The WLPGA Team

James Rockall

CEO and Managing Director

Twitter: @james_rockall

Mr. James Rockall is the CEO and Managing Director of the WLPGA. He is responsible for leading the organisation, ensuring that the Association delivers on its Mission Statement and delivers value to all WLPGA members. James has a strong energy and business development background having worked for nine years for Shell International in project management and business development in The Netherlands and Venezuela. Prior to joining the WLPGA in July 2003 as Director of Market Development, James worked for two years for the global energy group ALSTOM SA as an e-Business Director. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham in the UK and an MBA from the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr. Michael Kelly is Director of Market Development and Deputy Managing Director at the WLPGA. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the George Washington University in Washington DC. He brings a multi-cultural touch to his role because of his experience working throughout the world. Michael spent 5 years working for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), an organisation which is the voice of world business, championing the global economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity. He was responsible for the energy and environment policy portfolio and led business delegations in UN level negotiations on topics in this area. Before the ICC, Michael Kelly has lived and worked in the UK, Sweden, China, Japan, Italy and the US. Living in so many different countries provides him with an understanding of different cultures and ways of working. Michael’s role is to look for new opportunities for LPG, both in the developing world and in more mature markets. He acts as the interface between the industry, development agencies, intra governmental bodies, such as the UN and the NGO community.

Michael Kelly

Deputy Managing Director
and Director of Market Development

Twitter: @MKellyLPG

Nikos Xydas

Technical Director

Twitter: @NikosXydas

Mr. Nikos Xydas joined WLPGA as Technical Director in September 2011. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow/Scotland. His main professional background is from Shell, in Technical, Operations and HSE positions, the largest majority in international roles with Shell Gas (LPG) and Shell Global Lubricants. Earlier he was with ABB in Switzerland and also in Greece. He has a double French/Greek nationality and his permanent residence is in Paris. He speaks English, French, German and Greek. The width of his international roles in Shell in charge of large numbers /zones of countries provided him with a good mix of competences and experiences and not only in the Technical, Operations or HSE which are his main expertise areas. Outside these, he spent some years in developing and managing the network of the Shell Select outlets in Greece (mostly food retailing) and in roles as Communications mgr. Most recently, in Shell Lubricants he held the roles of Global Strategy/Planning mgr, Global Communications mgr, Global Assurance/Audit mgr and Global Performance mgr. in HSSE.

Ms Alison Abbott joined the WLPGA in October 2010. She is responsible for both the communications initiatives of the WLPGA to its members and stakeholders and also for the global rollout of the Exceptional Energy brand. Having previously held similar positions within telecommunications and software companies both in France and the UK, Alison joined the WLPGA with a wealth of experience in global communications and international brand marketing. Alison also manages the Women In LPG Global Network (WINLPG).

Alison Abbott

Marketing & Communications Director

Twitter: @AlisonAbbott6

Esther Assous

Events Director

Twitter: @DutchSweetie

Ms. Esther Assous joined the WLPGA team in October 2007. She is responsible for the management of the annual World Forum events and the European Association Congress. She is a multi-lingual Dutch citizen speaking both English and French fluently. Ms. Esther Assous joins WLPGA with 12 years experience in marketing and communications. She has a varied background having worked as office manager for the French Chiropractic Association, for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Luxemburg and as Communications and Marketing Assistant for Schlumberger in Paris. She has a Masters Degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor in marketing.
Ms. Laurence Poret graduated in languages (English and Spanish) at La Sorbonne. She spent more than 20 years with the Paris subsidiary of an American Human Resources consulting firm in various jobs. She specialised in company opinion and compensation surveys. She contributed to the organisation of several large seminars involving top executives for client companies. She joined the WLPGA in 2005. She is in charge of all administrative matters including accounting, personnel, suppliers, website and organization. She is also responsible for the relations with members.

Laurence Poret

Office Manager and
Member Relations Manager
Nadia Lalout-Landemaine
Office Manager and
Member Relations Manager
Nadia has 30 years’ experience in Administration, Human Resources, Global Mobility and Project Management in the oil & gas industry. Nadia worked for 10 years on large international development projects for Total E&P in Paris. She has acquired an international experience mainly in North America, Africa and Asia. Nadia is perfectly bilingual in English, with knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Cécile joined both the WLPGA and the AEGPL team in 2016 as Autogas Manager. Cécile has a master degree in European Affairs from the Institute of Political Studies.  She worked for five years at Burson-Marsteller in Public Relations and Public Affairs in Brussels before joining the team. Cécile speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian.

Cécile Nourigat

Autogas Manager

Camille Pieron

Digital Communications Manager
Camille joined the WLPGA in April 2011. She has a Master’s degree in Negotiation and International Business and specialised in Marketing and Communication. She cooperated to several profesionnal Events and Public relations missions in various companies. She speaks French, English and Spanish.
Myriam (Mimi) Brasseur is American/Tunisian with a Bachelor’s in Communication and Social media from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Masters in Cultural & Social Anthropology from the University of Leuven in Belgium. During her time at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, she worked as a communications research assistant alongside working at the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In 2010, Mimi co-started AMBRICS (American British Irish Club of Sousse), an English speaking club based in Tunisia to assist the American and British embassies during the Tunisian revolution. Mimi speaks English, French, and some knowledge in Arabic.
Myriam Brasseur
Communications Assistant
Raluca Bumboiu
Communications Intern
Raluca graduated from the University of Bucharest with a B.A in International Relations & Security. During her studies, she co-founded an NGO and worked as communications officer for a PR consulting start-up in Bucharest. While completing an Erasmus exchange in Sweden, she discovered a passion for sustainable development and moved to France to pursue a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy at Sciences Po, Paris. She is majoring in Project Management and has recently interned in a Paris start-up focused on urban mobility, where she was responsible for city partnerships and organising the company’s flagship event, the Urban Mobility Summit.

Her interest in communications and sustainable businesses led her to join WLPGA as Communications Intern.

Khalid Yousafzai is a graduate student of MPP (Energy, Resources and Sustainability) at Sciencespo Paris. He holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India. He has worked with Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies in Kabul between 2015-2016 as research assistant. During his time at Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies, he assisted different research projects and policy papers in different areas such as: Studying Radicalisation in university campuses, Anti-corruption mapping, Peace Processes, and Rule of law. He holds BGF (French Government Scholarship) for his masters.
Khalid Yousafzai