Confirmed speakers include:

Abdulrahman has served as ADNOC Drilling’s Chief Executive Officer since 2020 after having dedicated his entire career to ADNOC. With more than 35 years of onshore and offshore drilling experience, he has held numerous senior positions within ADNOC Onshore and ADNOC Drilling, including Senior Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Drilling, where he had oversight of all major drilling operations.

CEO, ADNOC Drilling

Mr Fahad Alajlan was appointed as the President of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies
and Research Center (KAPSARC) in August 2021.

Prior to joining KAPSARC, Fahad held many senior roles across both government and the corporate world.

In 2020, Fahad was also appointed as head of the Circular Carbon Economy National Program, which aims to manage Saudi Arabia’s emissions while creating economic value.

In 2019, he held the position of Director of the Hydrocarbon Sustainability Program at the Ministry of Energy, where he was responsible for looking at the long-term energy trends plus their impact on global energy markets, with special emphasis on the demand for oil and gas. Before this, Fahad worked at the Ministry of Economy and Planning, where he advised on energy markets, policy, industry trends, and the petrochemical sector. In addition, to the above responsibilities, his experience spans several senior roles in operations, corporate strategy, and investment planning, as well as mergers and acquisitions at Saudi Aramco, where he served for 15 years.

As KAPSARC president, Fahad will build on the momentum the Center has enjoyed while supporting the Saudi energy ecosystem in introducing the Circular Carbon Economy and build on the Think 20 (T20) engagement groups developed during the Saudi G20 2020 presidency.

Fahad holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA
from Stanford University in California.

CEO, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

Farid Al Awlaqi heads TAQA’s Generation business line, a position he has held since July 2020. In this role, he oversees and develops the company’s global power generation and water portfolio.He previously served as Senior Vice President in the energy platform at Mubadala Investment, where he held various roles from operations to business development, investment and asset management.Mr. Al Awlaqi sits on the board of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TAQA Morocco, is a Board member of Sohar Aluminum, Chairman of the Board of Taweelah Reverse Osmosis Independent Water Project and Chairman of the Board of Mirfa Power Company. He holds a Sloan masters from the London Business School, a Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering from the Imperial College of the University of London. He is also a prize winner from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Executive Director of Generation, TAQA

Sheikh Nawaf S. Al-Sabah was appointed Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (“KPC”), on 16 March 2022 pursuant to Amiri Decree No. 72/2022. Established as a state-owned corporation in January 1980, KPC optimizes the value of Kuwait’s hydrocarbons endowment by producing, refining, transporting and marketing these resources globally through eight operating subsidiaries.

Prior to this appointment, Sheikh Nawaf was President and Chief Executive Officer of KPC Holdings (Aruba) AEC, the international downstream subsidiary of KPC, from 4 February 2019 to 16 March 2022. In this position, he refined the company’s strategy to concentrate on projects that are profitable and strategic to the Kuwaiti oil sector. The Company’s turnover exceeds US$15 billion.

Sheikh Nawaf was Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (“KUFPEC”), the international upstream subsidiary of KPC, for almost nine years from May 2013. During that period, KUFPEC doubled its production and expanded into new geographies and technologies increasing its annual revenues to almost US$2 billion and its profits to new highs. Before joining KUFPEC in 2013, Sheikh Nawaf spent 14 years at KPC, the last eight of which as Deputy Managing Director and General Counsel of KPC, where he was the principal in-house counsel to KPC and an active member of KPC’s negotiating teams on the corporation’s strategic projects. He was also a board member of KPC Holdings (Aruba) AEC and of MEGlobal, an olefins joint venture involving KPC’s petrochemicals subsidiary.

From 2002 through 2004, Sheikh Nawaf was head of KPC’s Washington Office, responsible for development of downstream business opportunities and policy analysis in the United States.

Prior to joining KPC in 1999, Sheikh Nawaf was a corporate transaction attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a major international law firm based in Los Angeles.

Born in 1971, Sheikh Nawaf holds an A.B. degree magna cum laude from Princeton University’s School for Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctor (Doctor of Laws) degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.

CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

Nasir K. Al-Naimi was appointed Executive Vice President – Upstream in April 2021.  His responsibilities include exploration, petroleum engineering, drilling, oil and gas operations, unconventional resources and upstream research and development.

In September 2016, Mr. Al-Naimi was appointed Executive Vice President, Petroleum Engineering & Development and in December 2015, he was appointed Vice President of Corporate Planning. In May 2012, he was appointed Vice President of Northern Area Oil Operations. In July 2010, he was appointed as Executive Director of Pipelines, Distribution & Terminals. In April 2009, Mr. Al-Naimi was appointed General Manager of Southern Area Producing. He received a B. S. degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985.

Mr. Al-Naimi was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Saudi Aramco Upstream Technology Company as vice chairman in 2017, and in April 2021 Al-Naimi was appointed as chairman of the Saudi Aramco Upstream Technology Company Board of Directors. Previously, he was a board member of Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Limited for the period 2011-2014, the Arabian Drilling Company from 2017-2020, and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and the Saudi Aramco Technology Company from 2019-2021.

Mr. Al-Naimi has taken part in several leadership training programs, including the Asian Business & Culture Program in 2008, the London Business School Senior Executive Program in 2004, and the President’s Leadership Challenge in 1998.

EVP Upstream, Saudi Aramco

Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas
Operating Company Limited in 2010. He also serves as Vice Chairman
and CEO of the Qatargas group of companies, including serving as Vice Chairman
and CEO of Barzan Gas Limited Company.


Khalid spearheaded the successful integration of the State of Qatar’s two liquefied
natural gas  giants – Qatargas and RasGas – thereby creating the largest
producer of LNG in the world with an annual production capacity of 77 million
tonnes per annum. Currently, Khalid is leading the expansion of LNG production to
increase capacity to 126 million tonnes per annum. When completed, the
expansion will be the largest LNG capacity addition ever, and the most competitive
LNG project in the world.


During his professional career, Khalid has held various leadership positions in the
energy sector, including Director of Ras Laffan Industrial City, Business
Development Manager of Mesaieed Industrial City, and key positions in
QatarEnergy since 1991.


Khalid holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Pacific
Lutheran University, Washington, United States.

Chief Executive Officer, Qatargas Operating Company Limited

Marco Alverà was born in New York, and is the co-founder of Zhero, a renewable energy company and the CEO of Tree Energy Solutions (TES), one of the world-leading hydrogen players.
Marco has more than 20 years of senior management experience in Italy’s most relevant energy companies and he is the author of The Hydrogen Revolution, selected as one of the FT’s best books of the year in 2021.
He began his career at Goldman Sachs in London before starting and selling a telecom company, and then moving to Enel, today one of the world's largest green electricity companies. He subsequently moved to Eni, where he worked for over 10 years holding positions of increasing responsibility, more lately as Chief Midstream Officer, supervising the largest European gas portfolio. From 2016 to 2022 he was the CEO of Snam, where he positioned the company as an international leader in green hydrogen and green gas infrastructure.
Since 2017 he has been non-executive Director of S&P Global, where he is also Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Executive Board and of the Steering Committee of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford.
He is co-founder of the Kenta Foundation, active in promoting gender balance and combating educational poverty.
He holds a degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics.

CEO, TES-H2
Head of concessions and Board Member, Angolan Agency for Oil Gas and Biofuels (ANPG)

Currently CEO of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP), the main industry association in Brazil, Roberto
Ardenghy is a former Brazilian diplomat with 30+ years of experience in government relations, infrastructure,
energy, sustainability and oil & gas, both in private and public sectors. Mr. Ardenghy is a reference in energy
discussions in Brasil and abroad and he is a frequent speaker in international events related to energy transition, oil & gas and investment opportunities in Brazil, such as RIO OIL & GAS 2016/2017, ADIPEC
2020, OTC 2015/2017/2021, GASTECH 2022 and STS Forum (Japan) 2022.

On January 2019 he joined PETROBRAS’ new management team as Chief of Staff of the CEO. He was later appointed as Chief Executive (Board Member) in charge of Institutional & Sustainability areas, with responsibilities to oversee climate change, communications, social performance and
government affairs.

He worked as a diplomat at different Brazilian Embassies and Consulates abroad (Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Houston and New York). He also held senior positions in Brazil’s federal government in Brasilia at the Cabinet of the President (Planalto Palace) and at the Ministries of Justice, Commerce and Development. From 2002 to 2007, he worked at the National Petroleum Agency ANP (oil regulator), with different responsibilities, including Chief of Staff, President of the Ethics Commission and Supply and Biofuels Superintendent. From 2007 to 2111 he took the position of Chief Corporate Affairs at BG Group in Brazil, an international oil company based in Rio de Janeiro. At that time he was professor of International Law at Candido Mendes
University, and at the post-graduation program of COPPE - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ. Ardenghy did extensive work at the Brazilian Petroleum Institute and at the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Rio de Janeiro.

He graduated in law at the Federal University of Santa Maria and earned a master degree in diplomacy and international relations at Rio Branco Institute. He also also has a post-graduate degrees in petroleum and natural gas by Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/COPPE. In 2014 Mr. Ardenghy wrote a thesis for the Advance Studies Program at the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy about Oil & Gas in Brazil and the Impact in the Foreign Policy". He is fluent in English, French and Spanish. He is married with two children.

President & CEO, Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute

Jack is Accenture’s Group Chief Executive for Strategy & Consulting. Jack’s team partners with C-suite executives and boards of the world’s leading organizations, helping them accelerate their total enterprise reinvention to grow profitably, and deliver sustainable 360o value to all their stakeholders.

His team includes more than 45,000 strategists, consultants, and data scientists with deep industry and functional expertise underpinned by technology, data & AI, and a global innovation capability.

Jack works at the intersection of strategy and technology. For a wide range of clients, he has led large digital transformations, operational improvement programs, energy transition programs, and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and has published numerous articles on the energy transition and the shift towards renewable energy, and the transformation towards a distributed and digitally enabled grid.

Jack also brings extensive global experience and perspective, having lived, and worked in the UK, France, Japan and the US, supporting many global clients.

A 26-year veteran of Accenture, Jack is a member of the company’s Global Management Committee. Jack started his career in the software industry and holds a Masters degree of Software Engineering from Imperial College London and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD.

Group Chief Executive Strategy & Consulting, Accenture

Mr. Bayón, 57, is CEO of Ecopetrol Group, Colombia's leading energy company, and one of the most important in the Americas. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Bayón has led Ecopetrol’s transformation and energy transition processes, with a robust plan to diversify the business and decarbonize the operations through, amongst other, renewables, electrification, natural climate solutions, and hydrogen. All these underpinned by innovation and technology as catalyzers of sustainability, what Ecopetrol calls T-ESG (Technology, Environmental, Social and Governance). This strategy has allowed Ecopetrol to successfully address and overcome the complex global context resulting from the pandemic and the drop in oil prices, achieving solid operational and financial performance, key to strengthen Ecopetrol as the company faces the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition.

CEO, Ecopetrol

Gordon Birrell is the Executive Vice President of Production & Operations for bp and is accountable for the safe, reliable and efficient running of bp’s refineries and oil and gas production assets. This also includes responsibility for exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources. Prior to that, Gordon was bp’s Upstream Chief Operating Officer for Production, Transformation and Carbon. Gordon joined bp in 1986 and has extensive leadership experience including Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey; Head of Safety and Operational Risk for Upstream. He also held senior positions in Canada, Alaska and the North Sea. He was also COO and CEO of Upstream. He was chairman of the International Oil and Gas Producers Association (IOGP) for two years.

Gordon is a director and chair of the board of Azule Energy.

Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology

Executive Vice President Production & Operations, BP

Roberto leads the Energy, Mining & Metals, Chemicals and Infrastructure teams at the World Economic Forum.

In this role Roberto leads a dynamic team that focus on the critical issues the industries are facing at national, regional and global level. To this extent Roberto engage with the leaders of relevant companies, policy makers, civil society, academia and broader stakeholders in the sectors of oil and gas, energy utilities, energy technology, infrastructure, mining & metals and chemical. The activity led by Roberto includes research, publications and public – private coalition’s building on the topics of energy efficiency, energy access, responsible mineral development, innovation, human capital, climate change as well as the role of energy, chemical and extractive industries in society and the evolution of the industries architecture across countries in this period of significant transformation.

Before joining the Forum in 2009, Roberto was at BP for 14 years, lastly as Director, Emerging Consumer Markets in BP Alternative Energy, with previous responsibilities in Strategy, Business Development, Supply and Trading, Sales, Marketing, in multiple postings (France, UK, Poland, India, South Africa, China, Viet Nam). Before BP, Roberto worked at Telecom Italia and Unifarma. He holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Turin in Italy.

Head of Shaping the Future of Energy & Materials, World Economic Forum

Born in Maratea in 1970. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer Natural Resources of Eni on February 7th, 2022.

After graduating with Honors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Roma “La Sapienza”, he joined Eni in 1997.

