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  • In this webinar, energy students and those early in their careers are introduced to the LNG & hydrogen industry and contracts used within it. They also receive an overview of AIEN, its services and the value of becoming a member.

    Gonzalo Cabrera, Founder and Partner, C Energy Consulting
    Francisco J. Romano, Co-Director, Energy Institute, Universidad Austral; Senior Partner, PAGBAM and AIEN Director

    This webinar is geared toward energy students and young professionals, organized by members from AIEN’s Educational Advisory Board!

    The goal of this webinar is to provide energy students and those early in their careers with an introduction to the LNG & hydrogen industry and contracts used within it. Our panelists also provide an overview of AIEN, its services and the value of becoming a member. 

    Gonzalo Cabrera

    Founder and Partner, C Energy Consulting

    Gonzalo Cabrera, is an accomplished Hydrogen and LNG Marketing executive with 20+ years of experience with energy super-majors delivering commercial viability in geographically disparate environments.

    In 2010, Gonzalo became a member of the Association of International Energy Negotiators. Presently, he holds the position of Co-Chair for the Hydrogen Joint Development and Operating Agreement Drafting Committee (Hydrogen Taskforce), where he is crafting the next generation of commercial agreements needed for the development of the hydrogen economy and advice boards and CEOs on transformational deals through his own consulting practice. Since 2021, Gonzalo stepped into senior advisory roles at the Club of Engineers of South Africa on topics related to hydrogen and LNG projects assessment whereas until recently, he was the Honorary Representative of Buenos Aires City Government in Singapore, forming relationships with Government and investors across innovation, sustainable energy and climate change.

    Previously, as General Manager (2016 to 2020) and Head of Portfolio (2009 to 2015), Gonzalo leveraged his background to lead the start-up of Mozambique LNG’s Singapore commercial office and Qatargas worldwide LNG marketing efforts.

    Prior to this, in 2006 Gonzalo was promoted to Risk Manager with Eni UK Limited, reviewing trading activities, P&L developments and risk, expanding the client portfolio with an enhanced risk profile.

    Gonzalo offers a solid foundation on senior advisory roles, having been Committee Chair/Member for Gas (Eni UK Ltd.), Marketing & Shipping (Mozambique LNG), Co-Chair/Council Member – Study Group for the International Gas Union and speaker at various international energy conferences.

    Fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish, Gonzalo holds an MBA from Eni Corporate University Italy and a Bachelor of Science (Industrial Engineering) from the University of Buenos Aires.

    Francisco J. Romano

    Co-Director, Energy Institute, Universidad Austral; Senior Partner, PAGBAM and AIEN Director

    Recognized as one of Argentina’s leading practitioners in oil and gas and natural resources (2022 Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Argentina Energy Practitioners), AIEN Director and PAGBAM Senior Partner and Energy Head, Francisco J. Romano, is an international business lawyer, with thirty years of experience in major transactions in the international oil and gas sector. 

    Managing Counsel for the Chevron Latin America Business Unit in Caracas, Venezuela (2014-2017), Law Manager at Chevron Argentina (2005-2013), Senior Legal Advisor for Pan American Energy LLC, the BP Bridas CNOOC upstream and downstream joint venture for the Southern Cone (1997-2005), Bridas’ Legal Manager (1995-1997). 
     
    Former associate at first rated law firms Klein & Mairal and Le Pera & Lessa in Argentina.  LLM with merit for the grouping of Banking and Finance Law at King’s College, London (2001) under a Chevening Scholarship Award. Graduated with honors at the University of Buenos Aires Law School (1990). AIEN JOA and LNG Long Term Sales Agreement drafting committee member. 
     
    Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Hydrocarbons Law at the Universidad Austral. Coordinator of the Diploma in Hydrogen Management and Co- Director of the Energy Institute at the Universidad Austral. Speaker in numerous oil and gas conferences and legal writer. 

  • Hear from key members of the Hydrogen Taskforce on the important developments that have been made and guidance they can provide on the usage of H2 agreements at a global and regional level.

    Nuno Antunes, Partner, Miranda & Associados
    Zoe Bromage, Partner, King & Spalding
    Drake Hernandez, Associate Principal, Charles River Associates
    Moderator: Gonzalo Cabrera, Founder and Partner, C Energy Consulting

    As part of its expanded mandate, in 2022 AIEN created a taskforce to determine opportunities for existing and/or future model contracts or model clauses, as well as possible educational offerings within the sphere of Hydrogen. Since then, the Hydrogen Taskforce has progressed its work, identifying and mapping the priority hydrogen agreements, as well as identifying and creating term sheets for these priority agreements for upcoming release and use by the AIEN membership.

    In this webinar, key members of the Hydrogen Taskforce have an interactive dialogue on the important developments that have been made and guidance they can provide on the usage of these agreements at a global and regional level. Advancing new energy model contracts is an evolving space, so it is helpful to hear directly from those who are navigating through the everchanging regulatory environment, a nascent global market, and the increased visibility in energy diversification. You will also get a preview of what is next for AIEN and hydrogen in 2024.

    Nuno Antunes

    Partner, Miranda & Associados

    Nuno Antunes, is a co-head of the ‘Energy and Natural Resources’ department. Nuno’s primary focus is on the energy sector, notably upstream oil and gas, LNG, gas/LNG-to-power, power, renewables, and energy transition (Hydrogen, CCUS). Nuno provides legal advice to IOCs and State entities, on international, constitutional, regulatory, contractual, tax, M&A, project structuring, environmental, ESG and dispute resolution matters.

