The Budapest LNG Summit is a niche event focused on the up and coming LNG region of Central & Eastern Europe (CEE).
The purpose of the Summit is to create an exclusive, high-level forum for the region’s top leaders from 20 countries, enabling them to network, explore and consider the medium and long-term prospects for the LNG business in CEE.
The Summit’s main focus is to connect regional CEE demand with the international supply chain, while also sharing insights and perspectives from the sector as well as discussing the region’s key LNG-related issues.
Mr. Bounds leads a global team responsible for Shell’s LNG strategy and portfolio, market access, the provision of commercial advice, gas advocacy and communications strategy. He was formerly General Manager Global LNG (2010-2012) and prior to that Vice President New Business Development for the Asia Pacific LNG market and Director, Shell Coal Seam Gas (2008 – 2010). In his time with Shell, Roger has been a key player in building Shell’s leading global LNG production, marketing and trading positions. Roger worked in the Australian and Victorian Governments before joining Shell in 1993.
Mr. Varró has been appointed as Chief Economist of IEA in January 2016. He has worked at the IEA since 2011 as Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets.
Mr. Varró started his economist career at the National Bank of Hungary and from 2000-2005 he served as the Director of Price and Economic Analysis of the Hungarian Energy Office.
Before joining IEA he has worked for MOL Group as Chief Economist and from 2008 as Director for Strategy Development.
Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli is the Secretary General, Gas Exporting Countries Forum. He was Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic and Energy Affairs, Governor of the Central Bank, Advisor to the President, Chairman, Board of Directors, National Iranian Gas Export Company, and Ambassador to Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom. He was instrumental to Iran’s post war reforms, Chief negotiator in many of its gas deals with Pakistan, India, Europe, Armenia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Founder of the Revand Institute for Economic and International Studies, Dr. Adeli has a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Economics.
György Domokos Vargha has more than 8 years’ experience and a strong track record in the energy sector.
Mr. Vargha works in MET International AG since its establishment in 2010. Previously he kickstarted the gas trading operations of METI as Head of Trading and later on headed the Wholesale and Origination activities of the company. As such he was responsible for the establishment of the LNG desk and MET Group’s wholesale activities in Italy, Austria, Spain, France and numerous other European countries.
Mr. Vargha has graduated in the Business Administration faculty of the Corvinus University of Budapest.
Mr. Souki joined Tellurian as Senior Vice President – LNG Marketing and Trading in August 2016. He was most recently the VP of Finance and Business Development at Cheniere Marketing in charge of all middle and back office and finance for the marketing and trading group. Before Cheniere, Mr. Souki spent 14 years in working for various financial institutions including most recently at Credit Suisse in New York and London. There he specialized in power, energy, and mining corporate and project finance. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.
Goran Frančić, B. Sc. Petrol. Eng. (born on Feb 8, 1965) was appointed on March 1, 2017 on the position of Managing Director of LNG Croatia LLC, with main duties to speed up LNG project and to implement floating solution as a first phase of Migration concept of development of LNG Terminal. Tasks includes redesign of the project, preparation of tenders for purchasing FSRU vessel and building jetty with ancillary installation, closing financing and performing Open Season to reach Final Investment Decision, after which FSRU LNG Terminal will be build and in operation during heating season 2019/20120.
From October 1, 2013 till March 2017 he was on the position of the President of BoD and CEO of MET Croatia Energy Trade Ltd., subsidiarity of MET Holding AG, Swiss based energy trading and supply company, active in CEE region.
After left Plinacro, through period of May 2012 till October 2013, he was included in several EU financed projects as Project Coordinator and Project Manager (LNG Project, Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline project, South Interconnection Croatia – BiH).
Until April 2012 he was Director of Development Division of Plinacro Ltd., Croatian TSO and parallel with that, from 2010 he was President of Board of LNG Croatia LLC., company in charge of development LNG solution in Croatia.
He started his career as an engineer technologist in 1992 in the Gas Transmission Division of INA Plc, the national oil and gas company (Plinacro’s predecessor) where he obtained several roles and positions.
Mr. Woźniak worked at the Ministry of Finance and at the Ministry of Economy – between 2003−2008, when he led the Oil and Gas Department and was responsible for implementation of the act on mandatory oil, gas and fuels stocks and for securing Poland’s accession to OECD and IEA. He also represented Poland at IEA Governing Board meetings. He coordinated preparations ahead of implementation of the second package of the EU gas market liberalisation legislation and participated in the EU’s work on the third package. In 2008−2010, he was Prime Minister’s chief adviser on Energy Security and Secretary of the Prime Minister’s interdepartmental Energy Security Policy Team. He represented Poland in the V4 High-Level Group on Energy and the EC’s Group for the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan. He supervised the pre-construction phase of the Świnoujście LNG Terminal project. He was on the team negotiating the intergovernmental gas supply contract between Poland and Russia. He resigned from the position of Prime Minister’s adviser only after the contract was signed in November 2010. In 2011−2013, he advised the Environment Minister and Chief Geologist on the geological and mining law reform.
Ramon has over 20 years of experience in banking, predominantly in project finance, acquisition finance, mezzanine finance and private equity. Ramon headed ING’s global NR offshore services team, leading transactions with FPSO and drilling rig companies. He was active at ING for more than a decade in leverage finance, mezzanine finance and minority private equity working across multiple sectors. In 2013 Ramon returned to ING’s Natural Resources team, where he currently leads project finance and acquisition type transactions in the Mid- & Downstream space. Ramon has ample experience in structuring LNG transactions and recently led ING’s deal team for the financing of the Bahrain LNG import terminal, which won a PFI deal of the year award.
Mr.Aradszki is the member of the Hungarian Parliament from 2010, and he was elected as Secretary of State for Energy Affairs in 2014. As the Member of Parliament he works inter alia in the Committee on Sustainable Development, with strong commitment to climate protection, security of gas supply and renewable energy.
From 1991 he acted as the legal counselor of MOL Group (integrated oil and petrochemicals company group operating in four countries, headquartered in Budapest) for 23 years.
H.E. Shaikh Mohamed A. Althani is a former Minister of Economy and Trade in the State of Qatar. Previously he spent over eighteen years working in the oil and gas industry, mainly with Qatar Petroleum. He is one of the main founders of QatarGas and RasGas. His main activities now are consulting, energy research, and the GCC political economy, for which he is a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic studies. He is a board member of the London Business School global advisory board and a visiting board member of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He holds a BAA in Industrial Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, a Global MBA from Duke University, and a Senior Executive programme from London Business School. Shaikh Mohamed has authored two books; The Arab Spring and the Gulf States “Time to Embrace Change” and Jassim, the Leader Founder of Qatar. He is a well recognized figure in energy, investments and geopolitics involving the Gulf region. He is a respected figure in resolving strategic matters and serves as a facilitator when needed.
Andriy Kobolyev has over eight years of experience in the oil and gas sector in Ukraine.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine, Andriy was an adviser at the AYA Capital private investment and banking group. There he was involved with raising debt and equity capital, loan restructuring, and reorganization of corporate structures of large enterprises.
Andriy worked for Naftogaz of Ukraine between 2002 and 2010, where he started his career as a specialist in the Economy and Price Policy Department.
In 2006-2007, he occupied the position of director of the Department for Corporate Finance and Price Policy and in 2008-2010 he was an adviser to the chairman.
In these roles he took part in numerous negotiations with Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom.
In 2004-2010, he coordinated the process of raising borrowings from international banks of USD 2 billion and was responsible for restructuring external debt in 2009.
Andriy Kobolyev started his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers (1999-2002).
There he worked as a management consultant and was responsible for strategic management and corporate reorganization projects.
In 2000, he graduated from the International Relations Institute at Kyiv National Shevchenko University with a Masters in International Economic Relations.
The venue of the Budapest LNG Summit is the historical building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Built in 1825, even today it is still the most prestigious and important institution in Hungary’s academic sphere. The Academy of Sciences is situated in the downtown area of Budapest, on the Pest side of the Danube. Due to its central location, the Hungarian capital’s best hotels are within walking distance.
Address: MTA Budapest, Széchényi István tér 9.
The Summit Dinner will take place on the Spoon Boat Restaurant, which is one of Budapest’s best restaurants featuring a beautiful panoramic view of the Castle District. It is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the Budapest LNG Summit venue, and close to the city’s best hotels as well.
The Summit Dinner will be held on the 16th of October.