He began his career in drilling and production, holding positions of growing responsibility, in different countries, up to the role of Deputy Operations General Manager in Egypt in 2005 and Operations Division Director in Kazakhstan in 2009.

He took up the roles of Managing Director of Agip KCO in Kazakhstan in 2013, Managing Director of Agip Caspian Sea in 2014 and subsequently Managing Director in Angola.

In 2018 he was appointed Executive Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa Region and in 2020 Director of Upstream.

COO Natural Resources, Eni

Ryan Chilcote is an award-winning moderator, broadcaster, presenter, journalist, and
public speaking coach. A seasoned media professional, Chilcote divides his time
between leading discussions at business and investment conferences, reporting and
coaching senior executives to present their best face in public speaking engagements.
Prior to setting up his own production company and consulting business, Ryan worked as a business correspondent and presenter at Bloomberg Television and a CNN International Correspondent.

Chilcote is also one of the world’s best-known MCs and moderators, leading dozens of
discussions on TV & online, at venues including the New York Stock Exchange, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Expo2020 in Dubai, The Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh and nearly everywhere in between. Thanks to more than a quarter-century of reporting spanning general and business news, Chilcote is as comfortable moderating a conversation with world leaders as he is leading a gathering of C-suite executives – always ensuring thoughtful and provocative discussions. Chilcote has also coached several the world’s top leaders, including CEOs, G20 central bankers, finance ministers and entrepreneurs.

As a news reporter, Chilcote has focused on some of the world's biggest business, economic and political stories including the pandemic and its economic fallout, financial services and fintech, cyber security, technology, Brexit, the G20 and G7/8, global trade, climate change, OPEC and the oil market, energy companies, and the automotive sector. Over his 25 years in journalism, Ryan has filed hundreds of reports and conducted more than a thousand interviews.

Chilcote served as a roving international correspondent and presenter at Bloomberg
Television between 2007 and 2016, covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also presented and served as the executive producer of “Ryan’s Russia,” an award-winning yearlong tele-series about life in the world’s largest country. Overall, Ryan has produced close to two dozen documentaries.

Prior to moving to London to join Bloomberg Television, Chilcote spent 12 years based in Moscow as a CNN International correspondent, covering Russia, the former Soviet Union, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the crisis in Darfur and the road to peace in South Sudan. Chilcote's broadcast work has earned him an Emmy nomination, a duPontColumbia Award Nomination, and numerous other accolades.

Correspondent, PBS

Helima is a Managing Director and the Head of Global Commodity Strategy and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Research at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross-commodity investor activity, as well as policy analysis and both Washington and global political insights.
Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to oil and natural gas. She also is a CNBC contributor, a member of the channel’s exclusive family of experts, is on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is on the Board of Directors of Reservoir Media, Inc., the first femalefounded and led publicly traded independent music company in the U.S. Helima joined RBC Capital Markets from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence Group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Central Intelligence Agency, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career and received her PhD in economic history from Princeton in 2001.

MD & Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets

Edson de Brito Rodrigues dos Santos, began his career in the oil industry in 1999 in Houston (Texas) with ExxonMobil, as Reservoir Engineer, in the areas of Reservoir, Production and Subsurface in New Orleans (GOM), Norway and Angola. Between 2006 and 2015, he took up different leadership positions within ExxonMobil in Angola and USA (Texas) in the Technical, Operations and Planning areas.

Between 2016 and 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of Sonangol E.P., assuming the position of Executive Director (COO), responsible for - Upstream (P&P, SHI and HSE), Midstream (Refining, Shipping and Luxervisa), including ALNG and Downstream (Sonagás, Logística e Distribuidora). In June 2020 he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of SOMOIL, S.A.

 

CEO, Somoil

Bob Dudley is the retired CEO of BP, a position he held from 2010 to 2020.  Mr Dudley had a career with BP spanning over 40 years, serving in a broad range of engineering, commercial, strategic, international, and executive roles.  In 2018, he was named the Petroleum Executive of the Year by Energy Intelligence.  Over his career, he gained experience in strategic planning, risk management, international operations, HSE, and operations matters.

Currently, Bob is chair of the international, industry-led Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), committed to accelerating the industry’s response to climate change and in August 2022 was appointed to the board of 8 Rivers Capital, a world-leading Net Zero Solutions provider.  He serves as a director of LyondellBasell, and Freeport-McMoRan.  He chairs Accenture’s Global Energy board, the board of Axio, a private cyber risk quantification company and was recently appointed vice chair for Prism Global Management LLC a private equity company.  He’s on the Energy Advisory board for the Kingdom of Bahrain.  He is a member of the US Business Council and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Britain.  In May 2021, he launched Dudley Solar Developments, LLC.

Mr Dudley holds dual American and British citizenship.  He earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University, an MIM from the Thunderbird School of International Management (now part of Arizona State), and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.

 

Chairman and Chair of the CEO Committee, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Meg Gentle is an Executive Director of the Board of HIF Global, where she is developing multi-billion dollar projects that will recycle CO2 from the atmosphere and combine it with green hydrogen to produce carbon-neutral eFuels for the transportation sector, enabling the decarbonization of existing cars, trucks, ships, airplanes.  Prior to HIF, Meg spent her career developing large scale energy infrastructure projects which pioneered the emergence of the United States as the largest supplier of natural gas to the international market and paved the way for U.S. leadership delivering cleaner energy in the fight against climate change. Meg has served in numerous senior management positions of publicly traded companies, including President and CEO of Tellurian Inc, CFO, EVP Marketing, and SVP Strategic Planning and Finance of Cheniere Energy Inc, and Manager of Strategic Planning for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. She has served on the board of directors of Cheniere Energy Partners and Tellurian and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Ovintiv, a leading North American energy producer, and HIF Global, an innovative decarbonization company. Meg is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. An active philanthropist in her community, Meg serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Governing Board of Casa de Esperanza – the “House of Hope” for children in crisis in Houston, and the White House Historical Association in Washington, D.C. She has a B.A. in international affairs and economics from James Madison University and an MBA from Rice University. 

Executive Director of the Board of HIF Global

Nick Greenstock is the CEO and co-founder of Gatehouse, a boutique geostrategy consultancy. Nick works with a range of governments, businesses and NGOs to identify and interpret critical geopolitical themes, and is a regular presenter and panellist on global developments. Nick has worked in banking, management consulting and corporate affairs, and played rugby professionally (Wasps, Quins and England).

CEO, Gatehouse Advisory Partners

Samantha Gross is the Director of the Energy Security and Climate Initiative and a Fellow in Foreign Policy. Her work is focused on the intersection of energy, environment, and policy, including climate policy and international cooperation, the transition to a net-zero emissions energy system, energy geopolitics, and global energy markets.

Ms. Gross has more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental affairs.  In 2021 she was a Brookings Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Fellow in Berlin. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, where she authored work on clean energy cooperation and on post-Paris climate policy. She was Director of the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role she directed U.S. activities under the Clean Energy Ministerial, including the secretariat and initiatives focusing on clean energy implementation and access and energy efficiency. Prior to her time at the Department of Energy, Ms. Gross was Director of Integrated Research at IHS CERA. She managed the IHS CERA Climate Change and Clean Energy forum and the IHS relationship with the World Economic Forum. She has also worked at the Government Accountability Office on the Natural Resources and Environment team and as an engineer directing environmental assessment and remediation projects. 

Ms. Gross appears frequently in the media in the United States and abroad on topics of energy markets, energy security, and the green energy transition.

Ms. Gross holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a MS in Environmental Engineering from Stanford, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Director of the Energy Security & Climate Initiative, Brookings

Bjørgulf holds a master's degree in cybernetics from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. He worked in oil and gas within projects, technology and business development both as a consultant and in various disciplines and management positions in Equinor, from 2004 to 2019. Bjørgulf has always been interested in innovation and business development and focused on what we can achieve tomorrow with what we have today. His time in Equinor has given him a solid industrial basis and a broad leadership experience. In 2019, he founded Horisont Energi to build an energy company that delivers on climate and value creation on an industrial scale. He has held the position of CEO in the company since then.

CEO & Founder, Horisont Energi

Vicki Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015 and President and Chief Executive Officer since 2016.

During her 40-year career with Occidental, Ms. Hollub has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. Most recently, she served as Occidental’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s oil and gas, chemical and midstream operations. Ms. Hollub started her career at Cities Service, which was acquired by Occidental.

Ms. Hollub serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute and Lockheed Martin. She is the former Chair of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, current Chair of the Oil & Gas Community of the World Economic Forum, stewardship board member for the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Energy and Material, a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and the Chair of Texas Economic Development Council. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ms. Hollub holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering. She was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows

CEO, Occidental Petroleum

Mark Hutchinson commenced with FFI in July, initially in the role of Director of Projects, before assuming the role of Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FFI in July 2022, reporting directly to the Fortescue Board.

He brings extensive business and leadership experience at the senior executive level, having held various roles at GE over a 25 year career, the two most recent as President and Chief Executive Officer China and Europe. In these roles Mr Hutchinson led the efforts to strengthen GE’s operations across China and Europe and developed and executed a shared growth strategy for all the GE businesses which helped to drive significant growth, year on year. Mr Hutchinson also led the integration of Alstom’s power and grid businesses into GE following its €12.35 billion acquisition.

Prior to his 24 tenure at GE, Mr Hutchinson held the role of Head of the Asian Project Advisory team for Barclays Merchant Bank, based in Hong Kong, where he led the successful privatisation of Western Harbour Crossing and the Route Three Project, both key elements of Hong Kong’s infrastructure development.

A highly experienced international business leader with a passion for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Dr Hutchinson has previously held a Board position at World Wide Generation Limited, and Non-Executive Director roles at Bluescope Steel Limited, Mission Australia, Allianz Australia Insurance Limited and Alpha Australia.

Mr Hutchinson holds an honorary Doctor of Business from the University of Queensland, where he is the primary sponsor of the Ethics Chair.

CEO, Fortescue Future Industries

Nurul Ichwan is Deputy Minister for Investment Promotion at Ministry of Investment/Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). Ministry of Investment/BKPM is in charge of implementing policy and service coordination in investment and the focal point that connects all investment sectors and stakeholders in the country. As the primary interface between business and government, the ministry is mandated to boost both domestic and foreign direct investment by creating a conducive investment climate.

Nurul Ichwan has been serving Ministry of Investment/BKPM for 24 years in various positions in investment planning and promotion. He was the Director of Indonesia Investment Promotion Center in Singapore and London. Between 2018 and 2020, he served as Director of Regional Investment Promotion Facilitation and Director of Investment Planning for Services and Economic Zones.

In 2020-2022, Nurul hold position as Deputy Chairman for the Investment Planning. His responsibilities included developing national investment plan, also preparing Investment Projects Ready to Offer (IPRO) and investment opportunities map in Indonesia. Since May 2022, he has been serving as Deputy Minister for Investment Promotion who is in charge of  formulating promotion strategy and coordinating promotion programs.

Born in 1968, Nurul holds an Economics Bachelor’s degree from Universitas Jenderal Soedirman and a Master of Marketing Management from Unuversitas Mercu Buana in Indonesia. He also attended several leadership training programs, including Leadership Visit and Workshop in UK and Investment Training Promotion in Germany (2003- 2004) held by InWEnt and supported by German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Deputy Minister for Investment Promotion, Indonesia

Dr. Irie joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) of the Japanese Government in 1979 after the graduation from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor of Law degree.  He earned a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1988 and a Doctorate in Energy Science from Kyoto University in 2002. He had worked mainly in energy and trade policy, including a posting at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, Australia, and in policy planning and studies at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and other divisions. After retiring as Director-General of the Training Institute of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2008, he worked at the University of Tokyo as Professor in charge of research and education on nuclear policy and law until 2012. From 2012 to 2018, he worked as General Manager of APERC as well as Senior Research Fellow of IEEJ. In 2018, he was promoted to President of APERC and Managing Director of IEEJ. He took up his current position in April 2020 at the independence of APERC.

President, Asia-Pacific Energy Research Centre

President of the OPEC since on January 2022, appointed respectively on May 15, 2021, Minister of Hydrocarbons; on April 30, 2016, Minister of Higher Education; on December 12, 2011, Minister of Scientific Research; September 25, 2012, Minister of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation, January 12, 2005, Ministry of Energy and Hydraulics after spending 7 years at the head of the National Petroleum Company of Congo (SNPC).

Deputy of the 1st electoral district of the District of Ollombo since June 24, 2007, Mr. Bruno Jean Richard ITOUA, was born October 06, 1956 in PointeNoire. He is married and the father of six children. 06, 1956 in Pointe-Noire. He is married and the father of six children.

After brilliant university studies at the Marien NGOUABI University of Brazzaville leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics option, Mr. Bruno Jean Richard ITOUA then obtained his diplomas in Mechanics-Electricity Engineer at the Special School of Public Works and building (SPWP) in Paris (France), Engineer in Development and Exploitation of Deposits at ENSPM (IFP) at Rueil Malmaison (France),
then a DESS / MBA in Business Administration at IAE de Paris (University Panthéon-Sorbonne).

Engineer then Head of the Technical Control Department within the General Electricity Control of the National Electricity Company (SNE) where he also began his professional career in 1984, Mr. Bruno Jean Richard ITOUA has successively held several positions within Elf Congo, which he joined in 1985.

Minister of Hydrocarbons, Republic of Congo

Paulino Jerónimo, is the President of Angolan Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG),
he was appointed to this role in 2019. Previously, Jerónimo served as Secretary of
State for Petroleum from 2017 to 2019. He has also served as a Member of the Board
of Directors of Sonangol E.P. responsible for the areas of the National Concessionaire
of Exploration and Production, and supervision of Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção and
Sonangol Hydrocarbon International.

Paulino Jeronimo has a BSc and MSC in Geophysics - Oil and Gas

President, Angolan Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels

Ilham Kadri is CEO and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, a materials, chemicals and solutions company which through its purpose, values and science contributes to protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering a better life.

Dr. Kadri is a world citizen with a rich professional experience across a variety of industries in four continents and with leading multinationals, including Shell, UCB, Huntsman, Dow Chemical and Sealed Air. Prior to joining Solvay, Dr. Kadri was CEO and President of Diversey in the United States.

Ilham Kadri is a purpose-driven leader with education and meritocracy, science and sustainability as the red threads in her personal life and career. Under her leadership, Solvay is working towards achieving its ambitious sustainability strategy, Solvay One Planet, which addresses biodiversity and social issues among others. Soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she initiated the Solvay Solidarity Fund for employees and their families impacted by the pandemic. The Fund has since been extended to address a broader range of hardships, such as floods and the conflict in Ukraine.

Dr. Kadri actively promotes inclusion and diversity and is committed to mentoring young women and promoting women in STEM. She launched Solvay One Dignity to place human dignity back at the heart of Solvay’s culture and empower all minorities, including improving the numbers of women at the top.

She is an independent board member at A.O. Smith and L'Oréal. In addition, Ilham Kadri is the Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), member of the steering committee of the European Round Table of Industrialists as well as a permanent member of the International Business Council.

Dr. Kadri holds a degree in chemical engineering from L'École des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg and a PhD in macromolecular physico-chemistry from Strasbourg’s Louis Pasteur University. In July 2021, she received the Légion d’honneur, the highest French order of merit. She is also Doctor Honoris Clausa of the University of Namur (Belgium) and EWHA University (Korea).

CEO, Solvay

Daniel Kalms is Executive Vice President Technical Services and Chief Technology Officer with Woodside Energy.

His previous roles on the Woodside Executive Committee include leading Woodside’s merger with BHP Petroleum and prior to this leading the Corporate and Legal division.

Preceding this, Daniel led the Scarborough LNG project to FID and the company's business interests in Pluto LNG and Australian oil. 

Amongst other roles, he was Pluto LNG Plant Manager based in Karratha for the period from start-up in 2011 to establishment of steady state operations.

EVP Technical Services, Woodside Energy

Kathleen Kelley is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Queen Anne's
Gate Capital Management (“QAG”), a consulting firm focused on global
macro and commodity markets research, advising some of the world's
largest asset management firms, commodity producers and governmental
agencies on their commodity risks and exposures. Prior to launching the
consulting firm, she ran a commodity focused global macro hedge fund of
the same name.


She is a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg Television and is often
cited in such publications as the WSJ, Institutional Investor, Dow Jones
News and Futures Magazine.


In all Ms. Kelley has spent more than 25 years in global macro research
and portfolio management. From 2005-2011 she ran the macro portfolio at
Kingdon Capital Management, and before that she was a macro portfolio
manager and strategist at Vantis Capital. Prior to that she spent 10 years at
Tudor Investment Corporation doing economic research and running a
commodity focused portfolio. Kathleen began her career as an economist
at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she worked in the
International Research Group and the Capital Markets Group. She holds a
BA in economics with a minor in mathematics from Smith College and a
General Course Degree from the London School of Economics in
econometrics. She is a Director at Integrated Energy Materials, a firm
focused on decarbonizing energy. Kathleen currently or has previously
served on the North American Advisory Board of the London School of
Economics, the Smith College Endowment Committee and a number of
non-for-profit boards including Reserve and the All Hands and Hearts
Fund. She is a co-founder of High-Water Women.

CEO, Queen Anne's Gate Capital Management

Raymond Kopp holds PhD and MA degrees in economics and an undergraduate degree in finance. He has been a member of the RFF research staff since 1977 and has held a variety of management positions within the institution.

Kopp's interest in environmental policy began in the late 1970s, when he developed techniques to measure the effect of pollution control regulations on the economic efficiency of steam electric power generation. He then led the first examination of the cost of major U.S. environmental regulations in a full, general equilibrium, dynamic context by using an approach that is now widely accepted as state-of-the-art in cost-benefit analysis.

During his career Kopp has specialized in the analysis of environmental and natural resource issues with a focus on Federal regulatory activity. He is an expert in techniques of assigning value to environmental and natural resources that do not have market prices, which is fundamental to cost-benefit analysis and the assessment of damages to natural resources.

Kopp's current research interests focus on the design of domestic and international polices to combat climate change.

Senior Fellow and the Director of the Comprehensive Climate Strategies program, Resources for the Future

Mr. Lissalde has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since August 2018. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from January 2018 to July 2018. From May 2013 to December 2017, he was Vice President of the Company and President and General Manager of BorgWarner Turbo Systems LLC. Prior to joining BorgWarner, Mr. Lissalde held positions at Valeo and ZF in the areas of program management, engineering, operations, and sales in the United
Kingdom, Japan, and France.


Mr. Lissalde holds a Masters of Engineering from ENSAM - Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers - Paris, and an MBA from HEC Paris. He is also a graduate of executive courses at INSEAD - Institut Européen
d’Administration des Affaires, Harvard, and MIT. Mr. Lissalde has served on the board of directors of Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) since December 2020. Previously, he served on the board of directors of CLEPA (European
Automotive Suppliers’ Association), based in Brussels, Belgium.


Mr. Lissalde brings to the Board his experience in setting and executing strategic direction; driving business performance, growth, and culture; and the integration of purchased companies around the world. He also brings expertise in those areas and intimate knowledge of the Company’s operations, its business, and industry.

President & CEO, BorgWarner

Khalid Abdulla is an electrical engineer who graduated from Texas A&I University in the United States. After graduating, he joined Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFco) as a project engineer and has taken on many leading positions since then. He has led multiple transformations within the company related to automation, reliability, operation excellence and supply chain management. Currently, Khalid holds the role of Chief Technical Officer at QAFco.

