Energy Asia 2023 Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ir. Zaini Ujang

Chief Secretary

Ministry of Human Resources

Zaini Ujang was the fifth Vice-Chancellor of University Teknologi Malaysia, where he graduated with Bachelor of Engineering, in Chemical Engineering in 1988, and became a full professor in Environmental Engineering in 2002. Having served as the Secretary General in charge of the higher education and Secretary-General for the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, gave him opportunities to impart his knowledge into public policy and practice. He spearheaded a team to develop Malaysia’s Green Technology Master Plan (GTMP) for 2017-2030, to innovate and manage resources strategically to ensure availability, reliability and affordability of the energy and water services, and to advance the application of green technology as well as to promote the Green Economy and Green Living.

H.E. Mohd Rafizi Ramli

Minister of Economy


H.E. Mohd Rafizi Ramli is the Minister of Economy effective 3rd December 2022, overseeing the nation’s medium and long-term socio-economic development planning.

Born in 1977, H.E. Mohd Rafizi Ramli holds a first-class degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Leeds University, United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Accountant, with experience at Jeffreys Henry Chartered Accountants in London, and is also a member of the ICAEW and Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

His professional career began when he was appointed as the youngest manager in PETRONAS. More recently, he founded INVOKE, a non-profit organization dedicated to building expertise in technology in the field of political, economic and social change.

He is currently the Deputy President of the People’s Justice Party (PKR) and Member of Parliament for Pandan.

H.E. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change


Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is Malaysia’s Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, having taken office in December 2022.

As the minister responsible for this portofolio, he continues to be responsible for championing Malaysia’s energy transition to achieve net zero emissions earliest by 2050, through bold measures such as the quota expansion for the Corporate Green Power Programme (CGPP) and advocating Cross Border Electricity Sales (CBES) for green energy as a means to grow Malaysia’s renewable energy resilience.

A graduate of King’s College London, he is also the author of several books, most recently being his memoir, “Malaysian Son”.

H.E. Dr. Hazland Abang Hipni

Deputy Minister

Ministry of Energy & Environmental Sustainability, Sarawak

H.E. Arifin Tasrif

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources


Arifin Tasrif is the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for the Republic of Indonesia. Prior to this role, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Japan. In 2010, he was the CEO for PT Pupuk Indonesia and PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja, and had served for several years as CEO at PT Petrokimia Gresik.

Earlier in his career, he held roles of increasing responsibility for PT Rekayasa Industri, PT Pupuk Kaltim, NPK-PHONSKA: PT Petrokimia Gresik, KALTIM-4: PT Pupuk Kaltim, PERTAMINA and UNILEVER. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institut Teknologi Bandung (Bandung Institute of Technology).

H.E. Low Yen Ling

Minister of State for Trade and Industry (MTI) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY)


Ms Low Yen Ling is presently the Minister of State for Trade and Industry (MTI) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). She is also Chairperson of the Mayors’ Committee and Mayor of South West District. Her previous appointments include Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Manpower as well as Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Ms Low began her career in the private sector with experience in financial institutions and a start-up venture. Thereafter, she joined the Singapore Economic Development Board and in her decade of service, played a key role in strengthening Singapore’s entrepreneurial landscape and professional services sector.

In 2011, she became the Chief Executive Officer of Business China, an organisation nurturing Chinese biculturalism, bilingualism and collaboration with China. With her strong bicultural and bilingual background, she spearheaded unique programmes to immerse business leaders in China and deepen young Singaporeans’ knowledge of modern China.

Drawing on her strong ties with the local business community, Ms Low is presently Advisor for the Singapore Business Federation’s SME Committee and the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Trade Association Committee.

Previously, as MTI Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ms Low led the public communications drive for the SkillsFuture movement and aligned the national learning initiative with several Industry Transformation Maps to future-proof Singapore businesses for a changing economy.

H.E. Haitham Al Ghais

Secretary General

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Mr. Haitham Al Ghais of Kuwait became Secretary General of OPEC on 1 August 2022.

With more than 30 years of experience in the global energy industry, Mr. Al Ghais held key managerial positions in the petroleum industry in Kuwait, as well as internationally in Beijing and London.

In addition to his role as a leading member of senior management of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), Mr. Al Ghais has represented Kuwait in multiple governing bodies at OPEC and other international institutions, such as the International Energy Forum (IEF) and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

Mr. Al Ghais also played a leading role in the historic Declaration of Cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil-producing Countries. In 2017, he was appointed as the first Chairman of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) facilitating the development of the methodology of monitoring conformity to the production adjustments.

Tengku Muhammad Taufik

President & Group CEO


Chairman of Energy Asia

Tengku Muhammad Taufik is the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Finance & Accounting from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland. He is a Fellow of ICAEW and a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

His areas of expertise include developing and steering key business strategies, organisational transformation, and financial and risk management. He has vast experience in strategic planning, finance, and business strategy development with a focus on the oil and gas and energy industry. He continues to advocate a just and responsible energy transition by promoting regional partnerships across multiple stakeholder groups in policy-shaping, innovation and technology.

He currently holds Board positions in PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, PETRONAS International Corporation Ltd as well as PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation Sdn. Bhd. In addition to his responsibilities in PETRONAS, he is the Chairman of the Gentari Board of Directors, Chairman of the National Trust Fund, Exco Member of the World Business Council for Sustainability Development (WBCSD), Chairman of the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) Audit Committee, and Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) Audit Committee. He is also a Council Member of the ECERDC and NCIA, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Merdeka Award Trust.

Tengku Muhammad Taufik is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Oil & Gas Governors Forum, and WEF Industry Action Group. He is also the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).

Daniel Yergin

Vice Chairman

S&P Global

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is Vice Chairman of S&P Global and Chairman of S&P’s CERAWeek conference, which CNBC has called “the Super Bowl of world energy”.

Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” The New York Times described Daniel Yergin as “America’s most influential energy pundit.”

Dr. Yergin’s new book The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations is described by NPR as “a master class on how the world works”, in The Washington Post as “a tour de force of geopolitical understanding,” and by The London Sunday Times as “a wonderful book”. It has been translated into 14 languages.

A Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Yergin is the author of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The Quest, which The New York Times said it is “necessary reading for C.E.O.’s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks (and) thriller writers.” Bill Gates summed up his review of The Quest by saying, “This is a fantastic book.”

Dr. Yergin is known around the world for his book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It became a number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 20 languages.

Of Dr. Yergin’s book Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, which has been translated into 13 languages, The Wall Street Journal said, “No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.” Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award- winning television documentaries for PBS and BBC, which Dr. Yergin co-produced, co-wrote, and narrated.

Dr. Yergin is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior trustee of the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Energy Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve. Dr. Yergin served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under four U.S. presidents.

Among his honors, the Prime Minister of India presented Dr. Yergin with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” and the U.S. Department of Energy awarded him the first “James Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.” The University of Pennsylvania presented him with the first Carnot Prize for “distinguished contributions to energy policy.” Dr. Yergin was awarded the Gold Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy for combining “an understanding of the dynamics of the market with a broad view of the forces of geopolitics as he seeks to point the way to the positive outcomes for the world community.”

Dr. Yergin is a member of the Indian Government’s Energy Think Tank and on the advisory boards of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy and of the MIT Energy Initiative.

Dr. Yergin holds a BA from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Amin H. Nasser

President & CEO

Saudi Aramco

Amin Nasser is the President & CEO of Saudi Aramco, the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals enterprise, and the largest provider of crude oil to global markets. He is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

In a company career of more than four decades, Nasser has served in a number of leadership positions, including as senior vice president of Upstream. Under his leadership, the company is now building on its upstream leadership position by expanding its presence in the downstream and chemicals segments of the petroleum value chain, with significant investments and joint-venture partnerships in Saudi Arabia and international markets including in Malaysia.

Nasser is also leading Saudi Aramco’s efforts to produce cleaner energy and products through investments in promising technologies such as next-generation fuel-engine interfaces, crude oil-to-chemicals processes, and renewable energy applications; and entrepreneurial start-ups focused on cleaner energy solutions.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Nasser is a member of the International Advisory Board of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals; the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology; the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council (IBC); the MIT President CEO Advisory Board; and the JP Morgan International Council.

John B. Hess


Hess Corporation

John B. Hess is Chief Executive Officer of Hess Corporation. Mr. Hess led the Fortune 500 company through a strategic transformation from an integrated oil company into a pure play E&P company. Mr. Hess previously served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Quadrennial Review Task Force. He is a member of the Board of Directors of KKR & Company and the Board of Trustees at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a member of The Business Council, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Petroleum Institute. In addition, Mr. Hess serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and on the Board of Trustees at Mount Sinai Hospital and The Economic Club of New York.

Mr. Hess holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. A member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, he was also Chairman of the Harvard Business School Campaign.

Mansoor Mohamed Al Hamed


Mubadala Energy

Mansoor Al Hamed was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala Energy in February 2021. Prior to his appointment, he held the position of Chief Growth Officer where he was responsible for all new business development and Mergers & Acquisitions activities at Mubadala Energy.

He brings with him more than 16 years of diverse experience in the oil and gas industry and across various disciplines of business leadership.

Mansoor joined Mubadala Energy in 2010. Before that, he worked in a highly diversified private sector business based in the UAE, gaining experience across commercial and managerial roles held in various business sectors.

Mansoor holds a BSc degree in Business Administration from the American University in Dubai, and two MSc degrees from Abu Dhabi University, and National Defence College in Abu Dhabi.

Board positions:

  • Dolphin Energy
  • Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat)
  • UAE’s committee at the World Energy Council

Patrick Pouyanné

Chairman of the Board & CEO


A Graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Chief Engineer of the French Corps des Mines, Patrick Pouyanné held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices from 1989 to 1996, including Environment and Industry Technical Advisor to the Prime minister from 1993 to 1995 and Chief of Staff to the information technology and space minister from 1995 to 1996.

Patrick Pouyanné joined the company TotalEnergies (ex Total) in January 1997, with positions in Angola and Qatar in 1999.

In August 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information Systems in Exploration & Production, then Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production in 2006.

In January 2012, he was appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee.

On October 22nd, 2014, the Board of Directors appointed Patrick Pouyanné as Chief Executive Officer, and he became simultaneously President of the Executive Committee.

On May 29th, 2015, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed at the Board of Directors and on December 16th, 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.

Patrick Pouyanné is also member of the Board of Cap Gemini, Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP), Institut du Monde Arabe, Ecole Polytechnique and Institut Polytechnique of Paris. Patrick Pouyanné is President of the Alliance for Education, French association against dropping out of school. Patrick Pouyanné is President of the Association Française des Entreprises pour l’Environnement.

He has been a Knight of the Legion of Honor since April 2015.

Russell Hardy



Russell Hardy is CEO of Vitol, a global energy company with revenues of $279 billion and an asset portfolio spanning power, oil and gas production, energy retail and distribution and renewables. Russell has over 30 years’ experience within the energy industry, joining Vitol in 1993 from BP. He has held a number of trading and management roles in Singapore and London and has a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Takayuki Ueda

President & CEO

INPEX Corporation

Takayuki Ueda is President & CEO of INPEX CORPORATION, Japan’s largest oil and gas E&P company with more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry and international affairs.

Prior to joining INPEX in 2017, Mr. Ueda was a career bureaucrat at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), where he most recently held the posts of Director-General of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and Vice Minister for International Affairs. During his tenure, he took the lead on energy and trade negotiations with foreign governments.

In 2021, Mr. Ueda has announced INPEX’s Net Zero strategy towards 2050, and under his leadership, INPEX has accelerated the decarbonization of its core upstream business while shaping itself as an innovative pioneer of energy transformation.

Mr. Ueda is a graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law. He also holds a Master of Laws from Washington State University.

Abdul Aziz Othman


Malaysian Gas Association

Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) is nation’s lead advocate for the natural gas industry, playing a prominent role in promoting engagement, discourse and dialogue with key stakeholders to develop a vibrant and sustainable gas industry, to fuel Malaysia’s socio-economic growth and ensuring pragmatic energy transition towards a low carbon economy.

As President of MGA, Abdul Aziz brings over 35 years of extensive experience and knowledge across the energy sector, particular in the gas industry.

Given his extensive exposure and knowledge, Abdul Aziz has been appointed as the International Gas Union’s Regional Coordinator for South & Southeast Asia to strengthen the region’s position in the global gas industry.

He is currently the Senior Vice President of Gas & Power, PETRONAS and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Offer of PETRONAS Gas Berhad (PGB). He is also a Non-Independent Executive Director at PGB, in addition to directorship in several other companies in PETRONAS.

He started his career in PETRONAS as an engineer at the Peninsular Gas Utilisation Project (PGU), the 2,623km gas transmission pipeline network spanning the entire Peninsular Malaysia owned and operated by PGB. He was later promoted to head the operations of the cogeneration facilities at PGB before his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer, Vinyl Chloride Malaysia Sdn Bhd. He then served as the Vice President, Strategy and New Ventures, PETRONAS Energy Canada Limited prior to his current appointment.

Aziz holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University George Washington, United States of America and has attended the INSEAD Programme at INSEAD Business School.

Abdul Razib Dawood


Energy Commission

YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Ts. Razib Dawood graduated with a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering in 1991 from Coventry Technical College, followed by an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom in 1994. He was then awarded his Master of Science in Power Electronic Engineering from the University of Manitoba in Canada in 1996.

He started his early career with Tenaga Nasional Berhad Engineers Sdn. Bhd. and has more than 20 years of professional experience, having worked for both Malaysian and Australian national power utilities, independent power producers, TNSP and as a consultant for renewable energy. During his career highlights, he has held many roles such as a construction engineer, project manager, technical advisor, systems planning engineer and power system study specialist.

From October 2012 to August 2017, he was the Head of Electricity Market Operations with the Energy Commission before being assigned by the Prime Minister’s Department to be the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation from 2017 to 2018. On 9 April 2018, YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Ts. Razib Dawood was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Energy Commission. On 2 April 2019, he was appointed as the Acting Chief Executive Officer responsible for the overall administration and management of the functions of the Energy Commission.

He was appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Commission effective 1 August 2019.

Adif Zulkifli

Executive Vice President & CEO Upstream


Adif Zulkifli is the Executive Vice President and CEO of PETRONAS’ Upstream Business. Leading up to his appointment, he was the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Gas and New Energy Business, where he was responsible for the company’s Midstream Gas Assets, LNG Marketing and New Energy.

Having joined PETRONAS in 1993 as a reservoir engineer, Adif has worked in various areas in the company including reservoir engineering, strategic planning, business development and petroleum economics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Illinois, United States.

He has also previously held the role as the Senior Vice President of Development and Production, Upstream Business overseeing Upstream development projects and operations worldwide. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, responsible for shaping and steering PETRONAS’ long term strategic direction, including leading Mergers and Acquisitions, change management and strategic industry research.


In his current role as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of PETRONAS’ Upstream Business, Adif is responsible for PETRONAS’ Upstream Business strategy, operations and activities (which includes the exploration, production and development of oil and gas) of which PETRONAS presence extends across more than 20 countries globally.

As a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Adif has played leading roles within the petro-technical community in Asia Pacific and Middle East via his role as the Chairman of the SPE Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Council and serves on the international advisory committee for Offshore Technology Conference Asia (OTCA). He was previously the Vice Chair for the E&P Working Committee for the International Gas Union (IGU).

Adnan Pawanteh

Executive Director, Corporate Affairs

Nestlé Malaysia

Dato’ Adnan Pawanteh is the Executive Director, Group Corporate Affairs of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad. Besides Corporate Affairs, he oversees Sustainability, Corporate Nutrition, Consumer Services and Halal Affairs for the Company. He has had the experience of working abroad in various Nestlé markets namely Australia, Turkey and the Philippines. He is passionate in the area of Manufacturing and Sustainability. He holds a MBA and a Bachelor Degree in Engineering.

He is the current FMM’s Malaysian Food Manufacturing Group Chairman (MAFMAG)

Adnan Zainal Abidin

Chief Operating Officer, PETRONAS & Executive Vice President, Gas Business

Adnan Zainal Abidin has been the Chief Operating Officer of PETRONAS since February 1st, 2022. He is also the Executive Vice President (EVP) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gas Business, a position he held since October 16th, 2019, where he continues to play a pivotal role in driving the success of PETRONAS’ gas-related ventures.

Adnan’s journey with PETRONAS began as a PETRONAS scholar, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK. With a deep-rooted commitment to the company, he has dedicated an impressive 39 years to its growth and development. His extensive experience spans from Petrochemicals to LNG, encompassing both project management and operational roles, both within Malaysia and abroad.

Before assuming the role of Senior Vice President (SVP) of Project Delivery & Technology (PD&T) in April 2019, Adnan served as the VP of LNG Assets, where he oversaw PETRONAS’ key domestic and international LNG assets, including the PETRONAS LNG Complex (Malaysia), PETRONAS Floating LNG SATU & DUA, Gladstone LNG (Australia), Egyptian LNG (Egypt), and LNG Canada. He was the President & CEO of Pacific Northwest LNG (Canada) before October 2017.

Prior to becoming the VP of LNG Assets, Adnan was the VP of Global LNG Projects, responsible for overseeing numerous important domestic and international LNG projects at PETRONAS. He also served as the CEO of Egyptian LNG for four years and as CEO at PETRONAS Ammonia, having spent almost ten years in the petrochemical facility in various senior management roles. Adnan’s career at PETRONAS began in 1984 as a Trainee Engineer at ASEAN Bintulu Fertilizer (ABF). He also served at PETRONAS Fertilizer Kedah.

Throughout his career, Adnan has achieved remarkable milestones, including leading the completion and relocation of the world’s first floating LNG plant, PFLNG SATU, from Kumang, Sarawak to Kebabangan, Sabah. This project revolutionized the industry by enabling the monetization of stranded gas fields economically, gaining global recognition and awards. He also played a crucial role in the completion of the MLNG Train 9 project, known for being one of the fastest projects of its kind, as well as the MARLIN project, the world’s first boil-off reliquefaction project.

Currently, Adnan serves as the Chairman of PETRONAS Gas Berhad (PGB), MLNG Group of Companies, PETRONAS LNG Sdn. Bhd. (PLSB), and PETRONAS Canada LNG Ltd. (PCLL). Additionally, he holds directorship positions in PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (PCSB) and PETRONAS International Corporation Ltd. (PICL).

Outside of work, Adnan is a family man, married with three children, and has a passion for culinary delights and exploring new destinations through travel.

Adzmir Abd. Rahman


Sabah Energy Corporation

Adzmir Abd. Rahman is an accomplished professional with a distinguished career in the energy industry. Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Sabah Energy Corporation (SEC), he has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership and expertise in various strategic roles within the organization.

Adzmir Abd. Rahman was a scholar of the Sabah State government and an alumnus of the University of Portsmouth, England, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Hons). Complementing his technical expertise, he also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, further enriching his strategic leadership capabilities.

Before joining SEC, Adzmir started his career in 1998 as an Assistant Mill Manager at Sawit Kinabalu Berhad, showcasing his early commitment to excellence. In 2000, he joined an independent power producer (IPP) as an Operation Engineer, further honing his expertise in the energy sector.

Adzmir’s journey with SEC began in 2003 when he joined as a Planning Engineer. Over the years, he rapidly progressed through the ranks, showcasing his exceptional skills and knowledge. In 2009, he assumed the position of Technical Services Manager, where he played a pivotal role in the development of Malaysia’s first Virtual Pipeline System in KKIP Sabah.

Recognizing his outstanding contributions, Adzmir was promoted to the role of Head of Business Development and Gas Trading in 2013. During this tenure, he was a key member behind the development of the first LNG facilities outside Bintulu in Sabah, solidifying SEC’s position in the industry. In 2019, he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, where he spearheaded the company’s renewable drive, leading the development of SEC Large Scale Solar.

Adzmir’s exceptional leadership and business acumen led to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of SEC in September 2022. In this prestigious role, he continues to steer the organization towards new heights of success, overseeing key initiatives, expanding the natural gas business, and acquiring strategic assets from Petronas in Sabah.

Beyond his role at SEC, Adzmir serves as a director at various prominent companies, including Asian Supply Base Sdn Bhd, Sepangar Chemical Industry Sdn Bhd, Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd, Ranhill Powertron Sdn Bhd, and SEC Gas Sdn Bhd. The latter, a subsidiary of SEC, operates LNG facilities in KKIP.

With his exceptional track record, deep industry knowledge, and relentless commitment to excellence, Adzmir Abd. Rahman continues to drive Sabah Energy Corporation towards innovation, growth, and sustainable success in the energy sector.

Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn

President & Group Chief Executive

Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

Ahmad Zulqarnain was appointed as the President & Group Chief Executive of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) on 1 July 2020. PNB is Malaysia’s largest asset manager with AUM exceeding USD70 billion. PNB’s portfolio covers strategic investments in Malaysia’s leading corporates, global equities, private investments and real estate. PNB manages funds for 12.4 million unitholders, representing approximately 40% of all Malaysians.

Prior to joining PNB, Ahmad Zulqarnain was previously Deputy Managing Director at Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund; and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Danajamin Nasional Berhad, Malaysia’s first and only financial guarantee insurer.

Ahmad Zulqarnain graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics.

Allard M Nooy

President South & Southeast Asia

Fortescue Future Industries

Allard Nooy joined Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) as President Asia in June 2022 and has overall P&L accountability for the company’s developments and investments in South and Southeast Asia. FFI’s South & Southeast Asia regional hub is based in Singapore.

Allard has been based in Asia for 30 years and has strategic executive leadership experience in the sustainable infrastructure sector in emerging and frontier markets. He has successfully led and acquired infrastructure, energy and environmental companies; and his key focus has been on the development and implementation of growth strategies.

He has been accountable for the financing and creation of new assets and the implementation of energy and infrastructure projects. The format of these projects varied widely and included Private Public Partnerships (PPP) and Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) structures in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

Allard’s previous roles include:

  • CEO InfraCo Asia, a commercially managed sustainable infrastructure development and investment fund, headquartered in Singapore; and active in 12 South and Southeast Asian countries.
  • CEO of Jindal Aquasource and Jindal Ecopolis, based in New Delhi, India.
  • President Asia Pacific at Covanta Energy Corporation (the world’s largest energy from waste company) based in Shanghai, China.
  • Regional Director Infrastructure Development and Country Director China, for the Leighton Group in Asia, based in Hong Kong SAR.
  • Regional Director, Greater China at Thames Water International in Hong Kong SAR; and
  • Country Manager of Vermeer–Ballast Nedam, while based in Vietnam.

In addition to his full-time role, Allard lectures at the Singapore Management University (SMU) a Public Private Partnership and Infrastructure Finance Program. Previously he lectured at the National University of Singapore (NUS), a Project Finance Academy Program.

He holds a BSc (Eng) in Engineering Management and an MBA in International Business.

Alison Flower

Senior Energy Advisor

International Energy Unit

Alison joined the FCDO as a Senior Energy Advisor in November 2019. Prior to the FCDO she worked for BG Group and ANZ Bank.

In her role in the International Energy Unit, she is leading on the clean energy transition and international energy policy.  She works closely with the international energy sector and is involved in Government to Government energy dialogues.  She provides technical energy advice, strategic thinking and capability building to help make better informed policy choices.

Her industry career was built on developing gas and LNG markets and delivering integrated gas and LNG projects.  She led pivotal strategic projects on gas and LNG markets and renewable technologies.

She held leadership roles in Egypt and corporate roles in Strategy and Planning and Investment Appraisal. She was seconded to major organisational change programmes and led a group wide commercial excellence initiative to develop a talent pipeline.

She is a qualified Executive and Leadership Coach and is a respected FCDO Executive Leadership Coach.

Alok Sinha

Managing Director & Global Head of Oil & Gas and Chemicals / Commodity Traders & Agribusiness

Standard Chartered

Alok Sinha is a Managing Director & Global Head of Oil & Gas and Chemicals / Commodity Traders & Agribusiness within Global Industries Group. Prior to this he held the position of Head Energy & Natural Resources, Greater Asia where he was responsible for coverage of the Energy and Resources companies operating in Asia Pacific and MENA regions. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Alok was an Executive Director, Head of Energy & Resources for South and S.E Asia at ABN AMRO.

He has over 30 years of banking experience and has worked extensively with some of the key players in the Oil & Gas, Metals and Mining, Petrochemicals and Power sectors in Asia Pacific and MENA and has handled the origination and execution of transactions related to Mergers and Acquisitions advisories, Leveraged Finance, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Asset Restructuring, Project Finance and Derivatives. He is currently very actively involved in the Energy Transition discussions with the key players in the Oil & Gas sector as well as with transition technology providers.

Alok started his banking career with Bank of America in Mumbai where he worked in the Consumer and Corporate Banking businesses before moving to Chase Manhattan Bank in the Structured Trade Finance and Advisory business for South Asia based out of Mumbai and thereafter in the Asia regional office in Singapore.

Alok holds a B.Sc in Chemistry from University of Bombay and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir

Managing Director

Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Dato’ Feisal is the Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad (“Khazanah”), Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund mandated to invest and deliver sustainable value for Malaysians. He is a highly experienced financial executive playing a significant role in shaping a responsible transition towards a more resilient and inclusive future for Malaysia and brings with him over 20 years of insights practicing in key global financial centres.

Prior to joining Khazanah, Dato’ Feisal assumed various senior management roles including Group Chief Financial Officer, Group Head of Global Banking at Maybank and Group Managing Director of Chemical Company of Malaysia. He is also currently the Chairman of Yayasan Khazanah and sits on the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Hasanah and Khazanah Research Institute.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, and a Chartered Banker, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics majoring in Accounting and Finance from London School of Economics & Political Science and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Amjad Bseisu

Chief Executive

EnQuest PLC

Amjad worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company (‘ARCO’) from 1984 to 1998, eventually becoming president of ARCO Petroleum Ventures. In 1998, he founded and was the chief executive of Petrofac Resources International Limited which merged into Petrofac PLC in 2003. In 2010, Amjad formed EnQuest PLC, having previously been a founding non-executive chairman of Serica Energy PLC and a founding partner of Stratic Energy Corporation. Amjad was chairman of Enviromena Power SystemsLtd., the largest solar power engineering company in the MENA region, until its sale in 2017 and was British Business Ambassador for Energy from 2013 to 2015.

Amjad is also Chairman of the independent energy community for the World Economic Forum since 2016. Director of The Amjad and Suha Bseisu Foundation since 2011.

Amy Chua


SLB Asia

Amy Chua is the President of SLB Asia, a position she assumed in July 2020. As the President, she is responsible for the overall growth and strategic direction of the company. She is also accountable for the stewardship of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) performance in SLB Asia. In her current capacity, she leads her team across Asia to deliver SLB’s brand promise of driving energy innovation for a balanced planet.

Amy’s expertise, experience and knowledge make her a trusted advisor and leader. With her broad working experience in the energy sector over the last 25 years, she has gained deep insight into various business areas. Prior to her current position, she was leading SLB Australasia, based in Perth. She has held a number of leadership positions over the years including Vice President of Sales and Commercial, and Vice President of Marketing and Technology in Houston.

Amy started her career in Project Management in Singapore. She holds an MBA from Hull University, United Kingdom. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

Amy is a long-time advocate of using technologies to speed up decarbonization, believing it is key to addressing climate change.

Andrea Martelli

Head, Biofuel/Bio-feedstocks Supply and Trading

Eni S.p.A

Andrea leads biofeedstocks and biofuels activities at Eni. He became the head of biofuels trading at Eni Trading and Shipping in 2019, with responsibility for redesigning and enlarging biofeedstocks and biofuels trading activities. In 2020 he took over the role of head of supply for Eni. Since 2021, he has been a member of the board of directors of Eni Trading and Shipping. With more than 18 years’ experience within the group, he has held roles in several countries, including as German and Austrian branch manager, head of gas and power sales in France, Italy and the Benelux, and lead originator for gas, power and emissions.

Andy O’Brien

Senior Vice President, Global Operations


Andy O’Brien is senior vice president, Global Operations, responsible for the company’s operations in Alaska, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

O’Brien has 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He previously served as vice president and treasurer and in other leadership roles including vice president, Corporate Planning and Development, manager, Lower 48 Finance, and manager, Investor Relations.

He began his career with predecessor company Conoco in 1997 as a financial analyst in Warwick, England. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of finance, planning and strategy roles in the U.K., Canada, Alaska, Indonesia and Houston.

O’Brien serves on the board of directors of Aris Water Solutions, Inc.

O’Brien is a chartered management accountant and graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

A. S. Sahney

Executive Director, Petrochemicals

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd

Presently working as Executive Director, Petrochemicals at IOCL, Business Development Division, New Delhi.

Graduated in B.Tech. (Chemical Engineering) from HBTI, Kanpur.

Joined IOCL in 1993 and acquired functional experience of 28+ years, working extensively in Operations, Technical Services & HSE functions at Barauni, Gujarat, Paradip, Mathura and Panipat Refineries before joining the present position of ED (PC).

Actively involved in pre-commissioning/ commissioning of grassroot Paradeep Refinery.

Operated, Commissioned, and actively involved in monitoring of all major Refinery Process units’ viz. Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC)/ INDMAX, Delayed Cokers, Hydrocracker, VGO-Hydrotreater, Diesel & Naphtha Hydrotreaters, Isomerisation, Alkylation, PX – PTA etc.

Atsunori Takeuchi

Executive Officer, Senior General Manager of LNG Business Department

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

Joined Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in 1990. He has been Executive Officer, Senior General Manager of LNG business Department, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. as well as President of Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. since April 2020. And he was also appointed as President of TG Global Trading Co., Ltd. established in September 2020.

He has extensive work experiences in sales and service to commercial customers, including serving as Chief Representative of Asia Pacific Regional Office at Kuala Lumpur and as an invited researcher of Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Keio University in 1990.

Bacho Pilong

Senior Vice President in Project Delivery & Technology


Bacho Pilong is currently the Senior Vice President of Project Delivery & Technology and a member of the PETRONAS Executive Leadership Team (ELT), since August 2021. He is also a fellow of the Energy Institute UK for his contribution to the global energy transition and sustainability.

With a career spanning 30 years, his leadership across a portfolio of Project Delivery, Technology, Digital and Engineering, has contributed towards value creation, expansion into non-traditional business and net zero carbon emissions for PETRONAS. His other achievements also include steering several industry collaborations to progress the energy transition for the region.

To intensify PETRONAS’ decarbonisation efforts, Bacho has also played a key role in driving Enterprise Decarbonisation, leading to the success of the inaugural Race2Decarbonise, a global hackathon and crowdsourcing of innovative ideas for decarbonisation – the first of its kind in the world.

In addition to his professional achievements, he channels his passion in learning and nurturing talent for the energy sector through his role as Chairman of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Board of Directors and Adjunct Professors at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

Bob Maguire

Managing Director & Co-Head

Carlyle International Energy Partners

Bob Maguire is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle International Energy Partners, focusing on further developing and growing Carlyle’s international energy platform. He is based in London.

Mr. Maguire was a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to that, he worked as an Investment Banker for more than 21 years at Morgan Stanley and was involved in many of the largest transactions within the sector.

He holds an AB from Princeton University, an MA from Oxford University and a JD from University of Virginia School of Law. 

Brad Crabtree

Assistant Secretary, Fossil Energy and Carbon Management

U.S. Department of Energy

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.

Carlos de la Vega

Vice President, Marketing & Commercial Development

Sempra Infrastructure

Carlos de la Vega is vice president of marketing and commercial development for Sempra Infrastructure’s LNG and net-zero solutions business line. In this role, he is responsible for all marketing and commercial development activities in support of the company’s natural gas liquefaction export projects in North America.

In prior roles at Sempra, de la Vega served as director of business development for Sempra Infrastructure’s hydrogen projects and other net-zero applications as well as director of LNG marketing and commercial development.

Prior to joining Sempra in 2015, de la Vega served in various roles at Qatargas and Qatar Petroleum including as Head of LNG Marketing, East of Suez and as shareholder representative for the Golden Pass LNG and South Hook LNG Terminals.

Dr. Carola Richter

Regional President


Head of all country divisions (Report of the Managing

Direct responsibility for 4 multi-OD sites as well as
the BPC JV (BASF PETRONAS Chemicals in Kuantan, MY)

Non-Executive Director BASF India Ltd., publicly listed

Government relations, crisis management, talent
development, strategic topics (such as sustainability)

Charles Brewer

Group CEO

Pos Malaysia Berhad

Charles is the Group Chief Executive Officer for Pos Malaysia Berhad, a role he has held since August 2021.

Charles is a global executive with more than 35 years of experience in the areas of post, parcel, international shipping and e-commerce, and has held senior leadership roles in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Prior to joining Pos Malaysia, Charles was the Chief Operating Officer for Canada Post and prior to Canada Post Charles spent more than 30 years with DHL, a division of Deutsche Post, including CEO for DHL eCommerce Solutions and Regional CEO roles for DHL Express.

Charles was born in the UK. After completing school at Lord Wandsworth College, Charles continued his learning at Cranfield and Reading University. Charles holds an Advanced Logistics diploma from Cranfield University School of Management and completed the Senior Executive Management Program at Henley Business School, both in the United Kingdom.

Christoph Schweizer


Boston Consulting Group

Christoph Schweizer is CEO of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), elected May 2021. Prior to his role, he was BCG’s chairman for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He has also served as a member of the firm’s Executive and Operating Committees since 2014.

Christoph is a member of several leading organizations, including the Business Roundtable and the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) International Business Council. In 2020 and 2021, Christoph was recognized as a HERoes Advocate Executive Role Model by INvolve People for his work with Women@BCG related to the hiring, promotion and retention of women.

Throughout his career, Christoph has supported clients in healthcare, private equity, and across industries in major transformational programs such as digital transformations and post-merger integrations. He is a passionate supporter of a wide range of social impact activities, in particular related to sustainability and fighting climate change.

Christoph joined BCG in 1997, first in Munich, and then New York from 2007 to 2012, before returning to Munich. He received an MBA from University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and holds a BA from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz.

Cindy Lim


Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical & Production) (Second Upper Honours) from Nanyang Technological University, Executive MBA, Singapore Management University.

Ms Lim joined Keppel in 2001. She was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd (Keppel Infrastructure) on 15 February 2021. Keppel Infrastructure’s business focuses on power and renewables, waste and water solutions as well as sustainable energy-as-a-service ranging from district cooling, EV charging, green hydrogen/ammonia and carbon capture infrastructure.

In her more than 20 years with Keppel, Ms Lim has held various leadership positions. She was the Director of Group Corporate Development (GCD) of Keppel Corporation Limited and concurrently the Managing Director of Keppel Urban Solutions (KUS). As the Director of GCD, she focused on harnessing synergies across the business units within the Keppel Group to create and deliver value as OneKeppel. As the Managing Director of KUS, she led KUS to capture opportunities in smart, sustainable master development projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to these, Ms Lim was the Executive Director of Infrastructure Services in Keppel Infrastructure, where she stewarded profitability, efficiency and reliability of operating waste-to-energy, combined cycle gas turbine power pant, Newater and district cooling plants, HSE performance as well as procurement strategies.

Her key principal directorships include Keppel Infrastructure Holdings, Keppel Capital Holdings Pte Ltd, Keppel Energy Pte Ltd, Keppel Electric Pte Ltd, Keppel Gas Pte Ltd, Keppel New Energy Pte Ltd, Keppel DHCS Pte Ltd, Keppel Seghers Pte Ltd, Keppel Seghers Belgium NV, Keppel Water Services Pte Ltd, Keppel Urban Solutions Pte Ltd, Kepinfra Energy Transition Centre Pte Ltd, MET Holding AG, Cleantech Renewable Assets Pte Ltd, Keppel Renewable Energy Pte Ltd and Keppel Renewable Investments Pte Ltd

She is a board member of the Ammonia Energy Association and a council member of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.

Concetto Fischetti

Energy Transition Director


Concetto has a deep understanding of oil and gas operations having started his career for Eni in Audit working across the upstream, midstream and downstream divisions. He then relocated to the Hague within Agip KCO, the Operator appointed by an International Consortium of seven O&G Majors for the development of Kazakhstan offshore assets.

He has also held the positions of General Project Development Manager Egypt-Petrobel and as Development Director of Mozambique-Eni East Africa Operator for the Area 4 Rovuma Basin gas discoveries. In 2014 he was appointed as General Manager of FCP JV Eni Sontrach in charge of production and development of several gas, oil and condensates fields in Algerian regions till 2016 when he moved back to Eni Head office to run Integrated Logistic Services.

In 2017 Concetto was seconded to the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative’s (OGCI CI) investment arm to support the Net Zero Teesside Project and to accelerate the OGCI investment plan on CCUS. This required leveraging a multi-stakeholder approach including OGCI Member Companies, the UK Government, and public and academic entities active on decarbonization plans. During his time at OGCI CI, he also took on the role of Engineering Director which focused on the technical evaluation of investments across methane emissions, CCUS, Energy and Transportation efficiency.

Concetto then returned to Eni in a Logistics leadership role with a view to improving efficiencies and productivity, reducing environmental footprint, maximizing assets/resources across O&G operators and implementing decarbonization and energy transition projects.

Since 2021, Concetto has been seconded into the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) as Energy Transition Director. His accountabilities include delivering an O&G Low Carbon Program incorporating CCS, Methane Emissions Management, Energy Efficiency, Electrification and Hydrogen.  IOGP has done considerable work on advocacy (scroll to bottom for position papers) for hydrogen, most recently co-ordinating the report on Hydrogen for Europe.

Concetto holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Energy and Environment.

Dr. Dong Sub Kim

President & CEO

Korea National Oil Corporation

Dong Sub Kim has served as President & CEO for Korea National Oil Corporation since June 2021. Before that he was the Dean of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(“UNIST”)’s College of Information and Bioscience. He led applying AI/Big data to industry as Executive Director of Innovation Park and head of Institute for the 4th Industrial Revolution. He also serves as a member of World Economic Forum (WEF) Advanced Manufacturing.

In 2009, he joined SK Innovation as CTO and Head of R&D Technology Center then became President of Global Technology.

Prior to his career in Korea, he worked for Royal Dutch Shell in USA for 19 years. He worked for Shell R&D Westhollow Center and also as a regional manager at Shell Global Solutions in Asia Pacific Region.

Dongsub Kim holds BS & MS Degree in Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea. Also he gained Ph.D. of Engineering from Ohio State University in 1989.

Duncan Mitchell

Global Decarbonization Business Leader


Duncan is Global Decarbonization Business Leader at KBC, a Yokogawa company to which he brings over 30 years of experience in the Oil, Petrochemical and Steel industries including a couple of entrepreneurial stints at renewable fuels and chemicals company start-ups. During that time, he has held management roles at Honeywell UOP, Petronas, Arcelor Mittal and McKinsey and has served as a transformation consultant to major private equity firms. He lives in Chicago.

Dwi Soetjipto


SKK Migas

Dwi Soetjipto is currently the Chairman of SKK Migas, a Special Task Force that governs all upstream Oil and Gas business activities in Indonesia, since 3 December 2018.

With 20+ years of experience as an executive in strategic industries in Indonesia. Previously he was President Director of Indonesia National Oil Company, PT PERTAMINA (2014-2017), President Director of PT Semen Indonesia (2010-2012), President Director of PT Semen Gresik (2005-2012), and President Director of Semen Padang (2003- 2005).

With more than 160 individual and company awards at national and international levels. In the Energy industry, Dr. Soetjipto was awarded Asia’s Best CEO at the 6th Asian Excellence Award 2016 organized by Asia’s Corporate Governance Magazine.

Dr. Soetjipto is also an advisor to Pertamina University, a lecturer at the Institute of Technology Sepuluh November, and a guest lecturer at the University of Technology PETRONAS.

Enass Abo-Hamed

Co-Founder & CEO

H2GO Power Limited

Enass is the co-founder and CEO at H2GO power ltd; an award-winning spin-out company from the University of Cambridge developing energy storage technologies. She completed her Ph.D. at Cambridge University, where she also was a postdoctoral fellow and elected Cambridge University Energy Champion. Currently, she is also a member of the Advisory Board at BeyondNetZero’s General Atlantic Growth Fund and a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow.

She has 11 years of research and business experience in hydrogen production & storage, catalysis, renewable energy, and energy storage. Enass is passionate about climate entrepreneurship and clean energy technology policy. She often gives keynote speeches at international forums and participates in high-impact roundtable discussions on clean energy, energy security, and women’s entrepreneurship in tech.

Enass won a few recognition awards and grants to support the development of H2GO Power and recently won the visionary of the year award by MIT Tech Review Innovators Under 35 Europe, the best energy start-up award at the Global Hello Tomorrow Summit, and others. In 2015, she was selected by the Cartier women’s initiative awards as one of the 18 best women entrepreneurs globally and one in 3 representing Europe. She travelled to Africa, China, and Central Asia on government-supported partnership missions, and delivered high-level keynote speeches and recommendations about clean energy technologies as a tool to combat climate change.

