Advisory Committee Chairman
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. 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.
He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England and then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He joined the East-West Center in 1979 where he led the energy program as a Director and Senior Fellow till 2013.
In 1989, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, a member of the International Advisory Board of JX Holdings (and its predecessor companies). He was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).
In 1995, he was elected a Senior Fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. He 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.
Fesharaki has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council beginning in 2008 and most recently re-appointed by the US Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette in April 2020.
Mr. Shasha Fesharaki
Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, FGE
Shasha Fesharaki holds an MBA with an emphasis on International Business. He specializes in LNG marketing, and is responsible for providing buyers and sellers with sourcing and placement strategies for LNG and overseas gas consulting activities at FGE.
In addition, he specializes in the Korean market and LNG pricing. Shasha has spoken at a number of natural gas conferences as well as authored numerous reports and studies with respect to the Asia-Pacific LNG market. He also focuses on business development, specifically looking at new growth opportunities for FGE.
Dr. Jeff Brown
President, FGE Group
Dr. Jeff Brown, as President, leads FGE’s research and consulting efforts globally across oil, gas and NGLs. He oversees consultants based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
FGE has over 350 clients globally subscribing to its various retainer, consulting and commercial advisory services. In addition to specialized consulting, FGE releases over 850 reports annually, ranging from two to 300+ pages. FGE also commits to visit and brief every client at least once annually. Dr. Brown both supervises and engages directly in all of these efforts.
Jeff re-joined FGE seven years ago from JP Morgan where he was Executive Director, Global Commodities Research/Strategy. He was a regular featured speaker at JP Morgan events and published widely on energy markets. Jeff also served as Senior Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris. 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.
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 CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg. He delivers numerous speeches and conducts specialized briefings around the world each year.
Mr. Jun Nishizawa
Executive Vice President, CEO, Natural Gas Group, Mitsubishi Corporation
Jun Nishizawa is Executive Vice President and CEO of Natural Gas Group since the appointment in 2019. He is responsible for all the natural gas and LNG businesses of Mitsubishi worldwide, and is taking a leading role within the organization in promoting the energy transformation of Mitsubishi, one of its key corporate agenda.
Jun started his career in Mitsubishi from 1986 as oil trader and has taken the journey in LNG front since 1991. He had played a pivotal role in various LNG projects and had set the foundation for number of new projects that stand at the core of Mitsubishi LNG portfolio today including Indonesia, US and Canada. He also holds positions in Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy under METI and Councilor for The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.
Jun has a bachelor degree in law, Aoyama Gakuin University and is a graduate of Harvard AMP.
Mr. Frank Kretschmer
President, ExxonMobil LNG Asia Pacific
Ms. Jane Liao
Vice President, CPC Corporation, Taiwan
Jane Liao, one of the five Vice Presidents of CPC Corporation, Taiwan effective November 01, 2020, started her career as a Chemist at Exploration & Development Research Institute of CPC.
She had been in charge of CPC’s LNG business since 1997 before moving on as a senior executive to the President of CPC in 2013. She then became the Deputy CEO of Natural Gas Business in 2015 and the CEO of Natural Gas Business in 2016.
A trained Chemical Engineer, Jane Liao obtained a Master’s degree in Chemistry from National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan. In 2013, she further obtained a Master’s degree of Laws (LLM) in International Dispute Resolution and Management from the CEPMLP (Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy) of University of Dundee, Scotland.
In Oct 2016, Jane Liao completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Zheng Hongtao
President, ENN Ecological, China
Mr. Kevin Gallagher
Managing Director & CEO, Santos, Australia
Kevin joined Santos as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016, bringing more than 25 years’ international experience in managing oil and gas operations.
Kevin commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea, before joining Woodside in Australia in 1998. At Woodside, Kevin led the drilling organisation through rapid growth, delivering several Australian and international projects, before leading the Australian oil business. Then, as CEO of the North West Shelf Venture, he was responsible for production from Australia’s first ever LNG project. In 2011 Kevin joined Clough Limited as CEO and Managing Director where, over four years, he transformed the business and delivered record financial results.
Since joining Santos, Kevin has restructured the company and implemented a disciplined low-cost operating model. He has significantly strengthened the balance sheet, improved production and financial performance, and positioned the company on a sustainable growth trajectory around a portfolio of long-life natural gas assets in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Hiroki Sato
Managing Executive Officer & Chief Global Partnership Officer, JERA Co., Inc.
Mr. Hiroki Sato is one of the foundation members of JERA from Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. now is Managing Executive Officer &Chief Global Partnership Officer of JERA Co., Inc. He graduated from Keio University, specializing in Marketing Management and has previously worked as a diplomat in Middle East.He has approx. 30 years of experience in LNG business. He made several innovative deals such as first MSPA in Asia, joint purchasing, time swap, tripartite SPA, LTA of us LNG PJ, capacity agreement with European players etc.
Mr. Yasuo Ryoki
Advisor, Osaka Gas Co. Limited, Japan
Dr. Keiran Wulff
Managing Director, Oil Search
Mr. Jamal Al-Loughani
Deputy Managing Director, International Marketing – Contracts Administration, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Kuwait
An Executive having 32 years of experience in Kuwait Petroleum Corporation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
Started work as a Junior Sales Representative in Bunker Sales Department of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation-Kuwait in November 1986 and was transferred to KPC (Far East) – Singapore Office in September 1988 and worked there for a few years.
He was reassigned to KPC H.O. - International Marketing Sector in the Far East Sales Department in January 1992 and later worked in other Marketing depts. like Supply Operations and Sales Middle Distillates & National Accounts. He worked on Kuwait Refinery Economics, Crude Oil and Products Programming. Mr. Al Loughani was appointed as Manager Sales Administration in January 2003 and was responsible for the pricing of Crude and Petroleum Products. He was in charge of qualifying KPC Customers and Suppliers and also responsible of the role for establishment of new business units at KPC Head Office and at new KPC Regional Offices.
He was appointed as Deputy Managing Director of Marketing Operations in November 2007 with the overall responsibilities of directing the activities of Supply Operation, Marine Operations and Planning Marketing. Later appointed as Deputy Managing Director in April 2013 for Marketing of Sales Crude Oil, Light Petroleum Products (Naphtha, Mogas and LPG). In
March 2016 was reassigned the position of Deputy Managing Director Marketing Operations. In April 2016 was transferred to Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Fuel Supply Operations. In June 2018 was back in KPC as Deputy Managing Director International Marketing Operations. In October 2018, was appointed as Deputy Managing Director International Marketing – Contracts Administration up to date.
He has been a Board member of Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. (KOTC) from 2011-2016. Is currently the Chairman of the Board of Kuwait Aviation Fueling Co. (KAFCO) since 2016 and a Board member at Petroleum Industries Co. (PIC).
Mr. Thomas Maurisse
Senior Vice President LNG, Total
Mr. Frédéric Barnaud
Group CEO, Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd, Singapore
Mr. Wapu Sonk
Managing Director, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited
Mr. Akira Kono
Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Executive of Energy Division, NYK Line
Akira Kono is Senior Managing Executive Officer of NYK Line. He joined the company in 1984. He worked at the Liner Division, the Car Carrier Division, and the Corporate Planning Division, before transferring to the Liquid Division (currently Energy Division) in 2006. From this time, he was involved in the energy transportation business, such as the LNG business.
Currently he is the Chairman of Tramp Shipping Strategy Committee, Chief Executive of Energy Division and oversees Dry Bulk Division, Energy Co-ordination Group, Tanker Group, LNG Group, Offshore Business Group, Fuel Group and Green Business Group, in charge of Middle-East Region.
He became Managing Director, NYK LNG (Atlantic) Ltd. (currently known as NYK Energy Transport (Atlantic) Ltd.) in 2009, Senior General Manager, LNG Group in 2012, Corporate Officer in 2015,Managing Corporate Officer in 2017, Senior Managing Corporate Officer in 2020 April and Senior Managing Executive Officer in 2020 June.
Mr. Kono graduated from Waseda University with a bachelor’s degree in Law, in March 1984.
Mr. Ajay Shah
Vice President, Shell Energy Asia
Mr. Aziz Othman
CEO, PETRONAS LNG Ltd.
Aziz has been with PETRONAS for more than 30 years. He currently holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of LNG Marketing & Trading as well as assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer of PETRONAS LNG Ltd (PLL). As the CEO for PLL, he spearheads the marketing strategies formulation, business development and value optimization for PETRONAS’ portfolio of LNG.
Aziz started his career with PETRONAS in 1987 as a Project Engineer in the Peninsular Gas Utilization (PGU) Project. In 2000, he was assigned to PETRONAS Gas Business Unit as a Senior Planner, where he was responsible for the coordination and implementation of growth initiatives.
In 2005, Aziz was entrusted to lead the operations and maintenance of plant facilities for Centralized Utilities Facilities (CUF) at PETRONAS Gas Berhad and continued with Vinyl Chloride Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Subsequently in 2011, Aziz moved to PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad as the Head of Strategic Planning & Ventures where he was responsible for charting and implementing the company’s growth strategy.
Aziz was then posted to Canada in 2017 under PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd (PECL) as the VP of Strategy & New Ventures. He implemented a hedging strategy that helped reduce the impact of highly volatile gas prices, while steering business development activities to monetize the available resources. He has extensive global experience in business development and commercial, along with his ability to create strong internal and external partnerships.
Aziz holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University, USA and attended the Senior Executive Program at London Business School in 2009.
Mr. Ngiam Shih Chun
Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority, Singapore
Mr Ngiam Shih Chun is the Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority, which ensures a reliable and secure energy supply, promotes effective competition in the energy market, and develops a dynamic energy sector in Singapore.
Mr Ngiam was formerly the Deputy Secretary (Industry) at the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 2012 to 2018 where he helped shape Singapore’s industrial and economic policies. In 2016, he co-led the Secretariat for the Committee on the Future Economy to develop key strategies to generate economic growth and create good jobs for Singaporeans.
He has held various appointments in the Emeritus Senior Minister's Office, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr Ngiam is currently a board member of the Energy Market Authority, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and St Andrew’s Community Services.
He holds a Master’s degree in Science (Financial Engineering) from National University of Singapore in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Science (Management) from Stanford University, USA, 2006. Mr Ngiam was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2016.
Mr. Lu Yang
Chairman & GM, S&T International Natural Gas Trading Company Limited (S&T International), China
Mr. Lu Yang is a Senior Engineer working at Suntien Green Energy Co. Ltd. for more than 10 years. He has worked for over 20 years in the gas industry, holding extensive experience in gas purchase, sales and operation and technical management respectively. Currently, he is also responsible for the coordinating work of preparation, construction and operation of the Tangshan LNG Project, as well as LNG trading and procurement on spot, mid-term and long-term basis.
Ms. Sarah Behbehani
Founder & CEO, BEnergy Solutions
Sarah is an experienced energy leader with an exceptional global network. Her last role was the creation of the LNG desk for Jera Global Market. She was responsible for building the overall LNG desk structure including recruiting talent, leading the overall LNG growth strategy and oversight of trading, optimisation and risk management.
Prior to JERA GM, she led Shell’s LNG trading business in the west for 8 years. She led the integration of Repsol and BG’s LNG portfolio into Shell, growing Shell’s trading activities in the Middle East and Atlantic Basin.
Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in Oil and LNG trading and marketing and has served roles in the Kuwait, London, Dubai and Singapore. She is passionate about diversity in trading teams and leads the female community in LNG. She graduated with a degree of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering from the US and then obtained an MBA from London Business School.
Mr. Mehdi Chennoufi
Head of LNG Origination & Market Development, Shell LNG Marketing & Trading, UK
Mehdi Chennoufi is the Head of LNG Origination & Market Development based in London. He is responsible for developing Shell’s global LNG term portfolio.
He started his career with KPMG in the early nineties where he got acquainted with the rigour of economic analysis and the art of interpreting accounts. He then joined Shell in London at the turn of the century and focused on gas and LNG business development in Levant before moving to Egypt to grow Shell’s CNG and LDC footprint. In 2004 he was appointed as the Shell shareholder representative in Oman LNG, based out of the Dubai office and in 2008 he moved to the LNG Supply and Trading business looking after Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
In 2010, Mehdi was appointed General Manager LNG Origination and Business Development for the West Region covering the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Africa and South America and in 2016 he moved to Singapore to lead the East of Suez portfolio. In 2021, Mehdi moved to London to lead the global LNG Origination and Market Development team.
Mehdi holds a Masters in Economics and a Master in Business Administration from ISG in Paris and the University of Oxford. Besides being an avid sailor, he is passionate about biodiversity conservation and founded Wanakaset.org.
Mr. James MacTaggart
SVP of LNG Marketing, Asia and Middle East, NextDecade Corporation
Mr. Octavio M.C. Simoes
President & CEO, Tellurian Inc
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.
Dr. Andrew Walker
VP LNG Strategy & Communication, Cheniere Marketing Ltd, UK
Dr. Andrew Walker is the Vice President for LNG Strategy and Communication for Cheniere.
He is located in London and is responsible for the LNG Strategy and Market Outlook of Cheniere, reporting into the Chief Commercial Officer.
Until 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, the 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.
Dr. Andrew Seck
Vice President, LNG Marketing & Shipping, Total Mozambique LNG, Singapore
Mr. Rashid Al Mazrouei
Vice President, Commercial, ADNOC LNG, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Mr. Rashid Al Mazrouei has been the Vice President for Strategy & Corporate Development at ADNOC LNG since January 2019. During his 20-year career in the ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) Group, Mr Almazrouei has held a number of management and commercial positions. Most recently he was ADNOC LNG's Marketing Manager, looking after marketing, sales, and business development of its LNG Production. He started his career with ADNOC LNG Marketing in 2000 carrying out several roles in research, sales, and as head of the ADNOC LNG Tokyo Office for eight years.
Mr. Almazrouei serves as the ADNOC LNG BAC (Board Advisory Committee) Secretary, an ADNOC LNG Management Team Member.
Prior to joining ADNOC, Mr. Almazrouei was an LNG Trader with Shell, responsible for developing and maintaining counterparty relationships with regional LNG players. He holds a degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from the American University in Dubai.
Mr. Carlos de la Vega
Director LNG Marketing, Sempra LNG, USA
Mr. Gen Kunihiro
President & Chief Operating Officer, Diamond Gas International Pte Ltd
Gen Kunihiro is President and COO of Diamond Gas International (DGI), a wholly-owned LNG marketing, trading and shipping subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. DGI handles Mitsubishi’s global LNG portfolio, and works in close collaboration with Mitsubishi Corporation’s global network to deliver integrated solutions across the entire gas value chain.
Gen has over twenty-years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Upon graduating from the Faculty of Law at Keio University he joined Mitsubishi Corporation and started his career on steel products export business. From early 2000’s his business focus shifted to oil and gas industry and worked on major LNG projects in Russia and Australia. In 2019, Gen was appointed General Manager of Global Marketing Department the of Mitsubishi’s Natural Gas Business Division and in March 2020 started his present role in Singapore.
Prior to assuming his role at DGI in Singapore, Gen’s postings included a stint in Jakarta (1998-2003) and Perth (2015-2018).
Ms. Leyre De Adrian
Innovation & New Energies Director, Naturgy
Mr. Ajay Singh
Executive Advisor, Mitsui OSK Lines; Founder & Director, Global Energy Development Limited, Japan
Ajay Singh is executive advisor at Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and founder of Global Energy Development, a firm that assists oil & gas companies to transition to clean energies, mainly renewable (green) hydrogen. He has previously worked as special advisor to the chairman of Japan Petroleum Exploration Company; and before that with Shell in its LNG and upstream businesses in many countries over 20 years. He is based in Tokyo.
Mr. Thomas (Tom) Earl
Chief Commercial Officer, Venture Global LNG Inc., USA
Mr. Filippo Gotti
Head of Global LNG Business Development and Small-Scale LNG, Eni Global Gas & LNG Portfolio
Mr. Xu Tong
Deputy General Manager, Beijing Gas Group Co, Ltd, China
Mr. Zhang Chunjun
Deputy General Manager , Shanghai Petroleum and Natural Gas Exchange
Mr. Brian Kitney
Head of LNG Commercial and Origination, AGL Energy, Australia
Mr. Andy Flower
LNG & Natural Gas Consultant, UK
Andy Flower has been consultant in LNG & Natural Gas since his retirement from BP in 2001. During his 23 years working on LNG in BP, Andy managed BP’s interests in projects in Nigeria, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Australia. He also led a team responsible for evaluating potential new projects in PNG, Venezuela, Angola, Egypt, Indonesia and Iran. His expertise is in the commercial aspects of LNG including, marketing, project development, supply and demand, contracts, pricing, shipping and short-term trading. He has run LNG courses in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. He is the author of many articles in journals and chapters in books on LNG and natural gas.
Mr. Daisuke Shinozuka
Senior Manager (LNG), Tokyo Gas Asia, Pte., Ltd., Singapore
Mr. Genta Okamoto
Director, General Manager, Head of Gas Business, INPEX Energy Trading Singapore Pte Ltd
Ms. Ma Li
Natural Gas Expert, Sinopec Economics & Development Research Institute, SINOPEC, China
Ms. Alexis Aik
Managing Director, Global Gas/LNG, FGE
Alexis Aik heads the group’s gas/LNG research and consulting practice from the Singapore office. She also manages the group’s commercial practice (Commercial Advisory Service) with a team of experienced LNG experts.
At FGE, Alexis’ research centers on the developments in the natural gas and LNG sector, including demand-supply scenarios and pricing issues. She takes a special interest in Asian gas/LNG market dynamics and LNG contract pricing. Her past experience spans both the natural gas/LNG and downstream oil business, where she analyzed the relationships between these two sectors—regional focus on Southeast and Northeast Asia. Previously, Alexis also tracked Asia Pacific oil product specifications.
In addition to leading studies dealing with LNG procurement and pricing analysis, country specific natural gas and oil markets, Middle East & Caspian Sea oil demand, and trade & pricing East of Suez, Alexis has also presented at several oil and gas briefing/conferences in Asia, the Middle East, and the US. She has advised on the negotiations/structure of several LNG SPA and HOA deals for several National and International Oil Companies in both Asia and Europe. Her work has been published in numerous international publications and research journals and has also been filed in US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings. Alexis
has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Mr. Cuneyt Kazokoglu
Director of Long-Term Oil Service & Head of Oil Demand, FGE London
Cuneyt is responsible for overseeing all the company’s oil demand forecasts, both short and long term, which underpins the Group’s retainer services and ad-hoc projects. In this role, he is called upon to make presentations to clients outlining potential market and industry developments and discuss the strategic implications, under scenario and brainstorming exercises.
Cuneyt works closely with FGE’s other offices, being responsible for co-ordinating the input into the Group’s mid-long term market forecasting and is required to present and discuss these perspectives with FGE clients around the world. He regularly contributes to FGE’s reports and has been heavily involved in FGE’s Annual Long Term Oil Market report covering the period through 2040, which represents the Group’s core analytical building block for its perspectives on future developments in oil demand, supply and prices.
Prior to joining FGE, Cuneyt was with JBC Energy in Vienna. As an Oil Market Analyst, he did analysis and forecast of oil demand on country-by-country, product-by-product and sector-by-sector basis. Later as Head of Modelling, he led the team responsible for the development of JBC Energy’s Supply-Demand-Price model. This provided the basis for all the company’s forward-looking analysis and required regular interaction with clients and responding to the changing industry requirements and market developments. Cuneyt has an M.Sc. in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (2005).
Mr. Poorna Rajendran