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Recorded On: 06/06/2022
On this webinar we take a look at key legal and commercial aspects of UK oil and gas sanctions on Russia.
Organized by the Europe Chapter
Lisa Kinroy, Associate, Brodies LLP
Moderator: Uisdean Vass, Managing Director, VassPetro Limited
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is devastating that country and causing further seismic shifts in the pattern of world power and world trade. Energy, and especially oil and gas, is at the heart of events. The UK has been a leader in imposing sanctions of various kinds on Russia. In this webinar we take a look at key legal and commercial aspects of UK oil and gas sanctions on Russia.
Associate, Brodies LLP
Lisa Kinroy specializes in corporate crime and investigations, and she represents corporates, public sector bodies and individuals across a range of sectors on compliance, investigations and prosecutions. Lisa's experience includes financial crime, including bribery & corruption, money laundering, tax offences and fraud. She has significant experience assisting with internal corporate investigations, including complex cross border cases. Lisa regularly appears in the Sheriff Court and with counsel in the Supreme Courts, both in civil and criminal actions. In particular, she has experience representing clients in Fatal Accident Inquiries and in defending clients in corporate prosecutions. She regularly provides training to clients on corporate compliance.
Managing Director, VassPetro Limited
Uisdean Vass is the Scottish co-ordinator for the AIPN and Managing Director at VassPetro Limited, Aberdeen. Uisdean is a prolific author and commentator on MER and has extensive experience in comparative petroleum regimes including the USA, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Offshore Canada and many others. He is qualified to practice in Scotland and Louisiana.
Recorded On: 05/19/2022
On this webinar our expert panelists discuss the competition between countries for oil & gas capital and the company investment decision-making factors, like scale of resource, bonuses, work programs, local content requirements and carbon emissions.
Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter
Steve P. Otillar, Partner, White & Case LLP
Ruaraidh Montgomery, Global Head of Research, Welligence Energy Analytics
Co-moderator: Willem Bloem, Country Manager, APA Suriname
Co-moderator: Marny Daal, President & CEO, Fossil Energy Consultancy Suriname NV
As the energy transition gains momentum, the competition between countries for oil & gas capital is increasing. Regions like the Guyana Basin with world-class resource are at an advantage, but governments must carefully consider the terms they are offering. Multiple factors impact company decision-making on where to invest, like scale of resource, bonuses, work programs and local content requirements. Carbon emissions are also increasingly important, and something that can be leveraged to attract investment – the emissions profile associated with new projects in top-class basins aligns well with many corporate strategies. In this webinar our expert panelists discuss these factors and more.
Steve P. Otillar
Partner, White & Case LLP
Acclaimed by respected professional directories as a leading figure in the energy field, Steven Otillar is a valued counsel to clients seeking to develop, finance, and execute acquisitions and divestitures of US domestic and emerging markets oil & gas transactions, both onshore and offshore.
Steven's reputation is based on a track record of more than 20 years, handling high-profile projects and transactions in territories across much of the globe under both Texas and English law. In the United States, his work includes asset-based acquisitions, divestures and joint ventures for private equity-backed and publicly traded E&P companies and oil field services companies. Internationally, he has helped IOCs and NOCs develop upstream, midstream and downstream projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Steven is a past President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and on the Executive Committee for the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) in the Center for American and International Law.
Global Head of Research, Welligence Energy Analytics
Ruaraidh Montgomery joined Welligence Energy Analytics in 2018, where he oversees all global upstream research. Prior to Welligence, he spent 13 years at Wood Mackenzie, covering Latin America’s upstream and corporate sectors, as well as the US Gulf of Mexico. He also worked for Hess in its UK North Sea business unit, gaining experience in well and facilities engineering.
Ruaraidh holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Recorded On: 03/11/2022
This presentation offers a panel discussion Ecopetrol's initiatives to become a net-zero carbon emissions company by 2050.
Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter
Juan Carlos Fonnegra, Crude Oil Manager, Ecopetrol
Santiago Martinez Ochoa, Head of Sustainability and Decarbonization, Ecopetrol
Moderator: Claudia Hooker, Ecopetrol
Moderator: Marianna Boza, Director, Brigard Urrutia
In 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement by means of which 197 countries agreed to gradually reduce the use of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions to reach net carbon neutrality by 2050. Ecopetrol has put in places several decarbonization Initiatives, including the first crude oil export aiming to reduce its carbon footprint.
On this webinar our panelists discuss Ecopetrol's initiatives to become a net-zero carbon emissions company by 2050.
Juan Carlos Fonnegra
Crude Oil Manager, Ecopetrol
Juan Carlos Fonnegra is an experienced professional of 17 years, including 10 years of commercial experience in the Americas and European energy value chains, with a strong focus in trading and commercial development in the upstream and downstream sectors including refining, logistics and supply across crude oil and refined products. Skilled negotiator with proven ability to close complex multi-party transactions such as JV’s or long-term contracts underpinned by assets owned by third parties. Deep expertise in project management leading cross-functional teams to deliver complex strategic projects, with multiple stakeholders, across organizational boundaries internally and externally. Excellent strategic, business planning and financial analysis skills. Proven leadership skills, with strong record of financial delivery and commercial optimization.
Santiago Martínez Ochoa
Santiago Martinez Ochoa, Head of Sustainability and Decarbonization, Ecopetrol
Santiago Martínez Ochoa is an experienced negotiator and project manager with a demonstrated history of working in complex international settings. Skilled in Team Management, Project Development & Management, Sustainabiliy Strategy and ESG Reporting. Strong legal skills and background on environmental and climate change related topics, with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) from ESMT Berlin and an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania.
Recorded On: 03/11/2022
This presentation offers a panel discussion of regulatory challenges and will provide some insight as to the future of foreign investment in the energy sector of Mexico.
Organized by the US Chapter
George Baker, Managing Principal, Baker & Associates, Energy Consultants
Jose Maria Lujambio, Energy Practice Director, Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, L.L.P.
Diana Maria Pineda Esteban, Partner, Gonzalez Calvillo
Moderator: Maria Serna, Energy Consultant
Eight years ago, under the government of Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico amended its constitution to allow foreign participation in the energy sector. These amendments were followed by a number of implementing laws passed in 2014 which clarified and outlined the limits to foreign investment in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the hydrocarbon and power industry.
Energy companies responded favorably to these energy reforms, and new investments were made in oil and gas exploration, power generation, and power transmission. Hundreds of new and more efficient power plants were constructed, lowering power costs and incentivizing new investments in manufacturing in Mexico. On the oil and gas front, new offshore discoveries were made by Talos Energy, ENI, and Repsol, with more exploration wells planned over the next three years.
In 2018 the Nieto government was replaced by the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Morena Party, who began to roll back the energy reforms promulgated by the previous administration. In April 2021, Congress approved changes to the energy law, allowing regulators the revoke permits for businesses deemed to present “imminent danger to the national security or the national economy”, while the lower house of Congress will vote by May of this year to consider restoring monopoly status to the CFE, the state-owned electric utility. In September 2021 Talos Energy and its two consortium partners received notice from SENER, the energy ministry, that Talos’ deep water Zama discovery in the Gulf of Mexico would be operated by Pemex. The Talos consortium invested an excess of $350MM on the Zama prospect, now deemed a commercial discovery.
These events prompt a number of questions for investors:
- Despite the optics of these impending changes, do investors anticipate significant impact on the commercial viability of their investments?
- Are investors seeing regulatory expropriation or only unusual delays?
- Are there non-legal remedies that operators could deploy to mitigate any potential negative impacts on operations, i.e., investments in social programs deemed to be important to regulators?
