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34th Annual

Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC 2018)

September 24-26, 2018 • Raffles City Convention Centre • Singapore

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Conference Day One: Monday, September 24, 2018

08.00 Registration and welcome refreshments

09.00 Welcome address
Martin Fraenkel, President, S&P Global Platts

09.10 Conference chairperson’s welcome remarks
Vera Blei, Global Director, Oil Markets, S&P Global Platts


Session 1: Opening addresses


09.15 World oil markets today
Chris Midgley, Global Director of Analytics, S&P Global Platts

09.40 An on-stage interview with…
Ibrahim Al-Buainain, President and CEO, Aramco Trading
Interviewed by: Dave Ernsberger, Global Head of Energy Pricing and Co-Head of Content, S&P Global Platts

10.05 Future of India’s oil industry roadmap
Sanjiv Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Oil Corporation

10.30 Mid-morning refreshment break and networking – available to sponsor


Session 2: Setting the stage: current and future oil market dynamics


11.00 A view from the top
Daniel Jaeggi, President & Co-Founder, Mercuria Energy Trading

11.25 Future of global energy markets
Janet Kong, Chief Executive Officer, Supply and Trading Eastern Hemisphere, BP

11:50 Executive Panel: Supply & Trading – opportunities and challenges in the short to long term
Mark Quartermain, Vice President Trading & Supply Crude, Shell Trading
Janet Kong, Chief Executive Officer, Supply and Trading Eastern Hemisphere, BP
Ben Luckock, Co-Head of Group Market Risk, Trafigura
Giovanni Serio, Global Head of Research, Vitol
David Fyfe, Chief Economist, Gunvor
Moderator: Calvin Lee, Editorial Director, Asia & Middle East Oil Markets, S&P Global Platts

  • Market trends and outlook
  • Current and future dynamics impacting oil markets
  • Managing risks and uncertainties over oil price direction
  • With higher oil prices, what’s in store for producers and traders in the short to medium term?
  • IME contract and its impact on trading globally and the region

12.30 Networking lunch featuring Women in Energy Roundtable

2.00 Afternoon Chair:
Doug Spelman, Head of Global Analytics Sales, S&P Global Platts

2.05 Special Address: Iraq oil today and tomorrow
His Excellency Motasam Akram Hassan, Deputy of Minister for Distribution Affairs, Iraq


Session 3: APPEC Middle East Energy Leadership Discussion


2.25 Opening Comments:
Sean Evers, Managing Partner, Gulf Intelligence

2.35 Interactive survey with commentary: Gulf NOCs in transformation – final destination?

2.50 Afternoon CEO Keynote: NOCs in transformation: A view from the Middle East
Nizar M. Al-Adsani, Deputy Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

3.00 Fire-Side Chat: The impact of the internationalization of the Middle East energy industry on the full value-chain of the Asian energy sector

3.25 Middle East Leaders Panel: Gulf NOCs in transformation – from M&As to IPOs – winners & losers
Hesham Ali Mustafa, Executive Director, Shared Services Centre, Group HR and New Business Development, ENOC Group

3.50 Summary from the Chair & End of Middle East Energy Leadership Discussion

4.00 Mid-afternoon coffee break and networking – available to sponsor


Session 4: Crude supply, trade flows and price dynamics - Who’s winning the race for Asian market share?


4.30 Shale Spotlight: Fire-Side Chat: The rise in U.S. shale production and exports into Asia
Scott Sheffield, Chairman, Pioneer Natural Resources
Interviewed by: Mriganka Jaipuriyar, Associate Editorial Director, Asia and Middle East Oil News & Analysis, S&P Global Platts

4.55 Growing volumes of U.S. petroleum exports and what it means for regional dynamics and foreign policy
Erica Thomas, Director for Middle East and Asia, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

5.20 Middle East supply perspective from a Russian producer
Gati Al-Jebouri, Managing Director, LUKOIL Middle East

5.45 Conference chairperson's closing remarks APPEC 2018 opening cocktail reception – available to sponsor


Conference Day Two: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

08.00 Registration and welcome refreshments – available to sponsor

08.50 Conference chairperson’s day two welcome remarks
Ching Ong, Vice President, S&P Global Platts

09.00 Day Two Keynote: The new economics of oil
Thomas Waymel, President, Trading & Shipping, TOTAL


Session 5: Asia’s oil demand and refining expansion


09.25 China’s oil industry: trends, challenges and policies
Xu Yugao, Director General, Policy Research Office, CNOOC

09.50 China Dialogue: (Insights from an SOE and an independent refiner: Trends and drivers in China’s crude demand (*15 min presentation each, followed by a combined Q&A panel)* (In Mandarin with simultaneous English translation)*
Chen Bo, President, UNIPEC
Zhang Liu Cheng, Director & VP, Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group; Chairman, China Petroleum Purchase Federation of Independent Refineries

  • China’s oil appetite and long-term demand outlook
  • Competition and collaboration between the state-owned and independent refiners in China
  • How will new government policies impact China’s oil and refining industry?

10.35 Mid-morning refreshment break and networking – available to sponsor

11.05 Special Address Korea’s demand outlook and future downstream dynamics
Othman Al-Ghamdi, CEO, S-OIL Corporation

11.25 India’s oil demand outlook and future of fuel retailing
Harish Mehta, President – Refining and Marketing, Reliance Industries

11.50 ASEAN perspective: Business growth within a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) era
Daniel Purba, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategic Growth, Pertamina

12.15 ASEAN perspective:
Le Xuan Huyen, Head of Petroleum Processing, PetroVietnam; Member of Members’ Council, Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical

12.40 Networking lunch – available to sponsor
Afternoon Chair: Calvin Lee, Editorial Director, Asia & Middle East Oil Markets, S&P Global Platts

2.10 Executive Panel: Panel Debate: Peaking fundamentals
Led by: Shin Kim, Head of Oil Supply Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Greg Hill, President and Chief Operating Officer, Hess Corporation
Edward Morse, Managing Director, Global Head - Commodities, Citi Research
Keisuke Sadamori, Director, Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency
Eirik Wærness, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Equinor
Antoine Halff, Founding Partner, Kayrros

  • Major demand and supply trends globally
  • Where will significant demand growth come from?
  • What are the prospects for oil demand in Asia?
  • Game changers impacting crude fundamentals in the medium-term

Session 6: Status and performance of established and emerging oil price benchmarks


2.40 Executive Panel: Oil benchmarks: responding to growth and influence from the East
Harry Tchilinguirian, Global Head, Commodity Markets Strategy, BNP Paribas
John Browning, Managing Director, Bands Financial
Mike Davis, Director, Market Development, ICE*
Albert Helmig, CEO, Grey House; Former President, Hong Kong Exchange; and Vice Chairman, NYMEX*
Moderator: Jonty Rushforth, Global Editorial Director, Oil and Shipping Price Group, S&P Global Platts


Session 7: Downstream dynamics – insights into product trends


3.10 Afternoon Keynote: The changing landscape of product markets in Asia: are the margins still in petrochemicals?
Lori Ryerkerk, Executive Vice President – Global Manufacturing, Shell

3.35 Mid-afternoon coffee break and networking – available to sponsor

4.05 The IMO perspective
Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

4.30 Executive Panel: IMO 2020: How are industry players gearing up for new bunker specifications?
Led by: Chris Midgley, Global Director of Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Zoe Anderson, Head of Market Analysis, Integrated Supply & Trading, BP
Savvas Manousos, Global Head of Trading, Maersk Oil Trading
Mitsuyasu (Mitch) Kawaguchi, General Manager – Crude and Tanker, Cosmo Oil

  • The refiner’s perspective
  • The trader’s perspective
  • The analyst’s perspective
  • How will crude and products markets and pricing be affected?
  • What’s the fuel or solution of choice?

Session 8: Oil in a new energy landscape – understanding investment trends and demand ‘disruptors’



Chaired by: Sarah Cottle, Global Head of Metals and Agriculture and Co-Head of Commodity News & Pricing, S&P Global Platts

5.00 Investing in the energy of tomorrow
Bob Maguire, Managing Director, Carlyle International Energy Partners

5.25 Executive Panel: Is oil losing its place to cleaner fuels and alternative energy?
Maria Victoria Zingoni, Executive Managing Director of Downstream, Repsol
Keisuke Sadamori, Director, Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency
Abhishek Deshpande, Head of Oil Market Research & Strategy, J.P. Morgan
Johannes Benigni, Chairman, JBC Energy Group
Elena Okorochenko, Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific (ex-Japan), S&P Global Ratings*
Moderator: Sarah Cottle, Global Head of Metals and Agriculture and Co-Head of Commodity News & Pricing, S&P Global Platts

  • Will the push for cleaner energy impact Asia’s crude demand? If so, when will it hit?
  • Future of mobility – how soon will electric vehicles make a significant dent in oil demand?
  • Can gas, renewables or alternative energy compete with oil? Will use of cleaner energy surpass fossil fuels in the next decade?
  • The future of oil and the role it will play at the core of the energy transition

5.50 Conference chairperson's closing remarks and Market Masters winner announcement
Sarah Cottle, Global Head of Metals and Agriculture and Co-Head of Commodity News & Pricing, S&P Global Platts

6.00 APPEC 2018 evening cocktail reception – available to sponsor


Conference Day Three: APPEC Executive Think Tank Wednesday, September 26, 2018


It’s the age of enlightenment. The age of reason. The age of conversation. Akin to this, APPEC 2018 is launching a day of expert think-tank roundtables for you to interact, discuss, and drive progressive thought. Our expert roundtables are designed to be an invigorating set of 60-minute in-depth, interactive discussion sessions on some of the most stimulating and thought-provoking topics impacting energy markets today. Move between the 3 executive tracks. Interact, debate, exchange views and participate in this network of ideas to shape the future of our industry.


9.00 am Registration and morning tea/coffee
GAMECHANGER TRACK Chaired by: Shin Kim, S&P Global Platts
TECH TRACK Chaired by: James Rillet, S&P Global Platts
LOW CARBON TRACK Chaired by: Mark A. Schwartz, S&P Global Platts

9.30 am Shale vs. Sheikh: the market share game in the global oil market
Francisco Blanch, Head of Commodities and Derivatives Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Advanced analytics and big data
Jaime Ruiz-Cabrero, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Natural gas and renewables
Pierre Noel, Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies

10.30 am Mid-morning refreshment break and networking

11.15 am China: belt and road
Xiao Fu, Head of Commodity Markets Strategy, BOCI Global Commodities

Turning Machine learning and intelligent algorithms into actionable insights for the oil industry
Simone Pugliese, COO, Kayrros*

Energy Storage

12.00 pm Networking Lunch

2.00 pm ASEAN energy investment
Christopher Zamora, Manager, ASEAN Plan of Action on Energy Cooperation Programme, ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Blockchain and digital trading
James Rillet, Head of Innovation, S&P Global Platts

Electric mobility
Johannes Benigni, Chairman, JBC Energy Group

3.00 pm Mid-afternoon coffee break and networking

4.00 pm End



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