Speakers

Speakers

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Chair: Glenn Labhart

Senior partner

Labhart Risk Advisors

Glenn Labhart has more than 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of

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.

He is the first energy-industry chief 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.  

In March 2004 Glenn Labhart formed Labhart Risk Advisors Inc., providing expertise in risk management that provides a diverse approach for clients requiring expertise in energy, complex modeling and independent valuation.

Glenn is a frequent lecturer and speaker utilizing his subject matter expertise on a variety of legal matters from his direct experience to provide of industry practices to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, business clients and Dynegy.

From August 1997 to March 2004, Glenn was senior vice president and chief risk officer for Dynegy Inc. During the 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; serving as a Board member for subsidiary companies from Dynegy acquisitions.

Glenn’ s career is supported by a BBA from Abilene Christian University, and the Rice University Executive Management Program, Professional memberships include the United State Energy Economics Association, the International Energy Economics Association, and serves on the Advisory Council for the Master of Energy Business program/University of Tulsa.

Sean Collins

Director, Division of Analytics and Surveillance

FERC

Sean K. Collins is the Director of the Division of Analytics and Surveillance (DAS) within the Office of Enforcement (OE) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Collins has been with FERC for 15 years.  Prior to the formation of DAS, Mr. Collins lead a team within OE that performed detailed market, portfolio, and statistical analysis related to the identification, investigation, and prosecution of market manipulation and other potential violations of federal energy laws. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Collins worked for KPMG, LLP, Marsh Risk Consulting and Arthur Andersen advising the management of electric and natural gas utilities in the areas of trading, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, regulation and compliance, and process improvement. Mr. Collins holds a BA in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College and an MA in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Earl Burns

Energy Executive

Earl Burns Jr. is a leading Energy Executive with 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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Karthik Rajan

Head of Products, Growth and Marketing

HUDSON ENERGY, A JUST ENERGY COMPANY

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Nigeria Poole Bloczynski

Chief risk officer

PJM Interconnection

Micheal Enger

VP, Market Operations & Resource Planning

Austin Energy

As Vice President, Michael Enger is responsible for Austin Energy’s physical and financial power portfolio in the ERCOT wholesale electric market, including the Real Time, Day Ahead and Forward market desks. He oversees the origination of the utility’s renewable power purchase agreements and manages the Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE) operations for Austin Energy’s owned and contracted resources. Enger is also responsible for resource planning at Austin Energy, which includes achieving the climate protection and affordability goals established by the Austin City Council and Austin Energy.

Enger brings a wealth of energy market knowledge to his role. He has more than 20 years of service with Austin Energy, most recently as Director of Energy & Market Operations. He has served as Manager of Market Operations and Risk Management and Interim Manager of Energy Market Analysis, in addition to roles as an energy planner, scheduler and marketer.

Enger has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Texas A&M University.

Jazib Hasan

Managing Director

EIG Global Partners

Jazib Hasan is a Managing Director at EIG Global Partners, a global leader in private investments in energy and energy-related infrastructure. Mr. Hasan’s primary focus is on Power Generation, Renewables and Energy Transition Infrastructure assets, as well as responsibilities for EIG’s Direct Lending investments across conventional and renewable energy/infrastructure. Mr. Hasan has over 25 years of investment, trading and origination experience at private equity, hedge fund, bank and corporate platforms.

Mr. Hasan was most recently Head of Investments at Modern Energy, a diversified energy transition B-Corp, focused on providing affordable, sustainable energy solutions. Mr. Hasan was Citibank’s Head of Commodities Structured Finance and Credit Solutions, and before that Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Head of Energy Asset Finance Solutions. Prior to BAML, Mr. Hasan was responsible for structured transactions at Shell Energy. Mr. Hasan spent 10 years at Deutsche Bank, in New York and Houston, where he was the founding member of the principal finance and structured credit businesses, including market-leading infrastructure and energy lending businesses. Mr. Hasan’s early career was as a trader at hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management.

Mr. Hasan holds a MBA (Honors) from The Wharton School, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics (Honors) from Stanford University.

Teoman Guler

Head of US power trading

DRW

Yash Anand

Head of energy transition, Americas

Natixis

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Nithya Venkatesan

Board Member

International Energy Credit Association

Nithya Venkatesan is currently the First Vice President, Risk at Navitas Assurance Partners (Navitas).  Prior to joining Navitas, Nithya worked as Senior Manager, Risk at Hess Corporation (Hess) globally.  

Navitas is a managing general underwriter (MGU) that represents some of the strongest balance sheets in North America; Navitas acts as the leading conduit in between the energy markets, their broker partners and carrier partners. 

Nithya has over 20 plus years of risk management experience spanning credit risk, market risk, regulatory reporting and enterprise risk.  Also, she has experience with multiple commodities including natural gas, power, crude oil, refined products, natural gas liquids, emissions credits and derivatives products.  Prior to Hess, Nithya has held a number risk positions at NRG Energy in various risk roles, Calpine Corporation in credit risk, etc.

Nithya is an active Board Member of CCRO (Committee of Chief Risk Officers), Executive Committee member at IECA (International Energy Credit Association) and Co-Director of the GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals) Houston Chapter.  

Nishant Mehra

Chief risk officer

Six One Commodities

Nishant Mehra has 15 years of experience in risk management and has broad experience in natural gas, power, and renewable energy credits, including significant experience with complex deal structures. With a commercial mindset and a deep understanding of market operations, risk methodology, and metrics, Nishant has a broad industry background. Prior experience includes working at BP, Sempra, and Noble Americas Energy Solutions.

Dong Fu

Senior Economist

Exxon Mobil

Dong Fu is the Senior Economist in Corporate Strategic Planning at the ExxonMobil Corporation. He began his career with ExxonMobil in 2007 in Irving, Texas.  Before that, Dong worked in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1997 to 2007. He previously worked in both public and private sectors in China from 1991 to 1994. 

In his current capacity Dong advises the senior management of the corporation on economic, financial and policy related issues. He takes the major responsibility of developing the corporate World Economic Outlook, which serves as the foundation of ExxonMobil's Global Outlook. He also assists other corporate departments and business functions in company plan, business strategy and various analyses.

 

Dong holds a Ph.D in economics from Southern Methodist University and a B.S from Zhejiang University (China). He also received leadership certifications from Thunderbird and the Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with family, travelling and reading.

 

 

Alexander Pliskin

Executive Director- Head of Energy and Utilities - Global Trade & Working Capital Finance NA

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Alexander Pliskin has been with JPMorgan Chase within the global trade organization since January 2020, as head of energy and utilities, trade and working capital finance.

Alex rejoined JP Morgan from BP Energy, where he spent four years as a director in both credit and structured trade finance. Prior to this he worked in the commodity division of the corporate and investment bank division at JP Morgan Chase where he served as a vice president and regional director in managing the firm’s commodity credit risk.  Alex has over 25 years of experience in energy risk management supporting major energy and commodity risk management initiatives at RBS Sempra Commodities, Bank of America, and ANZ Investment Bank to name a few.

Alex graduated with a degree in economics and music/violin performance from Geneseo State University and has a Master’s in business administration from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York with a concentration in finance.

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Nitin Kumar

Head of Risk

Alpha Generation

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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Spyros Maragos

Manager, Market Risk Analytics at

ExxonMobil

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

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

 

Michael Rosenberg

Manager

Active Power Investments

Michael Rosenberg is a Manager at Active Power Investments LLC where he is in charge of developing and implementing trading strategies in energy markets. Prior to his current position he was a Director of Structuring and Pricing at PacifiCorp where he was responsible for structuring physical and financial products and pricing deals for different commodities and assets. Before that Michael was a Manager, Quantitative Analysis, at PG&E where he was responsible for risk modeling, asset valuation, and risk systems with focus on power market redesign and its impact on risk and pricing.  Previously Michael was a Manager, Market Assessment, at ISO New England where his major responsibilities included analysis of market competitiveness, efficiency, and performance.  Prior to that Michael served in a variety of positions in TXU Energy Trading with focus on option valuation, commodity and credit risk management for Trading and Retail affiliates.  Before joining TXU he served in oil and gas exploration function at ExxonMobil. Michael holds Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Texas at Austin and Graduate Finance Certificate from the Cox Business School, SMU.  He published in industrial and academic journals and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and training events.