Takeshi SodaDirector - Oil & Gas DivisionMinistry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI)
Director - Oil & Gas Division
Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI)
Yoshimasa NakajimaMarketing Director - Ports & Harbours BureauMinistry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
Marketing Director - Ports & Harbours Bureau
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
Yoshimasa NAKAJIMA is the Marketing Director Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan.
He holds a Master of Public Policy from University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Civil Engineering from University of Tokyo.
He joined the MLIT of Japan in 2001, after his career as Deputy Director for law enforcement in Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance, and Director for International Policy in Ports and Harbors Bureau, MLIT, he was appointed as the Head of Kashima Port and Airport Office of Kanto regional Bureau, prior to his current appointment.
In his current capacity as Marketing Director, Ports and Harbors Bureau, MLIT, he coordinates hub port policies, including LNG bunkering.
Yukari Niwa Yamashita is the IAEE President for 2020 and she is a Board Member for the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) and Director, in Charge of the Energy Data and Modelling Center. She is responsible for quantitative and qualitative analyses on energy policy issues. In the aftermath of the tsunami and nuclear incident, her team’s analyses and recommendations contributed greatly to the electricity saving campaign and debate regarding a national energy mix for Japan. Annual IEEJ's Outlook is globally recognized for its timely analyses and pragmatic approach towards climate change.
Satoshi TanazawaExecutive Officer & Senior General Manager, Gas Resources DeptTokyo Gas
Executive Officer & Senior General Manager, Gas Resources Dept
Mr. Tanazawa has been assigned as Executive Officer, Senior General Manager of Gas Resources Department of Tokyo Gas and President of TOKYO LNG TANKER CO., LTD. since April 2019.
He has been working for Tokyo Gas for about 30 years since joining in 1990. He has various experiences mainly engaged in Production Department, Gas Resources Department and Power Business Department. Through his career, he has been involved substantial duties from the fields of a company’s overall strategies, including power business, LNG procurement and to the design and operation of LNG receiving terminals.
Toshi Nishizawa is Executive Officer, Senior Operating Officer, Optimization Department, in charge of LNG procurement of JERA. Toshi has been with JERA (and formerly TEPCO) for more than 30 years. Prior to taking the current role in May 2019 he was Managing Director of JERA Australia and affiliates in Perth, where he managed several LNG upstream companies and investments there. Throughout his career Toshi worked for various aspects of LNG businesses: numbers of long/short-term/spot procurement negotiations, LNG upstream businesses including the first participation in the history by TEPCO, and related JV/commercial/financial/corporate aspects. He has an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from University of Tokyo.
Nobuo Tanaka is President of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation as of April 1st, 2015. He had been a former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to August 2011. He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and has served in a number of high-ranking positions, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He was Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC. He has also served twice as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, OECD.
Ezhar Yazid Jaafar has been with PETRONAS for over 25 years. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of LNG Marketing & Trading as well as assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer of PETRONAS LNG Ltd (PLL). His current role requires him to direct and lead the successful implementation of the organizational philosophy, process and procedures in line with the company’s vision and mission and to ensure the company’s long term sustainability and continued value optimization in line with PETRONAS Global LNG aspiration.
An Electronics Engineer with a Masters in Marketing, he has over 20 years of experience in trading & marketing of energy commodities. He started his career in energy commodity trading with Crude Oil and Petroleum Products and further moved to LNG trading. He has worked with reputed multinational companies in the Oil & Gas sector and has an extensive track record in Crude Oil/LNG trading and has also worked on LNG terminal market development assignments. Since 2014 Manish heads the Origination, Trading and Marketing department at H-Energy which is responsible for LNG sourcing, downstream gas marketing, LNG shipping and commercial operations. He is additionally responsible for LNG chartering and corporate communication in the company.
Tetsuya FuruhataDirector General - Research and Analysis Department & Director - LNG information TeamJOGMEC
Director General - Research and Analysis Department & Director - LNG information Team
Tetsuya Furuhata joined former Japan National Oil Company, JNOC (now Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, JOGMEC) in 1990 and is currently Director General, Research and Analysis Department. He also leads the LNG information team which was newly established last year, in order to provide up-to-date information on global gas and LNG market. He has extensive experience in Washington D.C. office and Japanese trading company.