    He is currently the lead of the recently established AIEN Hydrogen Taskforce. He is a member of the International Bar Association’s Oil and Gas Law and Power Law Committees, former petroleum legal advisor to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, law of the sea specialist, and a member of the list of arbitrators of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    Nuno earned a PhD (International Law) and MA (International Boundaries) from the University of Durham (UK). He is also a guest Professor at the Catholic University (Lisbon, Portugal).


    Zoë Bromage

    Partner, King & Spalding

    Zoë Bromage, is an energy partner in King & Spalding’s Singapore office. Her practice focuses on cross-border transactions, project development and first-of-their-kind projects in the energy sector.

    Zoë represents clients from the full spectrum of the energy industry throughout Asia and globally on structuring and developing projects in the traditional oil, gas and LNG sectors, as well as the new energies sectors of hydrogen and its derivatives, carbon capture, battery storage and renewables. She also has extensive experience assisting clients on merger and acquisition activity ranging from smaller scale farmouts to high value / multi-jurisdictional corporate and asset transactions in the energy sector.

    Zoë has been recognized by Legal500 as a Rising Star in Projects and Energy. She has practiced in Singapore, London and Aberdeen and has experience working in-house, having spent 9 months at Premier Oil’s (now Harbour Energy) headquarters in London.

    Drake Hernandez

    Associate Principal, Charles River Associates

    Drake Hernandez, is an associate principal in CRA’s global energy disputes and regulatory segment within the firm’s Energy Practice. He also leads CRA’s hydrogen and low-carbon fuels offering within the Energy Practice.

    Mr. Hernandez’s commercial advisory work focuses on advising global clients as they develop corporate and investment strategies related to energy market economics and infrastructure development with a particular focus on the hydrogen and low-carbon fuels sectors. He has been engaged by corporations and investors on matters pertaining to project commercialization, strategic and techno-economic due diligence, and regulatory issues within the sectors.

    His dispute resolution experience spans assessment of liability and quantum of damages in commercial litigation and international arbitration matters related to energy projects and infrastructure. Drake has significant experience in disputes in the natural gas, electric power, LNG, and oil sectors.

    Prior to his current role, Mr. Hernandez was a graduate research assistant at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). He was a co-author of the MITEI Future of Storage study and the architect of the hydrogen production techno-economic analysis (TEA) module of the Sustainable Energy Systems Modeling Analysis Environment (SESAME). His thesis focused on modeling hydrogen network dynamics and assessing federal regulatory frameworks for the development of interstate hydrogen transmission infrastructure within the United States.

    His work has been published in Applied Energy, the Energy Law Journal, Utility Dive, and other commercial and academic journals. He regularly speaks both domestically and internationally on matters related to the regulation of hydrogen infrastructure, hydrogen market development, and energy system planning.

    Mr. Hernandez holds an MS in Technology and Policy, with a focus on energy economics and finance, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on operations research and economics, from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Gonzalo Cabrera (Moderator)

    Founder and Partner, C Energy Consulting

    Gonzalo Cabrera, is an accomplished Hydrogen and LNG Marketing executive with 20+ years of experience with energy super-majors delivering commercial viability in geographically disparate environments.

    In 2010, Gonzalo became a member of the Association of International Energy Negotiators. Presently, he holds the position of Co-Chair for the Hydrogen Joint Development and Operating Agreement Drafting Committee (Hydrogen Taskforce), where he is crafting the next generation of commercial agreements needed for the development of the hydrogen economy and advice boards and CEOs on transformational deals through his own consulting practice. Since 2021, Gonzalo stepped into senior advisory roles at the Club of Engineers of South Africa on topics related to hydrogen and LNG projects assessment whereas until recently, he was the Honorary Representative of Buenos Aires City Government in Singapore, forming relationships with Government and investors across innovation, sustainable energy and climate change.

    Previously, as General Manager (2016 to 2020) and Head of Portfolio (2009 to 2015), Gonzalo leveraged his background to lead the start-up of Mozambique LNG’s Singapore commercial office and Qatargas worldwide LNG marketing efforts.

    Prior to this, in 2006 Gonzalo was promoted to Risk Manager with Eni UK Limited, reviewing trading activities, P&L developments and risk, expanding the client portfolio with an enhanced risk profile.

    Gonzalo offers a solid foundation on senior advisory roles, having been Committee Chair/Member for Gas (Eni UK Ltd.), Marketing & Shipping (Mozambique LNG), Co-Chair/Council Member – Study Group for the International Gas Union and speaker at various international energy conferences.

    Fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish, Gonzalo holds an MBA from Eni Corporate University Italy and a Bachelor of Science (Industrial Engineering) from the University of Buenos Aires.

  • This webinar features members from the CCUS Taskforce reviewing potential risk considerations associated with CCS projects globally.

    Nick Fulford, Gas/LNG and Carbon Management Senior Director–Americas, GaffneyCline
    Stephen Highfield, Principal Commercial Negotiator, Neptune Energy
    Daein Cha, Director, deepC Store
    Moderator: Greg Hammond, Partner, Pillsbury

    This webinar features members from the CCUS Taskforce who will have an interactive dialogue on potential risk considerations associated with CCS projects globally and discuss some of the major regulatory frameworks around the world, and the resultant economic impact and challenges for the development of CCS projects. They also outline the developments that have been made to identify priority CCS agreements and have provided a preview of what is next for AIEN and CCS in 2024.

    Nick Fulford

    Gas/LNG and Carbon Management Senior Director–Americas, GaffneyCline

    Nick Fulford, is Gas/LNG and Carbon Management Senior Director–Americas for GaffneyCline, with over 40 years of experience in the natural gas sector working on all aspects of the gas value chain from complex upstream projects, midstream and LNG export projects, LNG imports and gas to power, wholesale and retail market management, regulatory policy and trading. He is renowned as a leading Global LNG expert who has closely been involved in the US gas markets since the late 1980s and again more deeply since 2008 with the rise of the US shale gas boom. In recent years, Nick has engaged with the emerging Energy Transition impacts on energy markets globally, including CCS, offsets and net-zero LNG.

    Stephen Highfield

    Principal Commercial Negotiator, Neptune Energy

    Stephen Highfield, is a Commercial Negotiator in International Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Companies with over 25 years industry experience including negotiating (and drafting) upstream contracts, unitizations, bid rounds, New Ventures, New Energy/Renewables (CCS, Hydrogen), M&A transactions and managing due diligence with well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.

    A chartered accountant with a proven ability to manage and deliver on time and under pressure, on an individual basis, or as a member of a Joint Venture, multi-discipline team.

    Daein Cha

    Director, deepC Store

    Daein Cha, has over 25 years of oil and gas, energy and resources industries experience combined with extensive for profit and non-profit venture start up and management experience. Daein also specializes in small-and large-scale energy business development, major capital project management, commodity sales and trading, and entrepreneurship.

    Daein joined Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd in 1998 and has since served roles of increasing responsibilities including Manager of LNG procurement & trading, and Manager of LNG upstream business development. Daein joined Chevron Australia (Chevron) in 2012 as Deputy Business Manager and in 2014 as Deputy Project Manager for the Gorgon Expansion Project. He also served on the Project Leadership Team to manage the development of Chevron's Gorgon Stage 2 and Jansz-Io Compression projects.

    Daein has taken on the role as the Founder and Director for Transborders Energy since November 2016, and as Founder and Director for deepC Store since August 2021.

    Daein received his bachelor’s degree in management from the International Christian University (Japan), master’s in business administration (MBA) from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration (USA), and qualification as Certified Cost Professional (CCP) of AACE International accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Speciality Boards. Daein is also a certified member of the Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN) and the Society of Decision Professionals.

    Greg Hammond (Moderator)

    Partner, Pillsbury

    Greg Hammond, represents parties in major M&A, Corporate Finance, Joint Venture and Projects transactions in the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on the Energy industry. He has represented Governments, public and private corporations, private equity firms, hedge funds, banks and multilateral agencies.

    He is particularly active in the Energy Transition as it relates to the Oil & Gas industry; advising on the origination, execution and financing of projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions. This has encompassed everything from (i) Hydrogen to Hydro, (ii) Gas Monetization to Electrification, and (iii) LNG to RNG.

    Greg currently sits on the New Energies Committee of the AIEN and is a member of its CCUS and Hydrogen Task Forces.

    He is also (i) a past-Chairman of the African Sub-committee of AIEN (which he established and transitioned into the current self-standing Africa Regional Chapter Committee), (ii) an original member of the Oil & Gas Sector Table of the Iraqi-British Business Council, (iii) an original member of the Legal Advisory Task Force to the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, and (iv) a member of the AIEN Europe Regional Chapter Committee.

    In December, Greg participated in a key Panel session at COP 28 on “Advancing Legal and Regulatory Principles for the Energy Transition”, examining some of the fundamental UNFCCC principles which drove the outcomes in the final UAE Consensus.

  • This webinar is about practical challenges to CCUS projects.

    Natalie Nowiski, Principal Legal-New Energy, Woodside Energy
    Nathanial Scott, VP BD North America, Storrega
    Nicholas J Fulford, Senior Director Energy Transition, GaffneyCline
    Moderator: Parker Lee, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

    Carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) is an increasingly important part of the energy industry in the United States and globally as we progress to net zero objectives. There is no shortage of enthusiasm, development planning, proposed tax incentives and relevant guidance, with a broadening public awareness of the importance of CCUS projects. There is also a markedly slow off the mark progress for the actual development of a CCUS project since the latest tax incentives were announced in 2022. One cause of that delay is the EPA approval process for Class VI permits for injection wells that underly any CCUS projects. 

    Our panel of experts will generally discussed the CCUS environment, the function and importance of Class VI injection wells, the role of EPA and the states in granting permits for Class VI injection wells, and what may be causing the current logjam of CCUS project development.

    Natalie Nowiski, Principal Legal-New Energy, Woodside Energy

    Natalie Nowiski, is an experienced legal counsel focused on the energy transition and commercial development of lower carbon hydrogen, ammonia, and CCS projects. She currently is a lead counsel with Woodside Energy and supports the development of Woodside’s new energy projects in the United States.

    Previously, Natalie was a CCS Legal Counsel and Business Developer with SLB New Energy where she advised on legal, regulatory, permitting and policy issues for CCS projects. She also worked on developing strategic partnerships and business models for participants on the CCS value chain.

    Natalie obtained an LL.M. specializing in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law from the University of Houston, and a J.D. from the University of Toronto. She has been a guest speaker and panelist on topics related to CCS, energy transition, climate risk disclosure and sustainability issues.

    Nathanial Scott, VP BD North America, Storrega

    Nathanial Scott, is the International Business Development Manager for Noble Energy’s operations in West Africa with principle focus on Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. Prior to his current role, he was an advisor for Noble’s Corporate Business Development team, which focused on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures both in the United States and internationally. Mr. Scott has experience in government and commercial negotiations concerning operated and non-operated assets, new ventures and farmout efforts in West Africa and other international locations. Prior to his time at Noble, Mr. Scott gained extensive experience in assembling, developing and divesting conventional and unconventional land plays in various basins across the United States. Mr. Scott is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

    Nick Fulford, Senior Director Energy Transition, GaffneyCline

    Nicholas Fulford, is Gas/LNG and Carbon Management Senior Director – Americas for GaffneyCline, with over 40 years of experience in the natural gas sector working on all aspects of the gas value chain from complex upstream projects, midstream and LNG export projects, LNG imports and gas to power, wholesale and retail market management, regulatory policy and trading. He is renowned as a leading Global LNG expert who has closely been involved in the US gas markets since the late 1980s and again more deeply since 2008 with the rise of the US shale gas boom. In recent years, Nick has engaged with the emerging Energy Transition impacts on energy markets globally, including CCS, offsets and net-zero LNG.

    Parker Lee, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP (Moderator)

    Parker A. Lee, advises companies and investors in evaluating and executing transactions and commercial contracts in the energy and infrastructure industries. He represents clients in various domestic and international oil & gas, renewable fuels, power, water, petrochemical and infrastructure M&A, project development and joint venture transactions.

  • Recorded On: 09/20/2023

    This webinar will explore the future of hydrogen in Colombia.

    Monica Gasca, Executive Director, H2 Colombia
    Lorena G. Moscardelli, Ph.D., Research Scientist & Principal Investigator, State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery Program, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
    Moderator: Claudia Hooker Archbold, Senior Legal Counsel, Ecopetrol

    Colombia enjoys a wealth of renewable resources, including solar, wind, and water. These resources could be used to produce hydrogen, a clean and efficient fuel that has the potential to revolutionize the country's energy sector.

    Organized by the Latin America & Caribbean Chapter, this webinar explores the future of hydrogen in Colombia.

    Speakers will discuss:

    • The potential of hydrogen to power transportation, industry, and homes
    • The challenges and opportunities for the hydrogen industry in Colombia
    • The role of hydrogen in achieving a cleaner, more sustainable future



    Monica Gasca

    Executive Director, H2 Colombia

    Monica Gasca has more than eight years of experience analyzing and developing regulations and public policies related to renewable energies and energy transition. Monica worked in the Ministry of Mines and Energy between 2019 and 2022 where she was in charge of leading the strategies for the Energy Transition of the country; she was coordinator of the Energy Transformation Mission for the modernization of the sector, the Geothermal initiative and the hydrogen strategy. She has also worked in companies such as Sercolombia, Ernst & Young, Fedesarrollo and ANDEG.

    Lorena G. Moscardelli Ph.D.,

    Research Scientist & Principal Investigator, State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery Program, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

    Dr. Lorena Moscardelli is a Research Scientist and leader of the State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR) program at BEG. Her expertise is in seismic geomorphology and interpretation, sedimentology and stratigraphy and geoscience data integration. She received a degree in Geological Engineering from Central University of Venezuela (2000) and a PhD in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin (2007).

    She specializes in the study of deep-water deposits with emphasis on subaqueous landslides, deep-water mixed siliciclastic-carbonate systems and planetary geology. She started her career as an exploration geologist working for PDVSA (2000 – 2003). Prior to her current position at STARR, Dr. Moscardelli was a Principal Researcher at Equinor (2013 – 2021) where she performed a wide range of activities from research in the Americas to field development in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Her BEG career includes the co-funding and co-direction of the Quantitative Clastic Laboratory (QCL) (2007-2013) and her actual involvement as leader of STARR.

    Most recently, Dr. Moscardelli has taken a strong interest in understanding the role of geoscience research as part of the ongoing energy transition while contributing to STARR’s main mission of conducting geologic research resulting in the increase of production and profitability of energy resources in the State of Texas.

  • Recorded On: 10/13/2022

    This webinar's panelists discuss the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) that is intended to transport crude oil from oil fields in Uganda to the Port of Tanga in Tanzania.

    Elison Karuhanga, Partner, Kampala Associated Advocates
    Barbara Daisy Nabuweke, Head, Contracts and Negotiations, Uganda National Oil Company 
    Ali Ssekatawa, Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Petroleum Authority of Uganda
    Moderator: Shakwa Nyambe, Founder & MD, SNC Incorporated, Lawyers & Business Advisors

    The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) is intended to transport crude oil from oil fields in Uganda to the Port of Tanga in Tanzania. The EACOP project is expected to drive energy security, empower local communities and create jobs across the region.

    Viewers will leave with a better understanding of:

    • How EACOP will allow Uganda to unlock value from its natural resources
    • EACOP project value creation to the Tanzanian and Ugandan economies
    • Key strategies and policies involved in the development of infrastructure and transfer of technology involved in the Project


    Elison Karuhanga

    Partner, Kampala Associated Advocates

    Elison Karuhanga is a Partner at Kampala Associated Advocates, working in the Litigation and Energy law departments. He has and continues to successfully represent several local and international clients in varied sectors including oil and gas companies, telecommunications, construction, banking, as well as public bodies and government agencies.

    He holds a Masters of Law (LLM) in Oil and Gas Law, University of Aberdeen, Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Law Development Centre and a Bachelors Degree in Law from University of Kent

    He is a trained Oil and Gas lawyer, a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and a member of GOXI which is part of the World Bank Institutes Governance for Extractive Industries Program which brings together practitioners from government, private sector, NGO’s and think tanks with the aim of strengthening governance in the extractive industries’ sector. He is also a member of the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.

    Elison was recently asked by the Oxford Energy Institute to contribute to a paper comparing the legal regime in Uganda governing oil and gas law with the one in Brazil together with the Director of the Institute Dr. Eduardo Guedes Pereira. He was elected by his peers at the University of Aberdeen as the student representative for the LLM (Oil and Gas) Law Class 2010-2011. He was invited by Ugandan Women Lawyers under their umbrella organization (FIDA) to do a presentation on “Oil and Gas Law in Uganda”.

    Elison has experience in the Banking sector as well, having worked with a leading bank for over three years. While in the bank’s legal department, he was responsible for the preparation and perfection of legal documentation, the recovery of non-performing assets and provision of legal advice.

    He also worked in the Ministry of Justice for over five years as a state attorney and rendered legal advice on diverse subjects to the Government of Uganda. He also handled matters on behalf of the State House of Uganda, Ministry of Defense, The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces, the Uganda Police Force, The Ministry of Local Government, The Ministry of Lands, The Registrar of Titles of Uganda, the Ministry of Finance, Parliament of Uganda and the Ministry of Water and Environment to mention but a few.

    He has an excellent appreciation of public and regulatory law and extensive litigation experience having appeared before all the courts of record in Uganda as well as the East African Court of Justice. He is an adept litigator and is effective, efficient and expeditious in court.

    Barbara Daisy Nabuweke

    Head, Contracts and Negotiations, Uganda National Oil Company

    Barbara Daisy Nabuweke is an advocate of the high court of Uganda and a member of the Uganda law society, and the East African law society.  She holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, a Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre, Kampala, and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Makerere University.

    She is a commercial, projects and an oil & gas lawyer with experience of over 10+years in both private practice and as an in-house lawyer. She is currently the Head of Contracts and Negotiations at Uganda National Oil Company and was part of the team that negotiated the recently concluded agreements for the oil and gas sector including the Uganda National Oil Company Back-in agreements, East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Shareholders Agreement, Host government agreement for the EACOP and participated in pursuing enabling legislation. These efforts led to taking of the Final Investment Decision for the Upstream and Pipeline Project in Uganda.

    Previously, Barbara worked with Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited as a Legal & Compliance Advisor and with Standard Chartered Bank as the Assistant Company Secretary/ Head Legal and Compliance for the Consumer Banking Division.

    She was a Pegasus scholar in 2010 giving her an opportunity to work at different UK barrister law firms and courts. Barbara has also had placements at Denton Wilde Sapte and Clyde & Co LLP. 

    Outside formal work, Barbara is a wife and mother. She is extremely passionate about sharing knowledge and mentoring the youth.

    Ali Ssekatawa

    Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Petroleum Authority of Uganda

    Ali Ssekatawa is the Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs in the Petroleum Authority of Uganda since 2017, and has over 11 years’ experience, specializing in tax and oil and gas law. He previously served Uganda Revenue Authority as Head of the Litigation portfolio and a public tax prosecutor. He litigated and won groundbreaking cases in Uganda and other International Tribunals.

    Mr. Ssekatawa is an advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He holds an MBA from the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), an LLM in Oil and Gas Law & Policy from the University of Dundee, and an LLB (Hons) from Makerere University. He was part of the Uganda negotiation team that negotiated the Intergovernmental Agreements (treaty), Host Government Agreement, Tariff and Transportation Agreement, and other Commercial Agreements for the EACOP. He also advised on the EACOP (Special Provisions) Act 2021.

    Shakwa Nyambe

    Founder and Managing Partner, SNC Incorporated

    Shakwa Nyambe is the Founder and Managing Partner of the law firm SNC Incorporated, with offices in Windhoek, Namibia. He is a specialised Energy, Natural Resources and Commercial Lawyer. He is also specialised in drafting, reviewing and negotiations of contracts. He has advised International Corporations, State Owned Enterprises, Governments and individuals in Energy, Natural Resources, Commercial and Dispute Resolution matters.  He has provided legal and business advisory services to foreign investors in various matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, corporate governance and project financing. His clients include some of the oil and gas companies, renewable energy companies, mining companies, construction and infrastructure companies, State Owned Enterprises, Governments, and corporate entities.

    Nyambe previously worked as a Legal Counsel at the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia, as a Chief Legal Officer at the Ministry of Justice, Namibia and as a State Advocate at the High Court of Namibia. He is the current Director for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)’s African Chapter. He serves on the drafting committees for the AIPN JOA Committee, LNG, SPA Committee, Asset Sale and Purchase Agreement Committee and the Drilling Contract Committee. He also serves as a Board of Director at Debmarine Namibia and NAMDEB Holdings (50-50 joint venture diamond mining between the Government of Namibia and De Beers).

    Nyambe holds a Baccalaureus Juris degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree, both from the University of Namibia. In addition, he also holds a postgraduate degree of Master of Laws in Oil & Gas Law with Professional Skills (LLM) from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts from the University of Johannesburg. He is an admitted legal practitioner of the High Court and Supreme Court of Namibia.

  • Recorded On: 09/29/2022

    Our expert panelists discuss how the energy transition and the increased focus on energy security changes how investors, institutions, and companies make decisions about financing the future.

    Originally presented at the AIEN 2022 International Energy Summit in London

    James Janoskey, Managing Director, Global Co-Head Energy Group and Head of EMEA EPRM, JP Morgan 
    Samuel Merlin, Partner, Head of Energy, Hannam & Partners 
    Giacomo Rossi, Managing Director & CEO, Snam UK 
    Christof Rühl, ex-bp Chief Economist; Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University 
    Moderator: Joe Levin, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams

    Changing investing metrics affect the energy industry and has precipitated the divestiture of assets to parties who may not be subject to similar regulatory or environmental scrutiny. Our expert panelists discuss how the energy transition and the increased focus on energy security changes how investors, institutions, and companies make decisions about financing the future. 

