Speakers 2020

Speakers 2020

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.

Marc Merrill

President & CEO

Uniper North America

Marc Merrill is President & CEO of Uniper North America where he has overall responsibility for the Uniper Group’s activities in North America.  Marc previously has held numerous leadership and board positions within the Uniper Group and has particular experience building, leading and restructuring global teams. 

Prior to joining Uniper, Marc was in private legal practice in Munich, Germany and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas-Austin. He also studied law in Germany and France. He is fluent in German.

 

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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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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.

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Ilia Bouchouev

Managing partner

Pentathlon Investments

For nearly twenty years Ilia Bouchouev has been managing the global derivatives business for Koch Industries, the world second largest privately held company. Koch's derivatives group operates globally with trading desks in New York, Houston, London and Geneva 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.

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 leading the efforts to build a state-of-the-art Big Data analytics platform through the  joint efforts of multiple engineering teams. 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 

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
     
Jason Maroothynaden

Business broker, business applications department

European Space Agency

Dr Jason Maroothynaden is an internationally experienced early-stage venture builder, deeply involved in the space industry. In 2017, joined at European Space Agency’s (ESA) Business Applications Team as Business Broker. ESA Business Applications provides ESA’s support for the commercialisation of satellite applications and space-using industry. The programme is offered across 19+ countries. Jason heads up access to finance in particular working in partnership with Venture Capital and Business Angel funds.

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Vikas Dwivedi

Global oil and gas strategist

Macquarie

Nitin Jindal

Managing director, head of North America gas and power, Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

Nitin Jindal is head of NA Gas and Power trading within Goldman Sachs’s commodities business. Nitin is based in New York City.

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Freddy Cardozo

Chief supply & risk officer

Gas South

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Earl Burns

Principal

BT Family Office

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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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)

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Victor Yu

Executive vice president of Americas consulting

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 EVP of Americas Consulting with KWA Analytics Victor and his team provide 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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Glenn Labhart

Chairman of the Energy Risk Professional (ERP) GARP program & 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.

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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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Nithya Venkatesan

Manager, corporate risk

HESS

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.    

Gregory Broussard

Senior director, energy trading & market strategy

Cargill

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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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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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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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Sunaina Pai Ocalan

Director, corporate strategy

HESS

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.

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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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Arnaud Stevens

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

 

Roza Galeeva

Adjunct professor

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Roza offers expertise   both in academia and industry. She has extensive  experience over 18 years with derivatives – modelling, pricing ,  risk management and data analysis. She has been employed at senior levels as a quant at Williams Energy, Northeast Utilities and most recently, for  13 years, 2005-2018 at Morgan Stanley.   She worked at MS in different roles and departments, including    the Valuation Group, and later MS  strats and  modelling   group. Her role involved fundamental research for commodities derivatives; data analysis, evaluation and optimization of commodity assets and transaction costs, calibration of model parameters, calculation of Greeks for commodity  derivatives; design of CCAR stress tests; commodity loans. She also worked  in the audit group on Validation of  VaR model for regulatory  project.

She has extensive research experience, published papers on geometry,  PDE,  dynamical systems and lately  in  financial engineering.

Since Fall 2017 she has   been teaching courses in financial engineering at NYU, Tandon School of Engineering and   working  with  students on research projects  on Commodity Derivatives.

Frequent at major financial engineering conferences.

She has Ph.D. in mathematical physics from Moscow State University.

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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.” 

Carlos Blanco

Managing director, analytic solutions

Ascend Analytics

Dr. Blanco provides expertise to Ascend's clients in the areas of analytic modeling, forecasting, optimization and simulation and also contributes to advance the software product and services to meet the evolving client needs.

Dr. Blanco is also a faculty member of MENNTA Energy Solutions since 2004, where he teaches several courses on energy and commodity derivatives pricing, hedging and risk management. He has published over 150 articles on a wide range of financial and commodity risk management topics. Carlos was also a lecturer at the Finance department at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the former co-founder and managing director of Black Swan Risk Advisors and a former VP, Risk Solutions at Financial Engineering Associates (a BARRA/MSCI company), where he was an essential contributor in the development and client support of the financial and energy derivatives pricing and market risk management models.

Dr. Blanco holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, where he was awarded "Magna Cum Laude".

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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.

 

 

Udesh Jha

Managing director, clearing and post-trade

Udesh Jha is a Managing Director within the Clearing and Post-Trade division at CME Group and heads the Post Trade Services group. This group comprises three sub-groups – Risk Research, Solutions and Service Management for TriResolve & TriCalculate. In his last role within CME Group, Udesh led the Risk Research team for CME Clearing and was responsible for managing all aspects of quantitative risk modelling for the Clearinghouse. Udesh has worked at CME since 2010.

Prior to this joining CME Group, he worked at Capital One, Banc of America Securities, and QRM in different risk management roles ranging from ALM, Funds Transfer Pricing and CDO Structuring. Prior to that, Udesh was a Senior Management Consultant with IBM assisting clients with Supply Chain Management solutions across different industrial sectors.

Udesh holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Masters in Science in Civil Engineering from University of Connecticut and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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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.

 

Tamika Tyson

Global head of credit

Noble Energy

Tamika is the Global Head of Credit at Noble Energy, Inc., a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The company’s diverse resource base includes positions in premier unconventional U.S. onshore plays – the DJ Basin, Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin – and offshore in the Eastern Mediterranean and West Africa.  Her responsibilities include managing the day to day credit functions, trade finance, oversight of the derivative regulatory and contract administration function supporting commodity risk management, and supplier credit risk for supply chain.

Tamika has over 20 years of international credit and commodity experience; she has a Master and Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Economics from Sam Houston State University.  She is on the Kayo Energy Advisory Board, a Non-Resident Scholar for the Insurance Information Institute, a past Board member of the International Energy Credit Association, a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association, and is on the Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving planning committee. Tamika has one son, Christopher, and spends her free time exploring the world.  

Tamika Tyson has seen crude prices rise to their peak, $148.93 and fail to ($37), and everything in between. She has managed through several credit cycles and will layout an analytical framework to navigate through periods of uncertainty. Whether you’re an Engineer, Geologist, or work in IT, in this era of uncertainty, everyone is a risk manager.

Jesse DiIanni

Vice president, global services

Veson Nautical

Jesse has led Veson Nautical’s Global Services organization since 2011 and is a member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team.  He has been with the company since 2007 working with the world’s largest commercial maritime and commodity organizations implementing the standard platform that propels maritime commerce.  Jesse is responsible for leading Veson’s global Professional Services and Technical Solutions groups, with oversight for all active implementations, client engagement, and ongoing client support. Previously, Jesse served as Veson’s Director of Professional Services; Program Manager for strategic client and international implementations; and Lead Project Manager for strategic clients. Jesse has been a key contributor to the growth of the company’s client services organization. 

Veson Nautical is the global market leader in developing, implementing, and supporting the solutions that propel maritime commerce.  We deliver the leading commercial platform on the market.  And we’re on a mission to transform the way the maritime world works and makes decisions through the power of technology.

Prior to joining Veson Nautical Jesse worked in roles on both the technology and business sides in the Investment and Finance industry at John Hancock and Merrill Lynch. 

Jesse holds a BS degree in IT and Finance from the University of Vermont as well as completing the Harvard Business School Executive Education program for Leading Professional Services firms.  Jesse also holds a PMP® designation from the Project Management Institute.

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.

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Jonathan Hargrove

Head of commercial optimization Americas

RWE Renewables

Jonathan Hargrove is Head of Commercial Optimization Americas for RWE Renewables. In his current role, he leads the commercial optimization and trading team executing hedge strategies for the merchant fleet of renewable generation assets in North America. Jonathan originates and negotiates commercial contracts 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 RWE Renewables, Jonathan built and lead the Commercial Trading desk at Invenergy. In his career, he has 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.

Philipp Kania

Former head of risk, credit and trade compliance

Motiva Enterprises

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.

Brett Friedman

Managing partner

Winhall Risk Analytics

Mr. Friedman is currently the Managing Partner at Winhall Risk Analytics, a risk management advisory firm based in NY and Utah.  He has managed risk for over 30 years and has broad experience working with financial institutions in risk management, trade forensics, and operations.  He has built and managed three risk management organizations from scratch, two trading startups, and has transacted on numerous exchanges and OTC markets.  He brings a vast amount of first-hand management, hedging, and valuation experience.

Mr. Friedman was formerly the COO/CRO of Brick Accretive Management, an absolute return hedge fund.  He was also the Chief Risk Officer of Ospraie Management, an $8 billion natural resource-based hedge fund and private equity group.  Mr. Friedman has experience in all asset classes and specializes in portfolio risk, hedging, and valuation.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Friedman served as a Partner at Risk Capital Management, Chief Risk Officer for three energy trading firms, worked for 10 years as an energy futures and options trader, and traded foreign exchange futures and options for the Union Bank of Switzerland.  He started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.

​Mr. Friedman earned a BA in Economics from Columbia University.

Christian De Santis

VP, accounting, finance & control

Eni North America

Since 2015, he is VP Accounting, Finance and Control of Eni Trading and shipping Inc. (ETS US), an oil & gas trading company based in Houston; during 2019, he also has the same role with Eni Transporte y Suministro México, S. de R.L. de C.V..

He spent most part of his 15+ years career within the oil & gas trading business.

From 2018 until June 2015, he had various roles within the new Eni Trading and Shipping SpA (holding company of ETS US), 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 above period, he was also the Chief Financial Officer of an Italian upstream  Company providing on shore and off shore engineering services.

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.

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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.

Matthew Sekol

Industry executive, US capital markets

Microsoft

Matt guides firms through the digital transformation journey by delivering thought leadership, cultural change, and innovative ideas. As an Industry Executive for Microsoft’s US Capital Markets, his coverage spans payments, data providers, PE firms, asset managers, brokerages, investment banks, and exchanges.

With a 20-year career supporting technology initiatives across major energy, healthcare and life sciences, and semiconductor organizations, Matt now helps global financial services firms understand complex digital concepts and upcoming market changes with an eye on the ultimate deliverable – their own customers.

Matt earned his BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University and has leveraged his mix of skills to bring unique insights. He managed one of the most successful Microsoft partners in the US and has published over 100 articles about technology, culture, and business. Outside of work, you’ll find Matt running out on the trail, listening to podcasts and audiobooks and being a general learn-it-all.

Yumei Ning

Senior quantitative risk manager, global crude market risk and ERM

Shell Trading and Supply

Yumei Ning has been leading valuation and risk management efforts at major global energy trading houses in the U.S. in the past two decades. In her current role at Shell, she has led the development and implementation of Global Risk Quant Portal (QP), a sustainable, scalable, and automated market risk management platform to produce risk metrics and insights from desk level to global T&S. As the chief architect and the business owner of the QP accelerator project, she has worked collaboratively with many market risk teams, IT and finance groups in Shell T&S, harmonized and transformed the trading portfolios across multiple ETRM systems and data warehouses, effectively tackled many challenges and obstacles, and brought QP to life. Prior to Join Shell, Yumei led the Quantitative Analysis team at BG and developed a suite of asset valuation models and optimization tools and platforms used for structured deal valuation, risk assessment, and hedging strategy analysis by BG’s commercial, market and credit risk, and compliance functionalities. Earlier in her career, Yumei also worked as Vice President in Quantitative Analysis at Merrill Lynch Commodities, and as Manager in Corporate Risk Control at Calpine. Yumei holds a Ph.D. degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University.

Scott Wrigglesworth

Director, analytics & strategy

Ascend Analytics

Mr. Wrigglesworth is Director of Analytics and Strategy at Ascend Analytics. He applies his experience in commercial portfolio optimization to the Ascend Analytics team in a multifaceted role working with clients including community choice aggregators, merchant renewable firms, municipal power entities and traditional utilities.

Before joining the company, he spent 17 years with Dayton Power and Light and the AES Corporation. There he focused on practical solutions in energy analytics, actionable reporting, margin modeling and portfolio optimization and developed the managerial P&L processes.  He also led portfolio management for retail operation and advised on a variety of business activities including segmentation, marketing analysis, and broad strategy decisions, which resulted in retail gross margin from 2012 through 2013 in excess of $100MM.

Mr. Wrigglesworth also teaches a course in Energy Markets at the University of Dayton from where he also earned his MBA. He holds a BA in Global Economics and International Business from Cedarville University.

Stuart Krohn

Head global market risk Gas, power & energy trading

Shell Trading & Supply

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Mark Higgins

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

BEACON PLATFORM

Dr. Higgins co-founded Beacon in 2014 after spending twenty years on trading floors as a quantitative developer, trader, and manager, developing industry-leading trading and risk management software.

Prior to co-founding Beacon, Dr. Higgins spent four years at JPMorgan Chase as a trader and quantitative developer. In addition to launching the Athena project with Singh from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Higgins was Co-head of Quantitative Research for the Investment Bank from 2010 to 2012 and head of the electronic currency options franchise and algorithmic FX index business from 2012 to 2014. From 1998 to 2006, Dr. Higgins
was the head of the FX and US interest rate strategist teams at Goldman Sachs, where he developed pricing and risk solutions in SecDB. Dr. Higgins began his career as a Lead Quantitative Developer at Contango Energy, where he designed and built the Contango System, a trading and risk management system for
electricity and natural gas derivatives.

Dr. Higgins received a B.S. in Engineering in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics in 1996 from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario..

Umit Cali

Associate professor of energy informatics & co-founder

Norwegian University of Science and Technology & EnergyXchain LLC

Dr. Umit Cali is a seasoned technology researcher conducting academic-based research activities in energy analytics, blockchain and economics.

Dr. Cali has 20 years international experience in the fields of energy systems, data science, blockchain technologies, ICT, energy markets and economics.

He has worked for IBM International (Istanbul/Turkey) as a network engineer and project manager, a senior researcher in energy informatics and economics (Fraunhofer Institute – Germany), an Energy Consultant (Lahmeyer International- Germany), a Manager in wind energy project development and energy markets/energy economics (EnBW –Utility in Germany), Chief Technology Officer for an international service provider in energy efficiency (KREEN Renewables GmbH- Germany/Switzerland) and assistant professor in three universities (Gediz University- Turkey, the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte).

Dr. Cali is also co-founder of US (NSF SBIR funded) and Europe based technology startup companies which are active in advanced energy informatics and blockchain.

He is working as associate professor of Energy Informatics in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

He is serving as Vice Chair of IEEE Blockchain in Energy Standards WG (P2418.5).

Haibin Sun

Director, transmission strategy & analytics

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.

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Michael Enger

Energy market manager

Austin Energy

Adam Atkinson-Lewis

Energy platform commercialization

Shell New Energies

Adam currently leads commercial strategy for Shell New Energies’ Energy Platform, a proprietary global cloud platform built to support and drive Shell’s success in the energy transition across all aspects of Shell’s participation in the electric power value chain. Prior to his time at Shell New Energies, he was the director of business development and strategy for Greensmith Energy Management Systems, a Wärtsilä Company where he worked on strategic partnerships and commercial strategy to accelerate Wärtisllä’s success in the energy storage and hybrid energy systems marketplace. Prior to that, Adam spent four years at Natel Energy, a low-impact hydropower company in Alameda, California, where he led commercialization of their novel turbine technology, launched their international business, and managed the company’s new hydropower turbine product. In the past, he has worked as a teacher in Switzerland, a water resource infrastructure geologist in Northern California, and for the Energy Foundation in San Francisco on federal climate change and energy security policy. He is passionate about working to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change; enjoying the outdoors on skis, wheels, and feet; and experiencing new places and cultures around the world. 

Adam holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, a Masters in Engineering Management from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern, and a BA in geology and Spanish from Colby College. He is a Truman Security Fellow and previously served on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Council to the Secretary of Commerce of the United States.

Doug Wendler

Chief executive officer

Machina Automation

Doug has worked in the enterprise software and services field since 1990. He has built global businesses from scratch, led the turnaround of established businesses and been a catalyst in creating environments that customers and co-workers trust. His prior roles include Chief Client Officer at Openlink Financial, President of SunGard Global Services and Founder and Chief Sales and Marketing at Enform Technology. He co-founded Machina Automation in 2017.

Doug holds a B.B.A in Business Analysis (MIS) from Texas A&M University and lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and three children.

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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.

Paul Cusenza

Chairman & chief executive officer

Nodal Exchange & 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.

  

Glade Wishart

Head of North America compliance

EDF Trading North America

Glade Wishart is the Head of Compliance for EDF Trading North America, LLC and brings more than 25 years of experience providing compliance, regulatory, risk, and technology advisory. Glade has designed and implemented programs for global organizations in the finance and commodities sectors.

Glade holds a BA in Political Science from Utah State University, an MBA from the University of Houston, and various other certificates: Energy Risk Management (RICE), Energy Accounting (UH), and Cybersecurity (MIT).

Glade is also a Certified Fraud Examiner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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Neil Palmer

Co-head of client solutions

Beacon Platform

Neil joined Beacon in 2016.  Prior to that he had twenty years' experience in a variety of front office quant and structuring roles - including at RWE Supply & Trading, Goldman Sachs, Constellation Energy, BP and Centrica.

Neil read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and has a Masters in Mathematical Trading and Finance from Cass Business School.

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Jie Zhou

Director, risk analytics

Exelon

Jie Zhou is a director of risk analytics at Exelon. In this role, he’s responsible for promoting evidence-based analytical-driven approaches to analysing enterprise level risks, optimizing business portfolios and evaluating strategic options.

Prior to moving to the enterprise risk management organization, Jie managed a quant team at Constellation (the commercial subsidiary of Exelon) that supports various hedging, trading and risk management activities.

Jie received his PhD in Statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007.

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Spyros Maragos

manager, risk analytics

Direct Energy

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 of Risk Analytics for Direct Energy.

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

 

Allison Weis

Director, optimization analytics

Ascend Analytics

Dr. Allison Weis directs Ascend’s battery storage team and provides technical guidance on a variety of optimization analytics products for renewable integration, flexible grid resources, and system planning. She manages valuation and real-time dispatch optimization for storage and renewable systems operating in wholesale markets. She also leads work on hydro system optimization for clients facing different system constraints and goals and development of planning analytics for optimal resource selection across transmission connected, distribution connected, and behind-the-meter resources. She brings her understanding of flexible grid resources from her work modeling the integration of wind and solar with batteries and electric vehicle charging at Tesla, and in her PhD from Carnegie Mellon prior to joining Ascend.

Chris David

VP, structuring, data analytics, & regulatory affairs

Repsol Energy