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Highlights from LNGgc 2013

Below were just some of our 60+ expert speakers at LNGgc 2013.

LNG global experts who spoke at our 2013 LNG conference included

LNG global experts who spoke at our 2013 LNG conference included

Paul Appleby Head of Energy Economics BP GROUP ECONOMICS TEAM

Paul Appleby leads the analysis of long term energy market developments for BP. His career at BP spans 28 years, and includes a variety of roles in BP’s gas and alternative energy businesses. Most recently he was the custodian of the investment appraisal process for BP’s gas, power and renewables businesses worldwide. He received his theoretical training in economics at Cambridge University (MA and MPhil); and served a practical apprenticeship as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, posted to Malawi. He is an associate lecturer in energy economics at the University of Surrey, and a member of the Council of the British Institute of Energy Economics.


Roland C. Mower took over as President & CEO of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation (CCREDC) in July 2005. CCREDC is the leading voice for economic development in the Coastal Bend Region of Texas and specifically supports the enhancement of the Corpus Christi area economy. Prior to coming to Corpus Christi, Mr. Mower served as CEO of The Research Valley Partnership, Inc. a regional economic development corporation headquartered in Bryan, Texas. Mower has held similar positions with the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation, Fort Collins Economic Development Corporation, San Luis Valley Development Resources Group and Bent County Development Foundation. During his nearly 23-year career in economic development, Mr. Mower has been actively engaged with many local, state and national organizations as a member and has been elected to several key leadership positions. Mower has served on the Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Asset Management Council and completed a term on the Institute for Food Science & Engineering Advisory Board at Texas A&M University. Mower has served as Chairman of the Larimer County Workforce Investment Board (1996-2001) and three years in various leadership positions with the Economic Developers’ Council of Colorado. In 1999 – 2000, Mower served as President of this statewide association representing the economic development professionals in Colorado. Mr. Mower participates in several professional associations including: International Economic Development Council, Texas Economic Development Council, CoreNet Global, International Asset Management Council, and is a member of TEAM Texas.

Takashi Yoshida Director General, Research & Analysis Department, Oil & Gas Upstream Unit JOGMEC

A law graduate from Japan's Sophia University, Takashi Yoshida joined Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC) in 1981. His career has progressed over 30 years within JNOC and its successor Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), and he has held senior positions in the Sydney and London offices. He is currently based in Tokyo, where he heads JOGMEC's Research & Analysis Department.

Javier Moret Head of LNG Origination RWE SUPPLY & TRADING

Javier is currently Head of LNG Origination at RWE Supply and Trading, one of Europe’s leading trading houses. Prior to joining RWE Supply and Trading in June 2012, he was in the role of Director of LNG Origination at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also held roles in LNG at Repsol and Gas Natural Fenosa. He has studied at the Instituto Marítimo Español, Instituto Superior de la Energia, IE Business School, Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad de Cádiz

Aksel Skjervheim Marine LNG Business Development Manager GASNOR, SHELL GROUP EUROPE

Aksel is the marine LNG Business Development Manager, Europe with Gasnor AS, a Norwegian gas company, specializing in bulk supplies of natural gas to industrial as well as fuel customers, a fully owned subsidiary of Shell. Earlier on he was the regional manager of engineering company VIAK, Head of Technical Department in City of Bergen, CEO of a gas company Naturgass Vest, merged with Gasnor and the head of fuel markets in Gasnor. He graduated in Masters of Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Pieterjan Renier Vice-President and Chairman of the GLE Small Scale LNG WG GAS LNG EUROPE (GLE), FLUXYS

Pieterjan Renier holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the university of Leuven (Belgium), has an MBA from the Vlerick Management School and has a Degree in Law from the university of Ghent. He joined Fluxys 8 years ago, where he became responsible for LNG related regulatory aspects. Later on Pieterjan became in charge of LNG business development at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal, introducing ship loading, berthing of small scale LNG carriers and LNG truck loading, as well as the further capacity extension of the Zeebrugge LNG terminal. He was also in charge of the participation by Fluxys in the Dunkirk LNG terminal project. Recently he was appointed as Vice-President within GLE, responsible for small scale LNG.

Marcio Bastos Demori LNG Trading Manager PETROBRAS

Marcio joined Petrobras’ natural gas commercial department in 2001. He has expertise in negotiating and managing several gas sales agreements with local distribution companies and power generators, as well as gas purchase agreements with local producers in Brazil of associated and non-associated gas. He is involved in Petrobras’ LNG developments since 2004, participating on the implementation of the 2 regasification terminals in Brazil since  conception, structuring the LNG supply strategy and contractual arrangements.

Tatiana Fayzullina Head of Gas for Transport GAZPROM MARKETING & TRADING

atiana Fayzullina has been working for Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd, UK since 2008. She holds a position of the Head of Gas for Transport since 2011 responsible for developing LNG as a bunker and motor fuel globally. Prior her current position she has been involved in origination and management of carbon projects under Flexible Mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol and international carbon trading. Tatiana is a fellow of the international organisation “Leadership for
Environment and Development”, which inspires leadership for a sustainable world.

Stephanie Wilson Managing Editor, Asia LNG Platts

Stephanie Wilson is the Managing Editor of the Asian LNG team, responsible for Platts Japan Korea Marker (JKM) assessment, Asian LNG market coverage and news. Based in Singapore since 2011, she joined Platts in September 2012 after six years of covering a wide variety of petrochemical and energy markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Stephanie holds a BA Hons degree in journalism from the University of Westminster, London.

Jeong-Wook Khang Senior Researcher KOGAS

Jeong Wook Khang is a senior researcher, Center for Gas Economics and Management, Korea Gas Corporation. He joined KOGAS in 1997 and has researched in the fields of LNG industry including restructuring of national natural gas industry, supply/demand of natural gas, and other energy sector such as new and renewable energy. He has a doctorial degree at Production and Operations Management and his background is based on Industrial engineering and Operations Research.


Pierre Cotin VP Strategy, Development & Sales ELENGY

Mr Cotin joined Elengy beginning 2009, at the creation of this GDF SUEZ affiliate, to take charge of the commercial aspects of the business. Previously, he was Deputy CFO at GRTgaz, the French gas transportation system operator. His previous experience includes various positions such as Trading & Supply Corporate Director of SPE-Luminus in Belgium, Head of Commercial Dispatching and Contract Negotiator for long term gas supplies at Gaz de France.  Pierre holds Engineering Degrees from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and IFP School. Elengy currently owns and operates the LNG terminals of Montoir-de-Bretagne, on France’s Atlantic coast, and Fos-Tonkin, on the shores of the Mediterranean. It operates also the terminal of Fos Cavaou, detained by the company of the LNG terminal of Fos Cavaou (STMFC), subsidiary in more than 70 % with Total.

Michal Krepelka Senior Commodity Analyst CEZ

Michal Krepelka works in the Market Analysis Team of the Strategy Division in the Czech power utility CEZ. His areas of focus include the analysis of power and fuel markets fundamentals, hedging strategies modeling or investment/strategic choices assessment. Prior to CEZ, he worked for Veolia Environnement, and ExxonMobil in Prague in various financial positions. Michal holds a master’s degree from University of Economics and Charles University in Prague.

Takao Kasumi Deputy General Manager, Paris Representative Office TOKYO GAS

I studied in the graduating school of Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University. I joined Tokyo Gas in 1995. In Tokyo Gas, I was in charge of the designing the pipe plumbing, negotiating long-term LNG contracts, managigng risk of energy market, evaluating investments, and accounting. I was transfered to the Paris Representative Office this July.

Costas Ioannou Former Executive Chairman NATIONAL GAS PUBLIC COMPANY OF CYPRUS (DEFA)

COSTAS IOANNOU studied Electrical Engineering, at London University, graduating with distinction. He worked for the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) for 36 years, six of which as the Chief Engineer and General Manager. He resigned from the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EAC in January 2004 to accept an appointment, by the Council of Ministers, to the post of the first Chairman of the newly formed Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA). In October 2009 he resigned from CERA as he was appointed by the Council of Ministers as the first Executive Chairman of the newly formed Natural Gas Public Company of Cyprus (DEFA). He wrote a number of essays and studies which were presented in international conferences and published. In his long career he held various honorary positions in many bodies.

Filip Herremans General Manager Exmar Shipmanagement NV

Filip Herremans has a broad background in Operations Management and Business Performance Improvement. He gained experience both in consulting and industrial environments. After he graduated in commercial engineering at the University of Antwerp, he started working for Atlas Copco. With an additional experience in Supply Chain Management at Johnson & Johnson he moved into a consulting role, where he worked for several years for Deloitte Consulting with a focus on the transportation sector. Besides experience in Operations Management, he has a Black Belt in Lean 6 Sigma. More recently he stepped into the maritime sector, in which he first worked for Port of Antwerp International – a subsidiary of the Port of Antwerp – and Exmar Shipmanagement, where he currently holds the position of General Manager.

Alain Bourgeois Vice President, Natural Gas Bergen Energi

Alain has more than 20 years experience in natural gas and power sector across Europe. After several positions in the French and Belgium markets, both for EDF and GDF Suez, he was heading from 2005 the EDF’s gas development in Belgium. That position addressing strategic, commercial and operational issues gave him an extensive understanding on the entire value chain for pipeline and liquefied natural gas. Alain has joined Bergen Energi end 2008 to lead its gas and procurement services. He is now commited in several small scale LNG procurement projects for ship-owners and large industrials in North-West Europe and in the Nordics.

Sander Rijsdijk Project Manager PORT OF ROTTERDAM

Sander holds a Bachelor of Maritime Logistics and joined the commercial department in 2001. In his current position Sander is responsible for all port based customers who deal with tank storage related activities for fuels (crude and oil products) and chemicals. On a yearly basis these customers count for over 80 million tons of throughput in the port. In this role Sander is responsible for the development of LNG as a fuel in the port.

Jean-Christian Heintz Head of LNG DUFENERGY TRADING

Jean-Christian is currently Head of the LNG desk at Switzerland-based DufEnergy Trading SA – an affiliate of steel trader Duferco. Prior to this, he worked at Gaz de France / GDF Suez for 15 years, where he held several technical and commercial positions, both in pipe gas and LNG businesses. He also was awarded an innovation trophy for creating an in-house deal tracking tool. His LNG experience and knowledge ranges from spot trading (Atlantic swaps, sales to China and Japan) to long-term contract management (Algeria, Norway, India, Chile).

John La Rue Executive Director Port of Corpus Christi

On April 26, 1994, the Commissioners of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority unanimously selected John P. LaRue as Executive Director.  Mr. LaRue’s appointment follows a career of public service that spans more than 35 years. As Executive Director of the Port of Corpus Christi, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Port, one of the largest in the United States and the largest economic generator of the region.  This oversight includes the Departments of Engineering, Finance & Administration, Government Affairs, Security, Operations, Human Resources, and Trade Development.  He reports to a seven member Commission appointed by Nueces (3) and San Patricio (1) Counties and the City Council of Corpus Christi (3).  Mr. LaRue is a member of the Port Industries of Corpus Christi, a coalition of major port-related entities in Corpus Christi concerned with advancing the quality of life.  In addition, he is Chairman of the State of Texas Department of Transportation Port Advisory Committee; he serves on the board of the International Refrigerated Transport Association; the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance Board; and the Board of Directors of the American Association of Port Authorities. Among his many local community activities he also serves as Board Member and Past Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation; and the United Way Board of Directors. Immediately prior to assuming his duties at the Port of Corpus Christi, Mr. LaRue was Executive Director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.  A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Mr. LaRue received his BA and MA in Political Science from Villanova University.  He and his wife, Diane, enjoy their life in Corpus Christi.  They have four sons and four grandchildren.



“Marc Nuytemans obtained his master foreign going (Captain) from the Antwerp Maritime Academy. After an extensive career at sea on different types of vessels, he was Fleet Personnel Manager at Exmar Shipmanagement (formerly Tecto) from 1997 to 2000. In 2000 he took up the position as managing director of the Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association. Marc Nuytemans is CEO of Exmar Shipmanagement since 2008. He is member of the board of directors of Brabo, Caritas International, the Chamber of Commerce Antwerpen, the International Seaman's House Antwerp and Flandria. He is also Executive Professor of ITMMA (Institute of Transport & Maritime Management Antwerp) at the Antwerp University.

Roman Kazmin Editor of LNG Markets Daily, Head of LNG, Asia Pacific ICIS HEREN

Roman is the Editor of LNG Markets Daily, with ICIS. During his experience in the energy sector, Roman has held a variety of business development, marketing, consulting, international strategy and analytical roles. He has proven track record in providing advice and analysis in the areas of gas industry, LNG supply chain, LNG shipping and political and legal dimensions of commercial gas. Roman has presented at international conferences on the topics of Russian gas and LNG. He has authored numerous articles on subjects related to development of the gas industry and LNG in publications such as Global LNG Markets, European Gas Markets, European Spot Gas Markets, European Energy Review and Journal of International Trade Law. Roman also presents public courses and workshops on natural gas and LNG. Roman has been featured as an expert commentator on energy issues on BBC News, Russia Today, and Press TV’s Energy Watch.

