Speakers

Speakers 2019

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Nor Adila Ismail

Chief Risk Officer

Petronas

Experienced risk management professional with a strong track record of achievements in establishing and improving risk management practices in a corporate environment. Multiple senior management roles in Financial Risk Management, Treasury Risk Management, Commodity Trading and most recently Enterprise Risk Management. Strong management, leadership and people development skills has successfully delivered risk solutions, operating models and structures through a myriad of risk and business challenges. Expertise in developing, leading and participating in key projects with strategic importance. Experienced and comfortable in participating Board level discussions and reporting. Reporting to EVP and Group CFO, Ms. Adila led the establishment of Financial Risk, centralizing Commodity Trading Risk and the consolidation of the new risk operating model of ERM, FRM and Insurance. Able to grasp new ideas and concepts quickly, whilst developing a practical approach in risk management. Chairman of Trading Risk Management Committee and PETRONAS Risk
Management Committee with domain expertise in policy and framework, governance and oversight, financial risk, hedging and risk systems implementation.

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Ning Zhai

Head of Trading and Investment

Sunshine Oil

Mr Zhai Ning has more than a decade of experience both in the trading of oil & LNG, and in investment in energy including oil/gas upstream, midstream, refining, pipelines, shipping and power plants. He has been working in organizations including BP, Gazprom, Broad Energy and currently as head of trading and investment in Sunshine Oil - one of the largest independent petrochemical companies in China.

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Deven Chitaliya

Senior Vice President & Global Head, Credit

Olam International

Professional Experience: Deven is a Risk professional with 22 years+ of versatile experience. He has a proven track record in the areas of commodity credit risk management, commercial aspects of physical and paper trading (Oil, Agriculture, Softs), compliance, internal control, corporate finance, contract documentation, legal matters, project implementation, people management and people management. In his current role at Olam, he is responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework development, implementation, periodic consolidation and Board / business reporting.

In his previous stints Deven held various important & senior positions; Masefield Asiapac Pte Ltd (Regional Director & Head of Risk - Asia Pacific), Kobian Pte Ltd (ERP Project Manager & Senior Compliance Manager), Reliance Industries Limited (Senior Manager – Risk & Compliance)

Educational Background: Financial Risk Manager (FRM – GARP USA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Cost Accountant (ICWA), Diploma in Information Systems Audit (DISA), Post Graduate  Diploma in Foreign Exchange & Risk Management (PGDFERM)

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William Chin

Senior Vice President and Head of Commodities

Singapore Exchange

William joined SGX in 2015, and is responsible for the strategy and direction of the Commodities business at the SGX covering the key bulk markets of iron ore and freight, as well as energy, petrochemical and rubber markets. In 2016, he was a key member of the team involved in the acquisition of the Baltic Exchange.
Prior to SGX, William was SVP of Commodities at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, and Head of LME Asia in Singapore, responsible for the LME’s presence and growth in the Asia region.
He began his career in the New Zealand financial markets as a rates and FX trader for ANZ investment bank in Wellington before joining Barclays Capital in London, and later on as Head of Commodities and Energy Risk at the LCH.Clearnet covering base and precious metals, power, gas, freight and agricultural products.
William holds a Masters degree in Applied Finance from the Victoria University of Wellington and is a CFA charterholder.

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Usman Khan

Head of IT

JERA Global Markets

Usman Khan is Head of IT for JERA Global Markets (JERAGM). He is based in Singapore and is responsible for the building out JERAGM’s IT platform for its global trading business. He joined JERAGM in July 2017.

Usman has previously worked in various roles in commodity trading, consulting and banking having worked for EDF Trading, Trafigura, KPMG Consulting and Merrill Lynch.

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Peter Godfrey

Managing Director Asia Pacific

The Energy Institute

Peter Godfrey is the chief representative of the prestigious UK Energy Institute (EI) in Singapore. In addition to his work with the EI, Peter provides executive advisory services to institutional investors, fund managers and family offices to both source new investment opportunities and manage existing ones through his own company Merlenergy Pte ltd.

