The ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2021 Strategic Conference provides a unique platform for ASEAN senior policy makers and global private sector organisations to engage in public-private partnership cooperation discussions.

The 2021 programme will feature an enhanced high-level strategic conference revolving around ASEAN's energy security, access and energy transition, in the global context of COVID-19 recovery and oil & gas price volatility.

ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2021 hosts the most important decision makers shaping ASEAN's energy future: 10 Energy Ministers, NOCs, IOCs, utilities and infrastructure developers.




The ASEAN Energy Sustainability Vision

The Southeast Asia region is projected to be the fourth largest single market in the world by 2030. Its steady growth is fuelled by an increasingly well educated workforce, a wealth of natural resources, rapid urbanization and growing infrastructure spending.

ASEAN’s energy transition paths are distinct, owing to a variety of circumstances and aspirations, including energy connection, renewable energy & LNG ambitions, energy accessibility and technology advancements. By 2025, ASEAN as a whole aims to integrate 23 percent renewable energy. ASEAN is expected to remain a key engine of growth for LNG, amounting to 83 MTPA growth between 2019-2040.

Today’s sessions will provide you with insights and perspectives on the region’s energy transition plans, its most thriving markets, and the role of gas, LNG and renewables in the energy mix.



Host Ministry Welcome Address

Hon. Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy, Negara Brunei Darussalam


ASEAN Centre for Energy Welcome Address

Dr. Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)


Co-Host Keynote Address:

Energy Transition and Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam’s Strategy

Yang Mulia Haji Azhar Haji Yahya, Interim Managing Director, Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam


Co-Host Keynote Address

Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis, Country Chair, Shell Companies in Brunei


Keynote Address: Recovery & Rebound – Outlook for ASEAN’s Energy Transition Pathways towards 2030

Gurbuz Gonul, Director of Country Engagement and Partnerships Division, IRENA


Global CEOs Panel on Decarbonization: ASEAN’s Energy Transition – Clean Energy, Oil & Gas Sector’s Evolving Role and Innovations

  • ASEAN’s efforts to diversify its fuel sources, ensure energy security and reduce carbon emissions
  • What will the next steps be for renewables in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 situation?
  • Importing LNG, expanding infrastructure and liberalizing trade: robust demand growth is predicted to decarbonize the electricity and industrial sectors
  • Opportunities for collaboration between the public and business sectors
  • Policy, funding, technology, and business model innovations

Confirmed Speakers

Linda Litlekalsøy Aase, Executive Vice President, Electrification, Maintenance and Modifications, Aker Solutions 

Unai Pastor Aguirrezabal, VP Origination, Cheniere Energy  

Adimas bin Haji Mohd Salleh, Technology Lead, Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam

David Griffin, CEO, Sun Cable


Justin Wu, Head of Asia Pacific, BloombergNEF

David Griffin, CEO, Sun Cable (reserved)


BIG Ideas Panel: ASEAN Utilities and Age of Transformation

The Energy Transition pathways have been accelerated in the global push for decarbonisation. Utilities play a key role particularly in ASEAN. In this panel, ASEAN utilities’ leaders will convene to discuss their countries commitment, their role in driving the transition towards renewables integration, smarter grid, energy efficiency and digitalisation.

  • Adapting to and navigating the impact of COVID-19: what has changed and your actions
  • Renewables integration: opportunities & lessons learnt
  • Smart grid: upcoming 3-5 years plan
  • Age of transformation – what new technologies are reshaping the energy system in your country? Any notable innovative pilots to share?

Confirmed Speakers

Zulkifli Zaini, President Director, PT PLN (Persero), Indonesia (reserved)

Atty. Ray C. Espinosa, President & CEO, Meralco, Philippines

Boonyanit Wongrukmit, Governor, EGAT, Thailand

Abdul Wafi Bin Misli, Head of Revenue and Management, Department of Electrical Services, Brunei

Elizabeth Santanakumar, Transformation Manager, Brunei LNG


Vijay Krishnan, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Rystad Energy


Lunch Break & Private Meetings



Dr Alan Finkel, Special Advisor to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology


Keynote: Southeast Asia Energy Transition Outlook in a Global Context

Jarand Rystad, CEO, Rystad Energy (confirmed)


Global Leaders Panel: Cleaner Fuels and ESG Commitment – Gas and LNG as Enabler of ASEAN’s Energy Transition

