Speakers 2019

Speakers 2019

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Glen Mackey

Chief Risk Officer

NRG ENERGY

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


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


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


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

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Arnaud Stevens

Managing Director, Head of Global Energy & Commodities – Trade & Structured Finance, Americas

NATIXIS

Managing Director and Head of Global Energy & Commodities, Trade & Structured Finance - Americas at Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking. Enthusiast for tech all things Fintech and Blockchain related.

Mr. Stevens joined Natixis in New York in August 2011. 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), Metals (base and precious metals) and Agricultural products. The group has developed a strong expertise in physical commodity merchant finance and does focus on structured commodity finance solutions (syndicated Borrowing Base facilities, Structured Inventory/Repo financings, pre-export financings and Mining finance).

He has more than 20 years of experience in Corporate and Investment banking with a demonstrated track record in trade and structured commodity finance, debt & equity capital markets and asset-based financings. He has spent the majority of his career at Natixis and its legacy companies, and has held a number of senior management positions in the Natixis Group.

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

 

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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

 

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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.