    James Janoskey

    Managing Director, Global Co-Head Energy Group and Head of EMEA EPRM, JP Morgan

    James Janoskey (JJ) is a Managing Director of JP Morgan in the Investment Banking division, based in London. He is Global Co-Head of the Energy Group.  JJ has over 20 years of international advisory and capital markets experience and has worked on a wide range of assignments, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory, and lead managed equity, debt, and leveraged finance transactions.

    His experience includes transactions involving clients across the Oil and Gas sector – Majors, Integrateds, NOCs, E&P, R&M, LNG and OFS. JJ joined JP Morgan in September 2015 after 18 years at Credit Suisse. He had joined Credit Suisse in November 2000 when the firm merged with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ). In January 2000, he had moved to DLJ’s M&A Group in London from the New York office.  JJ has an M.B.A from the University of Chicago, including a term studying at London Business School, and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Illinois.

    Samuel Merlin

    Partner, Head of Energy, Hannam & Partners

    Samuel has diverse experience across M&A and capital raising projects in the energy, infrastructure and services sectors globally. He is currently a Partner and Head of Energy at Hannam & Partners, leading the energy and sustainable infrastructure & technology practices, supporting projects across the energy, storage, hydrogen and energy efficiency markets in the US and Europe. He previously served in the U.S. Department of Defense where he worked with Afghanistan’s Minister of Mines & Petroleum to structure, negotiate and manage the implementation of Afghanistan's first-ever oil & gas production sharing contracts and distributed renewable energy projects. 

    Giacomo Rossi

    Managing Director & CEO, Snam UK

    Giacomo leads Snam activities in the UK, Ireland and North Sea - focusing on Hydrogen, CCUS and low carbon energy generation & storage investments and operating activities. Giacomo has a deep and broad experience in the international energy markets as an operator, investor and adviser. Before joining Snam, he worked on expanding and deepening BP’s low carbon power T&S activities through strategic M&A and trading strategies. Previously he formed part of Carlyle's flagship international energy fund (Carlyle International Energy Partners “CIEP”), focusing on private equity investments in the energy industry (outside of North America); preceded by investment banking covering oil & gas, industrials and business services companies.

    Christof Rühl

    ex-bp Chief Economist; Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

    Christof is an internationally renowned economist, specializing in macroeconomics and energy economics. His skillset has been shaped by senior roles in some of the world’s best institutions across business, policy, and academia. His most recent commercial expertise is in energy, specifically oil and gas, and asset allocation, focused on macroeconomic and geopolitical trends.

    Christof currently is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University in New York (since 2019); in parallel, he was Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (2019-21). From 2014-19, Christof served as the Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, creating and managing ADIA’s first global research team, responsible for economic, energy and geopolitical analysis across asset classes. Earlier, he was Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc (2005- 14), credited with a significant contribution to the global debate on energy, climate change, and the various links between energy and economic development. Christof joined BP from the world of global economic policy, having served at the World Bank (1998– 2005), including as the Bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil; and at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1996-98). He started his career in academia, first as a Research Associate in Germany; and from 1991-96, as an Assistant Professor in economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Christof serves as a global advisor and board director to companies in energy, finance and private equity. He is well published and a sought-after commentator and public speaker.

    Joe Levin (Moderator)

    Partner, Watson Farley & Williams

    Joe Levin is a partner in the London Projects Group at Watson Farley & Williams.

    Joe advises lenders and sponsors on a number of project finance, acquisition finance, reserve-based lending and other structured financings and has a particularly impressive track record in the upstream oil and gas sector, advising E&P companies, traders and both multilateral and commercial lenders.
     
    Joe advises on transactions across Europe and Africa and has most recently advised lenders on the acquisition financings of assets from oil majors in the UK North Sea, Egypt, Cameroon, Angola and Chad.
     
    He is recommended for his trade finance and oil and gas expertise by leading directories Legal 500 UK and IFLR 1000.

  • Recorded On: 09/29/2022

    With a geographically diverse asset base and views, this panel has a truly international perspective on the energy industry and all of its current challenges.

    Originally presented at the AIEN 2022 International Energy Summit in London

    Nopasit Chaiwanakupt, SVP, New Business, PTTEP
    Alex Volkov, VP Commercial & Power, ExxonMobil Upstream Company
    Christian Wilms, Senior Vice President Subsurface & Field Development, MOL Group
    Moderator: Benjamín Torres-Barrón, Partner, Baker McKenzie 

    Senior Executives in upstream oil and gas have a unique global perspective on our complex and dynamic industry. With a geographically diverse asset base and views, this panel has a truly international perspective on the energy industry and all of its current challenges.

    Nopasit Chaiwanakupt

    SVP, New Business, PTTEP

    Nopasit Chaiwanakupt is Senior Vice President of New Business Division at PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP).  Under this role, he leads PTTEP’s business expansion into the future energy and decarbonization sectors, as well as other Non-E&P business areas.  He is also the Head of PTT Group’s CCS Hub Initiative Taskforce.

    Nopasit started his career with Unocal Thailand in 1990, as a Production Engineer, and had been involved in several upstream development projects and producing assets in Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Vietnam, before joining PTT Group in 2009.  He held various leadership positions with PTT International Company and PTTEP, in the areas of upstream asset management (Thailand Offshore Assets and International Assets) and business development (Indochina and Middle East Regions).  Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Malaysia Assets Transition, responsible for post-merger integration of PTTEP’s upstream operations in Malaysia.  

    Nopasit holds a master’s in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Sasin Business School in Thailand.   

    Alex Volkov

    VP Commercial & Power, ExxonMobil Upstream Company

    Alex Volkov is the Vice President, Commercial & Power for ExxonMobil Upstream Company.

    Alex joined ExxonMobil in 1997 in Houston, Texas. During his early tenure with the company he has held diverse assignments in the areas of marketing, business development, supply chain logistics, and business strategy development.

    From 2014 to 2016, Alex was based in Moscow, Russia where he served as Vice President of Exxon Neftegas Limited responsible for ExxonMobil commercial activities in Russia, including natural gas sales and marketing of Sakhalin-1 gas resources.

    Alex moved to the United Kingdom in 2016 and he was appointed Vice President, International Gas, ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing and Chairman, ExxonMobil Gas Marketing Europe in 2018. In this capacity, he was responsible for ExxonMobil’s natural gas marketing and trading activities in Europe, Russia, Caspian, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia.

    In 2019 Alex moved to Houston and was named Vice President, Global LNG Marketing. In this role, he had global responsibility for ExxonMobil’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) portfolio and marketing of LNG for ExxonMobil’s projects and joint ventures. He assumed his current position in February 2021.

    Alex graduated from the University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia in 1994 and he also holds an MBA from the University of Alabama.

    Christian Wilms

    Senior Vice President Subsurface & Field Development, MOL Group

    Mr. Wilms started his career in 1998 with Shell International as a geophysicist after graduating from RWTH Aachen in Germany. He made an unusual step to change technical disciplines to become a reservoir engineer after three years and worked in the Netherlands, Nigeria, Qatar, the United States and United Kingdom in various technical and leadership roles before joining MOL Group in Budapest as SVP Subsurface & Field Development three years ago. He manages an active and diverse portfolio in six countries consisting of green and brownfield developments, on and offshore as well as all thinkable reservoir and fluid types. MOL Group is a fully integrated energy company and has about 300 MMboe of 2P reserves and more than 100 MMboe of 2C resources. 

    Benjamín Torres-Barrón (Moderator)

    Partner, Baker McKenzie

    Benjamín Torres leads Baker McKenzie's Energy, Mining & Infrastructure (EMI) Practice Group in Mexico. He joined the firm in 1998.

    He is recognized as "Highly Regarded Lawyer" by IFLR, and is also listed as a recommended lawyer by Who's Who Legal for oil, gas, and project finance in Mexico. He is recognized as one of the country's leading lawyers in the energy and natural resources area (Band 1) by both LEGAL 500. For several years, he has been acknowledged by the magazine Petróleo & Energía as one of the top 100 leaders in Mexico's energy industry and he currently serves in its Editorial Board. Additionally, in 2021, Benjamin was awarded the recognition of "Stand Lawyer" during the Stellar Performance Stand Out Talent Survey of Acritas and Chambers Latin America. 

    Benjamin is the President of the Energy Committee in AmCham Mexico. In addition, he has lectured for the Energy and Sustainability Law Masters Degree at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and taught Energy Law classes at Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez and Business Law at ITESM Campus Ciudad Juarez. He has served at the Energy Editorial Boards of Reforma and Norte newspapers, and is a member of Potentia (private oil and energy business club). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of GRI, Chair of the Mexican Chapter of ISME (International Society for Mexican Energy) and a member of Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN).

    Benjamin handles all legal matters related to the development and construction of real estate, mining, infrastructure, and major projects. His career includes advising clients on the development and construction of projects related to oil, natural gas, water, waste, railroad, ports, airports, highways, LPG, LNG, biofuels, energy efficiency, electricity, and public bids called by Pemex, CFE, and other Mexican governmental entities.

    He has represented clients before the regulatory authorities and agencies in matters regarding energy projects; advised clients on maritime and navigation matters, due diligence, development, drafting and negotiation of contracts and financing. He also has advised clients regarding regulatory issues in connection with the sale, acquisition, leasing, subleasing, rights of way, construction, maritime transportation, trusts, insurance, utilities, environmental and ejido matters in connection with energy, hospitality (tourism), residential, mining, and industrial projects. His professional expertise also includes project financing, corporate law, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

  • Recorded On: 09/29/2022

    The energy transition, as a paradigm shift of energy systems, cannot succeed unless multiple variables are aligned. Hydrogen is one such variable. A ‘silver bullet’ for some, mere ‘hype’ for others, its realistic role and feasibility are still debated.

    Originally presented at the AIEN 2022 International Energy Summit in London

    Manuel Manrique, Hydrogen International Business Development Manager, Repsol 
    Gunther Newcombe OBE, Project Coordinator, Orion Clean Energy Project (Shetlands) 
    Emily Sykes, VP Energy Transition Fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners 
    Moderator: Nuno Antunes, Partner, Miranda & Associados 

    The energy transition, as a paradigm shift of energy systems, cannot succeed unless multiple variables are aligned. Hydrogen is one such variable. A ‘silver bullet’ for some, mere ‘hype’ for others, its realistic role and feasibility are still debated.

    Manuel Manrique

    Hydrogen International Business Development Manager, Repsol

    Manuel Manrique Villanueva is a Chemical Engineer with a wide experience in the energy industry. Following a period working in the fertilizer industry after graduation, he joined Repsol back in 2003 and spent 7 years in one of Repol's refineries in Spain, where he occupied different positions from Process Engineer to Plant Manager.

    Manuel moved to the Trading Business in 2010 and traded LPG for a few years in a period of big fundamental changes in the market. He was the Global Head of LPG trading until 2018,  before being appointed as Business Development Manager for the Trading business. Manuel led several projects involving different oil and oil products until, being highly motivated to be part of the energy transition and society decarbonization, he moved to the Repsol Hydrogen business unit a few months ago. Now Manuel is responsible for Hydrogen International Business Development, based in Madrid.

    Gunther Newcombe OBE

    Project Coordinator, Orion Clean Energy Project (Shetlands)

    Gunther has over 40 years experience working in the energy sector spending 35 years working with BP, in areas ranging from exploration right through to decommissioning in a number of senior leadership positions, followed by 5 years as Operations Director with the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), including working on the development of energy hubs.

    At the end of 1Q 2020 Gunther stepped down from the NSTA and started working on the development of an energy hub project called ORION (Opportunity for Renewables Integration with Offshore Networks), centred around the Shetland region, with an ambition to develop and produce green H2 for use on Shetland and export, transform Shetland dependency on fossil fuels to renewable energy, and facilitate decarbonization of the oil and gas sector.  

    Gunther is married with four children and lives in Aberdeen and was awarded an OBE for his services to the oil & gas industry in the Queens 2020 New Year’s Honours list.

    Emily Sykes

    VP Energy Transition Fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

    Emily is Vice President in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ Energy Transition Fund, the largest dedicated clean hydrogen fund globally. She has over 12 years’ experience in the renewables, gas and infrastructure industries spanning across Australia, the UK and Europe. Emily is experienced in all aspects of greenfield project development from idea stage to financial close, navigating the evolving regulatory and geopolitical landscape for renewables and green hydrogen, as well as traditional mergers & acquisitions and joint venture activity. Emily started her career as an energy/infrastructure projects lawyer in Australia and has degrees in Law and Finance. 

    Nuno Antunes (Moderator)

    Partner, Miranda & Associados

    Nuno Antunes, is a co-head of the ‘Energy and Natural Resources’ department. Nuno’s primary focus is on the energy sector, notably upstream oil and gas, LNG, gas/LNG-to-power, power, renewables, and energy transition (Hydrogen, CCUS). Nuno provides legal advice to IOCs and State entities, on international, constitutional, regulatory, contractual, tax, M&A, project structuring, environmental, ESG and dispute resolution matters.

    He is currently the lead of the recently established AIEN Hydrogen Taskforce. He is a member of the International Bar Association’s Oil and Gas Law and Power Law Committees, former petroleum legal advisor to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, law of the sea specialist, and a member of the list of arbitrators of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    Nuno earned a PhD (International Law) and MA (International Boundaries) from the University of Durham (UK). He is also a guest Professor at the Catholic University (Lisbon, Portugal).


  • Recorded On: 09/29/2022

    In this informative and entertaining discussion, hear perspectives from US-based industry leaders on how energy transition and security developments in Europe are impacting the US and how they think the trajectory of the transition is moving.

    Originally presented at the AIEN 2022 International Energy Summit in London

    Gretchen Watkins, President, Shell USA
    Maynard Holt, Founder & CEO, Veriten and previously CEO and Founding Partner, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co 

    In this informative and entertaining discussion, hear perspectives from US-based industry leaders on how energy transition and security developments in Europe are impacting the US and how they think the trajectory of the transition is moving.

    Gretchen Watkins

    President, Shell USA

    As President of Shell USA, Inc., Gretchen Watkins oversees the strategic integration of all Shell businesses in the United States and leads the US Country Coordination Team. Since being named to this post in 2018, she has become the company’s leading voice, with public and private leaders, across a wide range of energy-related policy and societal challenges.

    In addition to these responsibilities from May 2018-June 2021, Gretchen also served as Executive Vice President of Shell’s Global Shales business, overseeing the exploration, development, and production of Shell’s Upstream shale oil and gas portfolio, which included assets in the US, Canada, and Argentina. 

    Before joining Shell in May 2018, Gretchen served as the Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Oil, following two years as Chief Operating Officer. Gretchen’s tenure at Maersk coincided with a low-price environment for oil, but under her leadership, the company delivered above-target operational and financial results, enabling a safe and successful enterprise sale of Maersk Oil to Total in 2017.

    Gretchen began her career nearly 30 years ago as a Facilities Engineer for Amoco in the Gulf of Mexico. She then worked as a Trading Manager for Amoco and BP before commencing an international career that has included a variety of senior executive roles at BP, Marathon Oil, and Maersk Oil in North America, Europe, and Asia. She has led joint ventures and negotiated contracts with countries and companies across the upstream, midstream, and downstream businesses.

    Gretchen currently serves as a non-executive director of the Mosaic Company, one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, and previously served as a non-executive director for W. S. Atkins, a global engineering consultancy and FTSE 200 company from 2014 until its merger with SNC Lavalin in 2017. Gretchen graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has had executive education at Cambridge and Stanford Universities. 

    Maynard Holt

    Founder & CEO, Veriten and previously CEO and Founding Partner, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co

    Maynard Holt is the founder & CEO of Veriten. Built off the momentum created by the “Close of Business Tuesday” podcast, Veriten is an energy-focused knowledge platform that brings diverse perspectives to the energy transition discussion, improving the ability of industry leaders, policy makers, and investors to make investment and strategic choices. Maynard previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. from 2016 to 2021 and has over 27 years of experience in energy investment banking and strategic advice. A co-founder of TPH, Maynard functioned as Co-President from 2007 to 2016 and prior to joining TPH, Maynard worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. At Goldman from 1994 to 2007, Maynard worked in Leveraged / Structured Finance and was last a Managing Director in and Energy & Power / Natural Resources. Maynard launched Veriten to convene the brightest minds in and around energy in a civil, inclusive, and intellectually honest discussion to address the most pressing topics across the space. Like too many of us, he passionately believes there are better ways forward in energy and he wants to find them. Maynard is an avid classic Jeep collector and dedicated patron and supporter of youth sports and holds a BA in Economics and Russian from Rice University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.