THE MEETING PLACE FOR ASIA’S LNG BUYERS & SELLERS
Welcome to the 17th LNG Supplies for Asian Markets in Singapore. Following the success of LNGA 2005-2022 which attracted a total of over 3,000 participants from 60 countries worldwide. LNGA 2023 will provide a forum for buyers, sellers, traders, investors, shipowners and contractors to discuss the way forward and share insights on how the industry is working towards developing a carbon neutral LNG value chain.
The LNG Supplies for Asian Markets (LNGA) series is Singapore’s pioneering LNG Conference launched by Conference Connection with the Energy Market Authority as hosts in 2005. Held annually and now in its 17th year, LNGA 2023 will continue to bring unique insights of the LNG world marketplace, with the presence of LNG experts, thought leaders and visionaries delivering the latest market and project intelligence and opportunities for regular dialogue, negotiations and business networking.
Join us at this unique, interactive and insightful forum where all current issues for the LNG industry in Asia and globally will be discussed in-depth by the practitioners and key officials in the industry.
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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 and 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 ENEOS 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, 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.
Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore
Ms Low Yen Ling was elected as a Member of Parliament for Chua Chu Kang GRC in the 2011, 2015 and 2020 General Elections. She is presently the Minister of State for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).Prior to that, she was the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education (MOE) from 2015 till July 2020 and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) from 2018 till July 2020. She had also previously held office in the Ministry of Social and Family Development (2013-2015), MCCY (2014-2015) and MTI (2015-2018).
Ms Low began her career in the private sector with experience in financial institutions and a start-up venture. Thereafter, she joined the Singapore Economic Development Board and in her decade of service, played a key role in strengthening Singapore’s entrepreneurial landscape and professional services sector. In 2011, she became Chief Executive Officer of Business China, an organisation nurturing Chinese biculturalism, bilingualism and collaboration with China. With her strong bicultural and bilingual background, she spearheaded unique programmes to immerse business leaders in China and deepen young Singaporeans’ knowledge of modern China.
Drawing on her strong ties with the local business community, Ms Low is presently Advisor for the Singapore Business Federation’s (SBF) SME Committee (SMEC) and Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SCCCI) Trade Association Committee (TACOM). She also serves on the multi-agency national SG Clean taskforce to uphold high standards of public and personal hygiene beyond Covid-19. In addition, Ms Low is Chairperson of the Mayors’ Committee and Mayor of South West District.
With a heart for the underprivileged, Ms Low continues to serve as a board member of the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) where she steers its Student and Parent Education Committee to expand the organisation’s reach and support to low-income students and families. Under her leadership, CDAC and its partners have established more than 20 Big Heart Student Care centres island-wide to provide afterschool care to students of all races. Ms Low also contributes in the area of education as a member of the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) Executive Committee.
In her past role as MOE’s Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ms Low led the ministry’s efforts to strengthen students’ foundation in their learning of the Chinese language. In her capacity as Chairman of the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL), Vice-Chairperson of the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism, and Advisor to the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL), Ms Low expanded the breadth and depth of public outreach programmes that attracted increased participation from pre-schoolers, youths and parents.
Ms Low also spearheaded the drive to improve communications and public awareness of SkillsFuture, the national lifelong learning movement. These efforts were synergistic with her responsibility as Senior Parliamentary Secretary of MTI where she aligned the government’s SkillsFuture thrust with several Industry Transformation Maps (ITM) to help businesses meet the challenges of a changing economy. At MOM, Ms Low advanced the interests and skills of workers, focusing on older Singaporeans, women and young graduates.
As a mother of two school-going children, Ms Low spends the free time she has mostly with her family.
Director for International Affairs, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
Mr. Takeshi SODA is Director for International Affairs and Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. He has long and rich experience of energy and climate change policy. Prior to the recent service in METI, he transferred to the U.S. and served as the Special Adviser to METI and Director of JETRO New York from 2016 to 2019. As a senior liaison between METI and the US government, he devoted himself to create Japan-US Strategic Energy Partnership (JUSEP), agreed between two top leaders of both countries in November 2017.
Mr. Soda received an MBA in 2004 from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA. He obtained a BA in philosophy from the University of Tokyo in 1997.
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 leads FGE’s oil and gas consulting teams globally. He works closely with FGE consultants in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
Jeff re-joined 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.
CEO Natural Gas Group, Executive Vice President, 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.
Vice President, Global LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil
Andrew Barry was named Vice President – Global LNG Marketing and Chairman – ExxonMobil LNG Market Development ExxonMobil Oil & Gas Company 1st April 2021 and is based in Singapore.
Mr. Barry has almost 30 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry and was most recently Managing Director of ExxonMobil PNG Limited and Lead Country Manager for ExxonMobil in Papua New Guinea leading the PNG LNG project joint venture along with expansion, exploration and downstream marketing activities across the country.
Prior to PNG, Mr. Barry was President of ExxonMobil Canada, based in St John’s, Newfoundland. In this capacity he was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production, development and exploration activities across Canada, including the operated assets of Hibernia, Sable and the then under construction Hebron project.
Mr. Barry was awarded a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, with First Class Honors in 1992 from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. In 1993 he joined Esso Australia Pty Ltd as a Production Engineer and held several Engineering, Operational and Planning positions associated with oil and gas production from Bass Strait, Australia. In 2002 he was awarded a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne.
In 2002 Mr. Barry transferred to Dallas, Texas where he held the positions of Global Energy Advisor and Upstream Strategy Advisor for ExxonMobil Corporation. In 2005 he moved to Doha, Qatar in the Middle East during which time he held the position of LNG Marketing Manager being later promoted to Vice President of LNG Sales for ExxonMobil Qatar Inc.
In 2010 Mr. Barry moved to Houston, Texas and held the position of Operations Manager for a number of onshore and offshore areas including the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Colorado and Alabama before moving to Canada in 2012 to assume the role of President ExxonMobil Canada.
Mr Barry is married and has three children.
Executive Officer, Senior General Manager, LNG Business Department, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd
Joined Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in 1990. He has been Executive Officer, Senior General Manager of LNG business Department, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. as well as President of Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. since April 2020. And he was also appointed as President of TG Global Trading Co., Ltd. established in September 2020.
He has extensive work experiences in sales and service to commercial customers, including serving as Chief Representative of Asia Pacific Regional Office at Kuala Lumpur and as an invited researcher of Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Keio University in 1990.
Vice President, CPC Corporation Taiwan
Jane Liao, one of the five Vice Presidents of CPC Corporation, Taiwan effective November 01, 2020, is currently taking care of Corporate Planning Division, Joint Venture Division, International Affairs Division , Accounting Division, Finance Division, Green Technology Research Institute, Refining and Manufacturing Research Institute and Natural Gas Business.
She started her career as a Chemist at Exploration & Development Research Institute of CPC. She has been leading CPC’s LNG business since 1997 to date and 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. And In Oct 2016, Jane Liao completed the Advanced Management Programm(AMP) from Harvard Business School.
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.
Interim Group Chief Executive Officer, Pavilion Energy
Mr Alan Heng is the Interim Group Chief Executive Officer at Pavilion Energy. He is concurrently the Managing Director, Asia of the organisation where he oversees the organisation’s Asia operations and business. He is part of the Management Committee at Pavilion Energy.
Mr Heng is also the Chief Executive Officer of Gas Supply Pte Ltd (GSPL), a position he has held since April 2011. As CEO of GSPL, he steered the organisation to include LNG in its portfolio of supply to its customers.
Before joining GSPL in 2011, Mr Heng was with ExxonMobil Corporation for 23 years. He started out as an operations engineer in Mobil Oil Singapore and moved through a variety of leadership positions in supply, planning, chemicals, operations and marketing with increasing geographic responsibilities. An international executive, he has worked and lived in Taiwan, New Zealand and the US. His previous roles include Regional Executive – Pacific Islands, Chairman & Managing Director – Mobil Oil New Zealand, Chairman – Mobil Oil New Guinea and General Manager – Taiwan. He was a director on the board of NZX listed, New Zealand Refining Company from 2000-2004.
A Singaporean, Mr Heng holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.
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.
President, ENN Natural Gas Co., Ltd
Dr. Zheng Hongtao, President of ENN Natural Gas Co., Ltd. / Chairman of the Management Decision Committee of ENN Energy Holdings Limited
Dr. Zheng joined ENN Group in 2019 as President of ENN Energy Trading Sector and Chief Gas Business Director of ENN Group and was appointed the current positions on Sep. 14, 2020. Prior to joining ENN, Dr. Zheng worked with CNOOC Gas & Power Group, China’s largest LNG importer, successively as Head of Strategy & Planning, Manager of LNG Spot Trading Department with CNOOC Petrochemicals Import & Export Co., Ltd., and Executive Deputy General Manager with its Trading Company. As a pioneer of international spot LNG trading in China, he has extensive experiences in energy planning, international LNG procurement and trading, LNG shipping, domestic gas sales and assets M&A.
Dr. Zheng holds a bachelor’s and a doctor’s degree in power engineering and engineering thermophysics from Tsinghua University, obtained in 1999 and 2004 respectively.
President, Vitol Asia, Singapore
Mike Muller joined Vitol in London in 2018 and is now Head of Vitol in Asia, based in Singapore. Prior to this he spent 29 years at Shell where he was a member of the Global Trading & Supply Leadership team from 1999. In his last 5 years at Shell Mike led their global Crude Trading and Supply business. In the 1990s Mike was Trading and Supply Manager for Shell Australia and subsequent to this he spent six years in various business development and supply/trading coordination roles in Singapore. Mike graduated from Cambridge University in 1988.
Vice President, Shell Energy Asia
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, NextDecade Corporation
Matthew (Matt) Schatzman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) on February 1, 2018.
Mr. Schatzman was subsequently elected Chairman of the Board of Directors effective June 4, 2019. He joined the company as President and member of the Board of Directors on September 18, 2017. Mr. Schatzman has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including as Executive Vice President Global Energy Marketing and Shipping and member of the Group Executive Committee at BG Group where he was responsible for the company’s global marketing, trading and shipping activities for LNG, crude oil and natural gas.
During his tenure at BG Group, Mr. Schatzman played a pivotal role in the success and growth of BG Group’s LNG business, transforming it into a global leader in flexible LNG supply and trading. Mr. Schatzman also held senior executive roles at Dynegy and started his career at Transco Pipeline, a subsidiary of Williams.
In addition to managing an international portfolio of LNG, shipping, and commodity trading positions, Mr. Schatzman’s expertise extends to hedging, risk management and process improvement across a diverse portfolio of development and operating assets.
Mr. Schatzman graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is a member of the National Petroleum Council.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President (Commercial), ADNOC LNG, UAE
Mr Rashid is now a SVP Commercial looking after ADNOC LNG’s Marketing and Procurement Activities.
He started his career with ADNOC LNG Marketing in 2000 carrying out several roles in research, sales and headed the Tokyo Office from 2010.
He was then posted back to ADNOC LNG Headquarters in 2017 as LNG Marketing Manager; looking after marketing, sales and business development of its LNG Production.
In 2019, he was appointed Vice President Strategy, in charge of leading the organizational strategy towards a new business model after the expiry of ADNOC LNG’s legacy contract.
From 2008 – 2010 was an LNG Trader with Shell, responsible for developing and maintaining counterparty relationships with regional LNG players.
Holds a degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from the American University in Dubai.
Senior Vice President, LNG, Jera Global Markets
Jonathan Westby joined JERA Global Markets as the Senior Vice President LNG in December 2020. In this role, Jonathan manages a global LNG team and spearheads the expansion of JERA Global Markets’ business in the LNG industry.
Jonathan graduated with honors in Business Studies from the University of Sheffield in 1994. Prior to joining JERA Global Markets, Jonathan was the Co-Managing Director of Centrica’s Energy Marketing & Trading business unit from January 2016, having joined Centrica in 2014. In this role, he had responsibility for all of Centrica’s energy trading activity and was a member of Centrica Plc’s Executive Committee. Before joining Centrica, Jonathan spent 20 years with BP, within their Energy Trading business. During this time, he worked as a Gas Trader in the liberalizing UK and European gas markets and as an LNG Trader. In 2005 he was appointed Global LNG Trading Manager in which he built a market leading LNG trading capability and managed teams in Houston, Singapore and London.
Vice President, LNG Strategy and 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.
Singapore Country Manager and General Manager Trading, Woodside Energy
Iain joined Woodside in January 2019 and assumed the role as Singapore Country Manager and General Manager of Trading in December 2020.
Iain has over 23 years’ international experience in the natural gas industry including over 10 years in LNG.
Iain started his career in 1997 in the UK with Mobil Gas Marketing and during his tenure held various upstream business development and commercial roles for ExxonMobil’s operated offshore assets in the North Sea.
Iain left ExxonMobil in 2005 to move to Australasia and for the next four years performed various upstream commercial roles for international oil companies including Santos, Origin Energy, Perenco and AWE.
Iain’s career in LNG commenced in 2010 when he joined Qatargas in Doha as Head of LNG Marketing responsible for developing LNG sales in Europe and the Middle East. In 2012, Iain was promoted to Assistant Marketing Director for Short-term Trading and Optimization responsible for Qatargas’ global LNG trading activities within the 18-month horizon. A role which he held for five years.
Before joining Woodside, Iain undertook new business development activities for Trafigura’s LNG division across Sub-Saharan Africa and SE Asia.
Iain has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Southampton University in the UK.
Founder & Managing Director, BEnergy Solutions, UAE
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.
Chief Commercial Officer, Mexico Pacific Limited
Sarah has over 18 years of industry experience, including unique end-to-end commercial LNG project development experience, having successfully marketed and delivered LNG projects from concept through to commercial operations. She was previously Head of LNG Marketing for the $18.5b Gladstone LNG Project, where she secured the long-term SPAs before building and running Gladstone LNG Project’s commercial LNG desk for close to a decade on behalf of project partners Santos, KOGAS, PETRONAS and Total.
Prior to Gladstone LNG, Sarah was an energy transactions and projects lawyer with Ashurst working on multibillion M&A transactions and project developments in the energy and resources space.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of International Business from Griffith University. She has been widely recognized across the industry through the following nominations and awards: ExxonMobil Power Play 'Rainmaker Award' – Finalist, Managing Director's Award, Nominated by GLNG for Queensland’s Resources Awards for Women – Overall Award 2013, and Queensland Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year Award – Finalist.
Senior Manager, LNG and LPG Marketing, Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Scott Atha joined Pembina in 2017 as the Senior Manager of LNG and LPG Marketing with 18 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with concentrations in the LNG, midstream, and upstream sectors. Scott is responsible for the long term marketing LNG and LPG in the Pacific Basin. Scott joined Pembina from LNG Limited, where he led the commercial development of the Bear Head LNG project in Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to LNG Limited, Scott worked for Gazprom Marketing & Trading where he led the commercial development of long-term LNG supply and marketing opportunities in the Americas from 2007 to 2014. Before his time at Gazprom, Scott’s work history was primarily in the oil and gas investment banking and transaction advisory sectors. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Director, Commercial Development & Marketing, Sempra Infrastructure
George Nemeth is director of marketing and commercial development for Sempra Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy that develops, builds and invests in energy infrastructure in North America and is pursuing the development of LNG export projects in Texas, Louisiana and Mexico with the goal of delivering clean-burning natural gas to world markets.
Mr. Nemeth joined Sempra LNG from the AES Corporation and has 20 years of experience commercializing gas and marketing and trading LNG. Mr. Nemeth began his energy career with ExxonMobil working on projects around the world including Russia and Qatar. After his last posting with ExxonMobil in Doha, Mr. Nemeth moved to the trading side of the business to launch LNG trading desks at Merrill Lynch Commodities, Société Général and Koch Supply & Trading. Currently, Mr. Nemeth works on the commercial development and marketing of Sempra Infrastructure’s LNG projects, including Cameron LNG (Louisiana), Port Arthur LNG (Texas) and Vista Pacifico (Mexico).
Mr. Nemeth holds a master’s in business administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and Russian from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is a fluent Russian speaker.
Senior LNG Marketing Director, TotalEnergies Gas & Power Asia
Laurent Chaveron started his career with Total Cameroon in the construction and operation of downstream oil & gas infrastructures in 2001 after obtaining a Masters in Mechanical Engineering.
The following 10 years saw him continue in the gas and LNG Downstream activities of Total with active participation in the liberalization of the European gas market and the M&A of gas infrastructures. He was then posted to New Delhi to manage two Gas Assets and LNG marketing in India.
In 2015 Laurent moved to the Upstream side of the LNG business as Asset Manager of Yemen LNG before heading to Australia as General Manager Marketing of the Gladstone LNG joint venture where he spent 5 years from 2017 to 2021.
Laurent is currently Senior LNG Marketing Director at TotalEnergies Gas & Power Asia in Singapore since September 2021.
Laurent served as member of the council of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce from 2017 to 2021, and was recently appointed as the Chair of the Commercial Group of GIIGNL, the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers.
Director, General Manager, INPEX Energy Trading Singapore Pte Ltd
Toshihiko Mikuni has served as Director and General Manager of INPEX Energy Trading Singapore since October 2021 and is responsible for INPEX’s LNG and crude oil marketing globally.
Prior to assuming his current position, he was involved in marketing LNG from projects in which INPEX currently and historically has a participating interest including Ichthys as well as Tangguh, Darwin LNG, Prelude and Offshore Mahakam.
Between 2006 and 2012, Mr. Mikuni served as General Manger, Commercial in Perth, Australia, where he oversaw project agreements with partners including joint operating agreements and shareholders’ agreements.
Mr. Mikuni joined INPEX in 2002 and has over 20 years’ experience in the LNG business.
EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, First Gen Corporation
Jonathan C. Russell, born September 23, 1964, British, is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of First Gen Corporation. He is a board member of Energy Development Corporation and a Senior Adviser to First Philippine Holdings Corporation.
Mr Russell is leading the development of the FGEN Batangas LNG Terminal Project, located in the First Gen Clean Energy Complex in Batangas City, Philippines. This will serve the natural gas requirements of existing and future gas-fired power plants of third parties and First Gen. First Gen currently owns approximately 2,000 MW of operating gas assets (the 1,000 MW Santa Rita Power Plant, the 500 MW San Lorenzo Power Plant, the 414 MW San Gabriel Power Plant and the 97 MW Avion Power Plant), all of which currently operate on indigenous Malampaya gas supply.
Before joining First Gen, Mr. Russell was Vice President of Generation Ventures Associates (GVA), an international developer of independent power projects based in Boston, USA, responsible for the development of 1,720MW of IPP projects in Asia. Prior to joining GVA, he worked for BG plc based in London and Boston, responsible for the development of power and natural gas distribution projects.
Mr. Russell has an MBA with Distinction in International Business and Export Management degree (1989), from City University Business School, London, England, and a BSc. with Honours in Chemical and Administrative Sciences (1987) from City University, London, England.
Board Member & Deputy General Manager, S&T International Natural Gas Trading Company Limited
Mr. Xi Luo is specialized in Energy and Utilities Industry research and investment. He spent 8 years working in the U.S., and another 6 years in Hong Kong, in the field of stock trading, financial project analysis and risk management analysis, holding a degree from Columbia and extensive experience in financial and trading sectors. Currently, Mr. Xi Luo is in charge of spot, mid and long-term LNG procurement, trading as well as risk management in S&T International.
Brian Kitney is an independent company Director and industry expert with over 30 years’ experience in LNG projects and petroleum import export businesses in Australia and Asia. Through Meliora Investments, he is currently contracted by one of Asia’s largest utilities to facilitate the development of LNG terminals and LNG trading in Asia and is supporting companies in Australia with gas marketing, CCS and the development of renewables and hydrogen projects.
Previously, Brian was Head of LNG Origination at AGL, with commercial and origination responsibility for its proposed LNG import terminal and review of the proposed 3rd party LNG import projects. Brian has held other senior industry positions including VP & Chief Commercial Officer at Osaka Gas Australia, Managing Director of Osaka Gas Niugini, Vice President Commodities at JPMorgan Securities Japan, based in Tokyo, and has held senior marketing and development positions at Apache Energy Ltd and Mitsui & Co (Australia) Ltd.
In addition to Meliora Investments, Brian is also an independent Director of world leading carbon capture and storage research entity CO2CRC that operates the Otway International Test Centre, and is a Director of its commercial subsidiary, CO2Tech, that is supporting many businesses to progress CCS related projects globally. Brian is also a Director of Port Anthony Renewables, a company preparing to list on the Australian Stock Exchange that is planning to develop renewable energy and green hydrogen at the existing Port Anthony facilities to the east of Melbourne in Australia.
Brian has an MBA from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Diplomacy & Trade and a Masters degree in Applied Japanese Linguistics from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma from Swinburne University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Kaplan. Brian is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds accreditation from the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA).
Managing Director, Global Gas/LNG Team, FGE
Alexis Aik is Managing Director of FGE Singapore (Asian Headquarters) and Managing Director of the group's gas/LNG research and consulting practice. She has over 15 years of experience in oil/gas consultancy with FGE.
Alexis also manages the group’s commercial practice (LNG Commercial Advisory Service), leading consulting work for both buyers and sellers alike. This includes but is not limited to the formulation of strategies for procurement/sales, negotiations, and finalization of HOA/SPA, price review/arbitration related work, due diligence work for Mergers and Acquisitions, and on-the-job or in-house training. She has worked with numerous International Oil and Gas Companies (IOCs), state-owned gas companies, power companies, and Government Organizations across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
Alexis takes a special interest in LNG contract pricing, and terms, especially in the Asia and Middle East. This led to FGE’s development of the industry's first weekly commercial report (LNG Confidential) and the development of a proprietary LNG Online Data Service (ODS) which is now regarded as the most accurate and complete price database on all LNG contracts. The ODS is used as a marker for price negotiations, hedging by companies, and is also referred to in SPAs for price reviews.
She has presented at several oil and gas briefings/conferences in Asia, the Middle East, and the US. 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 and received a US-Government funded Fellowship to pursue a Post Graduate Leadership Certificate (Asia Pacific Leadership Program) at the East-West Center, Honolulu.
Principal Consultant & Head of Middle East Gas Team, FGE
Siamak specializes in the natural gas/LNG business, leading FGE’s short and long-term market analysis for Middle Eastern and North African gas markets. He has more than 15 years of extensive analytical experience in the Middle East oil and gas sector. At FGE, Siamak also covers long-term gas/LNG market analytics for West of Suez markets. He has a detailed knowledge of LATAM and European gas/LNG infrastructure.
Siamak is a specialist in energy modelling and long-term supply/demand forecasts. He has extensive knowledge of the LNG value chain, the Middle East gas/LNG upstream and downstream sectors, as well as pipeline gas/LNG sales and purchase agreements. He is an internationally recognized expert on the Middle East oil and gas sector. Siamak holds an MBA from Victoria University, Australia, and an M.A. in Energy Economics from Islamic Azad University in Iran.
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