Speakers

Speakers

Ronan Julien

Digital COO (CD)

BNP Paribas

Ronan Julien is Global Head of Electronic Sales (e-sales) and Digital Chief Operating Officer for BNP Paribas Commodity Derivatives. He has been with the Bank for 15 years in various functions both in Europe and the US. Ronan currently spearheads the Bank’s digitalization efforts in commodity derivatives, notably through the integration of commodity trading into the Bank’s multi-asset Cortex electronic platform. The Cortex platform for commodities is an award-winning bespoke trading solution available to the Bank’s corporate and institutional clients across a wide range of underlyings allowing customized hedging on less liquid assets. Prior to joining the Bank’s digital efforts, Ronan has worked for over 10 years in Commodity sales with a specialization in energy markets and has assumed managerial positions across commodities in North America, the Middle East and French-speaking markets. Ronan holds degrees in international law and economics from Sciences Po in France.

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 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.

Qualifications

  • MBA Finance, University of Houston and 
  • Energy Risk Management, Rice University
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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.

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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.

Christian De Santis

Chief financial officer

Vårgrønn AS

Christian DE SANTIS

Chief Financial Officer at Vårgrønn AS

Since 2021, Christian DE SANTIS is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Vårgrønn AS which is a Norway-based company with the ambition to reach an installed capacity in the North Sea and Baltic Sea region of 1 GW towards 2030.

Previously, he spent most of his 20+ years international career within the oil & gas trading business of Eni Group. From 2015 until June 2021, he was CFO of Eni Trading and shipping Inc., an oil & gas trading company based in Houston (Texas) along with the same role in Eni Transporte y Suministro México, S. de R.L. de C.V.  based in Mexico.

From 2008 until June 2015, he had various roles within Eni Trading and Shipping SpA, 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 same period, he was also the Chief Financial Officer of Tecnomare, a Company providing on shore and off-shore engineering services to eni upstream affiliates.

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.

Abhishek Gupta

General Manager - Credit & Counterparty Risk

Olam

Dean Foreman

Chief economist

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.

Alexander Rozenfeld

Managing director, founder

Climate Impact Capital

Alex Rozenfeld founded Climate Impact Capital, LLC in 2016 to help fill the market gap for early stage companies and investors seeking to make an impact on climate change. With 20 years of energy and innovation experience, Alex has worked extensively internationally as an entrepreneur, angel investor, and business developer and venture capitalist for Fortune 500 companies. His main focus has been on bringing corporations and entrepreneurs together to impact one of the world’s largest challenges – sustainable and plentiful energy access. He has been investing in energy technologies since 2001, including hydrogen, fuel cells, and energy storage. Notable roles have included involvement in the earliest H2 vehicle station in California, an international energy GameChanger, and the founding member and President at Shell Technology Ventures, LLC. Alex has been an active supporter of the energy entrepreneurship community as an energy co-chair of the Houston Angel Network, chair of the Energy Initiative at The Center for Houston’s Future, Advisory Board member of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and an active adviser to many energy companies. Under Alex’s leadership, Climate Impact Capital supported the launch of Texas Innovates, a non-profit hardtech incubator working on energy and water challenges, where Alex is President of the BoD, and the Climate Salon, a peer network for climate investors. His work also includes international roles, such as the Advisory Board to the Energy Innovation Initiative at World Economic Forum (WEF).  Alex holds BSE magna cum laude from Princeton University, a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Cetin Karakus

Global head of quantitative and analytical solutions

BP

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 

Jay Bhatty

CEO and Founder

NatGasHub

Jay is an experienced natural gas trader. Formerly, he was Vice President of energy trading at JPMorgan Bank and prior to that at NRG Energy. He has broad experience in managing a complex portfolio of energy derivatives, physical gas products, interest rate and foreign currency swaps. He was part of the team at JPMorgan to win the ``Natural Gas House Of The Year Award`` by Risk Magazine for 2 years in a row. For several years, Jay traded gas on multiple U.S. pipelines, managed storage, and optimized transport leading to significant profit generation. He founded 'NatGasHub.com' as a unique proposition to apply technology to the process of natural gas logistics. Jay has an MBA from Cornell University, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), lives in Houston, and is passionate about solving the energy problems faced by us today.

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Earl Burns

GM Crush + Fiber (GPTN; Ag Svcs & Oilseeds)

ADM

Earl Burns Jr. is principal for the BT Family Office.  Prior to that, through March 2020 he was general manager, Global Risk, Pricing & Enterprise Risk Management, for Phillips 66. He has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector serving in various operating, financial, trading and supply roles. Burns was previously manager, Americas Distillate Trading in the Commercial organization. Prior to that, he resided in London and held the role of manager, Crude Trading Europe, Africa and Russia for Phillips 66 Limited, where he was responsible for all crude trading and supply activities. He began his career with Mobil Oil Corporation in a variety of positions in the U.S., Africa and Latin America inclusive of financial trading, logistics and sales positions. Previously, Burns served as the crude trading manager for BP in Chicago as well as manager, Global Strategy and Commercial Development (Commercial Marine) at ConocoPhillips. Prior to his time at ConocoPhillips, Burns spent five years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge as Lieutenant.   

Earl is a proud member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC); the most elite organization advancing the cause of Black Executives globally, an active board member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Energy Oversight Committee, as well as being an incoming (2020) board member and director of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) Alumni Foundation.

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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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Partha Chatterjee

Data and Analytics SME

Shell Energy

Partha S Chatterjee is a digital transformation and technology strategy leader with almost 30 years of experience in the United States. He is the Data and Analytics SME for Shell Energy at Trading and Supply IT. Previously, he was head of market-facing strategy for Product Management at ION (OpenLink) and Managing Director at Capco Energy Solutions. Partha has held technology leadership positions at Schlumberger, Kinder Morgan, Accenture and Sapient among others.


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, blockchain and emerging technologies. 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 a technology executive.


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. He came to the United States for graduate studies on a NASA-funded scholarship to work on Computer Vision at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He has 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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Ehud Ronn

Professor of finance, McCombs School of Business

The 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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Tuncay Pekin

Director, market & portfolio risk management

Duke Energy Corporation

Dr. Tuncay Pekin is the Director of Market & Portfolio Risk Management at Duke Energy Corporation. Dr. Pekin pioneered the application of portfolio risk management in the energy sector during the transition into greener energy. He has around 30 years of international experience in executive leadership, risk and commercial management in multinational corporations including Fortune 100 companies. During this time, he successfully established multiple company-wide risk management frameworks and built risk management teams for both public and private companies in the United States.

Before joining Duke Energy, Dr. Pekin held positions in companies including Shell, Dow Chemical and the AES Corporation. 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, risk strategy, hedge optimization, large-scale Monte Carlo simulation systems, machine learning and risk management policies.

Dr. Pekin 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 B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

Sidhartha Dash

Chief researcher

Chartis Research

Sid is the Chief Researcher at Chartis Research with more than 20 years of experience in the financial, energy and commodities markets in various functions across the trade and software development lifecycles. He 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.

Sid’s 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 .He has a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst CAIA, Financial Risk Manager (FRM) ,Energy Risk Professional (ERP), Member of GARP and CIPM from the CFA institute.

 

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Jonathan Hargrove

VP, Trading & Origination

Inspire Clean Energy

Jonathan Hargrove has more than 18 years of experience in the energy industry. In his current role as VP, Trading & Origination at Inspire Clean Energy, Jonathan executes the wholesale supply program across power, gas and environmental product markets in the Continental US. He also serves as a thought leader in developing structured products to meet sustainability and impact program goals. Prior to joining Inspire, Jonathan led the Asset Trading & Optimization desks at Invenergy and RWE. He has also worked on the trading desks of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, was a founding member of MP2 Energy, and partnered with several energy companies on commercial strategies as a management consultant at Accenture. Jonathan holds a BS in Finance from Lehigh University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 

 

 

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Philipp Kania

General Manager, Commercial Risk & Pricing

Citgo

Philipp Kania is a Global risk professional with extensive experience in driving risk management, trade compliance, and credit operations for international manufacturing and energy corporations. He served as the Chief Risk Officer for Motiva Enterprises and brings over 15 years of experience in several other energy leadership and risk roles at Vitol, Lyondellbasell, and Petroplus Refining. Philipp graduated from University of Miami and earned an Executive MBA from University of Houston. Philipp speaks 5 languages.

Haibin Sun

Director Transmission Strategy Analysis

Exelon

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.

Luc Steuns

Global Finance Director

Shell Renewables

Tudor Stoenescu

Quantitative research – ESG

Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC

Tudor is a quantitative researcher currently leading several of the ESG initiatives at Lord Abbett. He has over a decade worth of experience in the financial industry, having worked in many quantitative roles at Lord Abbett, Goldman Sachs and American Express. Prior to finance, he worked at JPL/NASA, conducting research in deep space communications.

Tudor has masters degrees in financial engineering, electrical engineering, and mathematics from Stanford, U. of Michigan and NDSU respectively, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from U of Michigan and Post-Doctoral studies in Information Science and Technology from Caltech.

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Gerfried Kromer

Senior Compliance Advisor

Shell Trading

Before working for an energy trading company in Austria as a Legal counsel, Gerfried worked for a small Law firm in Vienna. He later joined a major Swiss power trader as a Compliance manager overseeing the implementation of financial market regulation. Recently he made the move to London to join Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited as Senior Compliance Advisor for Financial Market Regulation, EMEA. As a seasoned professional he lectured in Switzerland.

Tom Owens

Director – Counterparty Credit Risk

BNY Mellon

Tom is a Director at the Bank of New York Mellon.  He began his career at the Valley National Bank in a credit underwriting role, having served there for three years before joining BNY Mellon.  Currently rounding out ten years at BNYM, Tom has served in various Global Markets Risk Management roles, with his present responsibilities spanning the spectrum of Counterparty Credit Risk.

He is a 2009 graduate from the University of Notre Dame, and holds an MBA degree in Quantitative Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.

May Hu

Manager

Capital One

Aiman El-Ramly

Chief business officer

ZE PowerGroup Inc

Aiman El-Ramly, MBA, CMC, Chief Business Officer, ZE PowerGroup has been an active member of the energy and commodities industries for 30 years. Aiman has significant understanding of what is needed for corporations to run effectively in complex global markets. ZE PowerGroup is the developer of the ZEMA™ enterprise software for data management. Aiman and his team have been recently expanding ZEMA’s capability to include advanced analytics and machine learning in resolving key industry challenges in trade, risk and operations. He is a frequent presenter, and market expert, in data and data analytics.

Aiman is also the Chief Operating Officer for ZE Power Engineering, ZE’s engineering design firm for utilities. Aiman holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Brian Habacivch

Principal, Commodities Management Group

Constellation

Brian Habacivch began his career in the energy industry as the Associate Editor of Gas Daily, the nation’s leading natural gas market publication.  He was responsible for the daily spot-market pricing survey and various indices used widely by gas producers, marketers, end-users, and traders.  He also covered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from Gas Daily’s Washington D.C. headquarters.  Brian has worked in natural gas, liquid fuel, electric-power marketing, business development, consulting-management, and energy market intelligence with various companies and brings over 30 years of experience to the fore. 

Currently, Brian is Principal, Constellation Energy Corp (Constellation)., Commodities Management Group (CMG).  Constellation is the leading supplier of natural gas and electric power to the commercial, industrial, and institutional customer class in the U.S.  The Commodities Management Group within Constellation is responsible for energy market intelligence and energy price and market analytics.

Constellation Energy Corp., (NASDAQ: CEG), is among the largest electric-power generators in the U.S., and the leading generator of carbon-free nuclear energy.  Constellation is a leader in renewable energy including renewable natural gas, wind, solar, hydro, and has an extensive capability in sustainability and energy solutions for energy end users.

Brian’s comments and views have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Industry Week.  Brian is a member of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association Shale Energy Committee, has been a past member of the Aluminum Association of America, and has been a featured speaker at numerous energy industry conferences in North America and the European Union. 

Monika Mangla

Director, Global Finance Digital Transformation

Former Chevron

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.

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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.

 

Drew Lichter

Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development

Mobius Risk Group

Drew leverages over 20 years of experience in commodities trading, financial risk management, and corporate finance leadership to identify and implement the best solutions for our clients. Drew joined Mobius from AK Steel, where he was responsible for the build out and leadership of AK’s financial hedging and risk management functions. In addition to his risk management responsibilities, Drew led corporate development, including multiple acquisitions and divestitures, financial oversight of subsidiaries and international operations, and served on the Boards of several metals processing and service center businesses including Spartan Steel Coatings, Combined Metals of Chicago, and Vicks Metals. Prior to entering the corporate world, Drew spent 15 years in institutional sales and trading. After beginning his career as an options market maker and member of the Chicago Board of Trade, he moved off the floor into trading and leadership roles including at RBC Capital Markets, where as Director of Commodities Trading he led several desks as well as the commodities quantitative analysis group. In his spare time, Drew enjoys relaxing with family, travel, skiing, and endurance sports, having completed several triathlons including a full course Ironman.

Roger Whelan

Head of corporate development

Uniper Global

Susan Nash

Director of Innovation & Emerging Science and Technology

AAPG

Alex Whittaker

Risk manager

Bonroy Petchem Co Ltd

Started in energy trading in 2006.  Over 16 years I have gained experience across all sides of the industry from busy financial and physical trading desks to professional services and presales at technology vendors, and advisory at consultancies.  The result is I have a well-rounded perspective based on lived experience as a client and end user, combined with the sales and marketing side of a vendor and consultant, as well as experience working on projects as a contractor.  Currently I am General Manager at a new commodities trading house with responsibility for all our risk, compliance, operations, and technology activity. 

Jazib Hasan

Co-Head of Modern Energy Renewables, Head of Investments

Modern Energy

Jazib Hasan is Head of Investments for Modern Energy, a clean energy company that invests in, builds and operates energy transition businesses to help the world reach a net-zero carbon economy.

Prior to Modern Energy, Jazib was Citibank’s Head of Commodities Structured Finance and Credit Solutions. He deployed the bank’s capital and raised alternate capital in energy, infrastructure, renewables and commodities assets.

