Jen Snyder brings to Wood Mackenzie over 20 years of experience analyzing the North American and global gas industries. She directed the launch of Wood Mackenzie’s North American gas service in 2003. Jen has presented to numerous board and senior level strategy groups, as well as to major industry conferences. She served for 8 years on EPRI’s Advisory Council Executive Committee. She is a recognized industry expert. Currently Jen leads Wood Mackenzie’s global energy market analysis.
Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Jen was the Director of North American Gas research at CERA, where she led development of short and long term market analysis. Previously, Jen worked for the National Economic Research Associates, Inc., where she analyzed rate design, cost classification, and allocation and service options for domestic and international natural gas clients.
Jen Snyder holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joe has served as Chairman and CEO of the Managers of The American Club, an International Group mutual, for nearly twenty-one years. Joe also oversees the activities of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., an affiliate of SCB, which operates the Eagle Ocean Marine and Eagle Ocean America insurance facilities, the latter as a coverholder for underwriters at Lloyd’s. He also serves on the board of American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, Ltd., a Cyprus-based hull underwriting investment of The American Club.
Having graduated from Oxford University, Joe was called to the Bar of England and Wales, thereafter specializing in maritime commercial law before commencing his career in marine insurance. Prior his arrival in the United States, Joe worked for other P&I clubs in the United Kingdom and Norway, latterly serving as chairman of the global marine practice of Jardine Insurance Brokers, a leading Lloyd’s broker in London.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Joe is chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), a director (and former president) of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, a former chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States, a director of New York Maritime, Inc. (NYMAR) and a member of the National Cargo Bureau. Joe also serves on the classification committee of the American Bureau of Shipping, and the North American advisory committee of Lloyd’s Register. He is a 2011 inductee of the International Maritime Hall of Fame, and was designated one of the top ten global marine insurance personalities on the 2015/16 Lloyd’s List One Hundred.
George is the founding partner of the international law firm, Fowler Rodriguez, with offices in New Orleans, Houston, Miami, Mobile, Bogotá, and Tampa. He is recognized internationally as a trial lawyer having tried hundreds of cases to both juries and judges including high profile, complex litigation and cases of national concern. He has written and lectured extensively on private international law and world trade.
George is active in promoting trade and investment for the City of New Orleans. He works in the field of human rights and is Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Cuban American National Foundation.
He also serves on the United States Commission on Civil Rights (Louisiana Advisory Committee) and founded and served as Chairman of the Tulane Latin American Law Institute.
Suki is the managing and founder director of Russell Group since 1994. In this role he is responsible for setting company strategy, building core competencies and ensuring business development, as well as managing business growth and value. He has had project experience in a variety of insurance and reinsurance lines namely, long-tail (asbestos, health hazard and pollution) reserving, aviation, space, offshore energy, marine hull and financial institutions and casualty. Previously, Suki worked for Oracle Corporation from 1989 to 1994, where he worked in project management, consulting and pre-sales across a number of industries including defence, energy, finance and healthcare both in the UK and USA.
Suki has a BSc (Hons) in Aeronautics from Manchester University, and after graduating in 1986 held a post-graduate mathematical modelling research post at Nottingham University which was sponsored by Rolls-Royce until 1989. Suki lives in Nottingham, is married with three children and enjoys time with family and friends, playing sport and watching his beloved Nottingham Forest.
Commander Joe Leonard is a nationally recognized emergency responder, incident manager, and trainer with thirty-six years of United States Coast Guard, United States Army, volunteer municipal fire service, and private-sector experience responding to natural disasters, oil spills, hazardous materials releases, marine fires, mass rescue operations, mass care and shelter events, national special security events, and marine homeland security events.
He chairs the Greater Harris County Local Emergency Planning Committee and is an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where he serves as the Division Staff Officer-Incident Management. He serves on the Planning Committees for the Hot Zone Conference and the Clean Gulf Conference; on the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security; on the Domestic Preparedness Journal Editorial Board; and as the Vice Chairman of the Public-Private Partnership Committee of the International Association of Emergency Managers.
He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, ASIS, the National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials, the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams’ Association, the Emergency Management Association of Texas, The Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, the Virginia Emergency Management Association, the Virginia Association of Hazardous Materials Specialists, and the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society. He is also a life member of the United States Naval Institute, the Navy League of the United States, and the National Rifle Association.
Commander Leonard’s military awards include four Meritorious Service Medals, eight Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, seven Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, six Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, and numerous unit awards. He is authorized to wear the Coast Guard Marine Safety Professional Pin, Coast Guard Aviator Wings, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Army Air Assault Badge. He was awarded the Marshall Kraemer Distinguished Service Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal by the Harris County Fire Marshal in 2012. In addition, he was recognized with the prestigious U.S. Navy League’s Jarvis Award for Inspirational Leadership and was named a Fox News “Power Player of the Week” on 11 September 2005 for his services as the FEMA-designated Area Commander-Houston Area Mega-Shelter Operations following landfall of Hurricane Katrina.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Technology from Murray State University. He holds certifications as a Master Exercise Practitioner, Professional Continuity Professional, Certified Emergency Manager, Certified in Homeland Security-V, Certified in Homeland Security-Emergency Medical Response, and a Certified National Threat Analyst.
Ludo is Co-Founder of SIS Risk Management (www.sisriskmanagement.com). SIS supports the energy insurance community by assessing and scoring risks allowing for improved risk differentiation. SIS works in association with world leading engineering companies such as Lloyds Register, Det Norske Veritas and Stellar Well Control. Risk specialisation includes offshore and onshore well drilling, offshore platforms, cyber exposures, FPSOs, onshore and offshore drilling rigs and midstream assets.
Ludo has over 17 years of operational oil and gas industry experience. Prior to leading SIS, he spent 6 years at Senergy (now part of Lloyds Register), and was also a drilling manager at Wintershall and Perenco. Ludo has engineered and managed deepwater, HPHT, MPD, offshore and onshore drilling operations across the world in some of the most difficult operational environments.
Ludo graduated in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the Arts et Métiers-ParisTech university in Paris, and holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from the IFP school (French Petroleum Institute).
Thomas Galligan took over as Dean of the LSU Law Center in July 2016, after previously serving as president of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., from 2006-16 and dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law from 1998-2006. After earning his J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and his L.L.M from Columbia University Law School, Galligan taught torts, admiralty, UCC sales, remedies, comparative tort law and advanced tort theory at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law in 1997 and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times.
Elicia Waggener is the Risk and Insurance Manager for Freeport LNG. She is responsible for the management and strategic direction of Freeport LNG’s commercial insurance program. Elicia is currently managing one of the largest Construction All Risk DSU and Project Cargo DSU placements ever made (the largest at the time of placement in 2015). She is also responsible for one of the largest construction terrorism placement and the largest cyber terrorism property damage placement to date (at the time of placement). Elicia joined Freeport LNG in 2005 and has played a key role in not only the insurance area, but also the financing and contracting aspects of the company during her tenure.
Rich Nocella is a Vice President at Marsh Aviation in New York. He handles senior account management activities including daily management and account oversight, developing marketplace strategies, crafting solutions for unusual business and insurance risks and leading key account marketing and negotiation.
In the General Aviation Practice, Rich is experienced with large accounts including both vertical and horizontal placements focusing on UAV/UAS exposures, government entities, large corporate operators, off and on-shore helicopters, aviation service companies including ground handlers, maintenance repair and overhaul companies, aircraft charter operators, fractional and aircraft management companies, aviation product manufacturers and other aviation related business.
Rich’s other responsibilities include assisting management with the development and implementation of a business plan, best practices, growth initiatives, and the continued fostering of positive underwriter relationships.
Thomas holds a position of Head of Offshore in Lavaretus Risk Engineering within Lavaretus Underwriting and has experience in the marine and offshore sector since 1980 – Master Mariner Certificate 1987.
From 2007 to 2014, he worked as a Marine Warranty Surveyor within Survey Association Ltd (SAC) on behalf of Maersk, Drilling and their interested Hull and Machinery Underwriters, issuing location approvals and rig move attendance. Prior to that, Thomas acted as Rig Move Advisor for operations within the Maersk Oil Qatar Al Shaheen Field. he laso had experience as Casualty Investigator for the Danish Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents, Danish Maritime Authority, as well as Ship Surveyor, Technical Division, for the Danish Maritime Authority.
Joe Walsh acts primarily on behalf of multinational shipping and energy companies. Joe’s practice involves the full range of contentious maritime and environmental issues, including oil and chemical pollution, casualty investigations, crisis response and litigation stemming from industrial casualties. He has also tried general maritime and admiralty law matters including claims for cargo damage, personal injury and vessel damage.
Joe has served as lead counsel on behalf of responsible parties and their underwriters involved in marine and on-shore pollution incidents; coordinating unified command activities, managing and defending third-party claims, challenging and negotiating natural resource damage assessments and defending against enforcement actions.
Joe has also been involved in numerous investigations and criminal enforcement actions initiated by federal and state agencies throughout the U.S. relating to pollution, Oily Water Separators, and alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, MARPOL, APPS and the Clean Air Act. He has led internal investigations, audits, and implementations of environmental compliance programs in defense of these actions. Acting primarily on behalf of vessel owners/ managers, refineries, terminals, and multinational transportation and energy companies, many of Joe’s cases have also involved parallel and/or coordinated investigations by federal, state and foreign governments.
He has been recognized for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and listed by Chambers USA and The International Who’s Who Legal of Shipping & Maritime Lawyers. Joe regularly writes articles and speaks on pollution matters in both national and international forums.
Upon his graduation at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, he served on active duty as a qualified Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. With more than 26 years of continued service on active duty and reserve tours, Joe retired as a Captain from the U.S. Navy in 2009. Captain Walsh was also licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard to serve as Master (1600 tons) and Second Mate (unlimited) onboard commercial vessels.
Alex is the Global Chief Information Officer at National Oilwell Varco (NOV). He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Information Technologies, Systems, Applications and Security in support of NOV’s business plan and strategic goals. Prior to this role, Alex was Chief Information Security Officer responsible for overseeing all aspects of Information Security and the Infrastructure that supports Information Systems and Technology. Alex has a strong management background, coaching expertise and a motivational nature enabling balance in the dual roles of strategic visionary and effective implementer. He is an engaging public speaker with a passion for helping companies transform through technology and human capital.
Alex joined National Oilwell Varco in 1997 as an IT Implementation Engineer and subsequently held roles as IT Infrastructure Manager and Director IT Security. He successfully led the IT integration of 300+ acquisitions while the company grew from 4,200 to 35,000+ computer users. Alex has a Master’s of Business Administration and Management from Rice University. He serves on various Customer Advisory Boards for vendors that NOV has collaborated with.
David White is founder and Chief Operating Officer at Axio — a cyber risk-engineering firm that helps organizations comprehensively manage cyber risk by harmonizing cybersecurity controls and cyber risk transfer. David oversees and remains actively engaged in Axio’s client work and is responsible for Axio’s methodologies for cybersecurity program evaluation, cyber loss quantification, insurance program analysis, and benchmarking.
David developed Axio’s scenario-based cyber risk quantification process and has delivered that methodology at customers within the energy, manufacturing, pharma, and entertainment sectors. Axio’s cybersecurity program evaluation is based on the Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (C2M2); David has led more than 50 C2M2 evaluations.
Axio provides a number of cyber risk services to AIG, the world’s largest insurer. David serves as the technical lead for the relationship with AIG. In that role, he consults on cyber underwriting methods and supports cyber underwriting efforts related to energy sector insurance clients and clients seeking coverage for cyber predicated property damage and bodily injury.
Previously, David worked in the CERT Program at Carnegie Mellon, a cybersecurity research program primarily funded by the US Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. He provided technical leadership for a portfolio of cybersecurity maturity models, diagnostic methods, research, and training.
David served as chief architect for the Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (ES-C2M2), and assisted with the oil-and-natural-gas and industry-agnostic versions (ONG-C2M2 and C2M2). David co-authored the CERT Resilience Management Model (CERT-RMM) and was the chief architect for the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM).
Chuck Talley is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. He practices in the admiralty and maritime, and oil and gas practice groups. Chuck has particular experience in admiralty and maritime law, personal injury defense, including defense of Jones Act seaman claims, property damage claims, Corbello litigation, appeals, and oil & gas law. He has more than 31 years of trial and appellate experience before state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Chuck is listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2008-2016. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017.
Chuck was selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as a 2014 Leadership in Law Award recipient.
Sean T. Pribyl
Associate, Maritime and International Trade Practice Group Blank Rome LLP
Sean Pribyl focuses his practice on maritime and international law, regulatory matters, litigation, unmanned systems (“drones”), and white collar criminal law. His practice involves:
maritime environmental compliance and training regarding ballast water, air emissions, and EPA Vessel General Permit
defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions
unmanned vessels and small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”)
pollution incident and marine casualty response
marine casualty and collision cases and vessel limitation of liability actions
counseling on risk mitigation strategies related to pollution incidents domestically and internationally
legislative and regulatory affairs
Jones Act coastwise trade, citizenship, and crewing issues, including outer continental shelf exemptions and U.S. build/rebuild standards and exemptions/waivers
advising on administrative and legislative solutions for compliance challenges
onshore/offshore energy and infrastructure projects
Coast Guard credential suspension and revocation hearings
fisheries industry compliance issues
Prior to a joining Blank Rome LLP, Mr. Pribyl served for six years as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and attorney, where he gained experience as an attorney-adviser in legal and policy matters related to international and maritime law, national security, major marine casualties, regulatory compliance, internal government investigations, cybersecurity, environmental crimes, maritime law enforcement, piracy, rulemaking, maritime and critical infrastructure security, the Arctic and Antarctic, Suspension & Revocations, and unmanned aircraft and vessels (“drones”). Mr. Pribyl also gained criminal litigation experience as a prosecutor and defense counsel in several cases, including a multi-defendant complex prosecution involving conspiracy and forfeiture counts while detailed as a Special U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.
During law school, he competed on the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, and earned a Certificate of Concentration in International and Comparative Law.
Prior to law school, Mr. Pribyl worked for eight years as a deck officer aboard U.S. and Marshall Island-flagged offshore supply, container, roll-on/roll-off, break bulk, and fiber optic cable vessels.
Mr. Lombardi served in the U.S. Navy as a quartermaster/navigator from 1971-1977. Subsequently, Mr. Lombardi established Ocean Technical Services (OTS) in 1984 as a marine surveying-consultancy while serving in the wheelhouse aboard a flee of tugs in the Boston Fuel & Transportation fleet. He carries a U.S. Coast Guard license as a 1,600-ton Master, a 200-ton Auxiliary Sail Master, First Class Pilot for Motor/Steam Vessels of any tonnage and First Class Pilot of Tug/Barge combination of any tonnage.
Mr. Lombardi specializes in the survey/inspection of aluminum and steel vessels with strong qualifications and background for oil rigs, naval and commercial vessels.
Mr. Lombardi has conducted and supervised the inspection and rigging of dead ship tows for commercial vessels, naval vessels and oil rigs. He assisted the U.S. Coast Guard in the preparation for towing doctrine with regard to the nuts and bolts of offshore towing (Waterways Management Dead Ship Movements Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (CGTTP 3-71.4 February 2016)).
Towing is more than tugs, towline and equipment. The holistic approach takes into account the nature of maintenance of the towing vessels, corporate culture and the personnel that man these vessels.
Mr. Lombardi has specialized experience in the inspection/survey and towing of floating drydocks and performing warranty surveys.
Mr. Lombardi serves as Chairman of Preservation for the Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) and is an advisor to the Board for the S.S. UNITED STATES Conservancy.
Mr. Lombardi is qualified to provide litigation support in Federal Court as a Marine Surveyor.
Ocean Technical Services, LLC maintains memberships and associated memberships within the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS), the Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA), the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), the American Welding Society (AWS), the National Society for Testing and Materials (NSTM) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).
Managing Director, Strategy and Innovation Blank Rome
Spencer Abraham brings over 30 years of extensive government experience in matters involving energy, technology, tax policy, defense and national security, corporate governance, and homeland security to Blank Rome Government Relations LLC. He is the former U.S. Secretary of Energy and a former U.S. Senator from Michigan. He is also the chairman and CEO of The Abraham Group, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
Spencer Abraham is the former U.S. Secretary of Energy, having been appointed by President Bush as the tenth Energy Secretary in U.S. history.
He began his tenure in the midst of a severe energy crisis that included the California blackouts, declining domestic energy supplies, and insufficient international energy trade opportunities. In response, he helped President Bush devise America’s first national energy plan in over a decade and oversaw its implementation. As part of this plan, he led efforts to broaden America’s international energy partnerships, working with China, Japan, Russia, the EU, countries in South America and Africa, and certain OPEC nations. Secretary Abraham has been a close observer of world energy markets, and under his leadership, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) conducted a number of important short and long-term studies of world oil, gas, electricity, and other markets.
Domestically, he spearheaded the DOE’s high-tech efforts in the areas of hydrogen fuel cell research and the development and expansion of clean coal technology programs, and provided a strong voice for the reemergence of safe nuclear power. According to the Presidential Management Agenda scorecard, the DOE went from “worst to first” of well-run agencies under Secretary Abraham’s leadership.
In commenting on his tenure as Secretary of Energy, The Washington Times sang his praises, writing that he “inherited a large and unwieldy agency in post-Cold War drift. He bequeaths [his successor] something much better. Mr. Abraham led his agency with distinction and high integrity.” Faced almost immediately with the energy and safety issues of the post-9/11 world, Secretary Abraham distinguished himself by revitalizing and refocusing the DOE on the new homeland security challenges our country faced. He saw to the safety of America’s nuclear stockpiles while he played a key international role by dramatically expanding the DOE’s focus on nuclear nonproliferation programs, negotiating with Russia and other former Soviet states. He created new safeguarding plans that The Washington Post called “great gifts to the nation from Abraham.”
Prior to being Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham served a U.S. Senator from Michigan for six years. In the Senate, he was a member of the Senate Commerce, Judiciary, and Budget Committees, and served as chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee and the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing and Competitiveness. He was also a senior official in the Administration of former President George H.W. Bush as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President.
Secretary Abraham is a periodic contributor of op-ed articles to the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, and other publications, as well as a frequent guest commentator on FOX News, CNN, and Bloomberg TV.
Pat Lohman has played an intricate role in the expansion of PrecisionHawk Inc. He started the company’s commercial efforts in 2012 and has since driven it’s overall growth by pursuing new business opportunities and strategic partnerships globally. As a technology company operating in a fast-growing and emerging market, Pat has worked with enterprise-level clients across a number of verticals, such as agriculture, energy and insurance, to display the immense value of UAV and remote sensing technology to businesses looking to gain operational efficiencies. In his current role, as Vice President of Energy, his focus is building out PrecisionHawk’s enterprise drone solutions and overall presence within the Energy sector.
Senior Business Development Manager DNV GL
Captain Norman commenced his sea going career at Britannia Royal Naval College serving a short career commission as a Seaman Officer before progressing into the Merchant Navy. He has spent 20 years working a variety of vessels sailing as Master before transferring into the Offshore Industry with Noble Denton marine service. As a surveyor he has been engaged in high value constructions and removals, subsea installations, marine transportations and renewables projects. Stephen is the Senior Business Development Manager for Noble Denton marine services sitting on the Technical Steering Committee for insurance liaison as well as a board member of the Society of Marine Warranty Surveyors (SOMWS). A strong advocate for the role of Marine Warranty within the offshore industry, he has presented at numerous industry events and regularly liaises with the Insurance markets to advise on best practice for execution of MWS. A member of the Senior Management Team he has successfully negotiated and delivered through tender to execution numerous large marine warranty projects such as Clov, Kaombo and Shah Deniz.