Past Speakers


Ade Adeola

Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources

Standard Chartered Bank

Neil Palmer

Co-head of client solutions

Beacon Platform

Neil joined Beacon in 2016.  Prior to that he had twenty years' experience in a variety of front office quant and structuring roles - including at RWE Supply & Trading, Goldman Sachs, Constellation Energy, BP and Centrica.

Neil read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and has a Masters in Mathematical Trading and Finance from Cass Business School.

Jean-Marc Leroy

Senior Executive Vice President, External Relations


Since 13 April 2018, Jean-Marc Leroy is Senior Executive Vice-President for External Relations. His role is to promote a global smart energy system underpinned by a sustainable and well-balanced energy mix.

Prior to that, Jean-Marc Leroy was Managing Director for Gas Chain at ENGIE. Between January 2009 and July 2015 he was Chief Executive Officer of Storengy, the underground gas storage operator of ENGIE.

Jean-Marc started his career in 1980 at EDF-GDF Services. Between 1997 and 2004, he held several key positions at Gaz de France : President’s Chief of Staff, Secretary of the Board, Deputy Vice President for Strategy, Vice President for External Relations and Internal Communication. Between 2005 and 2009 he was in charge of underground gas storage and LNG regasification terminals at Gaz de France and subsequently GDF SUEZ.

Since November 2015, he is President of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), now in its second mandate. Previously, between 2008 and 2013, he held the position of the President of Gas Storage Europe (GSE), the storage column of GIE.

In December 2015, he became Board member of Global Gas Centre within the framework of the World Energy Council and in October 2018 he was elected at the IGU Executive Committee.

Jean-Marc Leroy is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GRDF.

Moreover, Jean-Marc Leroy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ENSEEIHT, an engineering school of Toulouse’s University gathering 1200 students and focusing on energy, environment and IT. 

Earl Burns

GM Crush + Fiber (GPTN; Ag Svcs & Oilseeds)


Earl Burns Jr. is principal for the BT Family Office.  Prior to that, through March 2020 he was general manager, Global Risk, Pricing & Enterprise Risk Management, for Phillips 66. He has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector serving in various operating, financial, trading and supply roles. Burns was previously manager, Americas Distillate Trading in the Commercial organization. Prior to that, he resided in London and held the role of manager, Crude Trading Europe, Africa and Russia for Phillips 66 Limited, where he was responsible for all crude trading and supply activities. He began his career with Mobil Oil Corporation in a variety of positions in the U.S., Africa and Latin America inclusive of financial trading, logistics and sales positions. Previously, Burns served as the crude trading manager for BP in Chicago as well as manager, Global Strategy and Commercial Development (Commercial Marine) at ConocoPhillips. Prior to his time at ConocoPhillips, Burns spent five years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge as Lieutenant.   

Earl is a proud member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC); the most elite organization advancing the cause of Black Executives globally, an active board member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Energy Oversight Committee, as well as being an incoming (2020) board member and director of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) Alumni Foundation.

Marco Scherer

Senior Vice President, Sales & Trading IT


Jason Tate

Chief Operating Officer European Gas & Power


Since joining BP in 2002, Jason has worked in various areas within BP’s chemical, natural gas, NGL and power businesses.  These include Business Development, Strategic Planning, Logistics, Systems Implementation, Project Management, Asset Optimization, Trading and Origination.  In his current role with the company, Jason has the responsibility for leading the commercial and operational activities associated with BP’s European gas and power business.

Prior to his recruitment by BP, Jason worked in various Risk Management and Industrial Development segments for CSX, a major railroad in the Eastern United States.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management/Business from Florida State University and attained his MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at De Paul University in Chicago.

Jason has served on committee’s for numerous transportation, biofuel and energy industry board’s and is active in national natural gas, power and environmental commodity organizations.  He is married with two daughters and one son and currently resides in London. 

Michael Haigh

Global head of commodities research

Societe Generale

Michael Haigh is Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Research for Société Générale and is based in NYC. For seven years in a row SG CIB has been voted by the industry as the Best Overall in Commodity Research in both Risk and Energy Risk, two highly respected publications dedicated to risk management, trading and regulation for the global commodity markets. Immediately prior to running the Global Commodities Research team, Haigh was Global Head of Commodities Research at Standard Chartered Bank, based in Singapore. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Haigh held the positions of Managing Director at K2 Advisors LLC, a Global Hedge Fund of Funds, where he focused on Commodity Research/Investing and also as Managing Director and US Head of Commodities Research and Strategy at Société Générale in NYC. Haigh also spent several years as the Associate Chief Economist at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Haigh began his career in academia and held a position as a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, US. Haigh has taught graduate (MBA) & undergraduate derivative courses at several universities including NYU Stern School of Business, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University and has supervised numerous Ph.D. dissertations on the commodity and financial markets. He has published numerous scholarly research papers on commodity and derivative markets in several leading journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Futures Markets and the Journal of Applied Econometrics. Michael holds a PhD in Economics with a minor in statistics from North Carolina State University.

Federico Tondi

Head of technology innovation


Henrik Specht

Director Risk Analysis and Deputy Chief Risk Officer


Next to being responsible for the centralized corporate commodity hedging process and validation of valuation and risk measurement models, Henrik’s department delivers methodological support to Risk Management and all relevant business functions. Additionally the enterprise wide risk management process is in scope for his function, ensuring the bottom-up assessment of all economic risks as well as providing a top-down portfolio view and the link between corporate risk profile and financial steering. Henrik has been working in various roles in energy economics, energy trading and risk management for more than two decades.

Daniel Norton

Head of Energy Supply Hedging


Daniel leads the team buying gas, electricity and renewable certificates for British Gas’ residential and business customers – the largest supply portfolio in the UK. He is responsible for complying with the obligations placed on UK energy retailers and reporting on the carbon intensity of the fuel mix. More than ever, he finds that this activity is driven by customers’ requirements for green energy supply and sourcing products to meet those needs.

Vincent Verbeke

Head of Energy Transition Services and Short Term Power


Jens Gobel

head of power and emissions trading

ENI Trading & Shipping

Jens Gobel started his career at Enron Capital & Trading in the Continental European Power desk in London in 1998. Eventually Jens served in various roles in Origination, Trading and Principal Investments at Enron’s offices in London, Houston and Frankfurt. In 2002 he joined Statkraft Markets in Germany as Head of Structuring and eventually assumed more commercial responsibility as Head of Origination for Western Europe, managing director of Statkraft’s Hungarian affiliate and “Prokurist” for Statkraft Markets GmbH.

In 2008 he joined the Leadership Team of Shell Energy Trading where he was responsible for Power Trading Development. After the merger with Shell Energy Europe Jens became Head of Structured Trading Power at the merged entity Shell Energy Europe. He also served on the Board of the Shell UK Pension trust company and served on its Investment Committee.

Since July 2013 Jens has been with eni Trading And Shipping in London and currently serves as Head of Power and Emissions Trading. Since June 2015 Jens has also been a Deputy Chairman on the EEX Exchange Council.


Jonas Nihoej

Director of Energy Trade

European Energy

Ben Archer

Head of risk management

Gazprom Energy

Ben is responsible for the overall Gazprom Energy Risk Framework. Ben joined Gazprom Marketing & Trading Retail Limited in 2013 as Retail Risk Manager and subsequently became Head of Risk of Gazprom Marketing & Trading Retail Limited. Prior to joining GM&T Ben was Head of Risk for Crown Commercial Services (Energy) and held numerous positions at Eon Energy Trading. Ben holds a BSc degree in Physics from the University of Loughborough, UK.

Joaquin Narro


Alcazar Investment Management

Dr Joaquin Narro, Managing Director, Alcazar Investment Management Ltd

Joaquin is an energy professional with experience encompassing investment management, quantitative analysis, risk management, business development and entrepreneurship:

  • 2012 – current: Managing Director, Alcazar Investment Management Ltd
  • 2009 – 2012: Head of Structured Trading, Vattenfall
  • 2005 – 2008: Co-founder, Head of Energy and Portfolio Manager, Cumulus Asset Management
  • 2003 – 2005: Senior Trader, Cross-Commodity Trading, Vattenfall
  • 2001 – 2002: Trader, Weather Arbitrage, Aquila Energy

Joaquin has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and a degree in Theoretical Physics.

Christoph Bilshausen

Head Origination Germany


Dario Ghazi

Head of Trading and Pricing

iSupply Energy

Dario is Head of Trading & Pricing at iSupply Energy (part of Vattenfall AB) where he is responsible for growing the Downstream trading operations function including: Power and Natural Gas residential demand hedging, Processes & Tools to improve hedging activities, Origination and continuously innovate a competitive retail Pricing Strategy. Previously Dario held positions of Structured Trading Manager and Head of Trading & Analytics at Petronas, and before that worked as Quantitative Analyst at Centrica's Asset Trading desk.

Ulrich Adamheit

Head of Business Risk Analysis


Ulrich Adamheit has 15 years’ experience in energy business, mainly in electricity Transmission topics (TSO), Corporate Strategy, Environmental Strategy and Environmental Risk Management, Corporate Sustainability and currently in Corporate Risk Management. He is German, lives with his wife and three children in Stockholm/Sweden, leading different international teams for many years. On the current job he provides independent oversight by delivering independent second opinions on Vattenfall’s business´s risk profiles and risk management activities and risk culture. Since 2019, Ulrich is member of the Board of Swedish Risk Management Association (SWERMA).

Richard Fullarton

Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Matilda Capital Management Ltd

Richard is founder and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Matilda Capital Management, a commodity derivatives fund manager specialising in relative value strategies in oil, products and natural gas. He previously worked at Glencore where he was a Senior Energy Derivatives Portfolio Manager and at Shell Trading London where he was the Team Leader Crude Oil Derivatives Trading for over thirteen years and instrumental in building the company’s global crude oil and product options trading business. He was educated in Australia

Etienne Amic



Etienne Amic is CEO of VAKT, a blockchain-based platform designed to streamline physical energy post-trade processes. He is also the Chairman and a co-founder of Vortexa, a cargo tracking and analytics company delivering market intelligence on crude oil and refined products trade in real-time. Etienne has over 20 years’ experience in commodities trading. He was Head of European Energy at Mercuria Energy Group. Before that, he was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and held a number of senior roles in trading, sales and principal investments over a period of 9 years at the bank. Prior to that, Etienne was the Global Head of Commodities at Credit Agricole CIB. Etienne started his career at TOTAL as a power and oil trader.
Etienne holds a M. Sc. In Quantum Physics and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, a M. Sc. In Financial Markets from Universite Paris Dauphine and M. Sc. in Engineering from Mines ParisTech. He is a former
student from Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris.

Harry Huang

Head of Gas, Power and Derivatives Trading

PetroChina International Co. Ltd

Harry Huang has over 20 years’ experience in the European energy industry. He is currently the Head of Trading for PetroChina International (London) Co. Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s trading in European physical gas and power as well as in all other energy derivatives including crude oil, refined products, carbon emissions and coal. Prior to joining PetroChina in 2013, Harry spent over 10 years with Statoil and held various positions in trading and structuring, including setting up their flexibility and options trading desk. His earlier career was with National Power PLC in the UK and TXU Europe Energy Trading in Switzerland where he had roles ranging from project management, analysis and risk management. Harry holds a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a PhD from Imperial College in London

Monica Caamano


Alcazar Investment Management

Dr Monica Caamano, Director, Alcazar Investment Management Ltd

Monica has been Head of Research at Alcazar Investment Management Ltd since 2012. She has experience in research and development of quantitative models (focussing on commodity markets); implementing proprietary derivatives trading strategies; Portfolio management including analysis, trading and execution as well as risk management. Monica has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and a degree in Physical Sciences.