Jazib built and ran a similar business for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as the Head of Energy Asset Finance Solutions, which included building a substantial new project finance business.

Prior to BAML, Jazib was responsible for structured transactions at Shell Energy North America, where he helped combine Shell’s physical capabilities to his capital raising & investment expertise.

Jazib spent 10 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was one of the founding members of the principal finance and structured credit businesses, leading innovative capital solutions across multiple sectors. He built a leading infrastructure financing business (worked on over $10bn+ of financings), as well as a secondary market trading business for public and private financial instruments.

Jazib was also a trader at hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management, where he ran an equity and equity derivatives trading book. During 1998 market meltdown, he helped on critical capital functions and subsequently executed broad asset-class liquidation.

Jazib has an MBA (Honors) from The Wharton School, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Economics (Honors) from Stanford University.

Maxim Tikhomolov

Vice President, Technical Services

KWA Analytics

Maxim Tikhomolov, ERP, PMP is the Vice President of Technology at KWA Analytics where he manages the development and the new technologies practice area.  He has over a decade of client experience working on technology-related projects for energy trading and risk and risk management in oil, gas, power, and renewables.  

Before joining KWA, Maxim was a Manager in Accenture's Energy & Commodities practice where he worked with energy clients on their trading and risk management technology needs.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant in Structure Group's ETRM practice.   

Maxim has a strong interest in applying the latest technologies along with his knowledge of software development, energy trading, and risk management to create unique, innovative solutions.   

Will O'Brien

Vice President, Commodity Trading Solutions

KWA ANALYTICS

Will O’Brien, ERP is the Executive Vice President of Trading & Risk Solutions at KWA Analytics where he oversees the advisory practice area servicing clients in energy, metals, ags, and capital markets.  He has over a decade of client experience working with Banks, Commodity Trading Houses, Hedge Funds, I.O.C’s, Upstream Producers, and Utilities.  

Prior to joining KWA, he was a Manager in Accenture's CTRM practice where he worked with energy clients on their risk management needs.  Before that was at OpenLink Financial where he was on the Quantitative Risk consulting team.

Will’s experience in risk management, trading & risk technology, and software development gives him a unique perspective in applying technology to address market needs.  

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Akshay Singh

Quantitative Analytics Manager

WGL ENERGY

Akshay Singh is a seasoned Energy Risk professional. He has been associated with strategy, corporate development and risk management across the value chain in the energy industry – traditional and renewables - for 20 years at energy producers, converters, transporters, utilities, project finance, marketing, trading and analytics services firms in the USA and UK.

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Cengizhan Yenerim

Head of Risk Development

ENGIE

As the head of Risk Development for ENGIE’s global energy management business, Cengizhan Yenerim is responsible for the management of strategic risk capital to protect and enhance the long-term portfolio value of ENGIE and its external clients in North America.

Since joining ENGIE in 2007, Cengizhan has served in several roles including heading up the data office, corporate strategy, enterprise risk, pricing, and portfolio management while supporting company’s investments in electricity generation, retail, natural gas and LNG.

Cengizhan until recently, held a board position at the Green Button Alliance which is an industry-led effort to respond to a White House call-to-action to provide society with easy access to their energy usage data.

Cengizhan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Middle East Technical University and a Master of Arts in Energy and Earth Resources from University of Texas at Austin. Cengizhan resides in Houston, TX with his wife and two children.

Tim Brantley

Head of Gas Analytics

Uniper Global Commodities North America

 

Tim Brantley has covered energy markets for more than 15 years across a range of commodities.  He is based out of Houston and currently leads the analytics and valuation groups at Uniper North America which he joined in 2017.  Tim started his career at Wood Mackenzie covering global gas markets before moving to Citadel’s gas trading floor in Chicago.  More recently, he managed a team of analysts at EDF supporting North American trading operations.  Tim holds a degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

James Ace Alexander

Senior Manager Market Fundamentals - Fuels

Constellation

Ace has over 35 years’ experience in the energy industry with most of that experience in upstream oil and gas before turning his focus to the energy market fundamentals and impact on price for fuels.  He joined Constellation in 2005 and is currently the Senior Manager of Market Fundamentals - Fuels.  In this role his team closely follows and models the oil and natural gas markets to prepare their short- and long-term forecast of natural gas supply and demand fundamentals and prices. His team is also focused on forecasting outcomes and impact for net zero carbon scenarios.

Prior to this role, Ace helped lead Constellation’s entry and exit into upstream oil and gas investments. During this 12 years Constellation made investments in most of the US shale and unconventional plays.

Before joining Constellation, Ace spent 22 years in the oil and gas upstream business forecasting, managing and leading conferences on risk, reserves, production, and economics of the oil and gas upstream business.

Ace graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.