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As a partner in the Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure team, Richard Tyler’s main focus is on International oil & gas and LNG Projects, but he is also active in Energy Financings, acquisitions and disposals, restructurings, energy and commodities trading, power projects and energy regulation. He led the award winning Hogan Lovells team which acted for the Shah Deniz Consortium as Project Counsel on the US$ 45bn Shah Deniz 2 and Southern Gas Corridor Projects. He has received praise from client for his commercial and industry knowledge, his ‘hands on’ approach to getting projects and transactions completed and his team’s ability to deliver projects on time and on budget.

The Shah Deniz and Southern Gas Corridor Projects will enable the EU to source Caspian gas for the first time and provide Azerbaijan with a Gas Export to the West. In short they change the Energy Map of Europe. Richard has hands on experience of negotiating Production Sharing Contracts, Host Government Agreements and long term gas sales and pipeline transportation agreements. He also has substantial knowledge of electricity industry agreements including tolling, power purchase, connection, GTMAs, EFETs, industry codes, CfDs and off take agreements for various types of green certificate.

Prior to his current position in Paris as TOTAL E&P Vice President Oil & Gas Advocacy and elected GasNaturally Chairman, François-Régis Mouton held various positions in the E&P branch of Elf Aquitaine S.A. from 1988 to 1996.

In 1996, he joined the Gas & Power Division as Vice President Elf Aquitaine Gas UK Ltd, and in 2001 became Commercial & Business Development Director at TOTAL Gas & Power North Europe in Brussels.

From 2005 to 2007, he was then appointed Senior Advisor at the World Bank Group, where he successfully launched the Public-Private “Global Gas Flaring Reduction” Partnership in the Middle East, promoted regional cooperation on gas flaring reduction in the Gulf of Guinea and convinced France and the European Union to join as donors.

From 2007 to 2010, he was Joint Venture & Communication/Sustainable Development Manager for “Pazflor”, the largest project then operated by TOTAL E&P, and finally from 2010 to 2015, he was based in Brussels as Delegate for European Affairs for TOTAL S.A.

François-Régis holds a “Diplôme d’ingénieur” from ‘Hautes Études d’Ingénieur’ (HEI), a Masters Degree in Reservoir Engineering from IFP School, and a Training in Finance, ‘Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales’ (HEC).

Ms. Gulmira Rzayeva is a senior research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). Her area of expertise includes energy security covering issues such as the energy policy of Azerbaijan and Black Sea/Caspian region energy security, Turkish domestic natural gas market, European gas market. As part of her engagements in this field, she has worked at the Moscow Carnegie Center as a visiting research fellow and Finish Aleksanteri Institute of the Helsinki University. Ms Rzayeva is recognized worldwide for her reports and seminal articles about energy focusing on the region, as well as for her speeches in some of the most prestigious universities including Harvard University, think-tanks and prestigious international conferences world-wide. Having a BA in international relations from the Baku Slavic University and an MA in Global Affairs from the University of Buckingham, UK, Ms. Rzayeva has published several scholarly publications focusing on her area of expertise. She is an another of “Turkish Natural Gas Market: Policies and Challenges” and “The Outlook for Azerbaijani Gas Supplies to Europe” published at the OIES.

John M. Roberts is one of Europe’s leading energy security specialists. He has testified to UK parliamentary committees on Russian, Caspian, Turkish, Kurdish and Mideast energy security issues. A Senior Partner with Methinks Ltd and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the US, he was previously a Managing Editor with Platts and Financial Times Energy. He is also the Chief Analyst for Natural Gas World and writes frequently for Platts Energy Economist.

He has regularly toured the Gulf, the Caspian and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as visiting the Alaskan North Slope, the Athabasca Oil Sands, China, Norway and Venezuela.

Professor. Jonathan Stern founded the OIES Natural Gas Research Programme in 2003 and was its Director until October 2011 when he became its Chairman and a Senior Research Fellow. In October 2016 he became a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Programme. He is honorary professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee; visiting professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London; Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ); fellow of the Energy Delta Institute; and from 2011-16, was the EU Speaker for the EU–Russia Gas Advisory Council. He is the author and editor of several books, including: Natural Gas in Asia: The Challenges of Growth in China, India, Japan and Korea, the second edition of which was published by OUP in 2008; co-editor with Bassam Fattouh of Natural Gas Markets in the Middle East and North Africa (OUP, 2011); and editor of The Pricing of Internationally Traded Gas (OUP, 2012). His expertise is natural gas issues worldwide: development, trade, pricing, liberalisation, regulation and security. He is the author of two chapters in the book published in September 2016, LNG Markets in Transition: the great reconfiguration, eds. Anne-Sophie Corbeau and David Ledesma. His current research on The Future of Gas in Decarbonising European Energy Markets will be published in early 2017.

David Ledesma is an independent strategy and LNG consultant focusing on the gas value chain. This includes the structuring of commercial arrangements, supporting financing, analysing markets as well as the analysis, review and commenting on the pricing of oil and gas globally. During his thirty years in the energy and utility sector David worked on strategy and the development of complex integrated gas and LNG projects, negotiations at government level, and management of joint ventures. David is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. In May 2013 David was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Pavilion Energy, a subsidiary of the Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings.

David gives numerous commercial training courses on gas and LNG in the UK and overseas, writes on gas and LNG and presents regularly at conferences.