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.
Head of market risk
EDF Trading North America
Executive director, trade and working capital, North America energy and utilities
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.
Head of wholesale power origination and structuring
Jared Johnson is responsible for leading Engie’s wholesale origination and power structuring team in the U.S. Based in Houston, the team specializes in renewable power and environmental commodity transactions to support Engie’s Retail power and renewable development businesses. Before joining Engie, Jared worked in a variety of risk management, origination, and new business development roles with Swiss Re, Southern Company, and ACES Power Marketing. Jared received his bachelors degree from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Global Energy Transition Organization
Sonia Clayton is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist.
She is the the President & CEO of Virtual Intelligence Providers, LLC. (VIP-Global), a Houston — TX-based, Technology Innovation firm specializing in IT/IS/HR Solutions, ERP Systems (SAP & Oracle), Next Generation Technology Implementations, End User Training, Application Development, Staff Augmentation, Project Management, BPE, BPR, RPA-OCM, Organizational Change Management, Change Communications, Learning Ecosystems, Technical Documentation, and Translation & Localization services.
Sonia is a USA/international university Lecturer and an Energy Transition keynote speaker. She is also an active member of the Texas Judicial Council - Office of Court Administration, appointed by the State of Texas governor.
As VIP-Global’s President & CEO, Sonia pioneered some of the first ERP systems implementations in the Oil & Gas (Energy) sector. Her background includes 28 years of experience in IT/IS platforms, Open/User Innovation, Hybrid Training Programs, and Experiential e-Learning. She has visited and conducted business in over 70 countries and has held multiple leadership positions in global deployments.
Sonia has received over 30 awards of excellence and is a known contributor to the USA's dynamic innovation economy.
She is the founder and chairman of 4 Non-Profit organizations benefiting Cancer Patients, Higher Education, Military Personnel, and professionals in the Energy Transition.
Her professional career started with Air France in 1991, as a French, Spanish and Portuguese Interpreter for the European routes. In 1993, she joined Continental Airlines as a Corporate Security Investigator and was promoted to inflight recruiting, International Negotiations, and Airport HR/IS operations. As a former OCM transformational manager with Continental Airlines, Sonia was a key contributor to their Latin American expansion into Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, and Chile. She also helped develop interline agreements for Argentina and several European countries.
In 2022, she was named “Woman Who Mean Business” in Energy, by the Houston Business Journal. In 2019, Sonia was named one of USA’s Most influential Latina Executives, in Washington DC., and was also named one of Houston’s Most Influential Women in Business. She is an alumna of the SLEI program @ Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sonia is also a member emeritus of the faculty advisory board of Brigham Young University (BYU) Marriott School of Business and is the first chairwoman of the Latina Alliance organization. Sonia Clayton is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is the the President & CEO of Virtual Intelligence Providers, LLC. (VIP-Global), a Houston — TX-based, Technology Innovation firm specializing in IT/IS/HR Solutions, ERP Systems (SAP & Oracle), Next Generation Technology Implementations, End User Training, Application Development, Staff Augmentation, Project Management, BPE, BPR, RPA-OCM, Organizational Change Management, Change Communications, Learning Ecosystems, Technical Documentation, and Translation & Localization services. Sonia is a USA/international university Lecturer and an Energy Transition keynote speaker. She is also an active member of the Texas Judicial Council - Office of Court Administration, appointed by the State of Texas governor. As VIP-Global’s President & CEO, Sonia pioneered some of the first ERP systems implementations in the Oil & Gas (Energy) sector. Her background includes 28 years of experience in IT/IS platforms, Open/User Innovation, Hybrid Training Programs, and Experiential e-Learning. She has visited and conducted business in over 70 countries and has held multiple leadership positions in global deployments. Sonia has received over 30 awards of excellence and is a known contributor to the USA's dynamic innovation economy. She is the founder and chairman of 4 Non-Profit organizations benefiting Cancer Patients, Higher Education, Military Personnel, and professionals in the Energy Transition. Her professional career started with Air France in 1991, as a French, Spanish and Portuguese Interpreter for the European routes. In 1993, she joined Continental Airlines as a Corporate Security Investigator and was promoted to inflight recruiting, International Negotiations, and Airport HR/IS operations. As a former OCM transformational manager with Continental Airlines, Sonia was a key contributor to their Latin American expansion into Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, and Chile. She also helped develop interline agreements for Argentina and several European countries. In 2022, she was named “Woman Who Mean Business” in Energy, by the Houston Business Journal. In 2019, Sonia was named one of USA’s Most influential Latina Executives, in Washington DC., and was also named one of Houston’s Most Influential Women in Business. She is an alumna of the SLEI program @ Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sonia is also a member emeritus of the faculty advisory board of Brigham Young University (BYU) Marriott School of Business and is the first chairwoman of the Latina Alliance organization.
