2011 Speaker Biographies



Dr Alirio Parra Senior Associate CWC Group Limited
Alirio A Parra was Venezuela’s Minister of Energy and Mines from 1992 to 1994 and head of its OPEC delegation. He is a past President of the OPEC Conference and of the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE). As Minister of Energy and Mines he was Chairman of the Stockholders Assembly of PDVSA. As a member of the Presidential Commission on Oil Nationalisation in 1975, Dr Parra participated in the smooth transition of the Venezuelan oil industry to the then newly created Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., of which he became a founding Board Member. During Dr Parra’s 15-year tenure on the Board of PDVSA he helped shape the national oil company into a highly efficient entity that significantly increased the reserves position of the country, initiated the development of Orinoco heavy crudes, modernised the downstream including the revamping of the refinery sector in Venezuela and integrated abroad both into US and European markets. Dr Parra is a previous President of the International Association of Energy Economists (1988), and a past Chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics (1997) and the Oxford Energy Policy Club (1984-95). He has also been a Member of the International Advisory Board of Total S.A. He is currently a Director and Senior Associate of The CWC Group and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Energy Intelligence Group (EIG), Washington DC. He is Vice-President of the Anglo-Venezuelan Society, London. In October 2006, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Energy Economics.
 Nordine Ait-Laoussine  President Nalcosa













 Nordine Ait-Laoussine is currently President of Nalcosa, an energy consulting firm based in Geneva (Switzerland).
After serving in various capacities in the Algerian Ministry for Industry and Energy between 1965 and 1969, Mr Ait-Laoussine was appointed in 1970 to the position of Senior Executive Vice President of Sonatrach in charge of the upstream activities of the company and in 1972 to the position of Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the downstream. Following his departure from Sonatrach in September 1979, Mr Ait-Laoussine established himself as an international consultant, first in Vienna (Austria) where he served as advisor to the OPEC Secretariat and then in Geneva, where he created Nalcosa in 1980. Mr Ait-Laoussine was appointed in 1981 as Managing Director of Geneva-based International Energy Development Corporation (IEDC) and President of IED Consultants. Following the take-over of the IEDC Group by KPC, Mr Ait-Laoussine was appointed in July 1985 as Chief Operating Officer of Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co., Kufpec (a wholly owned subsidiary of KPC) and served in this capacity until December 1986. Currently with these activities, Mr Ait-Laoussine played an active role within OPEC during the 1970s. He served as Minister of Energy in the Algerian government from June 1991 to July 1992. He is a member of the Oxford Energy Policy Club, the Advisory Board of the Energy Intelligence Group (EIG), the Geneva Petroleum Club (GPC), the Paris Energy Club and the International Advisory Board of Dana Gas.
 Alastair Newton  Managing Director and Senior Political Analyst


 Alastair has been Senior Political Analyst at Nomura since October 2008, having first joined Lehman Brothers in that capacity in August 2005. He is responsible for identifying and analysing political events worldwide likely to impact on markets. In addition to his signature periodical Issues Which Keep Me Awake At Night, he has written major studies on China, India and North Korea, as well as numerous shorter papers. He is currently President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.
Prior to joining Lehman, Alastair spent 20 years with the British Diplomatic Service
 H.E. Thamir Ghadhban  Chairman of the Advisory Commission to the Iraqi Prime Minister and Former Oil Minister Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office











 H.E. Thamir Ghadhban was born in Babyl on 16th April, 1945. He holds a BSc in Geology from University College and an MSc in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from the Imperial College, London University. After graduation, he joined Basra Petroleum Company in 1973 and later Iraq National Oil Co. He worked in Basra until 1989 in the disciplines of Petroleum and Reservoir Engineering of Southern Iraqi oil Fields. He became Head of Petroleum and Reservoir Engineering Department. During the period 1989 – 1990 he worked as Director General of Reservoir and Field Development in the Ministry of Oil, Baghdad, supervised Reservoir and Field Development Studies as well as Technical and Economic Feasibility Studies and Negotiation of Contracts. During the period 1991 – 1992 he worked as Director General of Planning and Studies in the Ministry of Oil. After the fall of the regime in April 2003, he took the initiative and played the leading role in managing a severely damaged oil industry leading to the resumption of oil activities throughout the country. He became CEO of the Ministry of Oil on 3rd May 2003 and later Minister of Oil in June 2004 until May 2005. He was elected on 30th January 2005 for membership of the Iraq National Assembly and became member of the constitutional and economic committees. He is currently chairman of the advisory commission of the Prime Minister’s office. He is author and co-author of more than fifty Studies and Technical Papers dealing with various aspects of Iraqi oil fields in addition to several published papers about Iraq’s Oil Industry delivered at many international oil conferences. He was winner of OAPEC scientific award in 2000.
 Ken Kuroda









Senior Vice President, Energy Business Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc




Katsumi Kuroda, Senior Vice President, Energy Business, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) PLC, & General Manager of Energy Business for Europe, CIS, Middle East and Africa, Mitsubishi Corporation,Tokyo.
Mr Kuroda joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1979 and has been in charge of energy business since then, having experienced assignments at Tokyo, New York, Hiroshima and London.He is currently responsible for all the Energy Business of Mitsubishi Corporation, especially new business development of Upstream and Natural
Gas in aforementioned regions.






Arthur Hanna Global Energy Lead, Accenture
Arthur Hanna is the international managing director of Accenture’s global Energy practice. Prior to taking on this position, Arthur headed up the Energy Downstream business and led a wide portfolio of work for a variety of super major and NOC clients. During his career at Accenture, he has focused primarily on business strategy development and implementation. His client experiences span post-merger integration, new operation model architectures and implementation, consumer research, brand management, new product development, market-entry strategies and global deployment of new operating models and systems. Mr Hanna has had broad international experience, having led engagements in Argentina, Australia, China, India, Germany, Italy, Kuwait and the United States. While working in the industry, he and his family have been posted to Dubai, Oman, France and the United States. Mr Hanna joined Accenture in 1990 and became a senior executive in 2000. Prior to joining Accenture, he had 10 years of international management experience with BP Oil International. He now lives in London and enjoys watching rugby and cricket with his family. Arthur has a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Economic Policy from Loughborough University, England.
Sami Al-Rushaid Chairman & Managing Director, Kuwait Oil Company
Michael Townshend President BP Iraq NV
 Knud Noerve
  Partner Rystad Energy
 Tony Renton
Chief Operating Officer White Rose Energy Ventures
 Nader Sultan  Chairman Ikarus Petroleum Industries
 Prof Tatsuo Masuda  Advisor Japan Petroleum Exploration Co (JAPEX)
 Jose Carlos Vincente Bravo  Managing Director Business Development Upstream Repsol
 Simon Bonini  Independent Consultant