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Highlights from LNGgc 2014

LNG Global Congress 2015 early speaker line up

LNG Global Congress 2015 early speaker line up

Kathleen Eisbrenner Founder & CEO NEXT-DECADE

Carmen López-Contreras Senior Analyst, Gas & Power Planning team Repsol

Carmen López-Contreras is currently a senior analyst for the Gas&Power Planning team in Repsol. With 15 years’ experience in the energy business, Mrs. López-Contreras started her career in ExxonMobil Supply and Distribution Department in 2.000, specialising in hydrocarbons contract negotiation, supply optimization and inventory control. In 2.008 she joined the Controllers Department at CLH (Main hydrocarbons logistics company in Spain), where she specialized in financing analysis and reporting. In 2.010 she joined Stream (Repsol-Gas Natural LNG) at the Strategic Planning department and acquired a deep knowledge of gas and LNG global markets and specialized in gas spot prices evolution. She joined Repsol in 2.014 at the Planning, Control and Market Analysis Department and she keeps monitoring the gas and LNG markets and developing its own research and analysis.

Monika Zsigri Policy Officer European Commission, DG Energy

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.

Tatiana Fayzullina Head of Gas Transport Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Tatiana Fayzullina has been working for Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd, UK since 2008. Currently she holds the position of Head of Gas for Transport to develop LNG retail business for Gazprom. Prior to this, Ms Fayzullina held several positions in carbon origination and trading in the UK as well as government and academia in Russia. Tatiana is a fellow of the international organisation “Leadership for Environment and Development”, which inspires leadership for a sustainable world. Ms Fayzullina holds Masters of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London (2004) and Masters of Laws from Kazan State University (Russia). 

Larry Persily Adviser to municipal government Alaska LNG Project

Larry Persily is the former federal coordinator for Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline projects, serving in that presidentially appointed position from March 2010 through March 2015. He currently is a special adviser to municipal government in Alaska on the proposed Alaska LNG project. He also worked for more than a decade on Alaska oil and gas issues for three governors and the state legislature. He was deputy commissioner at the Alaska Department of Revenue and later worked in the governor’s Washington DC office on oil and gas, tax and transportation issues. Before joining government, Persily worked as a journalist in Alaska for more than 20 years. He also has worked as an investigator for the state ombudsman office, as a municipal budget and tax adviser, and as a writer and editor on several fiscal policy and oil and gas research projects in the state.

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).

Ian Catterrall Head of Natural Resources Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Vivek Chandra CEO TEXAS LNG

John La Rue Executive Director Port of Corpus Christi

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.

Tadas Matulionis LNG Terminal Director Klaipėdos Nafta

Tadas Matulionis has 16 years of large industrial project management and international commercial experience. Prior to joining Klaipedos Nafta AB, Tadas Matulionis was a corporate director for the electricity holding company uniting most of electricity assets in Lithuania. At Klaipedos Nafta Mr. Matulionis is a member of company’s management team and initially was focusing on the development of an LNG import terminal during project phase.  Shortly after LNG terminal was launched into operation in December 2014, Mr. Matulionis was assigned as the head of the LNG terminal. Mr. Matulionis graduated with an engineering degree from Kaunas University of Technology and holds EMBA from Baltic Management Institute. He is a PMP and Prince2 Practitioner.

Keith Bainbridge Managing Director CS Solutions

Alan Buxton Chief Operating Officer GASOL

Mr. Buxton has been COO of Gasol since February 2012. He joined from Standard Bank plc, where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of its Power and Infrastructure Group with responsibility for building the bank’s franchise in emerging markets, including Africa, and advising clients on domestic and cross border transactions. Prior to working with Standard Bank plc, he was a core member of Royal Bank of Canada’s Infrastructure Group from 2000 until 2008. He joined Royal Bank of Canada after three years at International Power plc where he led the development of new power projects, and the evaluation and acquisition of existing generating assets, in Europe, the Middle East and India.


Chris Clucas is Group Fleet Director at Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement.   Born on the Isle of Man, he graduated in 1973 with a B.Sc (Sp Hons) Chemistry degree from Sheffield (UK).   During 5 years at the International Chamber of Shipping he compiled the ICS Gas Guide and was on the “Lakey Group” that wrote the original IGC Code.  After a year in oil/petchem storage operations, he graduated with an MSc in Cryogenics from Southampton (UK) in 1979.  He then worked on LNG plant design with British Gas, before spending 11 years with Kosan operating their LPG ships (Copenhagen) and plant/distribution (Isle of Man).  He joined BSM in 1990, looking after LPG, Ethylene & LNG newbuild design & operation and training.  He is Chair of SIGTTO’s GPC & contributes to various committees, including the IGC Code Revision group, and he holds a Patent in LNGC propulsion arrangement.  His consultancy work includes LPG & LNG ship design and training, and he has been called as an Expert Witness for various LPG & LNG disputes.  Chris was elected the Inaugural President of the newly-formed Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel in 2013. 

Howard Rogers Director of the Natural Gas Programme and Senior Research Fellow OXFORD INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY STUDIES

Howard Rogers joined the Institute in January 2009 and succeeded Jonathan Stern as Director of the Natural Gas Programme in October 2011. Prior to joining the Institute Howard was with BP for 29 years, mostly in business development, strategy, planning, mergers and acquisitions and negotiation roles in upstream oil and gas in European, North American, Middle East and FSU locations. In 1999 Howard joined BP’s Gas and Power division and in 2003 he became Head of Global Gas Fundamental Analysis. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Howard has published research papers and authored book chapters on LNG price arbitrage between the regional markets of Asia, Europe and North America, shale gas in the US and UK, The interaction between wind power generation and gas in the UK and the outlook for gas with CCS. More recently Howard and Jonathan Stern have jointly written papers on the transition to hub-based pricing in Europe and the changing roles and risks of key players and also on the challenges to JCC pricing in Asian LNG markets.

Costanza Jacazio Senior Gas Expert IEA

Ms. Costanza Jacazio joined the IEA in November 2014, where she works as Senior Gas Expert at the Gas, Coal and Power Division. Prior to that, she was Head of macro and fuel analysis at Fortum - a large utility in the Nordics. In her role, she was in charge of providing fuel price forecasts and risk assessments, feeding into the company’s power and fuel trading strategies. She was also responsible for supporting the public affairs department and senior management on economic and fuel-related issues. Costanza was Senior Energy Strategist in Barclays Capital Commodities Research team, between 2006 and 2011 and Gas Economist in BP between 2004 and 2006. Costanza holds a Msc. in Economics from Warwick University (UK) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Turin (Italy).

Claire Wright Business Economics Manager SHELL

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.

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.

Alain Bourgeois Vice President, Natural Gas Bergen Energi

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

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.

Stefaan Adriaens Commercial Manager Gate Terminal

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.

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.

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.


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 Haynes Managing Director Penguin Energy Consultants

David Haynes is a technical advisor at the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel, SGMF is a new NGO formed in 2013 and David joined them in June 2014. 

David has spent 28 years in the gas industry including 16 years working full time on all aspects of LNG including liquefaction plants, import terminals, small facilities and more latterly floating LNG.  He is a chartered process engineer. Much of David’s career has been spent with BG Group and more latterly with GL Noble Denton.  His project portfolio has been fully international ranging from China to USA and from Norway to Australia via the Middle East and North Africa.  David is also acknowledged as a conference speaker and training course tutor.  He has also spent time working on coal gasification, industrial energy use, fuel cells and power generation.

He is currently based in London for SGMF.

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