SPEAKERS

More than 70 speakers and industry-leading experts from all over the world

Hidetoshi Nishimura

President - Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

Hidetoshi Nishimura

President - Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

Graduated from the Faculty of Law, the University of Tokyo and obtained a Master's Degree in International Development and Economics from Yale University. Joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1976. Has assumed numerous positions, including Representative of the Asia-Pacific Region of the Japan Overseas Development Corporation, Director of the Southeast Asia and Pacific Division of the Trade Policy Bureau, Vice Governor for International Affairs of Ehime Prefecture, Director-General of the Business Support Department of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, Executive Managing Director of the Japan-China Economic Association, and President of the Japan- China Northeast Development Association. Assumed position of ERIA Executive Director in June 2008 and subsequently was appointed as ERIA’s first President in June 2015, and was reappointed as President of ERIA by the Governing Board for a third five-year term in June 2018. Visiting Professor of Waseda University (Japan), Darma Persada University (Indonesia), Honorary Professor of Guangxi University (China), and Fellow of Musashino Institute for Global Affairs, Musashino University (Japan).

Shirai Toshiyuki

Director - METI: Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division

Shirai Toshiyuki

Director - METI: Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division

Mr.SHIRAI Toshiyuki is a Director of Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan.

Prasert Sinsukprasert

Deputy Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Energy

Prasert Sinsukprasert

Deputy Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Energy

Dr. Prasert Sinsukprasert is currently the Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy. He has gained extensive experience and a variety of knowledge in energy development and management, both internationally and domestically. In the international front, he has been actively representing Thailand in APEC, ASEAN, and GMS Energy Cooperation as well as several international bilateral cooperation on energy. For the subject of energy connectivity and market integration, he has been involved in many energy interconnection schemes namely Tran-ASEAN Gas pipelines, ASEAN Power Grid, GMS Regional Power Cooperation Center. Additionally, he is a Vice- Chairman in the Bureau of Global Energy Efficiency 21 Expert Group and a Programmed Committee member in World Energy Council. Dr. Prasert is a key person in developing many initiatives to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in Thailand. For example, he has managed and developed several projects under the ESCO Fund & Venture Capital program, providing investment for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, equity financing, equipment leasing, carbon credit trading, credit guarantee facilities, and technical assistance. He has also been involved in the development and management of the Energy Conservation Promotion Fund and initiated the Revolving Fund for Energy Conservation, a financing program providing low- interest loans for energy efficiency and conservation investments which has leveraged over 500 million USD of EE and RE investment in Thailand.

Prior to joining the Ministry of Energy, Dr. Prasert worked as energy researcher and consultant in the Asia Technical Department at the World Bank, Washington DC, USA and co-produced two publications on Energy Pricing Policies and Energy Profiles in Asian countries.

Dr. Prasert holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Master Degree in Energy Conversion from George Washington University in Washington DC, and both Master and Doctoral Degrees in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. He is also a guest lecturer and speaker at leading universities, academic institution, seminars and events, at both domestic and international levels.

Masakazu Toyoda

Chairman & CEO - The Institute of Energy Economics Japan

Masakazu Toyoda

Chairman & CEO - The Institute of Energy Economics Japan

Mr.Masakazu Toyoda has been Chairman and CEO since 2010 at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) which has been ranked among top-3 energy and resource policy think tanks for five consecutive years, in Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports by University of Pennsylvania.

He also has been appointed as a member of Strategic Policy Committee of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, and he contributed compiling the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan which was approved by the Cabinet in July 2018. Making good use of these experiences, he lectures about Energy Study as an Adjunctive Professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo (GRIPS). Prior to joining IEEJ, he served at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan where he held prominent positions namely Vice-Minister for International Affairs.

Preeyanart Soontornwata

President & CEO - B.Grimm Power

Preeyanart Soontornwata

President & CEO - B.Grimm Power

Preeyanart Soontornwata joined B. Grimm Group in 1992 as Chief Financial Officer, before taking on the role of President of B. Grimm Power in 1996. She led the company through the 1997 Asian financial crisis and was one of the pioneers of the private power generation industry in Thailand. With a management style that focuses on teamwork, she oversees all aspects of the business from engineering to finance, legal affairs and environmental impact assessments. Following years of continuous growth and expansion, which includes greenfield investments, acquisitions and joint ventures, she took the company public in July 2017. Today, B. Grimm Power Public Company Limited is recognised as one of the leading private power producers in the country with a portfolio of both conventional and renewal power projects in Thailand and overseas.

Moreover, Preeyanart Soontornwata has been consecutively selected as the Chairman of the Association of Private Power Producers during 2017-2018 and 2018-present.

Nuki Agya Utama

Executive Director - ASEAN Center for Energy

Nuki Agya Utama

Executive Director - ASEAN Center for Energy

Dr. Nuki Agya Utama is appointed as the Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and reporting directly to the Governing Council consisting of Leaders of the Senior Offices on Energy from the ASEAN member states.

Nuki Agya Utama has academic and research background as post-doctorate in Graduate School Energy Science Kyoto University for energy scenario planning in South East Asia. He’s holding a PhD, with research on Life Cycle Energy Analysis from Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, the University of Technology King Mongkut (KMUTT), Thailand.

Prior assuming his position in ACE, he had worked at Baryon HP as Director and as senior energy consultant for NIKE Inc. He used to work as consultant in UNDP and UNEP working for energy and environment related issues. He had started his international career with ENVIMA a German-Thai consulting firm working on renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental consulting. He had also been served as the Head of Environmental Engineering department at Surya University, Indonesia and as senior lecturer in Swiss German University, Indonesia.

Tatchai Sumitra

Chairman - SETA

Tatchai Sumitra

Chairman - SETA

Assist.Professor Dr. Tatchai Sumitra has been Chairman since 2016 of the Sustainable Energy and Technology Asia ‘s Committee. He has former Chairman of Chulalongkorn University , Dean of Engineering Faculty and Chairman of The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) of Thailand.

Wattanapong Kurovat

General Director - Energy Policy and Planning Office (MOEN)

Wattanapong Kurovat

General Director - Energy Policy and Planning Office (MOEN)

Kyle Katoski

Co-chair of Grid Asia Bangkok

Kyle Katoski

Co-chair of Grid Asia Bangkok

Kyle is a partner with Vector Energy Advisory, a strategy consulting and financial advisory firm that combines expertise in energy and ASEAN markets with functional corporate and investment skills to help companies and investors identify opportunities and grow their businesses. Over the past ten years Kyle has built an Asian focused track record working closely with developers, partners and strategic investors on renewable energy projects in emerging markets. 

While in Asia, Kyle has successfully originated a co-development wind & solar portfolio of >1GW as well as advisory work valued at >10m usd.  This work includes support for board level investment decisions, project bankability, optimized returns, and commercial structuring on utility scale power projects across the region.  

Kyle brings cross functional experience from corporate roles in business development, commercial management and in-house counsel positions. His renewable energy development experience and network provides a platform to catalyze growth for his clients.  

Kyle is the also the Co-chair of Grid Asia Bangkok, a regional networking and knowledge platform for the energy sector. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree in transactional law from the William Mitchell College of Law in the USA.

Justin Wu

Head of Asia-Pacific - BloombergNEF

Justin Wu

Head of Asia-Pacific - BloombergNEF

Justin is head of Asia-Pacific at BloombergNEF (BNEF), a research group within Bloomberg LP covering clean energy, advanced transport, digital industry, innovative materials and commodities. He currently manages the company’s research andconsulting businesses across a dozen countries in the region, working closely with governments, investors, and corporationsto help them develop business strategies in the low carbon transition. He joined BNEF and has been based in Asia since 2007.

A leading expert on renewable energy, corporate sustainabilityand environment policy in Asia, Justin has been quoted extensively in international media and has previously testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He is also a regular contributor on Asian energy issues for Bloomberg radio and television.

Justin holds a MS in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Pajon Sriboonruang

Founder, Director - RE Power Group, Northern Biogas Limited, RE-Power Services

Pajon Sriboonruang

Founder, Director - RE Power Group, Northern Biogas Limited, RE-Power Services

Pajon Sriboonruang was born in 1966 in Chainat Province up north of Bangkok. Pajon has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Electrical and a master's degree in executive MBA from Ramkhamhaeng University in 2002.  

Currently, Pajon is a founder of RE Power Group Co.,Ltd. (RPG), Northern Biogas Limited (NBL) and RE Power Services Co., Ltd (RPS) the experienced biogas O&M services business in Thailand. Pajon is in charge of entire biogas projects operation and business development of RPG in South East Asia region. Pajon has more than 29 years experiences in energy business such as oil & gas industry, four years as offshore operator of Unocal Thailand, seven years as Operation Specialist in Star Refinery, six years as Technical Marketing of Fortum O&M (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Commercial Director for Contractual Services, GE Energy (Thailand) Co, Ltd. In 2005, Pajon joined with TBEC as COO and worked with TBEC until Oct 2016 before setting up RPG and RPS.

Rawiwat Panasantipap

President - Thai ESCO Association

Rawiwat Panasantipap

President - Thai ESCO Association

Rawiwat is the managing director at Thai Energy Conservation Co., Ltd., director of Supamitr Hospital PCL, and the president of Thai ESCO Association and co-founder committee. He’s also the vice chairman at the Electrical, Electronics and Allied Industries Club, the Federation of Thai Industries Committee, the Institute of Industrial Energy, and the Federation of Thai Industries.

Rawiwat holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology North Bangkok and a master’s degree in manufacturing integrated management systems from the University of Birmingham in England.

Chatchaphol Prasopchoke

CEO & President - UAC Global Public

Chatchaphol Prasopchoke

CEO & President - UAC Global Public

32 years in oil & gas, petrochemical, chemical and energy sectors. Involving in Sales, Marketing, Organization management, Business development and Strategic planning to grow the related businesses. Strong networking and experience in multi-national businesses, especially CLMV and Thailand.

Kamol Takabut

President - Thai Technical Volunteer Foundation

Kamol Takabut

President - Thai Technical Volunteer Foundation

Kamol Takabut is Chief Executive Officer at Italian-Thai Power Co., Ltd. Dr. Takabut is also on the board of QTC Energy PCL, Getabec Public Co. Ltd. and QTC Global Power Co. Ltd. and Former President of Council of Engineers of Thailand.

He received a doctorate from the University of Perpgnan Via Domitia, a graduate degree from the University of Chulalongkorn and an undergraduate degree from King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok.

Rajat Kapoor

Managing Director (Oil & Gas) - AWR Lloyd

Rajat Kapoor

Managing Director (Oil & Gas) - AWR Lloyd

Rajat joined AWR Lloyd as a Managing Director for Oil & Gas and Energy, in 2017. He is a multilingual, finance professional with nearly 2 decades of experience in New Business Ventures, M&A, Portfolio Management, Financial & Economic Due Diligence and Strategy Consulting.

As a Principal lead he has been instrumental in deal origination & execution for Merger & Acquisition (M&A) and Private Equity (PE) businesses across the Oil & Gas, Energy and Infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining AWR Lloyd, Rajat served in a number of senior executive positions including, Partner (Oil & Gas) at India Capital, a private equity fund. His work involved originating, assessing and finalising investments in the E&P and midstream sectors in Asia and Africa (2015 – 2017) and General Manager (Strategy & Business Development) at Essar Oil (India) and Essar Energy plc (UK) (2006 – 2015).

Rajat has an MBA (Finance) from NMIMS Mumbai and an Engineering degree from JNEC, Aurangabad.