Olga Vedernikova Director LNG CLARKSONS

After Heriot-Watt University & MBA, Olga promptly moved into energy world where she discovered a strong passion for LNG from the first acquaintance. She  moved to LNG Shipping Solutions of Clarkson PLC  from Lloyd’s MIU where she focused on shipping analytics of world merchant fleet and was dedicated to commercial business development. In LNG SS Olga supported existing clients with global shipping market analysis and was responsible for short-term chartering. Always focused on identifying new client base and finding new solutions on how to serve them best. From August 2009  Olga led the team towards developing new businesses and bringing clients unrivalled shipping market coverage as well as providing chartering support when needed. She is often at the front end to represent company at key LNG events. In June 2010 she joined  Platou  LNG as a senior commercial advisor and during that period has established a strong rapport with several key players in the industry conducting number of term transactions with support of team who moved across as well. From February 2012  Olga returned  with the part of the team  back to Clarksons LNG to continue leading global business development and  commercial advisory for major players in the market.


Raffaele Piciocchi Head of LNG Centre Athens ABS

A 35-year veteran of ABS, Raffaele Piciocchi has amassed experience in an array of Engineering and Survey department positions and responsibilities. Since the 1990s he has been deeply involved with liquefied natural gas (LNG), coordinating the plan approval and surveys during the construction of two LNG carriers in Genoa for SNAM. In 1996 he was positioned in Korea as the Overall Project Manager, (covering plan approval and surveys during construction) on the construction of the first LNG carrier built by SHI using the innovative cargo containment system GTT MARK III – a first for a full sized LNG carrier. From 2003 to 2009, Piciocchi led the ABS Gas Carriers Group based in Korea, training and coordinating ABS surveyors involved in LNG/LPG ship surveys. Piciocchi move to Singapore in 2009 to continue his training remit in LNG/LPG, in addition to being part of the Group of experts who drafted the new incoming IMO Gas Code. Since March 2012, he has been in charge of the LNG Center in Athens, Greece, where he is currently based. Piciocchi is a Naval Architect and Mechanical Engineer and is a graduate from Genoa University.

Francisco de la Flor Garcia Director of Regulations & President ENAGAS & GLE

Francisco de la Flor has been working in the natural gas business since the mid eighties. He has worked  in several companies holding various positions and having responsibilities for commercial, technical, procurement, international and planning issues. He is currently Directorof Regulation in Enagas since 2002. At the same time, he is a Professor for University postgraduates at the Global Development Learning Network, belonging to the World Bank.

Ignacio de Aguirre Strategy Manager REPSOL-GAS NATURAL LNG (STREAM)

Ignacio has more than ten years experience in the energy sector (gas, LNG and power) at leading Spanish utilities. His experience is focused on strategy, business development, corporate finance, as well as in energy portfolio management. He has worked for STREAM Repsol, Gas Natural and Endesa. 


Kwok Wan is the LNG editor at Argus.  He is responsible for the publication, Argus LNG Daily providing LNG price assessments, analysis, and news.  Before joining Argus, he worked at Petroleum Economist and Reuters.  He also has a post graduate diploma in journalism and a master’s degree in theoretical physics.

Guy Broggi Head of LNG Supply TOTAL GAS & POWER

Guy joined Total in 1978 as an IT expert for E&P activities after graduated from “Ecole des Mines” (Nancy) and was appointed Head of LNG Supply for the Group in 2006 after having held a number of technical and commercial posts, specially focused, during the last 20 years, on the commercial development of the LNG business for Total in Jakarta, Tokyo and London. Guy has been in chargeof commercial operations for Total’s natural gas business in Buenos Aires and the UK (London & Aberdeen). He is responsible for supplying Total’s LNG portfolio through longterm sales contracts. He is a non-executive director of Total Gas and Power (UK).

Matthew Monteverde VP - Generating Fuels ARGUS MEDIA

Matthew Monteverde has a decade of experience analysing global energy markets. His career with Argus began in New York where he focused on the rapidly changing US wholesale gas and power markets before shifting attention to the newer markets of Europe. Matthew was a long serving editor of Argus European Natural Gas, a leading source of analysis, news and prices for the European market. He has served as Argus’ senior analyst and is now its vice president for generating fuels.

Annette Berkhahn Principal Pöyry Management Consulting

Annette Berkhahn has more than 20 years of experience working in the European natural gas and power markets, focusing on strategy, market analysis, and business development. She has been head of Group Strategy with Swedish utility Vattenfall, and also worked as a management consultant for Arthur D. Little, McKinsey & Co Inc, and PA Consulting Group. She has an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Armelle Lecarpentier Chief Economist CEDIGAZ

Armelle Lecarpentier is Chief Economist at CEDIGAZ, the international association for natural gas. CEDIGAZ is an international association with over 100 members worldwide, created in 1961 by a group of international oil and gas companies and the Institut Français du Pétrole Energies nouvelles (IFPEN). Dedicated to the natural gas sector, CEDIGAZ collects and analyses worldwide economical information on natural gas, LNG and unconventional gas in an exhaustive and critical way.

Chris Meyer Consultant, European LNG POTEN & PARTNERS

Chris arrived at Poten & Partners in 2010, joining the LNG & Natural Gas Consultancy. He has worked on projects that have included Middle Eastern upstream studies and formulating business models for new LNG producers. He is also responsible for leading analysis of European spot trading, reloads and cross-basin flows.

Simone Bertolo Head of Business Development, LNG ENEL TRADE

Simone Bertolo is Head of Business Development for LNG activities within ENEL Upstream Gas organization since February 2011. Before joining ENEL, Simone has spent 15 years with General Electric Oil & Gas by covering different commercial and technical roles: from the most recent where he was Global Market Development Manager being responsible for expanding markets in the Oil & Gas/Energy sector to Product Manager for compressors and other roles in application engineering, commercial operations, sales and business development for LNG. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florence and an MBA from SDA Bocconi, Milan.

Martial Claudepierre Marine Leader for Environmental Services BUREAU VERITAS

Martial is at the position of Marine Leader for Environmental Services in Bureau Veritas Marine, with the primary role of providing technical and managerial leadership in the development of Environmental Rules and Services. He is also Project Manager of the Ulysses European Project focusing on drastic emission reduction for cargo ships at the horizon 2020. He has a Master Engineer Degree in Mechanical applied to Naval Shipbuilding. Prior to joining Bureau Veritas in 2006, Martial has been working for 15 years in two major French civilian and military navy shipyards.

Frédéric Deybach Vice President Prospection GDF SUEZ LNG

Frédéric Deybach became an Engineering Duty Officer in the French Navy after his graduation from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Etudes et Techniques d'Armement (ENSIETA, Brest, France) in 1992 with an Engineer Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  He joined Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) in 1998 as a commercial engineer. He was Manager of the Marketing Department between 2002 and 2007, actively promoting the membrane technology around the world. Between October 2007 and December 2009 he was Director of the Engineering Division, which is principally in charge of, the design of the Cargo Containment System and the Cargo Handling System, and the supply of all related drawings and calculation notes to shipyards and classification societies for each new LNG Carrier project. In January 2010, he resumed his commercial functions as Commercial Vice President.  He joined GDF SUEZ headquarters in April 2011. As Vice President Prospection for GDF SUEZ LNG, he is in charge of prospecting for new LNG supplies and for opportunities in new projects, for GDF SUEZ LNG portfolio.

Andrew Clifton General Manager SIGTTO

Andrew Clifton became General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) in November 2012. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, not least over 30 years in the liquefied gas shipping industry. This involvement includes 19 years at sea, mainly on liquefied gas carriers, a first class honours degree in shipping operations and shore managerial experience over the last 12 years. The latter includes three years working at the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), almost two years in the SIGTTO Secretariat as a Technical Adviser and, most recently, over five years based in Indonesia as LNG Shipping Operations Manager for the BP Tangguh LNG project.

In this most recent posting Andrew was responsible for the project’s shipping activities and overseeing their development, from construction through vessel delivery to the plant commissioning and entry into service of the ships built to serve the project.

Andrew was also the SIGTTO Panel chairman from October 2008. Andrew  is the eighth and youngest General Manager and the first GM who was formerly a Technical Adviser at the Society

Jevgenij Petrov Sales Director, Renewable Energy, Offshore Oil & Gas Fiskerstrand BLRT AS

Jevgenij has graduated from Klaipeda Maritime Institute as Mechanical Engineer and holds Dipl. Eng of Marine Management & Logistics from Baltic State Academy of Kaliningrad, Russia. After an extensive career at different marine service and logistics companies, in 2004 he joined Western Baltija Shipbuilding Yard in Lithuania as project manager with further promotion to Marketing Director position. Since 2010 he was Managing director of the shipyard. From April 2012 he is running Sales director position in Fiskerstrand BLRT AS dealing with designs and newbuildings for renewables and oil & gas projects.  