Most of Peter's career has been spent in the Oil and Gas industry. In Singapore, Peter was Head of Oil & Gas in Standard Chartered Bank's principal finance team and prior to that, he was a member of Arrow Energy's executive leadership team responsible for building Arrow's international CBM (coal bed methane) business, based on the company's successful development of CBM reserves in Queensland, Australia.

Peter's early oil and gas career was with BP, mainly upstream, ending up as Indonesia country head. After leaving BP, Peter has gained an international reputation as a leading independent energy strategy and business development consultant with an executive-level international client-base that has included the world's leading national and international energy and mineral resource companies as well as a number of governments and regulatory agencies.

In addition to his work in the energy sector, Peter is also passionate about the Performing Arts and sits on a number of boards and advisory committees in Singapore and elsewhere.

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Stella Farrington

Head of content

Energy Risk

Stella Farrington has been writing about energy markets for 20 years, working at Futures World News and Dow Jones Newswires before moving to Energy Risk in 2004. She spent eight years as the editor of Energy Risk and the last six as a writer, before moving into her current role as Energy Risk’s head of content.

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Donika Mustafa

Head of IT and Architecture

BP

A technologist with over 15years’ experience and proven track record in successfully delivering and operating technology solutions, building enduring capability and long lasting partnerships. Passionate about the transformative  power of the technology in disrupting business models, transforming ways of working and solving today’s world most biggest challenges in health, energy, security, to name the few. With a career spanning various industries, markets and roles, I have been fortunate to be involved in all aspects of delivering and operating technology solutions. Most recently, as part of the BPs ambition to modernize the firm, I’ve had the pleasure to be part of the Modernize IT squad and  be instrumental in shaping the vision, ambition and transformation journey for BPs IT Function. 

Proud mum of two amazing boys, love feeling part of and giving back to the community. In the past 7 years I’ve had the privilege to serve as a board member for the local youth football club back in London, and enjoy the pleasure of seeing the club grow and provide a great space for kids to play the game they love. Love travel, so absolutely making the most of the opportunity to visit as much of the AsiaPac region as possible, while living and working in Singapore  for the past year.

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Philip Andrews-Speed

Senior Principal Research Fellow and Head, Energy Security Division, Energy Studies Institute

National University of Singapore

Dr Philip Andrews-Speed is a Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore. He has nearly 40 years in the field of energy and resources, starting his career as a mineral and oil exploration geologist before moving into the field of energy and resource governance. Until 2010, he was Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Dundee and Director of the Centre of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. His main research interest has been the political economy of the low-carbon energy transition. China has been a particular focus for his research, but in recent years he has been more deeply engaged with energy challenges in Southeast Asia. His latest book China as a Global Clean Energy Champion: Lifting the Veil appeared early in 2019.

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Nik Mohsain

Head of Centralized Commodity Exposure Management, Group Risk Management

Petronas

Nik Mohsain, joined PETRONAS since 2001.

He has more than 18 years of working experience with PETRONAS and about 4 years in the previously known Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia) in the Listing Department . His experience in PETRONAS have predominantly been in the Marketing & Trading of Crude Oil & Petroleum Products in the Kuala Lumpur and London office as well as leading the Refining Business when the business model changed from merchant to tolling within Downstream.

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Robert Brandenburg

Head of Global Market Risk, Crude and Head of Enterprise Risk & Analytics Trading & Supply

Shell

Robert Brandenburg is Head of Global Market Risk for Crude and Head of Global Enterprise Risk & Analytics for Shell Trading.  Prior to Shell he has held General Manager and Vice President roles at several Fortune 100 companies where he has been responsible for global credit, trading controls, risk management advisory, quantitative risk analysis, regulatory compliance, and enterprise risk management functions.  His experience includes working with wholesale and retail companies that participate in physical and financial markets in refined products, crude, coal, natural gas, power, propane, and transportation logistics. 

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Rob served on the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the MF Global European Creditor’s Committee, as well as conducted extensive advocacy work with the European Union in Brussels, the U.S. Commodities Future Trading Commission, and the United States Government.

Prior to his energy career, Rob taught high school mathematics and coached club and high school soccer, field hockey, and basketball.  He lives in Houston, Texas and enjoys all things outdoors related particularly camping, backpacking, and sailing.

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Usman Khan

Head of IT

JERA Global Markets

Usman Khan is Head of IT for JERA Global Markets (JERAGM). He is based in Singapore and is responsible for the building out JERAGM’s IT platform for its global trading business. He joined JERAGM in July 2017.

Usman has previously worked in various roles in commodity trading, consulting and banking having worked for EDF Trading, Trafigura, KPMG Consulting and Merrill Lynch.

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Deven Chitaliya

Senior Vice President & Global Head, Credit

Olam International

Professional Experience: Deven is a Risk professional with 22 years+ of versatile experience. He has a proven track record in the areas of commodity credit risk management, commercial aspects of physical and paper trading (Oil, Agriculture, Softs), compliance, internal control, corporate finance, contract documentation, legal matters, project implementation, people management and people management. In his current role at Olam, he is responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework development, implementation, periodic consolidation and Board / business reporting.

In his previous stints Deven held various important & senior positions; Masefield Asiapac Pte Ltd (Regional Director & Head of Risk - Asia Pacific), Kobian Pte Ltd (ERP Project Manager & Senior Compliance Manager), Reliance Industries Limited (Senior Manager – Risk & Compliance)

Educational Background: Financial Risk Manager (FRM – GARP USA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Cost Accountant (ICWA), Diploma in Information Systems Audit (DISA), Post Graduate  Diploma in Foreign Exchange & Risk Management (PGDFERM)

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Donika Mustafa

Head of IT and Architecture

BP

A technologist with over 15years’ experience and proven track record in successfully delivering and operating technology solutions, building enduring capability and long lasting partnerships. Passionate about the transformative  power of the technology in disrupting business models, transforming ways of working and solving today’s world most biggest challenges in health, energy, security, to name the few. With a career spanning various industries, markets and roles, I have been fortunate to be involved in all aspects of delivering and operating technology solutions. Most recently, as part of the BPs ambition to modernize the firm, I’ve had the pleasure to be part of the Modernize IT squad and  be instrumental in shaping the vision, ambition and transformation journey for BPs IT Function. 

Proud mum of two amazing boys, love feeling part of and giving back to the community. In the past 7 years I’ve had the privilege to serve as a board member for the local youth football club back in London, and enjoy the pleasure of seeing the club grow and provide a great space for kids to play the game they love. Love travel, so absolutely making the most of the opportunity to visit as much of the AsiaPac region as possible, while living and working in Singapore  for the past year.

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Laurence Kwan

Director of Energy

Sunseap Group

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.

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Mohd Saleem

Head of South Asia, International Development

Bursa Malaysia Derivatives

Mohd Saleem is Head of South Asia, International Development for Bursa Malaysia Derivatives (BMD). He is based in Kuala Lumpur and is responsible for leading BMD’s efforts to develop products and services to meet the needs of its customer base in the region. He recently joined BMD in July 2019.

Saleem was previously the Director and Head of Futures for HSBC in Singapore. He has held several key roles within Futures in HSBC over his 25 years of service with them.

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Bill Herder

Head of Asia-Pacific

Futures Industry Association

Bill is the Head of Asia-Pacific at FIA and has been with the association since March 2012.

He has over 25 years of experience in the listed derivatives industry.  Prior to joining FIA, Bill was the Regional Head of Operations, Asia Pacific for the ICAP plc group.  Earlier in his career, he served in front, middle and back office management positions at various trading firms and software vendors including Trading Technologies, SunGard Futures Systems and BNP Securities (USA) Inc.  Bill has extensive experience in the futures and options business and has been a key participant in the development of processes and systems for the electronic trading and clearing of exchange traded derivatives.  He has resided in Singapore since 2007.  He received an M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from University of Rochester.

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John Driscoll

Director

JTD ENERGY SERVICES

John Driscoll’s career spans nearly 4 decades with senior management posts in supply, trading, energy publishing and consulting. After graduating from Stanford in 1976, John joined ARCO in Los Angeles as a product operator. He moved to Singapore in 1985 with Maxus, a US-based Indonesian crude producer.  He opened Singapore trading offices for UK oil company Ultramar and US refiner Tosco. He joined Mobil Asia in 1997 as Team Leader, Fuel Oil until the Exxon merger. John ran Argus Media in Asia for 5 years before returning to trading in 2004 as Senior Manager for GS Caltex Singapore, handling product trading, risk management and, market analysis. A naturalised Singaporean, John setup JTD Energy Services in 2013. He lectures at Singapore Management University and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology on Oil Trading, Pricing and Risk Management. He is a regular speaker in local broadcast media.

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Jennifer Ilkiw

Vice President, Asia-Pacific

ICE Intercontinental Exchange

Jennifer Ilkiw is responsible for Asia Pacific Sales for Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and also co-heads ICE Futures Singapore and ICE Clear Singapore; ICE’s Asia based exchange and clearing house which launched in 2015. ICE operates the world’s leading network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses, including the New York Stock Exchange. ICE’s futures exchanges and clearing houses serve global commodity and financial markets, providing risk management and capital efficiency to industry participants.

Prior to joining ICE in August 2007 to establish ICE’s Singapore office serving customers across the Asia Pacific region, Ms. Ilkiw also held roles at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).  At NYMEX, Ms. Ilkiw opened and managed their Asia Pacific office and at MAS, she helped to develop Singapore as a commodity derivatives trading centre in her role as Assistant Director.

Ms Ilkiw is an active representative of Singapore’s financial community. She earned a bachelors degree in economics from Queens’ University in Canada and a masters of business administration from the University of Toronto in Canada. Ms. Ilkiw also contributed to a textbook, International Business: An Asia Pacific Perspective, by Andrew Delios, published in 2004

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Stella Farrington

Head of content

Energy Risk

Stella Farrington has been writing about energy markets for 20 years, working at Futures World News and Dow Jones Newswires before moving to Energy Risk in 2004. She spent eight years as the editor of Energy Risk and the last six as a writer, before moving into her current role as Energy Risk’s head of content.

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William Chin

Senior Vice President and Head of Commodities

Singapore Exchange

William joined SGX in 2015, and is responsible for the strategy and direction of the Commodities business at the SGX covering the key bulk markets of iron ore and freight, as well as energy, petrochemical and rubber markets. In 2016, he was a key member of the team involved in the acquisition of the Baltic Exchange.
Prior to SGX, William was SVP of Commodities at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, and Head of LME Asia in Singapore, responsible for the LME’s presence and growth in the Asia region.
He began his career in the New Zealand financial markets as a rates and FX trader for ANZ investment bank in Wellington before joining Barclays Capital in London, and later on as Head of Commodities and Energy Risk at the LCH.Clearnet covering base and precious metals, power, gas, freight and agricultural products.
William holds a Masters degree in Applied Finance from the Victoria University of Wellington and is a CFA charterholder.

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Yvonne Zhang

Head of Product and Partnerships

HeveaConnect

Yvonne is the Head of Product & Partnerships at HeveaConnect Pte Ltd, she is responsible for value creation and ecosystem development for the suite of products and services that makes sustainability good business, namely: HeveaGrow, HeveaPro, HeveaTrace and HeveaConnect platform.
Yvonne brings in more than a decade worth of trading and product structuring experience in the commodities industry, leading the development of new benchmarks and markets for Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale and ANZ Banking Group. As an early adopter of blockchain and innovative payment technologies, she leads the technical committees contributing to the International Standards Organization ISO/TC 307 (Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies) and ISO200022 (Universal financial industry message scheme) working groups.
Knowledge sharing and serving the community at large is an important part of Yvonne’s life, she is a teaching fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences and speaks at professional conferences on sustainability, fintech, trading 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 Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Sydney.

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Eric Tham

Senior Lecturer & Consultant of Analytics & AI

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

Eric is presently a senior lecturer in AI and data science in the National University of Singapore. Previously he has over 15 years of financial experiences in banks, Fintech start-ups and oil major. His diverse financial experiences in risk management, quantitative analytics and energy economics include as a vice-president with Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered bank, BP Oil and DBS. He was also director of data science in a China Fintech start-up with 5 million users doing AI and NLP on the China equity indices and selling the data to global hedge funds. His educational qualifications include MS Financial Engineering from Columbia University and a Phd in Finance from Edhec (2019/20 expected). He mixes practice financial experience with AI expertise.

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William Fyfe

Head of Asia-Pacific

London Metal Exchange

William Fyfe is Head of the LME Singapore office as part of a team of 6 covering the Asia Pacific region. William has been involved in the Futures industry for over 25 years , starting as an options broker on the LIFFE floor before moving to Asia in 1997. He worked for Societe Generale (Fimat) , HSBC and Jefferies in Hong Kong. Singapore and Taiwan managing desks and sales teams across Asia before joining LME in January 2016.

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Peter Godfrey

Managing Director Asia Pacific

The Energy Institute

Peter Godfrey is the chief representative of the prestigious UK Energy Institute (EI) in Singapore. In addition to his work with the EI, Peter provides executive advisory services to institutional investors, fund managers and family offices to both source new investment opportunities and manage existing ones through his own company Merlenergy Pte ltd.

Most of Peter's career has been spent in the Oil and Gas industry. In Singapore, Peter was Head of Oil & Gas in Standard Chartered Bank's principal finance team and prior to that, he was a member of Arrow Energy's executive leadership team responsible for building Arrow's international CBM (coal bed methane) business, based on the company's successful development of CBM reserves in Queensland, Australia.

Peter's early oil and gas career was with BP, mainly upstream, ending up as Indonesia country head. After leaving BP, Peter has gained an international reputation as a leading independent energy strategy and business development consultant with an executive-level international client-base that has included the world's leading national and international energy and mineral resource companies as well as a number of governments and regulatory agencies.

In addition to his work in the energy sector, Peter is also passionate about the Performing Arts and sits on a number of boards and advisory committees in Singapore and elsewhere.

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Harry Whitaker

Advisor, Global Gas and LNG Market Development

Shell

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.

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Xiao Fu

Head of Commodity Markets Strategy

Bank of China International

Xiao Fu is the head of Commodity Markets Strategy at Bank of China International. Xiao's team covers all commodity sectors ranging from energy, base metals, precious metals and agriculture. Her focus is to combine top-down global macro / financial drivers with fundamental analysis to provide investment advice.

She speaks regularly at global conferences and is frequently quoted by media including Bloomberg, Reuters, the FT and the Wall Street Journal.

Before joining BOCI, Xiao worked as an economist and a commodity strategist at Deutsche Bank in London. She studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Harvard University.

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Anthony Huston

Director

Core Power

Tony has over 30 years of global investment, trading and financial services experience across a broad range of industries and countries, having lived and worked in New York, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, U.K., Sweden and Singapore.  He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for a boutique asset management firm with a broad investment mandate in alternatives and special opportunities.  Tony also serves as a Director for Core Power, a Singapore based engineering firm focused on providing zero emission engines for the maritime industry.


Tony holds a BA in Asian Studies and Chinese Language from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with post graduate work in Republic of China, Taiwan and at New York University. Tony is a former world champion yachtsman in the International One-Design Class.   

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Gordon Waters

CEO of GEM Asia Pacific and Global Head of LNG

Engie

Gordon joined ENGIE in February 2018 as CEO of Global Energy Management for Asia Pacific and is now combining this role with Global Head of LNG. Gordon benefits from more than 25 years in oil & gas majors with industry-recognized experience on global LNG business.

Previously, Gordon spent 18 years at BP to ultimately manage Asia & Middle East LNG Trading business and then joined Glencore as Global Head of LNG. Gordon has an engineering background and holds an MBA in Economics & Strategy from The University of Edinburgh.

Global Energy Management offers trading and origination services (oil, gas, power, bulk, emissions) in Asia Pacific along with physical supply and trading offer on LNG and biomass for both internal and external clients.

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Tobias Davis

Head of LNG - Asia

Tullett Prebon

Tobias joined Tullett Prebon in 2016, overseeing the physical and financial broking desk in London. He has since moved to Singapore to manage and further develop their LNG business across Asia, which has seen his role extend to exploring new and emerging markets across the region. Tullett’s have established themselves as the market leader within the LNG broking arena, negotiating physical cargoes on behalf of clients across the globe, plus developing and actively broking a range LNG derivatives. Tobias holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics.