Date: Tuesday 19th September | Time: 10:00 – 11:30 | Location: Bhiraj Room 1
Session is open to ALL registered Asia Power Week attendees

Start your visit to the Asia Power Week 2017 Conference & Exhibition by joining your fellow power industry professionals at the scene-setting joint opening keynote session. The keynote takes place prior to the opening of the exhibition floor via the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.



Mr. Nigel Blackaby

Director of Conferences, PennWell International Power Group, UK

Mr. Nigel Blackaby is a Journalist for Power Engineering International and Director of Conferences for the International Power Group of PennWell. Based in the United Kingdom, Mr. Blackaby is Conference Director for PennWell's International Conferences, including POWER-GEN Europe & Renewable Energy World Europe, Asia Power Week, and POWER-GEN Africa & DistribuTECH Africa.


* = Invited - To be Confirmed


General Surasak Srisak

Vice Minister of Energy, Thailand
The Ministry of Energy of the Kingdom of Thailand

Bio to follow shortly


Kenji Ando

President and CEO
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

Kenji Ando’s distinguished 40-year career with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) features a variety of global assignments with a focus on developing leading edge energy technologies to meet the needs of growing economies and evolving demands for clean and affordable power.

Ando is currently Senior Executive Vice President of MHI and President and CEO of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), an energy joint-venture established in 2014 by MHI and Hitachi. Prior to taking on the leadership role at MHPS, he was President and CEO of MHI America Inc., overseeing the company’s regional operations in North America from New York and Houston.

At MHPS, Ando is leading the development of efficient gas and steam turbines, as well as cutting edge clean coal technologies like Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) systems. He is responsible for the rollout of MHPS-TOMONI, a revolutionary digital solutions platform that enables energy producers to optimize power plant performance. Ando is prioritizing growth opportunities for the MHPS and MHI global networks.

He began his career with MHI in 1976 as an engineer at the Takasago Machinery Works. During the next 20 years, Ando was actively involved in the development of advanced nuclear, fossil fuel and gas turbine power plants. In 1997, he assumed a management role at MHI’s design engineering plant. In 2003, Ando returned to the Takasago Machinery Works to oversee the gas turbine service business and was named Deputy Head of the facility in 2006. He became Head of Takasago in 2010 and two years later he joined MHI Power Systems as Deputy Head of the Power Systems Division. In 2013, Ando was named Senior Vice President and Deputy Head at MHI’s Energy & Environment business.

Ando earned his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tokyo University in 1976. In his leisure time he enjoys reading and walking.


Saharath Boonpotipukdee

Deputy Governor – Renewable and New Energy
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Thailand

Mr. Saharath Boonpotipukdee is presently the Deputy Governor – Renewable and New Energy at Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

After joining EGAT in 1982, he has gathered 25 years of power plant engineering experience. His participation in outstanding projects have included Mae Moh Lignite Fired Power Project, Bang Pakong Gas Fired Project, Ratchaburi Gas Fired Power Project, CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) on Lam Takhong Wind Turbine Project, Sirindhorn Solar Photovoltaic Project, the Nuclear Power Development & Preparation Program, and small fired hydropower projects. In 1999, he set-up the power plant engineering business unit to provide consultancy services to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and Small Power Producers (SPPs).

He successfully holds various executive positions both in EGAT and an affiliate of EGAT. After he took a position of Director of Nuclear Engineering Division, he became Vice President and Executive Vice President accordingly at EGAT International Company, and thereafter he occupied Deputy Governor – Corporate Social Affairs and Deputy Governor to Office of The Governor at EGAT. Now, he dedicates his professional capabilities and accumulated experience for EGAT’s challenge on advancing renewable and new energy.


Heru Dewanto

President Director
PT. Cirebon Energi Prasarana,  Indonesia

With over 2 decades of experience leading National and Multi-National Infrastructure Companies, Heru Dewanto surely knows the ropes of the industry. During the course of his career, he handled a wide range of  Infrastructure Projects, including Power Plant, Toll Roads, Railway Construction, LRT, Waste and Water Management, Housing, EPC Contractor and Consultant.

Today, Heru serves as President Director of Cirebon Power, a Multi-National company operating 1x660MW Clean Coal Power Plant (Utilizing Supercritical Technology) and 1x1000MW Ultra-Supercritical Power Plant in Cirebon West Java. Working with a vision of Sustainable Development through Clean Coal Technology, put him in the center of the 35GW Mega Project.

Heru led Cirebon Power to two regional awards: ASEAN Coal Award 2013 (Clean Coal Use Technology) and more recently Asian Power Awards 2016 (Coal Power Project of the Year).

Heru Dewanto is a Civil Engineer from Yogyakarta’s Universitas Gajahmada. He continued his Post-Graduate Study in Universitat Innsbruck (Austria) then acquire his Masters Degree from Great Britain’s Leeds University. He currently heads the Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII) as President-elect, Secretary General of Indonesian Electrical Power Society, and Vice President of ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology