Since joining Statoil in 1985, Mr Bjørnson has held numerous senior management positions in Statoil’s natural gas business.
From 2004 to 2011 Mr Bjørnson served as the executive vice president for Natural Gas in Statoil’s executive committee, responsible for all elements of Statoil’s global natural gas value chains. This responsibility included marketing, trading, sales, shipping and processing of pipeline natural gas and LNG from conventional resources in Europe and the Caspian region, and shale gas in the USA.
From 2014 he headed up and was responsible for all Statoil’s global marketing and trading of crude oil, natural gas, oil products, power and emissions as all Statoil marketing and trading activities were gathered under the same management. In his career he has worked closely with other customers, international oil and gas companies, governments, regulators etc. He has had several expat postings, including head of Statoil UK and Statoil Belgium.
Mr Bjørnson is now retired from Statoil and works as an independent consultant and advisor.
Head of Oil and Gas Department in the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS)
Dr. Mitrova has twenty years of experience in dealing with the development of Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing and market restructuring. She is leading annual “Global and Russian Energy Outlook Up To 2040” project.
In 2011-2012 Head of Global Energy in SKOLOKOVO Energy Centre responsible for analyses of the global energy markets development and the Russian Federation’s energy export and import policy. In 2006-2011 Head of the Center for International Energy Markets Studies in ERI RAS.
Dr. Mitrova is a member of the Governmental Commission of the Russian Federation on fuel and energy complex and member of the Board of Directors in E.ON-Russia JSC.
Dr. Mitrova is a graduate of Moscow State University’s Economics Department. She is an Assistant Professor at Gubkin Oil and Gas University and Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Paris School of International Affairs. She has more than 120 publications in scientific and business journals and four books.
Dr. Thierry Bros is Senior Manager European Affairs & Lead Analyst for IOGP in Brussels. Thierry is also a Senior Expert at Energy Delta Institute, a visiting Professor at SciencesPo Paris, a member of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council and an advisory board member to Natural Gas World, an independent specialized website dedicated to global gas matters. Thierry is the author of numerous papers and the book “After the US Shale Gas revolution” (2012) and a co-author of the books “The European Gas Markets: Challenges and Opportunities” (2017), “Géopolitique du gaz russe” (2017) and “The Oxford Handbook of International Security” (2018). Thierry has more than 30 years experience in the energy field, from the policy side to trading floors. Thierry Bros holds a Master of chemical engineering from ESPCI ParisTech and a PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Jupiter has worked in the LNG industry for 38 years in various overseas LNG project locations including Indonesia, Qatar, Japan, Nigeria & Mozambique. He was involved in the Arun LNG, Qatargas 1 & 3 LNG and Mozambique LNG projects. He started as an engineer and moved into marketing & commercial LNG related jobs. His work included startup of LNG projects and transitioning into their operational phase. His work involved SPA negotiations, marketing, annual delivery program scheduling, specification & technical matters associated with contracts, corporate branding, and coaching & mentoring for his international colleagues. He earned an electrical engineering degree from Texas A&M University. He is still involved with Texas A&M as a board member of the Texas A&M/Halliburton Global Engineering Board. He was involved with the International Gas Union on the LNG Committee and a member of the World LNG Report team.
Currently acting as Commercial Director for Nor-Shipping – a leading event for leaders across the global maritime industry with a strong focus on Blue Economy and sustainable ocean solutions. She comes with a strong publishing background from NHST Media Group, where she build Upstream – The leading oil and gas newspaper and digital news - from its infancy to becoming a global leader in its field. The last ten years of working with Upstream, she combined her role with building the commercial side of Recharge from a start-up to becoming an influential global business intelligence source for the renewable energy industries. She is sitting at the board of Energi & Klima, which is an important Norwegian source of news and insight on energy and climate issues that are on the agenda in Norway and globally.
Jean‐Arnold Vinois, a Belgian lawyer, spent most of his professional career in the European Commission. Starting in 1987, he occupied several management posts dealing with internal market, transport, trans-‐European networks and energy policies, and acted lastly as director for the internal market for electricity and gas. At his retirement in 2013, he was appointed Honorary Director. He is now Adviser on the Energy Union at the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris and Berlin. Being also policy adviser to the Florence School of Regulation and the Vlerick Business School, he uses to deliver speeches at conferences and he regularly animates training sessions for students and energy professionals all over Europe about the European energy policy.