2024 Global Methane Forum

Mobilizing Methane Action

18-21 March 2024 • Geneva, Switzerland

Speakers

You will hear from these global leaders and industry experts about the importance of taking urgent action now to reduce methane emissions. You can use the filters to view sessions individually.

The speakers and moderators listed below do not represent the complete list of confirmed speakers. This page will be updated as speaker and moderator bios are received.

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Biogas Joint Technical Session:
Regional Methane Action Showcase: Southeast Europe
Veselin Šturanović was born in 1973 in Nikšić. He completed primary and secondary school in the same city, and graduated from the Faculty of Maritime Affairs in Kotor, Department of Management. He spent 10 months in China, where he learned the Chinese language and culture. Since 2002, he has worked as a coordinator for community development in the American international non-governmental organization CHF, which implemented the Community Development through Democratic Action program in the north of Montenegro. He also worked at CHF as a coordinator for economic affairs development. In 2006, after the formation of FORS Montenegro, he was in the position of manager for the development of civil society, and since 2007 he has been the executive director of FORS and since then he has been dedicated to the development of the organization through the implementation of numerous projects funded by the EU.
Biogas Joint Technical Session:
Regional Methane Action Showcase: Latin America
Industrial Engineer, specialised in integral management of municipal, industrial, and hazardous solid waste.

Representative of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Chapter, and member of the ISWA Board of Directors since October 2021.

Expert consultant in waste management for the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Former President and Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Solid Waste - Argentina - local member of ISWA in Argentina.

Lecturer in the postgraduate courses of Environmental Management (since 1997) and Renewable Energies at ITBA (Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires) and ITBA - KIT (Karlsuhe Institute of Technology - Germany), since 2015 to date.

Manager of New Technologies and Environmental Control. CEAMSE (Coordinación Ecológica Área Metropolitana S. E.), Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 2012 to date.
Coal Joint Technical Session:
GMI Coal Mines Subcommittee and Sector Updates
Dr. Liu Wenge, Vice President of Information Institute of Ministry of Emergency Management of China & China Coal Information Institute, Professorate Senior Engineer, National Work Safety expert as well as the associate editor of the magazine China CBM. He has long engaged in R&D work in CBM development and coal mine gas control and utilization and been issued special subsidy by the State Council and certificate of government making outstanding contributions. He is alternate of China in GMI Steering Committee, co-chair of coal subcommittee and person in charge of Secretariat in China of GMI. He was invited as project expert by World Bank, Asian Development Bank and IEA, has been engaged in the development of the 120 MW CMM power plant in Jincheng of Shanxi province and led the formulation of Methodology for VAM utilization in China.
Keynote Session: A Global Call to Mobilize Methane Action (livestreamed) (Plenary Session on 19 March)
Dmitry Mariyasin was appointed Deputy Executive Secretary (No2) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on 1 March 2021. UNECE, as one of the five UN regional commissions, covers 56 member States, promotes regional cooperation and facilitates the development of regulation and policy in areas such as energy, environment, trade, transport, housing, forestry and statistics.

Prior to joining UNECE, Mr. Mariyasin was heading the Country Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia (2017-2021). He also served as the Team Leader, Partnerships in UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS region (2011-2016) and in other positions with UNDP at global, regional and country level.

Mr. Mariyasin holds a PHD in Economics from the Moscow State University, and a MA in Public Administration from the New York University. He is married, and is a proud father of three children.
Tim Gould was appointed the Agency’s Chief Energy Economist in 2021. As Chief Energy Economist, he provides strategic advice on energy economics across a wide range of IEA activities and analysis. Mr Gould is also Head of the Division for Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks, in which capacity he co-leads the World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s flagship publication, and oversees the Agency’s work on investment and finance, including the World Energy Investment report.

