Chairman of the Dubai
Supreme Council of Energy
President of Dubai Civil
Chairman & Chief Executive
of Emirates Group
Over the past 25 years HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been at the forefront of Dubai’s remarkable economic development spearheading the successful expansion of aviation, which now supports 28 per cent of Dubai’s GDP, and more recently, formulating economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the emirate’s overarching vision.
Sheikh Ahmed embarked on his career in the aviation industry in 1985 when he was appointed President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) – the governing body that oversaw the activities of Dubai International and Dubai Duty Free, among others. In the same year Emirates Airline – Dubai’s international carrier was launched with Sheikh Ahmed as its Chairman. He is now the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, which includes dnata – the region’s leading travel services and ground handling company, and other aviation related entities.
Under Sheikh Ahmed’s leadership, the DCA underwent an organisational restructuring in April 2007 resulting in the creation of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) as the local regulatory body, and Dubai Airports as the owner and operator of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International and Dubai World Central. Following the restructuring, Sheikh Ahmed became the President of DCAA and Chairman of Dubai Airports.
The fact that Dubai is now firmly established as the region’s leading tourist destination and business, trade and transport hub is due in no small measure to the efforts of Sheikh Ahmed. Under his leadership, Dubai International has developed from humble beginnings into the world’s fourth busiest airport for international passenger and cargo traffic with a network of over 260 destinations served by more than 140 airlines.
In 2008 in another first to Dubai’s long list, flydubai was launched. With Sheikh Ahmed to lead the airline as its Chairman and now in its 10th year of operation, flydubai has created a network of more than 85 destinations in 45 countries served by a fleet of 60 Boeing 737 aircraft.
In June 2016, appointed as a President of Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Sheikh Ahmed holds a number of government positions and plays an increasingly pivotal role in leading the emirate’s finance and energy sectors. Despite his numerous business
activities, he is Patron to many charitable organisations. He has also received numerous accolades from various Governments and multi-nationals.
In January 2019 he was awarded "The sash (Scarf) of Mohammed Bin Rashid" by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, for winning the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Government Excellence Award for his leadership in aviation
HH Sheikh Ahmed has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. In May 2013, he was presented with an honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from City University London – Cass Business School in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the development of professional sectors including aviation, finance, banking and entrepreneurship among others in the UAE.
Minister for Oil and Gas
Sultanate of Oman
Minister of Energy and Industry
for the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
H.E. Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei was appointed as the UAE Minister of Energy on 12 March 2013, where the Ministry's main tasks focus on contributing to sustainable development, coordination and representation of the petroleum, minerals, electricity and water affairs; and making a good use of them all for the benefit of the national economy. Moreover, H.E has been appointed in 2017 as The UAE Minister of Energy and Industry.
Besides his ministerial responsibilities, His Excellency holds the following positions:
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of «Borealis».
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of «Nova Chemical Company».
- Member of the Supreme Petroleum Council.
- Member of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Petroleum Council.
- Member of the Board of Directors of Mubadala Investment Company.
- Member of the Executive Committee of Mubadala Investment Company.
- Member of the Mubadala Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARCC).
- Member of the Board of Directors of Dolphin Energy Limited.
- Member of the Board of Directors and Board Vice-Chairman of «Barakah One Company»
- Member of the Board of Directors and Board Vice-Chairman of «Nawah Energy Company»
H.E. graduated in 1996 from the University of Tulsa in the United States with a Bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was born in Dubai on July 1, 1973. His hobbies include poetry, literature and history. He is married and has four children.
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.
Dr. Fesharaki 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. Joined the East-West Center in 1979 and was a Senior Fellow leading energy-related research till end 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)—Japan’s largest oil company. Dr. Fesharaki was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).
In 1995, 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. In 2008, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by then US Secretary of Energy and re-appointed by Secretary Moniz in April 2016. 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Saif Humaid Al Falsai was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of ENOC Group in March 2015. Mr. Al Falasi spearheads the Group’s business strategy and operational excellence locally and internationally, in alignment with the vision and plans of the Government of Dubai.
A 37-year veteran in the energy industry, Mr. Al Falasi’s wealth of experience and in-depth industry knowledge spans a wide range of specialties including project management and petroleum asset evaluation operations.
He joined ENOC in 2008 as Group General Manager. In 2011, he was appointed Executive Director for Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) and the Corporate Affairs Directorate. Before this, he worked with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for 25 years and was a Board member of National Marine Services.
Mr. Al Falasi is Chairman of Gulf Energy Maritime and a Board member of the Supreme Council of Energy and the Green Energy Council.
Mr. Al Falasi holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, USA. In 2014, he was awarded Fellowship of the UK Energy Institute, recognizing his leadership of the ENOC Energy and Resource Management Programme.
Chief Executive Officer
BP Global Energy Trading
In January 2017 Alan Haywood was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BP’s global energy trading business. He serves on a number of Group company boards.
Global energy trading is the commercial face of BP, working in close collaboration with the Group’s Upstream and Downstream businesses, enhancing BP’s value through the application of distinctive supply, trading, risk management and information technology skills – underpinned by a world-class control infrastructure.
Alan joined BP in London in 1988 and has held a wide variety of leadership roles in the Trading business in Europe and the US over more than 25 years. He has also worked in Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust in 1992-1997, trading oil and precious metal financial derivatives. After being Head of the Group CFO’s Executive Office in 2005-7, Alan became Head of Supply and Trading for BP’s European Oil business, managing trading and supply for Oil as well as global currency trading and interest rate management.
President, Trading and Shipping
TOTSA Total Oil Trading SA
Thomas Waymel, born in 1968, is a graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnic and Ecole Nationale Superieure de Petrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM) engineering schools and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
He joined Total’s Refining business in Paris in 1993.
In 1995, he became a crude oil trader in Geneva, subsequently moving to Houston in the same capacity in 2002.
In 2003, he was appointed General Manager, Americas Coordination, a position based in Houston.
In 2006, he was named General Manager, West Africa Coordination, a position based in Geneva.
In 2007, he moved to Total Refining & Marketing in Paris as Manager, Resource, Market & Contract Balances.
He was appointed Vice President, Crude Oil Trading in 2011, a position based in Geneva.
Since December 2014, Thomas Waymel is President of Total Trading & Shipping Diviison. He is also a member of Total Management Committee.
Chief Executive Officer
Uniper Global Commodities SE
Keith Martin, born 1968, studied history at Liverpool University (United Kingdom) from 1987 to 1990. After completing his B.A., he worked for Shell UK as an Analyst in Supply & Logistic from 1990 to 1995. From 1991 to 1996, he also worked as manager of retail at Shell UK. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Martin served as divisional Director of Optimization and Logistic at Shell UK, after which he worked for Shell Energy Trading as Manager of European Energy Trading from 2000 to 2005. Thereafter, Mr. Martin joined Gazprom Marketing & Trading, London (UK), where he held various positions in the period from 2005 to 2013, serving as Commercial Director from 2005 to 2009 and as Executive Director Global Business Development from 2011 to 2013.
From 2013 until February 20, 2016, Mr. Martin served as Vice President Gas, Power, Carbon and LNG at Petrochina, London (UK). Since March 1, 2016, he has served on the board of management of Uniper SE as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) responsible for Coal, LNG & Freight, Power & Gas, Sales, Procurement, Real Estate Management, Global Origination and Market Analytics.
DMD International Marketing - Contracts
Administration, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
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).
Executive Director - Shared Services
Group Human Resources
& New Business Development
Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), UAE
Vitol Group, UK
Mike Muller joined Vitol in London this July as Director, Oil Business Development. Prior to this Mike 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 Trading roles in Singapore. Mike graduated from Cambridge University in 1988.
Manager Market Research
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
OPEC Governor for Kuwait
Since joining the Corporation in 1993, held several key positions in various International Marketing activities focusing on negotiations and development of crude oil and petroleum products agreements for KPC globally. Has vast international trading and marketing experience enriched by his multilingual skills. From 2005-2007 headed KPC’s Beijing Office responsible for Marketing and Project Development in China, and from 2008-2013 was in charge of KPC’s European trading and marketing activities based in KPC London Office.
In 2014, was relocated from London Office to KPC-Head Office to head up the Market Research Department (until date) responsible for a team of 18 Analysts that provides Marketing Intelligence to support KPC’s International Marketing operations, long term scenario planning and strategy development for the Corporation.
Responsibilities include providing KPC Management, KPC Board, Council of Ministers, Supreme Petroleum Council, His Excellency the Oil Minister, with Oil & Gas market outlook, reports, studies and executive presentations.
Attends OPEC Ministerial meetings with H.E. The Oil Minister, and is a regular speaker at major domestic and international oil and gas conferences such as MPGC, Oil & Money, CERAWEEK.
In January 2017, appointed as Chairman of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) to monitor the implementation of the production adjustment agreement between OPEC and Non-OPEC countries. In June 2017, appointed as Kuwait’s Governor for OPEC.
Advisor, Marketing, Supply & Trading
Marketing, Supply & Trading Directorate
Hashem Al Refaei is Advisor of Marketing Supply & Trading Directorate in ADNOC with over 37 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Al Refaei has previously held a number of roles within ADNOC, including: Manager of the Marketing Strategy & Performance Unit, Manager of the Marketing Research & Business Support Division; Supply Manager of the Refined Products Division; Supply Head of the Crude Oil Sales Division; and, Supply Head of the Supply & Logistics Division. Mr. Al Refaei holds the position of board observer for a number of ADNOC operating companies, and is a member of the ADNOC tender board committee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Alexandria University, Egypt.
CEO Middle East
Uniper Global Commodities SE, UAE
John Roper is an Oil and Gas Executive with 33 years’ experience in the energy industry with a strong management and technical background. He has spent the last 25 years in Regional Company Management and Business Development where has held a number of senior positions in the International Upstream, LNG and Trading businesses. John is currently the CEO Middle East for Uniper Global Commodities SE where he is responsible for supporting the development of Uniper’s commodities Portfolio in the Middle East. He provides a focus for Uniper’s corporate activities in the region. He has lived in Syria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Qatar and the UAE.
John has also served as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committees of a private Oil and Gas company in the UK and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of other offshore companies in the Middle East, North Africa and the Caspian.
John continues to manage the Petroleum Club of Dubai in the role of Chairman. The Club encourages the networking of senior Energy Executives throughout the Arabian Gulf and internationally through affiliations with other Business and Petroleum Clubs.
Vice President LNG Trading
Total Gas & Power Limited
Patrick Dugas, Vice President LNG Trading in TOTAL Gas & Power Limited (TGP), is based in London and is currently managing the worldwide Trading LNG Portfolio of TOTAL with the offices of London, Paris, Singapore and Houston.
This covers different aspects of the LNG portfolio management, including but not limited to the spot physical trading, the financial trading, the optimisation of the flows of the portfolio long term contracts (Supply and Purchase Agreements) and the Risk Management of the price exposure.
He is also working in coordination with the LNG Shipping division, LNG Operations and the Business Development of the global LNG activities of TOTAL.
He has been involved in LNG industry for more than 15 years with past experience in power, emission & natural gas trading.
He also previously run the West African Trading desk of TOTAL Trading SA in Geneva dealing with refined products as LPG, kerosene, gasoline, gasoil, fuel and bitumen.
+20 years of global experience in the Energy Industry with a particular focus on Risk Management.
The Bahrain Petroleum
Kingdom of Bahrain
Dr. Dawood Nassif serves as Board Director of The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Chairman of the Bahrain Refinery Modernization Steering Committee and Board Director of Gulf Air. 37 years’ experience in the Oil Industry (BAPCO) in a number of locations mainly in Refining. A Chemical Engineer and fellow of The Institution of Chemical Engineers.
General Manager East of Suez
and Director of Eastern LNG
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.
Global Head of
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
Jeff is the global head of Commodities Research in the Global Investment Research (GIR) Division. He is responsible for conducting research on commodity market dynamics in the context of corporate risk management programs, short and long-term commodity investment strategies and asset allocation. Jeff is also a member of the GIR Client and Business Standards Committee, the Growth Markets Executive Committee and the Macro Executive Committee.
Previously, Jeff was the European co-head of Economics, Commodities and Strategy Research from 2010 to 2012 and based in London, where he resided since 2003. Over the years, the commodities research team has consistently been ranked number one under Jeff’s direction and in 2011 he was named the CNBC Analyst of the Year by City A.M. Jeff joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008.
Prior to joining the firm, Jeff taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in microeconomics and econometrics at The University of Chicago and served as the associate editor of Resource and Energy Economics. Jeff also worked as a consulting economist, specializing in energy and other microeconomic issues, at Ernst and Young, LLP and Economic Insight, Inc. In addition, he has advised numerous government agencies in the United States, European Union and Russia.
Jeff earned a PhD in Economics from The University of Chicago in 1996.
Head of Commodities Research
Standard Chartered, UK
Paul Horsnell is the Head of Commodities Research at Standard Chartered in London. Dr Horsnell joined Standard Chartered in 2013 and was previously Head of Commodities Research at Barclays, and Head of Energy Research at JPMorgan. Prior to becoming a financial analyst, he was Praelector in Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford University and Assistant Director for Research at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He is the author of Oil Markets and Prices (with Robert Mabro) and Oil in Asia (both Oxford University Press), and a former Chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a Doctorate in Economics, both from Oxford University.
Head of Commodity Research
& Senior Oil Analyst
Markets 360 - BNP Paribas, UK
Harry Tchilinguirian is Head of Commodity Research and Senior Oil Market Economist with BNP Paribas’ Markets 360 Group in London. His area of coverage includes short term oil markets. Harry joined BNP Paribas in August of 2006 from the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France where he worked for 6 years in the Oil Markets and Industry Division.
As Senior Oil Market Analyst, he was a contributor to the IEA’s benchmark monthly Oil Market Report where he covered prices, refinery activity, oil inventories and statistics and maintained and developed the division’s extensive contacts with industry and governments alike.
Harry’s responsibilities at the IEA also included regular presentations to the various IEA government committees and the office of the Executive Director as well as market analysis in support of Agency’s assessment of potential use of strategic stocks in emergency situations. He also represented the IEA at various international forums, conferences and workshops. Prior to joining the IEA, Harry worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), in the Economic Departments.
Global Head of Commodities Research, Citigroup, USA
Ed Morse built the Commodities Research team at Citi, which he has headed since 2011, having previously built similar groups both at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, covering the full panoply of financially traded commodities. He brings to his analysis a unique breadth of experience extending from academia and think tanks to government, business, consulting and publishing. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations.
He was in management at Phillips Petroleum Co., a co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly" and President of Energy Intelligence Group. He also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and assisting in the negotiations of its initial export contracts as well as helping the UN Security Council design the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq and assisting in its negotiations with Baghdad to achieve its agreement. Morse has frequently written Op-Ed and guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often appears as a commentator for Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS and other media outlets.
The author or co-author of numerous books and articles on energy, commodities and international affairs, he is Chair of the New York Energy Forum, a member of the Advisory
Board for the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University as well as of the Advisory Council of the Transregional Institute at Princeton University, and a member of the Advisory
Board of the Arabia Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow of both the USAEE and the IEEJ and in 2018 was named by Petroleum Economist in its inaugural “Global Energy Elite” issue as among the ten most prominent individuals in energy banking and finance.
Head of Oil, Asia
Hadi Hallouche became Head of Oil Singapore in 2018 and is responsible for managing the company’s oil and gas trading activity across the Asia Pacific region. Hadi joined Trafigura in 2011 as LNG Trader, growing the business to Trafigura becoming the largest independent trader of LNG. Natural Gas was added to his portfolio in 2016 and Naphtha & Condensates in 2017. Hadi started working from the Geneva office and has now relocated to the company’s Singapore office.
Prior to joining Trafigura, Hadi spent seven years in Royal Dutch Shell in various LNG strategy, origination and trading roles based in The Hague and Dubai, last of which was leading Shell’s LNG trading business in the Middle East and India.
Hadi holds a PhD in Economics and has notably published with the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies research on natural gas cartels. He has since retained various academic affiliations internationally and in his native Algeria. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Established in 1993, Trafigura is a leader in the commodities business. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth in recent years, growing revenue from USD18 billion in 2004 to USD180.7 billion in 2018. The Group’s primary trading businesses are the supply and transport of crude oil, petroleum products, renewable energies, coal, refined metals, ferrous and non-ferrous ores and concentrates.