Arunphun Pootong

Executive Vice President - B.Grimm Power

Arunphun Pootong

Executive Vice President - B.Grimm Power

Francesco Cervini

Asia Nova LT Gas Turbines Sales Leader - Beker Hughes

Francesco Cervini

Asia Nova LT Gas Turbines Sales Leader - Beker Hughes

Francesco is Regional Sales Leader for mid-size gas turbine (NOVA) Business developmentin Asia, since April 2020.

In this role, Francesco’s primary goal is to strategize expansion of NOVA technology in the allotted markets and geographies in coordination with Regional and HQLeaderships to foster NOVA growth in the region.

Francesco has more than twenty-five years’ experience in Gas and Energy Segments having worked for  leading Technology providers, with focus on Business Development long-term relationship with key customers.

Francesco obtained his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Politecnico, Milan in 1993.

Bart Lucarelli

Managing Director (Power & Utilities) - AWR Lloyd

Bart Lucarelli

Managing Director (Power & Utilities) - AWR Lloyd

Thawatchai Onjun

Executive Director - Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology

Thawatchai Onjun

Executive Director - Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology

Michael Williamson

Chief of Section - United Nations ESCAP

Michael Williamson

Chief of Section - United Nations ESCAP

Michael Williamson is Section Chief in the Energy Division ofthe United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Michael works on regional cooperation for sustainable energy across ESCAP’s 53 member countries, spanning intergovernmental dialogue, technical assistance and research. Prior to this, Michael was the acting Director of ESCAP’s Subregional Office for South and South West Asia overseeing 10 countries of South and South West Asia. He was previously Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to the Executive Secretary of ESCAP. He began his UN career in 2013 as the Head of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology, ESCAP’s regional institution based in India.

Michael’s experience over the last 20 years covers the private sector, government and international organisations with a focus on sustainable development, energy, technology and climate change. He worked for Australian governments at state and federal level in climate change, sustainability and energy policyand in humanitarian assignments with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Michael holds a Master of Science in Renewable Energy Technology from Loughborough University, UK, an honoursdegree in Civil Engineering from Monash University, Australiaand a post graduate diploma in management from the Australian Institute of Management. He is a graduate of the UN leadership course at the United Nations Staff College.

Agneta Rising

Director General - World Nuclear Association

Agneta Rising

Director General - World Nuclear Association

Agneta Rising became Director General of the World Nuclear Association and President of the World Nuclear University on 1 January 2013, having previously held the position of Vice President Environment at Vattenfall AB. In this post Ms. Rising headed a pan-European department focused on energy, environment and sustainability. Previously, Ms. Rising was Director for Nuclear Business Development at Vattenfall Generation.

Ms. Rising joined Vattenfall AB (then Swedish State Power Board) in 1980. Her career there was centred on radiological protection. Within the Vattenfall Group, Rising was the leading specialist on nuclear energy and the environment.

Agneta Rising became chairman of the Uranium Institute in May 2000, and presided over its transformation into the World Nuclear Association in 2001.

Ms. Rising is co-founder and former president of Women in Nuclear (WIN). During her WIN presidency, the organization quadrupled in size. Ms. Rising has also been president of the European Nuclear Society and president of the Swedish Nuclear Society.

Over the past two decades, Agneta Rising has been appointed by the Swedish government, the EU Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency to several significant expert and advisory positions relevant to the safety and future development of nuclear power. Among these, Ms. Rising served for four years on the IAEA’s International Nuclear Safety Group. She was awarded the Atoms for Peace Prize in 2013; WiN Spain Special Award in 2015; and Swedish Nuclear Society Honorary Prize in 2016.



Zhanyuan Cai

CEO - TC Renewable Energy

Zhanyuan Cai

CEO - TC Renewable Energy

Elena Pashina

Marketing Director - Rosatom Overseas

Elena Pashina

Marketing Director - Rosatom Overseas

Elena Pashina has been with Rusatom Ovrseas for over 7 years. As the Marketing Director she is working to bring Rosatom energy solutions to the market through international marketing communications, also performing analytical energy market research to ensure that the Rosatom Integrated Offer for large scale NPPs, SMRs, floating NPPs and Centres for Nuclear science and technology fully meets market needs and stands at the highest level of competitiveness. Elena is a member of IAEA Technical Working Groups and WNA SMR task force on SMRs where she advocates on the benefits of SMRs, engages in expert discussions on SMR markets and challenges and presents Rosatom referenced SMR technologies. She has been an invited speaker at IAEA Scientific Conference on nuclear non-energy applications in 2018 and 2019. She spoke at WNA Symposium in 2019 on the role of nuclear energy in sustainable development. Elena is also an invited speaker of World Nuclear University.

Sumittra Charojrochkul

Director of Materials for Energy Research Group - MTEC/ENTEC

Sumittra Charojrochkul

Director of Materials for Energy Research Group - MTEC/ENTEC

Dr. Sumittra Charojrochkul is a principal researcher and director of Materials for Energy Research Group at MTEC/ENTEC, under National Science and Technology Development Agency. She received her B.Eng. and PhD from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. Her research interest is on hydrogen production, solid oxide fuel cells, production and evaluation of catalyst and adsorbent, and related electrochemistry characterisation. She has published more than 180 peer-reviewed journal-proceedings articles and book chapters and over 22 Intellectual Properties under pending and filing (patents, petit patent and trade secrets). She is now working on several projects, e.g. development of catalyst for conventional fuel and development of biomass for use in electrochemical storage and hydrogen production technologies. She received a bronze medal from the 35th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products of Geneva, Switzerland in 2007.

Pisut Painmanakul

Professor - Chulalongkorn University

Pisut Painmanakul

Professor - Chulalongkorn University

Dr. Pisut Painmanakul is a Lecturer at Department of Environmental Engineering Faculty of Engineering Chulalongkorn University. His teaching courses include Unit processes for Environmental Engineering, mass transfer operation and Separation processes for Environmental engineering, urban environment and Environment for daily life.

Dr. Pisut Painmanakul research interests are in Aeration process, oily wastewater treatment, absorption and desorption processes and Physico-chemical processes in water and wastewater system. Currently Dr. Pisut Painmanakul works on the topic of aeration tube development, oil treatment and recovery from wastewater, turbidity removal by air-lift and aerated sand filter and VOCs absorption in bubble column. His academic services include the training course on water, wastewater and air pollution treatment technologies and environmental treatment management and design projects. Dr. Pisut Painmanakul received a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from INSA Toulouse France.

Jack Kneeland

Partner - Vector Energy Advisory

Jack Kneeland

Partner - Vector Energy Advisory

Jack Kneeland is a partner in Vector Energy Advisory a strategy consulting and financial advisory firm that combines expertise in energy and ASEAN markets with functional corporate and investment skills to help companies and investors identify opportunities and grow their businesses. Prior to starting Vector, Jack spent 20 years in Southeast Asia working with investment banks, consulting firms and in private equity where he has focused on investment decision-making in the energy and clean energy sectors. He has originated and delivered dozens of consulting assignment in the region.

Jack previous developed and led the Gas, Power and Renewable Energy and New Energy consulting practices at AWR Lloyd where he provided strategic consulting and financial advisory services to Asian and international firms in fields ranging from natural gas to conventional power, renewable energy and energy storage. This included major strategy development, identification of new opportunities, investment analysis and recommendations and support for two power sector IPOs. Earlier in his career Jack worked for several large investment banks including PhatraSecurities/Merrill Lynch and UBS where he covered energy and transportation sectors and served as the Head of Thai Equity Research.

Jack is also a Co-chair of Grid Asia Bangkok, a regional networking and knowledge platform for energy sector participants. He has a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced international Studies (SAIS) in Energy and International Finance. He is a Permanent Resident of Thailand and can speak and read Thai.

Ittiporn Intravisit

First Vice President (Commercial and Housing Loan Product Management) - Kasikornbank

Ittiporn Intravisit

First Vice President (Commercial and Housing Loan Product Management) - Kasikornbank