David Hirst

Managing Director

Ainsty Risk Consulting (ARC)

David Hirst
Energy & Commodity Risk Consultant, Founder and Managing Director of Ainsty Risk Consulting Ltd. Over 15 years of risk management and energy markets experience with businesses including; E&Y, EPC/Cabinet Office, RWE npower, Drax Power and Yorkshire Electricity. Delivering; hedging and trading solutions, business consolidation, policy implementation, and IS developments projects.

Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, MBA from University of Bradford.

Specialties: Commodity and Energy Trading Risk Management
Market analysis and modelling, asset investment / divestment.
Quantified Risk Analysis, Project Management


Melanie Hall

Independent Consultant

An independent Operational Risk and Compliance Consultant specialising in the Commodity Trading sector with more than 10 years experience across all commodities including Oil, Gas, Agricultural Products, Metals & Minerals, and all aspects of physical delivery, hedging activity and financial derivative trading. I recently left a FTSE 100 Mining Company where I built the Compliance & Operational Risk function from scratch, and then led a team of Operational Risk and Compliance Specialists across London and Singapore.

Nikos Triantafyllidis

Group Financial & Energy Markets Compliance Manager


Nikos Triantafyllidis has been with OMV since 2011. He leads the group-wide compliance program for the commodity trading business of OMV. His principal duty is the coordination and day-to-day management of activities regarding the implementation of REMIT, EMIR, MiFID and other related financial regulations.  

Before joining OMV, Nikos Triantafyllidis spent a number of years working in the Netherlands for various companies in the financial services industry such as International Marketmakers Combination and APX-ENDEX. 

He graduated in Physics and holds a MSc degree in Applied Mathematics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.  

Josef Bogensperger

Principal Risk Manager

Verbund Trading

Dr. Josef H. Bogensperger studied electrical engineering at the University of Technology Graz (Austria). 1996-1999 working as consulting engineer for VERBUNDPLAN in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Joined VERBUND Trading GmbH in 1999. First Risk Manager, then Head of Back Office. From July 2004 til October 2016 as Head of Risk Management. Since November 2016 in his present position as Principal Risk Manager with a focus on energy and financial regulation.

Angelica Olsson

Senior Compliance Officer


Angelica Olsson joined Vattenfall’s business area Markets in January 2015 as a Senior Compliance Officer. Markets is the commercial heart of Vattenfall’s wholesale and sourcing activities where all asset optimisation and trading activities are centralised.

Prior to joining Vattenfall, Angelica has had long experience of legal and compliance work from the banking and finance sector, including being an attorney at Linklaters lawfirm, Head of Legal and Compliance at Nordic Growth Market/Nordic Derivatives Exchange and Head of Compliance at Navexa Securities.

Paolo Torelli

Operational Risk Manager

Eni Trading & Shipping S.p.A

Head of Operational Risk in Eni Trading & Shipping S.p.A., Paolo Torelli is today focused on transitioning Operational Risk into a role facilitating new business development in a risk-aware environment.

He has been working for Eni group since 2012, lately involved in the implementation of Brexit and MiFID II projects after a consolidated experience in long term gas contracts negotiation.

Before joining Eni group, Paolo Torelli had a 2-year experience in the Finance department of L’Oréal S.A.

Italian chartered engineer, MBA from Imperial College Business School (2018) and Master Degree in Management and the Economics of Energy and the Environment (MEDEA) from Scuola Enrico Mattei.

Alessio Pecorella

Head of Trade Control & Operational Risk

Eni Trading & Shipping S.p.A.

Global Head of Trade Control and Operational Risk in Eni Trading & Shipping S.p.A., Alessio Pecorella has been working within the Eni Group since 2005  maturing his experiencing in a multitude of departments within the Finance & Risk area. During his experience he has been involved in setting up and implementing integrated control and risk frameworks for the American and European trading companies where he headed middle office departments covering Physical and Financial Oil, Gas Power, Emission and LNG trading desks. Previous to his Eni experience Alessio worked for Deloitte as a financial auditor specializing in the Energy sector.  Alessio graduated in Economics in 2002 and achieved his Master degree in Governance, Control Systems and Auditing at Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

Teresa Gil Aldea

Senior Risk Manager


Danila Bochkarev

Senior Fellow

EastWest Institute

Danila Bochkarev is a Senior Fellow at the EastWest Institute, Brussels. Danila specializes in Eurasia energy and natural resources issues with a particular focus on the natural gas. Before joining EWI, he was an Inbev visiting scholar for EU-Russia relations at the at UCL/KUL universities in Belgium. Danila also worked on China and Central Asia affairs at the European Parliament and the Energy Charter Secretariat and advises private sector companies and international institutions on the energy issues.