IES 2022 - Energy Executives Panel

IES 2022 - Energy Executives Panel

Recorded On: 09/29/2022

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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.


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