Speakers 2019

Speakers 2019

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Dan Berkovitz

Commissioner

U.S. COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION

Dan M. Berkovitz was nominated by President Trump to serve as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on April 24, 2018. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on August 28, 2018 and sworn into office on September 7, 2018 for a five-year term expiring in April 2023.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Berkovitz was a partner and co-chair of the futures and derivatives practice at the law firm of WilmerHale. He also was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, and vice-chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Futures and Derivatives.

Mr. Berkovitz served as General Counsel of the CFTC from 2009-2013. While serving in this role, he was the agency’s Deputy Representative to the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). Before the CFTC, Mr. Berkovitz was a senior staff lawyer for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management.

Mr. Berkovitz obtained an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is married to Michelle and they have two children, Zoe and Eli.

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Edward Morse

Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Research

CITI GROUP

Ed Morse is Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Research at Citi, and held similar positions at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as the Council on Foreign Relations, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy, and in management at Phillips Petroleum. A co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly", he also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and consulting for the UN Security Council on the design and negotiation of the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq.. Morse frequently writes guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often is a commentator for Bloomberg TV and CNBC. He serves on advisory boards at Columbia and Princeton Universities and for the Arabia Foundation.

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Ilia Bouchouev

KOCH SUPPLY & TRADING

Managing Director, Global Head of Derivatives

Ilia Bouchouev has been managing global derivatives business for Koch Industries for over twenty years 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.

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Antoine Halff

Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

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Funmi Williamson

Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Risk Officer

EXELON CORPORATION

Williamson leads the risk management function for Constellation and Exelon Generation. As a member of the Constellation Leadership Committee, Williamson is responsible for the identification, assessment, and monitoring of Strategic, Financial and Operational risks, and the communication of those risks to the Finance and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors.


Previously, Williamson was vice president, Commercial Risk Management. In that role, she was responsible for ensuring that all commercial activities were aligned with Exelon’s risk appetite while providing the opportunity for growth.

Williamson joined Constellation’s Proprietary Trading team in 2004 where she managed structured oil, power, interest rate, and foreign exchange portfolios. She joined the Risk organization during the liquidity crisis in 2009 and worked closely with the Treasury team to optimize and plan for the company’s liquidity requirements. She joined the Market Risk team in 2013 focusing on Wholesale Power Trading, until the team was expanded to include all other businesses in 2014.

Prior to joining Constellation, she was a member of the Assurance and Business Advisory team at Arthur Andersen.  

Williamson is on the boards of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, an organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character, and Code in the Schools, which is expanding access to quality computer science education programs in Baltimore City. She is also a member of Executive Leadership Council (The ELC), the preeminent member organization for the development of global black leaders.

Williamson holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Family

Williamson lives in Ellicott City, Md., with her husband, Lee, and their daughter, Jordan.

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Doug Adair

Senior Director, Credit Risk

DIRECT ENERGY

I have 25 years in the Energy Industry serving in various Credit, Contract and Treasury roles with companies such as Mirant, BP, Enbridge and Entergy before joining Direct Energy in 2014 as their Director of Credit Risk. I head a team of 15 responsible for both Wholesale and Retail Credit across 4 major offices in North America. In addition, I am responsible for coordinating with others in the Credit group within Centrica our U.K. based parent.

Ryan Barry

Energy Advisor

ENEL X NORTH AMERICA

Earl Burns

General Manager, Global Risk & Pricing

PHILLIPS 66

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Partha Chatterjee

Program Directorate, Trading and Supply

Shell

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.

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Philippe Cote

Sorensen Executive Professor

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Mr Cote currently is Sorensen Executive Professor at the Alberta School of Business of the University of Alberta where he teaches Risk Management, Trading and Data Science. He is an experienced senior leader in physical and financial energy trading, supply optimization with assets and risk management with extensive international experience in Asia and Europe. Throughout his career he has worked both in banking and energy trading firms. He is currently based in Calgary.

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Paul Cusenza

Chief Executive Officer

NODAL EXCHANGE

Paul Cusenza, Chief Executive Officer, NODAL EXCHANGE

Mr. Cusenza has over thirty years of experience in building and managing businesses. He has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2008 and led Nodal Exchange to its commencement of trading in April of 2009. Prior to Nodal Exchange, he was a co-Founder and co-President of 23andMe, a personal genetics company, 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, as the Managing Director of Value-Added Alliances and Vice President Marketing & Analysis. 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.

 

 

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Minal Dalia

Power Commodity Risk Manager

BP ENERGY COMPANY

Minal Dalia, Power Commodity Risk Manager, BP ENERGY COMPANY

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Sidhartha Dash

Research Director

Chartis

Sidhartha is a Research Director at Chartis with over 20 years of experience in the financial, energy, and commodities markets in various functions across the trade life-cycle (risk management, trading, and product structuring) and software development life-cycle (risk, analytics, and trading). Sidhartha has held various roles in product development, trading, risk management, software development, and consulting in banks, hedge funds, and risk advisory and software firms, including Standard Chartered Bank, TCG Group, HCL, and Cognizant.

His specific areas of interest and research include risk data, model risk management, quantitative models in illiquid markets, high performance analytics, energy and commodity trading risk, market structure design, new computational models, and the use of innovative mathematical methods in various emerging areas of risk management.

Sidhartha holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst CAIA , Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Energy Risk Professional (ERP) member of GARP.

 

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Abhishek Deshpande

Global Head of Oil Market Research & Strategy

J.P. MORGAN

Abhishek Deshpande heads the Global Oil Market Research and Strategy team at J.P Morgan. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2017, Abhishek was Global Head of the Energy Research team at Natixis SA based in London and also worked at Indian Oil Corporation Limited. Abhishek has a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University & is a Fellow at the Institute of Chemical Engineers and Energy Institute UK.

 

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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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Aiman El-Ramly

Chief Operating Officer

ZE POWERGROUP

Aiman El-Ramly is an active member in the global energy and commodities industry. He is the Chief Strategy Officer for ZE PowerGroup Inc., developers of the award winning ZEMA suite, and the Chief Operating Officer of ZE Power Engineering, a utility infrastructure engineering design company. His expertise lies in business development, sales and marketing as well as business operations including human resource management. Aiman has thirty years of progressive experience in positioning and growing companies. Aiman presents regularly on emerging trends in energy and commodity markets globally. 

Prior to joining ZE PowerGroup in 1995, Aiman was an independent marketing consultant. He was employed by BC Hydro in the Advertising Display and Energy Marketing Departments from 1986-1991. Aiman shares his worldview through his active writing, global presentations and support of corporations. 

Aiman completed his MBA (Management Consulting) at Royal Roads University. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), with honors. Aiman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in English Literature from UBC. He studied marketing and design at BCIT, Emily Carr College of Art and Design and Langara College. Aiman continues to be an active visual artist producing artwork in several mediums.
 

Community involvement and volunteerism has been a lifelong cornerstone of Aiman’s holistic view of personal responsibility. Aiman is a NCPP certified community coach and an active executive within the sports community. He has given his time generously to The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Richmond Soccer, BC Soccer and a host of other groups.

 

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Stella Farrington

Head of Content

ENERGY RISK

Stella Farrington has been writing about energy markets for 20 years, working at Futures World News and Dow Jones Newswires before moving to Energy Risk in 2004. She spent eight years as the editor of Energy Risk and the last six as a writer, before moving into her current role as Energy Risk’s head of content.

Sarah Hayes

Enterprise Risk Management Analyst

EXELON

Sarah Hayes is an ERM Analyst at Exelon, where she supports various enterprise level risk initiatives including optimizing gas supply portfolios at Utilities. Sarah is a part of Exelon’s 3-Year Risk Management Rotational Program, within which she has also been a Wholesale Credit Risk Analyst managing the Renewable Portfolio. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Business and Finance from Penn State University and joined Exelon in 2017.

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Justin Gilli

Director, Regulatory Compliance

NRG

I’ve been with NRG for 13 years and have worn various hats working for different business functions within the company. I began my tenure in the IT department as an IT manager developing and supporting Risk applications. Later, I worked directly for the Risk Management group leading their Risk Controls function. This mix of IT and Risk experience afforded me the opportunity to transition into Regulatory Compliance and I am currently Director of Trade Compliance overseeing the Energy Trade Surveillance Program. In this role, I am focused on enhancing our Surveillance program by utilizing technology to bolster our trade monitoring efforts. I am always on the lookout for ways to enhance our program via software solutions that can bring real value to our program through automation.

