The Team

The Team

Symon Rubens Chief Executive Officer

Symon Rubens has two decades experience in managing and growing business conference organizations across 5 continents. His conference career commenced at Terrapinn where he held production, sales and general management positions in the Australian and Singapore offices, before being promoted to Managing Director of the Australasian operations in 2003. In 2007 he opened Terrapinn’s Middle East operations, before becoming Regional Managing Director of IQPC Middle East, Africa and India. In 5 years at IQPC he opened offices in South Africa, India, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, growing the business by 300%. In 2014 Symon left IQPC to start The Rubens Group, a consulting and trading company based in Dubai. In 2015 he moved to Houston to start the Energy Conference Network, which has quickly grown to be the preeminent energy conference company in the world.

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Team Members

Caitriona O’Mahony
Marketing Director

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Caitriona has almost 20 years’ experience spear-heading the marketing and sales of international B2B businesses. During that time, she has been instrumental in streamlining organizations from a structural and strategic level, increasing acquisition of critical new business, identifying avenues for growth and improving profitability. Caitriona brings a wealth of international … read full profile

Pam Pierce
Operations Director

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Pam Pierce is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has lived in Houston for over 15 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from LSU and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Pam spent the first part of her career in Education, as a teacher of teachers, in … read full profile

Karl Klimos
Project Director - Canada

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Karl holds over nine years of experience in the conference and exhibition industry with global leaders in the industry such as IQPC, MEED and IFP,  leading and managing teams across Production, Marketing, Sponsorship, Delegate Sales and Operations. Karl is great team player, a born networker and his entrepreneurial talents … read full profile

Renu Kannu
Project Director

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Renu’s work experience includes 6.5 years in project management, market research, stakeholder management, digital marketing (including content and social media), media and strategic partnerships as well as developing communications and marketing plans – in the conference and events business. Originally from Singapore, she grew up and spent most of her … read full profile

Michaela Menezes
Research and Content Manager

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Michaela has fifteen years’ experience in the research, production and management of small- and large-scale, global conferences, boutique seminars and webinars across a multitude of sectors including: fintech / blockchain, digital disruption, emerging technologies, financial services, oil and gas, pharma, supply chain, telecoms, retail, manufacturing, defense and transport. She is tri-lingual … read full profile

Ben Smith
Research and Content Manager

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Ben has over 6 years experience working as a Conference Producer across various different industries including Oil and Gas, Heavy Commodities, Metals and Mining, International Investing and Emerging Technologies. He has produced events all over the world and has a strong track record launching successful new events. Ben got BA … read full profile

Kyle Cornish
Marketing Manager

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A native Kansan, Kyle Cornish joined the Energy Conference Network Team as a Marketing Manager. A lifelong fan of the Jayhawks, Kyle’s dream was to play basketball at the University of Kansas – however, the lack of a required growth spurt and general skill thwarted his plans. Kyle graduated from KU with a degree … read full profile

William Winkler
Partnerships Manager

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William Winkler is a Texas native born in Dallas that grew in the great state of Wyoming. While attending the University of Wyoming, William was a sports writer for the university student publication. He also had the honor of playing for the university’s rugby team.  After graduating from the University majoring … read full profile

Michelle Mitchell
Partnerships Manager

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Michelle holds over 20 years of sales experience in the conference industry with global leaders such as Marcus Evans, Hanson Wade, IQPC and most recently 16 years of experience with Worldwide Business Research. She is an experienced negotiator at senior stakeholder level and an expert in identifying, researching and harvesting … read full profile

Jessica Angsomwine
Partnerships Manager

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Jessica returns to Energy Conference Network as Partnerships Manager, and is the owner and CEO of Education Conference Network. Jessica has eight years of experience working directly in higher education for Ellucian, the world’s largest provider of technology services and solutions for higher education. Over the past eight years Jessica has been … read full profile

Christe Cantu
Event Operations Manager

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Christe Cantu is a Texas native who spent the first part of her career in education. Upon leaving the classroom, she became a national consultant and speaker in the industry, helping other professionals build connections to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Christe is active in her community, serving … read full profile