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Speakers

Rukes Ahmed, Global Head of Power, Gas & Carbon, Refinitiv

Rukes Ahmed is the Global Head of Power, Gas & Carbon at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters), where he is responsible for growing the complex in the overall commodities business.

Rukes comes with 15 years of experience across the energy sector focusing primarily on power and gas at Gazprom and Shell. His most recent role prior to joining Thomson Reuters was at Gazprom for 6 years as a Senior Energy Trader, where he was part of the team that set up the Power Desk.

Antti Belt, Partner & Managing Director, Digital Commodity Trading, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Antti Belt leads The Boston Consulting Group's offering in digital commodity trading. He is also Helsinki lead for the energy sector and analytics. Since joining BCG in 2007, Antti has worked with oil industry supermajors, NOCs, traders, oil marketers, merchant traders, utilities, agricultural, and mining players on key issues related to trading strategy, analytics, and operating models. The current focus of his work is on digital transformation of commodities trading.

Antti has also developed several trading algorithms and deployed machine learning models in power, gas, renewable energy, oil, and cross-assets. He is the lead author of BCG research on digitalisation of commodity trading and is a frequent speaker in industry events and in the financial press.

Before joining BCG, Antti ran his own trading business which focused on creating quantitative trading strategies for hedge funds, as well as running proprietary trading activities.

Anne Katrin Brevik, Director of LNG Research, Refinitiv

Anne Kat is engaged in building up the Global LNG Market service and developing market analysis and forecasts, with particular emphasis on LNG market dynamics and the development of Asian LNG markets. Prior to joining the Global LNG team in 2013 she worked as a Commercial Manager in Thomson Reuters Point Carbon Team.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in 2005, Anne Kat spent 10 years working in Norsk Hydro where she held several positions; as Head of the Nordic and Continental Power Market Analysis Team, Senior Analyst of Oil and Gas Markets, and Negotiator of Long-term Gas Contracts. Prior to this she spent seven years in the shipping industry.

Anne Kat holds an MSc in Petroleum Economics from the University of Bergen, Norway.

Nina Chestney, Head of EMEA Power, Gas, Coal & Carbon, Reuters

Nina Chestney is a London-based senior correspondent at Reuters news agency. She in charge of a team who cover the European power, gas, LNG, coal and carbon markets in London and across Reuters bureaux in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She also covers renewable energy, green bonds and climate change and covers the U.N. climate negotiations every year.

Nina has been a journalist at Reuters for 12 years and previously worked for Thomson News in Brussels. Prior to that, she was an editor at a pulp and paper trade journal in Brussels and a correspondent at the Japanese newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, in London. Nina holds a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism and a first class joint honours degree in Russian and Italian.

Hæge Fjellheim, Head of Carbon Analysis, Refinitiv

Hæge Fjellheim leads the team of carbon analysts at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters), offering data and analysis on carbon markets around the world with a specific focus on the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS).The analytical offerings of the team include supply and demand balances based on in-depth proprietary models, short and long-term price forecasts, installation and offset data bases as well as extensive policy and market analysis. 

She previously worked in the Point Carbon advisory department and in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Hæge holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo.

Nathalie Gerl, Senior Analyst, Power Research, Refinitiv

Nathalie Gerl is a Senior Analyst in the Power Research team at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters).

She has been covering European power and gas markets for several years at trading companies before joining the Continental Power Team at Refinitiv. 

Nathalie holds an MSc in Economics and Finance from Cologne University.

Jørund Haartveit, Head of Power & Carbon Research, Refinitiv

Jørund Haartveit is the Head of Power & Carbon Research at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters). He has 15 years of experience in modeling and analysing power markets. 

His core focus has been on the European power market, but he has additionally been involved with research on power markets globally including the U.S., Turkey, Australia and Brazil.

Jørund holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Oslo.

Reza Haidari, Head of Natural Gas Research, Refinitiv

Reza Haidari currently serves as the global Head of Natural Gas Research at Refinitiv ( formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters) – and is based in New York City. In his current role, Reza coordinates and integrates research and modeling capabilities across teams of analysts focused on North America and European natural gas markets as well as global LNG. Prior to his current role, Reza was Director of Natural Gas, Americas at Thomson Reuters.