Mr Gould joined the IEA in 2008, initially as a specialist on Russian and Caspian energy, and in recent years has designed and directed the World Energy Outlook together with the IEA’s Chief Energy Modeller while contributing to the Outlook as a principal author. Prior to joining the IEA, Mr Gould was Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of the Energy Charter and has ten years of experience in Eastern Europe, primarily in Ukraine. He graduated from Oxford University and has a post-graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
Dr Maria P. Neira is the Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at the World Health Organization. Prior to that she served as Under-Secretary of Health and President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency.

Dr Neira began her career as a medical coordinator working for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). She then spent several years working in different African countries during armed conflicts.

Dr Neira is a Medical Doctor by training, specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases in Paris, France, Master of Public Health and a University Diploma in Human Nutrition, Epidemic Preparedness and Crisis Management.

Among many distinctions, she has been awarded the Médaille de “L'Ordre National du Mérite” by the Government of France and received an “Extraordinary Woman” award by HM Queen Letizia of Spain. In early 2019, she was nominated among the top 100 policy influencers in health and climate change.
Governments as Vital Drivers to Mobilize Methane Action (livestreamed) (Plenary Session on 19 March)
Tomás Carbonell is Deputy Assistant Administrator for Stationary Sources in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. From 2012 until January 2021, Tomás Carbonell was an attorney in the U.S. Clean Air Program at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he most recently served as Senior Counsel and Director of Regulatory Policy. His work included litigation, regulatory, and policy advocacy on a range of climate and clean air issues, including carbon dioxide regulations for power plants; methane regulations for the oil and gas sector; hazardous air pollution from industrial sources; and climate legislation. Prior to arriving at EDF, Tomás was an Associate at Van Ness Feldman, LLP, where he counseled diverse clients on federal legal and regulatory matters related to climate change, clean energy, and environmental and electricity regulation. He has a J.D. from Yale University, degrees in Environmental Change and Management and Development Economics from the University of Oxford, and bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering, Economics, and Multidisciplinary Studies from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Daniel Tutu Benefoh (PhD) is an Acting Director at the Climate Change Unit of Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has been with the Agency since May 2001 and presently serves as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) National Focal Person for Ghana. Dr. Benefoh is involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and UNFCCC negotiations with a focus on methodological issues, mitigation, transparency, and carbon markets. Within the Global Methane Initiative (GMI), he represents Ghana on the Steering Committee and the Biogas Subcommittee. He is also Ghana’s alternate Focal Person for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

Dr. Benefoh is a part-time lecturer in Carbon Accounting and Management at the University of Ghana, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies and works across governmental teams, local government, and the private sector. He has an academic degree in related fields in environment, energy and natural resource from the University of Ghana, the University of Twente, Netherlands, and the University of Bonn in Germany.
Shri M. Nagaraju has been the Additional Secretary under the Government of India's Ministry of Coal since November 2020. He had been a Joint Secretary to the Ministry for nearly a year before this current appointment.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Nagaraju has served at state, national and international levels in the areas of public order, revenue & development administration, tribal development, finance, international economic relations, industries and commerce, healthcare, and state finances.

In the State Government, Mr. Nagaraju served in numerous leadership positions, including as District Magistrate, Director, and Secretary/Principal Secretary of the Departments of Health, Women and Child Development; Finance and Industries & Commerce.

At the national and international levels, he has served in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs and worked as Advisor to the Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Mr. Nagaraju was also a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a Visiting Research Scholar in Stonehill College in the USA, each for one year
Catherine Stewart was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change in August 2022. With over 25 years in the Canadian federal government, Ambassador Stewart has served in senior executive roles in Canada’s Environment and Climate Change (ECCC) ministry including as Assistant Deputy Minister of International Affairs and Chief Negotiator for Climate Change. Prior to joining ECCC, Ambassador Stewart’s public service experience was largely focused on Canada’s defence and security policy, including at the Department of National Defence and the Privy Council Office.
The Importance of Industry to Mobilizing Methane Action (livestreamed) (Plenary Session on 19 March)
Dario is the Director of Sustainable Energy at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Prior to joining UNECE, Dario was the Chief Underwriting Officer at SACE, responsible for export credit, the EU Green New Deal and the guarantees under the EU Temporary Framework. Before joining SACE, Dario spent more than a decade with General Electric (GE), at the Council of Europe Development Bank and with the European Commission. His career started at Cargill.
A seasoned professional with over 23 years of experience, Pankaj Kalra is the driving force behind Essar Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Ltd (EOGEPL) as its Chief Executive Officer. His expertise spans across various functions including Operations, Finance, M&A, and Strategy, enabling him to steer the company towards financial excellence and strategic growth.

He is a rank holder Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary, holding a Bachelor's degree from the prestigious Sri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi. His deep understanding of financial and operational aspects of the oil & gas industry sets him apart as a leader with exceptional insights.

Prior to joining EOGEPL, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Cairn Oil & Gas, demonstrating his ability to navigate complex financial landscapes and drive value creation. His extensive experience also encompasses stints at Reliance, Aircel, Idea, American Tower, and EY, showcasing his versatility across diverse industries.

At EOGEPL, his leadership has been instrumental in shaping the company's strategic direction and operational efficiency. Under his leadership, EOGEPL has maintained robust momentum and emerged as the leader in the unconventional space with a clear road map to double its CBM production.

He is actively pursuing opportunities in the realm of energy transition, recognizing the importance of sustainable practices in the industry's future. His leadership is guiding EOGEPL towards sustainable practices and reducing carbon footprint, demonstrating his commitment to a greener future.
Lawyer, Specialist in Senior Management from the University of Medellin, Master in Sustainable Development Management from the Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogota with studies on gender, diversity, and inclusion, Senior Management Program PADE that belongs to the Executive Education Unit of INALDE Business School currently is the Strategy and Innovation Senior Director, at The Global FoodBanking Network- GFN.

A senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in administrative, financial, and legal management of public and private organizations at local, national, and international levels, coordinating and executing social, environmental, and economic projects with an emphasis on poverty, extreme poverty, and food security, from a government, business, and third sector perspective.

She has developed skills in resource management, team leadership in normal and adverse situations, situational adaptation, persuasion, cultivation of innovation, collaborative work, and generation of high-level relationships.

With social leadership traits, agility, and energy in process management, motivated by work-life balance, where group decision-making and achievement of shared goals are paramount, and preference for process-oriented, structured (or structured), and stable work environments.

Until last year, she served as regional director for Latin America at GFN, in charge of leading, aligned to the global strategy, the direct and indirect strengthening of 211 member organizations in 17 Latin American countries through the delivery of financial resources that leverage short-, medium- and long-term investments, capacity building and creation/strengthening of partnerships with companies in the region.

She has experience as secretary and board member of the board of directors of corporations and non-profit organizations.

Leader in the women's community on boards of directors in Colombia.
The Value of Data as a Driver to Mobilize Methane Action (livestreamed) (Plenary Session on 19 March)
Martina heads the Secretariat of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which is convened by UNEP and brings together over 160 state and non-state partners. She has been within the UN system for almost 25 years, in different functions and from different duty stations. She has set up and grown numerous multistakeholder partnerships and initiatives, brings a wealth of experience in Environmental Policy and Programme Management and has expertise across climate, energy, buildings, transport and sustainable urban development fields.

Before joining the UN Environment Programme in 1999, Martina worked on Trade and Environment and Economic Instruments in the Area of Environmental Protection with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the European Commission and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development.

She is a fully qualified lawyer, specialised in environmental law.

A German native speaker, Martina is fluent in English and French and German and has a good knowledge of Spanish.
Manfredi Caltagirone is the head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO). He leads UNEP's work on methane emissions in the energy sector.

Prior to that, he was engaged in the establishment and operations of the Climate Technology Centre and Network under the UNFCCC. Manfredi also worked as policy advisor on climate technologies at the Italian Ministry for the Environment. He has been a Research Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard.

Manfredi holds a J.D. from the II University of Rome, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Pamela Franklin has 20 years of experience at the US EPA leading voluntary partnerships that collaborate with industry stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane, from several sectors, including oil & gas systems. She leads a team that works with the private sector and international partners to mitigate methane emissions through successful programs that have achieved cost savings, developed accessible tools & resources, and shared best practices. She also coordinates EPA’s technical assistance and outreach efforts under the Inflation Reduction Act Methane Emissions Reduction Program.

Internationally, Dr. Franklin directs EPA’s collaboration on methane mitigation activities under the auspices of the Global Methane Initiative (GMI), in support of the ambitious commitments of the Global Methane Pledge. She has led collaborations with the Climate & Clean Air Coalition for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Groups of Experts, and the World Bank.

Prior to joining EPA, Dr. Franklin served as a Congressional Science Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, a master’s degree in civil & environmental engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Energy & Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Catalyzing Finance to Mobilize Methane Action (livestreamed) (Plenary Session on 19 March)
Mena is the CEO of the Global Methane Hub and the former Environment Minister for Chile under the Michelle Bachelet government (2014 to 2018). As minister, he spearheaded multiple international environmental initiatives including helping craft a landmark agreement to phase out coal power generation, South America’s first carbon taxes for power generation and new car sales, creating 45,000 square kilometers of national parks, and protecting 1.3 million square kilometers of ocean. Previously, he was Practice Manager at the World Bank, where he led the team that created the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action. Mena is a biochemical engineer who holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from The University of Iowa, focusing his research on estimating the externalities of biofuels, power generation, transportation, and residential heating. He used his research to advocate for renewable energy and push for more stringent regulations to stop dirty coal power generation in Chile. Currently he leads GMH, a major funder collaborative that has deployed over $200M in grants to help mitigate methane in energy, waste, and agriculture. He has received awards from UNEP, National Geographic, Oceans Unite, NASA and the EPA, as well as fellowships from MIT and the Fulbright Commission.
Sergio I. Campos G. is the head of the water and sanitation team at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C.

He is responsible of the drinking water, sanitation, water resources management and solid waste portfolio which accounts to approximately USD 9,000 million in 100 projects in the IDB’s 26 member countries. In addition, he manages the Spanish Water and Sanitation Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (USD 1.1 billion) and the AquaFund, a multi-donor fund for technical cooperation.

He has lead the design and implementation of initiatives and special programs with strategic partners in areas such as behavioral change (Lazos de Agua), green infrastructure (Latin American Water Funds Partnership), recycling (Regional Initiative for Inclusive Recycling), among others.

In addition, he oversees the application of AquaRating, a platform that evaluates the performance of public utilities; and Hydro-BID, a hydrological simulation tool that has mapped water availability in more than 280,000 watersheds across Latin America and the Caribbean.

He is also in charge of the overall WASH knowledge and communications agenda (including publications, blogs, MOOCs, SPOCs, presentations), with an average of 12 technical publications a year.

Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Campos led the structuring of large water and sanitation infrastructure programs with sovereign guarantee and worked on structuring merger and acquisition projects in transport, energy, water and sanitation and telecommunications, as well as in reengineering projects, business consulting, and microfinance.

Mr. Campos is an economist with Master’s degrees in Finances and Public Policy by the Georgetown University.
Juan Carlos Mendoza is IFAD’s Director for Environment, Climate, Gender, and Social Inclusion where he is responsible for overseeing the implementation of IFAD’s strategy to increase the resilience of rural communities to environmental degradation and climate change impacts and promote more inclusive development pathways that include women, youth and indigenous peoples as agents and beneficiaries of transformational change.

Before joining IFAD, Juan Carlos worked in international development in multiple international organizations and firms. This includes serving as Managing Director of the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention on Desertification, Senior Advisor to the initial management team that made operational the Green Climate Fund, Senior Director responsible for coordinating KPMG’s work with multilateral development banks and international organization. Juan Carlos also spent a decade in the World Bank where, among other roles, he managed the Bank’s portfolio in the Pacific Islands and contributed to the resource mobilization processes for IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, and the Green Environment Facility.

Mr. Mendoza holds a master’s in public policy and a master’s in engineering from, respectively, Georgetown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.
Andrea Thurner is a Carbon Procurement Director at the Foundation for Climate Protection and Carbon Offset (KliK) in Switzerland. In this role she is responsible for the sourcing of high-quality carbon offsets under Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement for LATAM and Africa. This includes the program development for all sorts of Mitigation Activities including Methane destruction. Andrea has a background in financial planning and has led private equity investments in diverse environmental technology fields. Prior to moving to Switzerland, she has worked in Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, and Germany. Andrea holds a MSc degree in Environmental Management from the University in Nottingham and a BSc in International Business from Universidad de Comillas Madrid and ESB, Reutlingen Germany.
Succeeding Locally to Mobilize Methane Action (livestreamed) (Plenary Session on 19 March)
As the Regional Lead for Asia, Manjyot is responsible for driving and delivering the Hub’s methane mitigation strategy through grantmaking and ecosystem building across high impact sectors and geographies in Asia that bring direct socio-economic benefits to countries and communities. Formerly, Manjyot worked at the World Wildlife Fund-US, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). At the WWF, she co-launched and managed one of the largest multi-stakeholder climate coalitions, “Alliances for Climate Action,” across Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Americas with over 6000 subnational and local governments, private sector, academia, and civil society organizations committed to 1.5c aligned climate targets that support national governments in the delivery of the Paris Agreement. At C2ES, Manjyot lead a project on corporate carbon pricing that contributed to the burgeoning field of internal carbon pricing tools used by global companies to meet their climate goals and mitigate climate-related risks. Manjyot is a member of the Expert Peer Review Group of the UN Race to Zero Campaign and has contributed to development of the Campaign’s evaluation framework to enhance the robustness and credibility of net zero subnational and non-state actor commitments.

She also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland. Manjyot received her BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai; a MS in Sustainability from the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from American University, Washington, DC.
Biogas Joint Technical Session:
The Importance of Data Collection and Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) to Financing Projects in the Biogas Sector(hybrid meeting) (20 March)
Prof. Tjandra Setiadi is currently a full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia. He was the Director of the Centre for Environmental Studies (PSLH), from 2007 – 2021, and the Centre for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Indonesia (CRECPI) form 2014 – 2018. His main research is in the application of bioprocess engineering in treating various industrial wastewater, biopolymer production, lignocellulosic enzyme, and bio-based products. He is a fellow of Faculty of Engineering (2019), University of Tokyo. He has engaged with various national, regional, and international collaborations and assignments. He is registered as a professional engineer in Indonesia and ASEAN.
Biogas Joint Technical Session:
Environmental Justice Considerations for the Implementation of Methane Reduction Projects (hybrid meeting) (20 March)
Dr Dominic Hogg has been a campaigner, researcher and consultant involved in environmental issues for more than 30 years. As Chairperson of Eunomia, which he founded in 2001, he helped shape waste management policy and practice in the UK and the EU, being regularly voted by his peers as one of the most influential players in the UK.

His professional experience covers (amongst other things): detailed reviews of standards for the outputs of biowaste treatment plants; optimising collection and treatment systems for high capture of food waste; revising the UK’s model on landfill GHG emissions; modelling GHG emissions from policy scenarios for municipal waste in the EU; numerous cost benefit analyses in relation to waste; and developing marginal abatement cost curves for waste for the UK Climate Change Committee. Recently, he has investigated the potential for GHG mitigation from ways of dealing with waste ‘leftover’ after implementation of separate collection systems for recycling. The role of sorting facilities in enabling ‘a second go’ at extracting materials for recycling, in conjunction with biological treatment prior to landfilling, has considerable relevance. His talk will address the applicability of such systems for reducing methane emissions, globally, from the waste sector.
Ana is an environmentalist who serves as an amplifier of voices from the Global South to global engagements. She is Brazilian and has been permanently living in Tanzania since 2010. Ana became an activist as a child during Rio1992, “the Earth Summit”, and built over 30 years of local, national, regional, and global advocacy. She is a Zero Waste implementer and plastic advocate with over 15 years of service in grassroots organizations aiming to create positive systemic change in the waste sector and build the foundation for a socially-just and climate-resilient world."

Ana is GAIA’s Director of Global Plastics Program, providing leadership and strategic vision to GAIA’s international plastic policy work.
David Sutasurya is the founder of Yaksa Pelestari Bumi Berkelanjutan (YPBB), an Indonesian non-profit organization that is committed to advocating for change in the waste management sector through a zero waste system. In 2001 David was awarded the Ashoka Fellows because of his dedication to building a movement for long-term change in community attitudes and behavior to encourage environmental conservation.

David was also part of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Global Alliance For Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) in 2018-2019 and is currently on the Steering Committee of the Indonesian Zero Waste Alliance or AZWI. In developing policies in Indonesia, David often serves as an advisor and expert for waste management studies, also master plans and its supporting regulations.

During 2023, David led the Bandung Zero Waste Forum to encourage the West Java provincial government to prohibit organic waste from entering the Sarimukti landfill to overcome the waste crisis after the burning of nearly 20 hectares of the landfill, until finally the government issued a Governor's Instruction where only residual waste was allowed to enter the Sarimukti landfill per January 1st, 2024. This policy is the first in Indonesia, even in Southeast Asia.
Coal Joint Technical Session:
Updates on Capabilities to Mitigate Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) (20 March)
Felicia Ruiz is the Director of International Methane Partnerships for Clean Air Task Force’s (CATF) Methane Pollution Prevention Program, working to advance the organization’s methane-focused partnerships and engagements in oil and gas, coal, waste, and agriculture.

Felicia has more than twenty years of experience managing energy and sustainable development programs in over thirty countries. Prior to joining CATF, Felicia spent more than a decade at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leading global efforts to reduce methane emissions in the coal mining sector, including co-chairing the Coal Subcommittee of the Global Methane Initiative, and continues to serve on the Bureau of the UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and Just Transition. Most recently she was a Senior Manager at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) managing research and development activities and cross-cutting research opportunities for its market and grid strategy team.
Carsten Walddörfer (*1979 in Stuttgart, Germany) took over in 2018 the European lead of product management as well as research and development for the Clean Technology Systems division within Dürr Systems AG. He has the global product responsibility for regenerative thermal oxidizers within the Dürr group. Before that he worked as a Sales Manager and Project Manager within the field of exhaust air purification, special waste incineration and for the disposal of chemical weapons as well as conventional ammunition for Dürr Systems AG, AWS Group AG and Eisenmann Anlagenbau GmbH with a professional green tech business experience in total of 20 years. The process engineer is active in the United Nations Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and Just Transition (UNECE), is a member of the UN Task Force on Methane Emissions Reduction and is a lecturer at SRH University Heidelberg in the Climate Change Management course.
Coal Joint Technical Session:
Data Needs for Project Development, Carbon Markets, and Policy (20 March)
Brent Bobsein is the Vice President of Sustainable Development at CNX Resources, the operator of the largest CMM capture for beneficial use project in the United States. In his role, he is responsible for developing and commercializing emerging technology, expanding CMM capture and providing low carbon energy solutions. He was the commercial and technical lead on CNX’s announced partnership with Newlight Technologies, participation in the US DOE’s Hydrogen hub, and generation of Pennsylvania Tier 1 Alternative energy credits. He and CNX are continuing to pursue new pathways to provide the necessary economic support required for CMM capture investments and project development. Mr. Bobsein graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Oil & Gas Joint Technical Session:
The Role of Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) in Addressing Methane Emissions (20 March)
Prof. Matthew Johnson is a professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where he heads the internationally renowned Energy & Emissions Research Laboratory (EERL). A two-time winner of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) prestigious accelerator award, Prof. Johnson has worked extensively to translate peer-reviewed research results into practice. His EERL combines advanced experimentation, simulation, and statistical analysis in both large-scale controlled lab experiments and field work and employs a suite of advanced optical diagnostics, analytic tools, and experimental capabilities this is unparalleled in Canada. As of 2023, EERL has successfully completed field measurement studies on four continents with research contributions that include large-scale aerial methane surveys, comprehensive protocols for creating measurement-based inventories, novel “VentX” technology for quantifying unsteady methane flows, “sky-LOSA” technology for measuring black carbon emissions from flares, techno-economic analysis of methane mitigation potential, and quantitative analysis of regulatory equivalency. His work is cited in Canada’s National Inventory Report, incorporated in provincial and federal standards and regulations, and regularly cited in international methane and black carbon mitigation efforts.
Oil & Gas Joint Technical Session:
The Role of Technologies in Improving Measurements and Enhancing Inventories to Enable Faster Action (20 March)
Manfredi Caltagirone is the head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO). He leads UNEP's work on methane emissions in the energy sector.

