Advisory board

Advisory board

Harry Huang

Head of Trading Gas, Power and Derivatives

PetroChina International

Cetin Karakus

Global head of quantitative and analytical solutions


Chikako Ishiguro

Senior Analyst, Energy Resources and International Business Unit

Osaka Gas

Chikako Ishiguro is Senior Researcher and Analyst at Osaka Gas.  As a member of the Energy Resources and International Business Unit of the company, Chikako heads up energy market research and analysis activities of the company where she has worked for over 10 years. Throughout her career, Ishiguro has pursued in-depth global market analysis in key energy sectors, particularly in LNG.  Previously, she was Head of Market Research Division of Osaka Gas International Transport, a subsidiary of Osaka Gas.  She is a co-author of OIES papers; Pricing and Demand for LNG in China (2006), A New Paradigm for Natural Gas Pricing in Asia: A Perspective on Market (2009), A Realistic Perspective on Japan’s LNG Demand after Fukushima (2012) and The Outlook for Natural Gas and LNG in China in the War against Air Pollution (2018).

Nima Safaian


Quantim Intelligence

Nima Safaian has extensive experience in the energy industry. He started as a nuclear engineer and later transitioned into commercial roles, where he built and scaled teams and capabilities in commercial optimization, asset strategy, market analytics, and risk management. Currently, he is a Partner at Quantim Intelligence, a commercial strategy consultancy. Nima has held senior positions at BP supply & trading, Scotiabank, and most recently served as the Vice President of Value Chain Optimization at Cenovus Energy. He holds degrees in nuclear engineering and an MBA, and he is passionate about learning new advanced analytics methods to enhance complex commercial decision-making.

Harry Whitaker

Advisor, Global Gas and LNG Market Development

Shell Energy

Harry is an advisor with Shell’s Global Gas and LNG Market Development team, covering policy and regulation in energy markets. Based in Singapore, he is focused on policy and regulatory affairs for several key markets in Asia Pacific and globally.

He has worked in a variety of commercial and strategic roles in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Shell Harry was part of BG Group’s policy and corporate affairs team covering energy market reforms, sustainability and portfolio development.

He previously served on the leadership team of the International Gas Union’s Strategy, Economics and Regulation Committee (2009-2012) and currently sits on their Strategic Communications and Outreach taskforce.

Laurence Kwan

Portfolio Director, Head Renewables

Cambridge RE Partners

An experienced individual with proven leadership qualities and management styles in both public and private sectors, Laurence is recognized in the industry as subject matter expert in the areas of electricity and integration to Electricity Market in Singapore and Asia Pacific. He has amassed years of senior managerial experience in a variety of corporate sectors across a wide industry spectrum.

In addition, Laurence was one of the pioneers in implementing Demand Response solution in Singapore with Energy Market Authority back in 2007/08.

Christophe Malet

Senior Vice President - Upstream and Midstream LNG

Hanas New Energy Group

Christophe Malet is Senior Vice President Upstream and Midstream LNG at Hanas, a Chinese independent energy company focusing on Renewables and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas); and Managing Director of Hanas LNG Pte. Ltd., Hanas’ Singapore-based LNG procurement and marketing entity.

Christophe's experience in the LNG Industry over the last 14 years with Hanas, Yamal LNG, Excelerate Energy and Shell covers short-term trading, long-term LNG marketing and LNG business development.

With an engineering degree and a MBA as academic background, he has over 20 years of commercial experience.

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 worked in four continents and covered the space from derivatives to physicals, trade capture to credit risk.

Nick Smith
Nick Smith

SVP, Managed Services and Regional Head of Professional Services


Nick Smith joined SmartStream in 2017 and is responsible for the Managed Services business.

Nick brings with him 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, with extensive experience in process management, solution development, managing risk & control and development of centres of excellence.

Prior to joining SmartStream, Nick held a range of senior roles with leading investment banks, including Barclays, Credit Suisse and Nomura.

Errol Bong

Head of North Asia and Managing Director

D2 Legal Technology

Errol has worked as Global Head of Compliance & Legal Counsel, APAC Head of Compliance & Legal and Legal Director at top tier investment banks, securities brokers, fund managers and listed blue chip corporates in Hong Kong. Prior to working at financial institutions, Errol worked at magic circle law firms in London and Sydney. Errol has managed Compliance teams, partnered with Chief Operating Officers to successfully execute MIFIDII & Brexit Compliance programs, addressed MAS & ASIC inspections, conducted internal anti-bribery investigations, established KYC, AML & anti-bribery policies and delivered IT solutions to implement AML & KYC programs. He has also organised the media strategy for responding to bribery allegations. He is a leading speaker at conferences organised by Asia Risk & International Financial Law Review and asked for his views in GC Magazine - The Legal 500. Errol is currently advising and leading Uncleared Margin Projects impacting OTC derivatives documented under ISDA terms at leading Australian funds"

Errol is a qualified lawyer who is licensed to practice in Hong Kong, Australia, England and New York.