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Highlights from LNGgc 2014

Below were just some of the top LNG industry speakers who spoke at LNGgc 2014.

LNG global experts who spoke at our 2014 LNG conference included

LNG global experts who spoke at our 2014 LNG conference included

Ignacio de Aguirre Manager for Strategy and Energy Economics Gas Natural Fenosa

Fourteen years experience in the energy sector (Gas and Power), focused on business development, strategy and energy portfolio management. For the last six years he was Head of Strategy at the JV Repsol-Gas Natural LNG (STREAM LNG). Before joining Stream LNG, he held different positions at Gas Natural where he has played a part in many energy agreements and investment projects, such as CCGTs, Wind farms, LDCs and LNG terminals. He began his energy career at the power utility Endesa, where he contributed to its European expansion. Mr. de Aguirre is also a frequent speaker at gas events. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, MBA and he successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Electricity and a postgraduate programme in Venture Capital.

Christophe Malet Deputy Director of Marketing and Shipping YAMAL LNG

Christophe is the General Director of Yamal Trade, Yamal LNG’s Marketing and Shipping arm. He joined the NOVATEK-Total project in July 2012 to contribute to its fast-track process towards FID. Christophe’s experience in the LNG Industry over the last 7 years with Shell and Excelerate Energy covers LNG origination, short-term trading and longer-term LNG marketing. He has over 15 years of commercial experience and his academic background includes a MBA and an engineering degree.

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.

Izebe Egwaikhide Vice President Nigeria E.ON Global Commodities SE

Izebe has spent over twenty years working as LNG Business Development Manager, Consultant for Energy Trading and Risk Management, Researcher on energy markets, project manager for intelligent systems’ applications in utilities, and as a Management Advisor for foreign investors in Nigeria. His focus is developing sustainable energy solutions in emerging markets.  Izebe is a Member of the IEEE and VDE.  His current roles are with E.ON Global Commodities SE in Düsseldorf, Germany as Vice President Nigeria, and with E.ON Ruhrgas Nigeria Limited as Managing Director.

José Ramón Arango S Senior Specialist, Liquid Bulk Segment, Executive VP Panama Canal Authority

Jose Ramon Arango has been with the Panama Canal since 1991. Until 2000, he held several positions in Canal Financial Management and Organizational Effectiveness. In 2001 he was transferred to the Executive Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development as an International Trade Analyst for the Liquid Bulk Segment, responsible for research, analysis and management of studies and relevant information about logistics, international trade and world economy and its impact in Canal competitiveness against other routes and liquid bulk transportation alternatives. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Santa María La Antigua, Master Studies in Maritime Development from the School of Law from the University of Panama. He completed executive programs in Advanced Maritime Economics and Logistics, from the Center of Maritime Economic and Logistics - Erasmus University of Rotterdam, on Pricing Strategies from The Transportation Center of Northwestern University and on Project Management from Texas A&M University.

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.

Alberto Ton Commercial Manager OLT OFFSHORE LNG TOSCANA

Alberto is Commercial Manager within OLT since 2012 being responsible for all the commercial and regulatory aspects. Before joining OLT he has spent more than 10 years with Eni S.p.A. – Gas & Power Division covering different roles and having responsibility for the entire Eni capacity portfolio (transportation, storage and regasification capacity) all around Europe. He holds a degree in Management Engineering form University of Padova.

Ruben Benders Managing Director Bomin Linde LNG GmbH & Co. KG

Mr Benders is Managing Director at Bomin Linde LNG, a 50/50 JV between The Linde Group and Marquard & Bahls. Bomin Linde LNG is based in Hamburg and is a leading player in the LNG bunkering market. Mr Benders’ current focus is on LNG sourcing, business development and sales of LNG to end-customers in the marine sector. Mr Benders has been active in the energy sector (power, gas, emissions, renewables) since 2000 undertaking trading, deal structuring, business development and risk management. Before joining Bomin Linde LNG, he was the global head of emissions trading at Mabanaft. Furthermore, he established leading teams and CO2 reduction project portfolios during his years with utilities Essent/RWE and Eneco. Mr Benders started his career with Accenture. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Tilburg University (NL).


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

Arjan Stavast LNG Business Development Manager Europe Shell Downstream Services International

Arjan Stavast is a Business Development Manager with Shell and responsible for the introduction of LNG as a marine fuel in Europe. With a background in economics, he works closely together with key customers to assess the business case for LNG with them. Arjan has been with Shell for 8 years and previously held position in Chemicals and Lubricants.

Rokas Masiulis CEO Klaipedos nafta

Mr Rokas Masiulis 14 years worked at managerial positions in Energy practices of “Arthur Andersen“ and “Ernst & Young“. His areas of activities covered Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan. Prior joining SC Klaipedos Nafta Rokas Masiulis was member of the Board of LEO LT, Lithuanian electricity holding company uniting most of electricity assets in Lithuania. Mr. Rokas Masiulis has been General Manager of SC Klaipedos Nafta, one of the most modern oil terminals in Europe, since May 6, 2010. Since September 2010, he has acted as Member of the Company's Management Board. One of the main objectives for Mr. Masiulis is implementation of LNG import terminal. Mr. Masiulis graduated from Faculty of Economics and Production Management, Vilnius University, as well as from Institute of International Relations and Political Science.

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).

Helena Wisden Senior Trading Manager Cheniere

Helena has worked in a number of LNG market-facing positions at companies including Marex Spectron and Poten. She joined the commercial team at Cheniere three years ago to develop LNG trading in the short term market. With Cheniere’s first liquefaction plant due to start producing in 2015 she is currently focused on creating trading opportunities for the company’s short term LNG cargoes.

Melissa Lindsay Global Head Of LNG TULLETT PREBON

Melissa has over 7 years’ experience in the LNG industry, specialising in LNG spot trading. Melissa currently is Global Head of LNG Tullett Prebon having established the desk in October 2007. The desk’s primary objective is to facilitate global transactions of LNG through improving market transparency, identifying trading opportunities and structuring LNG deals. Melissa and her team, operating out of London and Singapore, have concluded trades on spot cargoes, regasified LNG and regasification capacity, and in 2012 concluded their first medium term deals. She has pioneered the development of a financial LNG swaps market in the Far East with Citibank which now frequently trades on Tullett Prebon’s screen, tpENERGY

Jean-François Castel Manager Business Development GAZOCEAN GDF SUEZ

Javier Diaz Senior Energy Analyst, LNG PLATTS
Mr. Díaz manages the LNG team. He is responsible for providing analytical coverage of the global LNG market.  He has developed for BENTEK a full new suit of LNG products and analytical tools, including methodology, models for estimating transportation and production of LNG costs, as well as for forecasting LNG global supply/demand and prices; and reports that cover Atlantic and Pacific Basins, Global Markets, and North American LNG Exports. He has also developed the BENTEK content included in Platts LNG Daily and the Platts LNG data products. Mr. Díaz has experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams, defining project goals and objectives, analyzing requirements, designing operations, and performing financial modeling and forecasting for extremely complex projects, evaluating the impact of new technologies, with special focus on performance improvement, and cost reduction. This experience includes projects for NASA (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center), DARPA, Lockheed Martin, and Bechtel, among others

Geoffroy Beutter Naval Architect - New projects GTT

Graduated in 2007 from Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Lille, Geoffroy started his carreer in the design office of ALLAIS shipyard at Cherbourg in France for the construction of the fleet of BOURBON crew boats. During 2 years, he acquired experience of naval architecture and shipyard monitoring. From 2009 to September 2013 , he worked at Bureau VERITAS as a machinery surveyor within the plan approval Head Office. The experience made him dealing with a large scope of refit and newbuilding projects covering oil tankers and LNG carriers, FPSO and FLNG, drilling vessels and jack-ups, cable laying vessels, etc. In the mean time, he graduated in MBA from IAE-La Sorbonne Business School. Since October 2013, he joined GTT to be Naval Architect for New Projects, working to develop Small Scale LNG carriers and LNG bunkering solutions from the bunkership to the gas fuelled ship.

Mark Tipping Principal Engineer, FLNG Development Lloyd’s Register

Mark is in charge of developing Lloyd’s Register’s capability and profile in FLNG technology and help position LR for growth in this exciting sector.  Mark plays a key role in the development and promotion of our Rules for Offshore Units and ensures LR remain actively engaged in external technology projects to help influence and inform future rule developments.  Mark also provides a focal point for clients and colleagues globally on technical and regulatory issues relating to FLNG concepts and projects. Mark is a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years experience working in the petrochemical and offshore Oil & Gas industries.


Phil Carter Head of Commercial, UK LNG National Grid

Phil Carter is Head of Commercial, UK LNG for National Grid plc with over 10 years LNG experience. Phil played a key role in the development and expansion of the Grain LNG importation terminal having overall responsibility for the Phase 3 expansion project through to successful deal completion. As well as negotiating terminal use agreements, Phil has extensive UK and EU regulatory experience, having been responsible for obtaining the Regulated Third Party Access exemptions for 4 phases of Grain. Phil’s responsibilities encompass the commercial and regulatory aspects of National Grid’s LNG Storage business and he is also involved in wider UK/EU Business Development for National Grid, having experience in telecoms, renewable power generation and power transmission.  Phil is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA.

Ralf Dickel Senior Advisor Team Consult

Ralf Dickel is Senior Advisor for Team Consult – Gas and Power. Experience as an international energy consulting firm in Berlin. He is also Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and member of the EU Russia Gas Advisory Council. From October 2004 to September 2010 Ralf Dickel joined the Energy Charter Secretariat as  Director of Trade and Transit. Since October 2001 he was heading the Energy Diversification Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), the energy arm of the OECD in Paris, being responsible for Policy Analysis of Energy Markets and of Energy Market Reform. Before joining the IEA he worked as Senior Specialist for Oil and Gas Policy for the World Bank, after a long career with Ruhrgas, the largest German gas company, where he held various managing positions both in the gas purchase and the gas sales department. Ralf Dickel is a German national and has an advanced degree in Mathematics from the University of Tübingen and an advanced degree in economics from the University of Giessen.


Vemula Srinivasulu Executive Director Andhra Pradesh Gas Infrastructure Corporation

Mr Vemula is from the Andhra Pradesh (India) State Civil Services (Group I) 1997 batch. He joined as District Registrar and was subsequently promoted as Deputy Inspector General. Presently working as Deputy Inspector General, Registration and Stamps Department, Hyderabad. Prior to this posting, he has worked as Executive Director, Andhra Pradesh Gas Infrastructure Corporation Ltd, Hyderabad. He also holds the post of Director (Finance), Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation Ltd.

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).


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.

Masaki Ohtsu Senior Technical Adviser Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Japan

Sean Bond Director Environmental Solutions Group ABS

Sean Bond is Director, Global Gas Solutions, based in the European Division of ABS.  Sean is a Graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Since 1989 he has worked in the Americas, Pacific, China and Europe Divisions of ABS in increasingly senior engineering positions. He has experience in rule development, design review and classification of various ship types, and LNG carriers in particular.  His current position in Global Gas Solutions involves close contact with the maritime industry with a focus on gas, including the use of LNG as a marine fuel, and serving as a link between industry needs and developments in ABS. 


Marion Nikodym Vice-Executive Secretary Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)

Marion Nikodym is Vice-Executive Secretary of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) being responsible for its Gas LNG Europe (GLE) activities. Before joining GIE in 2012, she has been with the natural gas business of OMV in Austria for 14 years, mostly within the natural gas storage business. 6 years in between she was assigned to OMV Petrom in Romania being responsible for the Gas&Power business development department.

Claire Wright Business Economics Manager SHELL

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.

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.

Manfred Seitz Co-ordinator TEN-T Project Pro Danube International

Manfred Seitz started his professional career in traffic & transport engineering and then moved to the Austrian Ministry for Science & Transport being in charge for the development and implementation of transport technology programmes.

In 1999, he led the foundation of via donau, a subsidiary of the ministry. In 2005, via donau became the Austrian national waterway organisation by merging infrastructure operation and all development activities. As managing director, Manfred Seitz was responsible for all matters of navigation & technology until the end of 2009. He initiated more than thirty projects in various EU programs and was a driving force for many national and European policy initiatives.

Since 2010 he has owned and managed Tethys Consulting GmbH. As of September 2011 he has acted also as General Secretary of Pro Danube International which is a network of private businesses promoting a more competitive Danube logistics system.

One of the current project initiatives of Pro Danube International is the elaboration of a “Masterplan for LNG as a fuel and cargo for Danube transport” which will be filed in the forthcoming TEN T call. The project shall bring together all relevant stakeholders from the public and private sector in order to provide the organizational and commercial framework for LNG on the Danube.

Tatiana Mitrova Head of the Centre For International Energy Markets Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Dr. Mitrova has twenty years of experience in dealing with the development of Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing and market restructuring. Dr. Mitrova is a member of the Governmental Commission of the Russian Federation on fuel and energy complex, Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and Valdai Club. She is also member of the Board of Directors in E.ON-Russia JSC. Dr. Mitrova is a graduate of Moscow State University’s Economics Department. She is an Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Economics and Gubkin Oil and Gas University and Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Paris School of International Affairs. She has more than 120 publications in scientific and business journals and four books.

Graeme Wildgoose Senior Gas And LNG Consultant Poten

Graeme is a Senior Gas and LNG Consultant with Poten and has 12 years of in-depth experience of consultancy to the various elements of the LNG sector, from liquefaction through to regasification terminal development and end user markets, for a range of clients including LNG buyers and sellers, project sponsors, investors, lenders and government agencies.  Since joining Poten, Graeme has provided support to a number of regasification terminal developers, including FSRU-based projects, covering commercial, economic, technical, market and regulatory issues.  Graeme holds a BEng Hons. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

Stefaan Adriaens Commercial Manager Gate Terminal

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.

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.

Anastasios Giamouridis Senior Consultant Pöyry Management Consulting

Anastasios Giamouridis leads Pöyry’s global LNG consulting and capabilities development. His expertise also includes gas monetisation strategies, LTC negotiations and price reviews, gas asset due diligence, and shale gas, gained from working with a diverse range of energy stakeholders including IOCs, NOCs, financial institutions, governments, and research bodies. Previously he worked with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, DEPA SA, PFC Energy, and the UK House of Commons. He holds degrees from the LSE and Durham University.

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.

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.

Dr Thierry Bros Senior Analyst, European Gas and LNG Markets SOCIETE GENERALE

Thierry Bros was appointed, in October 2010, Senior European Gas and LNG Analyst for SG. Thierry joined Société Générale in 2007, as Senior Financial Analyst, to provide clients with recommendations on listed pan-European gas stocks and in-depth research on gas issues. Thierry covered the gas chain from upstream to downstream with BG Group, Centrica, Enagas, Gas Natural, Gazprom, GDF SUEZ and Snam Rete Gas. Thierry was, from 2002 to 2007, Senior Oil & Gas expert at the French Department of Trade and Industry, where he represented France on oil markets and emergency questions at the International Energy Agency (Paris), the European Commission and the Energy Charter (Brussels). His responsibilities included providing global reviews for top French officials covering oil and gas issues and negotiating European directives. As a gas specialist, Thierry reviewed the regulations governing the opening up and liberalization of the French gas market and supervised the Contingency Gas Plan. Prior to that, Thierry was, for six years, Head of Internal Communication at IFP. Dr. Bros is also a visiting faculty professor at several universities and a speaker at international conferences on gas-related subjects.

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.

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.


Leigh Bolton Managing Director HOLMWOOD CONSULTING LTD

Leigh is an independent LNG and natural gas consultant founding Holmwood Consulting Limited in 2005. He has 30 years energy experience including considerable LNG expertise gained through LNG assignments across the whole supply chain in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He also regularly delivers industry leading training courses on LNG technical and commercial aspects and provides numerous in-company workshops around the world. He frequently chairs and presents at key international LNG conferences, and often writes and is quoted in LNG industry media. An engineer by training, he is a strategist, consultant and trainer by choice.

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

Mike Fulwood Principal, Global Gas NEXANT and Chair, IGU Gas Pricing Group

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.

Capt. Johan Gahnström Senior Project Manager & Business Developer SSPA

Alan Whitefield Associate Consultant Holmwood Consulting Limited, UK

Alan Whitefield has been involved in commercial aspects of the physical and derivative LNG and natural gas business from proprietary trading through to setting up trading desks and asset optimisation. He has 15 years’ prior experience and was most recently Head of LNG at ICAP Energy where he set up and managed the LNG broking desk. Prior to this, Alan has held a Managing Consultant position in another consulting company focussed on ETRM solutions, was Director of Gas Trading for Credit Suisse International, Senior Gas Trader at EDF Trading Limited and a Gas Trader at EDF Energy in the UK.

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