Cédric Rashid

Senior Market Risk Analyst, Deputy Head

Axpo Group

Cédric is a senior market risk professional, currently acting as Deputy Head of Market Risk Management at Axpo Solutions. Having joined Axpo in 2016 to cover the market risk related to Axpo’s Western European Sales and Origination activities, he is now in charge of the market risk for Axpo’s Merchant Trading business.

Prior to joining Axpo, Cédric worked in Market Risk roles at Cargill and MET International covering various energy commodities. Cédric is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Computer Science.


Ahmed Mehdi

Visiting Research Fellow

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Ahmed Mehdi is Managing Director at Renaissance Energy Advisors, a leading energy advisory firm which works with trading houses, International Oil Companies (IOCs) and financial institutions across the energy value chain. He also serves as Principal at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, the world’s leading pricing agency dedicated to li-ion battery metals. He previously worked as an advisor to BHP Petroleum and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London. He also serves as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). He was educated at the University of Oxford (St Antonys College) and University College London (UCL). 

Chris Macaree

Senior sales manager

European Energy Exchange (EEX)

Chris is a senior sales manager at the European Energy Exchange (EEX). Chris has over 15 years of experience working in a variety of positions in Financial Companies. He is currently responsible for European based Hedge fund and other buy side client activity at EEX. Chris is focusing on innovative ways to build the financial investment side of EEX’s business, as well as forging strong working relationships with existing investors within the EEX framework.

Chris’ career started at U.S broker Lind Waldock & Co and has since seen him engaged in roles at, Goldman Sachs, Constellation Energy, EDF Trading and Societe Generale.

Tim Greenwood

Director of sales and managing director, exchange

European Energy Exchange (EEX)

Tim holds the roles of director of sales and managing director, exchange at the European Energy Exchange AG.

Tim has been working at the European Energy Exchange for the last 15 years in a number of client facing roles. In addition, he is also a member of the supervisory board of the PXE Power Exchange Central Europe. Tim’s speciality is in the power markets and the expansion of trading and clearing solutions to new market areas.

Tim was previously the managing director of the Global Environmental Exchange and also has extensive experience in emissions trading. Before that, he worked as a specialist for a boutique consultancy firm advising utilities on energy liberalization transition.

Tim is originally from the UK but has been living in Germany for the last 20 years and has Brexit-proof citizenship of both countries. He studied Economics at Sheffield and finished his MSc in Economics at Nottingham university. In addition, he completed the CFA Chartered Financial Analyst program and is currently an ADA fellow, a movement for the promotion of digital transformation in Germany.


Stella Farrington

Head of Content

Energy Risk

Stella Farrington has been writing about energy markets for 20 years, working at Futures World News and Dow Jones Newswires before moving to Energy Risk in 2004. She spent eight years as the editor of Energy Risk and the last six as a writer, before moving into her current role as Energy Risk’s head of content.

Anthony Baron


Eleven Recruitment

Anthony joined Eleven Recruitment (Oil Recruitment) in 2010 and was promoted to Director after years of success building strong client relationships and delivering exceptional service to candidates within the Supply & Trading sectors of Oil, LNG, Gas and Power. He leads our team of consultants and resourcers with a passionate, focused and pragmatic approach.
A graduate in European Marketing, Anthony has 10 years experience in recruitment and his areas of specialism include Senior Management / C suite, Origination, Trading, Quantitative Analytics, Scheduling and Physical Logistics.

Viviana Ciancibello

Senior Business Developer

European Power Derivatives

Fiona Jackson

Founder and CEO

Fiona Jackson Consulting Ltd

Rudi Colin

Head of Services to Renewables


In charge if the upstream origination activities in CWE countries for both subsidized and non-subsidized renewable assets

Sunil Krishnakumar

Senior Technical Adviser

International Chamber of Shipping

Matthew Joy

Senior product manager for energy & commodities