JAPAN UPDATE 2019
FARHAD AHRABI, Ph.D.
CEO, Cameron LNG, LLC
Farhad Ahrabi is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Cameron LNG, LLC – a joint venture owned by affiliates of Sempra Energy, Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a joint venture formed by subsidiaries of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Mitsubishi Corporation. Farhad is responsible for the management of the Cameron LNG joint venture, which includes the Cameron LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminal in Hackberry, La., and the construction and operation of liquefaction facilities adjacent to the existing terminal.
Farhad has more than 29 years of experience with BG Group in the LNG and upstream Exploration and Production (E&P) sectors. His nine years of LNG experience with BG includes three years as Venture Director for BG’s LNG project in Canada, Canada LNG, and three years as Vice President – Technical for BG overseeing the Atlantic LNG Company as a board member. He has also worked with joint ventures in Tunisia, Egypt, Trinidad & Tobago and Brazil related to upstream E&P activities.
Farhad holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Exeter, UK. He also holds a First Class Honors Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Wales, UK. He is a Professional (Chartered) Engineer and a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
RYO MANABE, Ph.D.
Director, President, INPEX Americas, Inc.
Ryo Manabe, Ph.D., serves as the General Manager of INPEX Houston and the President of INPEX subsidiaries, including INPEX Americas, Inc. (ex. Teikoku Oil North America, Inc.) and INPEX E&P Mexico, S.A de C.V, etc., since 2017. His responsibility is to manage the Oil/Gas E&P businesses in USA and Mexico.
Prior to his current his assignment, he worked for various sections within INPEX including the offshore gas field development project in Indonesia, the non-operated ventures management in the Asia and Oceania, since 2003. Before joining INPEX, he spent his 10 years for Japan National Oil Corporation and mostly worked as Petroleum Engineer in the Technology Research Center.
Dr. Manabe received a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering degrees in Mineral Resources Engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA.