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Electricity Futures - Speakers Bio
iSwitch

Andrew Koscharsky

General Manager, Wholesale and Trading

I Switch Pte Ltd

Andrew has worked in the Asian Energy Markets across Power, Gas, Coal and Retail for 16 years in various roles. For 10 years he worked at Origin Energy in Sydney, working on the physical and financial hedging of Origin's 4 million retail Gas, Power and Carbon customer accounts. In 2011, Andrew moved to Singapore to open the Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy Office (now called Castleton Commodities International), building an Asian Energy Trading business from inception. This involved prop trading, asset due diligence and also retail opportunities. He is now Director of Energy with The RCMA Group. (www.rcma.com). The RCMA Group is a pioneer of electricity trading in Singapore and is involved in exchange and OTC traded markets. RCMA owns Singapore's fastest growing Independent Retailer, "I Switch" (www.iswitch.com.sg) which Andrew has helped build from inception. Andrew is the General Manager of Wholesale and Trading at iSwitch. Andrew was formerly a Director of a Credit Union and holds degrees in Psychology and Commerce.

 

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Eugene Toh

Director, Policy and Planning

Energy Market Authority

Eugene Toh is currently the Director (Policy and Planning) at the Energy Market Authority. He is responsible for the development of energy policies and plans to meet the overarching objective of ensuring a cost-competitive, environmentally sustainable and secure energy supply, and alignment of the energy policies and plans with corporate strategies, risk and performance management to ensure that EMA's overall goals are achieved. The department's work includes facilitating the entry of renewables such as solar energy, ensuring sufficient power generation capacity in the long term, as well as assessing the fuel mix policy for Singapore. He joined EMA in 2006 as an analyst and was responsible for the regulation and analysis of competitive energy markets. He was promoted to Deputy Director (Market Development & Surveillance) in 2009 and implemented policies to enhance the competitive framework of the electricity wholesale and retail markets. He subsequently took on the role as Director (Policy & Planning) in 2012, and was responsible for the overall policy and planning of the energy industries, including overseeing the Corporate Planning and Research & Statistics Units. Eugene graduated with a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from Carnegie Mellon University and a double first class Bachelor's degree in Economics, Philosophy and ECE from the same institution in 2006. He completed the INSEAD MBA programme in 2014, and was awarded the Ford Prize, which is presented to the top student of the cohort.

 

EMC

Tan Liang Ching

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Energy Market Company Pte Ltd

Liang Ching heads the Business Development Unit, which spearheads the identification, prospecting, management and maximization of various ventures, partnerships, programmes and products/services to support the business growth objectives of EMC.

Prior to this, he was in the Market Administration Unit, which advises the Rules Change Panel through economic analysis and proposals to enhance efficiency in the electricity market.

Before his EMC appointment in 2007, he worked in the Planning and Research Department of the Ministry of National Development, and the Housing Market Analysis Unit of the Housing and Development Board.

Liang Ching holds double degrees (high honours) in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Social Sciences degree in Applied Economics (Lim Chong Yah Medal) from the National University of Singapore.

 

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Dr. Bikal Pokharel

Principal Power Analyst

Wood Mackenzie 

Bikal is a seasoned power and renewables analyst with an established track record of research and consulting in market modeling, inter-fuel analysis, generation planning, cost analysis and bidding strategies. He has been with Wood Mackenzie since 2007 and leads the power market research for Asia Pacific. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, he was a power market specialist at PowerSeraya.

Bikal holds a PhD in Power Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore with specialisation on the aspects of generation planning in competitive electricity markets.

 

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William Prajogo

Associate Director, Oil, Power and Gas Derivatives

Singapore Exchange Limited

William Prajogo is Associate Director and Product Manager Electricity at SGX. He is responsible for the development of electricity derivative products at SGX. Prior to this, he was involved in the launch of several cleared OTC commodity derivative products, enhancement of OTC trade registration system, and implementation of SGX – third party clearing links. William holds degrees in electrical engineering and business.