Before Thomson Reuters, Reza was a Senior Natural Gas Analyst at Point Carbon, where he and his team developed Gas Market Trader North America, a fundamentals-based analytics trading tool for natural gas traders and analysts. Before Point Carbon Reza worked as an Oil and Natural Gas Analyst in the Financial Advisory Group of IHS PFC Energy. His focus at PFC was performing oil and gas market analysis for financial-sector clients, such as investment banks, investment funds and other money managers. Reza has served as faculty adviser at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where he guided graduate students on a project focused on forecasting long-term U.S. natural gas prices for one of the largest U.S. asset management firms. He frequently makes presentations about natural gas markets to domestic and international audiences.

Reza completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia in Chemistry and graduate studies in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 

Jean-Christian Heintz, Founder & Director, Wideangle LNG

Jean-Christian Heintz is the Founder & Director at Wideangle LNG, a consulting and training firm based in Lugano, Switzerland. Wideangle LNG is assisting new entrants on the LNG markets as well as existing players willing to expand their activities and increase the skills of their teams.

From 2013 to 2017, he was appointed as Head of LNG at DufEnergy Trading SA where his mission was to create the trading desk from scratch. He successfully placed the company on the global LNG map with milestone deals, in particular in Italy where he brought the first Qatari spot cargo, the first Peruvian cargo, and the first U.S. cargo. Simultaneously, he started the company’s gas trading activities in the Iberian peninsula.

From 2009 to 2012, he held several roles within the LNG business unit of GDF Suez / Engie. As a trader, he made a number of firsts, such as the company’s first spot cargoes to Turkey and China, as well as innovative swap deals. A a contract manager, he was in charge of various LNG contracts, including long term supplies with Algeria’s Sonatrach.

His earlier background was in the gas sector, where he has a 10-year experience in various roles, from pipeline studies to marketing & sales, IT project management, and change management.

Jean-Christian holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne.

Leigh Henson, Global Head of Commodities, Refinitiv

Leigh Henson is the Global Head of Commodities, in the Trading Division of Refinitiv, the former Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters. The division delivers news, prices, fundamentals, research & forecasts, collaboration, transactions and risk services to support the trading and operational activities of corporate and financial customers, across global markets.

Previously, Leigh served as Thomson Reuters Director, Institutional Equities, responsible for development of equities transactions services globally and was a Director of Reuters Transaction Services Limited. Between 1995 and 2000, Leigh served as Equities Manager, Nordic, responsible for marketing corporate products and managing the development group for a domestic equities quote service. Prior to 1995 Leigh worked on a number of global Contributions and Implementation projects within the Development, Operations and Business groups in Reuters. Leigh first joined Reuters in March 1988.

Leigh has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration.

Leo Johnson, Partner, Disruption Lead, PwC

Leo Johnson is Head of PwC's Disruption practice. He explores the big ideas that will shape business and society in the years to come and considers how the world might respond.Johnson’s expertise spans revolutions in energy and transport to predictive policing and an end to language barriers. As the co-founder of Sustainable Finance, he specialises in mapping out unexploded volcanoes – charting the collisions of megatrends that are going to create seismic disruption. 

Earlier in his career, Johnson joined the World Bank as a Resource Economist before co-founding the boutique advisory firm Sustainable Finance, since acquired by PwC Group. He also co-presents BBC Radio 4's flagship series FutureProofing, exploring the big ideas and innovations reshaping business and society. He sifts through the noise of exponential technology to tell us what is actually going to affect us and what is simply hype.

Leo is also a Visiting Business Fellow at Oxford University's Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment. 

Cüneyt Kazokoglu, Director of Long Term Oil Service & Head of Demand, FGE

Cuneyt is responsible for overseeing all the company’s oil demand forecasts, both short and long term, which underpins the Group’s retainer services and ad-hoc projects. In this role he is called upon to make presentations to clients outlining potential market & industry developments and to discuss the strategic implications, under scenario, and brainstorming exercises.   