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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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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

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Nitin Kumar

Senior Director, Market Risk

DIRECT ENERGY

Nitin Kumar is Senior Director, Market Risk at Direct Energy, and is responsible for Market Risk Coverage, Quantitative Risk and Credit Risk Analytics.

Prior to joining Direct Energy in 2014, Nitin had a similar role covering JP Morgan’s physical commodities desk in Houston.  Previously, he consulted with Energy Merchant and Trading companies as part of PwC’s Financial Risk Management practice covering asset and derivative valuation, financial due diligence and market, credit and operational risk related issues.

Nitin holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), and a Master of Business Administration from the Washington University in St. Louis.

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Glenn Labhart

Chairman of the Energy Risk Diploma Program, GARP, Principal

LABHART RISK ADVISORS

Glenn Labhart, Chairman of the Energy Risk Diploma Program, GARP, Principal, 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.

 

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Scott Lapierre

Reservoir Characterization Director, Founder

SHALE SPECIALISTS LLC

Scott Lapierre has over 20 years’ experience serving in a variety of roles for producers and service companies across the upstream O&G industry. Having started his career in operations providing formation-evaluation services, he eventually became an interpreter of formation evaluation data, aka a Petrophysicist, for ConocoPhillips, in their Global Subsurface Technology

By 2006, Scott was tasked with innovating on reservoir characterization methods for quantifying and mapping key properties of emerging gas shale reservoirs. By 2009, having developed a unique, competitive exploration capability for translating legacy, public data into illuminating treasure maps, Scott joined Pioneer Natural Resources to help them transition into the shale oil giant they have since become.

In 2014, Scott left Pioneer and co-found PCORE E&P to exploit the discovery of what he calls “the secret”: that oil trapped deep under the Earth, known to be slightly compressed under the weight of rock above, was the primary source of energy driving oil from shale. Under the belief that industry was dead wrong in the source of drive energy, PCORE was founded to identify the true “core” of shale plays at a time when everyone insisted everywhere was the “core”. Scott and his cohorts assembled a 6,000 acres position in the Midland Basin, drilled three top-tier wells, and sold the position - all within 18 months while oil slid from $105 to $36 per barrel.

Since 2016 Scott has been consulting under the banner of Shale Specialists LLC where he provides reservoir characterization, prospect generation, and deal evaluation for a variety of public and private E&P’s and investment management companies.

Scott is the author of the controversial LinkedIn articles on Bubble-point Death that predicted rising gas-to-oil ratios (GOR’s) were the precursor to a sudden and unexpected demise in oil production. His articles made bold prediction of production shortfalls that a recent Wall Street Journal article appears to have validated. He is here to represent the implications of the limitations of oil expansion as a primary drive mechanism on North American oil production.

Tom Lord

President

Dynamic Commodity Management

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Karen Lukacs

EKA

General Manager, Energy

Karen is responsible for driving the ongoing development of Eka’s next-generation energy trading and risk management (ETRM) software solutions. With over 20 years of experience working with energy companies, Karen has a unique understanding of what energy companies need to manage their operations, as she has been with the industry, vendors and consultants.

Prior to Eka, Karen began her career managing gas plant reporting and supply, logistics optimization, and then was a marketer for NGL’s at Canada’s largest Oil and Gas company. Karen then was an EVP at an ETRM company, and a North American leadership team member for an international management consulting firm focusing on ETRM integration and digitization planning for oil and gas companies

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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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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.

Eileen Merrigan

Senior Manager, Compliance Controls

HARTREE PARTNERS

Eileen Merrigan manages the global compliance group at Hartree Partners. She uses self-taught programming skills to mine data for compliance insight and other compliance endeavors such as effective global regulatory reporting, rule implementation, AML/KYC review, communication review, and regulator response. Her goal is to speak all business languages – data, regulation, and commercial. She began her career at FERC in the Division of Market Oversight and then spent time at The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

Ms. Merrigan is an avid curler and enjoys debating the five-rock free guard zone. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins.

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Jose Noyes

IT Architect Director, ETRM Systems

ENGIE

Jose Noyes has almost twenty years of experience in energy risk trading management.  Currently, Jose holds the position of IT Architect Director of ETRM Systems at ENGIE Energy Marketing NA, Inc., an energy trading and marketing subsidiary of ENGIE, a French multinational electric utility company which operates in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy.  In this role, Jose is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of ETRM solutions for operations associated with front office trading, risk management, back office, data integration and data analytics.  He works with senior level business partners to evaluate requirements, design system interfaces, manage data and calculations, develop system test and integration plans, execute test procedures, and support end-users.  Additionally, Jose leverages his in-depth technology expertise to support the business, provide project management services, mentor software developers and supply hands-on technical input.  Previously, he was the Product Manager of Aligne TRM at FIS (successor to SunGard and Caminus).  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a bachelors of art degree in economics and mathematics. 