Tetsuya Furuhata is a graduate in economics from Hitotsubashi University and earned a masters degree in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania / Institut français du pétrole.
Masayuki HamamatsuDirector General - Oil & Gas Finance Department, Energy & Natural Resources Finance GroupJapan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Director General - Oil & Gas Finance Department, Energy & Natural Resources Finance Group
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Hiroshi HashimotoSenior Analyst - Head of Gas GroupThe Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Senior Analyst - Head of Gas Group
The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Hiroshi Hashimoto has been a Senior LNG / Natural Gas Analyst at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) in Tokyo since April 2010, after working on energy and natural gas issues for four years from 2006 at the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Prior to those, Hiroshi worked for Tokyo Gas for 20 years, assuming positions in LNG procurement (strategy, project development, and contracting), business development (infrastructure development), the New York Representative Office (liaison and research), and the Sodegaura LNG receiving terminal (LNG receiving, storing and sending-out operation management).
Tom EarlChief Commercial OfficerVenture Global LNG
Chief Commercial Officer
Venture Global LNG
Tom Earl is the Chief Commercial Officer of VG LNG Marketing, LLC. Tom previously served as Vice President at the international oil company Total, focusing on the development of its global LNG business.
After graduating from City University in London with a degree in Engineering, Tom joined Total’s newly formed gas marketing and trading team in 1998. After various responsibilities within the trading division of the newly combined Total, Elf and Petrofina operations, he managed the natural gas option desk and gas trading desk. Tom successfully led significant commercial negotiations on long-term gas and LNG contracts in countries such as Russia, Norway and Qatar.
In 2006, Tom was appointed Head of Electricity Trading at Total where he led a significant expansion into newly opened power markets across Europe. In 2011, Tom moved to Houston, where he was appointed as head of Total’s North America commodity trading business, including its LNG, gas, power, coal, petcoke and LPG operations. Tom also represented Total in its US LNG liquefaction transactions from 2012 to 2015.
In 2015, Tom was appointed Vice President of Development for Total’s global LNG activities. Tom led Total’s most recent and highly regarded global expansion into new LNG markets. This work has included innovative new LNG terminal projects and new downstream asset transactions across the world.
Mr. Kuroda spent more than 30 years at Mitsubishi Corporation’s Energy Business Group including assignments in NY, General Manager of Global Gas Unit in Tokyo, and SVP, Energy Business for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and CIS Region in London. He joined BG Group in January 2013 to open its Tokyo Office. He started working for Cheniere Marketing Ltd. in December 2016 being based in Tokyo mainly to support its LNG marketing activities and stakeholder engagements in Japan.
Atsushi ToriiGeneral Manager - Business Planning Section, Global Business Planning DepartmentTokyo Gas
General Manager - Business Planning Section, Global Business Planning Department
Sid Bambawale is LNG Trading Manager (Asia) at Vitol based in Singapore focused on the LNG trading in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Vitol, Sid worked in LNG trading and origination roles for over 12 years in roles at BP, Citi and Chevron. Prior to that Sid, worked with Goldman Sachs in Singapore and Tokyo in oil trading. Sid is an alumnus of St Stephen's College in Delhi, a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA in finance from London Business School.
Matt Morooka is the former chairman of the international Chamber of Shipping, taking the position in May 2012 and leaving the office in June 2016. He is currently president and Chief Executive Officer of the Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation, which was established in January 2016 and designated in March of the same year by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as the official investment and operating company for the ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki.
Born in Kitakyushu in Fukuoka prefecture, Morooka joined Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) in 1975 after graduating from Waseda University, where he studied Political Science and Economics.
Morooka served on NYK’s board of directors for seven years from 2005 to 2012, and he currently serves as an advisor to the president of NYK. During his years at the company, he rose to the position of Senior Managing Corporate Officer and served as Chief Executive of the company’s Technical Headquarters. After leaving the board of NYK, he took the position of President and CEO of NYK-Hinode Line, which was renamed NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NBP) in October 2013 after a merger with NYK Global Bulk (NGB). He served as President and CEO of NBP until March 2016.
Christopher J. Goncalves, chair and managing director of BRG’s Energy and Climate practice, has thirty years of international experience in the energy and financial industries. He provides energy industry and damages expert services for international energy arbitration and litigation matters for law firms and industry clients. He also advises industry and financial sector clients in the areas of business and commercial strategy, commercial negotiation, economic and market analysis, valuation, regulatory assessments, project development and financing, asset acquisitions and divestitures, climate change, and international carbon markets and pricing.
Richard Nelson is a partner in our Projects and Energy practice, based in the firm's Singapore office. Based in Singapore for over a decade, Richard regularly advises international oil and gas companies, host governments, project developers and sponsors in jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region. With extensive experience in the Asian energy field, Richard works with clients on energy-related transactions and projects, particularly in the upstream oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power sectors. He has counselled clients on large numbers of LNG import projects in the region and beyond.
Richard is currently ranked as a Band 1 Energy & Resources lawyer in Singapore and Asia-Pacific by the leading law directories, including Chambers and Legal 500. He has also been listed by the IFLR 1000 guide as a ‘leading lawyer’ in Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development, Banking, Project Finance and M&A. Chambers have commented in 2019, Asia Pacific Guide that ‘Richard Nelson is highly reputed for assisting clients with project financings and developments in the oil and gas, LNG and power sectors’ and he ‘continues to uphold his superb reputation for taking on complex, high-value LNG matters. He is especially well-versed in cross-border development and transactions in the space, with a wealth of offshore projects experience.’
Kenichi KonumaChief Manager, Head of Natural Resources Group I and II & Structured and Trade Finance Insurance DepartmentNEXI
Chief Manager, Head of Natural Resources Group I and II & Structured and Trade Finance Insurance Department
Alan TownsendSenior Industry SpecialistInternational Finance Corp. (IFC)
Senior Industry Specialist
International Finance Corp. (IFC)
Jun ArimaSenior Policy Fellow on Energy and Environment, ERIAProfessor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
Senior Policy Fellow on Energy and Environment, ERIA
Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
Education: University of Tokyo (graduated in 1982, Bachelor in Economics)
1982 Joined MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry)
1996-1999: Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD (Energy Advisor)
1999-2000: Director, Energy Efficiency Policy Coordination, New Energy Policy Coordination, Energy and Environment Office, ANRE (Agency of Natural Resources and Energy), MITI
2001-2002: Director, International Energy Strategy, ANRE/METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
2002-2006: Head, Country Studies Division, IEA (International Energy Agency)
2006-2007: Director, International Affairs Division, ANRE/METI
2007-2008: Counsellor, International Energy Negotiation, ANRE/METI
2008-2011: Deputy Director General for Global Environmental Affairs, METI
2011-2015: Director General, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) London
2015- : Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
Project Leader, 21st Century Public Policy Institute, Consulting Fellow Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR), Visiting Professor, International University of Japan, Senior Policy Fellow, Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Lead Author of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report.
His publication includes “Energy Policies of the IEA Countries” (2003-2006 editions), “Memoir of the Kyoto Protocol” (2014), “Truth of Global Warming Negotiation – Economic War on National Interests-“(2015), “Global Warming Countermeasures with Pragmatism – Paris Agreement and Thereafter” (2016), “Trump Risk – America First and Global Warming” (2017), “Policy Recommendations by the Quadripartite Commission on the Indian Ocean Regional Security” (Chapter 2) (2017 Sasakawa Peace Foundation), “Japan’s Energy Conundrum” (Chapter 11) (2018 Sasakawa Peace Foundation), “Finding a Viable Path for Reducing GHG Emissions2 (2019 King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC).
Robert heads Wood Mackenzie's APAC Gas and LNG research team. He joined Wood Mackenzie in 2018 with a focus on developing our Short Term outlook.
With a background in Trading and Analytics, he provides commercial insight into the short term gas and LNG Market, analysing price drivers and short term trends, as well has how market participants compete in the spot traded market. With strong understanding of market dynamics, Robert helps Wood Mackenzie draws relevant insight into how short term trends influence the long term outlook.
Robert joined Wood Mackenzie after 12 years at BP, where he led the Market Analytics team for BP Singapore LNG Trading. During his time at BP he also covered UK and European Gas markets, while on BP’s Gas Marketing Trading Book. Robert is an Chartered Management Accountant and holds a BSc in Mathematics and European Studies from Durham University, UK.
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