Vice President (Strategy &
ADNOC LNG, UAE
Dubai Mercantile Exchange
Raid Al-Salami is the Managing Director at the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME).
A well-regarded oil expert, Al-Salami steps into this leadership role with extensive operational experience, a deep understanding of the global crude oil market and an in-depth knowledge of the regional dynamics.
He previously served as a Chief Operating Officer managing the relationship with Oman - including Ministry of Oil and Gas, Oman Investment Fund.
Al-Salami, a shareholder representative at the board of DME, joined the exchange in 2007 and prior to that he was working for Oman Ministry of Oil & Gas, marketing department. He holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from UK.
Global Head of Energy Pricing
and Co-Head of Content
S&P Global Platts, UK
Dave Ernsberger is Global Head of Energy Pricing and Co-Head of Content for S&P Global Platts. Based in London, Dave took on overall responsibility for Platts pricing across oil, freight, generating fuels and petrochemicals in November 2016, and is a member of the Platts Executive Committee. Dave has been with Platts for more than 20 years, and in that time has worked in London, Singapore and Houston, variously as head of oil content, editorial director for Asia, and in a variety of roles covering metals, natural gas and electricity markets.
Middle East/Africa Natural
Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan
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 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. 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.
Strategy & Marketing
UOP Honeywell, USA
Carrie Eppelheimer serves as Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Honeywell’s UOP, a global leader in the supply of process technology, catalysts, engineered systems, and technical and engineering services to the refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas processing and hydrogen industries. UOP has been creating world-class innovative solutions for its customers for over 100 years. Before joining Honeywell’s UOP, Carrie served as Director of Corporate Strategy Development at Dow, developing enterprise projects and working with the Executive Leadership Council on Digital Transformation and post DowDuPont corporate strategy. She joined Dow in 2008 as the Global Refining Marketing Manager for Dow Oil & Gas, and held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in the Hydrocarbons and Feedstocks, Water and Process Solutions, and Microbial Control businesses. Prior to joining Dow, Carrie worked as a business manager for Trane. She joined Trane in 2000 where she held various leadership roles in strategy and business development.
Carrie holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathmatics from the University of Minnesota.
Crude Oil & Feedstock Trading
Reliance Industries Ltd., India
Tarun agarwal leads Crude Trading for Refining business of Reliance Industries Limited, India and is based out of Mumbai.
In this role, he oversees crude purchases for Reliance’s Refining business.
Tarun has over 14 years of experience in the Oil trading and has been with Reliance for over 2 decades. In his prior role in Reliance, he was part of risk management team for Reliance.
He is electrical engineer by training.
Head of Crude Oil
Trading Asia Pacific
Ragnar Bulie joined Equinor Asia Pacific as Head of Trading in November 2017.
Prior to this, Ragnar worked 5 years in the energy and mining industry in Sydney, Australia.
Ragnar also worked for Statoil in the past.
He was head of Statoil’s Crude Oil Trading in North America, Investor Relations Manager in Norway and have also worked as a gasoil and fuel oil trader in Stavanger, London and Singapore.
Ragnar holds an MBA from BI, Norwegian Business School and is a native of Norway.
Executive Vice Chairman
& Managing Director
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.
Senior Vice President Marketing
Tellurian, Inc., USA
Amos Hochstein joined Tellurian Inc. in early 2017 and currently serves as Senior Vice President for Marketing. Tellurian, a Houston-based integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) company, with upstream gas assets in Louisiana, is traded on the NASDAQ (TELL). As SVP, Amos concentrates on the effort to market LNG investment to entities across the world with primary focus on Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Amos focuses on both LNG purchase agreements as well as negotiating potential investments in, and alongside Tellurian.
Amos brings a wealth of expertise from his nearly 25 years of experience in energy and foreign policy in both the public and private sector.
Prior to joining the company, Amos was appointed by President Obama and served as the U.S. Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs and led the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources. As the U.S. “Top Energy Diplomat,” Hochstein oversaw global U.S. energy foreign policy engagement and advised the Secretary of State and the Vice President of the U.S. on global energy markets and their national security implications.
Indian Oil Corporation Limited
Mr. Partha Ghosh is a graduate in Chemical Engineering and has Master’s Degree in Marketing Management. He has more than 30 years of experience in Petroleum Refineries and Integrated Petrochemicals complexes.
Mr. Ghosh is now holding the post of Executive Director at Indian Oil Corporation which is top ranked company in terms of petroleum product Market share in India. Indian Oil is India's largest commercial enterprise, with sales turnover over US$ 78 billion and profits of US$ 3.3 billion for the year 2017-18. IndianOil operates 11 refineries, has over 47000 marketing touch points, 14000 Km of pipelines network, a large Petrochemicals production and distribution network and a thriving R&D centre in India.
Mr. Ghosh is now posted at corporate office of Indian Oil at New Delhi and is responsible for the Supply Chain Optimisation of the organisation.
Senior LNG Trader
H-Energy Mideast DMCC
Rahul Tiwari holds Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and is an MBA in Oil & Gas Management from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, India. He has over 13 years of experience in Oil and Gas sourcing and trading including LNG origination & trading.
Rahul joined H-Energy in 2015 from Mitsui & Co. where he handled energy commodity trading and business development profile for five years.
He is currently stationed in Dubai handling LNG trading business for H-Energy Mideast DMCC. Rahul looks after portfolio optimization, risk management, trade enhancement and commercial operations of H-Energy’s LNG portfolio. Building around the sourcing requirements for H-Energy’s regasification projects in India, Rahul has created a portfolio of term and spot contracts on various pricing indices.
Senior VP of Origination
ENI Trading & Shipping, UK
Jorge Montepeque works in the global origination/business development team for ENI Trading and Shipping (ETS) and focuses on Middle Eastern and National Oil Company opportunities. Origination is responsible for finding new business opportunities for ETS in oil and related commodities such as bio fuels. Origination is tasked with developing a commercial strategy and implementing the initial actions in new business ventures including acquisition of hydrocarbons, storage and vessel chartering.
Prior to joining ETS Jorge headed Global Markets, and advisory company specializing in commodity pricing and term contract benchmark impact. He has engaged in market reviews and recommendations to National Oil Companies, government related entities and the private sector. He provided strategic asset reviews and analysis to the Private Equity and banking sector. He has also supported consultants in niche market areas where highly specialized knowledge and understating is required.
Mr. Montepeque acquired extensive muti-commodity and managerial experience in his earlier employment at Platts where he headed various departments including petrochemicals, crude oil and products. He had various functions across the globe working first in New York heading the petrochemical and crude oil teams. In Singapore he launched key trading systems for crude and product trading in Asia and the Middle East. Jorge Montepeque created the concept of alternative delivery in the Dubai market and rolled the mechanism in other markets.
In London, he handled complex issues in the Brent market and formulated the BFOE mechanism adopted in the North Sea market, including escalators for the delivery of Oseberg and Ekofisk. He implemented a global strategy for the pricing of commodities across the globe for Platts.
Jorge Montepeque established Platts as the premier supplier of market information and helped the company grow steadily year on year. He is recognized as being the architect of the pricing systems underpinning most of the oil trades in the world. Mr Montepeque has been widely recognized for his contributions to the energy markets and for finding innovative solutions to problems that appeared intractable.
Mr. Montepeque has worked in issues related to the oil industry and the pricing of commodities for over 30 years and in recent years branched out into other commodities and designed benchmarks in iron ore and LNG.
of Middle East
Dr. Iman Nasseri, as MD of Middle East, is in charge of FGE’s analysis and coverage of the Middle East. He covers both oil and gas, but is primarily focused on downstream oil. On the oil side, in addition to overseeing Middle East oil research, he works closely with the refining team and is involved with FGE’s Annual World Refining Outlook. On the gas side, Iman is mainly involved in adhoc/commercial LNG projects.
Iman received his PhD in Economics, focusing on energy economics, from the United States in 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering.
Director of Research
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).
Principal Consultant &
Head of Middle East Gas Team
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.