The Budapest LNG Summit is a unique conference series focused on the up and coming LNG region of Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). The 3. Budapest LNG Summit in 2021 will cover all the hot topics dominating the LNG and gas sector, bringing together stakeholders from the entire value chain.
The goal of the Summit is to create an exclusive, high-level forum for the top industry leaders from the region and beyond, enabling them to network, explore and consider the medium and long-term prospects for the LNG and gas business in CEE.
The Budapest LNG Summit connects regional CEE demand with the international supply chain while providing a platform for sharing and discussing insights and perspectives on the key LNG-related developments in the region.
At Budapest LNG Summit you can meet the major stakeholder in the regional LNG industry, LNG ports and terminals’ operators, LNG infrastructure developers and operators, policymakers and providers of innovative solutions. Expand your network and find potential partners.
The Budapest LNG Summit will provide key insights for the LNG and gas industry in a transforming energy landscape.
Péter Szijjártó was born on 30 October 1978 in Komárom. In 1997, he graduated from the Czuczor Gergely Benedictine Gymnasium in Győr, after which in 2002 he received a degree in Foreign Affairs from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.
He has been a Member of Parliament for Fidesz since 2002, and in 2018 began his fifth term in Parliament. From 2006 to 2010 he was Fidesz Communications Director, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson from 2010 to 2012, and was Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations at the Prime Minister’s Office from 2012 to 2014. In June 2014 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and since 23 September 2014 has served as Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
HE Yury Sentyurin is the third Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and was appointed in this position at the 19th Ministerial Meeting in Moscow, Russia.
Yury Sentyurin is a diplomat with extensive government experience. He graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages, Russian Academy of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade, specialty – World Economy, and from Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation on the specialty Lawyer.
He has held various high-level positions in the Russian Government, including Director of the Department of Transport Fund for the Development of Russia, Head of Department for Regulation of Natural Monopolies on Transport of Map, Minister of Industry and Innovations, Government of Nizhny Novgorod Region and 1st Vice-Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region.
He was also Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Standing Committee for Energy, Transport and Communications as well as Deputy Minister of Education and Science, and State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Energy.
He is fluent in English, French and Persian.
Torben Brabo is the President of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), Chairman of GIE Board and GIE General Assembly.
Torben Brabo is CEO of the Gas TSO in Energinet, the Danish national transmission system operator for electricity and gas – which is an independent public enterprise owned by the Danish state under the Ministry of Climate, Utilities and Energy.
He has 25 years of experience in the energy and gas sector in Denmark and abroad.
Prior to joining Energinet, he took part in European power and gas projects as part of the liberalisation of the Danish gas market in 2002-2004. As the current CEO in Energinet Gas TSO, Torben Brabo is highly involved in European renewable and low-carbon gas projects.
Besides of being GIE’s President, he is engaged in ENTSOG (European Network of gas TSOs) and the European gas capacity trading platform PRISMA, and promoting ERGAR. Moreover, he participates in several decarbonisation projects, such as the Green Gas Initiative and Gas for Climate. He has held a position as chairman of the board of the Danish-Swedish gas exchange ‘Gaspoint Nordic’.
Hrvoje Krhen was elected as the Managing Director of LNG Croatia LLC in April 2020. Before he was the Technical Director of the company. He has more than ten years of experience with gas infrastructure project development. Before joining LNG Croatia he was Director of Development and Investment Division at gas transmission system operator, Plinacro Ltd. He received his Master’s degree in Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Zagreb.
Philippe Ducom has been the President of ExxonMobil Europe since August 1, 2018. He is based in Machelen, Belgium. He is a director of the European Petroleum Refiners Association (FuelsEurope) and of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic).
Philippe joined Exxon Chemical France in 1989 as an engineer at the Notre-Dame de Gravenchon Chemical plant in Seine-Maritime. Between 1989 and 2003, he held various positions in manufacturing, business analysis, planning, sales and marketing in Europe and the United States. In 2003, Philippe transferred to Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Corporate Planning Department in Dallas, TX, as Chemical Advisor. In 2005, he became Global Supply and Planning Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical’s Oxo and Fluids businesses.
In 2007, he moved to Japan and became President of Tonen Chemical Corporation, Representative Director of ExxonMobil Yugen Kaisha, and Chairman and Representative Director of Nippon Unicar Co., Limited. In March 2010, he was elected Representative Director and President of TonenGeneral Sekiyu Kabushiki Kaisha and also became responsible for the ExxonMobil Japan Group as Lead Country Manager in September 2010. In June 2012, he became Chairman and Representative Director of TonenGeneral Sekiyu Kabushiki Kaisha.
In May 2013, he became Regional Director Europe Africa Middle-East, Global Operations, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical in Machelen, Belgium. Then in March 2015, he became Chairman, CEO, & President of ExxonMobil Saudi Arabia and Lead Country Manager for the Kingdom.
Dr. Arūnas Molis is Klaipeda LNG Project Executive at “Klaipedos nafta”, company which successfully operates the only LNG large scale terminal in the Baltic States. He is responsible for ensuring the operation of Klaipeda LNG Terminal after 2024, then the current TCP agreement with Hoegh is over. Arūnas also works as a professor at Vytautas Magnus (Kaunas, Lithuania) and Bologna (Italy) universities where he lectures courses on energy security and international relations. Before starting his career at “Klaipedos nafta”, A. Molis worked for 4 years as an advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania where he was responsible for energy and communication affairs. A. Molis joined the team of advisers after a successful work at NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence where he managed research projects aimed to raise energy awareness among the military personnel. He completed his international relations and business law studies at Vilnius, Vytautas Magnus (Kaunas) and Bremen universities, has been working on various projects in Estonia, Germany, Czech Republic, France and South Korea.
Gergely Szabó has been leading MET Hungary since December 2014 and was appointed Regional Chairman of MET Central Europe from 1 January 2019. In the newly formed organisation Gergely Szabó is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the regional business operation and local subsidiaries in Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia, where MET Central Europe has more than 7000 long term partners in the industrial natural gas and power segment.
Gergely Szabó started his career at the Gas Division of MOL Group in 2007. He was Executive Director of Origination and Structured Trading at MOL Energy Trade Ltd. between 2010 and 2011, then managed the Swiss subsidiary of MET Group as CEO at MET International between 2011 and 2014.
In addition to his role of CEO of MET Hungary Ltd., Gergely Szabó is Chairman of the Board of Directors of E2 Hungary Ltd., the joint venture energy trading company established by Magyar Telekom and MET Holding, as well as Member of the Board of MET Croatia and MET Slovakia.
As of 1 January 2021, Dora Zombori serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Energy and Climate at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Prior to her recent appointment, Ms Zombori served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington DC, between April and November 2020 she assumed the role of Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. Ms Zombori has had a variety of assignments in Washington, serving as the First Counselor for Energy and Political-Military Affairs at the Embassy of Hungary. She was also Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow at the US Department of State from 2015 to 2016.
Prior to her assignment in the United States, she served as head of the Energy Security Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary where she held a variety of postings, including Energy Policy Expert, Desk Officer for Japan and the Asian Development Bank, Energy Policy Coordinator of the Hungarian EU Presidency. She is a member of the Women in Energy Association.
Szabolcs I. Ferencz is the Chairman-CEO of FGSZ Natural Gas Transmission Ltd. since February 2019.
Between 2011 – 2019 he held the position of SVP MOL Group Corporate Affairs supervising international and domestic governmental relations for Regulatory and Public Affairs, Strategy Development and Corporate Communications. Previously he was CEO and Country Chairman of MOL Romania.
Mr. Ferencz is the member of the Management Board of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG). He is the Chair of the National Committee of the World Petroleum Council, Member of the Advisory Board of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research Foundation. He is funding partner of the SEED School for Executive Education and Development based in Budapest.
Attila Ságodi is partner and head of the Energy Advisory practice at Impact Advisory, a joint venture with Dentons Europe. He has more than 20 years of experience in the production, network operation and sales activities of the domestic and European electricity and natural gas sectors. His advisory and expert work focuses on strategy, regulatory, operational efficiency and transaction issues.
Mr. Dániel Garai has been appointed as the CEO of CEEGEX, the Central Eastern European Gas Exchange Ltd. in July 2020. Mr Garai attained his Degrees at the Budapest Business School and University of Pécs. He has been working in the energy industry since 2005, fulfilling senior positions at FŐGÁZ Zrt. in Budapest, and RWE Supply & Trading Switzerland SA in Geneva, Switzerland. As of 2012, he was CFO and Member of the Board of Directors at MET Hungary and afterwards Business Development Director. From November 2019 until his appointment as CEO at CEEGEX, he was the advisor to the CEO of MAVIR Ltd., leading the company’s transformation program.
Buy your ticket for the Budapest LNG Summit to access all sessions and panel discussions of the conference. Join the LNG and gas community of the region and take the opportunity to gain insight from experts who shape the future of the business. Meet the major stakeholder of the LNG and natural gas industry, LNG ports and terminal operators, gas infrastructure developers and high-level policymakers.
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