Asia Society Texas Center

The Importance of LNG in Asia’s Sustainable Future

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019 – Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019

06:15 PM – 08:00 PM

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In collaboration with the Australian American Chamber of Commerce Houston

As Asian economies, particularly China and India, strive to reduce emissions through moving away from coal to cleaner technology, the demand for natural gas will continue to increase. As Australia and the U.S. jockey to meet that demand, geopolitical and economic pressures are continually changing the playing field.

Join Asia Society Texas Center and the Australian American Chamber of Commerce for an insightful and timely look at the Australia-Asia-U.S. LNG dynamics.


Thursday, March 28
6:15 p.m. | Registration
6:30 p.m. | Program

About the Speakers


Deborah Byers

Deborah Byers serves as EY’s Americas Sector & Solutions Leader and the US Oil and Gas Leader. Deborah previously was the Houston Office Managing Partner, the EY Americas Oil & Gas Tax leader, and the Managing Partner of the Transaction Services group in the Southwest Region where she focused on Energy transactions. Deborah is a transaction tax partner with more than 30 years of experience serving both US and non-US based multinationals with in-depth expertise on structuring and financing corporate expansions and joint ventures. Deborah has significant experience working with cross border transactions, reviewing tax and economic considerations in transactions involving complex Joint Ventures and corporate structuring projects, including initial review related to proof of concept, tax modeling, and structuring and execution of initial IPO, and a deep knowledge in tax and economic issues surrounding development of gas shale reserves in North America, Global LNG development projects and the impact of these developments on the Power sector. Deborah received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University. Deborah is a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs and is licensed in Texas. Deborah is also on the Board of Directors for the United Way and Baker Ripley.

Peter Hartley

Peter Hartley is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Professor of Economics, and a Rice Scholar in Energy Studies in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, at Rice University. He also is a past President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). Peter completed a first class honors degree in mathematics in 1974, and a Master’s Degree in Economics in 1977, at the Australian National University. From 1975-77, he worked for the Priorities Review Staff and the Economic Division of the Prime Minister's Department in the Australian Government. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1980. From 1980 to 1986 he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He has been at Rice University since 1986. Peter has held visiting positions in Australia at Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia. He has also worked for public policy think tanks including the Tasman Institute in Melbourne, where he served as Executive Director in 1996-97. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he helped advise the Victorian Opposition and later State Government on their acclaimed privatization and reform of the electricity supply industry in that state. Peter’s research and publications have covered a number of areas of economics. He has worked on energy economics issues for more than 35 years, and over the last 15 years he has focused solely on energy economics and policy.


Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan is currently Senior Vice President Global LNG and FLNG for Worley Parsons, responsible for the initiation, development, and securing of all LNG projects. He is supported by global centers of LNG and FLNG excellence in London, Teesside, Perth, Beijing, Singapore, Mumbai, Houston, and Vancouver. Paul is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Chartered Civil Engineer and Environmental Engineer. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a European PE. He has 30 years’ experience in the LNG Industry. His career has covered construction and engineering in Europe, the Middle East, India, Korea, China, SE Asia, and the Americas. He headed up the FEED group in BG from 1988 to 1998 and was instrumental in developing their first grassroots Liquefaction project, Atlantic LNG in Trinidad. From 1998 to 2009 he served as the Development Director within Whessoe LNG with direct responsibility for Product and Project Development. He managed the development and delivery of LNG Import facilities in India, Europe and the Americas.

About the Moderator


Uday Turaga

Uday Turaga is Founder & CEO of ADI Analytics. Through 15 years of industry experience gained at ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Booz & Company, and ADI Analytics, Turaga brings deep commercial and technical expertise in oil and gas, coal, renewables, and chemicals. He specializes in corporate strategy, market research, economic analysis, competitive intelligence, and technology assessments with rich domain expertise spanning oil and gas exploration, production, and refining, coal and power, and chemicals. Turaga holds a Ph.D. in fuel science from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to authoring over 100 papers and patents, he has been recognized by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Chemical Society, and the Penn State Alumni Association. Finally, Turaga has been featured in various news and media outlets including National Public Radio, and is a frequent speaker on energy issues at conferences and events globally.

Asia Society Texas Center Business & Policy Programs, Endowed by

Huffington Foundation

Bank of America, Muffet Blake, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and United Airlines are presenting sponsors of Business and Policy programs at Asia Society Texas Center. Lead support for Business & Policy programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, BP America, Cathay Bank Foundation, Anne and Albert Chao, Mandy and William Kao, The Southmore, and Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming.

Business & Policy Presenting Sponsors

Presenting Partner


Australian American Chamber of Commerce


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