Richard Nelson is an Energy Partner with King & Spalding, based in Singapore. Richard has worked previously in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo and advises on energy-related transactions and projects, particularly in the upstream oil and gas, LNG and power sectors. Richard regularly advises international oil and gas companies, host governments and project developers and sponsors in jurisdictions across South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. He is currently recognised as a leading energy and natural resources lawyer in Singapore and Asia Pacific by the leading legal directories, including Chambers and Legal 500.
Mehdi Chennoufi is the General Manager LNG Origination and Business Development and responsible for building Shell’s LNG business East of Suez.
He started his career with KPMG in the early nineties where he got acquainted with the rigour of economic analysis and the art of interpreting accounts. He then joined Shell in London at the turn of the century and focused on gas and LNG business development in Levant before moving to Egypt to grow Shell’s CNG and LDC footprint. In 2004 he was appointed as the Shell shareholder representative in Oman LNG, based out of the Dubai office and in 2008 he moved to the LNG Supply and Trading business looking after Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
In 2010, Mehdi was appointed General Manager LNG Origination and Business Development for the West Region covering the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Africa and South America and in 2016 he moved to Singapore to lead the East of Suez portfolio.
Mehdi holds a Masters in Economics and a Master in Business Administration from ISG in Paris and the University of Oxford. Besides being an avid sailor, he is passionate about biodiversity conservation and founded Wanakaset.org.
Keita EnjojiHead of LNG - General ManagerTokyo Gas Asia Pte. Ltd.
Head of LNG - General Manager
Tokyo Gas Asia Pte. Ltd.
Keita Enjoji has assumed his current role in Singapore as of April 2016 and represents the LNG side of the business within Tokyo Gas Asia Pte. Ltd., to support the various mid-downstream business development activities in the South East Asian region. Also acting as an extension arm of the LNG procurement and trading division within Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., to which he has belonged for the past 7 years following the Fukushima earthquake, he has taken an active role in the optimization of the company’s LNG portfolio.
As Global Director for LNG Ciaran Roe manages the S&P Global Platts LNG market reporting team, which covers key benchmarks including JKM. Previously Ciaran worked pricing major commodity markets, ranging from crude oil to iron ore. Ciaran is a regular speaker at industry events & media on subjects such as the impact of tariffs on trade and the energy transition.
Denis Bonhomme, who holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin (USA) and a Diploma of the EM Lyon, started his career in the oil sector (Elf & TOTAL). He was Corporate Treasurer in charge of oil and gas assets financing for 5 years in Aberdeen and London (UK), and Business Development Manager in the Natural Gas Department, working on the development of LNG assets in Nigeria and power and gas assets in the Middle East.
He then spent 4 years at McKinsey, specializing in energy and financial assignments for clients in the energy and industrial sector, and 2 years in the retail industry, before joining SUEZ in 2006 as Strategy Director for the Energy Services business line. He was appointed in 2010 as Strategy Director for GDF SUEZ LNG, the LNG Business Unit of GDF SUEZ/ENGIE, then Managing Director and Senior Vice President Business Development Asia for Global LNG APAC, the TOTAL Gas and Power subsidiary based in Singapore.
He is now Vice President LNG for TOTAL in China, based in Beijing.
Rod DukeChief Executive Officer – GLNG Operations Pty LtdSantos Limited
Chief Executive Officer – GLNG Operations Pty Ltd
Rod Duke leads the incorporated operating company for the Gladstone LNG project. The US$18.5 billion Santos GLNG project converts coal seam gas resources into liquefied natural gas for export under 20-year sales contracts to Malaysia and Korea. Rod successfully delivered the 420 kilometre long gas transmission pipeline and completion of the 2 train LNG plant on Curtis Island. He has overall responsibility for project execution, commissioning & startup, ongoing plant & pipeline operations, commercial, LNG marketing and production planning for GLNG. With a capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per annum, GLNG is one of Australia’s largest resource projects, employing around 14,000 people at peak construction and more than 1,000 during ongoing operations. First LNG was produced in September 2015, safely, on schedule and within budget. The second train commenced LNG production as planned in May 2016.
Rod has extensive global experience with more than 31 years in the upstream natural gas and LNG industry. With Woodside from 1984 onwards he worked on construction, commissioning and operations of the first LNG trains in Australia at the North West Shelf; offshore on North Rankin platform well completions and production operations; and then on module construction, installation, hookup, commissioning and operations for the Goodwyn platform. He went on to market natural gas to industrial customers in Western Australia; negotiate large LNG sales contracts with buyers in Japan, Korea and China; develop new LNG business in the USA, Mexico, Chile and Thailand; and make LNG spot trading deals. In 2007, Rod moved to Singapore where he led the government project to develop that country’s LNG import industry and built its first regasification terminal. And after initially working for Santos from 1996 to 1998 as head of its South West Queensland onshore gas project at Ballera in central Australia, Rod returned in early 2013 to take up his present role based in Brisbane.
Rod’s qualifications include an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma of Business Management. He is a Trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, a Director of the Queensland Resources Council, and a member of the CSG-LNG Industry Leadership Group.
Siddhartha ShrivastavaHead of Energy & Natural Resources, Asia - Global Structured FinanceSumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Head of Energy & Natural Resources, Asia - Global Structured Finance
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Siddhartha is Head of Energy & Natural Resources in Asia for SMBC. He is based in Singapore and has more than 15 years of experience in banking & finance. He has worked with multiple global and Asian oil & gas companies to raise non-recourse financing for their projects in Asia. In the LNG sector, he has led several notable advisory and arranging transactions in Asia-Pacific for LNG liquefaction projects in Indonesia, Australia and PNG as well as LNG regasification projects in Bangladesh Indonesia and Pakistan.
Arnaud is a member of the GIIGNL team and chairs the Commercial Study Group.
He is leading Shell’s gas marketing and operations in Singapore and the development of Shell’s long term LNG supply strategy into Singapore and connected markets.
Before taking his current role, Arnaud was responsible for BG Group’s overall LNG trading activities and he also had responsibilities in natural gas marketing and trading activities based in the UK, the USA and Singapore. Prior to joining BG Group in 2006, he worked for Total.
Arnaud has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arts et Métiers ParisTech and a Master’s Degree in Financial Markets from the University of Paris Dauphine.
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