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"UGOS is the event to get valuable first-hand information on the European shale gas development before it gets published."
Mikhail Korchemkin
Managing Director
East European Gas Analysis

Below are just a few of the expert international speakers we have lined up for UGOS 2014. Take a look at the full unconventionals event speaker line-up to date here.

Speakers from leading organisations including Operators, Oil Majors, Technology Providers & Policy Makers:

Speakers from leading organisations including Operators, Oil Majors, Technology Providers & Policy Makers:

Hon. Dan Byles MP Energy & CC Select Committee, Chair of APPG for Unconventional Gas & of All Party Environment Group

Dan Byles is the Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire & Bedworth and has a strong expertise in strategic UK energy policy. He sits on the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and served on the Energy Bill (2013) Committee. He is a Parliamentary advisor to the Green Alliance, President of the Young Person's Trust for the Environment and he Chairs both the All Party Environment Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Unconventional Oil & Gas. A former soldier Dan was the youngest serving Major in the Army at the age of 27, and he holds two Guinness World Records for crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a wooden rowing boat and for walking to the Magnetic North Pole. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Dr Basim Faraj Vice President, New Ventures Tamboran Resources

Dr Basim Faraj has been trained and worked as an exploration geochemist in conventional and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. He has worked on projects in Jordan, Japan, Canada, USA, and Australia among others. In 2002, he led the team who completed the first shale gas assessment study in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin for the Gas Technology Institute. He is the chairman for the annual shale gas conference organised by the Canadian Institute since its inception in 2005. Furthermore, he has been at the forefront of coalbed methane research and exploration since his work with BHP Coal in Australia and the University of Queensland. Between 2005 and 2010, he was the Unconventional Gas Specialist at Talisman Energy.

James Clarke Deputy Head, Office Of Unconventional Gas And Oil DECC, UK

James Clarke is Deputy Head of the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil, in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), where he leads on regulatory and EU matters. He previously worked as a strategic policy adviser on a number of areas, including Electricity Market Reform and retail market tariffs. Prior to joining DECC in 2010, he worked in corporate governance and socially responsible investment research, including as an analyst in the investment banking arm of HSBC.

Ken Cronin CEO United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOG)

Ken is the Chief Executive of the newly re-launched trade body UKOOG (UK Onshore Operators Group). UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry including exploration, production and storage across both conventional and unconventional sources. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore hydrocarbons industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level. Ken has more than 20 years’ global experience in media, investor and government relations and has worked in and with many companies across the nuclear, renewables, oil and gas and power sectors. Prior to his role at UKOOG, Ken spent 10 years at worldwide communication agency Kreab Gavin Anderson as Head of Global Energy.

Andrew Austin CEO IGAS

Andrew is one of the founders and the Chief Executive Officer of IGas Energy Plc, previously he specialised in energy projects in the gas, electricity and renewables sector. Andrew has been an Executive Director since 2004 and for the last four years has been CEO with full time responsibility for day to day operations and business development. Prior to joining IGas Andrew has been involved in ventures as principal and has also raised substantial funds from private and public equity for clients during the course of his career to date. Andrew spent 17 years working in investment banking in the City of London with Merrill Lynch, Nomura, Citibank and Barclays Capital. Latterly he was general manager of Creditanstalt Investment Bank in London. He also has six years of management and consultancy experience with clean tech companies including Generics Group and Whitfield Solar.

Alejandro Oscar Jotayan CEO Anders Energia

Alejandro Jotayan is a Industrial Engineer with a Masters Degree in Business administration. He has 18 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in the Americas and Europe. He was Head of Strategy and Business Development of YPF until leaving in 2012. Previously, Alejandro had held several managerial positions in the exploration and production departments of Repsol-YPF working on the commercial development of Vaca Muerta in the Neuquen basin. He had also held managerial positions in commercial analysis, strategic planning and control and shareholder reporting in the Techint Group of Companies (Tenaris, Ternium, Tecpetrol). Alejandro is well recognized in the industry as a professional leader in the conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons business, having comprehensive knowledge and experience in technical, commercial, economic and regulatory aspects.


LV Jianzhong Vice President CNPC

Dr. LV Jianzhong is a Professor-Level Senior Economist. ETRI is CNPC’s think tank for corporate strategy & policy research and high-level decision support. LV earned an MBA degree at Marshall University in the US and gained membership of Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest recognition of students in business programmes accredited by AACSB International. Dr. LV began his career as an assistant and researcher at a university, and then joined China National Petroleum Corporation. During the 1990s he worked over more than three departments at CNPC headquarters before being promoted to Deputy Chief-Economist of Strategic Development Department or Policy Research Office. During this time, he had been assigned to an oil & gas field as a project manager. He was appointed his current position in 2010.

Kamlesh Parmar Chief Executive Officer 3Legs Resources

Kamlesh Parmar was appointed as CEO on 18 October 2012. He has been with 3Legs since its activities commenced in 2007 and has previously held the position of Group Commercial Director and Poland Country Manager. He has overseen all aspects of the Group’s operations in Poland since inception and, in particular, has managed the successful relationship with ConocoPhillips. He has achieved recognition both for the Company’s achievements in Poland and for his own contribution to the development of the shale industry in Poland, being awarded “Professional of the Year” at Poland’s inaugural Shale Gas Awards gala in 2011. He is also one of the four members of the Management Board of OPPPW, the Polish upstream oil and gas industry association.

David Messina Managing Director Hutton Energy

Mr Messina has twenty years' experience in business development and executive management across the Energy, Oil and Gas, and Agricultural sectors. As one of the founding principals of Hutton Energy, he has been instrumental in the development of the Company’s European shale portfolio. Since 2009, Mr Messina has driven Hutton’s strategy for acquisition of licenses including securing an extensive shale acreage position in Poland of approximately 1.3 million acres. His key capability is to take a preliminary concept and develop it into a viable business through the implementation of the appropriate commercial and corporate structures to support the development and operations of the business. Prior to Hutton Energy, he spent five years living and working in Eastern Europe developing greenfield business in the Energy and Oil and Gas sectors, encompassing renewables (biomass, oil, geothermal), uranium, CBM and shale projects.

Charles Lesser Managing Director, European Energy Macquarie

Charles Lesser has spent 15 years advising Europe’s largest institutional investment managers on their oil & gas investments. From the number one rated oil and gas investment research team, he moved to start Tristone Capital’s European business, which quickly become the number one advisor to AIM oil and gas companies. Tristone was acquired by Macquarie, which now dominates capital raising for European companies drilling shale and CBM wells, working with many of UGOS’ speakers. He advises most of the household names in the institutional and hedge fund asset management industries and holds a masters degree from Cambridge University.

Chris Faulkner President &CEO BREITLING OIL & GAS

Chris Faulkner, President and Chief Executive Officer Breitling Oil and Gas, has a diverse background in oil & gas industry.  Mr. Faulkner studied at the University of North Texas and Baylor University received his Doctorate Degree from Concordia College.   Mr. Faulkner has extensive past experience in all aspects of oil and gas operations including project management, production, facilities, drilling and business development.  Mr. Faulkner has also served on key corporate and industry committees, including Breitling’s World Shale Gas Advisory Committee, R&D Committees, and the Oil and Gas Technology Advisory Committee.  Mr. Faulkner has been featured in numerous publications including American Oil and Gas Investor, Energy Today, EuroAsia Industry, D Magazine and the Dallas Morning News. He is a frequent lecturer at industry events and is a member of many industry organizations including the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the Dallas Petroleum Club, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.

Andras Jenei Adviser Ministry of National Development Hungary

András Jenei is currently Advisor to the Ministry of National Development, State Secretary for Energy Affairs, Hungary and Head of Energy Institute at Centre for Fair Political Analysis, a think-tank based in Budapest. He studied engineering management at Technical University of Budapest (BME) and holds a Bsc from Political Sciences at King Sigismund College. His research fields are energy policy, unconventional gas exploration and energy security, focusing on natural gas in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Caspian region. In the past five years his main focus has been on tight and shale gas upstream in the CEE region with a focus on regulatory framework and environmental issues.

Svetlana Melnikova Researcher Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

Melnikova Svetlana, research associate of ERI RAS. Graduated from the Ural State university in 1986, has more than 15 years of experience in gas industry; worked as a specialist in information and analytics of regional gas supplies (“Uralsevergas” Trade house, ITERA affiliated company) as well as represented industry interests (Union of independent gas producers, Russian Gas Society), was closely related to gas legislation and energy industry information supply (4th Russian State Duma, Energy, transport and communication committee). She has been working in ERI RAS since 2007. Starting from 2011 she has also worked as a lecturer in Gubkin Russian state university of oil and gas She is an author of many articles and has participated in many conferences in Russia and abroad.

Alex Fraser CFO 3Legs Resources

Alexander Fraser joined 3Legs Resources when it was established in January 2007. From 2003 to 2006 he was a consultant to a number of early stage companies. From 1994 to 2003 he was an investment banker in emerging markets corporate finance and M&A at Brunswick-UBS in Moscow, Deutsche Bank and then JP Morgan in London, advising government and corporate clients in a range of sectors including oil and gas. From 1988 to 1994 he was a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advising on general corporate law, banking and corporate finance from their London, Paris and Moscow offices. He graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford and is a qualified barrister.

Dariusz Latka HSE Advisor- Operator Representative (currently cooperating with BNK Polska)

Dariusz Latka combines the HSE corporate, operational and management experience in oil and gas sector – both upstream and downstream. Starting from environmental aspects of downstream operations in 1995, he built his career path moving through HSE management to upstream sector. Since 2010, he has been active in the unconventional  resources exploration in Poland. His professional track involved performing HSE Advisor roles during drilling and completion operations in Pomerania Region. In his professional area, he combines merging HSE aspects with support for community relations. Now as a self - employed consultant, he still contributes to major operations in further development of unconventional resources exploration in Poland.

Dr Tony Smith Technical Director – Gas SLR Consulting

Tony is a natural gas specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry gained primarily with BP, ExxonMobil, Schlumberger and BluEnergy, his own gas consultancy firm.  Tony is Technical Director for Gas with SLR Consulting with a focus on unconventional gas (shale, coal bed methane) developments.  He is currently working on a number of unconventional gas projects in the UK and beyond and recently completed an environmental and Community (Social Licence to Operate) Due Diligence assignment for a major UK shale and CBM licence Farm-In. Tony has a PhD in oil bioremediation and is a Member of the Energy Institute

Prof Paul Stevens Distinguished Fellow Chatham House


Paul was awarded the 2009 OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research. The award honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the petroleum industry and oil-related issues. The award honours independence and integrity in an individual’s work and who have persistently presented critical, yet impartial debates. His expertise lies in International oil markets, National oil companies, Developments in oil producing countries, Political economy of the Middle East and Energy in developing countries.

Jan Roelofsen Research Director & Advisor Unconventionals IHS Energy Upstream Research

As part of the IHS Energy Upstream Research Group, Jan is leading the analysis of Unconventionals potential outside the US. Studies cover all aspects of Unconventionals from the analysis of geological plays to assessment of productive capacity, economics and potential market impact. Jan is a geologist with 30 years of experience in the oil industry and holds an MSc in Geology from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. After having worked as an exploration and development geologist for Unocal, he joined Petro consultants in Geneva in 1992 as regional manager, followed by a career path as office manager, specialist in training & support and as product manager for exploration and production data. Since 2009 he has been involved in various projects building information products for Unconventional Energy, resulting into his current role as director of Unconventionals research.

Graham Dean Managing Director REACH COAL SEAM GAS

Prior to joining ReachCSG, Graham was a Commercial Manager with Centrica working in Business Development and was heavily involved in increasing Centricaís upstream gas portfolio. Graham established the Centrica Norway operations where he was manager of Centrica Energi. Graham's first experience of CBM was in 1999 when he visited Calgary for the acquisition of Avalanche Energy by Centrica. Prior to Centrica, Graham worked for Hess in the London office in Strategic Planning and in the Petrophysics, Petroleum Engineering and Joint Ventures departments. Graham has an Engineering degree from Cambridge University.

Dr Thierry Bros Senior Analyst, European Gas and LNG Markets SOCIETE GENERALE

Thierry Bros was appointed, in October 2010, Senior European Gas and LNG Analyst for SG. Thierry joined Société Générale in 2007, as Senior Financial Analyst, to provide clients with recommendations on listed pan-European gas stocks and in-depth research on gas issues. Thierry covered the gas chain from upstream to downstream with BG Group, Centrica, Enagas, Gas Natural, Gazprom, GDF SUEZ and Snam Rete Gas. Thierry was, from 2002 to 2007, Senior Oil & Gas expert at the French Department of Trade and Industry, where he represented France on oil markets and emergency questions at the International Energy Agency (Paris), the European Commission and the Energy Charter (Brussels). His responsibilities included providing global reviews for top French officials covering oil and gas issues and negotiating European directives. As a gas specialist, Thierry reviewed the regulations governing the opening up and liberalization of the French gas market and supervised the Contingency Gas Plan. Prior to that, Thierry was, for six years, Head of Internal Communication at IFP. Dr. Bros is also a visiting faculty professor at several universities and a speaker at international conferences on gas-related subjects.

James Woudhuysen Professor Of Forecasting And Innovation De Montfort University

Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, James Woudhuysen analyses the sociology, politics, economics and technologies of energy in a counter-intuitive but pragmatic manner. He won a scholarship to St Paul’s school, London, before graduating in physics. He wrote about North Sea oil for The Economist, and is co-author, Energise! A future for energy innovation (Beautiful Books, 2009), and BIG POTATOES: The London manifesto for Innovation (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, 2012). Energy clients include: Accenture, Arup, BDR Thermea, British Institute of Facilities Management, Geothermal Engineering Ltd, International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies, Land Securities, MASDAR, Mitsubishi, Roca, Yokogawa.

Richard Selley Senior Research Fellow & Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Richard Selley has spent most of his career  at Imperial College apart from some years employed by oil companies in the North Sea and overseas. Richard has been involved in petroleum exploration in the UK and abroad for 50 years, both as an academic researcher and as a consultant. He identified and evaluated the UK's shale gas resources in the mid-1980's but industry, academia and the Department of Energy were underwhelmed at the findings. After many rejections by UK learned journals his research into UK shale gas was published in the USA. Now recognised as the 'Rip van Winkle' of UK shale gas, Richard's advice on shale gas exploration has been widely sought both as a consultant and lecturer. He was the first witness summoned to give evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee of Enquiry into Shale gas in February 2011. Richard  has received various national and international honours including the Silver Medal of the Geological Society of London awarded for excellence in petroleum geoscience. He is an Honorary Member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of GB. 

Kartikay Sharma Senior Research Analyst Beroe Inc.

Kartikay Sharma is a Senior Research Analyst specializing in Oil & Gas (Upstream), for Beroe Inc., a procurement intelligence & advisory firm with presence across the globe. Kartikay is a Petroleum Engineer and an MBA in Oil & Gas Management from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, India. Prior to joining Beroe, Kartikay did two internships of three months each at ONGC. In Beroe, he advises leading oil and gas clients on various products and services across the oil and gas value chain, globally, as part of the Beroe Oil and Gas Team. He has done extensive work across EPC for downstream and upstream, oil and gas product trade flows, oilfield chemical &services, natural gas (policies, infrastructure, trade flows etc), production & completion services etc.

Alan Shaw Assistant Vice President, Environmental, Ironshore Europe Limited

Alan is the Assistant Vice President of the UK and European environmental underwriting division for Ironshore, an international insurance company with more than 20 offices worldwide.  Alan has worked in the environmental and engineering sectors for over 15 years advising clients on managing their environmental exposures through risk management and risk transfer.

Dr Nick Riley Team Leader Unconventional Gas BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Dr Nick Riley MBE, C.Geol., FGS has been an international expert on Carboniferous rocks throughout his 32 year career with BGS. His expertise has been deployed in a variety of ways, including surface and subsurface mapping of UK Carboniferous strata, coal, oil & gas exploration & development in the UK and Former Soviet Union, large civil engineering projects, underground radwaste, carbon dioxide and natural gas storage, as well as mineral exploration. In 2003 Nick was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for “Services to UK Geoscience”.

Dr Aviezer Tucker Assistant Director ENERGY INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

Dr. Aviezer Tucker is Assistant Director of the Energy Institute of the University of Texas at Austin.  He has published, consulted, and lectured on the political, social, and environmental aspects of shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Ukraine and the USA.  His academic background is in the philosophy of science, science studies, and political science.  He lived and worked altogether for eight years in Eastern Europe.  He taught at universities in the United States, the U.K., and the Czech Republic.

Will Pearson Analyst, Global Energy & Natural Resources Eurasia Group

Will Pearson is an analyst in the Global Energy and Natural Resources practice at Eurasia Group, a leading political risk firm that provides advisory and consulting services to clients in the financial, corporate, and government sectors. His research focuses on the policies and regulations that influence global unconventional gas development, power sector investments, and deployment of clean energy technologies. Formerly based in Washington, DC, he relocated to London in June 2010 to manage Eurasia Group’s energy coverage for London-based clients and to intensify research on European unconventional gas and power market issues.

Previously, Will was a senior analyst in the power market advisory group at Pace Global, an energy consultancy, where he advised clients on the economic viability of power generation projects in markets worldwide. Before Pace, he worked on the electricity trading desk at Sempra Energy Solutions, a retail energy supplier. Will holds a master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and a BA in history and business from James Madison University.



Mathias Mitschanek Research Assistant UNIVERSITY LEOBEN

Mr. Mitschanek holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Montanuniversitaet of Leoben; and he is currently enrolled in the MS program in Drilling Engineering. In the course of a research project he assisted in preparing a report for the European Energy Commission on Shale Gas in Europe and an environmental impact study for the Ukrainian government. Currently, his focus is on a shale gas field development model, which involves and describes all pertinent operations. Scenario planning, social and environmental impact studies, as wells as the potential economical analysis will be a major scope of the project.

Trevor Jones Managing Director AdvanSci Limited

Trevor Jones has 28 years’ experience in dealing with publicly contentious projects involving the assessment and management of radioactive and non-radioactive wastes and contaminated land.  He has provided extensive support in connection with applications for the authorisation of three near-surface facilities to dispose of radioactive wastes, including preparation of the Environmental Safety Case and Article 37 submission for NORM disposal at Stoneyhill landfill in Scotland.  He was also responsible for the planning and RSA93 authorisation of Stoneyhill NORM descaling facility. Over the last 18 months he has been working with the National Nuclear Laboratory on the R&D and implementation of technologies to treat NORM-contaminated flowback and produced water from shale gas exploration and production.  He has also recently begun working with a specialist German contractor with extensive NORM survey and decommissioning capabilities.  He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham and UCLan, and was a member of Scottish Government’s Project Board developing the UK NORM waste strategy from 2011 to 2013.

James Dodds Managing Director Envireau Water

James has been a consulting hydrogeologist since 1988 and has worked in a wide range of industrial sectors including mineral development and oil/gas exploration. He owns and manages a specialist water management consultancy focused on resolving regulatory issues relating to developments and projects that interact with natural water systems. His fundamental and detailed understanding of the UK regulatory environment has led James into the world of the new interest in on-shore hydrocarbon development and non-conventional gas exploration. James is actively working on permitting operations under the new enforcement regime recently introduced in the UK for on-shore operations and this includes looking at the issues surrounding NORMs.

Fivos Spathopoulos Visiting Lecturer in Petroleum Geology IMPERIAL COLLEGE, LONDON

Fivos is a Doctor of Geology and has worked as an exploration geologist and basin analyst in Hess and other oil companies, involved in exploring for hydrocarbons globally, as well as in mapping the world’s petroleum source rocks. From 2006, Fivos worked as a consultant on unconventional petroleum exploration in Europe. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Petroleum Geology at Imperial College London, teaching Petroleum Systems and researching organic-rich rocks in Europe, as targets for unconventional petroleum. Fivos is involved in the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification.

Peter Styles Professor, Applied & Environmental Geophysics KEELE UNIVERSITY

Professor Peter Styles, is Professorial Research Fellow in Applied and Environmental Geophysics, University of Keele, and has taught environmental geophysics for 35 years to undergraduates, postgraduates, and CPD, nationally and internationally. In 2000 he moved to Keele University as Head of the School of Earth Sciences and Geography and subsequently Director of the Environment, Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics Research Institute. He was President of the Geological Society of London from 2003 to 2006 and President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (Geology Section). He chaired the DEFRA committee which developed sub-surface exclusion criteria for geological disposal of radioactive waste. He was a member of the Royal Society Committee on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Geosphere Characterization Panel of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. He was author of the recent DECC report on induced seismicity associated with shale gas hydrofracturing in the UK.

Bill Godsay President & CEO Geo Logic Environmental Services

William E. (Bill) Godsey, PG is a Professional Geologist licensed in Texas and other states with over 30 years of experience in the oil/gas and water supply industry. Bill was awarded both his undergraduate and Master’s of Science degrees in Environmental Studies and Earth Science from Baylor University. Mr Godsey is also a business owner and operates several entities in addition to his environmental and regulatory consulting practice, including oil/gas operating, water well
drilling, frac tank refurbishing, commercial construction and industrial real estate companies. After 13 years of service in the oil and gas and state regulatory agency arenas, Godsey formed Geo Logic Environmental Services, LLC to provide professional services to the oil/gas, pipeline, mining and industrial sectors in an effort to assist them with complying with neccessary regulations.Godsey’s areas of expertise include water supply for hydraulic fracturing, natural gas
storage in salt dome projects, brine disposal in subsurface wells, mine dewatering, soil/groundwater remediation and regulatory compliance.

Dr Photini Pappas Intercultural Strategy Consultant WISDOMINACTION INTERNATIONAL

Photini Pappas is an Intercultural Strategy consultant and trainer, working with professionals and teams across different cultures, supporting them to achieve excellence in their performance and communication skills. She is founder and director of French-based Wisdom in Action International She holds a Doctorate in Politics and the Media, and an MA in International Journalism. She was senior lecturer at the University of the Arts-London for fifteen years and has considerable experience and a life-time interest in adult learning and development. Her research expertise has been in the areas of Political History, Communication and Culture with special focus on Western Europe, the Mediterranean countries and South America. A Greek by birth, she has lived in Greece, England and France. She is also a certified coach and specialises in the Brief Solutions Focus approach in her professional development work with teams and individuals. Photini is a member of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR), the International Coach Federation and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

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