ADVISORY BOARD 2022
Head of technology innovation
Shell Agile Hub
Global head of quantitative and analytical solutions
Cetin Karakus has two decades of experience in designing and building large scale software systems. Over the last decade, he has worked on design and development of complex derivatives pricing and risk management systems in leading global investment banks and commodity trading houses. Prior to that, he has worked on various large scale systems ranging from VOIP stacks to ERP systems.
In his current role, he has been running a global portfolio of six solutions engineering teams focused on building cutting-edge
derivatives pricing & risk analytics, exotics trading systems for energy commodities, cloud-based computational grid services, data analytics platform & services for North American energy markets (oil, gas, power, NGLs, emissions), a weather analytics & forecasting platform and Big Data visualization & reporting services. He works at an intersection of data, analytics and trading with the constantly shifting ground that is global energy markets.
Cetin has a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and enjoys thinking and reading on various fields of humanities
Director, Global Finance Digital Transformation
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.
Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Hub
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.
Director, transmission strategy & analytics
Haibin Sun is the Director of Exelon Corporation’s Transmission Strategy Analytics team. He oversees economic studies, technical modeling and reliability planning for Exelon’s transmission investment business and related policy advocacy initiatives.
Prior to his current role, Haibin was the Director & Chief of Staff of Exelon’s Commercial & Industry Power business and, prior to that, the Director of the Quantitative Modeling & Deal Review for company’s commodities business, corporate capital projects and risk management initiatives. Before joining Exelon, Haibin was VP & Head of Constellation’s Risk Analytics team.
Haibin holds a PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering specialized in Economic Decision Analysis and a MS in Financial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a MEng and a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Southeast University in China.
Chief Risk Officer
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 20 years of extensive energy market experience in the energy industry and has held various Senior Risk Management positions across multiple markets and companies in the US, UK and Germany.
- MBA Finance, University of Houston and
- Energy Risk Management, Rice University
Peter van Ees
Lead Banker- Renewable energies
Program directorate, trading and supply
Partha Sarathi Chatterjee is leading energy trading and risk technology for Global LNG and Gas trading systems as part of Program Directorate at Shell Trading and Supply. Previously, he was part of market facing strategy for Product Management at OpenLink Financial, the global leader for financial products and technology. Before that, he was Managing Director at Capco Energy Solutions, formerly SunGard Consulting Services.
His expertise encompasses energy and trading risk management (ETRM) systems, risk management and trading analytics, regulatory compliance, and governance. He compliments that with deep technical knowledge in enterprise architecture, digital transformation, data and analytics, AI and mathematical modeling. As a global expert on trading and risk management, Partha has worked on think-tanks and summits, advising governments, regulatory boards and financial institutions. Partha brings strategic vision and leadership capabilities in driving solutions and roadmaps as technology executive.
Partha has held technology leadership positions at many companies, including Schlumberger, El Paso Energy (Previously Tenneco), Accenture, Sapient among others.
Partha holds a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) with first class in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) (Kharagpur) in India, as well as a master’s degree in computer science from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Texas A&M University, specializing in finance and MIS.
Partha lives in Houston and enjoys sports and music with his wife, Arpita and children, Ishaan and Trisha.
Global Finance Director
President & CEO
Head of Finance and Insurance
Christian De Santis
VP, accounting, finance & control
Eni North America
Since 2015, he is VP Accounting, Finance and Control of Eni Trading and shipping Inc. (ETS US), an oil & gas trading company based in Houston; during 2019, he also has the same role with Eni Transporte y Suministro México, S. de R.L. de C.V..
He spent most part of his 15+ years career within the oil & gas trading business.
From 2018 until June 2015, he had various roles within the new Eni Trading and Shipping SpA (holding company of ETS US), the primary energy trading Company of Eni based in Italy with branches in London, Brussels and Singapore; he primarily supported the Company to implement and streamline the Accounting and Back Office processes.
During the above period, he was also the Chief Financial Officer of an Italian upstream Company providing on shore and off shore engineering services.
At the earliest stage if his career (2003), he joined the Eni Advisory Team managing the Eni Group transition from Italian Gaap to IFRS so to became an IFRS and US Gaap subject expert.
Head of corporate development
American Petroleum Institute (API)
Dr. Dean Foreman is Chief Economist for the American Petroleum Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida and brings more than 20 years of industry experience in corporate strategic planning, forecasting, risk management, and finance. Before joining API, Dr. Foreman was the lead economist for ExxonMobil Corporate Planning between 2002 and 2008. From 2009 to 2013, he was a member of the executive team at Canadian-based exploration and production company Talisman Energy, where he focused on corporate planning, hedging/marketing, and business development. In 2013 to 2015, he directed the risk management function in North America for South African energy and petrochemical conglomerate Sasol, where he helped drive business cases for $25 billion in U.S. mega projects, including the $11 billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Most recently, he was with Saudi Aramco Strategy & Market Analysis in Dhahran, where he managed short-term market monitoring and the long-term oil demand outlook.
For nearly twenty years Ilia Bouchouev has been managing the global derivatives business for Koch Industries, the world second largest privately held company. Koch's derivatives group operates globally with trading desks in New York, Houston, London and Geneva with the focus on energy trading. Ilia also serves as a President of Koch Global Partners, proprietary trading group specializing in trading foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives. Ilia has PhD in Applied Mathematics, and has been a regular speaker at various industry conferences.
Head of Risk and Compliance
Atlas Oil Company