Ernie L. Thrasher

Founder & CEO

Xcoal Energy & Resources

Ernie Thrasher has over forty-eight (48) years’ experience in the coal industry.

His coal experience began in 1974 working for a family owned mining company with operations in Maryland. Thrasher held various positions in mine operations and mine management through 1981.

Prior to forming Xcoal Energy & Resources in 2003, Thrasher spent twenty-two (22) years in various global marketing positions at Primary Coal and AMCI.

Xcoal markets U.S. and Australian origin coal to customers throughout the world, Xcoal activities include the financing and development of mining projects and related infrastructure projects.

Thrasher founded XLNG Energy & Resources in 2015, which is marketing LNG originating from global sources with emphasis on natural gas reserves in the Marcellus and Utica Shale basins in the U.S., to customers in South America, Europe, and Asia.

Thrasher serves as a Director on the National Committee on U.S. China Relations, as a Director of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a Global Trustee for the Asia Society, a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Wilson Center, a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the President’s Leadership Council-Boy Scouts of America.

Farehana Hanapiah

Senior Vice President, Group Human Resource Management


Farehana Hanapiah is the Senior Vice President of Group Human Resource Management at PETRONAS, a position she has held since January 2020. She received her Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Accountancy from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2015.

Farehana has over 31 years of experience at PETRONAS, during which she has held various leadership roles in areas such as internal audit, corporate strategy, planning & risk, commercial & joint venture management, and human resource management. She has made significant contributions in streamlining enterprise risk management, strategic portfolio management, and economic evaluation methods for businesses or projects for portfolio optimisation.

At HR, she revamped the learning and development approach, introduced digital learning and enhanced leadership development programmes, and reformed the human capital management operating model to address new business demands derived from PETRONAS’ growth strategy. Today, she is leading a transformation programme to redefine PETRONAS’ end-to-end talent management ecosystem for a future talent mix of an empowered, agile, and enabled workforce.

She is a member of several international associations, including the Executive Steering Committee of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Energy Workforce of Future Taskforce Group, Global HR Council of The Conference Board, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI).

Fred Krupp


Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp has guided EDF for three decades, overseeing its growth from a small nonprofit with a budget of $3 million to one of the world’s most influential environmental organization, with an annual budget of more than $250 million and 1000 employees. EDF works across the globe, including in the United States, China, India, Mexico and Europe.

As a leading voice on climate change, energy and corporate sustainability, Krupp appeared on the TED stage in 2018 to announce plans to launch MethaneSAT, a satellite that will measure and map planet-warming methane emissions from the oil and gas industry worldwide. He was also a key advocate for the overhaul of America’s chemical safety laws in 2016 and the passage of historic climate investments in 2022.

Krupp has pioneered innovative approaches to harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect the environment and has led EDF’s groundbreaking corporate partnerships with FedEx, KKR, McDonald’s, Walmart and others. Most recently, he helped GM develop its plan to sell only zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

He was educated at Yale, where he was recently elected to the board of trustees, and at the University of Michigan Law School. Krupp appears frequently in the media and was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report. He is a recipient of the 2015 William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. Krupp is co-author with Miriam Horn of the New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.

Giovanni Serio

Global Head of Research


Giovanni is Vitol’s Global Head of Research. He has 20 years of research, modelling and analysis experience. Prior to joining Vitol in August 2016, Giovanni was Head of Market Analysis at Noble, at BP and senior analyst at Goldman Sachs. Giovanni started his career as an economist at the Research Department of Italy’s Central Bank and then as a Consultant at the Development Economic Research Group of the World Bank.

Giovanni holds a PhD in Economics from New York University.

Girish Nadkarni



Girish Nadkarni retired as the CEO of TotalEnergies Ventures. Prior to that he was the founder and CEO of ABB Technology Ventures.

Girish is considered a thought leader in venture investing and energy transition and is a frequent speaker at VC and industry conferences. Girish has also served as advisor to the WEF and was on the selection committee for the WEF Technology Pioneers for several years. His investment in Hyzon Motors is now a Harvard Business School case study in Climate Finance.

In 2021 Girish, along with Air Liquide led the creation of a €2 billion clean hydrogen infrastructure fund (HY24) to kickstart the global hydrogen ecosystem.

In addition to serving on the board of Gentari, Girish is an advisor to OGCI Climate Investments, Siemens Energy Ventures, and Clean Energy Ventures. He is also a Venture Partner at Alchemist Carbon Removal Fund and on the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Carbon Management at UCLA.

Girish earned his B.Com. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Bombay where he was a gold medalist, his LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia which he attended as a DuPont Fellow, and an MBA from Harvard where he was designated a Baker Scholar.

Dr. Han Zhang

Global Sustainability Director

Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics

Han Zhang, Ph.D., global sustainability director for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics, is responsible for collaborating with the entire value chain to promote and improve the sustainability value of plastics. He works closely with the global sustainability team to drive progress against Dow’s Transform the Waste and Close the Loop targets and leads external engagement with key partnerships and thought leaders.

Zhang earned his doctorate degree in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan in 2009. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University. 

Ichiro Takahara

Chairman and CEO

Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC)

Ichiro Takahara has currently served as Chairman & CEO, Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security, formerly known as Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) since April 2023. Prior to joining JOGMEC, he served as Vice Chairman, Member of the Board of Marubeni Corporation. He also spent a significant part of his career at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) including Commissioner, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy; Commissioner, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency; and Director General, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department. Under his direction, JOGMEC has further strengthened its focus on securing natural resources and energy towards a stable and sustainable energy society.

Ingunn Svegården

Senior Vice President Asia-Pacific Renewables and Country Manager Singapore

Equinor ASA

Ingunn Svegården is a Norwegian citizen joining Equinor in 2003 within the Technology and Innovation business area. For several years she has had management position within innovation and corporate venture activities, both within oil and gas and renewable value chains. From 2011-2013 she worked from London within upstream business development activities, before joining the CEO office to support CEO’s in the period from 2013-2015. From 2015 she has been part of the renewable business area, including initiating new venture funds, driving strategy and implementation work before she took on the role as SVP for Emerging Regions in Renewables in 2020. From May 2023 she took on responsibility as Senior Vice President for Equinor’s Renewables footprint across the Asia-Pacific region and as country manager for Singapore, leading Equinor’s work across Singapore, South Korea, Japan, China, India, Australia and Vietnam. Svegården holds a Master of Engineering in Chemistry and Biotechnology from 1998-2003.

Jaime Eduardo Caballero Uribe​

Chief Financial Officer

Ecopetrol SA

Jaime Caballero is the Chief Financial Officer of Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC), the largest company in Colombia and one of the leading integrated energy and infrastructure conglomerates in Latin America. Mr. Caballero’s academic background includes a Law degree from the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), an MBA in Energy Business from the Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil), and executive studies in advanced financial management at Duke University and Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). His trajectory covers more than 20 years in the global energy sector. He has served at the Board of Directors of Cenit, Gases del Caribe, Grupo Invercolsa, Essentia, Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. (ISA), Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica S.A (TAESA) and Rodeo Midland LLC, among others. His experience prior to Ecopetrol includes 17 years at BP plc (FTSE:BP), where he held leadership positions in Colombia, North America, Africa and Europe, most recently as CFO for the Brazil region (encompassing Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Venezuela).

Johan de Villiers

Senior Vice President, Global Energy Accounts


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.

Jonathan Drew

Head of Global Banking Sustainability, Asia-Pacific


Jonathan graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan started his banking career more than 30 years ago in London and has worked in a diverse range of markets including Latin America and the Middle East and has been based in Hong Kong since 1997.

Over the last 8 years Jonathan has led HSBC’s efforts in Sustainable Finance in Asia, assisting clients in the development of sustainability and transition strategies and communicating these to ensure best access to financial markets.

Jonathan has also been active in broader market development to support the transition. Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association and is also the founding chair of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Green and Sustainable Loan Committee.

Justin Wu

Managing Director, Co-Head of Climate Change Asia Pacific


Justin Wu is Co-Head of Climate Change Asia Pacific at HSBC, where he oversees the development, evolution and implementation of the Group’s climate ambition across the region. He is the senior expert and ambassador for HSBC on climate change in the Asian context, leading on engagement with the bank’s clients, regulators and other stakeholders across the region.

Previously, Justin was the Head of Asia-Pacific for BloombergNEF, a research group within Bloomberg LP covering climate and commodities. He is a recognized thought leader on climate and sustainability in Asia, and has over 15 years of professional experience building businesses and managing large and diverse teams across the region. Justin holds a MS in Politics from the University of London and a BS in International Politics and Economics from Georgetown University.

Kamarul Redzuan Muhamed

Founder & Group CEO


Dato’ Kamarul Redzuan Muhamed, the founder and Group CEO of Uzma, is a distinguished leader in the energy and technology industry. With a strong educational background, including a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and pursuing a Master of Science in Geological Oceanography at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his roleIn addition to his achievements, Dato’ Kamarul was recently appointed as the Pro Tem President of MASIC, further showcasing his industry expertise and leadership. He actively contributes to various advisory panels, including UTP, MPRC, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, and UMT. With nearly three decades of experience, he has held key positions in renowned companies such as Esso Production Malaysia, Smedvig Technologies, and Roxar. Under his leadership, Uzma has become a leading energy and technology company with operational offices across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. 

Karen Andries

Vice President Asia-Pacific Exploration & Production


Karen Andries joined TotalEnergies Asia-Pacific Division in September 2022, and she is country delegate for Malaysia, Brunei, Kazakhstan, China, Philippines, and Vietnam.

From 2019 to 2022, she was Vice President Multilateral Affairs in the Public Affairs Direction in Paris at TotalEnergies.

Karen Andries joined PetroFina Marketing & Services direction in 1997 in Brussels. Subsequently, she held several positions in Gas, Renewables & Power, Exploration & Production and Refining & Petrochemicals divisions of TotalEnergies and in different countries, such as Angola, Indonesia, Belgium and France.

Karen Westley

Vice-President, Carbon and Environment and Downstream Safety, Environment and Asset Management


Karen Westley is Shell’s Vice-President for Carbon and Environment and Downstream Safety, Environment and Asset Management. She has a BS in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MSc from Yale University in Tropical Ecology. She spent her early career working for a large international humanitarian organization: CARE International. She then joined the Shell Foundation in 2001, as part of the start up team, designing and implementing the Foundation’s strategy and managing energy and poverty programmes. She moved to Shell in 2005 and has held a wide range of leadership roles in sustainability, starting in social performance where she was Social Performance Manager and Head of Social Investment then moving to the commercial part of Shell – setting up a team and capability to manage the non- technical risks and opportunities associated with Shell’s Integrated Gas business, and leading the development of innovative value propositions across the gas value chain, including new energies. She then held a role as Global Carbon Solutions Manager for Shell and Global Opportunity Manager for Carbon Capture and Storage, Most recently she was was the Vice-President for Environment where she embedded Respecting Nature as a key pillar of Shell’s strategy. She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her two daughters.

Leo Pui Yong

Chief Sustainability Officer

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)

Ms Leo Pui Yong is currently the Chief Sustainability Officer of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) since 1st June 2023. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Universiti  Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and Master in Energy & Power System from University Malaya. Ms Leo Pui Yong is previously the Chief Risk Officer of TNB and has served in various engineering and managerial positions throughout her career with TNB. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and RIMS Certified Risk Management Professional.

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Executive Director


Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in 2017, at the level of Under-Secretary-General. She assumed her post in Nairobi, UN-Habitat headquarters, in 2018. In 2022, her term was extended upon the recommendation of the United Nations General Assembly.

Since joining the United Nations, Ms. Sharif has reformed and re-positioned UN-Habitat as a thought leader in sustainable urbanization. She is a vocal advocate for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and the nationally determined contributions to the Climate Action Paris Agreement. She presided over the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018; Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in 2020; and Katowice, Poland in June 2022, respectively. Ms. Sharif is co-Chair of the Secretary-General’s Task Force on the Future of Cities and co-Chair of the Local 2030 Coalition, designed to support and accelerate local-led delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. She is an advocate for local voluntary reviews of the New Urban Agenda. From January to December 2019, Maimunah Mohd Sharif was the Acting Director-General of the United Nations Offices in Nairobi. In May 2019, she headed the first United Nations Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sharif was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. In 2011, she became the first woman to be appointed President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai in Malaysia. She is also a member of the International Gender Champions, a leadership network launched in 2015 to promote gender equality.

Ms. Sharif began her career as a town planner at the Municipal Council of Penang Island in 1985. In November 2009, as its General Manager, Ms. Sharif established George Town World Heritage Incorporated and managed the George Town World Heritage Site, which was inscribed by UNESCO in July 2008.

Born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Ms. Sharif holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Town Planning Studies from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in the UK and a Master of Science in Planning Studies from the Malaysia Science University. She has received several awards. She is married and has two daughters.

Madelena Mohamed

Director, Sustainability Unit

Bank Negara Malaysia

Madelena Mohamed currently heads the Sustainability Unit at Bank Negara Malaysia which oversees the strategic direction and execution of the Bank’s climate change agenda. Since May 2022, she has also been co-chair of the NGFS Task Force on Capacity Building and Training. Between 2018 to July 2022, she was the Director of the Islamic Finance Department that is responsible for the formulation of strategic and prudential policies, as well as assessment of risks for the Malaysian Islamic Banking and Takaful industry. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Prudential Financial Policy Department which oversees the formulation of prudential policies for the Malaysian Banking and Insurance industries. Further, between 2008 to 2016, she headed the Financial Surveillance Department where she was responsible for financial stability surveillance, risk assessment functions as well as formulating macroprudential and financial crisis management policies for the Bank.

She has more than 25 years of experience spanning a broad range of financial stability issues including strategic, microprudential and macrofinancial policy formulation for the Malaysian Banking system. She was the key responsible person for the inaugural Financial Sector Assessment Programme for Malaysia in 2012 and was part of the Bank’s team that was responsible for the formulation of resolution strategies during the Asian Financial Crisis. Besides spearheading the formation of the Bank’s Financial Stability Executive Committee, Madelena was the Acting Chair of the IFSB Technical Committee and has represented the Bank in various external committees such as the Policy Development Group of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Financial Stability and Technical Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and Financial Stability Committee of the Labuan Financial Services Authority. A Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder, she graduated with a BSc Economics degree majoring in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.

Matthew Chan

Executive Director, Head of Sustainability and ESG Engagement, APAC

J.P. Morgan

Matthew is based in Hong Kong and joined J. P. Morgan in 2022, in a regional role advancing sustainability in the bank’s financing activities and throughout its operations across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining J. P. Morgan, Matthew lead the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)’s Public Policy and Sustainable Finance division, leading advocacy and market development efforts on behalf of 160+ member firms comprising international investment banks, professional services firms and market infrastructure providers operating across Asia Pacific’s capital markets.

Matt’s experience spans financial services, international commerce, technology, strategy, corporate governance, sustainability and environmental engineering. Since 2007, he has worked in business, industry relations and strategy roles at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and Thomson Reuters. He has also held corporate planning and strategy roles at PepsiCo International and Cadbury Schweppes, and business and policy advisor roles within the Australian Commonwealth Government.

Matt has Master of Commerce (Strategic Value Management), Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental – Hons) degrees. He became a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) in 2018.

Mazuin Ismail

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy


Mazuin Ismail graduated in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom and obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Mazuin’s career in PETRONAS began in 1991 as a Structural Engineer, Field Engineer and Company Site Representative for PETRONAS Carigali projects. Over the years, he took on various technical and leadership roles within PETRONAS Group. These include Head of Strategic Planning Petroleum Management Unit, Head of Projects & Engineering PETRONAS Carigali, and Vice President of Technical Global. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Senior Vice President of Project Delivery and Technology.

In 2018, Mazuin spearheaded the establishment of PETRONAS Corporate Venture Capital, managing investment fund to lead the Group effort in driving technology innovation and maintaining a competitive edge to support its core oil and gas business for further growth.

Mazuin serves as Chairman of PETRONAS Digital Sdn. Bhd., Chairman of Petroleum Research Fund and Chairman of iCEP. He serves as Director for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, PETRONAS International Corporation Ltd, and Institute of Technology PETRONAS Sdn Bhd, amongst others. He plays an active role in the World Economic Forum’s Oil & Gas Industry Action Group and Accenture Global Energy Board.

Meng Keong Lee

Managing Director for East Asia


Meng Keong “MK” Lee is the Managing Director in East Asia based in Kuala Lumpur, where he is responsible for the SLB Business in 8 countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore & Cambodia.

MK has over 20 years of experience in various roles with SLB, prior to his current assignment, he was working in London and Dubai being responsible for driving the adoption of Digital Technologies in SLB’s Integrated Performance Management projects globally and to customers in the Middle East and North Africa Region.


He has also held several senior management positions including a Global Transformation Strategy role, VP of Operations and HR Director for Asia Pacific.

MK started with SLB as a production data engineer before moving into various business development and sales management roles in Malaysia, UK, Australia, and France. He has also worked in Norway where he held a Line Management role for Scandinavia Business Unit.

MK earned his Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 2000.

Michael O’Dwyer

Managing Director, Global Co-Head Energy

Morgan Stanley

Michael O’Dwyer is a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Energy at Morgan Stanley, one of the leading global Investment Banks, with over 80,000 employees across 41 countries.

Michael joined Morgan Stanley in 2008 and is responsible for leading coverage of a wide range of companies in the natural resources sector, with a focus on supporting clients in the oil & gas and the energy transition areas.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Michael spent over 10 years with Lehman Brothers in the European energy group and before that, five years working with Eni SpA as an engineer in the Exploration & Production division, based in Italy and Norway.

In his investment banking career, Michael has advised on numerous M&A assignments for leading companies in all areas of the resources sector, as well as assisting in raising both debt and equity financing for a wide range of companies globally.

Michael holds degrees in Electronic Engineering and in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from London Business School.

Milton Catelin

Secretary General

International Gas Union

Milton Catelin is the Secretary General of the International Gas Union, a global gas industry organisation covering over 90% of the global gas market across the full value chain. Milton has a wealth of international energy and policy experience, having previously led the World Coal Association, served in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the International Energy Agency Industry Advisory Board, the Board Selection Panel of the Global Carbon Capture & Storage Institute, the Governing Board of the Gasification Technologies & Research Council of India, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on De-Carbonising, and the Advisory Committee to the SaskPower CCS Global Consortium (Canada). Milton has also led Australian climate change and ozone protection negotiation teams. Prior to his international work, Mr. Catelin had a successful career in the Australian government.

Mohamed Firouz Asnan

Senior Vice President, Malaysia Petroleum Management, Upstream Business


Mr. Mohamed Firouz Asnan is currently the Senior Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Management, the Upstream Business of PETRONAS. He was appointed to this role in June 2019. Firouz is a registered professional engineer and a member of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia

He graduated with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and holds a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow.

Firouz joined PETRONAS in 1989 as a facilities engineer in the Exploration & Production Division. Throughout the 34 years of his career in PETRONAS, he has progressed through a series of domestic and international assignments spanning both Upstream and Downstream businesses, including stints in the corporate centre.


In his previous role as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy from July 2017 to March 2019, he was instrumental in setting up the New Energy business of PETRONAS as part of the strategy to future-proof the organisation.

Presently, Firouz sits on the boards of several PETRONAS subsidiaries including Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and PETRONAS LNG Sdn Bhd. He also chairs PETRONAS’ venture capital outfit, PTV International Ventures Ltd. In addition, he serves on the board of Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority (MTJA) and Vice Chair of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP).

Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad Downstream PETRONAS

Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad, (PCG), the chemical arm of PETRONAS specialising in the manufacturing, marketing and selling of a diversified range of chemical products. Listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE), PCG is one of the largest integrated chemicals producers in Southeast Asia.

With a career spanning more than 34 years, he has vast experience in the oil and gas industry, including Vice President (Refining & Trading) of PETRONAS, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ethylene Malaysia Sdn Bhd (EMSB), and CEO of Optimal Group of Companies.


During his tenure as Vice President (Refining & Trading), he was responsible to steer and manage the oil value chain through refining and trading activities.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, USA and completed Advanced Management Programme with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with Board of Engineers Malaysia and a Fellow Chartered Engineer (FIChemE) with Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK.

Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman

President & CEO


Being the President and CEO, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). MIGHT is a premier partnership organisation in Malaysia and a powerhouse for futures thinking and knowledge advancement. MIGHT’s motto is “together, we make it happen”.

He aspires to elevate MIGHT as a highly connected and extensively networked organisation with centres of excellence around the globe. His current interest is in developing a framework for marketing of national aspirations and the high technology industry agenda.

In his efforts to increase business and technology opportunities for the local rail industry, he was elected as President, Malaysia Rail Industry Corporation (MARIC). He sits on the Board of several technology-related Government-link companies involved in renewable energy, technology park, aerospace, automotive, and technology financing; and a science park organisation under UNESCO. 

Montri Rawanchaikul


PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP)

Montri Rawanchaikul is CEO of PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), Thailand’s national E&P company. He brings more than 30 years of oil and gas E&P experience to move the company forward on its path to sustainable growth.

For the last few years, Mr Rawanchaikul has been the driving force behind several key achievements of PTTEP including an establishment PTTEP’s foothold in the Middle East together with a few successful acquisitions and over-sighting of all producing asset to strengthen long-term growth in Thailand and its neighboring countries.

Assuming the role of CEO in October 2021, Mr Rawanchaikul commits to lead PTTEP to thrive by strengthening E&P core values, while being responsible to the climate change agenda. Mr Rawanchaikul advocates carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives as he strongly believes in company’s upstream capability to materialize CCS projects to help making the world a better place.

Mr Rawanchaikul holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, a master’s degree in Exploration Geophysics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and recently receives an honorary doctorate degree in Applied Geophysics from Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Mr Rawanchaikul began his career as a geophysicist at PTTEP in 1991.

Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Haji Zaidel

Deputy State Secretary (Economic Planning and Development)

Department of the Premier of Sarawak

A Finance graduate from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 1994, Datu Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Bin Haji Zaidel attained a PhD in Finance at University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 2014. He is also a Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni. He is now the Deputy State Secretary Sarawak (Economic Planning and Development). Prior to the appointment, he was the Director, Economic Planning Unit Sarawak, a senior Finance lecturer at the Faculty of Economic and Business, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and subsequently appointed as the Special Administrative Officer to the Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak in charge of Project Strategy and Coordination, specifically responsible for initiating, implementing and coordination of high impact economic development project for Sarawak.

Muhamad Umar Swift


Bursa Malaysia Berhad

Muhamad Umar Swift is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bursa Malaysia Berhad, a position he has held since 2019. He serves as the director of all subsidiary companies within the Bursa Malaysia Group and is the Chairman of Bursa Malaysia Derivatives and Clearing.

As the CEO of the Exchange, Umar aspires to play a catalytic role in the economy’s transition to green, as expressed in the Exchange’s vision to become “ASEAN’s leading, sustainable and globally-connected marketplace”. His approach to achieving this is underscored in the Exchange’s mission which is to creating opportunities, growing value, for the stakeholders participating in the ecosystem while improving investability for issuers and investors.

Umar has more than 25 years of leadership experience across multiple industries. Prior to joining the Exchange, he was the CEO / Group Managing Director of MAA Group Berhad.

Umar currently serves on the Boards of Securities Industry Development Corporation, Capital Market Development Fund and Malaysia Forest Fund. He is also the advisor for the UN Global Compact Network Malaysia and Brunei as well as Councillor of the Overseas Regional Council of Malaysia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Besides being a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, he also holds various fellowships and qualifications in accounting and finance, including Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia, to name a few.

Nicke Widyawati

President Director & CEO


As President Director and CEO of Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned energy company, Nicke oversees an enterprise with more than $57 billion in annual revenue and around 34,000 employees around the globe. She ranked 25th in Forbes as the most powerful women international in 2020 and has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the most powerful women outside the US in 2020 and 2021, and also as one of the most powerful Women 2022 by Fortune Indonesia. The newest, she is the only woman from Indonesia and even from an ASEAN country included in the Most Powerful Women International list – Fortune. Nicke was also listed as one of two women from the Asian region who received the award for 2022. Nicke also increased women’s role in companies and society, and received international recognition for the 2021 Asia-Pacific Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) award in the Leadership Commitment category.

The government recently reaffirmed its confidence in her to carry out Pertamina’s transformation to a holding company with publicly listed subsidiaries over the next few years.

Nicke began her career nearly 33 years ago while still undergoing undergraduate education at Bandung Institute of Technology. After that, she had worked at Rekayasa Industri and was involved in several projects in collaboration with Pupuk Sriwijaya in Palembang, Lhokseumawe, Cilegon, and Malaysia. Then, she joined Mega Eltra, a state-owned enterprise engaged in electricity, and became the company’s chief director. After joining Mega Eltra, she was drawn to PLN as Director of Strategic Procurement I in 2014. In 2017, she began her career at Pertamina as Director of Human Resources and acted as Director of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Infrastructure. After only a few months in office, she was made the acting President Director and concurrently Human Resources Director before being appointed as President Director and CEO of Pertamina on August 30, 2018.

Nicke Widyawati was selected as The Chair of The Energy, Sustainability, and Climate Task Force of The Business Twenty (B20) as part of the 17th G20 Summit 2022. With various experience in several state-owned enterprises, Nicke has committed around $68 billion investment for the next five years in an ambitious vision to ensure the availability, accessibility, affordability, acceptability, and sustainability of energy in the country. She is working to support Indonesia’s energy transition by building a portfolio of renewable energy sources to power the country in the future.

Nobumitsu Hayashi


Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

JBIC is policy-based financial institution wholly owned by the Government of Japan and conducts worldwide lending, investment, and guarantee operations, in order to support Japanese companies and the sound development of the Japanese economy, and to contribute to the global community in its quest for SDGs and carbon neutrality.

Mr. Hayashi, started his professional career at the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan upon graduating the University of Tokyo in 1980. Since then, he held various senior positions at the Ministry, in charge of economic policy, government finance, and international finance, including Director-General of the Finance Bureau and President of the Policy Research Institute, and finally was appointed Commissioner of the National Tax Administration in 2014. He was Executive Assistant to Prime Minister from 2007 to 2008 and, from 2010 to 2012, served as Executive Director for Japan at the World Bank Group.

Norman Lonergan

Global People Advisory Services Leader

Ernst & Young Global Limited

As the Global People Advisory Services leader, Norman is passionate about helping businesses reimagine their people and workforce agenda whilst putting humans at the center. Prior to this Norman was a member of the EY Global Executive Board as the Global Vice Chair – Advisory. Norman led the Global Advisory business since inception and was instrumental in setting the strategy to serve global clients to address complex industry issues and capitalise on opportunities to grow, improve and protect their businesses. Under his tenure the business delivered strong growth year-on-year to over $11b of revenue and a 75,000-person strong business up until July 2020. Our Advisory practice has been recognized by the industry with accolades such as being ranked number one in Business Consulting, as well as being named leaders in Risk, Cyber, People Advisory Services, Digital, Innovation, Robotic Process Automation, Finance and Supply Chain and Operations by industry analysts.

Nurhisham Hussein

Chief Strategy Officer

Employees Provident Fund

Nurhisham Hussein is Chief Strategy Officer of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) where he heads up the Strategy Division, which includes the Strategy Management Department, Corporate Affairs Department, Corporate Sustainability Department, Centre of Excellence Department and Economy & Research Department.

Prior to this role, Hisham was EPF’s Head of the Economics and Capital Markets Department where he oversaw the economic surveillance of over 20 economies across the globe, contributing to the investment process at EPF.

Hisham began his career in merchant banking in the 1990s, and has held several economics and strategy related roles with various financial institutions, including Perwira Affin Bank, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and the Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad (MARC).

Hisham holds a Bachelors of Science (Econs) in Monetary Economics from the University of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Masters in Economics from University Malaya (UM).

Octávio Simões

President & CEO


Octávio Simões is an energy industry executive with over 40 years of experience. Currently he is CEO and President of Tellurian. Tellurian is engaged in the exploration, production and sales of natural gas, pipeline development and construction, development and construction of liquefaction terminals, and LNG sales and trading.

Previously, he was President and CEO of Sempra LNG & Midstream, responsible for all LNG and natural gas midstream activities to build and operate LNG regasification terminals, liquefaction facilities, natural gas pipelines and storage projects. He led the company’s efforts at Cameron LNG, Energia Costa Azul LNG and Port Arthur LNG.

Prior to being in the LNG business, he spent 22 years in the power generation sector designing, developing, and building power plants, including nuclear, oil, coal, gas, hydro, and solar. Activities covered various markets in all continents.

Simões has degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. He is a registered professional engineer.

Simões is currently the chair of the US-Korea Business Council, a director on the US-India Business Council, and a member of the Presidential Portuguese Diaspora Council. Simões is a native of Lisbon, Portugal.

Patrick Muttart

Senior Vice-President of External Relations

TC Energy

Patrick Muttart is a global public affairs strategist and business leader.

He currently serves as Senior Vice-President of External Relations for TC Energy, a leading North American energy infrastructure company. At TC Energy he oversees the company’s public policy, government relations, communications and community relations activities.

From 2012 to 2020, he was based in Asia-Pacific and led external affairs and communications teams in Hong Kong, Australia and the Philippines. During this time he collaborated with numerous national and regional business associations including the US ASEAN Business Council and APEC CEO Summit.

Earlier in his career, Patrick worked as a political consultant and political adviser, including his time as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Peter Bakker

President & CEO

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

For over a decade (since 2012), Peter has led the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), based in Geneva, Switzerland. WBCSD is the global, CEO-led community of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and equitable future.

Peter is a distinguished business leader who, until June 2011, served as CFO and then CEO of TNT NV, the global transport and logistics company. He has been recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009), the Sustainability Leadership Award (2010) and the Prix Voltaire International (2023). Peter serves as a member of several corporate sustainability advisory boards.

He received the royal order Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2018 in recognition of his long-lasting commitment to engaging business in tackling global sustainability issues.

Peter Zaman


HFW Law Firm

With over 20 years’ experience as a transactional lawyer in the UK, EU and Asia, Peter’s practice spans commodities, derivatives, structured products and climate finance. His rare combination of commodities and climate finance expertise enables him to provide a holistic view and skillset that is crucial to support businesses in the energy transition pathway.

Peter is a global market leader in his field and has been active in climate finance and environmental products markets since 2004. He has experienced all the ‘ups and downs’ of carbon markets in the EU ETS, under the Kyoto Protocol, in the pilot markets in China, the voluntary markets, UERs, RECs, ROCs and Article 6 markets under the Paris Agreement. Having both buy-side and sell-side experience, Peter carries the benefit of his unique perspective and experience.

He is an active member of a number of industry groups including ISDA, IETA and EFET. 

Philip See

Group Chief Sustainability Officer

Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG)

Philip was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Loyalty & Travel Solutions (MAG) in January 2023, and double hatting as Group Chief Sustainability Officer of Malaysia Aviation Group. Prior to this, Philip was the CEO of Firefly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MAG, since January 2019.

Philip joined Malaysia Airlines as Head of Strategy and Network. He is no stranger to the Group, having served in the Turnaround Management Office (TMO) in 2004. Under TMO, he was responsible for implementing the Business Turnaround Plan and, consequently, the Business Transformation Plan. Philip left the airline in 2010 and rejoined Malaysia Airlines in 2015.

Before joining Malaysia Airlines in 2004, Philip was with Deutsche Bank as a Financial Analyst in the London office, looking at equity and mergers and acquisition (M&A) markets in the Asia Pacific region. He was also a consultant with Arthur D. Little, before joining the airline. Philip holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering (MEng) from Imperial College London, UK.

Proscovia Nabbanja


Uganda National Oil Company

Proscovia Nabbanja is the Chief Executive officer of the Uganda National Oil Company. She is responsible for executing the company’s Corporate Strategy and Plans, managing the business aspects of State Participation across the petroleum value chain, including upstream, refining, transportation and storage and identifying new commercially viable investments. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer – Upstream, Uganda National Oil Company.  She has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector.  She started her career as a Geologist with the Ministry of energy and Mineral Development.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Imperial College Business School, London, a Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and Chemistry from Makerere University. 

Razman Hashim

Senior Vice President, Group Legal & Group General Counsel


Razman joined PETRONAS after being called to the Malaysian Bar in 1998 and has since served various functions within PETRONAS. He started in Legal Finance where he was involved in financing of projects followed by a few international postings for Sudan and Iraq operations. He was also the Head, Legal Upstream International in charge of legal affairs of PETRONAS international upstream business until 2017.

Prior to assuming his current position, he served as Senior General Counsel, Legal Upstream from 2017 where he was responsible for the entire legal services for PETRONAS upstream business, both in Malaysia and globally.

He was appointed as Senior Vice President, Group Legal and Group General Counsel in 2021.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Shariah from the International Islamic University of Malaysia and is a licensed Company Secretary.

Roongrote Rangsiyopash

President & CEO


Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash has been President & CEO of SCG since 2016.

He joined SCG in 1987, and held many management positions within the group, such as President – SCG Packaging (2010-2014, formerly known as SCG Paper), CFO and Vice President of SCG (2005-2010), Director of Corporate Planning (2000-2005) and President of Tile Cera; SCG’s ceramics tiles operations in the U.S.A. (1998-1999).

Mr. Rangsiyopash holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School (1993), an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington (1987), and a B.Eng. from Chulalongkorn University (1985).

He is married with one child and enjoys golf amongst his hobby.

Sanjay Sharma

Vice president, CEO – China, VP - Business Development - S.E. Asia & India


Sanjay SHARMA is Vice President of ArcelorMittal and serves as CEO – China and VP of Business Development – S. E. Asia & India. Sanjay serves on boards of multiple business entities and Joint Ventures of ArcelorMittal.

Sanjay joined ArcelorMittal in 2001 and was part of the first team on the ground to build ArcelorMittal‘s China operations from its early stages. Sanjay served in multiple leadership roles in China JVs – CEO for VAMA and earlier COO at Hunan Valin Steel. Prior to his role in Hunan Valin he was the General Manager M & A in the ArcelorMittal Corporate team.

In his recent role of CEO – China & India he worked as a core team member in building large industrial footprint for ArcelorMittal in India through acquisition of Essar Steel. With transaction value of over USD 8 billion, the largest transaction in steel industry globally in recent decade, in 2020 the transaction got recognized with famous many awards like M&A Deal of the Year, and S&P Global award.

Sanjay has worked earlier with McKinsey & Co and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

Sanjay holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and B. E. (Honours), Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He is alumnus of Harvard Business School‘s Advance Management Programme.

Sazali Hamzah

Executive Vice President & CEO of Downstream


As the EVP & CEO of Downstream, Sazali is responsible for the refining, manufacturing, trading, and marketing value chain related to crude oil, petroleum as well as petrochemicals products. This includes the largest retail networks in Malaysia and South Africa under the brand names of PETRONAS and Engen respectively.

Prior to this role, Sazali was the Senior Vice President and MD/CEO of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), a listed entity on Bursa Malaysia. Sazali spearheaded PCG from 2014 to 2021 — under his seven-year leadership, the company recorded growth in sales volume by 37% and market capitalisation by 64% in commodity and specialty chemicals from 52 subsidiaries with 24 production plants located in Malaysia, The Netherlands, Canada, Singapore, and Germany. PCG was ranked in the top 10 of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Chemicals Sector (2021).

Sazali began his career in 1990 at PETRONAS’s first refinery (PPTSB) located in Kertih, Terengganu, Malaysia. His first 20 years’ experience covers petroleum refining, petrochemical, technical and engineering services, and project deliveries. His notable achievements include leading megaprojects and plant commercial operations of Kertih Aromatics Complex, as well as PETRONAS second refinery complex expansion in Melaka that includes base oil and COGEN power plants. In 2008, as the Plant Manager at the PETRONAS’s refinery facility in Melaka, Sazali led the team to achieve top quartile plant performance on Solomon Benchmarking. In 2012, he was appointed MD/CEO of the refinery.

Sazali graduated with a BSc. Chemical Engineering from Lamar University, Texas, USA (1989) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He completed a senior management programme at London Business School (2005) before attending the Advanced Management Programme at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2014). He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel for the C-THRU research project, providing critical insight and guidance to drive C-THRU’s research ambitions in securing the sustainability of the petrochemical sector.

Sazali sits on the board of PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB), PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad, and the Pengerang Petroleum refinery and petrochemicals companies, namely, PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation Sdn Bhd (PRPC) and PRefChem Sdn Bhd. Sazali was conferred the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka award by Yang Dipertua Negeri Melaka, which carries the title Datuk (2015).

Shamsairi Mohd Ibrahim

Vice President, LNG Marketing & Trading


Shamsairi M Ibrahim is the Vice President of LNG Marketing & Trading in PETRONAS. In this role, he oversees the marketing and trading of LNG in Asia, Europe and the Americas on top of energy commodities trading in the UK and Europe.

He started his career in PETRONAS in 1991 as a Marketing Executive in Malaysia LNG Sdn. Bhd. (“MLNG”) and was transferred to Malaysian International Trading Corporation (Japan) Sdn. Bhd. (“MITCO”) in 1999. He returned to MLNG in 2004, where he held multiple positions including roles in marketing and operations in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan markets.

In 2008, Shamsairi ventured in chemical business after seconded to Optimal Group of Companies. His career within petrochemical business was further cemented as he led the Commercial – Olefins & Derivatives Department and later the Marketing and Sales Division for the PETRONAS Chemical Group.


In 2017, he was appointed as the CEO of PETRONAS Chemicals Marketing (Labuan) Ltd. and the Head of Commercial for PETRONAS Chemical Group Berhad, responsible for the Group’s overall commercial excellence. Shamsairi also sits on several Boards within the PETRONAS Group of Companies.

He graduated with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from National College of Technology, Japan and obtained an Executive MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Shamsul Bahari Salleh

CEO, PETCO Trading Labuan Company Limited, Downstream Business


Shamsul Bahari Salleh is a visionary and highly accomplished CEO with a proven track record of driving growth and innovation in the energy trading industry. With over 8 years of experience in executive leadership roles in PETCO, he continuously steers PETCO to achieve the company’s aspiration in becoming the preferred energy trading partner leveraging PETRONAS’ value chain through innovative solutions for sustainable future.

Shamsul started his career with PETRONAS in 1991 as an Executive (Site Engineer) for PETRONAS Gas Berhad before being appointed as a Mechanical Engineer in MMC Engineering Services S/B several months later. He continued his service as a Design Engineer Executive until 1992, before venturing into energy trading career as an Operations Executive at the International Marketing Division in 1993.

His vast experience in PETCO includes the appointment as a Senior Trader in Crude Oil Department, Trading Manager for PETCO’s Dubai Office. He then continued his service as the Manager of the Persian Gulf Red Sea Department for 7 years before being appointed as the General Manager of Crude Oil in 2009. Prior to his appointment as the CEO on 1 May 2015, Shamsul was the General Manager of Products.  

Shamsul holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University of Tasmania, Australia in 1990. He further pursues his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in 1999 as well as Advance INSEAD Management Programme.

For his knowledge and experience close to 30 years in the industry, Shamsul currently sits on various Board of Directors namely Indian Oil Petronas Private Ltd (IPPL), PETRONAS LNG Limited (PLL), PETCO Group of Companies and is appointed as the Industry Advisor to Politeknik Muadzam Shah.  

Ts. Shamsul Bahar


Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC)

With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Ts Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor has a deep understanding of the sector. He has played a vital role in developing and implementing strategies to integrate sustainable practices into business operations. His extensive leadership positions in sustainability-related organisations demonstrate his dedication to driving change and accelerating innovation to achieve sustainable development goals.

He brings a wealth of industry knowledge and practical experience as an Adjunct Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Council Member for Professional Alliance for Circular Economy at Universiti Teknologi Petronas, and Country Representative in the ALP Steering Committee at the Asia LEDS Partnership.

Ts. Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor has held prominent leadership positions in organisations such as Sustainable Business Network Association Malaysia, Green Growth Asia Foundation, and Planters Industrial Cooperative and was an HRD Corp Industry Expert Committee member, providing expert guidance on capacity-building training courses.

As the CEO of MGTC, he has spearheaded numerous initiatives that have helped the company become a leader in the green technology space. Known for his inspirational leadership style, he works hard to foster a culture of collaboration, creativity, and inclusivity. He believes that with a collective commitment to change, we can create a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable world for generations to come.

Haji Sharbini Suhaili

Group CEO

Sarawak Energy

Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili is the Group CEO of Sarawak Energy, Malaysia’s largest renewable energy developer and producer.

Under his leadership, Sarawak Energy is progressing towards full electrification targets, decarbonising the energy sector towards a low carbon economy, and growing Sarawak Energy’s aspiration to become the renewable energy powerhouse and battery of ASEAN.

Datu Haji Sharbini serves as an elected board member of the International Hydropower Association and a council member of Energy Transition Malaysia Alliance, a coalition consisting of Malaysian energy leaders to drive energy transition in the country. He has also been appointed as Singapore Management University’s International Advisory Council in Malaysia.

A former Royal Dutch Shell scholar who worked with Shell and PETRONAS in senior leadership positions before joining Sarawak Energy in 2016, Datu Haji Sharbini holds a degree in engineering (Hons) from University of Leeds, UK, and an MBA from Henley Management College, UK.

Srikant Kadambi

Managing Director for Energy & Sustainability

Microsoft Asia

Srikant Kadambi has served the Energy industry for over two and a half decades & is now keenly working with Energy majors as the industry gears up for a major disruption with humanity on the cusp of yet another energy transition. How is the world going to grapple with the 51 billion tons of GHG that we add to the atmosphere annually, & the role the Energy industry is going to play in mitigating this phenomenon.

The variety & spectrum was of Mr. Kadambi’s work experience spans across a diverse range areas :

  • running the x86 server channel business across Asia Pacific & Japan for one of the largest OEM’s on the planet
  • Country head & chief evangelist for a 3D Printing pioneer 16 years ago – when 3D printing & rapid manufacturing was still akin to rocket science
  • Involved in R&D teams that explored application of nanotechnology for seismic data acquisition.
  • CAD, CAM, CAE & HPC applications

Steven Bartholomeusz

Head of Public Affairs, Asia Pacific


Steven Bartholomeusz is the Head of Public Affairs for Asia Pacific at Neste, and leads all public policy and advocacy efforts in the company’s engagement with governments, public sector organisations, think tanks and other key stakeholders in the region.

He is responsible for working with stakeholders to develop policies related to transport and the circular economy, covering Neste’s Renewable Road Transport, Renewable Aviation and Renewable Polymers and Chemicals businesses. With the need to advance acceptance of a wide feedstock base for biofuels, Steven also supports the Feedstock Growth and Supply teams in the region.

Steven is an experienced public affairs professional with over 20 years of international, regional and local experience in the oil and gas industry, hydropower and public utilities, food and beverage industry. He spent three years as the news manager for a private radio station in Sri Lanka and correspondent for the Voice of America, covering the terrorist conflict in the island nation.

Steven spent 13 years with Shell in corporate communications, public affairs and sustainability roles in Sri Lanka, New Zealand, London and Singapore where he was responsible for communications activities for a downstream project in 11 Asia-Pacific markets. He spent three years with Sarawak Energy helping to set up the company’s sustainability division and leading social and environmental plan developments for large hydropower projects. Prior to joining Neste, Steven was responsible for leading policy and communication activities at Food Industry Asia, an industry association representing over 30 of the world’s largest food companies and has worked closely with the nutrition division of Japanese company, Ajinomoto.

Steven has a Masters in Communication from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with honors and a B.A in Mass Communication from Winona State University, Minnesota, USA.

Sushil Purohit



Sushil is a well-recognised industry leader with nearly 30 years of overall experience in the energy and power business, with passion to drive the global transition towards a decarbonized future. Prior to Gentari, Sushil spent over 24 years with Wärtsilä Corporation, a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. His last position was the President of Wärtsilä Energy, and Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Management at Wärtsilä Corporation.

Sushil’s expertise and experience in the energy sector span across the globe, with a demonstrated track record of overseeing operations in over 70 countries. He has held other key positions in Wärtsilä Group, including as Vice President for Energy Business (Americas), Vice President for Energy Business (Middle East, Asia, and Australia) and Vice President for Renewables and Energy Storage (Global). Under his leadership, the growth of its Energy Business established Wärtsilä as a top balancing technology provider in grid balancing engine power plants and battery energy storage systems, and eventually securing its position as a key player in the grid scale energy storage market. Wärtsilä decarbonize rapidly, economically, and in a reliable manner.

Sushil graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Institute of Management Technology, India and Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India.

Tadashi Maeda

Chairman of the Board

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Special Advisor to the Cabinet

The Government of Japan

Graduated University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 1980. At JBIC, he has held various positions including Director-General of Energy & Natural Resources Finance Department ;
Managing Executive Officer & Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group ; Senior Managing Director ;CEO & Executive Managing Director and Governor.

From June 2010 to December 2012, he served as Special Advisor to the Cabinet of the Government of Japan. He has also served as a member of the Steering Committee of Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund from October 2011 to October 2013. He became a member of the IISS Council from June 2014 to 2017. From September 2022, he is serving as Special Advisor to the Cabinet, the Government of Japan again.

Tatsuya Terazawa

Chairman & CEO

Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)

Mr. Terazawa has been leading the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), one of the leading energies thinktanks in the world, to present pathways to achieve carbon neutrality as well as to recommend measures to enhance energy security for the governments and industries since he became the Chairman and CEO of IEEJ in July 2021. He has been a very active global speaker in the discussions concerning global climate issues and energy security. Before joining IEEJ, he supported the then Minister Yasutoshi NISHIMURA as the Senior Advisor of the Cabinet Office between January and June 2021 to assist the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the formulation of the Growth Strategy including the Japanese “Green New Deal”.

Earlier, he served at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan where he held leading positions including the Vice Minister for International Affairs. In this role, he assisted the then Prime Minister Shinzo ABE, participating in many of the meetings with the leaders of the world. He also played a crucial role in the coordination for the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit. Through September 2011 to December 2012, he served as the Executive Secretary to the then Prime Minister Yoshihiko NODA. During this period, he assisted the Prime Minister on the Government’s multiple challenges to deal with the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

He has been the Senior Specially Appointed Professor at the Tokyo University of Science, teaching international negotiations since January 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law. He also studied at Harvard University in the United States, where he earned MBA in 1990. He was born in January 1961 in Osaka, Japan.


  • Senior Research Fellow, the Canon Institute for Global Studies
  • Member, Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan
  • Member, Board of Governors, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Member of Delegation, Japan Society of Energy and Resources

Tetsuo Yamada

Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation

Tetsuo Yamada is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation. Throughout his 40-year career in the oil & gas industry, he held a variety of executive assignments including Chief Engineering Manager in Saudi Arabia at Arabian Oil Company. In April 2006, he joined JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation, an upstream division of ENEOS Group, as an Executive Officer and led key development projects in US, Middle East and UK. Today, he oversees the company’s low carbon initiatives as a Chief Strategy Officer. JX Nippon is a pioneer in commercial-scale CCUS project, Petra Nova CCUS project in US, and is now committed to expand its capacities and capabilities in the Asian market.

Thomas Chhoa

Senior Advisor

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Thomas is a Senior Advisor at the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. He provides advice to the senior leadership team and heads the Singapore unit to collaborate and support local stakeholders and entities to achieve its mission in Singapore and internationally.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Thomas had a long – standing career in Shell, and had several international assignments across the world including Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Qatar and Singapore. He has worked in different fields including engineering and technology, project and business development, venture set-up, and global business leadership. After nearly 35 years in Shell, he retired in 2016.

He has also been a Senior Advisor at Economic Development Innovations Singapore. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, part-time lecturing there as well as the Singapore Management University. Thomas has been a board member of Singapore LNG Corporation, Shell Eastern Trading (Pte.) Ltd. and Yueyang Sinopec Shell Gasification Co. Ltd. He is currently a board member of Abaxx Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Tim Gould

Chief Energy Economist

International Energy Agency (IEA)

Tim Gould was appointed the Agency’s Chief Energy Economist in 2021. As Chief Energy Economist, he provides strategic advice on energy economics across a wide range of IEA activities and analysis. Mr Gould is also Head of the Division for Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks, in which capacity he co-leads the World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s flagship publication, and oversees the Agency’s work on investment and finance, including the World Energy Investment report.

Mr Gould joined the IEA in 2008, initially as a specialist on Russian and Caspian energy, and in recent years has designed and directed the World Energy Outlook together with the IEA’s Chief Energy Modeller while contributing to the Outlook as a principal author. Prior to joining the IEA, Mr Gould worked on European and Eurasian energy issues in Brussels and has ten years of experience in Eastern Europe, primarily in Ukraine. He graduated from Oxford University and has a post-graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

Tim Rockell

Managing Director

Energy Strat Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore

Tim founded Energy Strat Asia in Singapore in 2019 focussed on supporting specialist services and technology companies in the energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors. His local and international client base includes innovative companies planning on developing and growing their footprint in Asia. For start-ups and scale-ups he supports the development and execution of his clients’ customer and investor propositions and domestic and international development.

He spent over two decades in KPMG in roles establishing and building the Energy & Natural Resources sector practice. Joining in the United Kingdom 25 years ago and transferring to Singapore in 2012 where he launched the KPMG Global Energy Institute for Asia Pacific. From 2000-2009 he was the sector’s global Executive Director under a period of rapid growth; based in London from 2000-2005 and the Middle East from 2005-2012.

He leads relationships with large energy companies interfacing with government, regulators, academia and financial players. He has project experience in strategy, risk, deal advisory and management consulting.

External Industry sector roles include:  

  • Management Board Member of the Energy Studies Institute at National University of Singapore 
  • Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce, Energy & Utilities Business Committee in Singapore 
  • Fellow and Vice Chairman of the Energy Institute (UK) Singapore Branch Committee 
  • Committee Member of the Women in Energy, Asia network, a Singapore Society 
  • Board Advisor to Newcastle University (UK) and Research Institute in Singapore

He currently advises companies ranging in fields of Artificial Intelligence through to Green Hydrogen production.  In his roles with KPMG, he coordinated relationships with leading industry bodies such as the World Petroleum Council and the patron’s program with the World Energy Council and led activities at their Congresses.

He is a regular participant at the Singapore Energy Summit at the Singapore International Energy Week, hosting the regulatory session in 2019 and the Low Carbon Economy panel session, the Regional Interconnectivity panel in 2021, the Technology Development for Energy Transition panel at the Singapore-IRENA Summit in 2021 and the COP26 and Net Zero commercial opportunities ThinkTank Roundtables in 2020-2022. He chaired the Asian Downstream Summit in 2021 and 2022.

He has moderated the ASEAN Energy Dialogue series with the International Energy Agency’s Executive Director. He is a regular panellist on Diversity & Inclusion roundtables. He has strong interest in Urban infrastructure development and Energy Transition.

Tom Reichert

Global CEO


Tom Reichert leads ERM, the world’s largest pure-play sustainability consultancy globally. Leading a team of over 7,500 professionals in over 170 offices across 39 countries, he is an expert with about 30 years of experience in the technology, business, and sustainability consulting services industry.

Having lived and worked extensively across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, he has delivered outstanding, rapid growth for global businesses and industries, with a particular focus on large-scale change, transformation, enablement, and technology.

Prior to taking on the role of Global CEO at ERM, he served as the Global Leader of DigitalBCG at Boston Consulting Group, Global Practice Area Chair, and a member of BCG’s Executive and Operating Committees.

He was a former BCG Chair of North America, overseeing operations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and was also the global leader of BCG’s Technology Advantage practice.

Tom has a passion for ski racing and is an avid soccer player.

Tze San Koh

President of China Gas Marketing


Tze San joined Esso Singapore in 1992 and has 30+ years of global, commercial and operations experience. She served in various senior executive roles in the Upstream, Downstream and Procurement. After spending >10 years in US and Canada, in late 2019, she relocated to Beijing as President of China Gas Marketing – responsible for ExxonMobil’s fast growing LNG business in China.

In 2020, Tze San was named as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas by the Diversity and Leadership Conference. She strives to live every day to the fullest. Her faith as a Christian helps her to be grounded.

Tze San holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nanyang Technological University and Bachelor’s degree from National University of Singapore. She has also attended multiple executive courses at Columbia Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Uwem Ukpong

Vice President of Global Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Uwem Ukpong is Vice President of Global Services at Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this role, he leads experienced cloud experts from across four key business units, including training, professional services in commercial and public sectors, customer support and managed services, and security. Together, Global Services empowers customers to take on transformative initiatives that drive cloud adoption and enhance value to their business and customers. In collaboration with our network of cloud-certified partners, Uwem and team enable customers to rapidly scale their transformation journey from consultation on initial solution design, to building applications, through to ongoing optimization and support.

Having joined AWS in 2022, Uwem is passionate about helping customers achieve seamless migration and modernization to the cloud and supporting them throughout their entire cloud journey. As the leader of a global team distributed across 51 countries, he’s committed to the Amazon mission to become Earth’s Best Employer, as well as promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity within his team and across the organization.

Uwem brings nearly 30 years of deep industry experience across technology, operations, energy, and software domains. He previously served as EVP Regions Alliances and Enterprise Sales for Baker Hughes, where he led global oil and gas operations across North America, Latin America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific and China, and also held positions as Chief Global Operations Officer and VP of Integration. Among the initiatives he led while there, Uwem oversaw the successful integration of the $32 billion merger between GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes. Prior to Baker Hughes, Uwem served as President of Schlumberger Software, where he was responsible for strategic development and commercialization of industry software and services for reservoir characterization, production optimization, and drilling.

Uwem earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria, and a Master of Science in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Vikram Kapur

Group President – Growth Business (Green Hydrogen, Carbon Credits, Digital) & International


Vikram Kapur is a Senior Leader in the green energy/decarbonization space and Group President at Renew – one of world’s leading green energy company. Vikram sits on the management board of Renew and reports into the Chairman of Renew.

In his role, he is responsible for building three large global businesses for Renew – Green hydrogen/Ammonia, Carbon Offsets and Digital; Vikram also leads Renew’s foray into International Markets, Leads a team of global green energy technologists with a view to invest in emerging green technologies and is responsible for defining the overall strategy of the company.

Prior to joining Renew, Vikram spent 17 years at Global Management Consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He was a Senior Partner at McKinsey and lead McKinsey’s Energy and Material practice and before that McKinsey’s Infrastructure practice in India. Vikram also chaired McKinsey’s Client committee in India and was part of the Risk and Investment committee at the India office.

Vikram is a Chemical Engineer, completing his degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi). He is also a MBA, specialized in Finance and Marketing from the prestigious Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, where he was on the Dean’s list.

He splits his time between London, US and Delhi, traveling extensively around the world meeting global leaders in green energy.

Wang Zhangling

Chairman of the Board


Wang Zhangling serves as the Chairman of the Board at COOEC. COOEC is a leading EPCI contractor specializing in offshore oil and gas projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

With a remarkable career spanning over three decades, Mr. Wang has demonstrated exceptional leadership prowess in various capacities. His notable ascent began when he assumed the presidency of COOEC in 2020, accompanied by a well-deserved appointment to the company’s board. Recognizing his outstanding contributions, the Board of Directors further entrusted him with the esteemed position of Chairman in April 2023.

Prior to these pivotal roles, Mr. Wang served as the Deputy General Manager of the Supply Chain Management Department at CNOOC starting from August 2019. In February 2016, he held the influential position of General Manager at the E&C Center of CNOOC Tianjin.

Drawing upon his extensive expertise accumulated over 30 years in the energy industry, Mr. Wang is at the helm of COOEC’s transformative journey towards a sustainable future. Under his visionary guidance, COOEC is poised to make significant advancements in shaping the energy landscape for the better.

Wong Yin Kee

Managing Director

ENGIE Services Malaysia

WONG Yin Kee is the Managing Director of ENGIE Services Malaysia, one of the entities under ENGIE South East Asia, a cluster with a fast-growing team of over 2,000 employees with presence in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines to provide tailor-made integrated energy solutions for our customers in commercial buildings, industries, and cities.

Yin Kee manages the business and operations for ENGIE in Malaysia, leading a high performing team of energy experts and multi disciplinary professionals to develop strategy and accelerate business growth focusing on district cooling systems, energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) solutions for both Commercial and Industrial clients.


With over 20 years of hands-on experience in various aspects of business management, from corporate planning, project development, direct investments, deal structuring, people management, to engineering, HR and project operations, Yin Kee is a proven business manager with strong experience in strategic partnerships, P&L growth, team leadership and M&A investments across Energy, Engineering and Industrial sectors in Asia. Yin Kee has a strong track record in business development and delivering organic and inorganic business growth in challenging markets such as China and Myanmar.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honors) from University of Sheffield, UK and accomplished an Executive Management Program by Schlumberger-INSEAD. He is also a Registered Electrical Energy Manager, certified by Energy Commission of Malaysia.

Xiang Ji

Head of APAC Region, Head of Cloud Operation Business

Wanbang New Energy (StarCharge)

Mr. Xiang has experience of over 17 years in the fields of marketing, operations and organizational management. After working for 5 years in a Japanese enterprise, he has close to 10 years of successful entrepreneurship experience in e-commerce, Internet business and other fields. He was recognized as one of Forbes China’s 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in 2013. As a management consultant at the Japan Ability Association Consulting Company, Mr. Xiang served several well-known Japanese multinational enterprises, providing management consulting services such as efficiency improvement and cost reduction. As a co-founder of companies such as Aiken Jeans and Star Waka, he has held positions such as Executive Vice President and COO, responsible for company operations, financing and more.

With StarCharge, he participate in company’s market research and strategy development; draft long-term plans and budgets for the responsible business unit. He also establish the organization and marketing strategies for business unit, execute annual plans. In addition to that, he build and cultivate a nationwide cloud business team, and lead to achieve annual growth goals. Last but not least, he also establish business strategy and development, organization management in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Xiang holds a Bachelor of Japanese Language from North China University of Technology.

Xiao Zhonghuai

Vice President

Zhejiang Zhink Group Co., Ltd.

Mr. Xiao has entered the polyester industry since 2003, and has successively engaged in international trade, enterprise management, industrial investment, IPO listing, etc. He has more than 18 years’ experience in corporate management, industrial research and management, industrial investment and capital operations in the chemical raw materials and fiber industries, and has been awarded the title of “Hangzhou High Level Talent”.

Mr. Xiao is currently in charge of strategic development, industrial investment, capital operation, international trade, and other work in Zhink Group. Founded in 1997, Zhink Group is a modern group enterprise focused on the development of the PET for food and textile industries, with headquarter in Hangzhou, China. Zhink Group has 7 bases in China, own a listed company (Wankai New Materials, stock code:301216. SZ), and has awarded awarded Top 500 private enterprises in China and Top 500 manufacturing enterprises in China for many years.

Datuk Yatimah Sarjiman

Deputy Secretary General (Sectoral)

Ministry of Economy, Malaysia

Zafar Samadov

Programme Officer Partnerships

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Zafar Samadov is Programme Officer Partnerships at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He supports the Agency on the multilateral and bilateral partnerships initiatives Collaborative Framework Enhancing Dialogue on High Shares of Renewables, global Alliance for Industry Decarbonization, and Energy Compacts. Formerly, he worked as a Product Manager Blue Energy at IMDC where he advised large scale offshore wind, floating PV and subsea cable projects across Europe and Asia. Between 2009 and 2015, Mr. Samadov served as Senior Investment Expert at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, where he delivered energy market in-depth reviews and advanced regional cooperation integrating renewables in the region of South-East Asia. Prior to it, he worked on energy grid, hydropower, and smart utility projects funded by Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in the region of Central Asia. Zafar holds a Master in International Management from the University of Leeds and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Osemi.

Dr. Zhang Jian Ping

Co-Founder / Co-Chairman

Aulton New Energy Automotive Technology

Co-founder/co-chairman of Aulton New Energy Automotive Technology Co., Ltd, founder/chairman of Shanghai Dianba New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., who has been deeply engaged in research and development of battery swap technology and its commercial operation for 23 years.

Participated in China’s National High-tech Research and Development Program (863 Program) as a member of the expert group of the electric vehicle project, a leader in battery swap for electric vehicles in China.

Designed, developed and manufactured China’s first separate cabin type power battery charging and swapping system for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he was awarded the honorary title of “Outstanding Individual” by Ministry of Science and Technology; He led his team to provide public transport with battery swap service for events like 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2010 Shanghai World Expo, 2010 Guangzhou Asian Olympic Games and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Invented chassis-underneath battery swap solution by Snap-on Buckle type locking mechanism with patents, making passenger vehicle battery swap in just 20 seconds and commercial vehicle battery swap in 40 seconds, a world leading performance in auto industry.

Battery swap system architect, holding over 3,000 patents on battery swap technology and product, whose product has obtained the world’s first EU’s CE certificate in the category of electric vehicle battery swap system.

Optical fiber sensor inventor, whose product has been widely used in temperature monitoring on battery pack, building, wind turbine, medical devices etc.

Mohd Yazid Ja’afar

President & CEO

Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC)

Mohd Yazid Ja’afar (Yazid) is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC), an agency of the Ministry of Economy tasked with advancing Malaysia’s Oil and Gas, Services and Equipment (OGSE) industry. He had previously been Deputy CEO of MPRC. He is also the founding Chief Executive of MPRC’s subsidiary Johor Petroleum Development Corporation Berhad (JPDC), the lead coordinator for the development of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC), where he served for over 9 years until 2021. He remains a member of JPDC’s Board of Directors.

A versatile engineer by training, Yazid has built a progressive career spanning almost 3 decades in the oil & energy industry in the public and private sectors in Malaysia and abroad. He previously served Shell, where he covered sales and marketing, technical support and services, consultancy services as well as manufacturing.

Additionally, he possesses broad-based experience in business restructuring via business unit globalisation, strategic planning, product application/training, technical consultancy and compliance of trade-related controls and regulations.

His experience further includes regional economic development. Prior to joining MPRC, he headed the Economics and Business Division at the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), the regional development authority of Iskandar Malaysia, one of the five regional economic corridors in Malaysia.

Yazid graduated with a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. Additionally, he holds a Diploma of Associate of the City and Guilds of London Institute. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Senior Management Development Programme as well as the Temasek Foundation Leaders in Economic Development Programme.

Dr. Naoko Ishii

Professor and Executive Vice President

University of Tokyo

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.

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

MA IR Professor and Author

New York University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (NYU GSAS)

Dr Maha Hosain Aziz is a professor and author in global risk and future trends at NYU’s MA IR Program, leading the annual global risk prediction project with Wikistrat, the world’s first crowdsourced consultancy; she is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Complex Risk and delivered a talk on climate blindspots at COP27. She has written a trilogy of books including bestseller Future World Order (2019), Global Spring (2023) and 10 Shock Events By 2030 (2024). She also created ten-time award-winning VR/AR political comic The Global Kid (2021) with edtech partner Musemio, drew the seven-time award-winning original (2016) and is working on Evolution (2024) – a comic book about global extremism. She is a Jordanian-born Pakistani who grew up in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe and the US, studying at Brown (BA), Columbia (MA) and LSE (MSc, PhD).

Ts. Syed Saggaf Syed Ahmad​


Malaysian Oil, Gas & Energy Services Council (MOGSC)

Ts. Syed Saggaf bin Syed Ahmad is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Shapadu Oil and Gas Division, leading and managing the Group’s interest in Oil, Gas and Energy industry for both upstream and downstream services segments including management of group’s marine assets. He is also the Executive Director for one of the Oil and Gas division’s subsidiary, Shapadu CR Asia Sdn Bhd, focusing on downstream maintenance and turnaround works.

He got his early education in English College, Johor Bahru and Sekolah Menengah Sains Muar, Johor. Subsequently, he graduated from Universiti Tenaga Nasional in 2002 with Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (Hons). Upon graduation, he started his career as Mechanical / Piping Engineer with Haven Engineering and continued his career with stints at Ramunia Fabricators Sdn Bhd in 2004, and Coral Intoil Sdn Bhd in 2008.

Syed Saggaf has been with Shapadu Group since 2010, where he started as Project Manager. In his time with Shapadu, he was promoted to Senior Project Manager, General Manager, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, before eventually becomes the Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. He now has approximately 20 years experience in the industry, managing major contracts from key clients with an approximate worth of RM 2 billion.

He is the current President of Malaysian Oil, Gas & Energy Services Council (MOGSC) where he plays an important role in engagements with industry stakeholders and players with the objective of creating a sustainable energy ecosystem in Malaysia.

Other than these, he is also the Ambassador of UNITEN Alumni, Vice President of Alumni Sains Muar Association, Board Member of Koperasi Tenaga & Petroliam Malaysia, and Board Member of Study For Industrial Doctorate Program, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Dr. Wayne Visser

Fellow, Professor of Integrated Value and Chair of Sustainable Transformation

University of Cambridge for Sustainability Leadership and Antwerp Management School

Dr Wayne Visser is a globally recognised “pracademic”, poet and “possibilist” on the impact of business on nature and society, with faculty roles at the University of Cambridge and Antwerp Management School. He is also director of the thinktank Kaleidoscope Futures, founder of CSR International, and former director of Sustainability Services at KPMG and strategy analyst at Capgemini. He has written 43 books, including the Amazon bestseller Thriving: The Breakthrough Movement to Regenerate Nature, Society, and the Economy. His work has taken him to 78 countries and he has been listed as a top 100 thought leader in trustworthy business.

Toto Wolff

Team Principal & CEO

Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team

Toto Wolff is Team Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team. He is the managing partner of the team alongside wider responsibilities as Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.

From humble surroundings in Vienna, Austria, Toto’s first taste of motorsport came when at 17, whilst watching a friend race at the Nürburgring. A short racing career of his own followed, competing in Austrian Formula Ford and scoring a class win at the 1994 Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Toto called time on his racing career just three years later, transferred his competitive ambitions to the business and investment world. After studying at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Toto founded his own investment company, Marchfifteen, in 1998, followed by Marchsixteen in 2004.

Initially focusing on internet and technology companies in the ‘tech boom’ era of the 90s, the business developed strategic investments in medium-size industrial companies and listed companies.

One of these investments included the initial public offering of HWA AG – the company responsible for developing and racing Mercedes-Benz cars for the DTM (German Touring Car Championship), as well as Mercedes-Benz’s successful Formula 3 engine programme. Toto divested his stake in HWA AG in 2015.

In 2002, Toto started a new venture, co-owning a racing driver management company alongside two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen. The same year, Toto returned to racing, winning once en route to sixth in the FIA GT World Championship. Further success followed in 2006, when Toto claimed top overall honours at the 24 Hours of Bahrain.

In November 2009, Toto merged his passion for racing and investment by investing in the Williams F1 Team. By July 2012, Toto was the Executive Director of the team, playing a key leadership role as Williams scored its first win in eight years at the Spanish Grand Prix that season.

Less than a year later, after being asked to analyse their Formula One performance by the Daimler AG Board, Toto was appointed Managing Partner of the Mercedes F1 Team and acquired a 30% stake in the Brackley-based team alongside co-shareholder Niki Lauda. At the same time, he assumed the role of Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, with overall responsibility for the company’s works motorsport programmes, which today include Formula 1 and Formula E. At the end of the 2020 F1 season, it was announced that Toto had increased his stake in the team, with Toto, INEOS and Daimler AG all holding one-third equal shareholding. Under the new structure, it was confirmed Toto will remain in his role as Team Principal and CEO for a further three years.

An entrepreneur, an investor and a racer, motorsport runs in Toto Wolff’s blood. Under his leadership, the Mercedes-AMG F1 Team has clinched eight consecutive Formula One Constructors’ Championships (2014-2021) and seven consecutive Drivers’ Championships (2014-2020).

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