Georg Haas Project Manager TEAM CONSULT

Georg Haas works as project manager for TEAM CONSULT in Berlin, Germany.He has been working as consultant in the energy industry since 2008. At TEAM CONSULT he works primarily on issues of traded markets, price revisions and arbitration proceedings.
In addition, he has led or joined in numerous projects to evaluate gas supply agreements and optimise gas procurement and sales strategies.
Clients supported by Georg comprise international gas producers, importers, wholesalers and distributors.

Graham Freedman Senior Analyst WOOD MACKENZIE

Graham joined Wood Mackenzie in 2006 as a Senior Managing Consultant within the company's European Gas & Power consulting practice.  He then switched to the research team in 2009, where he is currently a Senior Analyst in the European Gas & Power team.  He has worked in the energy business for more than 30 years; half the time with BG in a variety of roles and half the time in energy consulting with Wood Mackenzie, Global Insight and Purvin & Gertz. He has broad experience in providing consultancy advice throughout the gas chain and beyond.  This includes assignments covering natural gas, LNG, power generation and oil products.  He has worked on assignments in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the United States.

Michal Slizak Director Marketing & Export SOLBUS BUS FACTORY Ltd.

Michal Slizak has graduated from Warsaw School of Economics and holds executive MBA tittle from University of Minnesota. He has worked for financial institutions including Raiffeisen Bank and Pekao Faktoring. He has been working for Solbus and the associated companies, including Blue Line Leasing since 2001. His main fields of responsibilities are sales and marketing. He is a member of Polish Technological Platform for Ecological Transport, the advisory body to the Polish government that is responsible for the development of Poland’s policies with regard to alternative fuels and green transport.

Andy Flower Principal Consultant FLOWER LNG

Andy Flower has been working as an Independent Consultant for the last ten and a half years specialising in the LNG business where his areas of expertise include; strategy, marketing, project structures, shipping, pricing, supply and demand and project economics. He retired from BP in 2001 after 32 years service, including twenty two years working in the company’s LNG and natural gas business units where he managed BP’s interests in a number of LNG projects including Bonny LNG in Nigeria, Australia’s North West Shelf project, Qatargas and the Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction company (ADGAS). He has negotiated LNG sales and purchase agreements with buyers in Asia, Europe and the USA.

Jacques Guldenmundt Commercial Manager LNG ENECO ENERGY TRADE

Jacques Guldenmundt’s career spans over 30 years covering various aspects of the energy business. With a degree of Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), he has vast international experience in coal mining, petrochemicals and since 2000, in gas and LNG. Since 2007 Jacques has been one of the key players within Eneco in the decision making process regarding LNG terminal and supply positions. This has resulted in mid-term contracts with the newly commissioned Gate terminal and with a LNG supplier.

Mike Fulwood Principal NEXANT

Mike is a Principal in the Global Gas consulting business of Nexant, a global software and consulting business. Mike has almost 30 years of experience in the energy industry and joined Nexant in September 2008 following Nexant’s acquisition of the Energy Markets consulting business. Prior to forming Energy Markets in 1997, Mike worked as a Director at British Gas Transco.


David Ledesma Independent Consultant  SOUTH-COURT LTD

David is an independent consultant with nearly 20 years LNG experience gained through the development of LNG projects in Asia, Middle East and Europe. David provides commercial, financing and strategic support to National and International energy companies globally. He also gives commercial training courses on LNG. David is a Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and is co-author for the books “Gas in Asia” (June 2008); “Middle East Gas & North African Gas” (March 2011) and he is currently working with the Institute on a book on gas and LNG pricing.

Fred Smits Director DABBA ENERGY

Fred Smits is Director at Dabba Energy, a firm providing energy supply solutions. He has worked for Gazprom, Shell and BG Group in a variety of senior commercial, project finance and business development positions. Prior to Dabba Energy, Mr. Smits was the Head of Business Development and Strategy for Gazprom's global LNG division, developing some of Gazprom's largest and most strategic projects, but also responsible for small scale LNG. Mr. Smits' track record spans the entire energy value chain, from exploration down to the end customer. He has had leading roles with responsibility for the delivery of all aspects of the business and made sure they met all HSSE, technical, commercial and financial requirements. His negotiations with partners and clients have led to deals that are both profitable and sustainable. Mr. Smits was trained as a Production Technologist in Shell. He holds an MSc in Theoretical Physics and an MBA from London Business School.

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