Executive renewable fuels and products
St Bernard Renewables
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.
Director, transmission strategy analysis
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.
Data and analytics, small and medium-sized enterprises
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.
Chief executive and founder
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.
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.”
Rohit is a co-founder of Treaty Oak and has over 15 years of experience in structured commodities transactions and energy trading. Rohit is a co-founder and shareholder of AP Solar Holdings, LLC, which has successfully developed over 1.6GW ac of solar PV generation in the ERCOT region. Rohit is also, a co-founder and joint-owner of Houston-based Snapper Creek Energy Advisors, LLC, which helps clients originate, structure, and execute energy commodity risk management solutions.
Rohit’s previous experience includes energy trading and structured transactions at both Macquarie Bank and Lehman Brothers and principal advisory at a Houston-based boutique commodities advisory firm.
Rohit holds a BS in Electrical Engineering (Hons.) and an MS in Quantitative and Computational Finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chairman and chief executive
Nodal Exchange and Nodal Clear
Nodal Exchange is a commodities exchange providing participants the ability to trade and central counterparty clear hub, zone and nodal power futures and options contracts in North America achieving over $35 Billion in notional value open interest and 45% market share in monthly futures open interest. The company also offers natural gas, environmental and trucking freight contracts. Nodal Clear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nodal Exchange, is registered as a derivatives clearing organization and acts as the central counterparty clearing house for Nodal Exchange contracts. Nodal Exchange became part of the EEX Group in May 2017. Mr. Cusenza led Nodal Exchange to its commencement of trading in April of 2009 and the market has seen great growth since its launch.
Mr. Cusenza has over thirty years of experience in building and managing businesses. He was co-Founder and co-President of 23andMe, a personal genetics company which Time Magazine identified as “The Best Invention of the Year” and which has now achieved “unicorn” status. He was also 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. 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.
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.
Director, portfolio management
Brock Mosovsky has more than twelve years of experience developing, validating, and maintaining analytical models, with an emphasis on energy risk management, market analysis, and renewable energy valuation. He has worked with some of the country’s largest utilities and independent power producers to help forecast value and mitigate risk for their diverse portfolios of physical and financial assets. Brock holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and received a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship for study in the Netherlands.
Velocity Merchant Energy
Senior data scientist
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.
IT architect director, energy trading and risk management 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.
Managing director, Americas
Alan has over 20 years’ experience working in the financial services industry, primarily with large vendors, leading global teams. He brings extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of software and data, with a particular interest in transformational technologies, and how they impact industry. He has worked in both sales and business leadership roles. Alan joins us from Accuity, a subsidiary company of RELX. There, Alan led a global sales team as will as the New York sales team. Prior to Accuity, Alan held a series of management positions at Sungard (now FIS) and MSCI. Previously Alan worked in the Tax and Management Consulting lines of business of PwC.
Alan has an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Flagler Business School, and a BA in Political Science/Public Policy from the George Washington University.
Head of business development
Matt Hyman is head of business development for ION Commodities. He is responsible for driving new revenue streams through community partnerships, market expansion, and product innovation. Prior to this role, Matt developed and launched ION's multi-brand product positioning strategy following the acquisitions of Aspect (2017), Openlink (2018), and Allegro (2019).
Matt has 10 years of experience in financial technology, beginning his career in fixed income e-trading solutions before spending 3 years leading implementations of ION's TriplePoint solution at merchant trading firms, utilities, producers, and refiners around the world.
Matt holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University.
Co-founder and chief communications officer
Koch Energy Services