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Rostin Behnam

Commissioner

THE U.S COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION

Rostin Behnam, Commissioner, THE U.S COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION

Rostin Behnam was nominated by President Trump as a Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on July 13, 2017, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 2017, and was sworn in to serve as a Commissioner on September 6, 2017 for term expiring in June 2021.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Behnam served as senior counsel to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. Mr. Behnam served as counsel to Senator Stabenow since 2011, focusing on policy and legislation related to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Department of Agriculture.
Prior to serving Senator Stabenow, Mr. Behnam practiced law in New York City and worked at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Mr. Behnam is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law.

 

Michael Haigh

Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities Research

SOCIETE GENERALE

Michael Haigh, Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities Research, SOCIETE GENERALE

Michael Haigh is Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Research for Société Générale and is based in NYC. For 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, SG CIB has been voted by the industry as the Best Overall in Commodity Research in both Risk and Energy Risk, two highly respected publications dedicated to risk management, trading and regulation for the global commodity markets. Immediately prior to running the Global Commodities Research team, Haigh was Global Head of Commodities Research at Standard Chartered Bank, based in Singapore. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Haigh held the positions of Managing Director at K2 Advisors LLC, a Global Hedge Fund of Funds, where he focused on Commodity Research/Investing and also as Managing Director and US Head of Commodities Research and Strategy at Société Générale in NYC. Haigh also spent several years as the Associate Chief Economist at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Haigh began his career in academia and held a position as a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, US. Haigh has taught graduate (MBA) & undergraduate derivative courses at several universities including NYU Stern School of Business, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University and has supervised numerous Ph.D. dissertations on the commodity and financial markets. He has published numerous scholarly research papers on commodity and derivative markets in several leading journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Futures Markets and the Journal of Applied Econometrics. Michael holds a PhD in Economics with a minor in statistics from North Carolina State University.

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Liza Abad

Enterprise Risk Manager

HESS CORPORATION

Liza Abad, Enterprise Risk Manager, HESS CORPORATION

Liza Abad is Enterprise Risk Manager at Hess Corporation, a Fortune 100 E&P company, with portfolio responsibilities overseeing North America onshore, Asia Pacific and Australia regions. In Asia, Liza was responsible for the roll-out of Enterprise Risk program. Liza also served in a research advisory capacity in Hess' Strategy group; shepherding the country risk program and methodology development. Prior to joining Hess, Liza was at Mirant Corporation and Bank of America. Liza has been actively involved in the risk professional and strategy community, furthering risk management best practices and educational needs of energy professionals. At Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA), she has served various global roles (Global Speaker Coordination Leader, SME and advisory roles) and chapter level roles (Houston and New York Steering Committees). In 2016, Liza was elected Co-Regional Director of PRMIA's Houston chapter. Liza has served as chairperson on the International Energy Credit Association (IECA) Crude and Refined Products committee and on projects for Association for Strategic Planning. Liza has also been an active speaker in the risk community (Columbia University' Energy Symposium, McDermott Will & Emery Energy Conference, LEAP, IECA and PRMIA). Liza holds a MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Bob Anderson

Executive Director

CCRO

Bob Anderson, Executive Director, CCRO

BOB ANDERSON is Executive Director of the Committee of Chief Risk Officers. In this role‚ he is the Committee's principal spokesperson‚ lead strategist and chief administrator. He represents the Committee before the FERC‚ CFTC‚ Congress‚ and major industry conferences. Bob is also President and founder of the Energy Data Hub company which promises to bring much needed gains in market transparency and robustness in price formation. Before agreeing to lead the CCRO‚ Bob was a Corporate Vice President and the Chief Risk Officer for El Paso Corporation in Houston. From 1999 through early 2003‚ Anderson's group introduced a new risk-capital based framework to controls‚ capital allocation‚ and performance measurement. During this time‚ Bob was a major contributor to the CCRO white paper on assessing capital adequacy. Prior to El Paso‚ Bob was a consultant with McKinsey & Company‚ at their Houston office. There he focused on helping energy industry clients to address their organizational‚ risk management‚ and asset valuation issues. Prior to McKinsey‚ Bob founded his own software development firm‚ providing data management tools for diesel price analytics. Just after graduate school at Duke‚ Bob joined BP Oil Company where his seven years of experience included strategic planning‚ trading‚ and serving as head of energy derivatives marketing. Bob has received much public acknowledgement for his involvement in advancing energy risk management‚ including the 'Famous Fifty' hall of fame award from Energy Risk Magazine‚ for contribution to energy markets over the last ten years. Bob's educational background includes an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University

Erika Bierschbach

Interim Director, Energy & Market Operations, AUSTIN ENERGY

AUSTIN ENERGY

Erika Bierschbach, Interim Director, Energy & Market Operations, AUSTIN ENERGY

Erika Bierschbach has over 23 years of experience in the energy market industry. Bierschbach's experience includes positions in energy risk management and trading at Duke Energy Trading and Marketing as well as Enron Capital and Trade. Bierschbach's current position is interim Director of Energy & Market Operations at Austin Energy, where she manages the wholesale market activities for the utility.

Bierschbach joined Austin Energy to develop and implement the energy hedging program for the utility. Among her achievements are the establishment of Austin's financial energy portfolio, its Risk Oversight Committee, and the establishment of Risk Policy guidelines ensuring the proper oversight and separation of duties required for best practices in energy trading and risk management. Bierschbach and her origination team are responsible for acquiring over 1,200MWs of wind generation and 600 MWs of solar generation to Austin Energy's renewable portfolio to meet the renewable energy goals established by Austin's City Council.

Bierschbach has a degree in Economics from Texas A&M University and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

 

Freddy Cardozo

Vice President, Supply & Risk Management

GAS SOUTH

Freddy Cardozo, Vice President, Supply & Risk Management, GAS SOUTH

Mr. Cardozo has over twenty-three years of experience in the energy industry from both the regulated and deregulated markets. Mr. Cardozo is Vice President of Supply & Risk Management for Gas South, a natural gas marketer in Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas. He is responsible for natural gas trading, portfolio risk management, price structuring, and legislative and regulatory affairs. He has testified multiple times before the Georgia Public Service Commission. Before joining Gas South in 2006, he worked at Southern Company and Mirant Corporation. Mr. Cardozo holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay, and earned a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar.

