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 Nattipon Kanokchot

Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Thailand
The Ministry of Energy of the Kingdom of Thailand

General Nattipon Kanokchot is currently the Advisor to the Minister of Energy of the Kingdom of Thailand. Previous to this, General Nattipon Kanokchot was the Vice Minister for Energy from 2015 to 2016.

In 2002, General Nattipon Kanokchot became the Director of the Office of External Relations, Directerate of Intelligence, at Supreme Command HQ. From there, in 2006 General Nattipon Kanokchot became the Deputy Director at the Defence Mobilisation Department. From 2011 to 2013 he was the Head of the Working Group for Science, Technology and Energy at the Ministry of Defence, Thailand, where-on General Nattipon Kanokchot was a member of the Sub-Committee at the Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

General Nattipon Kanokchot went on to be the Director of the Intelligence Bureau Division, ISOC 4, in 2014, followed by becoming a Member of the Sub-Committee on Anti-Curruption Awareness Creation in 2015.


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.