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Philip North

Vice President, Global Risk Management

THE AES CORPORATION

Phil is Vice President of Global Risk Management at AES, reporting to Chief Financial Officer. A leader with substantial commercial and finance experience in the US, Latin America, and Europe. In his current role, Phil manages the risk management function across AES’ Global platform. Phil has been with AES in various commercial and risk roles since 2015.

Prior to joining AES, he was a member of the leadership team for Duke Energy’s Midwest Commercial Generation business unit as the Strategy and Business Performance Director, directing the strategy for 6,000MW of thermal power plants in PJM.

Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics; a master’s degree in Business Economics from Miami University in Oxford, OH; and has completer executive business and leadership programs at Georgetown  University and the Center for Creative Leadership.

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James Orsulak

Senior Director of Business and Sales

DESCARTES LABS

James Orsulak is the Senior Director of Business and Sales at Descartes Labs. James is a space and technology executive with over 18 years of experience in sales, business development and strategy. He led business capture activities for an asteroid mining company where he helped develop an advanced thermographic Earth Observation program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Art from Southern Methodist University and an Agronomy and Precision Agriculture certification from Purdue University.

Kathryn Patton

CALPINE

Trading Compliance

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Jennifer Plank

Senior Analyst

CONOCOPHILLIPS

Currently Senior Analyst, Global Trade Monitoring and Analysis, with 10 plus years of experience gained from multiple roles within ConocoPhillips Commercial in London and Houston. Has gained extensive knowledge of analytical modelling especially around commodity trade surveillance methods used to detect targeted trading patterns. Has strong project management skills, having led the implementation of ConocoPhillips Global Client Screening program, with oversight in setting CS policy and strategy at a global level and developing compliance monitoring and event management programs. Jennifer graduated from University of East Anglia (UK) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

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Shabana Qaiser

Director, Assistant General Counsel

BANK OF AMERICA

Shabana Qaiser is Assistant General Counsel and Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  Currently, Ms. Qaiser supports the Commodities line of business from both a physical and financial trading and transactional perspective, with a focus on structured financing transactions, oil, metals and commodity index-linked products.  She originally joined legacy Merrill Lynch as counsel to one of its private equity funds and its commodity-related investment business.  Ms. Qaiser had previously worked at private law firms in both New York and Houston.  She started her career as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan in mergers and acquisitions and restructurings in Latin America.  Ms. Qaiser earned her B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from Stanford Law School. 

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William Recktenwald

Research Analyst

TRAFIGURA

William Recktenwald is a Research Analyst at Trafigura Trading LLC in Houston, TX, an international commodities trading house. William now focuses on leveraging data in order to provide valuable insight to the energy trading desks at Trafigura.

He joined Trafigura in 2017 and has worked across commodities and roles, as well as internationally in Uruguay. William began his career as a Risk Analyst on the metal concentrates desk, before moving to Houston and into the capacity of Operations for the growing gasoline racks business. Mr. Recktenwald earned a B.S. from Stony Brook University in applied mathematics and statistics, with a second major in economics.

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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

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Ehud Ronn

Professor Of Finance, McCombs School of Business

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Ehud I. Ronn is a professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.  He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1983.

In addition to teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Ronn has held visiting appointments at academic institutions in the U. S., Europe and the Far East.  He has published articles on investments, interest rate instruments and energy derivatives in the academic and practitioner literature.

From 1991 to 1993, Dr. Ronn served as Vice President, Trading Research Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.  Dr. Ronn was the founding director of the University of Texas Center for Energy Finance from 1997 to 2009.  From Jan. 2010 to Feb. 2011, Prof. Ronn was Commodity Market Modeling practice area manager at Morgan Stanley & Co.

In Nov. 2004, Dr. Ronn was selected by Energy Risk to the “Energy Risk Hall of Fame.” 

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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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Akshay Singh

Modeling and Analytics Leader

GE CAPITAL

Akshay Singh, Modeling and Analytics Leader, GE CAPITAL

Akshay Singh 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.

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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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Robert Trinnear

Managing Director

THE ENERGY AUTHORITY

Robert Trinnear is a widely respected expert in risk management and financial derivatives with two decades of industry experience. He brings invaluable strategic insight to The Energy Authority (TEA), leading trading services across all commodity types for TEA’s clients in the East Coast markets.  An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Trinnear is spearheading TEA’s exploration and integration of blockchain technology. Mr. Trinnear’s expertise in both blockchain technology and energy make him a highly sought-after speaker at conferences across the country. His lengthy history of leadership roles at TEA gives him a unique perspective on the specific needs of clients as they adjust to significant change and opportunity in the energy markets.

In addition to leading one of public power’s most active trading desks in the nation, Mr. Trinnear was the Managing Director of Southern Horizon Consulting, where he specialized in financial risk management for clients in the technology, energy, and financial industries. He also worked for Tyson Foods Inc. and Mirant Corporation where he held a variety of trading and structured finance roles.

Mr. Trinnear holds a master’s degree in finance from Georgia State University, and a bachelor’s degree in management from Trinity College, Dublin. He also has an advanced diploma in business studies from the Dublin Institute of Technology and an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Chris Strickland

CEO and Co-founder

LACIMA

Chris Strickland, CEO and Co-founder, LACIMA

Dr Chris Strickland is CEO and co-founder of Lacima, a specialist provider of energy risk management, valuation and optimisation software and advisory services. Chris has advised senior executives on energy risk management and complex derivative valuation issues, strategic assessments and implementation of risk systems for over 20 years, and is a recognised expert for expert witness testimonials.
Chris is the co-author (with Les Clewlow) of the books 'Energy Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management' and 'Implementing Derivatives Models' and co-editor of the book 'Exotic Options: The State of the Art'.

In 2005 Chris was named in the Energy Risk Hall of Fame and in 2009 he was named in an elite international group of five by Energy Risk Magazine as a pioneering quantitative analyst who has made an outstanding contribution to energy trading and has shaped today's global energy markets. He is a Coordinator of the Risk Metrics Subcommittee of the Committee of Chief Risk Officers (CCRO) based in Houston, and a member of the Energy Oversight Committee for the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) based in New York.

Chris holds a PhD (Finance), and an MSc (Mathematics) from the University of Warwick, and a First Class Honours (Pure Mathematics) from the University of Liverpool. Chris is an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney and a member of the Special Focus Advisory Board of the Computational Finance & Risk Management Program at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington in Seattle

 

Cengizhan Yenerim

Director of Demand Risk Management

ENGIE

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Victor Yu

Principal

KWA ANALYTICS

Victor Yu has over 25 years of experience in energy/commodity trading, risk management, and technology consulting serving clients in the energy, commodity, banking/financial services, and utility sectors.  Currently as a principal consultant with KWA Analytics he provides advisory services and consulting for companies implementing technology solutions including C/ETRM systems.    

Prior to joining KWA, he was a senior manager with EY's Commodities Markets Technology practice, specializing in trading and risk management technology and applications of newer disruptive technologies such as blockchain.  Before EY Victor worked with ETRM software vendor OpenLink for 13 years where he was the Director of Business Services in the New York City office. 

He has a BS in Applied Economics & Business Management from Cornell University, an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, and certifications as an Energy Risk Professional (ERP) from GARP, Risk Management from NYU, and in Business Analysis and Project Management from Villanova University
 

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Nithya Venkatesan

HESS

Manager, Corporate Risk

Nithya Venkatesan has over 15 years of risk management experience spanning credit risk, market risk and enterprise risk.  She currently serves as Manager, Corporate Risk for Hess Corporation (Hess) globally. Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. Our company’s purpose is to be the world’s most trusted energy partner.

Our company has an industry-leading position in a key U.S. shale play -- the Bakken in North Dakota. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade with the first phase of a planned multi-phase development of the Stabroek Block in Guyana underway.  Her responsibilities include managing the day to day credit and market risk functions, oversight and reporting of the regulatory requirements associated with commodity risk, supplier credit risk and financial reporting related to commodity risk hedge accounting.

Raised in Houston, Nithya now lives with her family in Sugar Land, TX.    

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Jie Zhou

Director, ERM Analytics

EXELON

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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.

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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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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.