  • The evolving role of gas and LNG in ASEAN’s energy mix in light of global ESG and climate commitments
  • Updates on the LNG market, pricings, and potential upside for off-takers
  • ASEAN’s emerging LNG markets, including Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar
  • Increased demand for LNG-to-power and small-scale LNG
  • The growing trend of carbon capture sequestration (CCS) deployment and carbon-neutral LNG cargos

Confirmed speakers

Martin Hupka, Chief Commercial Officer, Sempra LNG (confirmed)

Nibong Ungkurapinan, Project Director, LNG Business Unit, Chief, Civil and Coastal Engineering Department, FSRU Project, EGAT

Taiji Yoshida, Senior Vice President, Mitsubishi Power

Farida Dato Talib, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Brunei LNG


Fauziah Marzuki, Head of Global LNG and APAC Gas, BloombergNEF


Networking Break & Private Meetings


Keynote: Modernizing ASEAN's approach to sustainable power generation

Osamu Ono, Managing Director and CEO, Mitsubishi Power Asia Pacific 


Global Leaders Panel: LNG-to-Power and Small-Scale LNG Solutions for ASEAN

  • Active LNG to Power and small-scale LNG projects and pipelines
  • Examine the complexities and concerns for LNG-to-power, small scale LNG adoptions
  • Review case studies
  • Manage energy infrastructure finance and hedge risks of price volatility, technical integration
  • LNG bunkering uptake and prospects in ASEAN

Confirmed speakers

Mike Fulwood, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies

Maarten Spilker, Senior Vice President, Wison Offshore & Marine

Siddhartha Shrivastava, Deputy General Manager and Head of Energy & Natural Resources Asia, SMBC

Ryota Kobayashi, Deputy General Manager Power Business Department 1, Marubeni Corporation

Pengiran Shamhary bin PDP Hj Mustapha, Managing Director, Brunei Gas Carriers


Mangesh Patankar, Director, Gas and LNG Consulting, Wood Mackenzie


Presentation – Report Launch by World Coal Association and ASEAN Centre for Energy


Clean Coal Technology and Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage: Solutions for the Transition Towards Low Carbon and Sustainable Energy Future in ASEAN

Coal has become a key driver in the industry and economic sectors within ASEAN and is expected to remain as a primary fuel source to meet the ASEAN’S energy demand up to 2040. The 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook projected that by 2040, ASEAN’s coal power capacity is expected to reach 259 GW, up from 79 GW in 2018. The Clean Coal Technology, including the Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage, is considered as the technical solutions to mitigate the environmental impacts of coal in fulfilling the burgeoning energy demand in the region as well as bridging the transition and decarbonization towards sustainable energy future.

  • Evolving Role of Coal in ASEAN’s Energy Transition and Resilience
  • Advanced Clean Coal Technology
  • Potentials of CCUS in ASEAN
  • Innovation and Financing: Enabling Pathway Towards Deployment of CCUS

Confirmed speakers

Michelle Manook, Chief Executive, World Coal Association

Toshiyuki Oda, Director, International Collaboration Department, Japan Coal Frontier Organisation

Jeff Erikson, General Manager Client Management, Global CCS Institute


Beni Suryadi, Manager of Power, Fossil Fuel, Alternative Energy and Storage (PFS), ASEAN Centre for Energy


Country Spotlight: PDP 8 Draft and the Future of Vietnam’s Energy Sector

Vietnam has made impressive strides in its clean energy sector, and captured the global spotlight for RE investment. The third draft of National Development Plan (PDP 8) strengthens Vietnam’s leadership in energy transition and decarbonization. 41GW out of 68GW new build capacity between 2021-30, will be gas fired, and by solar and wind.

  • Vietnam’s roadmap and innovations to enable a smart, flexible and reliable grid
  • Accelerating LNG-to-power development
  • Capturing Vietnam’s solar sector upswing towards 2025
  • Propelling Vietnam’s strong wind energy development growth
  • Grid infrastructure modernization opportunities

Confirmed speakers

Nguyen Phuong Mai, Deputy Chief of the Office, Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, MOIT

Do Duc Tuong, Clean Energy Specialist, USAID/Vietnam

William Gaillard, Vice President – Sales, Asia Pacific, Vestas

Sebastian Hald Buhl, Country Manager – Vietnam, Ørsted


Dr. Oliver Massmann, Partner, Duane Morris


End of Day One


Accelerating ASEAN’s Energy Transition

ASEAN’s sustainable energy pathways to 2040 requires an estimated investment of $3 trillion. How does this convert into finance, sector-specific advancements, and investments? Today’s programme will deep dive into the clean energy sectors ranging from solar, wind, electromobility, hydrogen, energy efficiency and biofuels. The dialogue will spark partnerships, insights on how developers, financiers, utilities, OEMs, solution providers can work together to chart and accelerate energy transition projects.


Keynote Address: ASEAN Energy Transition with Resiliency in the Post Pandemic and Climate Change Era: 1st ASEAN International Conference on Energy and Environment (AICEE) - Congratulatory Remarks

Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretariat General of ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat



Keynote Address: Indonesia’s Recent Energy Transition Policies and The Implications for the Energy Sector

H.E. Arifin Tasrif, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia


Developers Panel: Unpacking ASEAN’s Best Renewable Energy Development Opportunities

  • Examining the regulatory environment for renewable energy in ASEAN
  • Country spotlights on major initiatives and projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines for example
  • Unpacking the critical success factors: legislation certainty, securing financing, structuring PPAs, reliable on the ground partners
  • Case studies of major projects & initiatives
  • New opportunities to watch out for, such as floating solar, decentralized solar projects and offshore wind projects

Confirmed speakers

Eric Francia, President & CEO, AC Energy

Isabel Chatterton, Director & Regional Head of Industry, Asia Pacific, Infrastructure, IFC

Raghuram Natarajan, Chief Executive Officer, Blueleaf Energy 

Lorenzo Mancini, Regional Sales Director, TOTAL Solar


Prakash Sharma, Director, Energy Transition Practice, Wood McKenzie


Financing Panel: The $3 Trillion Potential Investment for ASEAN’s Sustainable Energy Future

  • The outlook for 2022 and 2023, and are we on schedule to meet our investment objectives, aligned with ASEAN’s goal of renewables making up 23% of energy mix?
  • Financial institutions’ roles in this change (banks, SWFs, institutional investors, private equity, etc.)
  • Financing gas, LNG to power, infrastructure projects – outlook and their role in ASEAN’s decarbonization and energy security agenda
  • How current investment and finance mechanisms may help speed up the energy transition projects in the region

Confirmed speakers

Sergey Makarov, ASEAN Cluster Coordinator, GIZ

Mason Wallick, Managing Director, SEACEF (Southeast Asia Clean Energy Facility)

Hyunjung Lee, Senior Energy Economist – Southeast Energy Division, ADB

Nao Kawakami, Director General, New Energy and Power Department II, JBIC


Daniel Mallo, Managing Director – Head of Energy, Infrastructure and Metals & Mining, Asia, Societe Generale


Keynote Address: Cambodia’s Energy Transition Roadmap and Opportunities in Solar, Energy Infrastructure Sectors

H.E. Suy Sem, Minister of Mines and Energy, Cambodia (reserved)


Lunch Break & Private Meetings


Solar Focus Panel: What’s Next for Solar in ASEAN? Perspectives on LCOE, Adoption and Case Studies

  • Examine the solar boom in ASEAN, fueled by state backing and lower costs
  • How nations have updated their incentives to foster lively and competitive markets, from the FiT to the bidding system
  • Shifting focus in solar – the rise of floating solar, C&I rooftop solar, community owned microgrid projects
  • Solar + storage as an increasing necessity?
  • Innovations in business models, such as solar as a service; to impact of RECs

Confirmed speakers

Laurent Margoloff, Director - Utilities, Power & Renewables APAC, ING

Harald Link, Chairman, B Grimm Power

Dieter Billen, Principal, Energy & Infrastructure, South-East Asia, Roland Berger

Shirley Sikun, Head of Energy Transition, Brunei Shell Petroleum 

Jack Kneeland, Partner, Vector Energy Advisory (confirmed)


Hydrogen Panel: Hydrogen in Global Decarbonization: Championing Blue and Green Hydrogen Technologies

  • A look at some of Asia Pacific’s most significant projects
  • Hydrogen as a fuel of the future
  • Blue hydrogen: taking advantage of natural gas availability and technology to generate greener fuels; commercial models and uses
  • Green hydrogen: combining with renewable energy initiatives
  • Innovation landscape – fuel cells, heavy trucking and potential export

Confirmed speakers

Mathieu Geze, VP Aisa, HDF Energy

Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras, Executive Vice President, NEXT Energy Business, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA

Dr Fiona Simon, CEO, Australian Hydrogen Council

Graham Gillies, Vice President, Baker Hughes APAC

Seyed Mohsen Razavi, Energy Technology Analyst, GECF (confirmed)


Break & networking


Wind Spotlight Panel: Accelerating the Wind Power Development in ASEAN

  • Overview of ASEAN wind projects
  • Focus on ASEAN’s most promising wind markets, such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, etc.
  • Policy support, the PPA model, logistical, land issues, environmental & community concerns and grid connection difficulties
  • Availability of project funding to help the wind industry grow and innovative
  • From the standpoint of a financier: bankable projects, policy incentives, and risk management

Confirmed speakers

Hisafumi Manabe, President & CEO, Marubeni Offshore Development

Mark Savenkov, Service Director, Onshore Wind, South East Asia & Australia / New Zealand, GE Renewable Energy

Jon Dugstad, Director, Wind & Solar, Norwegian Energy Partners

Jan Willem Zwarteveen, Managing Director – Philippines, Service Area Manager – East Asia, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy


Caroline Chua, Southeast Asia Energy Analyst, BloombergNEF


Electromobility Panel: Building Future Ready EV Business Models and Partnerships

In March 2021, Singapore made a bold plan to ban new diesel car sales by 2025, in a bid to accelerate EV adoption. Thailand announced its target in April 2021 for all car sales to be EVs by 2035. The future of EVs in the region looks promising, but its uptake will hinge heavily on each country’s long-term strategy, policy support, infrastructure development and key stakeholder collaboration. Areas of discussion:

  • Review of the EV roadmap in ASEAN nations
  • Infrastructure investment and advancements – the role of regulators, investors, grid operators and manufacturers
  • Successful business models & lessons
  • Landscape of innovations & potential applications to accelerate EV adoption
  • EV and grid operators – catering to EV fleets and ways to manage grid flexibility and reliability

Confirmed speakers

Dr Akarin Suwannarat, Special Assistant to CEO, Executive Vice President, Energy Absolute

Deep Gaur, Director, Business Evolution, HERE Technologies

Goh Chee Kiong, CEO, Charge+


Aman Modi, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group 


Panel: Energy Efficiency - Current Status and Growth Opportunities in ASEAN

Building on its success, ASEAN Ministers on Energy in 2020 agreed to raise its target to 32% energy intensity reduction by 2025 over 2005 levels. The 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook analysis indicated that about 70% potential final energy consumption savings from the transport & industrial sectors.

  • Understanding energy efficiency (EE) programmes and mandates across the region
  • EE technologies review and case studies
  • Focusing on priority sectors: industrial, transport, building sectors
  • The role of standards, certifications in steering EE actions

Confirmed Speakers

Abdul Salam Bin Abdul Wahab, Head of Sustainable Energy Division, Ministry of Energy Brunei

Melanie Slade, Senior Programme Manager - Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies, IEA

Dr Yoshitaka Ushio, Senior Advisor, International Cooperation Division, Energy Conservation Centre Japan (ECCJ)

Dr. Peter Graham, CEO & Executive Director, GBPN (Global Buildings Performance Network)

Brian Byrne, Senior Vice President, Siemens Energy Asia Pacific Hub


Joseph Tomkiewicz, Partner, Tilleke & Gibbins 


ASEAN Energy Awards Ceremony


End of Day Two


Net Zero Solutions & Country Investment Briefings

Day Three’s programme explores diverse forwarding looking solutions: grid modernization, commercial and industrial renewable energy and energy storage. The second half details country specific energy investment opportunities – unique insights on ASEAN countries and uncover opportunities.


Registration & Networking


Keynote: Defining the Mission to Net Zero & Its Impact on ASEAN

Jon Moore, CEO, BloombergNEF


Panel: Towards a Net Zero Future – Corporates’ Drive for Decarbonisation

  • The growth of RE100 and corporate renewable energy activism phenomenon
  • C&I customers: multiple means to become green – RECs, shift to prosumer, etc.
  • Case studies: considerations & applications
  • Energy provider perspective: solar as a service

Confirmed speakers

Vinod Tiwari, Global Head of Business Development and Sales, Power Ledger

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited

Christophe Inglin, Managing Director, Energetix

May Militante, Chief PR and Business Development Officer, MRC Allied Inc


Dr. Marko Lackovic, Partner, BCG


Panel: Digitalisation & Modernising of the Grid - Innovations for A Smart, Flexible and Reliable Grid

  • Grid modernization – what it means from hardware and software perspective?
  • How digitization can enable more renewable energy, both on utility and C&I scale, to be integrated into the grid and enhance grid reliability?
  • Applications through the grid value chain – production, transmission & consumer ends, including peer-to-peer trading
  • Rise of 'prosumers', such as grid-connected rooftop solar systems and EVs. How does the grid adapt to the evolving trend?
  • Will advanced analytics and big data allow for new utility business models, such as P2P energy trading and trans-national energy markets?

Confirmed speakers

Dr. Peerapat Vithayasrichareon, Lead Analyst – System Integration of Renewables, IEA

Ho Howe Tian, Regional Director, Envision Digital International

Pongsakorn Yuthagovit, Assistant Governor – Planning and Power System Development, Provincial Electricity Authority

Yep Min Teo, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific – Grid Automation, Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Matthew Rowe, Director, Power Grids, Asia Pacific, DNV (moderator)


MoU Signing Ceremony between World institute of Nuclear Security and ASEAN Centre for Energy


Civilian Nuclear Panel: Advancement of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Technology and Its Opportunity in ASEAN

Globally, nuclear power supplied 10% of electricity generation in 2018. Nuclear energy power generation could improve the energy security through diversification of energy supply and provision of reliable energy source. Its low carbon characteristic gives nuclear energy competitive advantage in addressing climate change, which could play a key role in accelerating ASEAN energy transition towards a sustainable energy supply. One technology with particularly high interest is the SMR.

  • Understanding of the potential of civilian nuclear energy for sustainable energy development in ASEAN.
  • Plans and directions on Civilian Nuclear Power in ASEAN
  • Current best practices of SMR in Floating Nuclear Power Plant
  • Highlights on different types of Advanced SMR Technologies
  • SMR – Renewables Hybrid system

Confirmed Speakers

Moderator : Dr. Sama Bilbao Y Leon, Director General, World Nuclear Association

Mikhail Chudakov, Deputy Director General, Head, Department of Nuclear Energy,

International Atomic Energy Agency

Anton Moskvin, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Rosatom

Simon Irish, CEO, Terrestrial Energy 

John Hopkins, Chairman and CEO, NuScale

Dr. Ir. Agus Puji Prasetyono, Member of National Energy Council, Indonesia

Gerardo D. Erguiza Jr., Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy, The Philippines


Networking Break & Private Meetings


Energy Project Investment Opportunities Across ASEAN

A 15min presentation of latest energy initiatives and business opportunities across member countries that help drive the region’s sustainable energy future.

14:00 – 14:15

Brunei Darussalam - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Brunei Darussalam  

14:15 – 14:30

Vietnam - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Nguyen Tuan Anh, Deputy Director General, EREA, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam

14:30 – 14:45

Thailand - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Kulit Sombatsiri, Permanent Secretary (SOE Leader), Ministry of Energy, Thailand

14:45 – 15:00

Indonesia - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Rida Mulyana, Director General of Electricity, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia 

15:00 – 15:15

Laos - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Dr. Akomdeth Vongsay, Director General, Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Lao PDR 

15:15 – 15:30

Cambodia - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Mrs. Mean Socheata, Chief of Public Relations Office Department of Cooperation and ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia

15.30 – 15.45

Sustainable Energy: Initiatives and Investment Opportunities in Malaysia

Mohammad Nazri Mizayauddin, Chief Strategic Officer, Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), Malaysia

15.45 – 16.00

Myanmar - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Mr. Than Zaw, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Electricity and Energy, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

16.00 – 16.15

Singapore - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Agnes Koh, Assistant Director, External Relations, Energy Market Authority, Singapore

16.15 – 16.30

Philippines - Energy policies, initiatives and investment opportunities

Jesus P. Posadas, Senior Undersecretary, Department of Energy, Philippines


Ministers-CEOs Dialogue*

*By invitation only


End of AEBF 2021

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