Advisory Board

Advisory Board for Energy Risk Europe

Arthur Fan

Managing director and global head of commodities

Bank of China

Arthur Fan is the Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities at Bank of China International (BOCI), the wholly-owned investment banking arm of Bank of China. He helped the company to become the first Chinese investment bank successfully established commodities platform to provide clients with full spectrum of comprehensive risk management and financing solutions.  Under his leadership, BOCI independently launched a suite of commodities indices, including BOCI China Commodities Index which was the first China-focused commodity index launched by an offshore Chinese investment bank. Mr Fan held various positions with BOCI before his current role.  He holds an MBA degree from the University of Oxford.

Federica Strumia

Head of Risk Analysis & Control


Federica Strumia-Michelini is Head of Market Risk Management at Neste, the Finnish Oil and Renewable Products refiner. She joined in 2009, to establish and develop the middle office and market risk management desk for oil trading and refinery activities. She now leads with passion a team in charge of quantifying and monitoring the market price risks of the company. Prior to Neste Federica has worked at Cargill International SA, Sempra Oil Trading and TXU Energy Europe. Of Italian origin, living in Switzerland since twenty years, she holds a PhD in particle physics and worked at CERN and University of Geneva before moving to the commodities world.

Jens Gobel

head of power and emissions trading

ENI Trading & Shipping

Jens Gobel started his career at Enron Capital & Trading in the Continental European Power desk in London in 1998. Eventually Jens served in various roles in Origination, Trading and Principal Investments at Enron’s offices in London, Houston and Frankfurt. In 2002 he joined Statkraft Markets in Germany as Head of Structuring and eventually assumed more commercial responsibility as Head of Origination for Western Europe, managing director of Statkraft’s Hungarian affiliate and “Prokurist” for Statkraft Markets GmbH.

In 2008 he joined the Leadership Team of Shell Energy Trading where he was responsible for Power Trading Development. After the merger with Shell Energy Europe Jens became Head of Structured Trading Power at the merged entity Shell Energy Europe. He also served on the Board of the Shell UK Pension trust company and served on its Investment Committee.

Since July 2013 Jens has been with eni Trading And Shipping in London and currently serves as Head of Power and Emissions Trading. Since June 2015 Jens has also been a Deputy Chairman on the EEX Exchange Council.


Novera Khan

Chief Risk Officer


Uniper Chief Risk Officer since February 2016. Before, Novera has been leading the Market Risk department of Uniper Global Commodities since April 2014 and before that led the Gas, Oil & LNG Risk team. Novera has 20 years of extensive energy market experience in the energy industry and has held various Senior Risk Management positions across multiple markets and companies in the US, UK and Germany.


  • MBA Finance, University of Houston and 
  • Energy Risk Management, Rice University
Henrik Specht

Director risk analysis and deputy CRO


Aliona Chakhvadze

Director, commodities


Ahmed Mehdi

Managing Director

Renaissance Energy Advisors 

Ahmed Mehdi,
Ahmed Mehdi is MD of Renaissance Energy Advisors, a boutique energy intelligence firm. His work focuses on strategic planning, pricing and energy economics. He has advised major oil companies in the United States and the Middle East. Ahmed previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London and has served as an advisor to BHP Petroleum’s strategy division for a number of years. He is the founder of the London-based Commodities Intelligence Network. Ahmed comments widely on energy issues in the media, including the New York Times, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, Middle East Economic Survey (MEES), Petroleum Economist and S&P Global Platts. He also serves as a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and Distinguished Associate at Facts Global Energy (FGE). He serves as an advisory board member for Energy Risk Europe. Ahmed was educated at University College London and the University of Oxford.
Federico Tondi

Head of technology innovation


Ben Archer

Head of risk management

Gazprom Energy

Ben is responsible for the overall Gazprom Energy Risk Framework. Ben joined Gazprom Marketing & Trading Retail Limited in 2013 as Retail Risk Manager and subsequently became Head of Risk of Gazprom Marketing & Trading Retail Limited. Prior to joining GM&T Ben was Head of Risk for Crown Commercial Services (Energy) and held numerous positions at Eon Energy Trading. Ben holds a BSc degree in Physics from the University of Loughborough, UK.

Greg Newman


Onyx Capital Group

Israr Ahmed


KWA Analytics

Israr Ahmed is one of the founding Directors of KWA Analytics a specialist boutique ETRM Consulting company that was started 6 years ago and now operates globally out of UK, US, Singapore and India. Israr initially worked in banking before moving into the commodity trading world and now has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, in both Trading and also ETRM systems.

Israr holds a BSc in Mathematics from Sheffield University and a MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance from City University of London.

Fabio Fiorini

Head of gas origination


Fabio Fiorini is Head of Gas Origination for BP’s European Gas and Power business responsible for origination and structured trading, derivative marketing and long-term contracts. With the head office in London, BP’s Gas and Power activity in Europe includes gas trading across the region at all main gas hubs and also comprises an origination and marketing office in Spain.  BP’s power presence in Europe includes 75% equity ownership of the BBE Power Station in Bilbao and active trading in UK, French, Spanish, Dutch and German markets.

Fabio joined BP in 2013, after a career of many years in the energy sector by combining experiences in various parts of the energy value chain, both in the industry and in the banking sector.   Prior to BP, Fabio worked at Morgan Stanley as originator for the commodity desk following his role as Head of Supply and Trading in Econgas.

Fabio is an Approved Person by the UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority.