Guest of Honours, Special Guests, Speakers & Moderators

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Day 1 - Monday, 23 August 2021

Guest of Honour

The Right Honourable Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji bin Haji Mohd Noor

Chief Minister of Sabah and Minister of Finance, Sabah, Malaysia

Welcoming Remark 


H.E. Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, Ph.D

Chairman Mindanao Development Authority, Philippines

Inaugural Ministerial Remark



Supporting Organisations


Dr. Madana Nallappan

Lead Energy Analyst (APAC), Energy Industries Council (EIC)

Keynote Address :

Market Outlook and Business Opportunities in the Energy Sector: Global Perspective

She is involved in research and analysis of market intelligence across all energy sectors in the Asia Pacific region with a particular interest in the “Energy Transition” sectors namely hydrogen.


 Ir Mohamed Firouz Asnan,

Senior Vice President, Malaysia Petroleum Management, Upstream Business, PETRONAS (Malaysia)

Speaker for Session 1 on "Oil & Gas: "Opportunities & Challenges"

Mohamed Firouz Asnan (55) is currently the Senior Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Management, Upstream Business. He was appointed to this role in June 2019.

Firouz is a registered professional engineer and a member of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia. He graduated with a B.Sc in Civil Engineering from University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow.

Firouz joined PETRONAS in 1989 as a facilities engineer in the Exploration & Production Division. Throughout the 31 years of his career in PETRONAS, he has progressed through a series of domestic and international assignments spanning both Upstream and Downstream businesses, including stints in the corporate centre.

As the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy from July 2017 to March 2019, he was instrumental in setting up the New Energy business of PETRONAS as part of the strategy to future-proof the organisation. Earlier, under his stewardship as the Vice President of Refining & Trading, Downstream Business from September 2015 to June 2017, the domestic refineries embarked on upgrading program to meet new fuels standards products whilst the trading business registered a sharp growth in profitability.

From 2005 to 2009, Firouz was the General Manager of Business Development Unit, Corporate Planning where he led several key M&A transactions which expanded the portfolio of PETRONAS. Later, he was posted to lead the upstream business in Vietnam with concurrent role as Chairman of PETRONAS Vietnam from 2009 to 2013. This was followed by his appointment as Chairman of PETRONAS Sabah & Labuan in 2013 to drive the implementation of the world-class Sabah-Sarawak Integrated Oil & Gas Project.

Presently, Firouz sits on the boards of several PETRONAS subsidiaries including Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and PETRONAS LNG Sdn Bhd. He also chairs PETRONAS venture capital outfit, PTV International Ventures Ltd (PTVIVL). In addition, he also represents PETRONAS on the boards of MIGHT (Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology) and IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers). In addition, he represents Malaysia on the board of Malaysia-Thai Joint Authority (MTJA).

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Engr. Ricardo B. Dela Cruz

Assistant Director, Energy Resource Development Bureau (ERDB), Department of Energy, Philippines.

Speaker for Session 1 on "Oil & Gas: "Opportunities & Challenges"

Engr. Ricardo B. Dela Cruz is currently the Assistant Director of the Energy Resource Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Philippine Department of Energy (PDOE), the bureau mandated to formulate and implement policies, programs and regulations relating to the exploration, development and production of indigenous petroleum, coal and nuclear mineral energy resources.


Prior to his assignment at ERDB, he also served as the Director of the Department of Energy - Visayas Field Office (DOE- VFO) that implements the agency’s regional policies, plans, programs and regulations from upstream to downstream energy industries. Engr. Dela Cruz has been working in both the government and private sectors for more than 25 years, as Researcher, Policy Analyst, Evaluator, Auditor and Safety Inspector of the government, then in the private sector as Safety Engineer, Superintendent, Project Manager, General Manager and Vice President for Operations of mining companies. He has also been involved in the management and planning of an integrated coal mine-mouth power plant project as well as serving as consultant in mine management, engineering, safety and environment.


He has participated and presented papers in various local and international seminars, conferences and workshop covering the following fields: Volcanology and Seismology, Coal Exploration, Coal Mine Safety and Technology, Sustainable Mineral Development and Environmental Planning.


Engr. Dela Cruz has a Doctorate degree in Public Administration from Southwestern University and has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from the Adamson University

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Mr Ezran Mahadzir 

Chief Executive Officer, PETRONAS LNG Ltd, Gas & New Energy Business, PETRONAS

Speaker for Session 2 on "Oil & Gas : Transitioning to clean energy"

Ezran Mahadzir (46) was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PETRONAS LNG Limited since January 2021. A PETRONAS Scholar, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science with a minor in International  Relations from Boston University, United States of America (USA) in 1997.


With over 22 years of experience in PETRONAS, Ezran has held various portfolios across the integrated Oil & Gas value chain, primarily in the Gas business sector. In his early days, he had stints in Business Development, Mergers & Acquisition and Corporate Strategy. He also received an international exposure as the Senior Commercial Manager in PETRONAS Australia Pty Ltd in Brisbane, Australia. Other positions he had assumed before are General Manager of LNG Marketing - Japan, General Manager of Integrated Gas Strategy and a brief period in the President's Office leading a groupwide transformation initiative. Prior to his current responsibility, Ezran was the CEO for PETRONAS Energy & Gas Trading Sdn. Bhd. (PEGT).


Some of Ezran's career highlights include the successful development of the LNG Bunkering business - a first in the region. He also led the development of the Virtual Pipeline System via Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ISO-tanks to gain greater outreach to off grid customers which was the first in Peninsular Malaysia. During his tenure leading PETRONAS LNG marketing efforts in Japan, the team through his leadership had retained PETRONAS' position as a premier LNG supplier into the Japan market by expanding the customer base and market share through various innovative and creative contract structuring. Ezran was also involved in the Gladstone LNG project, one of the world's first Coal Seam Gas (CSG) to LNG initiatives.


Presently, Ezran holds the position of Vice-Chair, Gas Market Committee of World  Gas Conference (WGC) 2021, International Gas Union (IGU) since early 2020.


Ezran brings a pragmatic approach to strategy, commercial and marketing via collaborations, aiming to create mutually beneficial value to his stakeholders. As a leader, he puts emphasis on providing a collaborative work environment and culture. By ensuring an effective team-based approach, he leads his team to achieve success with pace. He believes it is key to understand with empathy various stakeholders aims and objectives and most importantly, being in tune with their requirements  to  ensure  a customer centric value proposition.

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Mr. Jesus T. Tamang

Director, Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB), Department of Energy, Philippines.

Speaker for Session 2 on "Oil & Gas : Transitioning to clean energy"

Mr. Jesus T. Tamang graduated from the University of the Philippines with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1980. He attended an Executive Training Course on Energy Planning and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, USA in 1987. He also has a masters degree in Public Management from the Development Academy of the Philippines in 2006.


Director Jesus T. Tamang has a total of thirty (30) years of experience in the energy sector with exposure  and awareness of the energy situation of the country, ASEAN, and APEC member economies. He was instrumental in the

startup of newly established international energy research centers i.e. Asia  Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC) in Tokyo, Japan, and ASEAN-EC Energy Management Training and Research Center (AEEMTRC) in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Presently, Mr. Tamang heads the Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB) of the Department of Energy which is in charge of the formulation, updating, monitoring, and evaluation of national and regional energy plans, policies,  programs, and projects and provides a comprehensive assessment of supply and demand scenarios and options and likewise, studying the impacts of international developments, trends and  commitments on energy  policies, economy and the environment.


Mr. Tamang served as the Focal Person for the development of the Downstream Natural Gas Industry (NGI) in the Philippines. His assignment included the drafting of the Interim Rules and Regulations Governing the Transmission, Distribution and Supply of Natural Gas,  preparation  of the Development Program for the Downstream Natural Gas Industry and  the  DOE’s representative to the Technical Working Group (TWG) reviewing the draft version of the bill on Natural Gas filed at Lower House of Congress.


As Team Leader of APERC, Mr. Tamang is responsible for the analysis and modeling of the residential, commercial and power generation sectors of APEC member economies. He is also responsible for the management and conduct of research on topics and issues  affecting the energy situation of APEC member economies. He oversees the residential-commercial sector;  the transformation sector involving mainly coal and natural gas; establishment of energy efficiency indicators for the industry sector and the analysis of the power generation sector.


Dr. Jay Mariyappan

Head of New Energy, PETRONAS Power Sdn. Bhd.

Speaker for Session 3 on “Renewable Energy: A Roadmap to Greener Future ? ”

Dr. Jay Mariyappan joined Petronas in Oct, 2018 as Head of New Energy, a new business unit that has been set up within the PETRONAS Group to focus on clean energy. He has 20+ years working experience in the power industry and financial services with a focus on clean energy. His previous experiences varied from utility planning, project development, investments, operations, trading and business development in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.


He spent 10 years at a Singapore based Renewable Energy developer where he was a Managing Director responsible for delivery, sales and trading of environmental products in Asia, and business development in South East Asia. Prior to that he was a Vice President, based in London, at a Global financial services firm where he focused on Clean Energy in India and other parts of Asia. Other roles include utility planning at a major utility power company and as an energy specialist at a renewable engineering company, where he was also seconded to the UK Government to advise on climate change mitigation projects and policy.

He holds a PhD from Imperial College, London in decentralized energy systems, a Master’s in Environmental Management from University of Nottingham, UK and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern, USA) and HKUST (Hong Kong).

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Ms Marissa P. Cerezo

Assistant Director, Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB), Department of Energy, Philippines.

Speaker for Session 3 on “Renewable Energy: A Roadmap to Greener Future ? ”

Marissa P. Cerezo has been in the energy sector for over 20 years.

She started her career as a geologist in the Energy Research

Laboratory of the Department of Energy (DOE) doing

paleoenvironment and stratigraphic analyses of areas in the

Philippines with potential energy resources using microfossils.


When she became a lawyer in 2004, she was reassigned to handle

contracts and negotiation for all types of energy sources. She

focused on renewables in 2011 and was appointed to her current

position as the Assistant Director of the Renewable Energy

Management Bureau of the Department of Energy, Philippines.

Day 2 - Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Ms Nurhafiza Binti Mohamed Hasan

Director, Industry Planning and Development, Energy Commission Malaysia ​

Speaker for Session 4 on “Power & Energy Infrastructure - "Opportunities & Challenges”

Ms. Nurhafiza binti Mohamed Hasan, Director of Industry and Management Development Department, has been in service at Energy Commission Malaysia since 2002. She graduated from University of Science Malaysia majoring in Electrical Power Engineering.

Earlier in her service she has been working together with the Danish International development Agency (DANIDA) in energy efficiency and demand side management development programme for Malaysia. She had been actively involved with relevant stakeholders such as Economic Planning Unit, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water, Malaysia Industrial Development Authority and etc in developing energy efficient plan. Amongst the successful programmes implemented were High Efficient Motor Guidelines, Malaysian Standard for non-residential buildings and energy efficient rating & labeling for household appliances.


She was also involved in the Capacity Planning Unit, responsible in ensuring adequacy of generation capacity for electricity supply. This involved demand forecasting, selection of potential power plant based on technical/ financial analysis and preparation of generation development plan for Peninsular includes Peninsular Malaysia & Sabah. The proposed plan will be presented for approval and endorsement by Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water.


In March 2010, she had been seconded to MyPower Corporation which is one of the Malaysia government link company to look into Malaysia Electricity Supply Industry reform. The task includes strategy to ring-fence system operator and single buyer functions, account unbundling and incentive based regulations. The team comprises of representatives from Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Khazanah Nasional, etc.

Previously she was the Head of License Unit, she was in charge on issuance of license for electricity supply activities. The responsibility cover monitoring of licensee performance, conduct engineering and management audit, facilitate in developing the policy, relevant regulatory & conditions and checking the compliance of the licensees.

In September 2019, she was appointed as the Director of Industry and Management Development Department, overseeing matters related to industrial development and electricity market, capacity planning and development, conventional capacity procurement, Renewable Energy capacity procurement and Third Party Access.

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Mr Mario C. Marasigan

Director , CESO III, Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB) Department of Energy, Philippines.

Speaker for Session 4 on Topic of Paper: "Power & Energy Infrastructure – Opportunities & Challenges”

Speaker for Session 5 on Topic of Paper: "Visayas – Mindanao Interconnection Project and Mindanao Transmission Backbone"

Mr. Mario C. Marasigan currently serves as Officer In-Charge of Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB) of the Philippine Department of Energy (PDOE), mandated to supervise the implementation of electric power industry restructuring to establish a competitive, market-based environment, and encourage private-sector participation; ensure adequate, efficient and reliable supply of electricity, and formulate plans, programs and strategies relative to rural electrification. Prior to his assignment at EPIMB, he also served as the Director of the Renewable Energy Management Bureau, which handles the overall administration, regulation and promotion of renewable energy resources development in the country. He is also the former Director of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau, which is in charge of administering and implementing alternative fuel use and energy technologies including energy efficiency and conservation programs of the Department.

Mr. Marasigan participated and presented papers in various local and international seminars, workshops and conferences in the following fields: Coal Exploration, Clean Coal Technology, Hydropower Technology, Dams and Engineering Geology, Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy Technologies and Alternative Fuels.

In his government service, Mr. Marasigan was involved in research, exploration and development of the country's indigenous resources. He started with the upstream coal industry and later moved on to mini-hydropower, solar, wind and marine energy resources. He has likewise led the PDOE's Program Management Office for Rural Electrification, particularly in the application of renewable energy systems (solar power technology, micro-hydropower generation) in unviable areas for conventional grid connection.

Mr. Marasigan graduated from the Mapua Institute of Technology (Manila, Philippines) with a Bachelor's Degree in Geology in 1982. He has attended a Post­ Graduate Studies in Geology in the International Institute for Earth Sciences and Aero-Space Survey (Enschede, The Netherlands), and Masters in Management in the Technological University of the Philippines (Taguig City, Philippines).

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Yang Berbahagia Dato Ir. Alice Jawan Empaling

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Utilities Sarawak

Speaker for Session 5 on “Power & Energy - Energy Transmission and Distribution”

Topic of Paper: "Borneo Grid : Sarawak - Brunei - Sabah - Kalimantan"

1. Yang Berbahagia Dato Ir. Alice Jawan Empaling is the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Utilities Sarawak (formerly known as Ministry of Public

Utilities) and is responsible for the development/provision of water,

electricity, and gas since January 2017.

2. Prior to this, she was the General Manager of Sibu Water Board.

3. She is also the Chairman of Sibu Water Board and serves in the Board of

Directors of Kuching Water Board, LAKU Management Sdn. Bhd. and

Sarawak Energy Berhad.

4. Dato Ir. Alice is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in civil

engineering from University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Tennessee, USA and

an Executive Master of Business Administration from University of Ohio,

Athens, Ohio, USA.

5. Dato Ir. Alice has served in the water industry for nearly 30 years and

has experiences in the various fields including project management and

Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Management.

6. She had spoken in various conferences/webinars on several topics

including water, energy, power, and women leadership at

national/international conferences.

7. Since leading the Ministry of Utilities Sarawak, she had pioneered several

changes in modernization and management of the utility industries in

Sarawak. The Rural Utility Development Programs were outlined to

provide basic amenities to the people in Sarawak.

8. Since 2017, the Ministry has embarked on the development of Master

Plans for all the three utility sectors of water supply, electricity supply

and gas distribution, which will provide a holistic approach for sustainable

development of these utilities.

9. Dato Alice was awarded the “Malaysia Outstanding Water Award for

Women Leadership” in 2019 by the Malaysia Water Association.

10.Recently, she was appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of

Engineering, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

11.Dato Alice is best described as a passionate Woman of Change or Catalyst

of Change for the betterment of the organization she is involved in as

well as for the society at large.

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Mr Hazli Sham Kassim

Regional Coordinator for South & Southeast Asia, International Gas Union (IGU)

President, Malaysian Gas Association (MGA)

Speaker for Session 6 on Topic of Paper: "Positioning Natural Gas As a Clean And Efficient Source Of Energy in the BIMP-EAGA Region"

Hazli has been leading Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) as its President since 2016. MGA is

Malaysia’s lead advocate for the natural gas industry, playing a prominent role in promoting

engagement, discourse and dialogue with key stakeholders to develop a vibrant and sustainable gas industry, fueling Malaysia's socio-economic growth.

As PETRONAS’s Chief, Government & Regulator Advisory, and having lead Integrated Hydrocarbon Management, Malaysia Petroleum Management, Hazli Sham Kassim, brings with him a vast wealth of industry experience and expertise, coupled with a clear vision for Malaysia’s national gas industry.

With a career spanning over two decades in the oil and gas industry, Hazli has worked

internationally, including in the United States of America and Indonesia.

Recognising his capabilities, in 2014, he was appointed the Country Chairman for PETRONAS

Indonesia, President Director of PETRONAS Indonesia upstream companies and a board member of the Indonesian Petroleum Association. This was preceded by his works across several divisions of

PETRONAS Carigali, the company’s exploration and production services arm. He is one of the

trustees of PETRONAS’ Petroleum Research Fund and was a member of the boards of PETRONAS

Trading Company (PETCO) and Trans-Thai Malaysia-Thailand (TTMT).

Given his extensive exposure and knowledge, Hazli has been appointed as the International Gas

Union’s Regional Coordinator for South & South East Asia to strengthen the region’s position in the

global gas industry.

A member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1991, Hazli holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and completed Harvard’s Advanced

Management Program in 2017

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Prof. Sulaiman Shaari

Secretary General, Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA)

Speaker for Session 6 on Topic of Paper: "Solar Energy in BIMP-EAGA Region"

Prof. Sulaiman Shaari has been involved in photovoltaic (PV) system applications development and talent cultivation for many years and is a leading figure in this field in Malaysia and the region. He represented Malaysia at international activities such as: IEA PVPS; IEC; and APEC EWG 14 2015A project. He has been giving services to the government and industry in research, consultancy and expert advice in various forms, including local and international companies. He has been the chief trainer-examiner for several PV systems training programmes in Malaysia and ASEAN, and has provided expert services on: PV systems design, training, evaluation, tender documents, proposals and post-project evaluations for grid- connected (GC) and off-grid (OG) PV systems. Sulaiman is chairman of the national group for Malaysian Standards (MS) on PV as well member of the Technical Committee on Renewable Energy. For his contributions, he was given an award by the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) 2015 and an award from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MOSTI), Malaysia 2013. He has been regularly engaged as evaluator and referee for the country’s energy and PV related project proposals and funding, energy audits, organizing seminars/workshops, judging of competitions and reviewing technical journal papers.


Sulaiman has won several excellent service awards as well as medals for PV related products in international exhibitions, written, presented and published many books on solar PV technology and physics, journals, conferences, etc. He is now Secretary General of the APVIA from 2019-2021 and is Vice- President II of the MPIA since 2017. He now teaches as a Professor at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

Qualification & Certification

Ph.D. (Photovoltaics) De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
M.S. (Physics) University of Missouri, Kansas City, United States of America
B.S. (Physics) Kansas State University, Manhattan, United States of America


Competency certificate             Awarding body                               

Photovoltaics                           Renewables Academy (RENAC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für                                                  Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
Photovoltaics                           Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), Malaysia
Photovoltaics &                        New Energy Development Organisation (NEDO), Ministry of      Other 
Renewable Energies         Economy, Tradeand Industry, Government of Japan

Photovoltaics                           Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES), Australia and                                                      Institute of Sustainable Power (ISP)

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Dr.-Ing. Muhammad Abdul Kholiq, MSc.

Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific Biogas Alliance (APBA) and Chairman, Indonesian Biogas Association (ABgI)

Speaker for Session 6 on Topic of Paper: "Biogas Development in the BIMP-EAGA Region"

  • Director of Center for Environmental Technology at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (PTL-BPPT)

  • Chairman of Indonesian Biogas Association (ABgI)

  • Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Biogas Alliance (APBA)

  • Member of Advisory Board of Digital Global Biogas Cooperation (DiBiCoo) Project supported by EU

More than 15 years professional experiences in the topic of biogas from organic wastes and wastewater as well as agriculture wastes (e.g. biogas plant from bioethanol wastewater, biogas plant from POME), wastewater treatment, bioremediation of oil-contaminated soil, etc

Strong education background with a Doctoral degree (Dr. -Ing) from University of Saarland in Biochemical Engineering on sustainability assessment of biotechnology processes, Master of Science (M.Sc) from TU Hamburg-Harburg in Process Engineering, and Bachelor degree (Dipl. - Ing) from TH Nuernberg in Chemical Engineering. The subjects his diploma and master thesis were on biogas from organic wastes.


Guest of Honour

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Pandikar Amin bin Mulia

Special Envoy of the BIMP-EAGA, Sabah, Malaysia

Closing Remark 




Dato’ Paduka Ts. Udani Bin Dato’ Seri Mohamed Daud

Group Executive Chairman, MaxEnergy Group

Moderator for Session 1 on "Oil & Gas: "Opportunities & Challenges"

Dato’ Udani has been in the Oil & Gas industry for over 30 years since he started as a Junior Field Engineer for Schlumberger Wireline & Testing in 1984. During his 15 years with Schlumberger, he held various field, marketing and management positions in Asia, the Middle East and the North Sea. He than spent the next 5 years heading and developing the OPI Group a Malaysian NDT specialist provider to the Oil & Gas industry. Since 2005 he has been developing and managing his own business interests.

He is a Council Member and Industry Liason for the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) in addition to being a professional Technologist under MBOT the Malaysia Board of Technologists and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and sits on the Advisory Committee to the Sabah Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition (SOGCE).

Today he is the Executive Chairman and primary shareholder of the MaxEnergy Group, a Malaysian group of SME companies providing various products and services to the Oil & Gas industry focusing on specialist services and technologies for asset integrity, production improvement and offshore brown field solutions. Dato’ Udani also holds directorships in several other oil & gas service companies involved in well construction.

Dato’ Udani was conferred the DJMK royal award by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kelantan in March 2007 which carries the title Dato’ Paduk


Dr. Wei-nee Chen

Vice President, New Energy Ventures, Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad

 Moderator for Session 2 on "Oil & Gas : Transitioning to clean energy"

Dr. Wei-nee Chen holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury, a Master of Business Administration from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She was formerly the Chief Strategic Officer of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) of Malaysia from October 2011 until September 2020. From December 2005 to mid-2011, Dr. Wei-nee served in the capacity of a Technical Advisor in the Malaysia Building Integrated Photovoltaic (MBIPV) Project; a project by the United Nations Development Program and administered by the Malaysian Government. Prior to coming back to Malaysia, she worked in New Zealand for 10 years in various industries. Today, Dr Wei-nee is known for her deep passion for renewable energy and energy transition. On 16th September 2020, she joined Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd, Malaysia's first publicly listed independent oil & gas exploration and production company, to pursue her passion in energy transition under the capacity of the Vice-President of New Energy Ventures.

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Dr. Hoyyen Chan

Energy Specialist, Invite Green Consultancy

Moderator for Session 3 on “Renewable Energy: A Roadmap to Greener Future ? ”

Hoyyen holds a PhD degree from the University of Nottingham. She was the Senior Officer at the ASEAN Centre for Energy and now a freelance researcher working on energy and climate change projects. Hoyyen has been a technical review expert to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2015. Earlier, she was a research fellow at the Solar Energy Research Institute, National University of Malaysia. Her past research studies were technology-based and community engagements projects that involved entrepreneurs and indigenous people. Hoyyen was awarded the Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship in 2016. She was also the writer of Task Force on Carbon-Free Energy Roadmap for Malaysia (2015-2025) for the Academy of Science Malaysia. And, she contributed to regional curriculum development programmes on renewable energy and climate change, which were under the initiatives of USAID and the United Nations University.

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Ms. Sarah Fairhurst

Vice Chair, IPPF Issues and Policies Committee

Advisor and Independent Board Director, SFairhurst Advisory

Moderator for Session 4 on “Power & Energy Infrastructure - "Opportunities & Challenges ”

Ms Fairhurst, previously a Founding Partner of The Lantau Group, has left TLG for a Board and Advisory board career.  She is currently on the board of Palm Concepcion in the Philippines and Genesis Ray in Singapore and is advising a select group of Founders on company strategy in the AI, tech and community social space.  She also works with the executive of the IPPF, a power networking group.  She has a wide range of experience in the electricity and gas sectors, having led numerous consulting projects across the region.   She has a particular interest in the energy transition including hydrogen and the risks facing existing technologies as new players enter and leapfrog over the status quo.  She is an Advisory Board Certified Chair, GAICD and a Fellow of the Philippine Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Mr David Turner 

Vice Chairman IPPF, Hong Kong,

Managing Director, Asia Resources2 Energy, Singapore

Moderator for Session 5 on “Power & Energy - Energy Transmission and Distribution”



Dr. Theresia Betty Sumarno

Energy Policy Consultant, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Deputy of Energy Transition, Association of Oil and Gas & Renewable Energy Producing Regions, Indonesia

Moderator for Session 6 on "Positioning Natural Gas As a Clean And Efficient Source Of Energy in the BIMP-EAGA Region"

Dr. Sumarno holds a PhD in Energy Economics, Policy and Management, awarded by the University of Dundee, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy. Her current research projects included exploring the energy transition, including energy taxation and policy issues both globally, and specifically Indonesia.

Dr. Sumarno has 12 years experiences in the energy sector globally & country level, both as an industry professional and as an academic & researcher. She has presented her research globally around the world in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Africa and Asia.

Dr. Sumarno is currently working as an Energy Policy Consultant at the International Institution for Sustainable Development (IISD) focusing on Energy Taxation (both fossil fuel and renewable energy) and Policy, as well as energy transition issues. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Mozambique and has been appointed as a Deputy of Energy Transition by the Secretary General of the Association of Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy Producer Regions (ADPMET), Republic of Indonesia.

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Mr Azman Nasir

Regional Director – Asia Pacific

Energy Industries Council (EIC)

Moderator for Session 6 on "Solar Energy in BIMP-EAGA Region"

Azman is responsible for all activities relating to the EIC Kuala Lumpur office. He joined EIC in 2014 to establish the KL Office from scratch. Prior to 2014, EIC APAC was located in Singapore for 14 years. Azman has been instrumental in growing EIC APAC from a relatively unknown organisation outside of Singapore to a recognised body representing UK’s energy supply chain within the Asia Pacific region. Azman has relatively good network with most of the energy players in the region including the UK’s Department of International Trade equivalents, international oil and gas companies, national oil and gas companies, power developers and operators, international manufacturers and consultants operating within the region.


Prior to joining The EIC, Azman was the Chief Executive of a Malaysian oil and gas company, one of the major fabricators for PETRONAS and a regional shipbuilder.


Ir. Andrew Amaladoss

Past Chairman, IEM Sabah Branch (1999-2001),

Managing Director, Poweng Consult

and Honorary Secretary, Renewable Energy Association of Sabah (REASabah)

Moderator for Session 6 on "Biogas Development in the BIMP-EAGA Region"

Ir. Andrew Amaladoss, is a Mechanical Engineer by training. He holds a Bachelor of Technology (Honours) degree from Loughborough University and an MBA from Durham University, both in the UK.


He began his career with Sabah power utility company, Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. (previously Lembaga Letrik Sabah), in 1980. He left SESB in 2007 to join the private sector in developing renewable energy projects. He set up his own consultancy practice in 2009.


Ir. Amaladoss holds the following professional affiliations:


  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers Malaysia

  • Professional Engineer (with Practising Certificate), Board of Engineers, Malaysia

  • Member, Energy Institute, U.K.

  • Associate Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, U.K.

  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council, U.K.

  • Professional Chartered Engineer, Australia

  • ASEAN Professional Engineer


Ir. Amaladoss is a Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia – Sabah Branch, and is the founding Honorary Secretary of the Renewable Energy Association of Sabah.