Advisory Board

Advisory Board for Energy Risk Europe

Federico Tondi

Head of technology innovation


Marc Merrill

President & CEO

Uniper Energy

Monika Mangla

Director, Global Finance Digital Transformation

Former Chevron

Monika Mangla is leading global finance transformation program at Chevron that aims to transform finance globally, leveraging SAP S/4HANA and Central Finance.  Monika received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland - College Park and is a Charter Financial Analyst (CFA). She started her career with KPMG in economics and statistical advisory and moved to Accenture as Senior Manager supporting both outsourcing and strategic business consulting.  Monika joined Chevon in 2008 as senior advisor in Upstream Finance and has since held a variety of roles in corporate functions and in operations, with time in the Gulf of Mexico, US Deepwater and Thailand. She enjoys reading and traveling in her free time, often collecting meaningful souvenirs along the way. One can even determine which years Monika lived in Thailand based the collection of animals in her office from the Chinese lunar calendar.

Luc Steuns

Global Finance Director

Shell Renewables

Stella Farrington

Head of content

Energy Risk

Stella Farrington has been writing about energy markets for 20 years, working at Futures World News and Dow Jones Newswires before moving to Energy Risk in 2004. She spent eight years as the editor of Energy Risk and the last six as a writer, before moving into her current role as Energy Risk’s head of content.

Cetin Karakus

Global head of quantitative and analytical solutions


Cetin Karakus has two decades of experience in designing and building large scale software systems. Over the last decade, he has worked on design and development of complex derivatives pricing and risk management systems in leading global investment banks and commodity trading houses. Prior to that, he has worked on various large scale systems ranging from VOIP stacks to ERP systems. 

In his current role, he has been running a global portfolio of six solutions engineering teams focused on building cutting-edge
derivatives pricing & risk analytics, exotics trading systems for energy commodities, cloud-based computational grid services, data analytics platform & services for North American energy markets (oil, gas, power, NGLs, emissions), a weather analytics & forecasting platform and Big Data visualization & reporting services.  He works at an intersection of data, analytics and trading with the constantly shifting ground that is global energy markets.

Cetin has a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and enjoys thinking and reading on various fields of humanities 

Milan Poidl

Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Hub


Milan Poidl launched the Enel Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley in 2017. He is primarily responsible for scouting & matching new technologies to company needs.  To date, the Enel Hubs have evaluated more than 10,000 new technologies; launched 400 pilots and deployed over 95 new solutions through its industrial partnership approach with startups.

Milan holds a B.A. in Environmental Management from UC Santa Barbara as well as Masters Degrees in Business Administration from CU Denver & International Management from Thunderbird.  Throughout his career Milan has worked in technology, consumer products & the energy sector with global multinational corporations focused on consumer centric marketing & innovation.

At Applica Consumer Products, he built the equity of the company’s brand portfolio through new product development and strategic branding.  In 2012, after the sale of Applica to Spectrum Brands, Milan joined Liberty Power to drive product innovation.  He is credited with conceptualizing & launching the company’s retail renewable energy offering, delivering the fastest sales growth rate in company history.   Milan joined Enel in 2014, as Head of Innovation in Peru before assuming his current role in Silicon Valley.

Haibin Sun

Director Transmission Strategy Analysis


Haibin Sun is the Director of Exelon Corporation’s Transmission Strategy Analytics team. He oversees economic studies, technical modeling and reliability planning for Exelon’s transmission investment business and related policy advocacy initiatives.  

Prior to his current role, Haibin was the Director & Chief of Staff of Exelon’s Commercial & Industry Power business and, prior to that, the Director of the Quantitative Modeling & Deal Review for company’s commodities business, corporate capital projects and risk management initiatives.  Before joining Exelon, Haibin was VP & Head of Constellation’s Risk Analytics team. 

Haibin holds a PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering specialized in Economic Decision Analysis and a MS in Financial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a MEng and a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Southeast University in China.

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
Peter van Ees

Lead Banker- Renewable energies


Partha Chatterjee

Data and Analytics SME

Shell Energy

Partha S Chatterjee is a digital transformation and technology strategy leader with almost 30 years of experience in the United States. He is the Data and Analytics SME for Shell Energy at Trading and Supply IT. Previously, he was head of market-facing strategy for Product Management at ION (OpenLink) and Managing Director at Capco Energy Solutions. Partha has held technology leadership positions at Schlumberger, Kinder Morgan, Accenture and Sapient among others.

His expertise encompasses energy and trading risk management (ETRM) systems, risk management and trading analytics, regulatory compliance, and governance. He compliments that with deep technical knowledge in enterprise architecture, digital transformation, data and analytics, AI and mathematical modeling, blockchain and emerging technologies. As a global expert on trading and risk management, Partha has worked on think tanks and summits, advising governments, regulatory boards and financial institutions. Partha brings strategic vision and leadership capabilities in driving solutions and roadmaps as a technology executive.

Partha holds a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) with first class in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) (Kharagpur) in India. He came to the United States for graduate studies on a NASA-funded scholarship to work on Computer Vision at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Texas A&M University, specializing in finance and MIS.
Partha lives in Houston and enjoys sports and music with his wife, Arpita and children, Ishaan and Trisha.

Anne Petrarque

Head of Finance and Insurance


Christian De Santis

Chief financial officer

Vårgrønn AS

Christian DE SANTIS

Chief Financial Officer at Vårgrønn AS

Since 2021, Christian DE SANTIS is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Vårgrønn AS which is a Norway-based company with the ambition to reach an installed capacity in the North Sea and Baltic Sea region of 1 GW towards 2030.

Previously, he spent most of his 20+ years international career within the oil & gas trading business of Eni Group. From 2015 until June 2021, he was CFO of Eni Trading and shipping Inc., an oil & gas trading company based in Houston (Texas) along with the same role in Eni Transporte y Suministro México, S. de R.L. de C.V.  based in Mexico.

From 2008 until June 2015, he had various roles within Eni Trading and Shipping SpA, the primary energy trading Company of Eni based in Italy with branches in London, Brussels and Singapore; he primarily supported the Company to implement and streamline the Accounting and Back Office processes. During the same period, he was also the Chief Financial Officer of Tecnomare, a Company providing on shore and off-shore engineering services to eni upstream affiliates.

At the earliest stage if his career (2003), he joined the Eni Advisory Team managing the Eni Group transition from Italian Gaap to IFRS so to became an IFRS and US Gaap subject expert.

Damian Bunyan



Roger Whelan

Head of corporate development

Uniper Global

Dean Foreman

Chief economist

American Petroleum Institute (API)

Dr. Dean Foreman is Chief Economist for the American Petroleum Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida and brings more than 20 years of industry experience in corporate strategic planning, forecasting, risk management, and finance. Before joining API, Dr. Foreman was the lead economist for ExxonMobil Corporate Planning between 2002 and 2008. From 2009 to 2013, he was a member of the executive team at Canadian-based exploration and production company Talisman Energy, where he focused on corporate planning, hedging/marketing, and business development. In 2013 to 2015, he directed the risk management function in North America for South African energy and petrochemical conglomerate Sasol, where he helped drive business cases for $25 billion in U.S. mega projects, including the $11 billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Most recently, he was with Saudi Aramco Strategy & Market Analysis in Dhahran, where he managed short-term market monitoring and the long-term oil demand outlook.

Ilia Bouchouev

Managing partner

Pentathlon Investments, New York University

For nearly twenty years Ilia Bouchouev has been managing the global derivatives business for Koch Industries, the world second largest privately held company. Koch's derivatives group operates globally with trading desks in New York, Houston, London and Geneva with the focus on energy trading. Ilia also serves as a President of Koch Global Partners, proprietary trading group specializing in trading foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives. Ilia has PhD in Applied Mathematics, and has been a regular speaker at various industry conferences.

Philipp Kania

General Manager, Commercial Risk & Pricing


Philipp Kania is a Global risk professional with extensive experience in driving risk management, trade compliance, and credit operations for international manufacturing and energy corporations. He served as the Chief Risk Officer for Motiva Enterprises and brings over 15 years of experience in several other energy leadership and risk roles at Vitol, Lyondellbasell, and Petroplus Refining. Philipp graduated from University of Miami and earned an Executive MBA from University of Houston. Philipp speaks 5 languages.

Ronan Julien

Digital COO (CD)

BNP Paribas

Ronan Julien is Global Head of Electronic Sales (e-sales) and Digital Chief Operating Officer for BNP Paribas Commodity Derivatives. He has been with the Bank for 15 years in various functions both in Europe and the US. Ronan currently spearheads the Bank’s digitalization efforts in commodity derivatives, notably through the integration of commodity trading into the Bank’s multi-asset Cortex electronic platform. The Cortex platform for commodities is an award-winning bespoke trading solution available to the Bank’s corporate and institutional clients across a wide range of underlyings allowing customized hedging on less liquid assets. Prior to joining the Bank’s digital efforts, Ronan has worked for over 10 years in Commodity sales with a specialization in energy markets and has assumed managerial positions across commodities in North America, the Middle East and French-speaking markets. Ronan holds degrees in international law and economics from Sciences Po in France.

Earl Burns

GM Crush + Fiber (GPTN; Ag Svcs & Oilseeds)


Earl Burns Jr. is principal for the BT Family Office.  Prior to that, through March 2020 he was general manager, Global Risk, Pricing & Enterprise Risk Management, for Phillips 66. He has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector serving in various operating, financial, trading and supply roles. Burns was previously manager, Americas Distillate Trading in the Commercial organization. Prior to that, he resided in London and held the role of manager, Crude Trading Europe, Africa and Russia for Phillips 66 Limited, where he was responsible for all crude trading and supply activities. He began his career with Mobil Oil Corporation in a variety of positions in the U.S., Africa and Latin America inclusive of financial trading, logistics and sales positions. Previously, Burns served as the crude trading manager for BP in Chicago as well as manager, Global Strategy and Commercial Development (Commercial Marine) at ConocoPhillips. Prior to his time at ConocoPhillips, Burns spent five years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge as Lieutenant.   

Earl is a proud member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC); the most elite organization advancing the cause of Black Executives globally, an active board member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Energy Oversight Committee, as well as being an incoming (2020) board member and director of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) Alumni Foundation.

Richard Fullarton

Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Matilda Capital Management Ltd

Richard is founder and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Matilda Capital Management, a commodity derivatives fund manager specialising in relative value strategies in oil, products and natural gas. He previously worked at Glencore where he was a Senior Energy Derivatives Portfolio Manager and at Shell Trading London where he was the Team Leader Crude Oil Derivatives Trading for over thirteen years and instrumental in building the company’s global crude oil and product options trading business. He was educated in Australia

Tobias Sperr

Director Hedging & Business Development


Jens Gobel

Director gas, power and emissions trading


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.


Marcel Francan

Head of Energy Trading

Wien Energie

Paul Dawson

Head of regulatory affairs

RWE Supply & Trading

Elisa Scarpa

Head of market analysis, structuring & pricing


Edouard Lavillonnière

Head of Quant Team, Markets, Risks & Valuation


Edouard Lavillonnière

Managing Director

EDF Lab Singapore

Edouard Lavillonnière has a 13-years’ experience with EDF Group. He occupied various positions since 2010, initially spanning across Trading, Energy Markets Risk Management and Portfolio Optimization activities.

He joined EDF Finance Division in 2013, managing the Financial Strategy and Operation ALM activities. He was in charge of several Investments & Financing projects (regulation, securitization, investment criterias, long-term risk hedging…).

From 2017 to 2021, he joined EDF R&D as the head of Energy & Financial Markets & Risks team. He also managed, as a dual role the Datascience & Price forecasting R&D team. He was in charge of commercialisation of Energy Management R&D activities.

Since 2021, he is EDF Lab Singapore’s Managing Director, one of EDF’s six international R&D centres, covering smart grids, transmission grids, renewables, storage, electric mobility and energy markets in Asia (excluding China). Strong of 15 researchers, EDF Lab Singapore transforms innovation into market ready low-carbon solutions, aiming at creating value for EDF Group business units, academic and industrial partners.

Contact: [email protected]

Riccardo Rossi

Head of Southern Europe Origination


Ritika Wattan

Head of strategy


Ritika is a strategy and business transformation executive experienced across consultancy and energy industry. In her current role she is the Head of Strategy and Planning for SSE’s Energy Solutions Business Unit which involves shaping strategic positioning of ECS in the market place and in line with the future energy market developments and ensuring alignment of the portfolio with strategic priorities.

Prior to this she has performed variety of roles in organisations including British Gas / Centrica, Logica / CGI and Tata Consultancy Services within strategy and transformation and brings with her wide experience of delivering high impact programmes targeted at innovation, operational efficiencies and customer centricity.

Ritika enjoys reading and is an avid traveller - one of her most memorable trips being a solo trek to the region of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano (aka E15) in Iceland!



Competitive Strategy and Innovation - London School of Economics

Master’s in Business Administration - Symbiosis University, India


Alexandra Psyrri

Head of Market Making Unit


Olivier Bardet


Nareva Enel Green Power Morocco

Frank van Doorn

VP, Head of business unit trading and General manager


Frank van Doorn, Vice President, Head of Business Unit Trading and General Manager for Vattenfall Energy Trading GmbH

Biography (August 2022):

Frank van Doorn is leading Vattenfall’s Trading Unit, which covers all the Group’s wholesale trading in power, gas, coal, biomass, carbon and green certificates. He started his career in the energy industry in 1998 as business analyst at Mobil Europe Gas, and after stints at EDF Trading, Essent and RWE, he joined Vattenfall in 2011. Since then, Frank has held several managerial positions in the Trading Unit, before taking up the responsibility for all trading activities in April 2018. Vattenfall is one of the main traders in the European Energy market.


Vattenfall is a leading European energy company, which has electrified industries, supplied energy to people’s homes, and modernized our way of living through innovation and cooperation for over 100 years. We now want to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. That's why we are driving the transition to a sustainable energy system through initiatives in renewable production and climate smart energy solutions for our customers. We are one of the main traders in the European Energy market.

Domenico De Luca

Head Trading & Sales


Domenico De Luca is Head of Axpo Group’s Trading & Sales and has been a member of the Axpo Group Executive Board since 1st October 2014. Prior to this, since April 2009, Domenico De Luca was responsible for the group’s activities in international energy trading, origination and sales within Axpo Solutions AG (formerly EGL). He is also a member of the Management Board. He has worked for EGL since 2000 in several management positions. His career started at ABB.

Domenico De Luca has extensive experience and knowledge of risk management, origination and trading in energy commodities. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from "Università La Sapienza di Roma", a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from STOA', Italy in collaboration with the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst). Furthermore, he holds a Certificate in Quantitative Finance from the CQF Institute in London.

Abhishek Deshpande

Head of global commodities research


Dr Abhishek Deshpande is the Head of Global Commodities Research at OMV AG. Previously he was the Global Head of Commodities Strategy heading the team at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. And before joining J.P. Morgan, he was a Senior Director and the Global Head of Energy Research team at Natixis (Groupe BPCE). He helped set up and expand the energy research at Natixis in 2011. He was also instrumental in designing and launching the Annual Energy Review, Natixis' flagship publications in the Energy sector.

Abhishek is a recipient of several awards in the energy industry. Petroleum Economist awarded him the "Energy Executive of the Year Award” in 2016 and Energy Risk awarded him and his team "Best Commodities/Energy Research House of the Year Award” in 2016 & 17. In 2018, whilst at J.P. Morgan, he was ranked and featured as one of the Top 100 in Energy Industry and top 10 in Banking by Petroleum Economist, UK. In 2021 he was awarded “40 under 40 in Energy” category by Hart Energy USA. Petroleum Economist also named as one of the top 10 executives in Banking category globally and top 100 global energy elites.

Abhishek has a strong media profile, appearing live on BBC, SKY News, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg and is frequently quoted by print media incl. Reuters, Financial Times, WSJ.

Abhishek has a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from University of Cambridge. He holds a Chartered status and fellowship from the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK) and Energy Institute (UK).

Whilst at Cambridge and in his capacity as an energy analyst, Abhishek has published several academic and economic papers in international peer reviewed journals and participated in leading international conferences.

Walter Bernhard

Head of Market Design & Regulatory Affairs