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Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2017 - Speakers' Profile

Ng Wai Choong, Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority

Mr Ng Wai Choong has been the Chief Executive of Energy Market Authority since April 2015. He joined the Singapore Administrative Service in 1991 after graduating from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1990. He also attended the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development in 2001, and the INSEAD Advanced Management Program in 2012.

He was the Deputy Secretary (Policy) in the Ministry of Finance from 2007 to March 2015 overseeing government revenue, expenditure and investment policies. 

Before that, he was the Deputy Secretary (Industry) in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) from 2003 to 2007, and was concurrently the first Chief Executive of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) from 2005 to 2006. 

He was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006 and the Long Service Medal in 2014.

Carl Hansen, Chief Executive, Electricity Authority, New Zealand

Carl Hansen has been Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority since it was established in November 2010. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board, established by the Minister of Finance to advise the Treasury on infrastructure issues.

During Carl’s tenure, the Authority has focused on enhancing competition across the market, adopting effective mechanisms to achieve efficient levels of security of supply and reducing barriers to evolving technology and new business models.

Several pro-competition initiatives have been adopted, including the successful What's My Number consumer switching programme, hedge and spot market reforms and reforms to metering and retail switching. The Authority is pursuing a substantial work programme to reduce barriers to mass participation in the New Zealand market.

Previously, Carl was involved in the evolution of the New Zealand electricity market as a senior executive and director, independent adviser and economist.

He has chaired sector technical and advisory groups and acted as principal adviser to a number of industry bodies.

Carl spent almost a decade with market services company M-co, originally as chief economist and then as chief executive.

He has worked for the Law and Economics Consulting Group, providing strategic and regulatory advice to utility and infrastructure clients, and has held a wide range of policy development and operations roles at the New Zealand Treasury and Reserve Bank.

He has also undertaken policy analysis for the Business Roundtable.

Carl has a master's degree in economics, with first class honours, from the University of Michigan.

Dr Chuan-Neng Lin, Director-General, Bureau of Energy, Taiwan

Dr Chuan-Neng Lin has been the Director-General of the Bureau of Energy of Ministry of Economic Affairs since February 2015. The Bureau of Energy is in charge of energy related matters in Taiwan, such as formulating energy policies and energy related regulations, evaluating and planning of energy supply and demand, reviewing natural gas and electricity prices, and promoting research and development of new and renewable energy technology.

Under the leadership of Dr Lin, Taiwan is launching the energy transition policy and power market reform in 2016, with the aim of establishing a low-carbon, sustainable, stable, high-quality and economically efficient energy system, and achieving the “Nuclear-Free Homeland” vision by 2025.

Dr Lin once served as the Director General of the Department of Industrial Technology of Ministry of Economic Affairs, and was in charge of the implementation of Technology Development Programs to consolidate the research capabilities and soft power in Taiwan. His expert fields include industry strategic analysis and planning, industrial technology advancement and performance evaluation, and management of technology program.

Dr Lin holds a doctor’s degree in Industrial Management from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

Kees-Jan van Oeveren, Director and Country Manager, Clean Technology Centre, DNV GL – Energy

Kees-Jan is the Director of DNV GL’s Clean Technology Centre (CTC) in Singapore and the Country Manager Singapore for DNV GL’s Business Area Energy. This position involves managing a team of over 40 consultants and experts specializing in wind and solar energy, electricity networks covering transmission and distribution systems as well as energy markets and policy developments and sustainable use.

Kees-Jan brings with him 19 years of active participation in the power industry of which the last 6.5 years have been in APAC. Prior to his current position, he led consultant teams in Beijing, China and Singapore, providing consultancy services to clients in Asia Pacific - with a focus on power quality, availability, reliability, sustainability and profitability of the transmission of electricity. This includes services related to the transmission & distribution of energy produced by renewable sources.

Earlier in his career Kees-Jan managed DNV GL’s European transmission and distribution teams located in the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, and Portugal. As a principal consultant he has been active in projects comprising: due diligence, project management, cost engineering, where he played a key role in valuations of electrical infrastructures and forecasting capital, replacement, and operating expenditures. Before joining DNV GL, Kees-Jan was active in the aircraft industry, managing the industrial department of the Fokker-50 civil aircraft production line and performing cost benefit assessments for the reallocation of main structure parts to other locations.

John Pellegrini, Senior Consultant, Energy & Risk Management Consulting

John Pellegrini has been involved within the international energy industry for more than 15 years. His involvement covers a wide gamut of areas covering electricity generation, project development, operations and maintenance, trading, risk management and supply chain management. John was an early pioneer within the electricity and emissions markets in both the USA and Europe including pilot projects in China.

John is active in advising energy and finance companies. The scope of activities include performance improvement, trading of carbon emissions, electricity and commodities, and risk management. He is involved in project feasibility studies and structuring finance including climate finance mechanisms such as carbon bonds, securitization of carbon offsets and renewable energy assets. 

John works with companies in preparing for the implementation of carbon taxes or emission trading systems in order to understand the impact on operations, minimize the financial impact and remain competitive. This includes working with companies to develop or improve emission trading and carbon audits.

His effectiveness drives from his global hands-on experience in operating projects with his strong technical and financial knowledge. Operations involved with include managing a 18,000MW international generation portfolio, trading emissions valued over $133M, and developing electricity and emission trading strategies with compliance for companies.

John holds a MBA (Finance), Grad. Sc. Dip. (Statistics) and BSc. Physics.

Paul Poh, Executive Vice President, Market Administration, Energy Market Company

Paul Poh heads the Market Administration team at EMC, which is responsible for advising the Rules Change Panel and the EMC Board on market design issues and for evolving the wholesale electricity market to attain efficiency gains.

Paul gained extensive experience in the areas of development and operation during his years with the Singapore Commodity Exchange and the Singapore International Monetary Exchange (now Singapore Exchange – Derivative Trading). He has a comprehensive knowledge of audit and compliance, risk management, trading systems, clearing house operations, new product development as well as rules and policy formulation. Paul was a key member of the pioneer team that set up Singapore Commodity Exchange. He was also involved in the establishment of a futures brokerage operation for a clearing member of the Singapore International Monetary Exchange.

Paul graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Business Administration.