Advisory board

Advisory board for Energy Risk Global

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.

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.

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.


Nor Adila Ismail

Chief Risk Officer


Experienced risk management professional with a strong track record of achievements in establishing and improving risk management practices in a corporate environment. Multiple senior management roles in Financial Risk Management, Treasury Risk Management, Commodity Trading and most recently Enterprise Risk Management. Strong management, leadership and people development skills has successfully delivered risk solutions, operating models and structures through a myriad of risk and business challenges. Expertise in developing, leading and participating in key projects with strategic importance. Experienced and comfortable in participating Board level discussions and reporting. Reporting to EVP and Group CFO, Ms. Adila led the establishment of Financial Risk, centralizing Commodity Trading Risk and the consolidation of the new risk operating model of ERM, FRM and Insurance. Able to grasp new ideas and concepts quickly, whilst developing a practical approach in risk management. Chairman of Trading Risk Management Committee and PETRONAS Risk
Management Committee with domain expertise in policy and framework, governance and oversight, financial risk, hedging and risk systems implementation.

Novera Khan | Moderator

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


Federico Tondi

Head of technology innovation


Laurence Kwan

Director of Energy

Sunseap Group

An experienced individual with proven leadership qualities and management styles in both public and private sectors, Laurence is Sunseap Group’s subject matter expert in the areas of electricity and integration to Electricity Market in Singapore and Asia Pacific He has amassed years of managerial experience in a variety of corporate sectors across a wide industry spectrum In addition to being a subject matter expert, Laurence also develops and oversees business development strategy, and risk management at the Group level.

Deven Chitaliya

Senior Vice President and Head, Central Risk Office

Olam International

Professional Experience: Deven is a Risk professional with 22 years+ of versatile experience. He has a proven track record in the areas of commodity credit risk management, commercial aspects of physical and paper trading (Oil, Agriculture, Softs), compliance, internal control, corporate finance, contract documentation, legal matters, project implementation, people management and people management. In his current role at Olam, he is responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework development, implementation, periodic consolidation and Board / business reporting.

In his previous stints Deven held various important & senior positions; Masefield Asiapac Pte Ltd (Regional Director & Head of Risk - Asia Pacific), Kobian Pte Ltd (ERP Project Manager & Senior Compliance Manager), Reliance Industries Limited (Senior Manager – Risk & Compliance)

Educational Background: Financial Risk Manager (FRM – GARP USA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Cost Accountant (ICWA), Diploma in Information Systems Audit (DISA), Post Graduate  Diploma in Foreign Exchange & Risk Management (PGDFERM)

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.
Lee Soo Peng


Novatek Gas & Power Asia

As the Treasurer of Novatek Gas & Power Asia for the past 3 years, covering treasury and trade finance of LNG trading in Europe and Asia. Novatek is the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia. Prior to this position, was with Castleton Commodities Merchant Asia Ptd Ltd(CCI) for 4 years, covering treasury operation on all segment of  oil related products trading in Asia. 

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.

Diana Leng

Former Chief Financial Officer

KS Drilling, KS Group

Ms Diana Leng was with KS Energy from 2007 till 2020. Prior to her appointment as CFO and Director of KS Drilling Pte Ltd in 2010, Diana was the Director of Treasury of KS Energy Ltd. Diana has close to 20 years of executive experience within the Banking and Oil & Gas sectors, with a proven track record in the areas of treasury, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity and capital market activities, and strategic and corporate support. Ms Leng started her career with ING Group in the Netherlands where she gained experience in banking, insurance and asset management internationally. Currently, Diana is a Fellow with the NUS Advanced Computing for Executives and is strategic advisor for a pre-launch Health Tech group. In her free time, she enjoys the curiosity of her two daughters, mentoring young professionals, travelling and photography. Ms Diana Leng holds a Master of Science in International Business from Maastricht University.

Robert Brandenburg

Head of Global Market Risk, Crude and Head of Enterprise Risk & Analytics Trading & Supply


Robert Brandenburg is Head of Global Market Risk for Crude and Head of Global Enterprise Risk & Analytics for Shell Trading.  Prior to Shell he has held General Manager and Vice President roles at several Fortune 100 companies where he has been responsible for global credit, trading controls, risk management advisory, quantitative risk analysis, regulatory compliance, and enterprise risk management functions.  His experience includes working with wholesale and retail companies that participate in physical and financial markets in refined products, crude, coal, natural gas, power, propane, and transportation logistics. 

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Rob served on the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the MF Global European Creditor’s Committee, as well as conducted extensive advocacy work with the European Union in Brussels, the U.S. Commodities Future Trading Commission, and the United States Government.

Prior to his energy career, Rob taught high school mathematics and coached club and high school soccer, field hockey, and basketball.  He lives in Houston, Texas and enjoys all things outdoors related particularly camping, backpacking, and sailing.

Mikal Bøe

Chief Risk Officer and Director

Convoy Bulkships