Prior to that, he was engaged in the establishment and operations of the Climate Technology Centre and Network under the UNFCCC. Manfredi also worked as policy advisor on climate technologies at the Italian Ministry for the Environment. He has been a Research Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard.

Manfredi holds a J.D. from the II University of Rome, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Fiji George is the Senior Director for Climate & Sustainability at Cheniere Energy Inc. and has more than 29 years of management and technical experience covering corporate climate and sustainability strategies across natural gas value chain- exploration/production, gas processing, transmission & storage, and liquified natural gas (LNG).

Mr. George served on multiple National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and National Petroleum Council (NPC) study committees. He is a co-author on multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers, design of novel research collaborations such as Energy Emissions & Modeling Data Lab (EEMDL), and the architect of the ONE Future Coalition voluntary methane program design. He serves as an External Advisory Board Member to Rice University’s Professional Science Master’s program, and as a member of the University of Texas at Austin’s Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering External Advisory Committee. Prior to Cheniere, held technical and management corporate positions at various Oil & Gas firms. He holds a master’s in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s in Mining Engineering from Anna University, India.
Dr. Daniel Zavala-Araiza is a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. His current research focuses on providing actionable data that can accelerate the mitigation of methane emissions. He leads a team of scientists around the world focused on improving our understanding of how much and where methane pollution is taking place. He is based in Utrecht, The Netherlands where he is also a visiting researcher at Utrecht University. Dr. Zavala-Araiza is also the Deputy to the chair of the scientific oversight committee at UNEP’s IMEO.
Oil & Gas Join Technical Session:
Resources for Government Ministries to Support Development of Effective Methane Policy and Regulation (20 March)
Suriya Jayanti is an International Energy Transition Expert at the U.S. Department of Commerce, part of the Commercial Law Development Program, where she advises governments on how to formulate and implement their energy transition strategies. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center; the co-founder and managing director of Eney, a US-Ukrainian decarbonization company; and the CEO of Denetek, a U.S. small modular nuclear reactor development company working to decarbonize Ukraine’s power sector. She also serves on the Board of the Institute for Security and Technology, a Silicon Valley policy tank that works to bridge the gap between policymakers and emerging technologies to help shape governance solutions that support both innovation and national security.

Before starting Eney, she represented the United States as an international attorney-advisor at the US Department of Commerce. Prior to this, she served as a US diplomat with the US Department of State. As well as assignments in Kuwait, the Bahamas, Iraq, and Washington, DC, she served as the US energy, cybersecurity, environment, science, technology, and health chief in Kyiv from 2018 to 2020. There, she worked closely with Ukrainian counterparts to help reform the country toward good governance, anti-corruption, and energy security. Before her diplomatic career, she worked as an attorney in the Brussels office of Hunton & Williams, and for Donahue & Goldberg in Washington, DC. She also clerked for Chief Judge Eric Washington of the DC Court of Appeals.

Suriya has contributed to multiple textbooks and published in such venues as the Atlantic Council, TIME, the Globalist, and the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), as well as in law reviews at Georgetown, Rutgers, and American Universities, among others.

Originally from Los Angeles, she holds an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College, a law degree from American University, and an LLM from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where she is also completing a PhD focused on the saga of Nord Stream 2.
Oil & Gas Joint Technical Session:
Available Tools for Quantifying Emissions (20 March)
Alberto brings over 30 years of experience in chemical engineering research and process optimization for sustainability. As current CEO and founding director at Process Ecology Inc., Alberto has worked across multiple industries to assist operating companies become more efficient in their use of energy and water. Alberto started his career as a production engineer with Bayer and then spent ten years in Academia as research scientist and lecturer. In 1999 he joined Hyprotech/ Aspentech in Calgary, Alberta Canada as product manager for conceptual design of chemical processes and thermodynamics software tools. Alberto later worked with Natural Resources Canada performing R&D supporting energy-intensive industrial sectors through process integration and process optimization projects. With Process Ecology, Alberto has specialized in modeling and optimization for emissions reduction and sustainability in the oil & gas sector. Alberto is a Biochemical Engineer graduated from Metropolitan University in Mexico City and holds an MBA as well as MSc and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK.
Jonathan has worked with CATF since 1999 and serves as Global Director of the Methane Pollution Prevention program, where he develops and directs all of CATF’s international efforts to dramatically reduce methane pollution from energy, waste, and agriculture. Jonathan brings over two decades of experience working with governments, companies, and civil society around the world to foster and implement policies to reduce methane pollution. Jonathan works to catalyze international coalitions, country level policies and subnational efforts, to foster rapid change. He also serves on the board of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

Prior to joining CATF, Jonathan served as policy director for a national environmental campaign working to clean up coal fired power plants in the U.S. and was legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall for energy and environment. Jonathan also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Congo.
Manon Simon has been working as a senior consultant in Carbon Limits for the past five years where she specializes in methane emissions management in the oil and gas sector. Her work covers the full scale of methane emissions, from specific projects at facilities, country and company assessment, and writing and review of international best practices and methodologies. She is a key resource and project manager for the development of the OGMP technical guidance and has assisted companies in the implementation of OGMP. In addition, she has been leading the development and methodological work on Mist, a methane emissions inventory software. She is always eager to make technical content available and actionable to all, no matter where they are at in their methane journey. Manon holds a master’s degree in business engineering UcLouvain in Belgium and in economics and business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics, with a specialization in energy, natural resources and environment.
Oil & Gas Joint Technical Session:
Overcoming Challenges for Methane Management to Mobilize Action in the Oil & Gas Sector(20 March)
Damon Burtt is a consultant at Carbon Limits, a climate change consultancy based in Oslo, Norway.

His area of expertise is methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. At Carbon Limits, his roles include the statistical analysis of satellite imagery, technical analysis of methane detection and quantification technology, assisting a variety of stakeholders to comply with voluntary initiatives such as OGMP 2.0, capacity building, project management, as well as contributing to the continuous development and deployment of the MIST software developed by Carbon Limits. Damon has both technical and in-field experience in the upstream oil and gas industry quantifying greenhouse gas emissions. Damon holds an MSc. in mechanical engineering from Carleton University where he focused on quantifying the efficiency and methane of flares subject to a turbulent crosswind.