Rob Smith currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas for the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. He administers oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis, and natural gas regulation.
Most recently, Mr. Smith was the Chief of Staff for the Office of Fossil Energy. In this capacity, Mr. Smith assisted the Assistant Secretary with policy and management issues across the office’s research and development, energy security, and regulatory missions. Previously, Mr. Smith was the Director of Planning and Administration in the Office of Oil & Natural Gas.
Before joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Smith worked as a program analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a manager at Deloitte Consulting, and an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and completed a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
Guillermo Turrent holds a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM). He began his career in the public sector. First, at PMI Comercio Internacional; he then worked in PEMEX Gas where he was in charge of natural gas derivatives trading.
Nonetheless, Mr. Turrent has spent most of his career in the private sector, as trader of natural gas and power markets. He has been Senior VP and Managing Director in several firms in the United States including Shell, Sempra Energy, Constellation and Electricité de France Trading. His last position was as Director of Modernization at CFE where he oversaw the development of 16 natural gas pipelines, which account for investments of more than 23 billion USD. Currently, Mr. Turrent serves as CEO of the two marketing and trading arms of CFE: CFE International and CFEnergía.
Eduardo Maranhao is Chief Executive Officer of CELSE – Centrais Eletricas de Sergipe. CELSE is a joint venture company formed by Golar Power and EBRASIL and is currently developing the first integrated 1.5GW LNG-to-Power project in Brazil.
Eduardo has more than 15 years of experience in the infrastructure and Project Finance sectors. Prior to CELSE he was the CFO of Golar Power, and has also worked in the project finance teams of Lakeshore Partners, Banco Santander, Credit Agricole and Votorantim. Eduardo has graduated in business administration and has completed his post graduate studies with INSEAD in France.
Michiko Hirose is a manager of long term LNG Procurement of Tokyo Gas, which imports over 14 million tons of LNG per year. She is widely experienced in the project commercial negotiations, project implementations as well as facilitation of Joint Venture activities for the participation in the LNG projects.
In this capacity, Michiko is currently responsible for executing and maintaining existing contracts and searching for new procurement opportunities in the global LNG market. She is also responsible for optimisation of Tokyo Gas owned fleet of LNG Vessels. Michiko has worked for the company since 1996. Uniquely, she started her carrier as IT engineer designing backbone IT in-house systems; however 10 years ago she shifted her carrier to be involved in the LNG as a commercial manager supporting steady implementation of the upstream development for the LNG Projects in Australia.
She has also worked within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a researcher planning and implementing the foreign policy in relation to energy security of Japan.
Tokyo Gas is a leading gas utility company, and the second largest LNG importer of Japan. This expertise is enabling Tokyo Gas to supply gas and power to over 11 million customers with gas sales volume over 18.6 Bcm and electricity power sales volume over 11.0 B kWh. Tokyo Gas has the longest history of importing LNG which started from 1969 and currently owns and operates 4 LNG terminals, 4 power stations, and gas pipelines. Tokyo Gas Group is committed to provide a stable and reliable supply of natural gas to the customers to contribute to the energy security.
Industrial Civil Engineer and Master in Business Administration, both titles from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. With complementary studies in areas of Applied Economics, Project Evaluation, Energy Power Market and Oil & Gas Industry.
Professional with 20 years of working experience in business areas of power generation, transmission and trading companies, in Chile and Argentina. Wide expertise in the energy and natural gas markets in Latin America.
Since 2009, he has worked as Head of Gas & Fuels Latam of Enel Chile, responsible for the gas operations of the Enel group in Latin America. As a representative of Enel, he has participated in the origination, development and commercial operation of the LNG business in Chile, as manager of the all company´s business related to the Quintero LNG Terminal and also as a member of the board of the companies GNL Chile and GNL Quintero.
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Feygin joined Cheniere in March 2014 as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. Mr. Feygin currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Cheniere Partners and as a Director of Cheniere Holdings. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Feygin worked with Loews Corporation from November 2007 to March 2014, most recently as its Vice President, Energy Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining Loews, Mr. Feygin spent three years at Bank of America, most recently as Head of Global Commodity Strategy. Mr. Feygin began his banking career at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. as Senior Analyst, Natural Gas Pipelines and Distributors. Mr. Feygin earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU.
Carlos Wheelock leads LNG related matters for Vitol in the Americas. His responsibilities include supply sourcing, demand-side business development, and LNG related capital investments in the region. Prior to joining Vitol, Carlos served 8 years at Excelerate Energy (EE) as Vice President of Commercial Strategy where he headed up the commercial side for EE’s liquefaction business, and Senior Director of Trading & Optimization, where he helped to start EE’s commercial team; which traded over 7 million tons, optimized the company’s regasification assets, negotiated capacity and market access in the United States and the UK, and led deal valuation from 2009-2016.
Prior to joining Excelerate, Carlos was a Vice President at Citi and began his career at Enron. He has 16 years of experience working in global energy markets, marketing & trading, and project development. Carlos holds an MBA from Rice University’s Jones School of Management.
Alan Townsend has worked for the World Bank Group for 20 years. He is currently a senior industry specialist with IFC, supporting investments in LNG-to-power, renewables, and electricity T&D globally. He is trained in regulatory economics and has a deep understanding of power and gas markets, the LNG supply chain, and electricity generation and storage technologies. At IFC his work includes development of midstream gas and LNG infrastructure including that related to FSRUs and mid-scale LNG terminals.
Akos Losz is a senior research associate at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, where he focuses on global natural gas markets. Prior to joining Columbia, Akos was senior analyst at the New York office of Douglas-Westwood, a UK-based global energy consulting firm. Previously, he had worked in the Strategy team of MOL Group, a Hungary-based international energy company, and completed internships at CSIS, a leading Washington DC think tank, and at PFC Energy (now IHS Markit). Akos holds an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and completed undergraduate studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary.
Nick Bellamy is a Managing Director in the Energy & Infrastructure Group at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank where he leads a team that is responsible for origination, structuring, and execution of project finance transactions in the power and energy sectors. He has over 20 years of experience in banking and in addition to project finance has worked in leveraged finance and high-yield capital markets. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont.