction, commissioning, operations, commercial, marketing and business development areas.
Rod successfully delivered the Santos GLNG 420 kilometre long gas transmission pipeline and completion of the 2 train LNG plant on Curtis Island. He had overall responsibility for project execution, commissioning & start-up, ongoing plant & pipeline operations, commercial, LNG marketing and production planning for GLNG.
With a capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per annum, GLNG is one of Australia’s largest resource projects, employing around 14,000 people at peak construction and more than 1,000 during ongoing operations.
Rod’s qualifications include an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Business Management from Deakin University.
Director, Natural Gas Programme
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
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.
Howe Robinson Partners (UK) Ltd
Debbie is currently the Director LNG 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.
Emstream & Emsurge
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.
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.
Senior Research Fellow
The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
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.
Senior Project Manager Business Development LNG
Director, Price Group Methodology
S&P Global Platts
Director of Refining
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 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