Speakers 2020

Speakers 2020

Marc Merrill

President & CEO

Uniper Global Commodities North America



Ravi Prasad

Global vice president, digital products, innovation, and ecosystem

The AES Corporation

Ravi Prasad is a Digital Transformation leader who believes the future of energy business requires re-invention.  Throughout his career, Ravi has relied on his passionate entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to spearhead change via focused collaboration across some of the world’s most well-known organizations.  Ravi’s consultative approach to leading and advising teams has helped drive financial success and market growth across multiple highly complex industries, including finance, technology, and manufacturing.

In current role, Ravi is responsible for driving digital commercial transformation, Data-driven augmented decision making and new revenue models from AI/ML based cognitive engineering.

Ravi’s prior roles include GE Renewable Digital as Chief Growth Officer, Blackstone Group as operational executive and KPMG as management consultant. He has setup global data practices and run P&Ls.

Ravi holds a management degree from Kellogg School of Management and engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Vikas Dwivedi

Global oil and gas strategist


Earl Burns

General manager, global risk, pricing & ERM

Phillips 66

Earl Burns Jr. is general manager, Global Risk, Pricing & Enterprise Risk Management, for Phillips 66. He has more than 25 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, Med, 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 treasury, 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.

Burns holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point), a Master of Science degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mitesh Doshi

Global head of risk management, chief risk officer

TrailStone Group

Mitesh Doshi is Global Head of Risk Management and Chief Risk Officer for Trailstone Group Company with headquarters in Austin, TX. Trailstone participates in a variety of domestic and global energy markets including natural gas, power, crude and products, coal and emissions.

Mitesh has about ~13 years of experience in multiple Quant, Risk and Trading roles at Trailstone, NextEra Energy and Exelon Corporation

Mitesh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University (‘04) and Master’s of Science in Mathematical Finance from Illinois Tech (’06)

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


Nithya Venkatesan

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.    

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.

Partha Chatterjee

Program directorate, trading and supply


Partha Sarathi Chatterjee is leading energy trading and risk technology for Global LNG and Gas trading systems as part of Program Directorate at Shell Trading and Supply. Previously, he was part of market facing strategy for Product Management at OpenLink Financial, the global leader for financial products and technology. Before that, he was Managing Director at Capco Energy Solutions, formerly SunGard Consulting Services.

His expertise encompasses energy and trading risk management (ETRM) systems, risk management and trading analytics, regulatory compliance, and governance. He compliments that with deep technical knowledge in enterprise architecture, digital transformation, data and analytics, AI and mathematical modeling. As a global expert on trading and risk management, Partha has worked on think-tanks and summits, advising governments, regulatory boards and financial institutions. Partha brings strategic vision and leadership capabilities in driving solutions and roadmaps as technology executive.

Partha has held technology leadership positions at many companies, including Schlumberger, El Paso Energy (Previously Tenneco), Accenture, Sapient among others.

Partha holds a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) with first class in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) (Kharagpur) in India, as well as a master’s degree in computer science from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Texas A&M University, specializing in finance and MIS.

Partha lives in Houston and enjoys sports and music with his wife, Arpita and children, Ishaan and Trisha.

Jose Noyes

IT architect director, ETRM systems


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. 

Sunaina Pai Ocalan

Director, corporate strategy


Ocalan is responsible for keeping the Hess executive team abreast on macro-economic factors, and elements of supply and demand of oil and gas; how costs are trending in the industry, and other macro themes and perspectives.  She is also responsible for competitor intelligence, and monitoring strategic trends in the industry.

She has 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, in various functions – she started her career with Schlumberger, working as an electrical design engineer on the coring tool and the MDT.  After getting her MBA, she switched gears and joined a boutique management consulting firm that got acquired by IHS CERA in Cambridge, MA. Through the acquisition she was with CERA for 6 years.  In 2012, Ocalan joined Hess as a development plan engineer for the Utica asset.  She had a development role in the Commercial group helping with decisions on Hess’ Bakken asset.  Prior to taking the Corporate Strategy role, she supported all of Hess’ offshore assets and was responsible for decision analysis and economics for GOM, Asia, and Europe.  

Ocalan holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University, India, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, PA, and an MBA from Rice University in Houston.

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.



Arnaud Stevens

Managing director, co-head of energy & natural resources Americas


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.


Jonathan Hargrove

Director, power and gas trading


Jonathan Hargrove is Director of Power and Gas Trading at Invenergy, a leading privately held global developer and operator based in Chicago. In his current role, he built and leads the commercial trading team executing hedge strategies for the merchant fleet of renewable and thermal generation assets in North America. Additionally, Jonathan negotiates commercial contracts and credit structures in domestic and international markets to support both new build and existing projects.

Jonathan has more than 18 years of business and consulting experience in the energy industry. Prior to Invenergy, Jonathan worked on the trading desks of Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and AES, and was part of the founding member teams at MP2 Energy and Sumer Capital. Jonathan has experience in power, natural gas and environmental trading as well as both wholesale and retail portfolio management. Jonathan spent five years with Accenture partnering with energy companies on commercial strategies, business capabilities and operating frameworks while evaluating and implementing supporting technology.

Jonathan holds a BS in Finance from Lehigh University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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.

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.

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.

Glade Wishart

Head of compliance, North America

EDF Trading

Farai Mtetwa

Lead architect & developer, commodities

Beacon Platform

Orlando Flores

Director, enterprise risk management & solutions

CPS Energy

Ammar Ansari

Head of risk

Gunvor Group

Gregory Broussard

Senior director, energy trading & market strategy