Speakers 2018


Hassan Al-Alawi

Manager - Portfolio Management

Oil & Gas Holding Company

Hassan Al-Alawi has over twenty five years of extensive experience in the field of engineering and project management, risk and business continuity management, corporate governance best practices in the oil and gas industry gained from various positions.

Hassan is Manager Portfolio Management at the Oil & Gas Holding Company (nogaholding); which is the investment arm of the government of Bahrain. He chairs the ERM/BCM Corporate Committee comprising risk leaders from the oil, gas and petrochemical companies in Bahrain.

Hassan has excellent experience in developing, implementing and leading ERM, BCM and CM using international codes and standards. This is reflected through chairing and delivering speeches at various international conferences of risk and resilience management in the region, Asia and Europe.

Laurence Kwan

Sunseap Group of Companies

Director, Energy

An experienced individual with proven leadership qualities and management styles in both public and private sectors, Laurence is Sunseap Group’s subject matter expert in the areas of electricity and integration to Electricity Market in Singapore and Asia Pacific. He has amassed years of managerial experience in a variety of corporate sectors across a wide industry spectrum. In addition to being a subject matter expert, Laurence also develops and oversees business development strategy, and risk management at the Group level.

Peter Morrison

Global Oil Devops Manager


Peter Morrison is an IT executive and commodity risk management expert, currently based in Singapore. He has been working with commodity risk management and ETRM systems since 2003, and during the course of his career has covered the space from derivatives to physicals, trade capture to credit risk.

Jagdish Parihar

Managing Director & Chief Risk & Compliance Officer

Olam International Limited

Jagdish is Managing Director and Chief Risk & Compliance Officer at Olam International. He has over 30 years’ experience in the commodities industry in trading and risk management.

He joined Olam in 1990, starting up Olam’s operations in the UK and playing a critical role in the creation of many businesses in its portfolio, as well as overseeing the India and South East Asian regions. He has held many roles including General Manager of Commodity Trading; Managing Director, Natural Fibres; and Regional Head of Asia Operations. As Managing Director of Natural Fibres, Jagdish spearheaded Olam’s first largest acquisition of Queensland Cotton in Australia that consolidated its global leadership position in cotton.

Jagdish is a member of the Olam Executive Committee and Chairman of the Olam Executive Risk Committee. He was previously a Director at the International Cotton Association.

Jagdish speaks widely at international forums on subjects relating to the commodity industry such as Risk Management, Mergers and Acquisitions and Customer Loyalty. He has also co-authored a book on Agribusiness and Commodity Risk.

He holds a post graduate degree in Business Administration from BITS Pilani.

Lionel Steinitz

Chief Executive Officer

LYS Energy

Lionel Steinitz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LYS Energy, a solar power producer (IPP) that builds, owns and operates solar PV Systems for commercial, industrial and public sites in the Asia Pacific region. LYS manages over 15 MWp of solar assets in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam and Indonesia.

In the last few years, he has been active in the renewable energy space through his own consultancy, advising governments, corporations and investors on project structuring, financial modelling, and renewable energy policy.

Prior to that, Lionel worked at ING Singapore as Director, Fixed Income Trading for G-10 with a portfolio over €100 million. He has over 10 years of experience as a derivatives trader and fixed income specialist.

Lionel has advised several governments and financial institutions and has overseen the development of over 250MWp of renewable energy projects across various technologies.

Lionel holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunications and Artificial Intelligence from the Institut National des Telecommunications.

Eric Tham

Senior Lecturer & Consultant of Analytics & AI

National University of Singapore

Eric Tham is presently a senior lecturer in AI and analytics at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has over 15 years of risk and trading experience in the energy and financial industries, having worked at companies like BP, Credit Suisse and London Metal Exchange. He teaches data analytics, sentiment analytics and Blockchain at the university and has also spoken at past IAEE and other conferences. He has Masters Degrees from Columbia University and NUS and a PhD in Finance from Edhec (2019).

Yvonne Zhang

Founder & CEO


Yvonne is the co-founder and CEO of Aquifer Institute, a not-for-profit public company that is developing cutting-edge technology solutions and protocols for alternative financing and proactive risk management in the commodities space.

Yvonne has spent 12 years in the commodities markets, trading physical and derivatives at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Société Générale and Morgan Stanley. She led the launch of

Metals Products in Asia at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, she contributed to the development of new markets and securities linked to blockchain and cryptocurrency as a member of the Digitalisation group.

Knowledge sharing and serving the community at large through teaching is a consistently important part of her life, she’s a fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences and speaks at professional conferences on matters addressing trading, fintech, governance and social impact. Prior to entering the commodities world, she worked in the legal industry and was a board member at the non-profit Redfern Legal Centre in Australia.

Yvonne holds a BCom/LLB (Bachelor of Commerce and Law, Finance and Marketing) from the University of Sydney.