Energy Risk Global

Bringing together more than 350 energy and commodity experts from the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions to exchange ideas, network, be inspired, and make vital steps towards the future of energy and 'Greener' horizons.

Greener horizons, technological innovations and the road to recovery

Building on the successes of our inaugural global event in 2020, Energy Risk Global will be returning on July 12-14, 2021. More than 350 energy and commodity experts from the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions will once again come together online to exchange ideas, network, be inspired, and make vital steps towards the Future of Energy.

Connect, collaborate and innovate

Exchange ideas with top CROs, CFOs, experts and thought leaders. Network, be inspired and enable to enact change and evaluate strategies to protect your business


Hear current key issues facing market participants, learn from a cutting-edge content and on-board latest solutions that will prepare business to overcome their challenges

Stay up-to-date

On risk management approaches, price modelling, trading strategies and trends and technology innovation

New experience

A new way to experience the global energy market from your home or office over the 3 days, live streaming or on demand

Build your own agenda and maximise your time

Access online live and on-demand sessions available for you to fit your needs 

Global perspective

Be part of the only digital event that brings energy and commodity markets from Europe to Asia under one roof

Key themes for 2021 discussion:

  • Energy transition and decarbonisation, race to Net-zero
  • Green energy trading
  • Innovation and new models for trading strategies
  • Technological advancements for market analysis
  • Using technology to transform and reshape the global energy sector
  • Learning lessons from recent collapses
  • Looking at 2050: barriers, challenges, and financial risks and opportunities

Michael Cohen

Chief economist US and head of oil analysis


Michael Cohen is Chief US Economist and Head of Oil Analysis in BP’s Group Economics team. In this role, he is responsible for oil, transportation, and US energy policy related analysis in BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy and Energy Outlook. The Economics team helps inform decision making for BP’s board and executive team as well as for the Upstream, Downstream, Government Affairs, Trading, and Fuels/Marketing businesses.

Prior to joining BP in May 2019, Mr. Cohen was Barclays’ Global Head of Commodities Research and was responsible for preparing and delivering differentiated research on commodities markets to Barclays’ global corporate and institutional investor client base. He worked for a decade in the public sector as an Economist with the US Energy Information Administration, the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, as well as two years in Paris as a senior member of the Oil Markets Division at the International Energy Agency. Prior to government service, Mr. Cohen worked on electricity market design for LECG (now Navigant) and as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power. He graduated with a BSBA in Business Economics and a BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Federico Tondi

Head of technology innovation

Shell Agile Hub

Isabel Blanco

Associate director, energy and environment economist


As a senior member of the Office of the Chief Economist of the EBRD, Isabel main responsibilities include:
• Lead policy dialogue and support market-compatible policy reforms in the areas of sustainable energy, resource efficiency and climate change in the EBRD’s investee countries.
• Contribute to origination, development and review of sustainable energy, climate change and resource efficiency projects of the Bank across sectors.
• Lead/contribute to the implementation of the new areas of EBRD engagement in carbon markets and in the Sustainable Resource Initiative.
• Develop analytical work, including international publications, on key energy and environmental topics that are instrumental to the EBRD.

Nick Stansbury

Head of climate solutions

Legal & General Investment Management

Maureen Paul

Interim Chief Economist


 Maureen Paul is the Interim Chief Economic Advisor at Ofgem, ensuring that Ofgem’s decisions are supported by robust analysis. She oversees the work of Ofgem’s Office for Research and Economics directorate, with over 30 members of staff. Maureen has responsibility for advising on Ofgem’s biggest priorities, including network price regulation, charges for the use of the networks, and retail and wholesale energy market issues. Maureen is devoted to improving inclusion and diversity within the energy sector. She has leadership responsibility for D&I initiatives at Ofgem and regularly collaborates with other organisation within the sector and academia on D&I. Before joining Ofgem, Maureen worked with the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading on a number of market studies, Competition Act cases and mergers cases. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Warwick.

David Johnston

Managing director, head of energy & commodities

Lloyds Banking Group

David has been structuring, arranging and financing natural resources and energy projects for the past two decades throughout Australia, Asia, America, Africa and Europe.

David recently joined Lloyds Banking Group and has previously worked with ANZ & HBOS in Sydney and CBA in Sydney, Brisbane & London.

David holds qualifications from the University of Queensland & University of Oxford.

Susan Nash

Director of Innovation & Emerging Science and Technology


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.

Aiman El-Ramly

Chief Business Officer

ZE PowerGroup Inc

Aiman El-Ramly, MBA, CMC, Chief Business  Officer, ZE PowerGroup has been an active member of the energy and commodities industries for 25 years, who has a significant understanding of what is needed for corporations to run effectively. ZE PowerGroup is the developer of the ZEMA enterprise software for data management and business process automation. Aiman’s team supports a private cloud where client specific end to end data solutions are hosted. 

Aiman is an internationally renowned sought after speaker on a variety of global socio-economic and data technology topics. His strong communication and relationship-building skills are able to effectively sell the promise of his organization to customers, partners and inspire his team.

Aiman is also the Chief Operating Officer for ZE Power Engineering, a consulting firm for utilities. He holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

François Mantion

Head of Energy & Bulk Trading

ICBC Standard



Mili Fomicov


Imperial College London (Centre for Climate Finance and Investment)


Mili Fomicov is a researcher at the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College London. Before joining Imperial College, she was a Director and Portfolio Manager in the Multi-Asset Strategies team at BlackRock. Previously, Mili was a Portfolio Manager on J.P. Morgan's CIO team, and managed US and Japan equity funds at Barclays. She started her career at AllianceBernstein in the US. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she received an MBA in Finance, Economics, Econometrics and Statistics

Jorge Blazquez

Senior Advisor for energy transition and system analysis


Jorge is a senior economist specialised in energy transitions. Currently, he works at BP and is research associate at Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in the UK. Previously, he worked both in the private and public sector. He holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 

William Zobel

Executive Director

California Hydrogen Business Council

Bil  Zobel serves as Executive Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC), a non-profit trade association that advances the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells in California’s energy and transportation sectors to meet the state’s climate, environmental and air quality goals.

As Executive Director, Bill is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management of CHBC staff and resources and serves as the organization’s champion for the advancement of the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors in California. He works with members, the Policy Director and staff to identify areas where CHBC’s engagement in the legislative and regulatory processes can support the development of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry.

Bill has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities.  Prior to joining the CHBC, Bill was Vice President of Business Development & Marketing for Trillium.  Trillium designs, builds, owns and operates a network of alternative refueling stations across the US serving the CNG/RNG, Electric and Hydrogen vehicle markets. Bill also managed Market Development and Strategy for Trillium under the utility umbrella of the Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC) and Integrys.  During this period the company realized considerable growth, becoming one of the largest providers of CNG in the US.

Bill managed the Sempra Utilities Natural Gas and Electric Vehicle Clean Transportation program.  Recognized as the premier utility Clean Vehicle program in the country, the Sempra team executed an alternative fuels strategy which focused on customer education & outreach, sound alternative transportation fuel policy, and the demonstration/commercialization of promising natural gas and electric vehicle technologies.

Before entering the alternative fuels market, Bill served as the Director of Environmental and Climate Change Policy for Sempra Energy, and as Director of Strategy and Business Analysis for BP North America where he helped develop BP’s US brand and policy following the acquisitions of Amoco and ARCO.  In his 15 years with ARCO, Bill was instrumental in the development and execution of the nation’s first regional smog trading program, RECLAIM, and worked on the development of nation’s first reformulated gasoline, EC-1.

Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors for NGV America, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC), and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership.  Bill was honored to serve on a select group under US Energy Secretary Stephen Chu to develop the National Petroleum Councils “Future Transportation Fuels Study”, published in 2012.  Previously, Bill served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for CalStart, the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC), the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA), the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, and the Moonlight Cultural Foundation.

Joao Domingues

Cybersecurity chairman

Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Joao Domingues is responsible for coordinating with the Board their review of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline cyber security programs and risks, while assisting them in the coordination of the relationship between cyber security programs, risk management policies, practices and company strategy.

Cetin Karakus

Global head of quantitative and analytical solutions


William Polen

Senior Director

United States Energy Association

As the Senior Director at the United States Energy Association, Mr. Polen possesses nearly 30 years of experience managing cooperative programs with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) promoting domestic and international energy security.

this capacity, he directs the multi-year USAID funded Energy Technology and Governance Program to support regional electricity and natural gas trade, strengthen cyber security and facilitate innovative approaches to network planning in the Europe and Eurasia region.

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy, Mr. Polen directs the CONSENSUS Program to inform and educate on the strategic value of fossil fuels.

Mr. Polen holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Delaware and a Master of Arts in International Development from The American University.

Mike Bostan

Market Supervision Committee Secretary

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Mike was appointed coordinator of the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) overall Covid-19 response, following the coronavirus pandemic. He is also secretary of the EFET Market Supervision Committee and coordinator of the training and education programmes. Mike worked previously for the Ministry of Affairs of Romania, the European Union Delegation to the United States and in the energy sector since 2014. He is a trained economist and political scientist and now is finalizing his PhD in European Energy Policies at the University of Maastricht. Mike is a native Romanian and speaks fluently English and French.

Ronan Julien

Global head of commodity derivatives e-distribution

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.

Cezmi Bilmez

Head of grid technologies

Uniper Technologies GmbH

Geir Robinson

Co-founder & director / former CRO

Climate Neutral Commodity / BP

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The role of markets in the Energy Transition

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ESG derivatives

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How energy firms can keep up with the pace of digital change

The path to digitalisation requires agility, speed, scalability, transparency and governance.


Investing, climate risk and energy firms

How are investors enabling the move to the low-carbon economy?

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Highlights from Energy Risk Global 2020:

  • Learning directly from key practitioners and regulators about their responses to the crisis, trade recovery in the times of political upheaval and how this will ultimately affect the way you do business
  • Heard from powerful CRO roundtable on effective ways to price risk, reduce risk and costs and create new risk management  framework for the future 
  • Quizzed our experts on best practices of incorporating tail risk dealing with negative pricing outbreaks
  • Gained unique insights on how diversity and resilience help with crises
  • Updated crisis playbook to reflect COVID-19 lessons learned
  • Discussed latest energy trading strategies and what makes a top trader today