Throughout his career, Khalid’s achievements have been instrumental in improving efficiency and productivity across various departments within Qafco. His strong leadership abilities have earned him respect both inside and outside the organization which has allowed him to lead high-impact projects that are contributing towards Qafco's growth and success.

Chief Technical Officer, Qatar Fertiliser

Dr Michal Meidan is Head of China Energy Research at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and Director of the Gas Research Programme. Before joining OIES in July 2019, she headed cross-commodity China research at Energy Aspects. Prior to that, she headed China Matters, an independent research consultancy providing analysis on the politics of energy in China. Michal also held senior analytical roles at Eurasia Group in New York and London, and at Asia Centre-Sciences Po, Paris. She taught undergraduate courses on China’s political economy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has authored numerous academic articles. Michal also regularly provides comments for a wide variety of media outlets and is featured as a speaker at industry conferences.

 

Michal holds a PhD in Political Science and East Asian studies from Sciences Po, Paris. She is fluent in Mandarin and French.

Director of the Gas and China research programmes, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies

Hitoshi joined INPEX CORPORATION (formerly known as Indonesia Petroleum, Ltd) in 1994 following ten years with Japan China Oil Development Company in various domestic and international assignments.

In 1998, following four years in the Accounting & Finance Division at INPEX Tokyo head office, Hitoshi transferred to INPEX Browse Ltd, joining the inaugural Perth office team.

Hitoshi returned to Tokyo office in 2002, taking on managerial roles in the Planning & New Ventures Department and Corporate Strategy & Administration Division over three years.

In 2005, Hitoshi returned once again to Perth to oversee Commercial & Corporate Coordination. He assumed his role as Director, Corporate Coordination in 2009.

Hitoshi has been promoted to President Director, Australia in February 2019, and in addition, Hitoshi has also been promoted to Managing Executive Officer, and has taken up a role of Senior Vice President Oceania Project for INPEX CORPORATION in January 2022.

President Director Australia, INPEX

Cheonhong Park assumed his current position as the Chief Marketing Officer and the Head of Business Development Division of Samsung Engineering in Dec. 2022, following his successful role as the head of Solution Business Division. Mr. Park has been leading a corporate-level new business development including 'Shift Left(Value Chain Expansion)', Biopharmaceutical and Green Solutions for accelerating the energy transition. He took on an enlarged role of marketing & sales in the conventional Oil&Gas EPC business since Dec. 2022.

He led Corporate Strategy & Planning Group to set up Samsung Engineering's mid-long term strategy as well as ‘New management framework for Operational Excellence' after he joined Samsung Engineering in 2013.

He previously developed his career in management consulting industry prior to joining Samsung Engineering. Mr. Park has expertise in business development including M&A, particularly in engineering and construction industry.

He graduated from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business in 2003.

Executive Vice President, Samsung Engineering

Arnaud Pieton is Chief Executive Officer of Technip Energies and an executive director on the Board.
Since October 2018, Mr. Pieton served as President of TechnipFMC’s Subsea business segment. From January 2017 to October 2018, Mr. Pieton served as Executive Vice President People & Culture of TechnipFMC. From January 2004 to January 2017, Mr. Pieton served in a number of leadership positions at Technip, including as President Asia Pacific Region covering subsea and onshore/offshore operations and other subsea assignments in Paris, Houston and Kuala Lumpur.
Prior to joining Technip in 2004, he held several positions at Serimax, part of Vallourec Group. Mr. Pieton holds a master’s degree in Material Science & Welding from Polytech Nantes and attended the executive education
program at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

CEO, Technip Energies

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. He believes, above all, that humanity will only overcome our greatest shared challenges through far-reaching systems change and bold new partnerships to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), Paul demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. During Paul’s tenure, shareholders saw their returns increase by 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability and as one of best places to work.

Today Paul works across a range of organisations and initiatives to help speed the global action needed to regenerate our planet, renew our economies and unite our societies. He helps business move further and faster on these ambitions, including through his work with Systemiq and through mobilizing private equity.

He helps drive bold new coalitions within industries such as fashion and food, as well as between the private sector, government and civil society, including through his work leading the UN Global Compact and as an Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience.

Paul is also passionate about developing our next generation of leaders, which he does as chair of the Oxford University Saïd Business School, and through his work with INSEAD, IESE and the Boards of PRME and One Young World.

Last year Paul’s published his critically-acclaimed book with sustainability expert Andrew Winston, “Net Positive”, which sets out how to build companies which succeed by fixing the world’s problems, rather than creating them. He actively campaigns on a range of human rights issues, including promoting disability inclusion through the Valuable 500 and the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which he set up with his wife Kim. Follow him on twitter and LinkedIn and sign up to receive his newsletter here. More on www.paulpolman.com.

Business leader, campaigner, co-author of "Net Positive" and former CEO, Unilever

Alessandra Ricci has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of SACE since May 2022.

Born in Rome in 1969, Ricci graduated at the LUISS University of Rome specializing in Economics and Commerce, and has gained extensive experience in the international corporate finance sector.

She began her career in 1995 with Mediocredito Centrale, holding managerial positions for 10 years in the area of Project Financing
for international projects in Europe and emerging markets.

In 2005 she joined SACE, where she assumed positions of increasing responsibility until she first became Chief Business Officer and then Chief Marketing & Underwriting Officer.

From 2017 to 2020 she held the position of CEO of SIMEST, financial company specializing in supporting the internationalization of Italian companies, controlled by SACE from 2016 to 2022.

In 2020, she returned back to SACE to develop the programs linked to the new mandates on the domestic market, becoming in 2021 Head of the Garanzia Italia Program – a State aid measure to support the liquidity of Italian companies hit by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic - and the Green New Deal - to support the Italian green transition.

CEO, SACE

Toby Z. Rice was named EQT’s President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2019, when he also was elected to the company’s Board of Directors. Since May 2018, Toby has served as a Partner at Rice Investment Group, a multi-strategy fund investing in all verticals of the oil and gas sector. From October 2013 until its acquisition by EQT in November 2017, Toby was President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Rice Energy. Previously, he served in a number of positions with Rice Energy, its affiliates and predecessor entities – beginning in February 2007 – including President and Chief Executive Officer of a predecessor entity from February 2008 through September 2013. 

 

President & CEO, EQT

Jessica Roberts is Head of Forecasting for Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, leading a team of global analysts responsible for Benchmark’s forecast subscription services. She has spent the past 15 years demystifying the opaque world of critical materials, at global research and consultancy organisations including Wood Mackenzie, Roskill, and Fastmarkets. Jessica has worked across a range of critical minerals and metals, including those for renewable energies, aerospace and electronics sectors, both as a research manager and industry analyst. She is an authoritative voice on critical material supply chain dynamics, featuring in print and broadcast media, including the BBC, Reuters and Wall Street Journal. Jessica is a on a mission to reconnect us all with what makes our modern lives possible – not magic, but mining.

Head of Forecasting, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Michael Sabel is the CEO, Executive Co-Chairman and founder of Venture Global LNG. He has served as one of the Managing Partners of Venture Global Partners, LLC since 2010.

Prior to the founding of the company, Mike spent decades working in the energy, technology and financial service sectors in senior leadership, new company formation, technology licensing and corporate business development and capital market transactions.

CEO, Executive Co-Chairman and Founder, Venture Global

Amrita Sen is the Founder and Director of Research at Energy Aspects, a global research house that advises over 500 companies globally on energy markets and geopolitics. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets and also delivers expertise in natural gas and energy transition analytics. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and nearly 15 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She advises Central Bankers, OPEC+ oil ministers with close relations with the GCC and CEOs of oil companies around the world. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and has a PhD from the University of London. She was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital and is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, BBC news and Sky News. She has served as a research fellow at both the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and the Atlantic Council and is currently a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Amrita is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets and a sought-after speaker for top industry conferences.

Founder & Director of Research, Energy Aspects

Dr. Samir J. Serhan is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Air Products.

He joined Air Products in 2016 as executive vice president, leading the company’s Technology, Engineering, Project Execution, Procurement, Manufacturing, Construction and Start-up functions, as well as having profit and loss responsibility for the Equipment Sales and Plant Support, Liquefied Natural Gas technology and equipment, PRISM® Membrane Systems, Gardner Cryogenics and Rotoflow businesses.

In 2018, Dr. Serhan’s role was expanded to include the identification, development and
commercial negotiation for all large projects. In 2019, he assumed full responsibility for the company’s business in the Middle East. In early 2020, he assumed reporting responsibility for Americas Operations, and HyCO franchises and stand-alone plants. In May 2020, he was appointed chief operating officer and assumed full profit and loss responsibility for the Americas, Air Products’ largest operating region. In late 2020, he assumed responsibility for Global Product Offerings, the India commercial organization and Kochi plant operations, and Global Operational Excellence.

Prior to joining Air Products, Dr. Serhan was employed by Praxair, Inc. as president, Global HyCO. From 2000-2014, he worked in leadership positions in the U.S. and Germany for The Linde Group, culminating in his role as managing director, Linde Engineering. Dr. Serhan began his career at Parsons Corporation, where he held various senior engineering positions.

Dr. Serhan holds a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech. He also was an adjunct professor at The Pennsylvania State University and Temple University.

COO, Air Products

Namita Shah is a graduate of Delhi University, New Delhi and has a postgraduate degree in Law from the New York University School of Law, USA. She began her career as an Associate Attorney at Shearman & Sterling, a New York law firm, where she spent eight years providing advice and supervising transactions including those involving financings of pipeline and power plant companies.

She joined TOTAL in 2002 as a Legal Counsel in the E&P mergers and acquisitions team. In 2008, she joined the New Business team where she was responsible for business development in Australia and Malaysia. She held this position until 2011 when she moved to Yangon as General Manager, Total E&P, Myanmar.

On July 1, 2014, she was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Exploration & Production.

On September 1st, 2016, she was appointed President People & Social Responsibility and member of the Executive Committee.

On September 1st, 2021, she was appointed President OneTech and member of the Executive Committee. The People & Social Responsibility department remains attached to her.

President ONETech, Member of Executive Committee, TotalEnergies

Vasuki Shastry is a Senior Advisor on ESG & Climate for BCW Global and serves on the Advisory Council of Chatham House on the UK & The World Program. He was until 2019 the Global Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability at Standard Chartered Bank in London, a time of significant change for the bank as it navigated heightened regulatory focus on environmental sustainability. Shastry also served on the Board of the UK-India Business Council and Asia House. In February 2019, he was appointed by the late Queen to serve as Commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Shastry is a former Senior Fellow at the U.S. Chamber and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. Prior to Standard Chartered, Shastry held senior communication and public affairs roles at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). At the IMF, where Shastry joined as Asia Pacific spokesperson at the height of the Asian financial crisis in 1998, he was at the vanguard of managing crisis communications for many of the institution’s defining moments during the last two decades. Shastry is also a published author. His first book, Resurgent Indonesia – From Crisis to Confidence was published in 2018 and documents the remarkable rise of Indonesia from failing state in the late 1990s into a vibrant, confident democracy two decades later. His second book – “Has Asia Lost It” Dynamic Past, Turbulent Future, published in 2021,takes a sceptical look at the Asia Rising narrative and uses Dante’s Inferno as inspiration to take a plunge into the region’s own eight circles of hell. A new book, on ESG and Business, will be published in the U.K. in June 2023. Shastry is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Forbes Asia, Asia Global Online, Fortune, and the Atlantic Council. He divides his time between Washington D.C. and Dubai and runs a consulting firm focused on strategic communications and ESG.

Senior Advisor on ESG & Climate, BCW Global

Graduated from University Malaya in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics (Analytical Economics major), Mr. Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim bin Sikh Abdul Majid started his career with MIDA in August 1996.

He has served MIDA for 25 years in various capacities and functions which include investment promotion, project evaluation and industrial development in MIDA headquarters and overseas offices in the USA, Japan and Singapore.

He has been promoted to the Executive Director, Manufacturing Development (Non Resource) position since February 2021 to undertake a leadership role for MIDA’s electronics, machinery and metal, transportation and building technologies divisions.

Then in November 2021, he has been promoted to Executive Director, Investment Promotion position. His main task is to oversee MIDA’s domestic and foreign investment promotion initiatives.

He is now, since 1 November 2022, promoted to the position of Senior Executive Director, Investment Policy Advocacy for the Manufacturing and Services sectors.

Senior Executive Director, Malaysian Investment Development Authority

Octávio Simões was named President and CEO of Tellurian Inc. on November 30, 2020.

Previously he was an EVP, LNG Marketing and Business Development and a member of the Executive Committee at Tellurian engaged in all aspects of the LNG industry.

Before he joined Tellurian, he was President and CEO of Sempra LNG & Midstream where he was responsible for all LNG and natural gas midstream activities, including the company's efforts at Cameron LNG, Energia Costa Azul LNG and Port Arthur LNG.  Prior responsibilities include business development, acquisitions, engineering and construction, operations and asset management in power generation, as well as financial and strategic planning.

Simões has degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts. Simões is a native of Lisbon, Portugal.

CEO, Tellurian

Lorenzo Simonelli is Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes (NASDAQ:BKR). Baker Hughes is an energy technology company that combines innovation, expertise and scale to provide solutions for energy and industrial customers worldwide.

Simonelli was named Chairman of the Board in October 2017 and has been President and CEO since the Company’s creation in 2017, where he oversaw the successful merger of GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes Inc. Since 2013, he served as President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas.

Previously, Simonelli served as President and CEO of GE Transportation, a global transportation leader in the rail, mining, marine and energy storage industries. During his five-year tenure, he expanded and diversified GE Transportation by focusing on advanced technology manufacturing, intelligent control systems, and a diverse approach to new propulsion solutions.

He has also served as CFO Americas for GE Consumer & Industrial, as well as General Manager, Product Management for GE Appliances, Lighting, Electrical Distribution and Motors.

Simonelli joined GE’s Financial Management Program in 1994, where he worked on assignments in GE International, GE Shared Services, GE Oil & Gas, and Consolidated Financial Insurance.

He currently serves on the Board of Iveco Group N.V. He served on the Board of C3.ai, Inc. from 2020-2021 and on the Board of CNH Industrial N.V. from 2019-2021.

Originally from Tuscany, Italy, Simonelli is a Business & Economics Graduate from Cardiff University in South Wales. He is married and resides in Houston.

Chairman & CEO, Baker Hughes

Professor SOKONA was until end of October 2020 Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre. Prior to this, he has a proven track record of organizational leadership and management, for example as Executive Secretary for International Relations and Coordinator of Energy Program of the organization Environment and Development (ENDA), as Inaugural Coordinator of the African
Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and as Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). Prof SOKONA’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organisations, including as Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL), Member of African Academy of Sciences, Member of The World Academy of Science, Special Advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group, Member of the Advisory Board of the Payne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines, USA. In 2007 he received a personal certificate from the Nobel Committee marking his ‘significant contribution’ to the work of the IPCC, which received a joint award of the Nobel Peace Prize that year.In short, Prof SOKONA is a global figure, with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience and an unreserved personal commitment to African led development. Professor SOKONA’s scientific achievements, over a career spanning more than 4 decades, revolve around the relationship between energy, environment, and water systems with development outcomes in Africa, within the constraints of ecological and climate change. He has led numerous initiatives and organizations with the mission to explore the food, water and energy interface in the
context of sustainable development throughout his career. Professor SOKONA was active in this ‘nexus’ research and practice, long before the need to apply systems thinking entered the global research agenda. He has published widely in this field and has led first-rate research teams, laying out leading-edge research agenda, and making ground-breaking contributions in the fields of sustainability assessment, practice and policy. As one of leading African thinkers in the deployment of multiple disciplines towards sustainable solutions, Professor SOKONA has worked very closely with
industry and non-governmental organizations in the spirit of co-production of knowledge and evidence-based for policy making. This demonstrates his deep conviction on the need to complement technical interventions with assessments of social preferences and cultural acceptability of proposed solutions. This may be a mainstream view today, but it took the hard work and imagination of some
innovative individuals who were prepared to test new ways to ‘think’ and fuse knowledge from different disciplines. Professor SOKONA is one of these pioneers, trained as an engineer but determined to break away from the ‘silo mentality’ that often affects academics/researchers by choosing to work across disciplines. This philosophy has shaped his work on sustainability and systems approach, and has allowed his work to be wide-ranging in their sectoral reach and methodological depth.

Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Onursal Soyer is the Deputy CEO of Lambert Energy Advisory (LEA), one of the leading M&A and strategic advisory firms dedicated to the energy sector.

Onursal holds a BSc Hons. Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, gained in senior positions at Shell, Lasmo and ENI. Since joining LEA in 2002, Onursal has advised companies on strategy development, implementation, acquisitions and divestments.

Founded in 1999, LEA is headquartered in London, with representation in Oslo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Tokyo. LEA gives strategy and M&A advice to a select group of the world’s leading Energy Companies. Since its inception, LEA has been involved in more than $180 billion worth of transactions for major International and National oil companies and Independents.

LEA is deeply involved in Energy Policy work across the world from the UK to Japan. LEA has built up a strong reputation for its advocacy of pragmatic, moderate and workable Energy/ Environmental solutions which focus on accelerating both the pace of Global De-impoverishment and Global Decarbonisation.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Lambert Energy Advisory

Prior to founding Bloom Energy, KR Sridhar was Director of the Space Technologies Laboratory (STL) at the University of Arizona where he was also a professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Under his
leadership, STL won several nationally competitive contracts to conduct research and development for Mars exploration and flight experiments to Mars. KR has served as an advisor to NASA and has led major consortia of industry, academia, and national labs. His work for the NASA Mars program to convert Martian atmospheric gases to oxygen for propulsion and life support was recognized by Fortune Magazine, where he was cited as “one of the top five futurists inventing tomorrow, today.” As one of the early pioneers in green tech, KR also serves as a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and as a special advisor to New Enterprise Associates. He has also served on many technical committees, panels and advisory boards and has several publications and patents. KR received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the University of Madras (now called NIT, Trichy), India, as well as his master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

CEO, Bloom Energy

Ann is a Senior Advisor at Gatehouse Advisory Partners, a London-based geopolitical consulting firm. She is also the Chief Economist and an Executive Partner at AfricInvest, a leading investment platform financing Afrian companies at various stages of development to provide value and impact for its investors. She has previously served as Managing Director and head of Emerging Markets Research in Europe for both Citi and Nomura. Ann is a founding board member of the US government-funded Tunisian American Enterprise Fund (TAEF), supporting Tunisian SMEs;a board member of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA); Treasurer of the Board of the American Cooperative School of Tunis (ACST); and a Committee Member of the British Tunisian Society (BTS). She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained her Master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In addition to her native English, Ann is fluent in French and Arabic (Tunisian dialect).

 

Executive Partner, AfricInvest and Senior Advisor, Gatehouse Advisory Partners

Saar Yoskovitz is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Augury, a Machine Health and Process Health company building a world where the combined work of people and machines makes life better in every way. He works with Augury’s customers and partners to transform how people work and what they can create through AI insights into the health of machines, processes, and operations. Saar holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion). Before founding Augury in 2011, Saar worked at Intel as an Analog Architect. 

CEO, Augury