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 USA
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
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.
In 2013, Jeff rejoined FGE 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. 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 highly regarded 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.
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.
Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore
Mr. Takeshi Soda
Director, Oil and Natural Gas Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Mr. Jun Nishizawa
Executive Vice President, CEO, Natural Gas Group, Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan
Mr. Irtiza Sayyed
President, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc.
Mr. Hiroki Sato
Managing Executive Officer, Senior Operating Officer, Business Development Dept., JERA Co., Inc., Japan
Dr. Zheng Hongtao
President, Energy Trading & Marketing, ENN Group, China
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, Papua New Guinea
Mr. Akira Kono
Managing Corporate Officer, Chief Executive of Energy Division, NYK Line, Japan
Mr. Ajay Shah
Vice President, Shell Energy Asia
Mr. Shamsairi Mohd Ibrahim
Vice-President LNG Marketing and Trading, PETRONAS, Malaysia
Ms. Leyre De Adrian
Head of Innovation and New Business, Naturgy, Spain
Mr. Ngiam Shih Chun
Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority, Singapore
Ms. Sarah Behbehani
Mr. Mehdi Chennoufi
General Manager, East of Suez and Director of Eastern LNG, Shell Trading, Singapore
Mehdi holds Masters in Economics and Business Administration from Paris and Oxford University. He started his career with KPMG in the first half of the 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 out of the Dubai office and in 2008 was appointed as the general manager of LNG Supply and Trading business for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
In December 2010, Mehdi was appointed GM LNG Origination and Business Development for the West Region covering the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Africa and South America and in October 2016, Mehdi moved to Singapore as the GM for the East of Suez region.
Mr. Matthew Schatzman
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, NextDecade Corporation, USA
Mr. Octavio M.C. Simoes
EVP, LNG Marketing and Business Development, Tellurian
Dr. Andrew Walker
VP LNG Strategy and Communication, Cheniere, 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. Carlos de la Vega
Director LNG Marketing, Sempra LNG, USA
Mr. Gen Kunihiro
President and Chief Operating Officer, Diamond Gas International Pte. Ltd, Singapore
Mr. Rashid Al Mazrouei
Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, ADNOC LNG, 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. Ajay Singh
Founder & Director, Global Energy Development Limited, Japan
Ajay Singh is special advisor to the chairman and the president of Japan Petroleum Exploration Company (JAPEX), which he joined in 2014 following a 20-year international career at Shell. He has driven a major change in the company’s overseas strategy, entailing cancellation of a planned LNG project investment in Canada; instituting a flexible and more profitable gas business model; and re-directing upstream investment. He also leads an initiative for organizational transformation within JAPEX, aimed at improving management performance and financial results.
Ajay has recently, in his personal capacity, launched an initiative to develop next-generation renewable energies and resource projects. These include ‘green’ hydrogen from solar power, for which his venture is pursuing project opportunities with partners in certain countries.
Ms. Maria Eugenia Suardiaz
Head of LNG Trading, Naturgy, Spain
Mr. Thomas (Tom) Earl
Chief Commercial Officer, Venture Global LNG Inc., USA
Mr. Filippo Gotti
Vice President LNG, Business Development, ENI Gas & LNG Marketing and Power, Singapore
Mr. Xu Tong
Executive Deputy General Manager, Beijing Gas Group Co, Ltd, China
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 22 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
Economics & Development Research Institute, SINOPEC, China