- Are there systemic cultural, institutional, and economic barriers that will limit legislators in Mexico from allowing foreign investment in the energy sector?
- Are there legal remedies available to investors, should these changes result in significant changes to investment returns? If so, what is the anticipated time frame (and cost) for resolution?
- Is recourse to the investor-protection mechanisms of USMCA worthwhile?
- What is the likelihood that the energy reforms will be reinstated? What is the prognosis for the Obrador government?
Our panel discussion will focus on these and other questions and will provide some insight as to the future of foreign investment in the energy sector of Mexico.
Managing Principal, Baker & Associates, Energy Consultants
George Baker is the publisher in Houston of Mexico Energy Intelligence™, an industry newsletter in Houston since 1996 with a focus on upstream issues. Two essays on Pemex mature fields awards were published in the Mexican Law Review. In 2018, he was one of two guests from Houston to attend the inauguration of President López Obrador. At the 2019 OTC, he was the organizer and moderator of the Mexico panel on midstream issues. The Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News published his commentaries on Talos Energy and the Deer Park refinery sale to Pemex. In addition, he was the webinar leader on the topic of the Deer Park refinery sale sponsored by the Clúster Metropolitano de Energía in Mexico City. www.energia.com/about/george-baker. @Energia_com.
José María Lujambio
Energy Practice Director, Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, L.L.P.
José María Lujambio is a CCN partner and Energy Practice Director. Based in Austin, Texas, Lujambio joined the firm in 2014. His work for clients, which are mainly U.S. companies doing business in Mexico, has included regulatory and permitting advice, as well as negotiation of several kinds of energy services and procurement contracts for oil product and natural gas midstream and downstream projects; utility-scale and onsite power plant projects deploying wind, solar, and cogeneration technologies; qualified suppliers and traders enabled to participate in the wholesale electricity market, as well as numerous end users, particularly from the manufacturing industry. Previously, he worked for many years in the Mexican government. From 2009 to 2012, he served as General Legal Counsel at the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, where he led the regulatory implementation of Mexico’s 2008 energy reform, in the gas and renewable energy sectors. From 2005 to 2009, he worked as an attorney at the Legal Counsel’s Office of Mexico’s President, focusing on legislation and presidential rules, as well as federal constitutional matters. In the academic field, in 2014 Lujambio obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, with energy concentration, from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, he coordinated the energy research and networking agenda of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC, now Mexico Evalúa) under a program supported with US-AID funds. Previously, in 2003 Lujambio obtained a Master of Fundamental Rights degree from the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, a year after his law graduation from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City. Lujambio has been a featured speaker, panelist and moderator at dozens of business and academic conferences. He has authored numerous published articles and essays on the topics of energy regulation and constitutional law. He serves as Secretary of the Board of the Mexican solar association (ASOLMEX), and Co-Chair of Primerus IPC Oil, Gas & Energy Practice Group. Lujamsio is also a member of the Gulf Coast Power Association and the Mexican Bar Association.
Diana Maria Pineda Esteban
Partner, Gonzalez Calvillo
Diana Maria Pineda Esteban has solid experience in energy matters, oil & gas projects, litigation, and dispute resolution.
Over the past years she has focused her legal practice in the development of energy in Mexico; participation in public international bidding rounds for exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, among other kinds of tenders; advice regarding complex regulatory matters; development and participation in open season tender processes in midstream; negotiation of supply agreements, take-or-pay contracts, logistics services agreements; advice to several marketing companies of all energy commodities; and participate in the defense of the clients’ interests before administrative courts of law.
In 2020, she was elected member of the firm’s Talent Committee, and President of Fundación Gonzalez Calvillo.
Prior to joining the firm, Diana was General Counsel at Silver Fuels, Inc. and Silver Fuels, LLC, a trading firm based in Houston and Mexico City.
Also, her experience includes working as Legal Researcher at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, focused on sustainable foreign investment, in New York, United States.
Before focusing her practice on energy, oil & gas, Diana spent over five years in litigation and dispute resolution arising out of trade, administrative, and constitutional matters.
María Serna advises on the design of the regulatory compliance strategies where she oversees that each of our suggestions is both legally viable and enforceable as well as representing the minimum government relationships wear. She has experience in advocating before high-level public servants of the energy regulators in favour of our clients often integrating diverse stakeholders’ points of view.
María Serna has a broad experience in transactional and regulatory energy matters, from the private and public sector. She has advised international energy companies in their compliance and advocacy affairs before energy regulators. María served as director of the National Hydrocarbons Commission's bidding department for the award of exploration and extraction contracts during the first three calls of Round 1, as well as serving as a legal counsel for the Legal Affairs of ASEA, participating in the drafting of regulation. Her experience in the private sector includes being an associate in top-tier energy and finance law firms. Abroad, María advised an international energy company for their Africa and Latin America policy and public affairs. María Serna holds a Masters' degree in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law, from the University of Houston; and a Bachelor of Laws from Escuela Libre de Derecho.
Recorded On: 03/04/2022
This presentation offers an introduction of the Tomakomai Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Demonstration Project and discusses what liabilities apply to the CO2 geological storage in Japan.
Organized by the Japan Sub-Chapter
Jiro Tanaka, Associate General Manager, International Affairs Dept., Japan CCS Co., Ltd.
Hiroyasu Konno, Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Nishimura & Asahi
Moderator: Koichi Shimomura, Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd.
This presentation offers an introduction of the Tomakomai Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Demonstration Project that in 2019 achieved its initial target of 300,000 tons cumulative injection. The speakers will also discuss what liabilities apply to the CO2 geological storage in Japan.
Associate General Manager, International Affairs Dept., Japan CCS Co., Ltd.
Jiro Tanaka has over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Tanaka joined the International Affairs Dept. of Japan CCS in June 2016, which was newly established to engage in international activities such as information sharing and collaboration.
Prior to this, he was General Manager - Business Development in the Asia-Oceania and International Oil & Gas Divisions of Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. (JAPEX), a leading Japanese oil & gas exploration and production company. Mr. Tanaka joined JAPEX in April 1980 after receiving a B.S. degree in geophysics from the University of Tokyo.
Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Nishimura & Asahi
Hiroyasu Konno is a partner of Nishimura & Asahi, the biggest law frim in Japan. He is currently a member of a committee to consider a long-term CCS roadmap for Japan, organized by METI and RITE. He is also a member of a committee to consider “the New LNG Strategic Plan of Japan,” organized by METI and IEEJ. Hiroyasu graduated from Waseda University in 1997 and was admitted in Japan in 1999.
Recorded On: 02/24/2022
This presentation discusses the implementation of AI and machine learning to new energy applications
Organized by the Canada Chapter
Mark Le Dain, SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development, Validere
Brendan Bennett, Machine Learning Lead, Mancal Energy Inc.
Mike Henry, Energy & Business Law Associate, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Digital innovation in commercial spheres has largely been a story of improving efficiency and reliability while reducing costs. In the energy sector, these innovations have been a result of oil and gas companies doing what they do best: relying on talented engineers to improve on existing solutions. Improvements have quickly spread across the industry, bringing down costs and making processes more efficient.
Advanced computing technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to bring dramatic improvements in efficiency, and decreases in cost to the Canadian energy industry. Our speakers discuss their experiences employing AI and machine learning to new energy applications, from improving efficiencies in exploration and production, to reducing waste across the energy supply chain. We then look forward to predict the larger scale impact these technologies may have on the industry as a whole.
Mark Le Dain
SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development, Validere
Mark Le Dain is SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development at Validere. He leads Validere’s strategic positioning and partnerships and has led the company in this role from several employees to over one hundred currently. Mark has previous experience advising energy and infrastructure companies as an investment banker with Barclays, successfully completing over $18 billion of M&A transactions and $5 billion of capital markets transactions. Mark has been quoted on tech and energy trends in the New York Times, Business Insider and Reuters and is a regular contributor on energy and markets to both Forbes and Rigzone. He speaks regularly on energy and tech, providing one of the keynotes at the Clean Air Conference this past year. He is also a published fiction author. On the weekends, he enjoys yoga and spending time with his wife and son.
Machine Learning Lead, Mancal Energy Inc.
Brendan Bennett is a machine learning (ML) researcher on sabbatical from academia. His main areas of expertise are reinforcement learning and neural networks, topics on which he has published a handful of papers and many more unpublished blog posts. Asides from familiarity with theory, he has expertise in developing ML systems from scratch to final product.
Brendan is currently working in the private sector, solving the dual problems of creating useful ML models and making them work in a business context. On the weekends, he builds things (and not just robots), and has recently taken an interest in writing about himself in the third person.
Energy & Business Law Associate, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Mike Henry is an Associate in the Energy Group at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. He advises clients on a range of commercial matters in the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors including asset and share acquisitions and dispositions, corporate reorganizations, corporate and asset due diligence, and negotiating and drafting commercial agreements. Mike holds an Honours in Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary.
Recorded On: 01/20/2022
This presentation discusses the recent developments of China's gas market liberalization
Organized by the Asia Chapter
Monica Sun, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Calvin Ho, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Moderator: Aras Berenjforoush, Senior counsel, Trading & Shipping (Global LNG), BP
The speakers discuss the recent developments of China's gas market liberalization, following the outline below:
PipeChina in Action
- First round of long term TUA grants
- New terminals being approved / under construction
- More regional pipe network being taken over by PipeChina
- Launch of the China LNG Index (ex-ship)
Gas Marketing / Bunkering JVs
- Pricing/business model
- Trend over the last two years
- Impact by the recent price spike
Carbon neutral LNG
- What does it mean and what's the practice so far
- How does it work in the context of China's carbon neutrality targets
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Monica Sun has advised on sophisticated LNG matters for domestic and international clients since 2004. Over the past decade she has led on various international LNG projects in respect of LNG sale and purchase, project development, equity investment, regasification and receiving terminal, tolling arrangement and operational matters. Monica is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and qualified in China.
Calvin Ho, Partner
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Calvin Ho has a general commercial background and was admitted as a solicitor in Australia in 2005 and in Hong Kong in 2011. He has advised clients in the energy and transport sectors on a wide range of international corporate and commercial transactions including the acquisition, development and financing of projects, procurement and construction contracts, offtake and trading contracts, commercial and shipping agreements, joint ventures and general corporate and commercial matters. Calvin speaks fluent English and is conversant in Vietnamese and Mandarin
Recorded On: 12/14/2021
This webinar explores the legal and tax framework currently in force in Algeria and the advantages to foreign investors
Organized by the MENA Chapter
Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton, Partner, Head of Oil & Gas, DWF (France) AARPI
Samir Bekhti, Board member, Alnaft
Farid Ayadi, Director of Hydrocarbon Mining Promotion, Alnaft
Khaled Rekouche, Director Counsel, Sonatrach
Mario Bello, Algeria Managing Director, Eni
Moderator: Ali Boroumand, Partner, DWF (France) AARPI
Algeria is amongst the leading oil producers and exporters worldwide. It is Africa's leading natural gas producer and has the third largest oil reserves on the continent. Algeria's oil and gas sector creates significant export value and impressively contributes to the economy of the country. To increase the value of its vast hydrocarbon resources and attract international oil companies, Algeria amended its legislation and published the law n.19-13 governing hydrocarbon activities on 11 December 2019, significantly reforming its legislation in this area.
Organized by the MENA Chapter, the webinar speakers discuss the legal and tax framework currently in force in Algeria and the advantages to foreign investors. An overview of the mining opportunities in the oil & gas and mining sectors are presented as well as the types of medium term investments which could be contemplated. Finally, the Italian oil and gas company, ENI, explains how they have developed marginal fields in Algeria and how the new hydrocarbon law can favor the expansion of this type of activity.
This webinar is in French.
Head of Oil & Gas, DWF (France) AARPI
Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton is Head of Oil & Gas at DWF and is a partner in DWF's Paris office. She is particularly active in the energy sector, especially in oil & gas where she advises oil traders, oil & gas storage companies and private and national oil companies in all aspects of their business activities, upstream and downstream. Anne-Sylvie also assists them in securing financing for the development of their various projects, reviewing proposed term sheets, drafting contractual loan documentation and structuring and setting up security packages.
She also represents various national and international companies in their mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international joint ventures, as well as in their investment activities.
Board member, Alnaft
After having graduated from Algiers University with a Master degree in Management, Samir Bekhti is currently Director of Contract Management & Legal at the Algerian National Agency of Hydrocarbon (ALNAFT) and a permanent Board member. He has actively participated in the elaboration of the Hydrocarbon law and regulations and the Hydrocarbon contract template. Whilst holding several positions within ANAFT, he has acquired wide knowledge in negotiating E & P contracts with major IOCs and NOCs, monitoring their execution and handling the day-to-day relationships.
Director of Hydrocarbon Mining Promotion, Alnaft
Farid Ayadi is a mechanical engineer specialised in thermodynamics and energy from Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology (USTHB) where he graduated in 1997 and has an Executive MBA from the Algiers Business School (ESAA) obtained in 2011.
Farid worked at the headquarters of the national company, Sonatrach within the Strategy, Economy and Prospective department as a study engineer from 2000 to 2007. He then joined the ALNAFT agency in 2007 as head of the domestic market department in the natural gas division. He is currently the director in charge of the promotion of hydrocarbons mining domain and has held this position since 2016.
Director Counsel, Sonatrach
Khaled Rekouche currently holds the position of Director Counsel at Sonatrach. From May 2016 to October 2019, he was the Corporate Legal Manager of the company. After graduating from the University (Algeria) with a degree in law, he worked as General Secretary for an administration. He started working in oil & gas sector in 1998 for Sonatrach as a lawyer and later as a contracts manager. He has 23 years' experience in the oil & gas industry, especially in upstream oil & gas transactions (production sharing agreements, joint operating agreements, Service Contracts, Farmout/Farmin Agreements, Joint Ventures, Shareholder agreements…). He participates in the development of major energy and construction & procurement (EPC) projects. He has also managed International arbitration cases and developed opportunities in Africa and South America.
Khaled is a Board member of Exploration & Production Company and Insurance companies. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) since 2012 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the AIPN from 2018 to 2021.
Algeria Managing Director, Eni
Born in Cervinara on 23 November 1965, Mario Bello graduated with honors in Earth Sciences from the Federico II University of Napoli. Since 3 June 2018, he has been Managing Director of Eni Algeria.
He joined Eni in 1991 taking on positions of increasing responsibility in the exploration area, gaining experience in Italy and abroad. From 2007 to 2013, he was Exploration Manager of two of Eni's main subsidiaries abroad, first in Indonesia, and later, in Angola. In this period, he contributed to the discovery and fast track development of Jangrick in Indonesia and the East and west Hub in Angola. In May 2014, he was appointed Senior Vice President worldwide Exploration. In 2016, he became Managing Director of Agiba, Eni EGPC JV operating in the Western desert of Egypt.
Partner, DWF (France) AARPI
Ali Boroumand is a partner in the DWF (France) corporate finance team. Ali specialises in domestic and cross border mergers & acquisitions, privatisations and joint ventures with a special emphasis on industrial and mining projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa. Ali’s specialised expertise in African projects and has extensive “on-the-ground” knowledge and experience, which enables him to advise not only multinational companies in the energy, natural resources, telecommunications and agro-food sectors but also international financial institutions and governments. Ali’s practice is more specifically focused on mining projects as well as infrastructure and energy-oriented. Ali's work has led him to assist major international groups as well as junior mining companies in their transactions in Africa.
Recorded On: 12/02/2021
We hear from IRENA and DNV and their mission to provide meaningful data and guidance around the innovation and technology in the energy transition.
Originally presented at the AIPN 2021 International Petroleum Summit held virtually
Moderator: Joseph Tomkiewicz, Partner, Tilleke & Gibbins
Jose Antonio Millan Ruano, CEO, Hinode Energy
Lorenzo Mancini, Regional Sales Director, TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation
Jon Dugstad, Director Wind & Solar, Norwep
Sverre Alvik, Director, Energy Transition Outlook, Group Research and Development, DNV
Dolf Gielen, Director, Innovation and Technology Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
The global energy transition has many new, influential leaders providing analysis and solutions for renewable energy and the need for carbon emission reduction. We hear from IRENA and DNV and their mission to provide meaningful data and guidance around the innovation and technology in the energy transition. The panel then addresses some of the more practical issues around executing large renewable energy projects on a country-wide and regional level.
Director, Innovation and Technology Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
As Director of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) since 2011, Dolf Gielen oversees the Agency’s work on advising member countries in the area of technology status and roadmaps, energy planning, cost and markets and innovation policy frameworks.
Before joining IRENA, Mr. Gielen was Chief of the Energy Efficiency and Policy Unit at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna. In that capacity, he managed a number of large projects involving energy efficiency and renewable energy (including those in Sri Lanka, Ukraine and India). Previously, he was a Senior Energy Analyst in the Energy Technology Policy Division of the International Energy Agency, Paris.
Mr. Gielen has a PhD in Energy and Materials Modelling from the Technical University of Delft. He graduated with an MA in Environmental Sciences at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Jose Antonio Millan Ruano
CEO, Hinode Energy
Jose Antonio Millan Ruano is the CEO of Hinode Energy, a solar energy development platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
He has worked in renewable energy industry for over 16 years and promoted over projects in 15 countries in that time period. He holds a Master of Business Administration from MCA Business and Postgraduate School and a MSc in Renewable Energy from the University of Reading.
Regional Sales Director, TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation
Originally from Italy, Lorenzo has lived and worked in Asia for the past 12 years in solar and energy storage applications. In TOTAL SOLAR Distributed Generation he is in charge of C&I solar business development across South-East Asia. Prior to joining TOTAL, he was GM of a Hitachi Chemical group company in Singapore. Lorenzo holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy and full-time MBA from SDA Bocconi, Milan Italy.
Director Wind & Solar, Norwep
Jon has more than 20 years of international investment banking and strategic advisory experience from investment banks such as Handelsbanken and Barclays – advising projects and companies on corporate strategy and financial transactions. Prior to joining INTPOW, he was an advisor to the renewable energy industry on strategy, business development and financing. Jon is educated in Germany as a Diplom-Kaufmann (MBA). Jon works with wind and solar power, and is also responsible for financing and investment.
Director, Energy Transition Outlook, Group Research and Development, DNV
Sverre Alvik is Programme Director for the Energy Transition research programme in DNV GL and Project Director for DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook.
He has a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture from NTNU in Norway from 1997 and more than 20 years’ experience from working in DNV GL. His main experience is with the Energy and the Maritime industry, where he has worked with strategy and politics, marketing and sales, project management and research & innovation, and where he also has written a number of papers and presentations. The last six years he has been heading up DNV GL’s global research work on the energy transition.
Joseph Tomkiewicz (Moderator)
Partner, Tilleke & Gibbins
Joseph is a partner and co-chair of Tilleke & Gibbins’ energy practice. He has over 28 years of managerial, transactional, and litigation experience in the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas companies. He has lived and worked in Thailand, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Texas, New York, Washington, DC, Louisiana, and Florida, during which time he has served as an officer, director, and general counsel to several affiliated overseas oil and gas companies. He has significant experience working with various forms of petroleum agreements and has also negotiated and realized contracts for some of the largest-ever industrial constructions. Joseph has many years of experience interacting with senior level ministerial and regulatory government officials in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Joseph is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia (1991) and in the State of Louisiana (2001). He is also admitted in the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Virginia), U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuit), and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Recorded On: 12/02/2021
In this session, Dr. Link explains the importance of finding an energy balance as his company expands its list of core activities into the import and use of LNG.
Originally presented at the AIPN 2021 International Petroleum Summit held virtually
Dr. Harald Link, Chairman and President, B.Grimm Power PCL
Fireside interview with Vijay Krishnan, Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Rystad Energy
At almost 150 years old, B Grimm Power is a multinational conglomerate that focuses on more than just power. Lead by owner Dr. Harald Link, B Grimm continues to take a leading role in the energy transition in its home location in Thailand and through Asia South. In this session, Dr. Link explains the importance of finding an energy balance as his company expands its list of core activities into the import and use of LNG. In this fireside chat, we also hear about Dr. Link’s commitment to ESG, which has made B Grimm a thought leader in Thailand in this space.
Dr. Harald Link
Chairman and President, B.Grimm Power PCL
Dr. Harald Link is the Link’s third-generation leader of B.Grimm, established in 1878 in Thailand, a multinational conglomerate with businesses across energy, building and industrial systems, healthcare, transportation, lifestyle, real estate, digital and capital partners. He has been at the helm of B.Grimm for over 30 years. Under his leadership, B.Grimm continues to set its sights on the future while holding true to the company’s core belief of “Doing business with compassion for the development of civilisation in harmony with nature,” based on its values of positivity, partnership, professionalism and pioneering spirit.
Harald Link started working at B.Grimm in 1978 after graduating with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from St. Gallen University in Switzerland. At the age of 23, he learned the family’s business from his uncle, Herbert Link, and his father, Dr. Gerhard Link. From 1981-1986, he sat on the company’s Executive Committee and became Chief Executive in 1987.
In 1997, Harald experienced the hardest time in his business career when B.Grimm was hit hard by Thailand’s financial crisis which saw the Thai Baht devalued by more than 50% almost overnight. After successfully overcoming this stormy period, B.Grimm continued to diversify further and in the 1990s ventured into the energy sector with its investment arm, B.Grimm Power, which went public in 2017, earning 27 billion Thai Baht in revenue in its first year, with gross profit of 8 billion Thai Baht. Today, B.Grimm Power has grown from its first greenfield industrial power plant in Amata City in Chonburi to one of Thailand’s fastest-growing industrial and renewable power producers.
Vijay Krishnan (Moderator)
Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Rystad Energy
Vijay Krishnan is the Managing Director for Rystad Energy Asia Pacific. Vijay joined Rystad Energy in January 2017 and is responsible for the overall business across Asia Pacific for the firm. He has close to 20 years of experience in the Energy & Petrochemical sector. He specialises in advising clients in a commercial capacity from small to large projects and has a keen eye and a great passion for opening new markets and revenue streams. Vijay started his career as a Pricing Analyst covering Energy and Petrochemical products in Asia. He then spent 5 years in Business Development for ICIS-LOR, successfully opening up new markets, developing new clients and products focused on the Indian Sub-Continent and the Middle East. Vijay was then instrumental in building the Asian business for Wood Mackenzie across the Energy value chain. He spent over 11 years at Wood Mackenzie where his last role was the Regional Director for South East Asia and Australia and as the Global Strategic Sales Head for the National Oil Business. Vijay has a BSc in Management Economics from the University of London and is a keen triathlete.