Speakers joining us at Energy Risk Global

Xiao Fu

Head of Commodity Markets Strategy

Bank of China International

Xiao Fu is the head of Commodity Markets Strategy at Bank of China International. Xiao's team covers all commodity sectors ranging from energy, base metals, precious metals and agriculture. Her focus is to combine top-down global macro / financial drivers with fundamental analysis to provide investment advice.

She speaks regularly at global conferences and is frequently quoted by media including Bloomberg, Reuters, the FT and the Wall Street Journal.

Before joining BOCI, Xiao worked as an economist and a commodity strategist at Deutsche Bank in London. She studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Harvard University.

Laszlo Varro

Chief Economist

International Energy Agency

Laszlo Varro, who has worked at the IEA since 2011, became the Agency’s Chief Economist at the start of 2016, succeeding Fatih Birol, who took over as IEA Executive Director on 1 September 2015. As Chief Economist, Mr. Varro supports all Directors and teams at the IEA in ensuring consistent energy economics and analytical rigour for the Agency’s work. Prior to assuming the position of Chief Economist, Mr Varro served as IEA Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets.

David Johnston

Managing Director, Head of Energy & Commodities

Lloyds Bank

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.

Michal Meidan

Director, China Energy Programme

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Dr Michal Meidan is Director of the China Energy Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Before joining OIES in July 2019, she headed cross-commodity China research at Energy Aspects. Prior to that, she headed China Matters, an independent research consultancy providing analysis on the politics of energy in China. Michal also held senior analytical roles at Eurasia Group in New York and London, and at Asia Centre-Sciences Po, Paris. She taught undergraduate courses on China’s political economy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has authored numerous academic articles. Michal also regularly provides comments for a wide variety of media outlets and is featured as a speaker at industry conferences.

Michal holds a PhD in Political Science and East Asian studies from Sciences Po, Paris. She is fluent in Mandarin and French.

Federica Strumia

Head of Risk Analysis & Control


Joao Domingues Agostinho

Cyber Security 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.

Monika Mangla

Director, global finance digital transformation


Federico Tondi

Head of technology innovation


Rewati Jain

Head - Market Risk & Strategy


Rewati is a Chartered Accountant by qualification, and a seasoned treasury professional with an enriching experience of over 15 years across foreign exchange, commodities, international trade and strategy. She heads the market risk and strategy desk for Essar Group. Essar is a multinational conglomerate headquartered at Mumbai with revenues of US $35 bn and investments in Steel, Energy and Infrastructure. In her current role, she is responsible for Foreign exchange, currency derivatives, Steel, Iron Ore, Coal, Crude, Natural gas, Fuel Oil & Freight price risk management, with active contribution to evolution of pricing mechanisms and commercial strategies. Structured financing has also been a forte. She has played an instrumental role in evolving the market risk management for the group companies since 2010. She institutionalized the commodity desk for the group in the year 2012 and in a quick span has managed to pioneer major maiden milestones in this space.

Prior to joining Essar Group, Rewati has been associated with D Décor, RPG Group and Development Credit Bank, where she successfully set up trading desks and established risk management processes and policies.


Gareth Burns

Vice president of Equinor Ventures


Gareth Burns is vice president of Equinor Ventures, Equinor’s corporate venture capital fund. Prior to establishing Equinor Energy Ventures in 2016, Gareth was senior vice president for business development and has over 25 years’ experience within the energy industry. He has held various management positions since 2006 and has worked in all areas of the oil and gas value chain. 

Gareth holds a board observer role at ChargePoint, the leading electric vehicle charging infrastructure company in North America and is chair of the Equinor UK Limited Employee Benefits Plan. Gareth is a trustee (“director”) of Stewardship Services (UKET) Limited, Stewardship American Donor Fund UK Limited and his local church. 

Gareth is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and has a BSc in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics from Heriot-Watt University in the UK. He is an Irish citizen and is lives with his family in London, UK.


Mette Nørr Gantzhorn

Head of Global Inclusion & Well-Being


Paul Horsnell

Head of commodities research

Standard Chartered Bank

Dr Paul Horsnell is Head of Commodities Research for Standard Chartered Bank and is based in London. The Standard Chartered commodities research team was awarded Commodities House of the Year 2020 by Energy Risk. Paul joined Standard Chartered in 2013 and was previously Head of Commodities Research at Barclays, and Head of Energy Research at JPMorgan. Prior to becoming a financial analyst, he was a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies for 10 years, where he authored books on the Brent oil market (with Robert Mabro) and on Asian energy markets. Paul holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a Doctorate in Economics, both from Oxford University. He is a former Chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics and a former Praelector in Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford.

Marina Valls

Chief Economist


Rohitesh Dhawan

Managing Director, Energy, Climate & Resources

Eurasia Group

Rohitesh is lead climate & ESG analyst in the firm's Energy, Climate & Resources group. He specializes in the extractives and natural resource sectors, and his areas of focus include national and international climate policies, new energies, social and community development strategies, and just transition issues. In addition, Rohitesh is one of the firm's top global macro speakers. He is particularly known for his insights on the impact of geopolitics on trade and development in emerging markets.

Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Rohitesh worked with Yvo de Boer, former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has been named by the Mail & Guardian as one of South Africa's climate change leaders for his work with the country's mining industry. He is frequently quoted by  major news outlets including the BBC, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and CNBC. 

Rohitesh holds a master's degree in environmental change and management from the University of Oxford and a bachelor's degree in economics from Rhodes University in South Africa. 

Margaret-Ann Splawn FRGS

Executive Director

Climate Markets and Investment Association


The Climate Markets and Investment Association is an independent, not for profit organisation providing leadership from the private sector on the delivery of climate investment policies and innovative market mechanisms. CMIA is a membership-driven organisation with associates from the finance, legal and professional services sectors worldwide, we are a mix of investment experts and technical service providers with an elected Board constituted from our membership pool. CMIA holds two active Private Sector Observer seats at the Board of the Green Climate Fund and the World Bank's Climate Investment Funds where we provide private sector insight and expertise to board decision making. In her role as ED Margaret-Ann leads the implementation and execution of the strategy and business development of the organisation. She reports directly to the CMIA Board and also oversees the administration of the Secretariat.

Phillip Steele

Future Technologies Evangelist

Octopus Energy

As the Future Technologies Evangelist at Octopus Energy, Phil is  instrumental in driving innovation in areas such as time-of-use tariffs, export tariffs, Smart Energy connected products & services and grant funded R&D projects. Previously, he ran his own Smart Home company which has now also been acquired by Octopus.

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)

Harry Huang

Head of Trading Gas, Power and Derivatives

PetroChina International

Diana Leng

Chief Financial Officer

KS Drilling, KS Group

Ms Diana Leng has been with KS Energy since 2007. Prior to her appointment as CFO and Director of KS Drilling Pte Ltd in 2010, Ms Leng was the Director of Treasury of KS Energy Ltd. Ms Leng has over 18 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 a global financial institution from the Netherlands where she gained experience in banking, insurance and asset management internationally. MS Leng holds a Master of Science in International Business from Maastricht University.

Ronan Julien

Global Head of Electronic Sales (e-sales) and Digital Chief Operating Officer for BNP Paribas Commodity Derivatives

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.

Christophe Malet

Senior Vice President - Upstream

Hanas New Energy Group

Christophe Malet is Senior Vice President Upstream and Midstream LNG at Hanas, a Chinese independent energy company focusing on Renewables and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas); and Managing Director of Hanas LNG Pte. Ltd., Hanas’ Singapore-based LNG procurement and marketing entity.

Christophe's experience in the LNG Industry over the last 14 years with Hanas, Yamal LNG, Excelerate Energy and Shell covers short-term trading, long-term LNG marketing and LNG business development.
With an engineering degree and a MBA as academic background, he has over 20 years of commercial experience.

Georgi Slavov

Global Head of Fundamental Research

Marex Sprecton

Georgi is the Global Head of Fundamental Research at Marex Spectron Ltd., a leading global commodity market-maker, trader and broker headquartered in the City of London. Georgi and his team are responsible for the research & analysis of all key energy, basic materials, agricultural & industrial transportation markets.  Georgi is a former Navy Officer and holds Engineering and Economics degrees. He is also a member of the Business Advisory Committee at the ICMA Graduate Center, Henley Business School and a guest-lecturer in International Trade & Finance at the school.

Philip Andrews-Speed

Senior Principal Research Fellow and Head, Energy Security Division, Energy Studies Institute

National University of Singapore

Dr Philip Andrews-Speed is a Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore. He has nearly 40 years in the field of energy and resources, starting his career as a mineral and oil exploration geologist before moving into the field of energy and resource governance. His main research interest has been the political economy of the low-carbon energy transition. China has been a particular focus for his research, but in recent years he has been more deeply engaged with energy challenges in Southeast Asia. He is currently leading a research project on the governance of nuclear safety, His latest book China as a Global Clean Energy Champion: Lifting the Veil appeared early in 2019.

Keeve Tan

Head, Futures & Leveraged FX

OCBC Securities

Keeve is the Head of Futures and FX for OCBC Securities. He looks after more than 30 staff over the two departments, where he oversees the growth and development of the cleared Futures and OTC FX businesses.

Prior to joining OCBC, he was most recently the Director of Sales at UOB Bullion and Futures, looking after the Business Development of listed derivatives and OTC clearing for UOB Global Markets. Keeve was before that, a trader in proprietary trading firms, heading market making desks and algorithmic trading desks. His buy-side experience coupled with his current role in the sell-side, gives him a wholesome view of the industry and its developments.

Keeve is married and has a daughter. He holds a BSc with honours from the Nanyang Technological University and graduated with an MBA on the Dean's List from the Singapore Management University.

Kevin Wagner


KWA Analytics Singapore

Kevin has 11+ years of experience as an Openlink Consultant & Project Implementer specializing in complex Liquid and Bulk Commodities solutions. Through his many years of Project implementing, Kevin has developed a strong understanding of deal lifecycles, allowing him to implement and design practical end-to-end solutions on E/CTRM platforms, whilst working closely with all major stakeholders of a Project; including Business focal points from Trading, Operations, Risk, and Finance, IT Departments, and Project Sponsors. Prior to joining KWA Analytics, Kevin was most recently an independent contractor overseeing the successful roll-out of a global LNG re-modeling implementation and Engagement Director at Openlink in Singapore responsible for all Liquid and Bulk Commodities implementations across the APAC region; spanning from Northern Asia down to Australia. As Director of KWA Analytics Singapore, Kevin runs the KWA Singapore office including all aspects of Business Development, Recruitment, Strategic Partnerships and Professional Services Implementations.

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.
Udesh Jha

Managing Director Clearing and Post-Trade division

Managing director, clearing and post-trade

Udesh Jha is a Managing Director within the Clearing and Post-Trade division at CME Group and heads the Post Trade Services group. This group comprises three sub-groups – Risk Research, Solutions and Service Management for TriResolve & TriCalculate. In his last role within CME Group, Udesh led the Risk Research team for CME Clearing and was responsible for managing all aspects of quantitative risk modelling for the Clearinghouse. Udesh has worked at CME since 2010.

Prior to this joining CME Group, he worked at Capital One, Banc of America Securities, and QRM in different risk management roles ranging from ALM, Funds Transfer Pricing and CDO Structuring. Prior to that, Udesh was a Senior Management Consultant with IBM assisting clients with Supply Chain Management solutions across different industrial sectors.

Udesh holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Masters in Science in Civil Engineering from University of Connecticut and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ken Han



Ken, co-founder of ENUIT, began his career in software development management nearly 20 years ago at Nucleus Corporation where he moved from developer to lead developer and architect, eventually becoming VP of Software Development and lead system architect. Ken’s business acumen and technical vision help ENUIT present a physical and financial, multi-commodity user-friendly E/CTRM. Ken designed the new standard in E/CTRM trading systems in the open-architectured ENTRADE framework.

SooPeng Lee


Novatek Gas and Power Asia

Mohd Saleem

Head of product & market development, head of South Asia, international development

Bursa Malaysia Derivatives

Mohd Saleem is Head of Product & Market Development and Head of South Asia, International Development for Bursa Malaysia Derivatives (BMD). As Head of Product & Market Development, Saleem is responsible for ensuring all new and/or revamped product launches meet the industry’s needs. Notably, Saleem drove the recent launch of the physically delivered 5 Year Malaysian Government Securities Futures Contract.

As Head of South Asia, International Development, Saleem is responsible for leading BMD’s efforts to engage with all industry stakeholders to ensure that BMD’s products and services meet the market’s needs. He also plays a key role in facilitating collaborations with exchanges.

Having joined BMD in July 2019, Saleem was previously the Director and Head of Futures for HSBC in Singapore. He has held several key roles within Futures in HSBC and brings with him over 25 years of experience in the futures industry.

Ganesh Natarajan

Managing Director Europe



Ganesh Natarajan heads up the European operations based out of London, UK.


Previously Ganesh was the Global Head of pre-sales at Brady plc and prior was a Senior Manager in PwC’s Commodity Management team.


He has more than 20 years of experience in managing complex business and IT transformations and large projects with a successful track record of strategy, consulting, product management,  system selection and implementation of C/ETRM (Commodity and Energy trading and risk management) systems


He has worked on implementations of OpenLink, Allegro and Brady and has expertise in risk management and governance frameworks, delivery assurance, operating models and processes and strategy, IT and business transformational change, Metals, Energy, utilities & mining and Industrial products & services


Furthermore, Ganesh has led the selection, implementation, process re-design and re-architecture for some of the largest metals, commodities and energy companies globally as well as leading the ETRM practice at Sapient Global Markets across Europe and India building a result-oriented team of 60+ domain experts consisting of project managers, technical leads, configuration experts and testers.

Sam Porter


Baringa Partners

Sam is a Director at Baringa Partners LLP with over 12 years of experience in commodities trading industry as a consultant, primarily with Oil and LNG trading organisations.Sam has specific deep expertise in risk management, trade finance, data & application architecture and CTRM systems. Sam’s clients have included global commodity trading businesses, NOCs, banks & refining/retails organisations from across Europe, Asia and Africa

Nazery Khalid

Group head coportate communications

Boustead Heavy Industries

Nazery Khalid is a well-known commentator and scholar in the field of maritime.  He has been involved as a speaker, moderator and panelist in over 250 seminars and conferences worldwide (and virtual meets) and has published over 350 articles in print (including refereed journals, chapters in books and magazines) and online on a wide range of maritime topics.  

He came to prominence in this field at Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), a policy think tank under the Ministry of Transport Malaysia, where he served as Senior Fellow / Research Coordinator and Head of Center of Maritime Economics and Industries from 2004 to 2014. Prior to that, he worked in the financial services industry for 15 years including in commercial banking, stockbroking and the capital markets.

Nazery was visiting scholar at Bahria University, Karachi (2008), Cardiff Business School (2010), University Paris Diderot (2011), National Institute of South China Sea Studies in Hainan, China (2013) and Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou (2013).  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and sits in the Advisory Councils of Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera and Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology based in his home state of Johor.

He has represented Malaysia at International Maritime Organization meetings and ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group meetings.  He sits on the Advisory Panel of Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology Malaysia and was the Honorary Secretary, Association of Marine Industries of Malaysia (AMIM) from 2015 to 2018.

Nazery holds an MBA from International Islamic University, Malaysia and a BA in Business Administration from Ottawa University, Kansas, USA.  He is currently Head of Group Corporate Communications at Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation, a company listed on Bursa Malaysia involved in the marine, defence and security industries.

John Baffes

Senior economist

World Bank’s Prospects Group

John Baffes is a Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Prospects Group, where he manages the Commodity Markets Outlook, a World Bank publication focusing on commodity market analysis and price forecasts. Mr. Baffes has worked in several Units within the World Bank, including Latin America, South Asia, East Africa, Evaluation, and Research. He has published extensively, including chapters in edited volumes and articles in various academic journals in the areas of economic development, agricultural economics, resource economics, and applied econometrics. He makes regular appearances in media outlets. He also teaches an executive course on Applied Econometrics for Commodity Markets. Mr. Baffes holds degrees in Economics (BS, University of Athens, Greece), Agricultural Economics (MS, University of Georgia, U.S.), and Agricultural and Resource Economics (Ph.D., University of Maryland, U.S.).

Dr. Nandha Kumar Kandasamy

Research scientist

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Dr. Nandha Kumar Kandasamy received his B.E. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India, in 2008. He worked as an Application  Design  Engineer  with  Larsen  and Toubro Limited, Mumbai, India, between 2008 and 2010  specialising  in Power System Protection  and Control. He received his Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2016.  He joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as Research Engineer in 2015, then upgraded to Research Fellow position in 2016. He joined Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2017 as Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Currently is a Research Scientist at Singapore University of Technology and Design . His research interests include Cyber Security for Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage Systems, Smart Grids, Demand Response Management, data-driven modelling, Load Management, lighting  systems and HVAC systems. 

Łukasz Bielak

Head of financial risk

KGHM Polska Miedź SA

A graduate of Wroclaw University of Economics with two majors: IT & Econometrics and Finance Management. He completed a postgraduate course titled Psychology in Business at Koźmiński University in Warsaw and earned a Certificate in Mining Studies at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver. He has attended many prestigious courses in the field of finance and risk management, derivatives and mining investments.

Associated with KGHM since 2007, where he began as a specialist in the Commodity Risk Unit. He has participated in a number of projects related to financial risk management, energy risk and development as well as treasury in KGHM Group. Currently he is a Director of the Financial Risk Department at KGHM, where he is responsible for macroeconomic and commodity research and market risk management, including hedging activity and the implementation of trade finance solutions. He represents KGHM in International Copper Association.

Glen Mackey

Chief risk officer

NRG Energy

Glen E. Mackey is Chief Risk Officer of NRG Energy. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s governance, risk management, trade compliance, cash management, insurance, retail costing and structuring.

Mr. Mackey also serves as a an adjunct professor in Applied Mathematics at Rutgers University, a member of the CFTC's Market Risk Advisory Committee, and board or advisory member for related energy firms.

Mr. Mackey holds undergraduate diplomas in accounting and finance respectively. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration, all through western schools.

Prior to joining NRG in 2011, Mackey held senior commercial and commodity management positions, in agriculture, energy and financial services sectors with KPMG, Nexen, EnCana, Duke Energy Marketing, Koch Energy Trading, Engage Energy, NGX, and TD Bank.

Sidhartha Dash

Research Director

Chartis Research

Sid has more than 20 years of experience in the financial, energy and commodities markets in various functions across the trade and software development lifecycles. He has held various roles in product development, trading, risk management, software development and consulting in banks, hedge funds, and risk advisory and software firms, including Standard Chartered Bank, TCG Group, HCL and Cognizant. 

Sid’s specific areas of interest and research include risk data, model risk management, quantitative models in illiquid markets, high-performance analytics, energy and commodity trading risk, market structure design, new computational models, and the use of innovative mathematical methods in various emerging areas of risk management.