Jean-Christian Heintz is the Founder and Director at Wideangle LNG, a boutique advisory firm based in Lugano, Switzerland.
From 2013 to 2017, he served as Head of LNG at DufEnergy Trading where he was appointed to create the activity from scratch. He successfully placed the company on the global LNG map with milestone deals with producers and portfolio players, mainly in Italy where he brought the first Qatari spot cargo, the first Peruvian cargo, and the first US cargo. Besides, he started the company’s Gas & LNG activities in the Iberian peninsula.
From 2009 to 2012, he held several roles within the LNG business unit of GDF Suez, soon to be renamed Engie. As a trader, he made a number of firsts, such as the company’s first spot cargos to Turkey and China, as well as innovative swap deals. Later, as a contract manager, he became in charge of GDF Suez’s major long term LNG contract with Algeria’s Sonatrach.
His earlier background is in the Gas sector, where he has a 10-year experience in various roles, from pipeline studies to marketing & sales, IT project management, and change management.
Jean-Christian graduated Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in 1996, is married and has two kids. He speaks French, English, German, Portuguese and Italian.
When he is not dealing with Gas & LNG, Jean-Christian seeks inspiration in the mountains and travels as a professional photographer.
“Jean-Christian has been involved in the opening of the European Energy Markets at the beginning of the last decade. He has a very good knowledge of the LNG industry history, of the players and their strategy and of the contractual characteristics in LNG transactions. With an excellent and deep understanding of the LNG market, an ability to produce relevant high level or detailed analyses and specific skills in negotiation, he is able to bring significant additional value in a large scope of LNG matters. ” – Benoît Mignard, CFO, Global Gas & LNG Business Line, Engie
“Jean-Christian was among the first LNG managers to trust our product. His expertise, combined with his creativity and intuition about market trends, make him a great business partner.” – François Cazor, CEO, Kpler
“Jean-Christian masters the inside out of LNG trading, hedging and optimization. He is excellent at transmitting/explaining his technical knowledge and passion for the global gas market, which makes our discussions fascinating AND pleasant.” – Leslie Palti-Guzman, Director of Global Gas, The Rapidan Group