#LNGAmericas 2–4 November 2021

Michael Proskin

Michael Proskin is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York.  Mr. Proskin is a member of the Power and Renewables Group and is responsible for coverage of a variety of clients including investor-owned utilities, IPPs, developers, LNG companies and financial sponsors.  Recent relevant experience includes serving as Financial Advisor on Freeport LNG’s $1.3bn equity private placement and as sole global coordinator on Freeport LNG’s Train Two $4bn commercial bank facility as well as serving as Joint Lead Arranger for nearly $2.0bn of project financing completed for Panda Power Funds.  Mr. Proskin received a Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, with highest honors in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University.

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Pat Roberts

Pat Roberts is an Associate Director of CWC’s gas portfolio and is actively involved with the Steering Committee in the design and running of the LNG series of conferences. Pat is also active with CWC School for Energy and its training courses. Pat has seven years’ experience as an independent consultant as Director of LNG Worldwide Ltd. She works with several key industry players as well as new entrants in the global gas and LNG markets. This covers the full commercial gas supply chain from strategy and market fundamental analysis to assisting with negotiating commercial agreements. Prior to independent consulting, Pat worked for the Shell group of companies for 24 years in their global oil and gas commercial divisions, culminating with a role as General Manager of Shell’s international LNG business in the Atlantic Basin.

Aziz Bamik

Aziz Bamik joined GTT, the leading engineering company in the shipping and storage of LNG and other liquefied gases, in 1999 and has served as General Manager of wholly-owned subsidiary GTT North America (GTT NA) in Houston since its formation in 2013.  Based in Houston, he manages all the activities in the American continents.

Before assuming this position, he occupied various positions at GTT SA in France, including R&D Engineer, Project Manager, and Director of Business Development.  As Project Manager, for nine years he was in charge of the relationships with Shipbuilding Yards (China, Korea, Japan) with the delivery of approximately 100 LNG carriers, including the Regas-LNGCs, Large and very Large LNGCs for Qatari Projects, etc.  As Director of Business Development, for almost four years he was in charge of the relationships with Shipowners, Charterers, Gas Companies, EPCs, Engineering Companies, Classification Societies, etc.

Mr. Bamik is currently a member of AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities), NAMEPA (North American Marine Environmental Protection Association), and Program Committee of the LNG X events, the largest international LNG event.  He is a frequent speaker and contributor to SGMF, SIGTTO, U.S. Coast Guard Senior Executive Forums, and other prominent industry events around the world.

In early 2017 Mr. Bamik was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for his advocacy of the safe, clean, and secure transport and use of liquefied gases within the maritime industry.

Mr. Bamik received his degree in Engineering from “Ecole Supérieure de l’Energie et des Matériaux” in France.

Session Chair: Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer serves as Manager of Energy Analysis & Standards at the American Gas Association, which represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver natural gas throughout the United States. Having joined AGA in 2010, Mr. Meyer’s responsibilities include policy and economic analysis to support the association’s outreach to advance awareness of the import role that natural gas utilities serve in meeting the needs of a clean energy economy. Mr. Meyer’s work relates to natural gas supply and demand fundamentals, residential and large-volume markets, greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related policy, and natural gas distributed generation technologies like combined heat and power. Prior to AGA, Mr. Meyer was a Senior Associate with ICF International in its Fuels and Technology group. There he worked on a range of natural gas and propane market modeling, analyses, and climate-related projects. He has a M.A. in Global Environmental Politics from American University and a M.S. in Physics from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Elizabeth Spomer

Ms. Spomer joined Jordan Cove LNG as President and Chief Executive Officer on November 3, 2014. She has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, having the majority of her career in the LNG industry. Ms. Spomer has extensive experience in commercial activities and developing new growth opportunities. Prior to joining Jordan Cove LNG, Ms. Spomer was Senior Vice President, Global Business Development with BG Group PLC. Ms. Spomer has also held senior leadership positions with BP and Amoco. Over Ms. Spomer’s career, she has been involved in LNG projects worldwide including LNG export projects in Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, Australia, Western Canada and the United States Gulf of Mexico and LNG import projects in the United States, China, Singapore and Chile. Betsy graduated with a B.A. in Economics and History as well as an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Session Chair: Vera de Gyarfas

Vera de Gyarfas is a Partner in the Global Transactions Practice Group at King & Spalding.  Ms. De Gyarfas’ practice is focused on energy projects in Africa and Latin America representing companies in upstream exploration and production projects, LNG and other gas projects, under joint ventures, profit sharing agreements, operating services agreements, EPC contracts, oilfield service contracts, LNG contracts as well as in mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. De Gyarfas’ expertise in LNG involves the negotiation and drafting of host government and other investment agreements, analysis of existing regulation and Government negotiations, LNG sales and purchase agreements, gas supply agreements and terminal usage agreements, among others.   

Session Chair: Inosi Nyatta

Inosi Nyatta is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Project Development & Finance practice and co-heads the Firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Group. She advises clients on a broad range of financing transactions, including project financings involving export credit agencies, bank lenders and capital markets offerings, with particular expertise in LNG projects in the United States and elsewhere worldwide.

As finance counsel to sponsors on major projects, Ms. Nyatta also has experience with drafting and negotiating the full spectrum of key commercial agreements along the entire LNG value chain, and with structuring and negotiating equity joint venture arrangements. Her recent experience includes advising on landmark project financings, including Cheniere Corpus Christi LNG, Cameron LNG and Australia Pacific LNG‎.

Keo Lukefahr

Ms. Keo Lukefahr is the General Manager of Natural Gas for PetroChina International (America), Inc., the America’s arm of PetroChina, a Forbes Global 10 company. 

Keo has worked in the energy industry for more than two decades.  She has served in senior trading roles in leading energy companies including PetroChina, BP, and Motiva.  Earlier in her career, Keo was a Principal at the strategy-consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton where she specialized in the Energy Sector.  Keo began her career as a crude and products trader for Cargill.

Keo holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Washington.  Prior to attending graduate school, Keo worked for the U.S. Peace Corps in Africa. 

CAPT Jason Smith

CAPT Jason Smith is the Detachment Chief for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) located in Port Arthur, TX. Here he supervises a team of liquefied gas subject matter experts who provide technical advice to both the industry and the Coast Guard, and increase and maintain the Coast Guard’s collective competency and capacity to professionally engage with the liquefied gas industry. Areas of specialty include vessels and facilities that transport or utilize liquefied gases.  Previously CAPT Smith has held numerous field and staff assignments specializing in marine safety, coastal security, and environmental compliance.  Later this summer, CAPT Smith will be reporting to Sector Corpus Christi as their Deputy Sector Commander and responsible for all Coast Guard missions from the Mexico Boarder to the Colorado River.  CAPT Smith received his active duty commission in 1996 after serving as an enlisted reservist for 3 years. He is a 1996 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland with a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and Reliability/Risk Engineering.

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