The Middle East Gas Insiders Briefing is a premier briefing to help executives build successful strategies in the LNG and natural gas business. MGI will share the latest insights on key developments in the global natural gas and LNG business with an in-depth review of the Asia and Middle East markets.
The intensive two-day briefing will provide a great level of detail on regional and intra-regional gas/LNG trades and highlight key issues on how LNG/gas markets are evolving over the longer term. In addition, a special session on Iran post-sanctions will discuss potential business opportunities in this re-emerging energy superpower. Participants with background of business development, corporate strategies, investment, market analysis, gas/LNG marketing and sales will benefit from this briefing.
Key Issues Covered
- Global LNG Market Outlook: Supply Growth Accelerates
- Gas/LNG Demand in the Atlantic Basin
- LNG Short-Term Trading
- LNG Pricing: What are the Markets Offering?
- MENA Gas Market: How the Gas Market is Evolving
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. FGE is a leading consulting group focusing on the oil and gas markets East of the Suez, Europe, and the United States, with offices in London, Singapore, Tokyo, Tehran, Dubai, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Beijing, Mumbai, and Houston. FGE was incorporated as Fesharaki Associates Consulting & Technical Services (FACTS), Inc. in 1984 by Dr. Fesharaki. His work is well-recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980s.
Dr. Fesharaki received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England. He then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He joined East-West Center in 1979 and led the energy program for some two decades. In addition, Dr. Fesharaki is the author of more than 500 papers and has authored or edited over thirty books and monographs.
In 1989, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, he has been a member of the International Advisory Board of JX Holdings (and its predecessor companies)—Japan’s largest oil company. Dr. Fesharaki was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), the key professional organization representing over 3,900 energy economists in more than 85 countries.
In 1995, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a Senior Fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, he was appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by then US Secretary of Energy and was re-appointed by Secretary Moniz in April 2016. He received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. Dr. Fesharaki was a member of the Advisory Board of VOPAK LNG from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, he was appointed as Honorary Advisor by CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technologies in Beijing. Dr. Fesharaki is the recipient of the 2016 Adelman-Frankel Award from the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) for his unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics. In March 2017, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) appointed him as a Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME). Since 2009, he has been a member of the DME Board of Directors.
Dr. Jeff Brown
Dr. Jeff Brown, as President, leads FGE’s oil and gas consulting teams. He is based at our Asian headquarters in Singapore, working closely with FGE consultants in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
Jeff rejoined FGE from JP Morgan where he was Executive Director, Global Commodities Research/Strategy, working closely with clients globally. He was a regularly featured speaker at JP Morgan events and published widely on energy markets. Aside from his previous management roles with FGE, Jeff also served as Senior Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where he was co-author of the monthly Oil Market Report. During this time, he developed the IEA’s short- to mid-term oil demand forecasting framework and led research examining oil/gas interfuel substitution. Before the IEA, he was a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu where his primary emphasis was LNG Markets East of Suez. Jeff has a Ph.D. in Economics.
Dr. Brown is the author of many articles in industry, economic, and policy journals and widely cited as an energy expert, including interviews with The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and appearances on news channels such as CNBC and Bloomberg. He delivers numerous speeches and conducts specialized briefings around the world each year. He also regularly leads commercial advisory services and projects focusing on downstream oil and LNG.
Mr. Shasha Fesharaki
Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director, FGE Honolulu
Shasha holds an MBA with an emphasis on International Business. He specializes in LNG marketing and pricing, and is responsible for providing buyers and sellers with sourcing and placement strategies for LNG, participating as well in bi-lateral negotiations for LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements.
In addition to having an overall view of global LNG demand and supply, he specializes in the Korean market and has extensive experience covering the Middle East gas market. He has spoken at a number of natural gas conferences as well as authored numerous reports and studies over the last several years with respect to the Middle East and Asia Pacific gas markets.
Mr. Michael Barry
Research Director, FGE London
Michael Barry has over 30 years of experience in oil/energy consultancy. He graduated in Economics from Cambridge University in 1978 and was employed as an economic report writer for Lloyds Bank, before spending 10 years at Petroleum Economics Ltd (PEL) where he was responsible for short-term oil and energy market analysis.
He was a co-founder of EMC-Energy Market Consultants (UK) Limited in 1989 (now FGE London) and is the Director responsible for the company’s renowned short-term oil market coverage. He has established a reputation as a leading expert in the interpretation and forecasting of oil market fundamentals and in particular, oil inventories (including strategic stocks policy).
Mr. Siamak Adibi
Senior Consultant & Head of Middle East Gas Team, FGE London
Siamak, born in Iran, specializes in the natural gas/LNG business with a focus on the Middle East, North Africa, and CIS countries. He has extensive analytical experience and insights as well as practical experience in the Iranian oil and gas sector for over a decade. Mr. Adibi served for a number of years with the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC). At NIGEC, Siamak was involved with several commercial negotiations in marketing and sales of gas by pipeline to Europe, the Persian Gulf, and CIS regions.
He is a specialist in energy modeling and long-term supply/demand forecasts. Siamak has extensive knowledge about the upstream oil and gas and infrastructure in Iran. He is an internationally recognized expert on Iran and Middle East oil and gas sector. Siamak holds an MBA from Victoria University, Australia, an MA in Energy Economics from Islamic Azad University in Iran, and a BA in Economics from Allameh University in Iran.
Why You Should Attend
- Gain a clear understanding of the complexities that exist within the East of Suez oil and gas markets.
- Identify key drivers shaping future developments—where are the sensitivities and uncertainties?
- Understand how the trading relationship between Asia and the Middle East is changing.
- Recognize the key role played by the East of Suez region in shaping the future evolution of global LNG and LPG trade.
- Engage with FGE’s team of regional experts.
- Network with executives from leading international companies.
Who Should Attend
Corporate/Strategic Planning and Government Relations
Research, Economics, and Market Analysis
Projects, Operations, and Resources
Crude, Feedstocks, Fuel, Petrochemicals, Gas, and LNG
New Ventures/Markets, Commercial, and Business Development
Negotiations and Investments
Trading, Shipping, and Chartering
Gas/LNG and Power Project Managers/Directors
Gas/LNG E&P Managers
Marketing and Business Development Managers
Economists, Policy Makers, Corporate Planners, and Analysts
Contracts and Legal Managers