Speakers

Speakers joining us at Energy Risk Global

Federico Tondi

Head of technology innovation

Shell Agile Hub

Nick Stansbury

Head of climate solutions

Legal & General Investment Management

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Sunaina Pai Ocalan

Director, corporate strategy

HESS

Sunaina is responsible for keeping the Hess executive team abreast on macro-economic factors, and elements of supply and demand of oil and gas; how costs are trending in the industry, and other macro themes and perspectives.  She is also responsible for competitor intelligence and monitoring strategic trends in the industry.

She has 18 years experience in the oil and gas industry, in various functions – she started her career with Schlumberger, working as an electrical design engineer on the coring tool and the MDT.  After getting her MBA, she switched gears and joined a boutique management consulting firm that got acquired by IHS CERA in Cambridge, MA. Through the acquisition, she was with CERA for 6 years.  In 2012, Ocalan joined Hess as a development plan engineer for the Utica asset.  She had a development role in the Commercial group helping with decisions on Hess’ Bakken asset.  Prior to taking the Corporate Strategy role, she supported all of Hess’ offshore assets and was responsible for decision analysis and economics for GOM, Asia, and Europe.  

Ocalan holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University, India, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, PA, and an MBA from Rice University in Houston.

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.

Jorge Blazquez

Senior Advisor for energy transition and system analysis

BP

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. 

Terence Thompson

Chief Science Officer

The Climate Service

Dr. Terence Thompson is leading the development of the TCS software platform building on his experience integrating science, big data, statistics, and software development. Thompson has led advanced climate analysis in industry for over 20 years. He joined The Climate Service from the consultancy LMI where, as a Senior Fellow, he led the climate program. His work there focused on the application of climate data to climate-change adaptation for both government and private sectors. At LMI, he pioneered techniques to address large-scale climate-data access and computing, create value-added products and services, and link to quantitative decision-making processes.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Thompson spent 12 years applying artificial intelligence techniques to defense-related problems, including underwater and space surveillance. At Gould Electronics, he established and led the Intelligent Systems Laboratory.

Thompson is former Vice President of Energy and Environment at Metron Aviation (a subsidiary of Airbus), where he led analysis of the environmental impacts of air transport, including climate, air quality, and noise. He served as principal investigator for many NASA and FAA environmental studies and tool-development efforts over the past 20 years, and served as the project lead on an ongoing study for the Environmentally Responsible Aviation project for NASA. Dr. Thompson holds a doctorate and masters in biophysics from the University of Rochester Medical School.

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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.

Susan Nash

Director of Innovation & Emerging Science and Technology

AAPG

François Mantion

Head of Energy & Bulk Trading

ICBC Standard

 

 

Mili Fomicov

Researcher

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

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.

Juliet Davenport

Founder and CEO

Good Energy

Once upon a time, there was a great storm. It was 1987 and Juliet Davenport was sat in an Oxford University library as a student, pondering climate physics. It was here that Juliet’s passion for climate change, environment and, ultimately, energy began.

Fast forward and today Juliet is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy – a 100% renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future together.

Juliet has always been a trailblazer. Rather than follow the traditional route of training to be a lawyer or study for an MBA, Juliet chose to do things differently and worked in the heart of Europe; a role which gave her a deeper understanding of the energy market.

It was here that she realised there could be a different way. Why couldn’t energy creation be local and energy supply be low carbon? How could clean technology and the power of a great idea transform the energy market? The idea for Good Energy was born.

The early years were spent surviving. Juliet and Good Energy have always had to innovate, lead the sector and create their own path. And it’s this innovative attitude continues to define and shape Good Energy today.

Juliet continues to lead and innovate in the energy sector; in 2013 Juliet was awarded an OBE for services to renewables and in June 2015 was appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council. She has various appointments with academic organisations, including University of Wales, Imperial College, Bristol University and London School of Economics LSE, where she works on innovation and where possible influencing the next generation to think about the energy transition and our low carbon future.

Juliet is passionate about creating a business that does good; one that can deliver the needs of society in a purposeful way, rather than just thinking about money. As part of this she is working with the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project, thinking about a better future, one where business can be the good guy.

Cetin Karakus

Global head of quantitative and analytical solutions

BP

Yi Jean Chow

Investment Principal

Future Energy Ventures (part of E.On / innogy)

Pradeep Tagare

Vice President, Corporate Venture Capital

National Grid Partners

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Vince Kaminski

Professor

Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management

Mr. Vincent Kaminski has spent 14 years working in different positions related to quantitative analysis and risk management in the merchant energy industry. The companies he worked for include Citigroup, Sempra Energy Trading, Reliant Energy, Citadel Investment Group, and Enron (from 1992 to 2002) where he was the head of the quantitative modeling group. Prior to starting a career in the energy industry, Mr. Kaminski was a Vice-President in the Research Department, Bond Portfolio Analysis Group, of Salomon Brothers in New York (from 1986 to 1992).
As of September 15, 2006, Mr. Kaminski has accepted an academic position with Rice University in Houston (Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business) where he is teaching MBA level classes on energy markets, energy risk management and valuation of energy derivatives. Mr. Kaminski is also teaching classes in the executive education program at the Jones school.

Mr. Kaminski holds an M.S. degree in international economics, a Ph.D. degree in theoretical economics from the Main School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw, Poland, and an MBA from Fordham University in New York. He is a recipient of the 1999 James H. McGraw award for Energy Risk Management (Energy Risk Manager of the Year). Mr. Kaminski published a number of papers, and contributed to several books, on energy markets. His recent publications in the risk management and commodity options pricing areas include: Managing Energy Price Risk, Risk Books, London 1999, all three subsequent editions, editor and coauthor; The Challenge of Pricing and Risk Managing Electricity Derivatives, in: The US Power Market, Risk Publications, London 1997, author; and Energy Modeling. Advances in the Management of Uncertainty, London 2005, editor and coauthor.

 

 

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.

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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.
Monika Mangla

Director, Global Finance Digital Transformation

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.

Violeta Sliskovic

Senior Legal Counsel

Uniper Global Commodities SE

Violeta Sliskovic is Senior Legal Counsel at Uniper Global Commodities SE (UGC) in the area of International Law & Global Trading. In this role, she is responsible for energy trading and financial markets regulations (i.e. REMIT, MAR, MiFID, EMIR) and related regulatory, legal and trading compliance aspects. In particular, she is in the lead of algorithmic and automated trading related governance topics.

Prior to joining UGC in 2018, Violeta was holding various positions at a German renewables pioneer ENTEGA AG – her last role as Head of Compliance and Energy Trading Contracts, where she was mainly responsible for the groupwide implementation of energy trading and financial market regulations as well as energy trading / supply contract management. In addition, she worked as Of Counsel at ESCHER Rechtsanwälte, a Frankfurt based law firm specialized on investment protection and international arbitration cases.

Previously she was responsible for the Regulatory and Legal Affairs of the German and Croatian subsidiaries of EconGas / OMV Gas Marketing & Trading with focus on European gas regulations and wholesale trading contracts. She is in the energy industry since 2008.

Furthermore, Violeta is chairing the FinTech WG at European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) and she is appointed Member of ACER´s REMIT Expert Group.

She holds a law degree from University of Tübingen with 1st and 2nd legal state examination, including admission to the German Bar as well as a CCP degree from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Milan Poidl

Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Hub

Enel

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.