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Conference Speakers - 2018

Shri Satpal Garg, Member (C&M), PNGRB


Mr. Satpal Garg was born on 15th August, 1956 and graduated in Commerce (Hon.) from University of Delhi. Mr. Garg is a Fellow Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Fellow Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Associate Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.He joined as Member, PNGRB on 27th July, 2017 after having 35 years professional experience in domestic and international E&P Industry. He joined as a Finance & Accounts Officer in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) – the premier flagship Oil & Gas Company of India in 1982 after working in an Accounting firm for over two years.His last assignment, before joining PNGRB, was as Director Finance, ONGC Videsh Limited from September, 2008 to August, 2016.  He also held additional charge of Managing Director, ONGC Videsh Limited from March 2014 to August 2014.As Director (Finance) of ONGC Videsh,Mr. Garg has made significant contributions in streamlining and strengthening internal controls, accounting systems, budgetary control, towards acquisition & business development activities of the company and was instrumental in raising funds both in the domestic & International markets. In recognition of his achievements, he was given the Best CFO Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2015.Earlier in ONGC, he was associated in the acquisition process of an Indian Refinery (MRPL) by ONGC, its debt restructuring & turn-around from a loss-making company to a profitable company within one year of its acquisition. He also handled disinvestment process of equity in ONGC – the largest disinvestment so far done by the Government of India at that time. He also worked as Company Secretary in ONGC for about one year before moving to ONGC Videsh Limited as Director (Finance) in September, 2008.Mr.Garg was Chairman and Director of many subsidiaries of ONGC Videsh Limited during his stint as Director (Finance) of ONGC Videsh Limited.


Mr. Jiledar, Managing Director


Mr. JILEDAR is currently working as Managing Director in Green Gas Limited (a Joint Venture of GAIL & IOCL). He is Executive Director in GAIL.He did B.Tech (Mechanical) from HBTI Kanpur. He also possessed professional qualifications- MBA in Marketing & International Executive Diploma in Project Management. He has acquired a rich experience in Oil & Gas sector more than 34Years.Prior to joining Green Gas as MD, Mr. JILEDAR was OIC (Head of the Plant) of LPG Plant & achieved highest operational efficiency crossing all the previous records with maintaining highest safety standard and zero IR issues.He started his career as Executive from ONGC in 1984 and got rich experience for Erection and Commissioning of Exploratory Oil Well Drilling fields (Asia’s deepest oil well) in Himachal Pradesh and J&K. He was instrumental in erection and commissioning of Asia’s first Sour Gas Processing Plant ONGC Hazira, GUJARAT.After having rich experience in upstream sector, he joined GAIL in 1996 and handled Project for Mechanical Erection & commission of GAIL’s Mega Integrated Petrochemical Complex and after that he successfully handled its Operations & Maintenance He also worked for cross country Pipeline O&M and City Gas Distribution and handled

Dr. A K Balyan, Former CEO- Oil and Gas, Reliance Group


Dr. Ashok Kumar Balyan, an M. Tech from IIT-Delhi, PhD from Germany is currently the CEO- Oil & Gas Business. of Reliance Group. Before joing Reliance he served as CEO & MD pf Petronet LNG Limited. Before PLL, Dr. Balyan served as Director Incharge - HR, Business Development & Joint Ventures in ONGC Ltd.He has more than three and half decades of experience in the field of exploration, production operations, project management, business development and human resource functions in ONGC Ltd. He joined ONGC in 1976, where he served across India, handling key positions. He had been instrumental in catalyzing various HR interventions besides guiding business development initiatives in downstream, Petrochemical, Power and alternate energy sources and expanding the frontiers in synergy with inherent strength of the company.

Mr. J P MISRA, General Manager (Gas Business), IOCL


He is B Tech (Mechanical) with 10 years in Cryogenic & Vacuum System Design,6 years Energy Consulting & Energy Auditing at PCRA and 13 years in LNG. Pioneered the Virtual Pipeline concept in India. Technical expert for LNG Road Transportation and LNG Satellite Station, Auto LNG stations development etc. Also a Technical Committee member of PNGRB on LNG Standards and Expert Committee member of PESO for new LNG Regulations, SMPV and GCR modifications for Auto LNG & L-CNG dispensing stations,Technical Committee member of OISD 194 on LNG Terminals (Including LNG Tanker loading facilities) Functional Committee member of OISD preparing LNG Ship Bunkering Guidelines.  

Mr. Ankit Patel, Assistant Vice President & Co-Head, Corporate Rating, ICRA Limited

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Mr. Ankit Patel is Assistant Vice President & Co-Head, Corporate Rating of ICRA Limited and a member of the rating committee of ICRA. He holds a B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad, and an MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai. Mr. Patel has an aggregate work experience of over 10 years out of which he has been associated with ICRA for over 9 years. Prior to this he has worked with the Reliance Infrastructure Limited for 1.5 years. He has a wide experience of working on credit rating and research assignments in the Ports, Construction, Oil & Gas and Power sectors. 

Shri R Guhan, Group General Manager- Chief Marketing Services, ONGC


Mr. Guhan has over 30 years of Oil and Gas Marketing Experience. Prior to this from 2008 to 2012, he served as Joint Advisor and Nodal Officer in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board on deputation from ONGC. He has also served for 4 years in British Petroleum Vietnam on behalf of ONGC Videsh He has received many distinctions during his service in ONGC and was accorded Certificate of Excellence by the United States Government body called USAID on Regulatory and Pricing Issues on Oil and Gas in South Asia in Sept 2003.

Mr. Srikrishna Chervu, Executive Director(Cryogenics), Indian Oil Corporation Limited


Mr. Chervu is currently working as Executive Director(Cryogenics) with Indian Oil Corporation Limited, responsible for various Technologies related to Liquid Nitrogen, Liquid Oxygen, Liquid Argon and LNG. His team is primarily engaged in design and manufacture of Cryogenic Equipment for Life Sciences, Space and Atomic Research, DRDO, apart from Consumer applications. He spearheaded indigenous development of Cryogenic Storage and Transport Tankers for LNG and built team of professionals to support IndianOil’s “LNG at Doorstep” venture. Earlier he had a stint of Project Management for EPC of Oil-Tools with RDX explosives. He was head of IndianOil’s burgeoning Industrial Explosives Business manufacturing SMS explosives for use in Coal Mines / Copper/ Iron Ore / Zinc Mines etc.  Prior to IndinOil he was a indigenization team member of Allwyn, Hyderabad for high precision Mechanical Watches with patented Technology from SEIKO, Japan.

Shri Vijay Duggal - Former CGM, Gas, BPCL


Professional (CA) with over three decades experience in downstream oil & gas sector (BPCL, PNGRB, PPAC & OCC and now an independent Senior Consultant) and also a Speaker at Gas Conferences and at Investors Meets in India & Abroad.He is Overseeing & later dismantling of Administered Pricing Mechanism to usher in Market Determined Pricing Mechanism in Oil Sector,gives expert inputs to several high powered committees on developing Govt. Policies in Oil & Gas sectorDownstream Regulatory Mechanism,Bidding Strategies, Financial Analysis & Feasibilities, Project Execution, Gas Marketing & Business Development, M&A, Petroleum Products & Gas Pricing, Pipeline Tariff Mechanisms & Gas Contracts, City Gas Distribution Project Lifecycle & JV Management, Change Management & Leadership facilitator through Mentoring, Coaching & Advisory roles.He is also a Visiting Faculty  across prestigious engineering/ management institutes for Oil & Gas (upstream, mid stream & downstream)and Change Process Management


Mr. Ashwani Dudeja, General Manager-Marketing, Shell Energy India

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Ashwani has nearly 24 years of marketing and business development experience in various roles within the Gas industry in India, Europe and Asia. He is currently working as General Manager for Shell Energy India, a 100% Shell-owned entity, covering marketing and trading of natural gas and downstream LNG. He moved to this role from Hazira LNG, where he was the head of Marketing & Commercial department. Prior to this, Ashwani has worked with BG Group in various roles, the last one being of LNG Trading Manager in Singapore, where he was responsible for short term LNG trading covering key markets in Middle-East, India, South-East and North Asia

Shri Sreeraman Girish – Area Manager, DNV GL Maritime

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Over 24 years work experience in the maritime industry which includes in-depth knowledge of Shipboard operations, Classification and Statutory work, Shipping company operations and Shipbuilding. During the course of my career, I have worked as a Project Manager for several key Advisory projects such as PMC for a Large NB program for a Middle-east Owner, Due diligence of acquisition of a Shipping Company, Due diligence of Asian Shipyards on behalf of Banks and Ship owners. Nominated by DNV GL and attended the DNV GL Global Leadership management programme at IMD Laussanne in 2010(Feb to Dec 2010).

Mr. Nikhil Moghe, Director, Oil & Gas Practice, KPMG

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 Nikhil Moghe is Director with Infrastructure, Government and Health vertical at KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited specializing in market assessment, CGD bid advisory, energy policy/regulations, gas pricing, gas sales & transportation contracts, bid advisory, business planning , allocation/utilization, benchmarking and optimization. He has worked extensively with stakeholders across the value chain of natural gas industry, engaging with both national and international clients. He has over 13 years of work experience having assisted regulatory bodies, CGD entities, ministry departments, financial institutions, oil & marketing companies, national and international gas and industrial entities/associations on assignments related to policy/regulatory framework, natural gas pricing/economics, demand/supply analysis, pre-feasibility studies, transaction advisory for LNG, gas power technology, litigation support and cost benchmarking.

Mr. Ankit Gupta, Senior Associate ICF


Ankit is a Senior Associate with ICF with strong academic background and more than 9 years of experience in the natural gas industry and has experience of working in industry, industry body and consultancy. He graduated from IIT Roorkee and he has project management experience with an in-depth knowledge of gas & LNG industry, LNG shipping, floating regas, renewable (solar) etc. With his experience in GAIL, he has wide experience developing RfPs considering the aspects of public procurement procedures. He has been involved in drafting and discussions in long term charter party agreements, commercial agreements, MoUs, joint venture agreements and term sheet and terminal capacity usage agreements etc.

Mr. MP Sukumaran Nair Chairman, RIAB, Government of Kerala

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Chemical Engineer and Corporate Manager with extensive technical and management experience in the industry and Government for over four decades. Formerly Chairman, Public Sector Restructuring & Internal Audit Board (RIAB, apex body overseeing the working of public sector industries), Government of Kerala,Chairman, Kerala Minerals and Metals (KMM) Ltd and CMD of Travancore Titanium Products (TTP) Ltd both Titanium processing industries under the Govt of Kerala. Also earlier Special Secretary to Chief Minister, Government of Kerala looking after development projects and program implementation, Managing Director of Chlor- Alkali major Travancore Cochin Chemicals (TCC) Ltd, Cochin, India and Chief of Production and Corporate Planning at Fertilizers And Chemicals Travancore (FACT) and FACT Engineering & Design Organization (FEDO) Ltd, Director, Kerala Financial and FACT Engineering & Design Organization (FEDO) Ltd, Director, Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC) and Kerala Institute for Labour and Administration (KILA) Independent Director at Central Railside Warehouse Company (CRWC) Ltd,Managing Director, Cybene Consultants P Ltd and Director, Centre for GreenTechnology &Management (CGTM), Cochin. President of the Thrikkakara Municipal Co-operative Hospital Society, Cochin, Kerala. Holds BS degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Postgraduate degree in Ecology and Environment, MBA (Marketing) and PhD in Management His specializations include State level policy planning for industrial development, Corporate management of major industrial units, Project economics, Development of DPRs and techno-economic feasibility studies, Energy/ water/environment management, Pilot plant scale up, Facilities planning for major industrial units, Engineering design, standardization and consultancy management, Turnaround strategy for industrial units, Process plant environment, health and safety management studies and Technical services to chemical processing units

Mr. Sobhith K Hariharan,Team Leader - Engineering Systems & Type Approval, Lloyd’s Register


Sobhith currently leads the Engineering Systems & Type Approval team in South Asia Technical Support Office, based in Singapore, with responsibility for effectively managing technical aspects of service delivery. This includes provision of engineering aspects of classification for ships and offshore assets, type approval, equipment certification and consultancy services to shipyards, ship owners, manufacturers, navies and offshore asset operators.Sobhith is also Lloyd's Register’s (LR) regional lead for LNG aspects in South Asia. He is involved with service delivery of clean energy infrastructure projects on LNG as fuel, LNG bunkering facilities and Floating Storage & Regasification Units (FSRU).Sobhith joined LR in 2006 in the plan approval department and has held various positions with the society. He has worked in LR offices in Korea, Singapore and London with involvement in the pioneering Shell Prelude FLNG project as well as first series of ice class LNG carriers.Sobhith received his degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Glasgow, U.K. He also holds an MBA from Singapore Management University, Singapore. He is a Member of the Institute of Marine Eng., Science and Technology, Associate Member (MIMarEST).

Mr.Sumanto Basu, Legal Expert, Sumanto Basu and Associates


Sumanto focuses on the Energy Sector. He advises multiple International Energy (Electricity, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy) companies on their Indian projects and various large Indian Energy companies with regard to their domestic as well as international investments, including Energy majors. He advises clients on diverse Energy projects, such as LNG projects (including LNG sale & purchase agreements), upstream developments (including on production sharing contracts and joint operating agreements), and product or gas off‐take agreements.Sumanto works on both Conventional Electricity and Renewable Energy Project development, as well as Project Financing. With regard to Power Projects, Sumanto has advised on the whole gamut of Project Development issues, including, Project tenders; Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs); Fuel Supply Agreements (both Coal & Gas); Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contracts (including split EPC contracts); Operations & Maintenance Agreements (O&M); and land related issues (including Forest Land issues). With regard to Renewable Energy, he has advised on establishment of multiple Wind Power, Hydro, Bio‐mass and Solar Projects in India.

Mr. H K Manchanda, Chief General Manager, Gas, Indian Oil


Harish Kumar Manchanda has vast industrial experience of around 34 years, out of which more than 10 years in building LNG Infrastructure in India. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from YMCA Institute of Engineering Faridabad and Master of Engineering from Thapar Institute of Engg. & Technology, Patiala.
He is working with the Gas Group of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. since 2005. He has been instrumental in implementing technological innovation project “LNG through Virtual Pipelines”. The project was implemented for the first time in India in 2007 to meet the natural gas requirements of the industries which are not connected to the Gas Grid. He has been involved in the implementation of LNG Storage & Regasification Project at Ennore Port on the East Coast of India. The other area of activities involves exploring opportunities in other upcoming LNG Terminals by way of equity acquisition and capacity booking in upcoming LNG Terminals, finalization of long term LNG Regasification Agreements / Tolling Agreements.

Mr. Suresh Kumar .R.M, Chief Ship Surveyor-Cum- Jt. Director General (Tech),Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai

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He is working in the Directorate General of Shipping for the last 27 years and currently the Head of the Naval Architecture Wing in the Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai.His duties include,Survey, Certification & Plan approval of ships,Auditor for International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Goal Based Standards,ISM Lead Auditor,Auditor for IMO Member State Audit Scheme,Framing of Merchant Shipping technical rules, Participated in IMO Council, Assembly, Marine Safety Committee (MSC) & Legal Committee meetings representing India.


Mr. Sudipto Sur, Senior Consultant - GRID-Oil & Gas, PWC


Mr. Sudipto has 8 years of professional experience in the oil & gas and shipping industry. He has a strong expertise in analysing LNG markets and shipping. He has advised  clients in setting up of small and large scale LNG terminals. He has also worked with industry leaders to develop a plan for LNG as a transportation fuel in India. He has also advised multilateral agencies on potential of SSLNG and optimal sourcing strategies for SSLNG.

Mr. Shyam Gupta Joint Director (Economic Studies), Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas


Shyam Gupta, an engineering graduate from NIT, Warangal and MBA from IIF, Delhi, is presently working as Joint Director (Economic Studies), Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. In a career spanning 14 years, he gained wide spectrum of rich and diverse experience in energy sector encompassing the areas of marketing, data analysis and forecasting, policy research, international cooperation, planning and strategy. He was also seconded to IEA, Paris to work with its professionals associated with energy data management, refinery and petrochemicals, medium term natural gas outlook and world energy outlook. Shyam was instrumental in instituting an energy projection model developed in-house at PPAC. He significantly contributed in conceptualizing and developing the forward-looking strategy for high level committee’s on pricing of LNG in the Asia pacific region, reducing import dependency in oil and gas by 10% by 2021-22, development of LPG pipeline grid, enhancing refinery capacity by 2040. While working on the India-Japan bilateral study on pricing of LNG in the Asia Pacific region, he presented the final outcome in Tokyo representing the Indian delegation and the study culminated in signing-off a joint statement by both sides at Ministerial level. He has made several analytical presentations to senior industry official from India and other countries on inter-alia LNG trading hub in the Asia pacific region, inadequacy of LNG infrastructure, Asian premium, benchmark pricing for LNG contracts, commoditization of LNG, supply security of natural gas etc. His presentations on behalf of various committees, sub-groups and knowledge portals reveal his adeptness to succinctly underpin promises and pitfalls of conventional as well as clean energy developments and advanced technology with can’t-miss insights. 


Sri SUMIT KISHORE, Chief General Manager (Marketing International LNG), GAIL India Limited

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Sri Sumit Kishore is looking after the International LNG trading business in GAIL (India) Limited. Sri Sumit has done B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He started his career in GAIL in 1990 working in LPG processing Plant located in Vijaipur, M.P. Subsequently he has worked in various Departments in GAIL like Business Development, Gas Marketing, Petrochemical Projects, Director’s Office etc. He was also one of the core team member in a change management initiative undertaken throughout GAIL. Overall, he has more than 28 years of experience of working in GAIL. In his current role in International LNG, he has been instrumental in several innovative transactions which have added value to the organization.


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