Jun. 2018 Representative Director, President, JXTG HD
Jun. 2020 Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, Group CEO, ENEOS HD
Representative Director, ENEOS
Azzam Al-MutawaExecutive Vice President – MarketingKuwait Petroleum International
Executive Vice President – Marketing
Kuwait Petroleum International
Mr. Azzam Al-Mutawa is Executive Vice President (Marketing) of Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI), the international downstream subsidiary of KPC and having popular brand name Q8. His career with KPI spans more than 28 years.
He has a degree in Financial Accounting from Kuwait University, and worked briefly in KPC-International Marketing before joining KPI as graduate trainee in 1993.
He soon moved to KPI’s London office where he undertook a series of financial roles. In 1999, Mr. Al-Mutawa was assigned to Q8-Italy organization where he progressed through various positions with increasing responsibility in finance, strategic planning and retail. In 2006, he was assigned as Country Manager for Q8-Spain, leading the company’s International Diesel Service (IDS) and Direct businesses in Spain.
In 2012, he was appointed as the Managing Director of Q8-North West Europe, responsible for Retail and Direct businesses within the BENELUX countries as well as IDS and Kuwait Petroleum Research & Technology (KPR&T), which also leads the company’s Centre for Excellence and Renewables initiatives.
In his previous role as Managing Director Q8-Italy before becoming Vice President, he led the Marketing and Manufacturing activities in Italy and also oversaw the activities of Q8-Spain and the Global Cards Business, which operates in 27 European countries.
In 2018, he was appointed as the Vice President - International Operations, later redesignated as Executive Vice President - Marketing. He oversees the refining operations at Milazzo in Italy and marketing operations across North West Europe, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia for Retail, Direct Sales, Aviation, Global Cards and Lubricants business units and Q8-Research.
Dana NovakovicCEO: M&A Energy, Infrastructure & RESLBC Energy Advisory
CEO: M&A Energy, Infrastructure & RES
LBC Energy Advisory
Having started as an Associate M&A Energy with Lehman Brothers in New York in August 2001, Dana’s sole focus over the past 20 years has been in Energy, Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Technologies, with Lehman Brothers, McKinsey & Co. (serving Royal Dutch / Shell in New York, London, Amsterdam and Hamburg), UBS M&A Energy and ABN Amro M&A Energy, where she served as a senior Corporate Director and Head of M&A Energy.
Between New York and London, Dana’s truly Global cross-border deal sheet includes mandates such as BP’s global petrochemical divestitures in the USA, UK and Europe, Royal Dutch / Shell’s strategic actions in Downstream in Europe, a series of large Energy IPOs on New York and London Stock Exchanges, Solar Energy mandates for Itochu and other Solar Sector participants in Southern Europe, a number of mandates for KUFPEC (KPC), CIC, Polygroup and other NOCs in E&P and FPSO markets in the UK and South East Asia; EDF and other Majors on the UKCS and internationally; various mandates for Bharat Petroleum in the UK Southern Gas Basin, Deep-water Offshore West Africa and Deep-water Offshore Brazil, and others. Heading M&A Energy at ABN Amro, Dana span-off a part of her M&A Energy team and founded a vehicle of LBC Energy group on the back of three client mandates: an E&P buy-side by a Middle Eastern NOC, a Renewables sell-side and a strategic options mandate for an Oslo-listed Independent with assets in North America. Since as early as 2016, Dana’s prevalent and distinct focus has been on Hydrogen mandates for Asian Hydrogen leaders and NOCs, as well as European Independents, and other M&A and Capital Markets assignments in Hydrogen and CCUS. Her current mandates in 2021 focus on Hydrogen Infrastructure and Technologies in the United States, EMEA and Asia.
In addition to her above principal responsibilities with LBC Energy, Dana also serves as the Chair of the European Women on Boards Energy group, as the founder of Nikola Tesla LLC in the United States, and a Trustee of Nikola Tesla Foundation. She has also served as the Founder Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs of the City of London and on the Advisory Committee of William E. Simon School, New York City, NY and Rochester, NY.
Howard BevanFormer Director of EnergyAbdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development
Former Director of Energy
Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development
After graduating Tokyo University (Engineering, Naval Architecture course) in 1985, Hiro Yamada started to work for the Japanese Ministry of Transport (current Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism). He experienced various positions at the Maritime Bureau in the Ministry, such as ship surveyor, PSC officer, and posts in planning and legislative sections. He also experienced a post at the Japanese Embassy in London, attending most of IMO meetings from 1997 to 2000.
Hiro Yamada joined the IMO Secretariat in 2005 and engaged in various technical and operational matters in the Maritime Safety Division (MSD) as the Secretary of some Sub-Committees under MSC (Maritime Safety Committee) and MEPC (Marine Environment Protection Committee). In October 2018, he was appointed as Director of Marine Environment Division (MED).
As the Director of MED, Hiro Yamada has to deal with many environmental challenges, in particular, reduction of GHG emissions from ships, marine plastic litter and various ocean issues.
Alicia has led investment and strategy in global markets for nearly 25 years, managing private equity funds, market entry and finance for multinational companies and institutional investors across Australasia including the Middle East. She has focused on infrastructure, renewable energy, specialty chemicals/pharma, telecommunications, and technology. Before co-founding InterContinental Energy in 2014, she was a founding partner of Asia Pacific Capital Fund II and the Mongolia Opportunities Fund as well as MAP Capital, an industrial investment advisor in the Persian Gulf. Previously, Alicia led international strategy and acquisitions at Elan Biopharmaceuticals and was Vice President of Prudential Asia Infrastructure Mezzanine Capital Fund. She was a founding principal at NetFuel Ventures (acquired by a University of Chicago affiliate) and has held international strategy and investment positions at Gemini, Lend Lease, and AirTouch International (Vodafone). Alicia holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Tareq EmtairahDirector - Department of EnergyUnited Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Director - Department of Energy
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Tareq Emtairah is the Director of the Department of Energy at UNIDO. His work experience spans over 22 years in developed and emerging economies with a progressive focus on sustainable industrial transformation, energy transition, policy advocacy, applied research and capacity development. Before joining UNIDO, he worked as a senior research fellow at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, and prior to that served as the executive director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) based in Cairo, from 2012-2015.
Mr. Emtairah holds a PhD in Industrial Environmental Economics from Lund University in Sweden; a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Policy also from Lund University; a Diploma in Engineering (Materials Science) from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, also in Materials Science from the State University of New Jersey in the United States of America.
Cyril Widdershoven is a veteran global energy market expert and founder of Verocy. He holds several advisory positions at various international think tanks and Western energy firms. Dr. Widdershoven, with his regional expertise in Africa and the Middle East, oversees the Mediterranean Energy Political Risk Consultancy. Across the MENA region, he has been heavily involved in the oil and gas sectors throughout his career, holding positions at Capgemini Consulting (Principal Consultant Centre of Excellence Oil and Gas International (Calgary, Canada), Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (Senior Manager, Oil & Gas), and as Senior Financial Analyst Oil & Gas Sector FDA, where he managed and advised the oil and gas department on equity and bond markets.
Dr. Widdershoven has led energy publications, including North Africa Oil and Gas Magazine (now called Petroleum Africa), the Middle East Oil Gas Newsletter and Africa Oil Newsletter at Newsbase (UK). Over the span of several decades he has lived and worked in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Iraq, and the UAE, and also taken on extended projects for clients in Oman, Iran, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. Dr. Widdershoven earned his post graduate degrees at King’s College, University of London, Department of War Studies, and an M.A. in Middle East Studies at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Petra SchwagerChief of the Energy Technologies & Industrial Application DivisionUnited Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Chief of the Energy Technologies & Industrial Application Division
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Petra has more than 20 years of experience in managing international technical cooperation programmes and networks for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. She has vast experience in resource efficiency, sustainable energy, eco-industrial parks and performance-based circular economy business models. She has worked with governments, private sector, NGOs and academia in more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe.
In her current position at UNIDO, she promotes the uptake of frontier energy technologies in developing and transition countries. She develops new business and cooperation models to impulse the transfer of low-carbon technologies for productive use and poverty alleviation. Recently, she designed and initiated UNIDO’s Global Partnership for Green Hydrogen Application in Industry.
She studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and environmental management at the University of London.
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