Mike Thomas

 

Mike has advised energy sector stakeholders on sensitive regulatory, commercial, and strategic matters for nearly 30 years.  He is an expert in the rigorous analysis of energy sector decisions including: how or whether to regulate; how and when to rely on market forces; and the evaluation of opportunities and risks. Prior to co-founding The Lantau Group he headed the Asia Pacific Energy & Environment practice of a global consulting firm.  He has been based in the Asia Pacific region since early 1997. Mike has an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in economics from Carleton College.

  Sarah Fairhurst

 

Sarah specialises in the space where commercial transactions and public policy collide – assisting both public and private sector clients to manage transitions. Prior to co-founding The Lantau Group, Sarah worked with CRA in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong for over 10 years. Previously she led influential work streams in the Australian electricity and gas markets, privatising assets and designing and administering bespoke power procurement tenders. She has worked in the power sector within industry (PowerGen) and as a consultant since the start of the UK market liberalisation. She has lived and worked in Asia, Australia/NZ and Europe, and has extensive experience of these markets. Sarah holds an MA from the University of Cambridge. 

  James Ooi

 

James Ooi has 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He is an expert in areas related to energy market design, asset valuation, commercial contracting for gas and power (SPA, GSA and PPAs), corporate strategy, planning and operations, with experience across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining TLG, James headed the Gas & Power practice for a global consulting firm in Asia. In addition to consulting, James brings deep operational experience and has held management leadership positions at major generators and power utilities in the region. James is based in Singapore. James holds an MSc and BEng in Electrical Engineering from the UK and is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa (Malaysia and Indonesia).

  Dr Thomas Parkinson

 

Tom helps clients rigorously evaluate high stakes choices and design effective market and regulatory arrangements. Prior to co-founding The Lantau Group, Tom worked with Charles River Associates based in Asia. He brings 30 years of consulting experience in energy, natural resource and other commodity-based industries. He helps clients solve the practical problems they face as key stakeholders and decision-makers in those sectors. With experience spanning projects in 15 countries across four continents, he brings deep insight to his work in markets and utility regulation, as well as in the effective application of quantitative techniques to improve value capture. Tom holds a PhD from Stanford University. 

  Stefan Robertsson

 

Stefan has over 20 years of experience in business development, M&A, corporate and project finance across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining TLG, he spent nearly 10 years with the CLP Group, where he served as head of Corporate Finance and Development for non-Hong Kong activities. He led the CLP Group Investment Committee and Chaired the TruEnergy Risk Committee for CLP's Australian trading and business activities. He also had significant involvement in CLP's investment activities in China, India, and South East Asia, covering the full spectrum of energy assets and opportunities. Prior to CLP Stefan was with various ABB Financial Services companies in the US, UK, and Asia. He earned his degree in Financial Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. 

  Neil Semple

 

Neil brings over fifteen years’ experience as an advisor to gas and power stakeholders. For gas companies he has prepared gas monetization plans and strategies, assessed competition between piped gas and LNG, developed LNG terminal regasification tariff mechanisms, and analysed a wide variety of small and large gas-supply opportunities and applications, including transport. For power companies, he has advised on LNG vs piped gas and other fuel sources, and on the economics of various forms of electricity generation in merchant and non-merchant markets. Neil has an MA in economics from the University of Aberdeen, UK.

  Dr Xinmin Hu

 

Xinmin brings a strong background in the Chinese power sector as well as extensive experience in international electricity and carbon markets, having been based in Australia for a number of years most recently as an associate director with RepuTex (AU) and before that as an energy sector consultant.  Xinmin is a regular reviewer for several international energy, operations research and optimization journals.  He holds a PhD in operations research with a minor in economics from the University of Melbourne and an MSc in Applied Mathematics from Jilin University of Technology, China. Xinmin is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

  Mark Clifton

 

Mark has more than 20 years of experience in the economic regulation of utilities.  Prior to joining TLG, Mark worked in the Philippines as an independent consultant where he undertook an assignment for ADB  that included studies of electricity regulation in several countries across ASEAN and Pacific, including Malaysia and the Philippines.  He was previously Director of Economic Regulation, Regulation and Supervision Bureau, for the Water and Electricity Sector, Abu Dhabi. Mark holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, UK, and an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University, USA.

  Dr Leo Lester

 

Leo brings a decade of international energy experience, having worked in the UK, India, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. Initially working for an international oil and gas company in upstream business analysis and strategic planning, Leo most recently led the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre’s work in North East Asia. Leo holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford (MA) and Reading (PhD), and is a Global Research Fellow at the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies. He has numerous publications and was editor of Energy Relations and Policymaking in Asia, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. He is a CFA charter holder and a certified Financial Risk Manager.

  Dr Keith Gelling

 

Keith has seventeen years of experience in electricity and gas industries in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and Saudi Arabia. He has developed the commercial framework of numerous independent power projects, ensuring that project PPAs cohere with other project contracts to maximise shareholder value and to support corporate financing objectives or industry privatisation objectives. Keith has a strong background in mathematical modelling and also developed a number of electricity and gas supply/demand models.

  Nicholas Morris

 

Nicholas has over 35 years experience of energy sector consulting and research in Asia, Middle East, Africa, UK, Europe and Australia. He has advised investors, governments and regulators on transactions, system design, strategy and environmental issues. Nicholas has held numerous academic posts, including a Visiting Professorship at City University in London; Fellow of Melbourne University; and Academic Visitor at Balliol College, Oxford. He has most recently been awarded the post of Adjunct Professor at the China Executive Leadership Academy (CELAP), Pudong. Nicholas has an MA Engineering, Science and Economics (First Class Honours), an MPhil Economics from Balliol College, University of Oxford and a Diploma in Corporate Finance from London Business School.

  Greg Denton

 

Greg has nearly 20 years of experience in the electricity and gas industries in a variety of consulting, trading and strategy roles, both in Australia and internationally. Most recently he held a number of executive positions with WorleyParsons. He was involved in the implementation of the market and regulatory structures for electricity and gas in South Australia and Western Australia, established an energy market trading organization, and has led the delivery of infrastructure projects. Greg was formerly the Chairman of the Australian Sustainable Energy Association. He holds an MBA with distinction from Wake Forest University, and Bachelor of Arts (economics & politics) and Commerce (finance) degrees from the University of Otago (NZ).

  Peter Bird

 

Until June 2012 Peter was Executive Vice-Chairman of Rothschild’s financial advisory business in Singapore, having moved from London in 2008. He has advised leading corporations on acquisitions and disposals in the energy and infrastructure sector; numerous governments on privatisations in developed and emerging economies; borrowers on project finance, acquisition financing and debt restructuring; and governments on energy industry restructuring in the UK, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. Peter has an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge and has published over 30 articles in economics journals.

  David Butcher

 

David brings senior policymaking experience to his client work throughout Asia, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In New Zealand, David served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Agriculture, Lands and Forests from 1984, entering Cabinet in 1987 as Associate Minister of Finance (until 1988) and Minister of Energy and Industries and Commerce with responsibility for business regulation. David is now the Manager of David Butcher and Associates, Wellington, New Zealand, a consultancy focused on strategic business planning, restructuring government enterprise, regulation of utility sectors such as electricity and telecommunications as well as a diverse range of other issues related to facilitation, governance, transparency and economic reform.

  Pablo Anido

 

Lito has worked in the power industry in the Philippines for over thirty years. Whilst at PSALM, he was the Project Manager of IPPA Privatization Program that included the successful tendering of Sual, Pagbilao, San Roque, Bakun and Ilijan. He also has five years’ experience in PSALM’s electricity trading operations. Previously he worked for NPC and was a lecturer at the School Of Commerce, St. Scholastica’s College. Lito holds an MBA from Adamson University and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas.

  Grant Read

 

Dr Read has been closely involved with the electricity sector for the past 35 years, both as a researcher and a consultant on economic optimisation, reservoir management, pricing, modelling, and market design. More recently, his research has focussed on gas, water, and environmental markets. Dr Read holds a BSc with 1st Class Honours in mathematics, and a PhD in operations research with graduate papers in economics. He is an Adjunct Professor in Management Science, at Canterbury University.

  Ngakan Putu Miharjana (Dodi)

 

Dodi has over 20 years experience in infrastructure business, in which he has in-depth knowledge of various issues such as policy, regulatory and commercial aspects of the infrastructure development. Under the National Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Dodi co-Lead the formulation of Indonesia’s infrastructure development for the 2015-2019. It covers the transportation, energy, water, roads and housing sector with total investment of around USD 700 billion. Dodi holds an MSc in Industrial Strategy & Trade Policy from The University of Manchester (UK), and a Master in Management from PPM Graduate School of Management in Jakarta.

  Dave Carlson

 

Dave is an experienced energy market operator, designer and change manager with a track record spanning Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Most recently he was a Senior Business Development Director at SGX, responsible for new initiatives in the gas and power sectors. Prior to that he served for 10 years as the COO and CEO of the Energy Market Company, EMC, the national electricity market operator for Singapore. Dave has served on and chaired many industry and governance panels to further liberalise energy markets including market rules covering such topics as market rules evolution, the implementation of retail contestability, developing gas trading and introducing electricity derivative products.

  Robert S Linden

 

Bob Linden has devoted his professional career to the study of the intersection of energy markets and policy, from the perspective of a business executive, industry consultant, and independent market analyst. He has advised clients ranging from energy cooperatives to oil majors, and from local citizen groups to multi-national lending institutions, for the past 20 years. His work is based on a profound understanding of gas market strategy across the world. His independent research has focused on technological change, resource economics, market fundamentals, and industry regulation. Mr Linden holds a BA, summa cum laude, in analytic philosophy from Lawrence University, and a BS, magna cum laude, in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland.

 John Earwaker

 

John is an experienced Singapore-based consultant, whose 20-year career has focused on advising companies and regulators in the utility and transport sectors on a wide range of economic and financial issues. John is an expert in the regulation and liberalisation of infrastructure industries and has a detailed understanding of the approaches which companies, governments and regulators use to improve efficiency and quality of service to customers. John holds an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Economics from London School of Economics.

  Kelvin Li

 

Kelvin is a senior advisor with specialist expertise in gas contracting and infrastructure. Kelvin brings with him 17 years' experience in the gas and power industry. Prior to joining TLG, Kelvin was a Senior Consultant with Poten & Partners in London, where he consulted on in-depth LNG market analyses and forecasts. He has a strong background in strategic planning, market analysis, economic modelling, business development, account management, commercial negotiation and team leadership. Kelvin holds professional degrees in public policy, business, and engineering from Harvard Kennedy School (MPA), London Business School (MBA), and the University of Hong Kong (MSc). Kelvin is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

  Liutong Zhang

 

Liutong has worked extensively on projects involving detailed analyses of many Asian energy markets for a range of clients including power producers and retailers, financial investors, regulatory bodies, financial stakeholders, and policy makers.  In China, he provides detailed province-level analyses of China’s energy sector, including advice to clients on renewable curtailment, opportunities for hydro-power, and the economics coal-fired power plants.  He has presented in energy briefings and conferences and is called on by Reuters, Platts, Dow Jones and other recognized media.  Liutong holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS).  He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

  Zhen-Hui Eng

 

Zhen-Hui advises clients on a spectrum of commercial and policy-related issues in Asia, including market opportunity assessment for renewables, commercial due diligence for coal and gas assets, and the economic regulation of electricity transmission and gas infrastructure assets.  He also has policy expertise in electricity market design, spanning Single Buyer models to fully liberalised markets. Prior to joining TLG, Zhen-Hui was Director of Policy at Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA).  Zhen-Hui holds a ‘Diplom-Ingenieur’ degree (Master’s in Engineering) from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Munich. He is fluent in English, Mandarin and German.

  Xiao Yue

 

Xiao advises clients on energy tariffs, energy procurement and commodity market. She manages TLG's tariff benchmarking studies and has detailed understanding of key cost drivers and regulatory differences among jurisdictions.   Xiao monitors energy invoices for commercial and industrial end-users and develops periodic energy budgets and forecasts for facilities across Asia Pacific.  She is also an expert in regional mining markets and on the economics of electricity supply to the extraction and processing sectors (such as aluminium and steel making) in China and India. Xiao holds a B.A.(Hons) in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Finance and Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.  She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

  Chris Starling

 

Chris has 12 years of international experience working for utility, investment and advisory firms focusing on power and renewables.  His expertise includes financial and asset-backed trading within the European power markets, and quantitative analyses of generation economics and power market fundamentals.  Chris has also modelled the Philippines WESM extensively using TLG’s proprietary tools.  Since joining TLG, Chris has worked on commercial due diligence matters for international IPPs and investors, undertaken economic feasibility studies for gas-to-power and solar projects in the Philippines, designed a competitive tender for the World Bank for off-grid solar initiatives in the Philippines, amongst others.Chris holds an MBA with Distinction and a BSc Natural Sciences (Honours) degree, from the University of Bath.

  Paul Buckland

 

Paul joins us from Genesis Energy, where he managed a team of technical analysts in the provision of operational gross margin forecasts by modelling the New Zealand Electricity Market to allow effective business planning and risk evaluation. In addition to his work with TLG analysing the Philippine electricity market, Paul manages TLG's QUAFU modelling platform, creating powerful decision-support tools to enhance our capabilities to assist our transaction-focussed clients. Paul holds a BA and MSc in Mathematics from Otago University, New Zealand. He is fluent in English and competent in Japanese.

  Michael Matsumura

 

Michael is a manager at The Lantau Group where he works on commercial and transaction advisory projects.  Previously Michael was an Energy Sector and Transaction Advisory Specialist with Arup, Hong Kong, where he was primarily involved in LNG terminal and CCGT projects.  Prior to that he worked as an Equity Portfolio Sales Trader covering institutional clients at Citigroup in Tokyo, Japan.  Michael holds an MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, and a BSc in Physics (First Class) from University College London, UK.  He is a CFA charter holder and a certified Energy Risk Professional.  Michael is fluent in English and Japanese.

  Arun Ginjala

 

Arun has recently joined The Lantau Group as a consultant.  Previously he was a management consultant with A. T. Kearney, where he worked across many sectors.  He has a strong quantitative and analytical background.  At TLG, Arun has been involved in building the India energy market model.  Arun holds a B.Tech with honours from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a postgraduate degree in business management from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.  He is fluent in English, Hindi, Telugu and competent in French and German.

  Dr Jan Stempien

 

Jan Stempien is an expert in new energy technologies and associated policies. Dr Stempien has worked as an energy systems researcher in Singapore, Germany, and Hong Kong.  He has published widely in top tier journals on energy storage technology and energy policy design and has also worked on projects related to mobility, buildings, and microgrids.  While in Singapore, Dr Stempien was a registered power sector expert for Singapore’s National Climate Change Secretariat. Jan holds a BSc degree in Power Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and PhD in Electrochemical Energy Systems from Nanyang Technological University.

  Soyeon Park

 

Soyeon Park has a strong interdisciplinary background, combining expertise in engineering with a sound understanding of economics and policy. She has worked on EPC projects, providing project management and risk analysis. In addition she has conducted country-level energy policy analyses for the IEA. Soyeon contributes across the full range of TLG projects, bringing particular strengths in project management and policy research across energy transition and market design work. Soyeon has a BEng from Yonsei University in Seoul, and a Masters in International Energy from Sciences Po, Paris. Soyeon is fluent in both English and Korean.

  Ian Yao

 

Ian analyses the key drivers of electricity and gas prices throughout Asia and works closely on China's power and gas markets. He holds a BEng from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and an MA in Quantitative Analysis for Business from City University of Hong Kong. Ian is fluent in English and Mandarin.

  Alexander Bischof

 

Zander is an analyst at The Lantau Group where he works on an array of projects, which range from assessing the commercial viability of generation assets in various markets to understanding the regulatory risks that pertain to certain entities under their respective regulatory regimes. Zander has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and is fluent in English and has advanced competency in German.

  Arcadia Chen

 

Arcadia analyses the operations and economics of gas and power assets across Asia Pacific. She also contributes to the Lantau Group’s work on market studies, combining a sound understanding of both commercial and regulatory-governance issues. Before joining TLG, Arcadia worked in the Oil and Gas sector with Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil Canada. Arcadia holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and is fluent in English, Mandarin and French.

  Archana Roy Choudhury

 

Archie provides and oversees all financial, legal, and office services required to support TLG’s project work for its clients. She provides business analysis service and support to project managers on budgeting. She has previously worked in private banking for both Citibank and Bank of China.  Archie holds degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (BTech) and the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (PDGM). Archie is fluent in English, Hindi and Bengali.

  Carrie Ng

 

Carrie provides research and translation support related to TLG’s electricity market models. She also assists in project support handles logistics and other project delivery requirements. Carrie is fluent in English and Cantonese.

 

 

 

 

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