CERAWeek Innovation Agora at Energy Asia
Engineer, Climate Change Division
US Environmental Protection Agency and Global Methane Initiative
Director General, Hydrogen and CCS Project Department
Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC)
Director of the Subsurface Division of Hydrogen and CCS Project Department
Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC)
Aadrin Azly was appointed Vice President of Group Technology & Commercialisation (GT&C) in April 2023. Aadrin is responsible for leading GT&C towards seamlessly integrating technology and digital by delivering surety of core while pursuing growth through an integrated technology, digital and commercialisation ecosystem. Amongst his notable contributions are leading the delivery of PETRONAS Groupwide Digital Agenda at scale and pace as part of delivering techno-digital solutions for PETRONAS, apart from orchestrating its transformation journey, including establishing key Enterprise Building Blocks and putting in place the delivery engines in supporting the Group’s Digital Programmes.
Ahmad Kashfi Alwi, also known as Ash, is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background in startup ecosystem development, strategic partnerships, and stakeholder engagement. Currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Ecosystem Development at Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, Kashfi plays a crucial role in driving the organization’s growth and success via MYStartup—a capacity-building initiative supported by Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation. Kashfi spearheads this program, empowering and nurturing emerging startups by providing them with resources, mentorship, and guidance to accelerate their growth and success.
Prior to his role at Cradle Fund, Ash held significant positions at Axiata Digital, where he made notable contributions to the company. As the Director of Business Development, he fostered strategic partnerships and led product marketing. He also served as the Director of Regional Development, overseeing marketing and operations for Axiata Digital’s microinsurance business across multiple Southeast Asian markets. He holds an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Nottingham and currently pursuing his PhD with the same institution.
Ashwani has nearly 30 years of marketing and business development experience in the energy sector and has worked across Asia and Europe in various functional and leadership roles. He has contributed to the development of gas and power markets, enabling policies, and regulatory frameworks by leveraging his rich global experience. He is currently leading the green hydrogen and ammonia business for ACME Group as the President and Director based out of Dubai.
Prior to joining ACME, Ashwani was heading the global LNG marketing business for ADNOC, the national oil company of UAE. Previously, Ashwani has worked for ~20 years with Shell (and BG Group) and his last role was as the Country Head for Shell Energy India responsible for the Gas, LNG and Power businesses of Shell in India. He also worked with Reliance Industries and Thermax before joining Shell.
Ashwani holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Adam Bacon is the Region Executive for Asia Pacific with Bloom Energy. In this role, he spearheads the company’s business for the region, focusing on emerging hydrogen solutions, microgrids and fuel cell technology. Adam brings over three decades of experience in business development in the energy and industrial sectors, including extensive experience in deploying solutions to meet the energy challenges of the Australian and Asian markets. Before joining Bloom Energy, Adam worked with the likes of Jemena, Australian Industrial Energy (Australia’s first LNG Import Terminal) and held Senior Executive roles in General Electric. Adam is dedicated to delivering practical solutions to the global decarbonization challenges.
Andrew Meluch is an engineer with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Division. He provides technical support to Global Methane Initiative (GMI) oil and gas sector projects, and he also serves as a Vice Chair on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Gas. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University in 2016, and a master’s degree in sustainable engineering with an international development focus, also from Villanova University, in 2018. Prior to joining US EPA, Andrew served as a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) volunteer in Peru with the United States Peace Corps, working with rural communities to build their capacity to manage small-scale potable water supply systems.
Bob is presently the Head of Grid Technologies, Service, at Siemens Energy, overseeing the Asia Pacific region.
The division is one of the leading service providers in the world with a broad portfolio of innovative products and services to ensure the highest availability of assets covering transformers, substations, HVDC, grid access and more.
With over two decades of experience in the energy industry, he has demonstrated strong competencies and amassed extensive experience in the complete project life cycle, from acquisition to the implementation and service phases.
His expertise includes strong technical and commercial knowledge that can be readily transferred across multiple industries and disciplines.
Bob holds a Master’s in Electrical and Electronical Engineering from the Queen’s University Belfast.
Mr. Brad Crabtree is the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), where he leads and directs FECM’s research and development programs.
Mr. Crabtree brings nearly three decades of experience in energy and climate policy to his role as Assistant Secretary. Prior to coming to DOE, he served as Vice President for Carbon Management at the Great Plains Institute (GPI), where he cofounded and directed the Carbon Capture Coalition, which works to advance carbon management technologies to meet climate goals, create high-wage jobs, and support domestic energy and industrial production.
At GPI, Mr. Crabtree also helped launch the bipartisan State Carbon Capture Work Group to foster deployment of carbon capture and CO2 transport infrastructure, and he led GPI’s efforts to establish the Industrial Innovation Initiative aimed at decarbonizing key industries. Additionally, he co-directed Powering the Plains, a project that crafted a comprehensive 50-year regional blueprint for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and carbon capture.
Mr. Crabtree previously coordinated energy policy advisory groups for the Midwestern Governors Association and facilitated the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Advisory Group for six governors and the premier of Manitoba. He has also led multiple overseas delegations of U.S. policymakers and private sector leaders to examine other countries’ policies and experience in carbon management and renewable energy technology.
A North Dakota native, Mr. Crabtree is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and has an MA in history from Johns Hopkins University.
Damian is President and Chief Development Officer at 8 Rivers, whose technologies, projects, and business model innovations have raised over a $1B in capital and created >$2B in market-based value. Through his career he has developed an expertise in CCUS related project and technology development. Damian is also a member of the Board of Directors of NET Power. He was a co-author of the US National Petroleum Council’s comprehensive CCUS report Meeting the Dual Challenge A Roadmap to At-Scale Deployment of CCUS, which was commissioned by former US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. He has serval awarded and pending patents in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other fields. Prior to joining 8 Rivers, he started two companies for which he has been featured in Forbes (Forbes 30U30) and Fortune magazines, while also having received several entrepreneurial awards along the way. His work in field of chemistry related to the solar energy conversion and storage into hydrogen and electrochemical potential (batteries) has been published and/or featured in Nature Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, and C&E News. Damian holds a master’s in chemistry from The Ohio State University during which time he received the SciFinder Future Leader in Chemistry Award a division of the American Chemical Society and won the US DOE Clean Energy Business Plan Prize. His bachelor’s in chemistry was earned magna cum laude from Kent State University while a National Science Foundation scholar. In 2016 he received the Outstanding New Professional Award from his alma mater.
David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, an award-winning certified B Corporation revolutionizing agriculture through its vertical farms and innovative technology platform. On a mission to grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity, AeroFarms provides the perfect conditions for plants to thrive, taking agriculture to a new level of precision and food safety while achieving up to 390 times greater productivity compared to field farming and using up to 95% less water and zero pesticides. Through its proprietary technology platform, AeroFarms sells great-tasting leafy green products and has developed multi-year strategic partnerships with government and major Fortune 500 companies to help uniquely solve agriculture supply chain needs.
AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, listed on Fast Company’s 2019 list of Most Innovative Companies and featured on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies. AeroFarms received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and ranked number one on the 2020 FoodTech 500 list, which highlighted global entrepreneurial talent at the intersection between food, technology, and sustainability. AeroFarms received the inaugural Global Sustainable Development Goal Award for Zero Hunger, was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 2019 Best Inventions, and received The Ethical Corporation’s 2020 Responsible Business Award in Sustainable Innovation.
David dedicates his time to several local and international organizations. As a member of the World Economic Forum, David co-founded and co-chaired the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce and was a member of the World Economic Forum Global IoT Council. David was also a member of the U.S. delegation to the B20 Sustainable Food System Taskforce, which advises the G20. In addition, David serves as Chairman of the Board of The EVERY Company, the leader in non-animal based egg proteins, manufactured through precision fermentation. He is also on the Board of Directors of Aspire, the world leader in insect proteins, and also serves as a Managing Trustee of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center, a prominent U.S. interactive science museum. David is a mentor at Endeavor, as well, where he helps impact entrepreneurs. David is the founder of Hycrete, a nano-technology company that he led between 2002 and 2009. David was previously an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business where he taught Entrepreneurial Finance, and was privileged to co-chair New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Agriculture Transition Committee in 2017.
David was honored by the Liberty Science Center as a 2019 Genius Innovator and recognized as Ernst & Young’s (NJ) Entrepreneur of the Year (Food and Beverage). He was named the 2021 3BL Media Responsible CEO of the Year for a Public Benefit Corporation and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at Goldman Sachs’ 2019 Annual Builders and Innovators Summit. In 2008, the World Economic Forum recognized David as Technology Pioneer for his nanotechnology company and in 2010 as a Young Global Leader.
David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup and represented the NYAC, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals.
Demosthenis Pafitis started his SLB career in 1991, initially working in research and engineering in the UK and US. In 2000, that work led to his assuming responsibility for the marketing and technology introduction of SLB’s rotary steerable systems and directional drilling services. From there, he held various research management positions before becoming vice president of engineering for oilfield services in 2007. In 2012, he became geomarket manager for Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines, further broadening his international experience.
After a stint as senior vice president of SLB’s Technology 4.0 platforms, Demosthenis was elevated to chief technology officer in 2020, where he continues to serve today. In this role, he’s responsible for SLB’s new technology development, digital technology development, and manufacturing groups.
Demosthenis has a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of London, and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer in the UK.
Dr. Sai is the Founder & CEO of Ever AI Technologies. He received a Ph.D in Signal Processing and Machine Learning from the University of Malaya, and degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Dr. Sai’s expertise extends beyond academia to corporate strategy and AI transformation. He is an experienced professional in integrating AI and machine learning technologies into operations to achieve business objectives.
Eric KOENIG is the Schneider Electric Global Strategy Vice President for Energies and Chemicals Segment.
He holds master’s degrees in Automation and Business Administration from the INPL University (France). After developing an IT/OT startup, he joined Schneider Electric in 1989, gathering broad industrial automation and energy management systems experience.
He is involved in several strategic moves and in developing Decarbonization and Sustainability roadmaps for Energies and Chemicals.
With more than 30 years of professional experience in: strategy, marketing, Business development. Eric KOENIG is driving Schneider Electric Energies and Chemicals segment strategy at global level, while helping customers in their digital transformation and energy transition. He is based out of Grenoble – France.
Huzaifah is a software developer turned tech entrepreneur.
He accumulated over 6 years in the startup and software industry, recently made an exit by selling his e-commerce SaaS startup, StoreUp, in 2022.
He engaged in extensive collaborations in 2021 with the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) and Ministry of Entrepreneur Development & Cooperatives (MEDAC) to advance digital transformation for Malaysian SMEs.
He has earned recognition as Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Entrepreneurial Fellow and won various startup competitions such as SAY ASPIRE, SUPERB TERAJU 2019, and MTDC’s Road2Growth 2019.
He is also a speaker at tech entrepreneurship forums both in Malaysia and globally, including programmes at Universiti Sains Malaysia and the JEBAC World Conference in Indonesia.
From 2023, he is committed to accelerate sustainability through software at Eversustain, a software architecture for carbon accounting.
Shan’s career with Grid System Operator (GSO) has spanned over three decades during which he has experienced various aspects of grid system operations and management be it generation dispatch, network management and real-time system operations. In 2018, he became the head of GSO and led GSO through the ever-changing landscape of the Malaysian Energy Supply Industry (MESI) with the calls for energy transition from conventional resources to a more sustainable renewable energy. His current responsibilities encompass power system operation, study, operational planning and management of the real time peninsular Malaysia grid system. For a safe, reliable and economical Peninsular Malaysia Grid System.
A professional engineer offering vast and diverse experience in renewable energy business development, asset management, short term electricity generation planning, long term generation expansion planning, design, installation, testing, commissioning and operations of a District Cooling System with Thermal Energy Storage, Landfill Gas Renewable Energy Power Generation and Energy Audit. Familiar with the Incentive Based Regulation structure and depth knowledge of the Malaysian Electricity Supply Industry (MESI)
Obtained MBA from University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) with General Certificate of Management from Melbourne Business School in 2016.
Graduated from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) in year 2000.
Completed Secondary Education from Sekolah Menengah Sains Machang, Kelantan in year 1994.
Incorporated TNB Renewables Sdn. Bhd. in 2018 as the Managing Director until now.
Hakim is the Chief Strategy Officer at SOLS Energy, a renewable energy company backed by PETRONAS. With a background in advertising and communication, he has immersed himself in diverse industries, including branding, production, technology development, training, and social impact. At SOLS Energy, Hakim leads edge projects focused on solar financing and drives company-wide change management.
Hakim’s expertise lies in product development, complementary business models, and leveraging technology for impact. He combines his experience and skills to make solar energy more accessible and affordable. His passion for social impact ensures that SOLS Energy’s endeavors align with sustainability goals and positively impact local communities.
Beyond his role at SOLS Energy, Hakim is passionate about and actively involved in energy transition work with Indigenous people in Malaysia. He advocates for businesses to address societal challenges and foster sustainable development.
With an unwavering commitment to a low carbon future, Hakim spearheads change and innovation in small and medium scale renewable energy. His multidimensional background and dedication inspire others to embrace small scale solar’s potential and work towards a cleaner, more just energy transition.
As Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Worlds, Jeremy works with organizations to realize their automation plans. He specializes in creating and delivering transformation services and focuses on improving operating efficiency, including revenues, workflows, security, and safety. He has partnered with world-class companies, including Petronas, TM-ONE, NTT Data, and PCCW, to implement comprehensive digital transformation programs across the Asia Pacific region. Jeremy has extensive experience applying Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twins to diverse use cases in the Energy industry.
Based in Malaysia, Jeremy has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Bath University (UK) and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Jerome Saniez has been appointed as the General Manager and Country Chair for TotalEnergies in Brunei on the 07th of June 2021.