Joe Cipolla

MACQUARIE GROUP

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Joe Cipolla, MACQUARIE GROUP

Paul Cusenza

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

NODAL EXCHANGE & NODAL CLEAR

Paul Cusenza, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, NODAL EXCHANGE & NODAL CLEAR

Nodal Exchange is a cash-settled commodities exchange providing participants the ability to trade and central counterparty clear hub, zone and nodal power futures and options contracts in North America. The company also offers natural gas futures contracts. Nodal Exchange is a designated contract market. Nodal Clear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nodal Exchange, is registered as a derivatives clearing organization and acts as the central counterparty clearing house for Nodal Exchange futures contracts. Nodal Exchange became part of the EEX Group in May 2017. Mr. Cusenza led Nodal Exchange to its commencement of trading in April of 2009 and the market has seen great growth since its launch. Nodal Clear received the award for "Clearing House Innovation of the Year" at the 2017 Risk Awards, was named the "Newcomer of the Year" at the 2016 Energy Risk Awards and received the Commodity Business Award for 2016 for "Excellence in Trading and Operations Technology." Nodal Exchange was named "Commodity Exchange of the Year" for the 2016 Commodity Business Awards and "Exchange of the Year" at the 2013 Energy Risk Awards, "The Rising Star Company Award" at the 2013 Platts Global Energy Awards, "Innovation of the Year" at the 2010 Energy Risk Awards and received the "2010 Platts Global Energy Award of Excellence." Mr. Cusenza has over thirty years of experience in building and managing businesses. He was a co-Founder and co-President of 23andMe, a personal genetics company which Time Magazine identified as "The Best Invention of the Year", and the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Alliance Management at Perlegen Sciences. He was part of the Senior Management Team of Capital One Financial during a period of great growth in the 1990s. Prior to Capital One Financial, he was a Vice President and Partner at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) for nearly a decade focusing on financial services. He also worked for IBM early in his career. Mr. Cusenza holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

 

 

Nicholas Coughlin

Branch Chief, Office of Enforcement,

FERC

Nicholas Coughlin, Branch Chief, Office of Enforcement, Division of Audits and Accounting, FERC

Mr. Coughlin has been at FERC for 15 years, during which time, he has participated in, led, and managed numerous audits of FERC jurisdictional companies. These audits have included financial and operational audits of electric, natural gas, and oil pipeline companies. Currently, he is a Branch Chief in the Division of Audits and Accounting where he manages audits covering a diverse range of topics including utility operations, accounting and financial reporting matters, rates, recovery mechanisms, affiliate transactions, tariff matters, and compliance with various other FERC rules and regulations.

John Doran

Global Director, Trade Monitoring & Surveillance

CONOCOPHILLIPS

John Doran, Global Director, Trade Monitoring & Surveillance, CONOCOPHILLIPS

John L. Doran, Global Director, Trade Monitoring & Surveillance with ConocoPhillips, brings more than 20 years of experience providing advisory services and analytical modeling methods to his clients in the energy industry. Mr. Doran is the designer of multiple commodity trade surveillance methods used to detect targeted trading patterns. He has worked with integrated oil companies, investment banks, hedge funds and Department of Justice sponsored monitors providing customized trade surveillance solutions and independent reviews. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Mr. Doran spent a significant part of his career with Ernst & Young and SunGard Global Services focusing within the energy industry. John graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

 

 

Michael Enger

Interim - Energy Market Manager, Energy Market Analysis Group

AUSTIN ENERGY

Michael Enger, Interim - Energy Market Manager, Energy Market Analysis Group, AUSTIN ENERGY

Michael Enger, currently the Interim Energy Market Manager over the Energy Market Analysis Group, joined Austin Energy in 2001 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Economics and a brief stint with a mutual fund company. Michael has spent nearly all of his 17 years at Austin Energy within the Energy Market Operations group performing or overseeing a variety of wholesale market and risk management tasks and projects but takes the greatest pride when identifying new opportunities, programs or revenue streams that create additional benefit to the Austin Energy customer.

 

Jennifer Fordham

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

NATURAL GAS SUPPLY ASSOCIATION

Jennifer Fordham, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, NATURAL GAS SUPPLY ASSOCIATION

Jenny Fordham is senior vice president, government affairs for the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA). She joined NGSA in 2005.

Jenny is responsible for the association's legislative and policy advocacy on issues relating to the competitive natural gas market. She represents the association at senior level meetings with the administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), U.S. Congress, media, industry and the public, serving as a spokeswoman for the association on a multitude of natural gas market issues.

Jenny's diverse 25-year energy career helps provide the commercial relevance that is characteristic of NGSA advocacy. Fordham's regulatory affairs and fuel supply planning experience is further augmented by her investor relations and financial planning experience for Columbia Energy Group.

Jenny specializes creating long term strategic advocacy partnerships that broaden policymaker support for commercially relevant positions. Fordham created the first "agriculture and energy" partnership, NGSA and the National Corn Growers Association, credited with securing the end user protections in the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. Jenny's work helped establish NGSA as an industry leader on CFTC Dodd-Frank implementation advocacy.

Jenny Fordham graduated cum laude from Shepherd University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science.

 

Ike Gibbs

Chief Compliance Officer, Commodities

CITADEL

Ike Gibbs, Chief Compliance Officer, Commodities, CITADEL

Lyon Hardgrave

Director, Market Risk

GLENCORE

Lyon Hardgrave, Director, Market Risk, GLENCORE

Frank Hayden

Vice President, Trading Compliance

CALPINE

Frank Hayden, Vice President, Trading Compliance, CALPINE

Frank Hayden has been in the industry since 1987 and currently serves as Vice President of Trading Compliance for Calpine. Mr. Hayden is charged with developing a trading compliance control framework and market monitoring program. He directs overall corporate strategy regarding commercial compliance. His deep experience includes energy trading, assurance risk assessments, risk management, utility asset management, banking and energy trading compliance. During his career, Frank remains focused on enabling organizations with a transparent decision making framework increasing the effectiveness of compliance programs, risk management and overall efficiency of capital allocation. Mr. Hayden is a co-founder of the Professional Risk Manager's International Association.

Paul Hughes

Manager, Risk Control

SOUTHERN COMPANY

Paul Hughes, Manager, Risk Control, SOUTHERN COMPANY

 

 

Sid Jacobson

Managing Partner

PIVOTAL RISK ADVISORS

Sid Jacobson, Managing Partner,  PIVOTAL RISK ADVISORS

Sid is a management consultant with over 25 years of experience driving change and growth for companies engaged in energy and related derivatives markets. Sid is known for strategic visioning complemented with a successful track record implementing improved commodity strategies, commercial operations, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Prior to consulting, Sid had successful career as an options market-maker with a seat on the AMEX and NYMEX. After trading, Sid was the first risk manager for a global hedge fund and for a PJM utility/energy marketer. Sid also developed derivatives marketing programs to launch new products for NYMEX.

Sid often engages in industry committees focused on developing practices; currently as a Steering Committee Member for the Houston Chapter of PRMIA, a Committee of Chief Risk Officers Advocate and as a conference moderator for Energy Risk USA. Sid graduated Syracuse University with a B.S. degree in Finance with a focus on Managerial Statistics.

 

Rich Jefferson

Chief Operating Officer, Commodities

BEACON PLATFORM

Rich Jefferson, Chief Operating Officer, Commodities, BEACON PLATFORM

Rich is the Commodities COO at Beacon Platform based in London. Prior to joining Beacon in summer 2017, Rich helped build the Commodities and FX businesses at Deutsche Bank. His roles included building the client franchise into a top-tier, award-winning provider included leading Commodities Sales, Energy Derivatives Trading, Global Oil & Refined Products, FX Options Trading and more recently was co-head of Global Commodities and Global Head of Trading.

Outside of Beacon, Rich gives time to the education sector with local primary schools, Ambition School Leadership and is a mentor at the University of Bath Innovation Centre.

Jerry Jeske

Group Chief Compliance Counsel

MERCURIA ENERGY TRADING

Jerry Jeske, Group Chief Compliance Counsel, MERCURIA ENERGY TRADING

Mr. Jeske has been handling global Compliance related matters for Mercuria since June 2011. Mr. Jeske was previously a Director of Commodities Compliance with Barclays Capital from 2008 until June 2011 and Mr. Jeske served as Compliance Counsel for BP America Inc. WOR operations from 2005 until 2008. Prior to becoming in house Compliance Counsel in 2005, Mr. Jeske practiced law with Foley and Lardner where he was a member of the Commodities and Securities Litigation and Regulatory Practice Groups, defending clients from various enforcement action before Federal, State and Exchange enforcement authorities and counseling FCM, CTA, IBs, IAs, Exchanges and Exchange Members in connection with relevant rule interpretations and case law developments. Mr. Jeske was a member of the CBOT, a registered Stock Transfer Agent with the SEC and an Investment Advisor with the SEC. Mr. Jeske is presently a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin bar holds a J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Economics and International Relations.

Saji John

Global Head of Commodity Market Risk

CITIGROUP

Saji John, Global Head of Commodity Market Risk, CITIGROUP

Saji K. John is the Global Head of Market Risk Management for the Global Commodities group at Citigroup. As the global head of market risk management, Saji's team monitors and provides global oversight for Citigroup's commodity market risk. He is also the Chief Risk Officer for Citigroup's US swap dealer for commodities. He has been with Citi since 2007. Prior to Citigroup, he worked at BP for 5yrs as the Market Risk Manager for BP's energy trading desks in Houston. He started his career in energy commodities as a structurer for the Natural Gas and Power desk with Enron Corp in their energy trading group. He was with Enron for 5 years. Prior to Enron, he worked for various engineering companies as an Electrical Engineer in the Middle East and India. Saji graduated with an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, India. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA institute.

Krystal Joscelyne

Senior Risk Manager

PDC ENERGY

Krystal Joscelyne, Senior Risk Manager, PDC ENERGY

Krystal Joscelyne oversees the Risk Management department for PDC Energy, an upstream oil and natural gas company. Previously, Ms. Joscelyne was the Director of Finance and Accounting for Aurora Building Company, a boutique construction firm. Prior to that role, she was an independent consultant helping business leaders increase their ability to foresee and navigate risks. Additionally, Ms. Joscelyne worked within various business units of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 gas and electric energy company. Within this role, she consolidated their financial plan, quantified financial variability and strategic implications of investment decisions and macroeconomic risks, performed project analysis and prepared expert witness testimony. Ms. Joscelyne also worked on the trading floors of Progress Energy as a quantitative analyst valuing deals and building pricing models.

Ms. Joscelyne has proudly served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Just in Time for Foster Youth and The Grey Muzzle Organization. She currently volunteers in various capacities as a member of the Junior League of Denver.

Ms. Joscelyne holds a Master's of Financial Mathematics, a Master's of Economics, and a Bachelor's of Arts of Economics from North Carolina State University. She is a Certified Professional Risk Manager and an Advisory Board member of NC State's Enterprise Risk Management Initiative.

 

Vince Kaminski

Professor

RICE UNIVERSITY'S JESSE H. JONES GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

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.

 

 

Novera Khan

Chief Risk Officer

UNIPER

Novera Khan, Chief Risk Officer, UNIPER

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 extensive experience in the energy industry and has held various Senior Risk Management positions across multiple markets and companies in the US and Europe.

 

 

 

Stuart Krohn

Head Global Market Risk Gas, Power & Energy Trading

SHELL TRADING & SUPPLY

Stuart Krohn, Head Global Market Risk Gas, Power & Energy Trading, SHELL TRADING & SUPPLY

Kevin Kindall

Senior Data Scientist

HARTREE PARTNERS

Kevin Kindall, Senior Data Scientist, HARTREE PARTNERS

Kevin Kindall is a Senior Data Scientist at Hartree Partners. Prior to joining Hartree, he held front and middle office positions at ConocoPhillips, Enron, and EDF Trading. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Clemson University, and a Masters in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University, and serves on the Alumni Relations Board for the Tepper School of Business.

 

 

Glenn Labhart

Partner

LABHART RISK ADVISORS

Glenn Labhart, Partner, LABHART RISK ADVISORS

In March 2004 Glenn Labhart formed Labhart Risk Advisors Inc., a corporation providing expertise energy risk management consulting, analytical and business strategy services.

A recognized authority on trading and risk control, Labhart has more than 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of sound risk management processes and policies and has been a leader in helping the industry define today's risk environment and plan for the uncertainties of the future.

Glenn is the first energy-industry risk officer to receive the Financial Risk Manager of the Year Award from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Glenn now serves as the Chairman of the Energy Risk Diploma program for GARP and he is also a board member for the International Risk Who's Who Organization.

From August 1997 to March 2004, Glenn was senior vice president and chief risk officer for Dynegy Inc responsible for the corporate risk oversight of the foreign exchange, assets and energy commodities revenue pool. In 2002, he assumed management of the company's credit risk and corporate insurance and, upon the acquisition of Northern Natural Gas Pipeline Company developed the risk management program for transportation and storage services.

While at Dynegy, 2003, Glenn was charged with the development of all risk management applications in the Openlink trading system. This incorporated portfolio design, deal structuring, risk analytics and real time position reporting on an intranet web based solution.

From 2002-2004, at the request of the Dynegy Audit Committee, he conducted internal investigations in concert with outside legal counsel to provide an assessment of industry practices to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

During the time period at Dynegy, Glenn led the independent valuation of due diligence for all mergers and acquisitions that included European, Australian, Latin American and US based transactions. As a result of the merger activity, Glenn served as a Board member for subsidiary companies from Dynegy acquisitions.

Prior to joining Dynegy, Labhart was head of risk management at El Paso Energy for energy trading and marketing, and prior the merger with Tenneco Energy the trading control officer. Earlier in his career, he worked for Tricentrol PLC, the Metallgesellscaft Corporation and Neste Oy, the national Finnish oil company.

In these positions he acquired a solid background in physical trading of domestic and international products and formed business liaisons in South and Central America, the UK, Africa, the Middle East and all pipeline and waterborne US regions.

During his trading and risk management career, Glenn was involved in many asset based transactions to include crude oil and refined product storage facilities, crude oil physical transportation, countertrade and trade finance agreements for crude oil and refined products, crude oil processing agreements, refinery acquisition, evaluation of tolling agreements and generation facilities, and corporate merger activities.

His professional affiliations include board memberships with GARP, the Mays Business School at Texas A&M and the Abilene Christian University College of Business Administration Advisory Council. He has also been a representative to the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) Natural Gas Advisory Committee and a member of the GARP Energy Risk Committee and the DEDMI (Development of Energy Derivative Market in India .

Labhart is a frequent lecturer on risk management issues, and, in particular, the implications of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to audiences including industry associations, training seminars, MBA programs and universities such as Rice University, Texas A&M University and Columbia University on behalf of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Glenn holds a B.B.A. from the Abilene Christian University and is a graduate of the Rice University Executive Management Program. He is also a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

 

Tom Lord

President

DYNAMIC COMMODITY MANAGEMENT

Tom Lord, President, DYNAMIC COMMODITY MANAGEMENT

David Louw

Division Director, Risk Management Group, Compliance

MACQUARIE GROUP

David Louw, Division Director, Risk Management Group, Compliance, MACQUARIE GROUP

Glen Mackey

Chief Risk Officer

NRG ENERGY

Glen Mackey, Chief Risk Officer, NRG ENERGY

Glen Mackey joins us directly from the front lines of commodity trading and risk management. He is currently the CRO of NRG Energy, a Fortune 300 company headquartered in Princeton, NJ. Mackey was also the Head of Global Risk Management at Nexen Inc, where he managed the international commodity risk associated with Nexen's oil, liquids, gas, and power marketing and trading businesses.

He has 21 years of commercial, and financial management experience within the energy and financial services sectors, cultivated with international industry leaders such as Westcoast Energy, Engage Energy, Duke Energy Marketing, Koch Energy Trading, KPMG, and TD Financial Group.

Academically, Glen has a MBA, undergraduate degree in Finance, and Diploma of Applied Arts in Business Administration.

Glen's professional activities have included membership in the Committee of Chief Risk Officers, the Global Association of Risk Professionals, Professional Risk Managers International Association, Energy Risk Management Association of Canada, Canadian Energy Marketing Association of Creditors, and the International Energy Creditors Association

 

 

Rodney Malcolm

Chief Financial Officer, North America

TRAFIGURA

Rodney Malcolm, Chief Financial Officer, North America, TRAFIGURA

Rodney Malcolm currently serves as the North American Chief Financial Officer for Trafigura. He joined Trafigura Trading LLC in 2015 and is based in Houston, TX. Rodney has over 20 years of experience in the energy finance and trading industry. Prior to joining Trafigura, Rodney spent over 6 years at CITIGROUP as the Head of Americas Origination. While at Citi he was responsible for building the commodity origination group and integrating it with Citi's capital markets. Before that, Rodney was the Chief Financial Officer at Calpine Energy Services where he raised over $5 billion in, highly structured, high yield and mezzanine capital market transactions. Before that, Rodney spent 8 years at Enron working in their Treasury & Risk Management, Industrial Markets, and Power & Gas Origination departments. Rodney was a Managing Director at Enron when he left the firm. Rodney received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in Ontario, and his MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Spyros Maragos

Manager, Risk Analytics

DIRECT ENERGY

Spyros Maragos, Manager, Risk Analytics, DIRECT ENERGY

SPYROS MARAGOS has more than eighteen years' worth of experience as an energy executive.  He has held quantitative, structuring, risk management and fundamental analysis positions.  He worked in energy marketing, consulting, for an oil major as well as energy hedge funds.  Currently, he is Manager of Risk Analytics for Direct Energy.

Spyros has a Ph.D. from M.I.T. where he studied Management, Operations Research and Finance.

 

Thomas McAndrew

Founding Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer

ENCHANTED ROCK

Thomas McAndrew, Founding Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer, ENCHANTED ROCK

Thomas McAndrew founded Enchanted Rock (ERock) in 2006 and is currently its President and CEO. Mr. McAndrew brings over 30 years of experience in energy asset management ranging from large, complex nuclear plants to small distributed generation.

ERock is responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of 235MW of reliability microgrids and distributed generation (DG) assets, consisting of over 30 locations including 75MW of Reliability Service in Texas for commercial and governmental entities. Currently, ERock has contracted for and started construction on 103 stores totaling 113MW reliability microgrids for HEB, a major grocery store chain, and 10 stores totaling 11MW a microgrids for Buc-ee's, a Texas tradition. We currently operate over 175MW of distributed generation across the state of Texas.

Mr. McAndrew's introduction to energy was in engineering and operations on two US Navy nuclear power surface ships, the USS Eisenhower and USS South Carolina. He spent six years operating and maintaining nuclear propulsion plants and qualified as a Naval Nuclear Chief Engineer for the Nimitz Class aircraft carrier. After his time in the US Navy, McAndrew worked as a maintenance support engineer for the Southern Company at their Plant Farley nuclear power station. His grounding in reliability systems came from this time in the nuclear business, where the cost of loss of electricity to critical loads is extremely high. He then shifted to the financial side of energy, helping several energy merchants build highly profitable trade floors. At his last merchant energy company, Calpine, Mr. McAndrew also supervised the commercial startup of many new natural gas combined cycle power plants.

Mr. McAndrew received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, Masters Equivalent in Nuclear Power Operations from the US Navy and Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

 

 

Sarah McDowell

Head of Commodity Risk for Natural Gas, Valuations

BP ENERGY COMPANY

Sarah McDowell, Head of Commodity Risk for Natural Gas, Valuations, NAGP, BP ENERGY COMPANY

Originally from Chicago, Sarah McDowell began her career in Internal Audit in the financial services sector before joining BP in 1999 where she helped establish an exposure model and hedging program for the Oil Supply business. Since then, Sarah has held a number of Commodity Risk leadership roles within the trading organization with a career spanning multiple commodities as well several geographies including London, UK and Calgary, AB. Sarah moved to Houston with her family in 2012 and is currently the Head of Commodity Risk for the North American natural gas trading business. Through the course of her tenure with BP, Sarah has worked with several ETRM systems and has been actively involved in a number of system transformation and implementation initiatives. Sarah holds a Bachelor's of Science in Finance from DePaul University and also holds her Certified Internal Auditor designation.

Jay Matson

Branch Chief, Office of Enforcement

FERC

Jay Matson, Branch Chief, Office of Enforcement, FERC

Jay Matson is a Branch Chief in the Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, managing a team of approximately ten individuals that investigate alleged instances of non-compliance with FERC-related laws, regulations, and tariffs. Previously, he served as the lead OE-DOI attorney in similar investigations. Prior to joining FERC, as an attorney at various firms, he represented investor-owned utilities, project developers, public power entities, state commissions, regional organizations, and others on a broad array of issues arising throughout the United States related to the regulation of electric utilities, natural gas pipelines, and hydroelectric projects, as well as the development of wind and nuclear projects.

Tim Mckone

Head of North America Commodities Compliance

CITIGROUP

Tim Mckone, Head of North America Commodities Compliance, CITIGROUP

Tim McKone is Head of Compliance for Citigroup's North American Wholesale Commodities Group and Chief Compliance Officer for Citigroup Energy Inc. Tim is one of the first regulatory compliance officers in the wholesale energy trading space, starting his Compliance career in 2003 with Duke Energy. During this time, Tim has created and implemented compliance programs on a domestic and global basis for wholesale trading, merchant generation, and financial holding companies. Tim has been in the wholesale energy trading industry since 1991, working in Front, Middle and Back office roles. Tim is a CPA, beginning his professional career as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche in Boston, MA. Tim graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in History, and also holds two M.S. degrees from Northeastern University's Graduate School of Professional Accounting, one in Accounting and another in Tax. Tim is a rider on the New England Patriots bandwagon, not only because of their 4 Super Bowl wins, but also because they continue to give him prime material for inclusion in his regulatory compliance training programs

Marc Merrill

Senior Vice President, Director, International Law & Global Trading

UNIPER

Marc Merrill, Senior Vice President, Director, International Law & Global Trading, UNIPER

Marc Merrill is currently the head of the international team of lawyers responsible all legal issues related to the Uniper Group's global trading activities. Prior to his current role, Marc was Senior Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Uniper Global Commodities North America LLC, where he was responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance issues related to the establishment and operation of the new North American trading arm of E.ON SE. Marc has extensive experience with issues concerning the marketing, trading and financing of power, natural gas, oil, coal, LNG, weather, and environmental commodities. He has a particular understanding of the issues impacting a company active in the international energy and commodity markets, including US and European regulation and the structuring and financing of cross-border transactions.

Prior to his in-house work with E.ON, Marc was in private practice in Munich, Germany and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas-Austin. He also studied law in Germany and France. He is fluent in German.

 

Caroline Pham

Head of Markets Regulatory Implementation

CITIGROUP

Caroline Pham, Director, Head of Markets Regulatory Implementation, CITIGROUP

Caroline D. Pham is a Director and Head of Markets Regulatory Implementation in Citi Global Markets and Securities Services Independent Compliance Risk Management. She leads the coordination and oversight of U.S regulatory change management and global impact. In addition, Caroline provides strategic and advisory support for Citi's Swap Dealers and the Citi Volcker Compliance Program, including the development of global policies and procedures and design of comprehensive enterprise-wide compliance programs.

Caroline is a member of various governance forums and advises senior management and the business, control functions, and other stakeholders on regulatory matters. Caroline represents Citi on the SIFMA Swap Dealer Committee and the SIFMA Swap Dealer Compliance Roundtable, and regularly participates in industry and trade association working groups.

Prior to joining Citi in 2014, Caroline practiced law in Washington, DC, most recently serving as Special Counsel and Policy Advisor to former CFTC Commissioner Scott O'Malia. She was also a Visiting Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Law, Economics and Finance. Currently, Caroline serves as a Business and Finance Law Advisory Board member of the George Washington University Law School and vice chair of the Securities, Capital Markets and Derivatives Subcommittee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Banking Law Committee. She is also co-chair of the ABA Business Law Fellows Program.

Caroline received her BA from UCLA and her JD from the George Washington University Law School, and was awarded the Manatt-Phelps Scholarship for excellence in banking law.

 

Tuncay Pekin

Managing Director, Strategy and Risk Management

AES CORPORATION

Tuncay Pekin, Managing Director, Strategy and Risk Management, AES CORPORATION

Tuncay Pekin is the Managing Director, Strategy and Risk Management for AES Corporation. Tuncay has over 25 years of international experience in executive leadership, risk and commercial management in multinational corporations including Fortune 100 companies.

During his career, he has successfully established multiple company-wide risk management frameworks for both public and private companies in the United States. His experience covers commodities, power, foreign exchange, interest rates and credit. His areas of expertise include portfolio risk management and analytics, risk quantification and risk metrics, hedge optimization, large-scale Monte Carlo simulation systems and risk management policies.

Tuncay earned his Ph.D. in Management Engineering with a concentration in Mathematical Finance from the Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He graduated from Bogazici University in Istanbul with a M.A. in Economics and a Bs.c. in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

Nigeria Poole Bloczynski

Head of Corporate Risk Management

WGL

Nigeria Poole Bloczynski, Head of Corporate Risk Management, WGL

Nigeria Bloczynski is the Head of Risk Management at WGL. Mrs. Bloczynski is responsible for implementing WGL's enterprise risk management strategy and also managing the company's exposure to market, credit and other financial risks of the various trading portfolios. WGL sells and delivers natural gas and provides energy-related products and services through its utility and non-utility business segments. She joined WGL in 2008 and has previously served in risk management and quantitative roles in both the energy and financial industries. Prior to joining WGL, she worked in structured securities for at Wells Fargo and Fannie Mae.

Mrs. Bloczynski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Theoretical Mathematics from Morgan State University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Johns Hopkins University.

Malinda Prudencio

Vice President Risk Control, Chief Risk Officer

THE ENERGY AUTHORITY

Malinda Prudencio, Vice President Risk Control, Chief Risk Officer, THE ENERGY AUTHORITY

As The Energy Authority's vice president of risk control and chief risk officer, Malinda Prudencio is responsible for monitoring all commercial business risk and managing the Credit and Risk Control, Compliance, Analytics, and Power Supply Planning Departments. She and her team oversee the administration of TEA's compliance procedures and perform ongoing maintenance of TEA's Risk Management Policy.
Ms. Prudencio originally joined TEA's front office in 1998. In 2001, she transitioned to the credit and risk management teams where she progressed through a variety of middle office positions. She helped develop the first regulatory compliance program at TEA and continues to play an integral role in the implementation of strategies and policy to monitor market, credit, and operational risk for TEA and its clients.

Ms. Prudencio earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of North Florida and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Florida. She is a board member of the Committee of Chief Risk Officers and has been featured as an industry presenter on risk control best practices and training.

 

 

Karthik Rajan

Head of Products, Growth and Marketing

HUDSON ENERGY, A JUST ENERGY COMPANY

Karthik Rajan, Head of Products, Growth and Marketing, HUDSON ENERGY, A JUST ENERGY COMPANY

 

 

Adam Raphaely

Head of Emissions and Renewable Energy

MERCURIA

Adam Raphaely, Head of Emissions and Renewable Energy, MERCURIA

Jonathan Regenstein

Director of Financial Services

RStudio, Inc.

Jonathan Regenstein, Director of Financial Services, RStudio, Inc.

Jonathan is the Director of Financial Services practice at RStudio and the author of Reproducible Finance with R: Code Flows and Shiny Apps for Portfolio Management (CRC Press). He writes the Reproducible Finance blog series for RStudio and his code/apps can be seen at reproduciblefinance.com. Prior to joining RStudio, he worked at JP Morgan. He studied international relations at Harvard University and did graduate work in political economy at Emory University.

Jay Reynolds

Managing Director, Head of IT

CASTLETON COMMODITIES INTERNATIONAL

Jay Reynolds, Managing Director, Head of IT, CASTLETON COMMODITIES INTERNATIONAL

Jay is currently the Head of IT for Merchant and Corporate at Castleton Commodities International. Focused on creating shareholder value by practicing a lean IT model while successfully delivering projects to transform organizations and integrate acquisitions by leveraging business process re-engineering coupled with technology, while managing stakeholder expectations.

Jay has 20 years of global experience working in commodities trading. Prior to his current role at CCI he has worked in industry, consulting and software development firms, with various IT and operational roles at roles at CCI, Deloitte, Accenture/Structure, Sungard, Conoco, Shell, Iberdrola, Citgo, First Energy, and other utilities and upstream companies.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Rice University and obtained PMP certification in 2006.

 

William Rust

Director, Energy Marketing Compliance

THE ENERGY AUTHORITY

William Rust, Director, Energy Marketing Compliance, THE ENERGY AUTHORITY

William Rust works as the Compliance Director for The Energy Authority, a Public Power marketing and trading company that transacts power, natural gas and other energy commodities throughout the United States. As Compliance Director, Mr. Rust is responsible for overseeing The Energy Authority's compliance with FERC and CFTC regulations as well as the management of the internal compliance program which includes regular interface with both state and federal regulatory bodies.

Mr. Rust has held engineering and wholesale marketing positions at one of the largest public power utilities in the United States. Mr. Rust has also held positions at two international energy marketing organizations in various trading, operations, and regulatory roles. Mr. Rust has been involved in wholesale energy marketing and trading since the advent of market-based wholesale power transactions with the issuance of FERC Order 888/889 in 1996.

Mr. Rust holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an MBA, both from the University of South Carolina.

 

 

Bryan Sal

Refined Products Market Risk Manager

SHELL TRADING

Bryan Sal, Refined Products Market Risk Manager, SHELL TRADING

Bryan Sal has over 13 years of professional experience in commodities trading, finance, and accounting.

Bryan joined Shell Trading in 2007 where he has held a variety of roles in market risk, product control, and technical accounting advice. Currently, he acts as the Manager of Market Risk for Americas refined products trading. In that role, he manages a large team of analysts that oversee trading "mid-office" functions, including gross margin validation, positions monitoring, and an array of finance-oriented special projects.

Prior to his time at Shell Trading, Bryan held various accounting-related positions including financial statement audit of large, multi-national corporations at Ernst and Young.

Bryan earned a Masters of Accountancy from BYU and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and an Energy Risk Professional (ERP).

 

Aftab Saleem

Principal

AIGLE

Aftab Saleem, Principal, AIGLE

Aftab is an accomplished Senior Executive with demonstrated success across the oil and gas and technology industries. Leveraging extensive experience in risk management, product development and analytics for oil and energy companies, he is a valuable asset for energy, alternative energy, and technology companies of all sizes. Throughout his executive career, Aftab has held leadership positions with World Fuel Services, Allegro Development, and Deloitte Consulting.

In his most recent role as Business Intelligence Officer and Transformation Specialist of Supply and Trading with World Fuel Services, he proved instrumental in deployment of global supply and trading ETRM product roadmap strategy, and straight through processing platform for the company to enable profitability and growth.

In a prior role as Vice President of Enterprise and Derivative Risk with World
Fuel Services, he managed development of a scalable risk framework to accommodate expanded supply and trading activity. He presented risk control metrics to the company board and defined the policies to govern the company's market, credit, and cash risk as well as regulatory compliance and financial reporting.

Aftab holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, as well as a MBA, both from the
University of Texas at Austin.

Markus Seiser

Chief Operating Officer, Energy

FIS

Markus Seiser, Chief Operating Officer, Energy, FIS

Dr. Markus Seiser is chief operating officer for the energy business in our Global Financial Services business at FIS. Based in Vienna, Markus is responsible for helping clients streamline and digitalize their trading and operations in the energy and commodities markets.

Markus previously worked for Landis&Gyr, a large Swiss company that is now owned by Siemens, in the area of network management and optimization as a project engineer and project manager. He was founder and later CEO of European energy solution provider IRM (Integriertes Ressourcen Management), where he was responsible for establishing the product and project management teams, focusing on physical trade and risk management; defining the product strategy; and developing the IRM trading software. In 2007, IRM was acquired by OpenLink, and Markus became managing director of OpenLink's EMEA region in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as CEO of the IRM subsidiary.

Markus majored in electrical engineering at the Graz University of Technology in Graz, Austria and holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University in Vienna as well as two post-graduate degrees in economics and social science.

 

 

 

Akshay Singh

Quantitative Analytics Manager,

WGL ENERGY

Akshay Singh, Quantitative Analytics Manager, WGL ENERGY

Akshay Singh is a seasoned ETRM expert. He has been associated with strategy, corporate development and risk management in the energy industry for 20 years. He has worked at project finance, marketing, trading and analytic services firms at the USA and UK.

Matt Smith

Director of Commodity Research

CLIPPERDATA

Matt Smith, Director of Commodity Research, CLIPPERDATA

Matt is a Director of Commodity Research at ClipperData. Matt specializes in extracting key themes from technical and fundamental analysis of the global energy market, and communicating these through daily and weekly deliverables. He also provides oil and natural gas analysis and commentary to national and international media outlets that include CNBC, Fox Business, Russia 24, the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, AFP, Bloomberg, Reuters, and the Oil Daily. Prior to joining ClipperData, he worked for eight years at Schneider Electric / Summit Energy as a Global Commodity Analyst, where he also founded and authored the blog, Energy Burrito. He started his career at the Royal Bank of Canada in the UK, spending eight years with the bank. During that time, he managed $55 million in assets as a portfolio manager and financial analyst.

Arnaud Stevens

Managing Director, Head of Global Energy & Commodities

NATIXIS

Arnaud Stevens, Managing Director, Head of Global Energy & Commodities, NATIXIS

Arnaud joined Natixis in New York in August 2011. He has more than 20 years of experience in Corporate and Investment banking. He specializes in Commodity Trade and Structured Finance and leads a commodity bankers team comprised of industry veterans. The team covers a wide range of sectors in the Americas, including Energy (Oil, Gas & Power), Mining & Metals (base and precious metals) and Agricultural products.

Passionate about technology, AI, and blockchain, Arnaud has completed several blockchain projects (Ethereum, Corda, Hyperledger). The most recent initiative is a distributed ledger platform for crude oil in the US with IBM and Trafigura.

Arnaud graduated from Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

 

Haibin Sun

Director, Risk Analytics

EXELON CORPORATION

Haibin Sun, Director, Risk Analytics, EXELON CORPORATION

Gary Taylor

BP ENERGY COMPANY

Chief Risk Officer

Gary Taylor, Chief Risk Officer, BP ENERGY COMPANY

Gary Taylor is Head of Commodity Risk for BP's NAGP commodity trading unit and Chief Risk Officer for BP Energy Company, a registered swap dealer under Dodd Frank, with headquarters in Houston, TX. BPEC and NAGP participate in a variety of domestic and global commodity markets including natural gas, power, NGLs, chemicals, and emission credits.

Prior to BP, Gary was a Director in KPMG's Financial Risk Management consulting practice, Controller of a capital markets hedge fund, Head of Origination and Structuring for Enron's Weather Derivatives desk, a Market Risk Manager at Enron, and to start his career, an auditor and consultant with one of the Big 8 Accounting firms.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (‘92) and received his CPA license in NY State in 1996

 

Sidney Vidaver

Director, Compliance, FX, Commodities & Regulatory Change

TD SECURITIES

Sidney Vidaver, Director, Compliance, FX, Commodities & Regulatory Change, TD SECURITIES

Jie Zhou

Director, ERM Analytics,

EXELON

Jie Zhou, Director, ERM Analytics, EXELON

Jie Zhou is a director of ERM Analytics at Exelon. In this role, he's responsible for promoting evidence-based analytical-driven approaches to analysing enterprise level risks, optimizing business portfolios and evaluating strategic options.

Prior to moving to the enterprise risk management organization, Jie managed a quant team at Constellation (the commercial subsidiary of Exelon) that supports various hedging, trading and risk management activities.

Jie received his PhD in Statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007.

 

Alex Zhukovsky

Director, Energy Portfolio Risk Management

NATIONAL GRID

Alex Zhukovsky, Director, Energy Portfolio Risk Management, NATIONAL GRID

Dr. Zhukovsky has worked as a "quant", a manager, and a director of Energy Portfolio Risk Management at National Grid for more than ten years. He also has been serving as a chair of Commodity Management Committee and a Director of Quantitative Risk and Financial Reporting. Dr. Zhukovsky specializes in applying advanced mathematical and computational techniques to the real-world energy risk problems, developing risk reporting, advanced risk metrics, and valuation models. He played a key role in three Energy Risk Management and two Data Management System implementations. Before joining National Grid, he worked as an adjunct professor at SUNY at Stony Brook and an analyst/software developer for firms specialized in scheduling, dispatching, and supply chain optimization. He holds advanced degrees in Applied Mathematics and Management and Policy.

Advisory Board

Gary Taylor

Chief Risk Officer

BP ENERGY COMPANY

Gary Taylor, Chief Risk Officer,  BP ENERGY COMPANY

Gary Taylor is Head of Commodity Risk for BP's NAGP commodity trading unit and Chief Risk Officer for BP Energy Company, a registered swap dealer under Dodd Frank, with headquarters in Houston, TX. BPEC and NAGP participate in a variety of domestic and global commodity markets including natural gas, power, NGLs, chemicals, and emission credits.

Prior to BP, Gary was a Director in KPMG's Financial Risk Management consulting practice, Controller of a capital markets hedge fund, Head of Origination and Structuring for Enron's Weather Derivatives desk, a Market Risk Manager at Enron, and to start his career, an auditor and consultant with one of the Big 8 Accounting firms.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (‘92) and received his CPA license in NY State in 1996

 

Lynda Clemmons

Vice President, Business Solutions

NRG ENERGY

Lynda Clemmons, Vice President, Business Solutions, NRG ENERGY

Lynda Clemmons is a Vice President in NRG Energy's Business Solutions group. As the leader of the Sustainability and Products team, she manages product development, implementation and sustainability professionals. Their goal is to create a cleaner energy future through technology, renewables and efficiency, both within the organization and with clients. She has been at NRG since 2012, incorporating all of the commercial products and services that enable Fortune 250 companies to achieve their sustainability goals.

Lynda started her career as an analyst in an investment bank. She then spent eight years at Enron where she started the weather derivatives business as well as the SO2 and NOx emissions trading desk. In 2000, Lynda co-founded and was COO of XL Weather and Energy (a division of XL Capital Ltd), a trading and insurance company based in Connecticut. She also co-founded and was the former President of the Weather Risk Management Association.

Lynda holds BA degrees in History and French from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Finance from Tulane University.

 

John Doran

Global Director, Trade Monitoring & Surveillance

CONOCOPHILLIPS

John Doran, Global Director, Trade Monitoring & Surveillance, CONOCOPHILLIPS

John L. Doran, Global Director, Trade Monitoring & Surveillance with ConocoPhillips, brings more than 20 years of experience providing advisory services and analytical modeling methods to his clients in the energy industry. Mr. Doran is the designer of multiple commodity trade surveillance methods used to detect targeted trading patterns. He has worked with integrated oil companies, investment banks, hedge funds and Department of Justice sponsored monitors providing customized trade surveillance solutions and independent reviews. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Mr. Doran spent a significant part of his career with Ernst & Young and SunGard Global Services focusing within the energy industry. John graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Jennifer Fordham

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

NATURAL GAS SUPPLY ASSOCIATION

Jennifer Fordham, NACD Governance Fellow, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, NATURAL GAS SUPPLY ASSOCIATION

Jenny Fordham is senior vice president, government affairs for the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA). She joined NGSA in 2005.

As senior vice president, government affairs, Jenny is responsible for the association's legislative and policy advocacy related to the competitive natural gas market. She represents the association with the administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), U.S. Congress, media, industry and the public, serving as a spokeswoman for the association on natural gas market issues.

Jenny's diverse 28-year energy career helps provide the commercial relevance that is characteristic of NGSA advocacy. Prior to joining NGSA, Fordham led the state and regulatory affairs team for Washington Gas Light Company (WGL), the natural gas utility serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area; held a seat on the WGL Political Action Committee Board of Directors; and was a fuels consultant for Pace Global Energy Services. Fordham's expertise is further augmented by her investor relations and financial planning experience for NiSource, Inc.'s predecessor, Columbia Energy Group. Her experience negotiating energy contracts, working with investors on energy project valuation and implementing corporate compliance standards for market behavior rules make her insights distinctive to the NGSA team.

At NGSA, Jenny specializes in creating long-term strategic advocacy partnerships that broaden policymaker support for business-relevant positions. Fordham created the first "agriculture and energy" partnership, NGSA and the National Corn Growers Association, credited with securing the end user protections in Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation and recognized in CEO Update. Jenny's work helped establish NGSA as an industry leader on CFTC Dodd-Frank implementation advocacy often covered by S&P Platts Gas Daily and Energy Risk magazine.

Jenny Fordham graduated cum laude from Shepherd University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science. She is a 2017 graduate of The Leadership Foundry, is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow and was recently accepted to the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education class Leadership Decision Making. She sits on the board of directors for the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Women's Energy Network.

Jerry Jeske

Group Chief Compliance Counsel

MERCURIA ENERGY TRADING

Jerry Jeske, Group Chief Compliance Counsel, MERCURIA ENERGY TRADING

Mr. Jeske has been handling global Compliance related matters for Mercuria since June 2011. Mr. Jeske was previously a Director of Commodities Compliance with Barclays Capital from 2008 until June 2011 and Mr. Jeske served as Compliance Counsel for BP America Inc. WOR operations from 2005 until 2008. Prior to becoming in house Compliance Counsel in 2005, Mr. Jeske practiced law with Foley and Lardner where he was a member of the Commodities and Securities Litigation and Regulatory Practice Groups, defending clients from various enforcement action before Federal, State and Exchange enforcement authorities and counseling FCM, CTA, IBs, IAs, Exchanges and Exchange Members in connection with relevant rule interpretations and case law developments. Mr. Jeske was a member of the CBOT, a registered Stock Transfer Agent with the SEC and an Investment Advisor with the SEC. Mr. Jeske is presently a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin bar holds a J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Economics and International Relations.

Saji John

Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Market Risk

CITI

Saji John, Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Market Risk, CITI

Saji K. John is the Global Head of Market Risk Management for the Global Commodities group at Citigroup. As the global head of market risk management, Saji's team monitors and provides global oversight for Citigroup's commodity market risk. He is also the Chief Risk Officer for Citigroup's US swap dealer for commodities. He has been with Citi since 2007. Prior to Citigroup, he worked at BP for 5yrs as the Market Risk Manager for BP's energy trading desks in Houston. He started his career in energy commodities as a structurer for the Natural Gas and Power desk with Enron Corp in their energy trading group. He was with Enron for 5 years. Prior to Enron, he worked for various engineering companies as an Electrical Engineer in the Middle East and India. Saji graduated with an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, India. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA institute.

Vince Kaminski

Professor

RICE UNIVERSITY'S JESSE H. JONES GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

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 (4th edition), 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.

 

Prof. Vince Kaminski will be holding a book signing on day one of Energy Risk USA on May 10. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity.

 

Nima Safaian

Head of Trading Analytics

CENOVUS ENERGY

Nima Safaian, Head of Trading Analytics, CENOVUS ENERGY

Nima Safaian is the head of trading analytics with Cenovus Energy in Calgary, Canada. In this role, he applies Data Science and Statistical Learning methodologies to get better insights on risk/reward opportunities. Previously Nima worked as a risk manager with Scotiabank and BP's Integrated Supply and Trading Group. Nima is an active member of GARP Calgary where he leads seminar/workshop series on the practical applications of Big Data and Machine Learning to trading and risk analytics. Nima holds degrees in nuclear engineering and an MBA.