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Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2019 - Speakers' Profile

Ngiam Shih Chun, Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority

Mr Ngiam Shih Chun is the Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority, which ensures a reliable and secure energy supply, promotes effective competition in the energy market, and develops a dynamic energy sector in Singapore.

He was formerly the Deputy Secretary (Industry) at the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 2012 to 2018 where he helped shape Singapore’s industrial and economic policies. In 2016, he co-led the Secretariat for the Committee on the Future Economy to develop key strategies to generate economic growth and create good jobs for Singaporeans.

He has held various appointments in the Emeritus Senior Minister's Office, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Home Affairs. He is currently a board member in public and private sector entities such as the Energy Market Authority, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd and St Andrew’s Community Services.

He holds a Master’s degree in Science (Financial Engineering) from National University of Singapore in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Science (Management) from Stanford University, USA, 2006. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2016 and Long Service Award (20 Years) in 2017.

Ben Skinner, General Manager, Policy & Research, Australian Energy Council

Ben Skinner was appointed as General Manager, Policy & Research of the Australian Energy Council in October 2017. His role primarily focusses on environmental policy and wholesale market policy in order to promote efficient, secure and competitive outcomes in the Australian energy sector.

Prior to this he was Specialist, Market Development at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for nine years, primarily liaising with government on environmental policy matters, including secondments to the Garnaut and Climate Change Authority secretariats.

Historically, Ben has worked as head of spot trading and then wholesale regulatory management for TRUEnergy (now Energy Australia).

Ben holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Diploma of Applied Finance.

Damien Sanford, Chief Operations Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator

Damien Sanford is the Chief Operations Officer, with responsibilities for AEMO’s electricity and gas system operations and engineering teams. Damien has extensive experience honed through a variety of operational and advisory roles in energy markets, energy grid operations, emergency and risk management and the armed forces.

Prior to his current role, Damien led various operational functions within AEMO over the past eight years, including most recently senior management roles in real-time electricity and gas operations.

Damien holds a Bachelor of Business Management, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a former Australian Army Officer where he served in a variety of operational roles over 10 years.

Phillip Harris, Consultant and Former President/CEO of PJM Interconnection

Experienced, innovative energy executive with broad range of strategic leadership and operational successes in the energy industry. Substantial capabilities as an operational leader and advocate for institutional innovation and excellence. Experienced leader with the ability to develop, grow, motivate, and manage organizations in a changing and complex industry environment. Nationally and internationally known energy expert with specific knowledge of wholesale and retail power markets, creation of the modern utility business and regulatory model, grid operations, fast acting HVDC devices, smart grid innovations and renewable energy development.

Stephen Woodhouse, Director, Pöyry Management Consulting

Stephen Woodhouse is responsible for digital transformation across the engineering and consulting group.

Stephen has twenty years’ experience in the energy business, specialising in the changing energy markets and the strategic response of commercial players. He led Pöyry's global work on energy market design for many years, and is internationally recognised as an expert in energy market reform.

He contributes to the global and EU debates on appropriate market designs for decarbonisation, flexibility, capacity, and network access. Stephen has led national programmes for market reform on several occasions, and has worked on electricity markets in around 30 countries.

Before joining Pöyry in 1999, he worked as an economic modeller for the UK electricity regulator Ofgem, working on market design, and previously as a transport consultant working on global aviation emissions modelling and high-speed rail projects. Stephen has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

He is an inspirational conference speaker and has published numerous papers on electricity market design.

Poa Tiong Siaw, Senior Vice President, Market Administration, Energy Market Company

Poa Tiong Siaw heads the Market Administration Department which advises the Rules Change Panel through economic analysis and proposals to enhance efficiency in the wholesale electricity market. Prior to this appointment, he headed the Market Assessment Unit which is responsible for the compliance, surveillance and dispute resolution functions of the market.

Tiong Siaw joined EMC as senior economist in Feb 2003 and worked on evolving the wholesale electricity market. Before joining EMC, he was senior economist in the economics division of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he conducted and oversaw economic analyses to support economic and trade policies. Tiong Siaw also worked as a treasury economist for DBS Bank and was involved in economic, currency and interest rate-related research. He holds a Master of Social Sciences degree from the National University of Singapore and a Bachelor of Business degree from the Nanyang Technological University.