Jerome has 21 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. He started his career with TotalEnergies in 2002 holding various positions as a Reservoir Engineer assigned in France, United Kingdom and Argentina between 2002 and 2012. He was the engineering manager from 2012 until 2015 for Middle East affiliates of UAE, Oman, Iraq and Syria. In 2015, Jerome became head of the strategic long-term plan for the Exploration and Production branch in the Head Office. In 2018, he took the responsibility of project financing various major energy projects including Mozambique LNG.
Jerome was born in France and is married with three children. He graduated with a Master of Science in General Engineering in 2003 from Ecole Centrale Paris, and Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering and Project Development in 2004 from the IFP-School. Jerome enjoys outdoor activity such as jogging, hiking and mountaineering. He is also a trumpet player.
Johan de Villiers is currently serving as Senior Vice President, Global Energy Accounts. Johan and his team help the major energy companies around the world to develop, produce and operate sustainably, safely and efficiently. This includes the deployment of technology that enables and accelerates the energy transition.
Johan initially gained practical experience in engineering, manufacturing and project management, followed by various business leadership roles which helped him develop his business and management skills. These roles included full profit and loss business roles as well as country leadership roles, and took him from South Africa to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He worked across a range of business areas, such as power grids, process automation, industrial digitalization, e-mobility, and robotics.
Prior to his current role Johan was Senior Vice-President – Oil, Gas and Offshore Wind. Johan has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, as well as a Master degree in Business Administration.
Jon is the primary driver of growth opportunities for Storegga, leading new ventures activities focused on both organic (ground floor) and inorganic (M&A) growth. He has been closely involved in the successful growth of the company’s portfolio in the US, NW Europe and SE Asia. He joined Storegga in early 2021.
Most of Jon’s 30+ years in the energy business have been in investment banking, where he worked in M&A&D at ABN Amro, Harrison Lovegrove (including three years based in Perth, Australia) and Standard Chartered Bank. In that time he has led or been involved in the successful completion of around 40 transactions globally, totalling some $20 billion. After ten years as an MD at Standard Chartered, he left to lead IHS Markit’s EMEA Upstream consulting team.
Jon began his career as a petroleum engineer working for BG E&P, mainly in the UK, before joining Hardy Oil and Gas to acquire a more international flavour (India, Australia, Pakistan). After a succession of mergers, he left British-Borneo to join ABN Amro in 2000, commencing his career in corporate finance.
Jon graduated with a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge University. He lives in London with his wife and three daughters.
MIYOSHI Keisuke is a Director General of Hydrogen and CCS Project Department, Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC).
27 years of experience in oil and gas industry included process engineering, assessment and development of oil and gas fields, and researches and development (R&D) related to new technologies. Was involved as process engineer in EPC of grass-roots refineries, gas processing, LNG and GTL, and as project engineer in East Siberia E&P and offshore development (FPSO) in Malaysia.
Recently, his work focused specifically on the carbon neutral issue, such as clean fuel ammonia and green fuel value chain surveys from Australia, Middle East, Southeast Asia to Japan.
Mr. Kartik Hajela, Co-Founder and the COO at Log9, describes India as a Disneyland of Opportunities, and his experiences during and after graduation bear witness to the enjoyment he has had on the rides. Kartik, a Forbes U30 Asia honoree and BW Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 Awardee, embodies passion, perseverance, and a never-ending quest for the next challenge. As an investor and mentor to several growing startups, he takes pride in contributing to India’s evolving startup ecosystem.
Kartik leads Log9’s product and business divisions, as well as some of the company’s most critical partnerships. Kartik was introduced to the concept of Economic, Social, and Environmental bottom line during his tenure with ITC, and it has since become his guiding principles for Log9 and any other startup with which he has been associated. He looks up to Log9 with a promise to put India on the global map in the deep-tech space and a commitment to carbon-neutral logistics and automotive. He envisions Log9 as a model for future entrepreneurs to emulate, think and innovate outside the realm of the digital, thereby establishing the ecosystem required.
A journey that started as a novice entrepreneur has today led Kartik to mentor multiple startups across diverse sectors like O2O commerce, food tech, recycling, and drone technology. Kartik, as a leader, continues to believe in hands-on leadership and defies the definition of an arm-chair general. He is a firm believer that India’s startup ecosystem is poised for growth and that the coming years will see an increase in innovation and first-principle thinking that will pave the way forward.
Kartik prefers to spend his personal time searching for the next big thing and thus invests his time decrypting ventures and ideas, which has also led him to stay out of the conventional paradigms of fun. Kartik, a voracious reader, wears his affection for India on his sleeve and has taken it upon himself to leave a world that is better than it is today.
Kamarul is the Founder and Group CEO of Aerodyne Group, a Malaysian-founded drone solutions provider ranked first in the world by Drone Industry Insights of Germany. He led Aerodyne from a 3-person start-up in 2014 to a global company with a presence in 35 countries in just 6 years.
Kamarul is the “EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2020”, “EY Technology Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 Malaysia”, “Technode Global’s Startup Leader of the Year 2021”, and “SEBA Entrepreneur of the Year 2020”. He also holds many distinguished positions; member of the Economic Action Council, the Digital Economy and 4IR Policy Council, the Bumiputera Prosperity Council, the Board of Directors of Bank Negara Malaysia and Forbes Councils.
He is a TEDx speaker, and a drone industry thought leader who has presented his ideas and innovations on AI, drones, and Industry 4.0 around the world. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University Putra Malaysia and Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor.
Kamarul is a thinker and futurist with a deep passion for human history, astronomy, theoretical physics, and technology. A nonconformist, he often ponders how the technology of the future will advance humanity towards equality and freedom. He is a seasoned traveller who has visited over 100 countries and flown his personal drones in places such as the Russian steppes, Iceland’s glaciers and lava fields, the European alps, the Himalayas, America, South Africa, Nigeria, Sudan, Japan, Australia, and more.
Lavindar Singh is a visionary Techie and a leading advocate for the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) in the quest for sustainable energy consumption. With a deep understanding of the potential of AI and IoT technologies, Lavindar is working on revolutionizing the Ai and IoT industry to develop cutting-edge solutions that monitor and reduce energy consumption.
With over a decade of experience in IoT, Ai, Telecommunication and RnD, Lavindar Singh has been instrumental in deploying AI and IoT solutions to tackle the challenges of energy consumption. As the founder of Satok Bridge Digital Sdn Bhd, a pioneering technology firm, Lavindar is leading numerous projects across industries, empowering organizations to optimize their energy usage and reduce their carbon footprint with the latest technology.
Lavindar’s expertise lies in leveraging AI algorithms and IoT sensors to gather real-time data on energy consumption patterns. By analyzing this data, he has developed innovative strategies that identify energy wastage and offer actionable insights for energy reduction.
Mani Vajipeyajula is the Co-Founder and CEO of Banyan Nation, a globally recognized plastics recycling company based out of Hyderabad, India. Through Banyan Nation, Mani and his team working towards increasing the adoption of recycled plastics in mainstream products and packaging. In the past 12 months, top FMCG companies in India made over 350 million shampoo, lotion, and home care bottles from Banyan’s recycled plastic.
Prior to Banyan Nation, Mani was with Qualcomm Inc., in California working on mobile technologies for Apple iPad and iPhone product lines. Mani holds dual MBAs from UC Berkeley (Haas) and Columbia Business Schools; an MS Electrical Engineering Degree from University of Delaware; BTech Electrical Engineering Degree from NIT, Warangal.
Martin White is senior vice president of the Asia Pacific region at Halliburton. In this role, he oversees operations and is responsible for the region’s management and strategic leadership. Previously, he served as region vice president for Europe, Eurasia and Sub Saharan Africa (EESSA).
Mr. White joined Halliburton in 1996 as a drilling fluids engineer with the Baroid product service line. Since then, he has progressed through various operational, business development and management roles for the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Aberdeen and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He is a 2014 graduate of the Halliburton President’s Leadership Excellence Program.
Mr. White is passionate about sustainable energy and is a founding member of the Geothermal Energy Advancement Association in the United Kingdom.
Mark is a methane scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), specializing in measurement-based approaches to quantify emissions. He has over a decade’s experience using data from satellites, aircraft and ground-based instruments to determine the location and magnitude of emissions. His published work has been instrumental in explaining changes in global trends of methane and has shown the value of atmospheric measurement data for validating national inventory reports and emission reductions. Mark currently works on EDF methane science projects in Malaysia, Japan and South Korea and acts as a Science Advisor to the UN Environment Program’s International Methane Emissions Observatory. In this role he works alongside measurement scientists to conduct novel research that fills knowledge gaps in methane emissions from different source sectors in countries including Australia and Oman. Mark holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, UK and a MSci from the University of Cambridge.
Nina Marie Hernandez is the Chief Executive Officer of Iraya Energies, a software development and Petronas Technology Ventures investee company with proven track record in combining upstream and engineering expertise, with the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques, to make the valuable information from unstructured data accessible, usable and actionable.
Nina founded Iraya Energies to push the boundaries of how machines can help humans in Reading the Earth better, and support balanced industry decision-making across energy transition-critical industries: Earth, Energy, Environment and Engineering. With the fast-paced development in artificial intelligence, particularly in generative AI, she is an advocate of sustainability and governance in AI and its ethical use.
In her 20 years of experience in the energy sector, Nina has held multiple technical and management roles in areas of upstream, engineering, software development, and capacity and alliance building.
Nina Marie Hernandez has executive education from INSEAD Business School in France, and earned her Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of the Philippines.