Cuneyt works closely with FGE’s other offices, being responsible for co-ordinating the input in the Group’s mid-long term market forecasting and is required to present and discuss these perspectives with FGE clients around the world. He regularly contributes to FGE’s reports and has been heavily involved in particular with FGE Group’s Annual Long Term Oil Market report covering the period through 2040, which represents the Group’s core analytical building block for its perspectives on future developments in oil demand, supply, and prices.

He has an MSC in. Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (2005). 

Tom Kenison, Analyst, Oil Research, Refinitiv

Tom Kenison is an Analyst in the Oil Research team at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters) where he covers oil markets in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a primary focus on upstream and swaps pricing.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he has 3 years of industry experience as a geologist working for an exploration and production company focused in the North Sea, Mexico and Brazil. 

Tom holds an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from the Royal Holloway University and a BSc from the University of Birmingham in Environmental Geoscience.

Georg Müller, Senior Meteorologist, Cross Asset Research, Refinitiv

Georg Müller is a Senior Meteorologist at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters).

While working on his PhD thesis, Georg developed the website wetterzentrale.de and was hired by PointCarbon in 2000 for doing meteorological data on-boarding and analysis. PointCarbon was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010 and Georg is now responsible for a wide range of meteorological duties.

He studied Physics and Meteorology at Karlsruhe University, Germany. 

Rear Admiral Chris Parry


Chris Parry studied Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford and spent 36 years in the Royal Navy as an aviator and warfare officer, with command of aviation units, two destroyers, an Amphibious Assault Ship HMS FEARLESS and the UK's Amphibious Task Group. He also held five senior Joint and UK Ministry of Defence strategy and policy appointments.

As well as sailing every sea, he experienced regular operational tours and combat operations in Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Falklands.  Nowadays, he runs a strategic forecasting and trouble-shooting company, advising governments, leading commercial companies and banks about geo-political issues, future trends, organizational incoherence and strategic risk. 

Chris has a PhD in Behavioural Psychology.

Yan Qin, Senior Analyst, Carbon Research, Refinitiv

Yan Qin is a Senior Analyst specialised in modeling in the Carbon Research team at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters). She works with EU ETS market analysis with a special focus on quantitative research including EUA supply-demand and price modeling. She has over 10 years of experiences in European energy sector analysis, and has worked as a power market consultant before joining Refinitiv in 2011.

Yan holds an Economics degree from the University of Oslo in Norway.

Captain Ranjith Raja, Senior Analyst, Oil Research, Refinitiv

Captain Ranjith Raja is a Senior Analyst in the Oil Research team at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters), where he covers oil markets in the Middle East and North Africa with a primary focus on oil flows and shipping data.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he was a Merchant Navy Officer for 14 years where he sailed with leading tanker owners on oil, chemical and gas tanker fleets. Following his sailing career, he managed commercial operations for an oil tanker fleet in West Africa.

He is a certified Master Mariner, holds a Bachelor's in Nautical Technology and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Erik Rakhou, Alternate Member of the Board of Appeal of EU Agency ACER & Management Consultant, Baringa Partners

Erik Rakhou is a specialist in international energy market regulation and policy development, with over 17 years of experience in European markets in both commercial and regulatory roles at the national and EU level. Erik is at present appointed as Alternate Member of the Board of Appeal of the European Regulatory Agency ACER (2016-2021). 

In parallel, Erik works as a Management Consultant for Baringa Partners, advising on a variety of European energy markets topics. Erik supports numerous European clients on projects where business and high regulatory complexity intersect, and require strategic guidance on how to navigate the regulatory landscape in power and gas. 

Prior to joining Baringa Partners, Erik worked at the European regulatory body for energy (ACER). His projects involved network code design and preparations for European energy wholesale markets monitoring. His previous roles have also included working for a National Regulatory Authority, a major European energy utility and a regional distributor. He is a speaker at various conferences, authored a handbook on EU gas markets, and commands 6 languages

Oliver Sanderson, Lead Analyst, Natural Gas Research, Refinitiv

Oliver is the Lead Analyst for European Natural Gas at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters. He has been part of the Natural Gas Research team at Thomson Reuters for the past five years in a market-facing role, building various analysis, reports and presenting the organisation’s views at industry events. The Seasonal Outlook was launched under his guidance in 2014 and he regularly authors the Front Month Outlook.

Oliver began his career in oil and gas consulting in 2010 and has worked in gas trading analysis since 2011. 

He holds an MSc in Public Policy and Economics from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he wrote widely on energy markets including a thesis on the liberalisation of gas and power markets.

Alessandro Sanos, Commodities Market Development Manager, Refinitiv

Alessandro Sanos is the Market Development Manager at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters), where he heads up the commodities business in Europe based out of Geneva, Switzerland. Most recently, Alessandro was heading market development for the risk business in Europe, based out of London.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he worked for PwC in Greece covering the shipping and energy market, and for JPMorgan Chase in the United Kingdom. A Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Alessandro is a regular speaker, panelist, and moderator at both industry and academia events across Europe and a thought-leading contributor on digital publications.

Jonathan Saul, Senior Correspondent, Reuters

Jonathan Saul is a London-based senior correspondent with Reuters news agency reporting on all areas of the global shipping industry. He has been a journalist with Reuters for over 18 years, and previous assignments include postings in Dublin and Jerusalem.

Jonathan has covered everything from the Celtic Tiger’s earlier economic crisis, the peace process in Northern Ireland, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 2006 war in Lebanon, Iran’s economy as well as energy and commodity markets.

Trevor Sikorski, Head of Natural Gas and Carbon Research, Energy Aspects

Trevor Sikorski is the Head of Natural Gas and Carbon Research at Energy Aspects. Trevor has been analysing European energy and environmental markets for more than 20 years, having held senior analytical research roles with Barclays Capital, Point Carbon, Global Insight and PwC. He has an in-depth understanding of the global markets for generation fuels and carbon, including their fundamentals, trading behaviours, and complex interactions.

In 2010, he was named the top carbon market analyst by Environmental Finance magazine and was in Commodity Magazine’s commodities research team of the year in 2011. Trevor is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News.

Geoffrey Smith, Head of Cross Asset Research, Refinitiv


Geoffrey Smith is the Head of Cross Asset Research at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters), where he leads research teams that focus on core capabilities that are used directly by our customers and by our oil, metals and agriculture teams. Prior to this, Geoffrey built the shipping and mapping capability within Eikon, our flagship terminal product. He then went on to form the shipping research team and our cargo tracking product. Since joining Thomson Reuters in 2003, Geoffrey has held posts in operations, project management, product management and now now research. He has extensive experience building complex products across global teams.


He holds a Masters degree in Physics from Oxford University, UK.

Stefan Söderberg, Head of Hydrological Research, Refinitiv


Stefan Söderberg is the Head of Hydrological Research at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters). He leads the Hydrological Research team out of Sweden. The team develops hydrological models for the power and agriculture sectors globally.

Stefan has been leading projects within the meteorology and hydrology fields throughout his 20 year professional career. Stefan has a special competency in snow hydrology, hydrological system modelling, operational hydrology, and analysis of the fundamental conditions for power markets in the Nordic countries, Europe, North America, Asia and South America.

He holds a MSc degree in Civil Engineering from Lund Technical University, Sweden.

Vishal Thiruvedula, Senior Analyst, Cross Asset Research, Refinitiv


Vishal Thiruvedula is a Senior Analyst within the Cross Asset Research team at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters). Vishal joined Thomson Reuters in December 2015 and oversees the analysis of the global coal, iron ore and dry bulk markets.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters he worked at Castleton Commodities International in the U.S. and at Barclays in the U.S.

He holds a Masters degree in Energy, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, London.

Boyang Xiao, Senior Oil Pricing Analyst, Oil Research, Refinitiv


Boyang Xiao currently works as a Senior Oil Pricing Analyst as part of the Oil Research team at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters), specialising in price assessments for fuel oil and crude swaps contracts. Boyang joined Thomson Reuters as part of the Business Graduate Scheme prior to joining the Oil Research team.

He holds a BSc in Accounting and Business Finance from the University of York.

Event Information


Date
28 November 2018
Time
09:00 - 17:30
Location
*please arrive at private entrance below, not main hotel entrance*

Hilton London Bankside private entrance
Bear Lane
London
SE1 OUH
United Kingdom
Registration Fee
Complimentary


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