Ir Hafeeza is a registered IChemE Chartered and BEM Professional Engineer, with more than 18 years of working experience. She is the specialist in Liquefaction Technology and have undertaken various operations improvement, troubleshooting of LNG facilities, process safety review and many conceptual designs of existing LNG plant change and LNG and Gas related project works. She also has vast experience in plant performance monitoring using predictive tool for anomaly detection and enhancement of gas turbine loading control monitoring for better availability.
She joined Gas & LNG section under Group Technical Solutions of PD&T in Kuala Lumpur in Year 2019 for the role of spearheading the delivery of Technical solutions, providing and upholding governance and assurance through PETRONAS Technical specifications, technology development and maturation in supporting transition towards Zero Carbon. Being in the Central Expert Team as Principal Engineer (Liquefaction), she is actively involved in digital analytics solutioning for LNG application focusing on energy efficiency improvement.
Pankaj is a tech entrepreneur and a former scientist from IIT-Delhi, with over 20 years of experience across building start-ups, fundraising, forging strategic alliances, and policy frameworking. He has an illustrious track record of found and/or working on biotech start-ups in the areas of drug discovery, nano-medicince and computational biology.
In the past, he has worked closely with the Planning Commission of India, and has also been closely associated with various government bodies on developing policy frameworks around biotechnology and nanotechnology.
At Log9, Pankaj is responsible towards forming partnership and alliances, government policy frameworking advocacy, strategic planning and leading the people function at Log9.
Scott Sanderson is a Director in AWS’ global Energy & Utilities business, where he leads development activities in energy-specific cloud-based solutions. He has been an Energy professional for over 30 years, working in Nuclear Energy, and Upstream and Downstream Oil and Gas. He spent 18 years, including ten as an Partner in Deloitte Consulting’s Energy Practice, was an Independent Operator (six different assets both onshore and marine), and an Energy Merger and Acquisition Investment Banker. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Susanto Irwan is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Engineering at Xage. He leads all research and development efforts to build the Xage Fabric, a cybersecurity mesh platform that is used by major industrial organizations to protect critical infrastructure. Previously, he was at Shape Security (acquired by F5) as a key engineering leader to build large scale cyber defense systems to protect against malicious automated cyber-attacks on web and mobile applications. Susanto played a key role at Shape Security to innovate and scale the cyber defense capabilities to protect major retailers, financial institutions, airlines, and government agencies. Before Shape Security, he was the first engineer hired at Arxan Technologies (acquired by TA Associates), leading the development of Arxan’s flagship products to secure applications against tampering and reverse engineering on desktop, mobile, and embedded systems. Susanto holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Purdue University.
Tejpreet S. Chopra is the Founder & CEO of Bharat Light & Power Group (BLP). BLP is one of the leading clean energy generation (IPP) and technology companies in India. BLP has 3 companies in the group. The first focuses on developing, owning, and operating utility scale wind and solar farms. The second is an investment vehicle in partnership with AP Moller Capital focused on responsibly investing in infrastructure assets in India with a primary focus on transport, energy and digital infrastructure sectors. The third group company, “Industry.AI” is an Enterprise AI and Industrial IoT software product company. It provides end to end monitoring, reporting and advanced analytics that improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability across industries including manufacturing, infrastructure, energy, steel, auto, oil & gas etc. The BLP Group has had joint ventures with the Italian utility, Enel Green Power, and the Norwegian utility, Statkraft.
Tejpreet’s 22 years of global management and finance experience was gained in various business roles held in France, England, Hong Kong, India and USA, of which over 14 years were at General Electric.
Until 2010, Tejpreet was the President & CEO of General Electric in India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, and was responsible for directing GE’s strategies for growth in these countries.
Prior to that, Tejpreet served as President & CEO of GE Capital (Commercial Finance) in India, where he successfully restructured and expanded the business, thereby establishing GE Commercial Finance as one of the premier financial institutions in India.
Since joining GE in 1996, he has held positions in marketing, structured finance and risk management, in Stamford and Hong Kong for GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). In 2005, he moved from the unit’s headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, to open GECAS’s office in Delhi. As Senior Vice-President and Country Head India for GECAS, Tejpreet arranged over US$1 billion in financing for India’s growing airline industry.
At present, he is an Independent Director on the board of SRF Limited, the Anand Group (top 5 Automotive Component Groups in India), IEX (Indian Energy Exchange), Tube Investments of India (Murugappa Group) and Chairman of the board of APM Terminals Pipavav port (A.P. Møller – Maersk A/S group). He is also on the board of the World Economic Forum Foundation (WEF) for YGL’s; and the London based global philanthropic organization, the Clean Air Fund. Tejpreet was recently nominated to the Board of Governors of the Lawrence School, Sanawar. He is the National Skill Development Corporation (Govt of India and Indian Industry initiative) Nominee Director on the Board of the Power Sector Skill Council.
Tejpreet is involved in various industry associations. He is a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), was the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM), and was on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). He is a member of the Council of Management of the All India Management Association (AIMA). Tejpreet was appointed the Co- Chair of the World Economic Forum’s, Global Future Council (GFC) on Advanced Energy Technologies, the Stewardship Board on the Future of Energy, and is a member of WEFs CEO group on Advanced Manufacturing. He is a participant of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Cornell University Council. He is also an Aspen Institute Fellow, a part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2010. Tejpreet has also spoken at several international conferences, including Asia Society’s CEO Forum Series in New York and LA, the Economist’s India Business Summit in London, the Wharton India Economic Forum, the Harvard Business School India Conference, and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
He graduated from The Lawrence School, Sanawar. Tejpreet holds an MBA degree from Cornell University, a B.A. Honors degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and attended an executive program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He enjoys sports and music – and was a national level swimmer.
Takashi Akai is the director of the Subsurface Division of Hydrogen and CCS Project Department in Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC). He has 15 years of experience in JOGMEC as a reservoir engineer. He received his Ph degree in Earth Science and Engineering from Imperial College London in 2020. His current role is to promote an energy transition to a carbon-neutral society using subsurface related GHG reduction solutions such as CCS and CCUS. His team is currently dealing with several emerging CCS and CCUS projects in the domestic, Australian, and Southeast Asia regions in collaboration with Japanese companies.
Tanah Sullivan is the Group Head of Sustainability at GoTo and leads its environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts across Gojek, GoTo Financial and Tokopedia.
Before GoTo, Tanah was at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, where she led partnerships for a range of sustainability-focused initiatives in ASEAN and globally. She led the Forum’s efforts on issues such as energy transition, circular economy, food security, gender equality, deforestation and financial inclusion, among others.
Previously, Tanah held various public sector roles with the Canadian and Australian governments, covering international security, development, natural resource security as well as foreign trade and investment.
Tanah holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bond University and a Master of Political Economy from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Uli is the CTO of Shizen International and leads on all technical aspects of international projects and contributes to domestic projects with an international element.
In his first role at Shizen, Uli built up the technical asset management and owners engineering capabilities for large PV power plants in Japan. Later he joined the international team to cover all technical matters for PV, wind and storage projects outside of Japan. Since January 2023 Uli relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he was appointed as CEO of Shizen Malaysia, the regional headquarter of Shizen International in Southeast Asia.
He began his professional career as a Project Engineer for Swiss digital X-Ray systems, building up a technical team for a new production facility in China. Later he joined Schaeffler Technologies as a Business Development Manager of Transmission components for the Asian Market.
He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany in 2008 and his Ph.D. in Wind Engineering from Kyushu University, Japan in 2017. Uli likes to be outdoors, especially in the mountains and ocean. He grew up living off the grid for 10 years and enjoys inspirations from permaculture.
Wen-Bin Qian is Vice President of Business Development APAC for Clean Hydrogen and is based in Singapore.
Mr. Qian joined Linde in 2005 as Director of Business Development in Germany, China and Singapore, focusing on large onsite investment projects. In 2014 he was appointed to lead Linde’s industrial gas investments in China and was later on named Vice President of Business Development for Linde’s industrial gas investments in ASEAN, India and South Pacific in 2015. Prior to joining Linde, Mr. Qian worked as a Proposal Manager for Foster Wheeler (now Wood), in Singapore.
Mr. Qian holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University in China.
Yatin Premchand is managing director, global advisory for Black & Veatch in Asia Pacific. As a strategic specialist, he guides private and public sector infrastructure investments, and the development and implementation of decarbonization pathways, strategies, technologies, and projects. At Black & Veatch, Yatin has been involved in the commercialization of several major gas to power projects across the region, more than 40GW of sustainable energy and conventional power development, the formation of technical and financial mechanism to repurpose coal plants, and regularly advises developers and large industrial companies on the development of green and blue hydrogen projects and other emerging decarbonization strategies.
Yatin offers over two decades years of experience in consultative business development, commercialization, strategic advisory, planning, and scale-up of solutions across zero-emissions vehicles, renewables, green fuels, waste, water, green buildings, agritech, environmental and climate mitigation and adaptation. He also brings a keen understanding of related global policy and regulation, and how decarbonization and sustainability solutions can be monetized and come into function.
Ying Ying has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector. Her focus in Standard Chartered covers key decarbonisation solutions such as CCS and hydrogen. She also plays an active role in carbon market development.
Prior to the bank, Ying Ying worked with Mitsubishi Corporation on LNG value chain investment. She was also a core team member of NextGen CDR Facility, a joint effort between South Pole and Mitsubishi which aims to scale up carbon removal technologies and catalyze the market for high-quality carbon removals.
Ying Ying completed Climate Change Management & Finance in Imperial College in 2021. She draws track record from MENA, ASEAN and Greater China with local experience in Singapore, London and Beijing.
Dr. Azmi Hassan is currently a GeoStrategist and Senior Fellow at Nusantara Academy for Strategic Research NASR. He subscribed to the notion that a good and sound public policy can be crafted by understanding the scientific and engineering underpinning attached to the issue. He has conducted numerous research and consultant works and his recent works include The Angkasawan Malaysia Program that evaluates the benefit of sending the first Angkasawan to the International Space Station (ISS). He writes for the mainstream media of The New Straits Times, Berita Harian and more recently Utusan Malaysia opined about defense, strategic and geopolitics. Azmi is the owner of patent 6052082 issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office that deals with algorithms that can be employed to mitigate the U.S. Pentagon’s GPS Anti-Spoofing policy. The patent is part of Azmi’s Ph.D dissertation from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Dr. Naoko Ishii is a professor and executive vice president at the University of Tokyo, where she is also an inaugural director for the Center for Global Commons, of which mission is to catalyze systems change so that humans can achieve sustainable development within planetary boundaries. She is of a view that academia can and should play an active role in mobilizing movements with policymakers, business and civil society towards a shared goal of nurturing stewardship of the global commons; stable and resilient planetary earth system.
Before joining the university in 2020, Dr. Ishii served the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as CEO and chairperson. During her tenure of 2012 to 2020, she formed GEF’s first mid-term strategy, GEF 2020, focusing on the transformation of key economic systems and collaborating with multi-stakeholder coalitions. She holds a B.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in international development, both from the University of Tokyo. She published several books among which two are awarded by academic prizes.
James Allison is Chief Technical Officer of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. Why did James want to work in Formula One? “It was a great alternative to growing up and getting a proper job.” With that answer, it seems inevitable that James would end up in motorsport.
His motorsport career started in 1991, when he joined the Benetton F1 Team as a Junior Aerodynamic Designer immediately after graduating from the University of Cambridge.
Just two years later, James was appointed Head of Aerodynamics for the small Larrouse F1 squad. Sadly, the cash-strapped team struggled for results and James returned to Benetton as an Aerodynamic Designer. Success soon followed, as James celebrated Michael Schumacher’s Drivers’ Championship success in 1994, with Schumacher and Benetton claiming the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles the following year.
James was promoted to Head of Aerodynamics in 1997 and, just two years later, swapped Enstone for Maranello and the new position of Trackside Aerodynamicist with Scuderia Ferrari, playing an important role in a period of unprecedented success, as the team won six Constructors’ Championships between 1999 and 2004.
After six years in Italy, James returned to the United Kingdom and a familiar home at Enstone, now under the Renault name, taking on the role of Deputy Technical Director. With young Spaniard Fernando Alonso at the wheel, Renault were the team to beat – taking top honours in the Constructors’ Championship in 2005 and 2006.
James was promoted to Technical Director in 2009 and remained with the team as it transitioned to Lotus Renault and later Lotus F1 Team, fighting back to the top step of the podium in 2012 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Kimi Räikkonen scoring the team’s first win in four years.
In 2013, James headed back to Ferrari, this time as Technical Director. After a fruitless year for the team in 2014, James’ influence was crucial as Sebastian Vettel claimed three wins the following year, when the Scuderia emerged as the closest challenger to the title-winning Mercedes team.
James departed Ferrari midway through the 2016 season and returned to the Formula One grid in 2017 as Technical Director of the Mercedes AMG-PETRONAS Formula One Team, playing a crucial part in taking the team to five Constructors’ Championships and four Drivers’ titles.
When asked what he loves about Formula One, here’s James’ full, non-abridged answer: “I love the fight. I love that it is grindingly, desperately difficult because that is what makes any success so meaningful. I love that nothing about it is vanilla; technology, skill, cunning, personality, humour – everything is extreme. But above all, I love the sense of shared purpose and belonging that comes from being in an F1 Team. It is not a mere job, it is a brilliant, exciting, challenging and deeply fulfilling way of life. All of us who have experienced it are deeply fortunate.”
Mid-way through 2021, James began a newly created role as Chief Technical Officer, with Mike Elliott taking on the role of Technical Director. With the CTO role, James has stepped back from day-to-day management of the F1 technical operations, turning his energy and attention to helping the team meet the strategic challenges of the sport’s new era, while continuing to work closely with the technical leadership at Brackley and Brixworth to ensure the team always has the right capability to meet its needs.
Energy Asia Speakers
US Environmental Protection Agency and Global Methane Initiative
Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC)
Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC)