His Excellency Abbas Ali Naqi, Executive Secretary, OAPEC
Mr. Abbas Ali Al-Naqi, has an extensive background in the petroleum and energy fields. Major positions held by Mr. Al-Naqi prior to joining OAPEC include: Undesecretary, Ministry of Oil, Kuwait; Assistant Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Oil, Kuwait; OAPEC Executive Bureau, Representative of the State of Kuwait; Head, Kuwaiti National Committee on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and Vice-President, representing Asia, UNFCCC Climate Change Bureau (COP 2). Other positions include: Head, Joint Executive Committee (JEC) Al-Khafji Joint Operations, Arabian Oil Company "AOC" (Japan); Member of the official Kuwaiti delegation to the Ministerial meetings, OPEC, OAPEC and GCC; Heading Kuwait's delegations to several specialized committees (OPEC, OAPEC, GCC, the United Nations Energy, environment meetings and Sustainable Development) and Head of the Kuwaiti delegation to the OPEC long-term strategy committee.
Martin Fraenkel, President, S&P Global Platts
Christopher Bake, Executive Committee & Head of Origination, Vitol
Ben Luckock, Co-Head of Group Market Risk, Trafigura
In September 2016 Ben Luckock was appointed Co-Head of Trafigura Group Market Risk following six successful years as Global Head of Crude Oil Trading. In his new role Ben jointly oversees group proprietary trading, the global oil central execution desks and the derivatives desks.
Ben also develops and manages strategic commercial relationships in the oil trading activities of the company and oversees the commercial activity for both Crude and Products for the Trafigura group in Russia amongst other countries. He also takes an interest in all asset classes of the group working closely with the Metals and Minerals trading division.
Prior to joining Trafigura in 2007, Ben spent nearly 10 years with BP as a Crude Oil trader, gaining experience working in London, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Established in 1993, Trafigura is a leader in the commodities business. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth in recent years, growing revenue from USD18 billion in 2004 to USD97.2 billion in 2015. The Group’s primary trading businesses are the supply and transport of crude oil, petroleum products, renewable energies, coal, refined metals, ferrous and non-ferrous ores and concentrates.
Ryan Krogmeier, Vice President of Crude Supply and Trading, Chevron
Ryan Krogmeier is vice president of Crude Supply and Trading, a position he has held since 2015. He is responsible for Chevron’s global trading activities for crude oil and oversees the trading, transportation, supply and marketing of all major crude oil and condensate grades.
Previously, Krogmeier served as vice president of Joint Ventures & Affiliates, where he was responsible for Chevron’s non-operated joint venture refineries outside the Americas. During his career at Chevron he has served in a number of leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Prior positions include vice president, America Products East & Latin America, vice president, Products Supply & Trading, as well as international roles where he oversaw crude oil and condensate refining supply and marketing activities in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.
Janet Kong, Chief Executive Officer, Supply and Trading Eastern Hemisphere, BP
Dr. Janet Kong is the Regional CEO for BP’s Supply and Trading business for the Eastern Hemisphere. The portfolio covers BP’s oil, gas, chemicals, carbon and finance trading activities, spanning the Middle East, Southern & East Africa, Australia, India, South East Asia and China.
Previously for BP, she was the Head of Market Analysis for the Eastern Hemisphere oil analytics team. Her team develops specific trading balances, valuation models, and market views and coordinates globally on cross-commodity, cross-regional, and global thematic research projects.
Prior to joining BP, Dr. Kong was Managing Director at China International Capital Corp (CICC) where she set up the commodities sales and trading business, and leading the development of the research, sales, and trading capabilities. Later during her tenure at CICC, she held the position of Chief Strategist in charge of the overall investment analyses across assets and markets.
Dr. Kong was also the Managing Director of Global Commodities at Goldman Sachs Asia where she contributed to the global commodity analysis and was the lead writing analyst on base and precious metals, formulating views and conducting analysis on the latest market development and future outlook, making trade recommendations, and leading strategic research.
She has also worked for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC as a country economist.
Dr. Kong holds both Ph.D and MA in Economics from the Georgetown University (Washington DC) and has written various papers and publications for IMF, the World Bank and HKMA.
Chris Midgley, Chief Economist and Head of Oil Market Analysis, Shell Trading
Chris has over 20 years' experience in the oil industry. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering, and he started his career in Manufacturing with Exxon. He joined Shell in 1997, where he has held various Strategic, Economic, Supply and Trading roles across Europe and the East.
In his current role as Chief Economist for Shell Trading and Head of Oil Markets Analysis, Chris advises the business on short term dynamics affecting Global Oil Markets as well as leading a team which model the future crude, oil products and chemicals trends. His team also provides supply and demand analysis and pricing models to support strategic planning and capital investment decisions across the Royal Dutch Shell Group.
Joel Couse, Chief Energy Economist, Total
As Group Chief Energy Economist, Joel coordinates the cross-branch dialogue within TOTAL on the world macroeconomic and energy outlook, as they relate to the company’s strategy. Until October 2017, he was VP Market Analysis for the Trading & Shipping Division (TOTSA), managing a team providing analysis and technical support for TOTAL’s oil trading activity. The work was also used by the planning, the upstream and the downstream divisions of TOTAL. Joel has worked in the oil industry since joining Elf Trading in September 1992, and was appointed to Trading & Shipping Management Committee in 2009. He holds a B.Eng from McMaster University (Ontario, Canada) and a MS in Energy Economics from Université de Grenoble (France). Following his studies, he worked on radio-isotope production in Canada and subsequently, in France, on long-term energy studies for EDF, for DRI, and for the International Energy Agency.
Franco Magnani, Chief Executive Officer, Eni Trading & Shipping
Franco Magnani is the CEO of Eni Trading & Shipping, the London-based company in charge of commodity trading for Eni. The company handles trading on all Eni flows of oil, products, gas, power and emissions; shipping and logistics; and hedging for Eni business units.
Franco originally started up Eni Trading & Shipping in 2007-2010, setting up its operating units in London, Houston and Singapore. Between 2010 and 2015, he covered roles in Eni Upstream, first as EVP Planning and control, Reserves, Portfolio optimisation and Continuous improvement, then as EVP Northern Europe region for Eni Upstream, encompassing Norway, the U.K. and Russia.
Prior to joining Eni in 2007, Franco was a partner at McKinsey & Co., with a 12-year expertise in the energy sector gained working with primary energy operators in Italy, Algeria, Russia and 12 other countries in Europe and the Middle East.
He was born in 1967, graduated from aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 1991 and gained an M.B.A. from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, in 1995.
Didier Casimiro, Vice President for Refining, Petrochemical, Commerce and Logistics, Member of the Management Board, Rosneft
Didier Casimiro is Vice President for Refining, Petrochemicals, Commerce and Logistics and member of the Management Board at Rosneft based in Moscow, Russian Federation. Didier holds a seat in the boards of several Rosneft commercial organizations. Before that he served as the Vice President for Commerce and Logistics at Rosneft. Didier Casimiro joined Rosneft in May 2012. Prior to joining Rosneft he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LLC TNK-BP Commerce, Ukraine since 2010 and also as its CEO and President from 2011 to 2012. From 2005 to 2010 Didier Casimiro held top management positions as Director of Marketing and Strategy Implementation of TNK-BP Management in Moscow, as its Vice President for Business Marketing and New Business Development and Vice President for Commercial and Strategy. Since 1996 Didier held senior management positions at BP.
Didier graduated with distinction from Ghent University, Belgium and Lisbon University, Portugal.
Tor Martin Anfinnsen, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Trading, Statoil
Tor Martin Anfinnsen (b. 1960) joined Statoil in 1991 and has for the past twenty years worked in various senior management positions in downstream marketing and trading within Oil and Gas. Mr. Anfinnsen assumed his current position as Senior Vice President on June 1st 2015.
From 2009, Mr. Anfinnsen was Senior Vice President Oil Trading and Supply. Prior to this he worked from 1994 until 2009 in numerous senior management positions in Natural Gas. His last role in Natural Gas was as Senior Vice President of Trading & Operations.
Before joining Statoil, Mr. Anfinnsen worked for Mobil Exploration Norway and in the financial services industry.
Tor Martin Anfinnsen holds a Business degree, with honours, from Heriot Watt University, in Scotland.
Clay Gaspar, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, WPX Energy
Clay Gaspar is one of the rising stars in American oil and gas. He has more than two decades of experience and is widely respected by peers and investors for his technical expertise. At WPX Energy, he oversees the company’s capital budget for drilling, completions and operations. In 2017, the capital budget is nearly $1 billion. Clay excels at change management and helped lead WPX through more than $6 billion of transactions over the past couple years. Prior to WPX, he gained tremendous career and leadership experience at some of the industry’s largest companies, including Newfield Exploration and Anadarko Petroleum. Clay is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a master’s degree in petroleum and geosciences engineering.
Steve Woodward, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Antero Resources
Mr. Woodward is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Antero Resources and has been with Antero since its inception in August 2002. Prior to Antero, from 1993 to 2002, Mr. Woodward served in various business development roles in the US and Canada for Dynegy Inc. and its predecessor companies, Natural Gas Clearinghouse and NGC Corp. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Woodward served as Manager of Business Development for Reliance Pipeline, a division of Nicor Inc. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Woodward served as a Project Development Representative for Western Gas Resources. From 1981 to 1988, Mr. Woodward served in various engineering roles with ARCO Oil & Gas Company, a division of Atlantic Richfield. Mr. Woodward holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Lalit Kumar Gupta, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Essar Oil
Mr. L. K. Gupta is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Essar Oil Limited since December, 2011. Mr. Gupta has 36 years of leadership experience in core sectors across Energy (Oil & Gas), Utilities (Power) and Steel. Before joining Essar Oil, he was CEO and Joint Managing Director of JSW Energy Ltd., from June 2010, where he was heading the integrated business of Power Generation, Transmission and Trading of more than 3500 MW Power Plants. Earlier from May 2006 he was Director (Finance) with Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd., an ONGC subsidiary. At MRPL he was responsible for Finance, Taxation, Insurance, Legal and Commercial as well as International Trade including Crude Procurement Strategy and Strategic Management of major Expansion projects. He was recognized by CNBC TV18 as the Best Performing CFO in Indian Oil & Gas Sector in 2008-2009. He was also conferred the CA Business Leader Award in the Oil & Gas Sector by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India at ICAI Award in January, 2017.
Chen Bo, Executive Director, President, UNIPEC
Mr. Chen has been working in China Petrochemical Corporation. He has been Executive Director, President of UNIPEC since April 2014. Mr. Chen is also the Chairman of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited.
Since joining Unipec in 1993, he has successively held various positions:
Business manager of crude oil department of Unipec, Business manager and deputy manager of Unipec Asia Company Limited, Deputy manager and manager of crude oil department of Unipec, Assistant to general manager of Unipec, Deputy general manager of Unipec.
Mr. Chen has extensive working experience in international crude oil and natural gas trading and transportation as well as international storage logistics and has maintained a good relationship with the world’s major oil producers, large oil companies and large trading companies.
Tang Tingchuan, Director, Development Strategy, Policy Research Office, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)
Mr. Tang Tingchuan, is Division Chief and Senior Economist of the Policy&Information Division under CNPC Policy Research Office, Director of the committee of energy experts of China Management Science Research Institute, Expert Committee Member of China Energy Net, Senior Researcher of China Enterprise Evaluation Association. Mr. Tang was graduated from China University of Petroleum as Bachelor of Engineering and from Southeastern University of Finance and Economics as Master of Economics. For years, he has been engaging in studies on Chinese and overseas macroeconomics situations, government and industry petroleum policies and oil/gas development strategies. Besides, Mr. Tang has organized a number of major national-level or ministerial-level research programs on soft science， and published several books such as Petroleum Market System and dozens of papers; he has also lectured academic report for academic conferences and training courses dozens of times every year.
Zhang Liucheng, Director, Vice President, Shandong Dongming Group; Chairman, China Petroleum Purchase Federation of Independent Refineries
Zhang Liu Cheng was born in 1972. He holds a Master’s degree in Management and several advanced titles including Senior Accountant, Certified Evaluator and International Financial Manager. He is currently the Director & VP of Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group and also the chief executive at Sinostar PEC, a listed company in Singapore, and general manager of a Hong Kong-based oil trading company.
Luan Bo, Vice President and General Manager, Shandong Chambroad
Luan Bo is the Vice President of Shandong Jingbo Holdings Co., Ltd. And the General Manager of Shandong Jingbo Petrochemical Co., Ltd. Jingbo Petrochemical is an independent refinery located in Binzhou City of Shandong Province and engages in manufacturing and distribution of petrochemical products and refining.
Takashi Hirose, Representative Director and Executive Vice President, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
In April this year, Takashi Hirose was appointed Representative Director and Executive Vice President of JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, which was newly formed through a business integration between JX and the TonenGeneral Group. In this role, he oversees supply & trading, marketing, chemical and overseas growth projects.
Before the business integration, as Representative Director and Vice President of TonenGeneral, he played a key role in total supply chain management in the company’s oil businesses, in areas including crude purchase, refining, distribution and marketing.
As TonenGeneral was part of the ExxonMobil Group until May 2012, Takashi also gained extensive knowledge and experience through various assignments including those in supply & trading, marketing, lubricants, chemicals and corporate planning, within the ExxonMobil international network.
Daniel Purba, Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply, Pertamina
Daniel S. Purba, graduated from Petroleum Engineering in 1990, and Master Degree in Engineering Management in 1998. He started his career in PT Pertamina (Persero), an Indonesian State Energy Company, in 1991 as international oil trading market analyst. During 2001-2005 he was working in Oil Trading in Singapore and then extended his experience to Gas Business by joining Pertamina’s LNG Joint Management Group sales operation in 2005, with his last position in Gas business as Director/COO of PT Badak NGL in 2014. He is now leading the Integrated Supply Chain department of Pertamina as Senior Vice President.
Kamal Bahrin Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer – Melaka Refinery, PETRONAS
Kamal Bahrin Ahmad is the MD/CEO of PETRONAS Melaka Refinery. He has close to 30 years of Oil and Gas experience mainly in the downstream manufacturing business and project management.
He joined PETRONAS in July 1987 as a Project Engineer for an expansion project of PETRONAS Terengganu Refinery. He later involved in the commissioning and operation of both phase 1 and phase 2 of Melaka refinery where the latter used to be a joint venture with Phillip66 (Conoco and Statoil initially).
Kamal Bahrin Ahmad has held several key positions in various businesses across PETRONAS; Upstream, Downstream and Corporate, domestic and international. He has 3 years stint in South Africa heading Engen refinery.
Kamal Bahrin Ahmad holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
He was once awarded with the PETRONAS HSE Personality (Management Category). He sit in the refinery board, Sungai Udang Port, the new Pengerang Refinery Cracker and PETRONAS Trading Company (PETCO). He is a member of University Technical PETRONAS (UTP) Student Development Advisory Council.
Chang Jihak, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Business Division, Hyundai Oilbank
Mr Chang Jihak is currently the SEVP & Head of Global Business Division @ Hyundai Oilbank Co., Ltd., and President & CEO @ Hyundai Cosmo Petrochemical Co., Ltd. Jihak Chang is an oil trading and overseas business expert with many years of experience in strategic planning and global business division. HE received an MBA from Korea University with an Advanced Management Program from Seoul National University.
Waleed Al-Bader, Deputy Managing Director (Middle Distillates, Fuel Oil & Special Products), Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
Waleed Al-Bader is an Executive with 29 years of international commercial oil trade experience working for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, with a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering. He has worked in International Marketing sector in Supply Operations and Planning Departments then transferred as Manager Capital Projects Administration in Corporate Planning sector within KPC and was responsible for the Capital Investments and Studies. He was appointed as Deputy Managing Director Marketing Operations in July 2013, and was responsible of four departments Planning, Supply Operations, Marine and Value Chain Optimization. He was appointed as Deputy Managing Director Marketing Middle Distillates, Fuel Oil & Special Products in March 2016 and responsible of two Sales departments Middle Distillates and Fuel Oil, Special Products & Bunkers. Also, he is responsible for London, Singapore and Pakistan Regional offices to ensure that they add value to the development of beneficial relationships and profitable contracts.
Mele Kyari, Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Mr. Mele K. Kyari was born on 8th of January 1965 in Maiduguri, Borno State and obtained his first degree with an Upper Class Division in Geology from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria in 1987. He started his career in the Nigerian Geological Survey as field Geologist, where he worked between 1988 and 1991 after his completion of National youth Services scheme in 1988 at Directorate of Food Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) in Oyo State, Nigeria.
Mr. Kyari joined the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 1991 and was posted to the Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), a Division in NNPC as a Geophysicist. Through dedication, hard work and determination, he rose to his current position in August 2015 as Group General Manager in charge of Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD).
His responsibility amongst other activities includes determination and recommendation of appropriate pricing for Nigerian crude grades, Condensates and NGLs, securing Federation entitlements of crude oil, Condensates and NGLs from production arrangements in the country to generate maximum revenue for Nigerian government, ensures full and prompt payment for all crude oil, condensate and NGLs cargoes lifted and also responsible for the efficient and steady supply of Petroleum Products through Direct-Sales-Direct Purchase arrangements (DSDP) in the country.
Arzu Azimov, Chief Executive Officer, Socar Trading
Born in 1960, Mr. Azimov, CEO of SOCAR Trading SA, joined SOCAR in 1994 when the group, established in 1992 after the Soviet breakup, decided to consolidate the import and export structure into one dedicated unit. Before joining SOCAR Trading in December 2008, Mr. Azimov has held a number of senior positions at SOCAR Headquarters in Baku, latest as the COO role. Holder of a PhD in Chemistry and a Master in Chemistry from Azerbaijan State University, he speaks Azeri, Russian, English, French and Turkish. Mr. Azimov is a highly experienced leader in logistics operations, marketing, upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the petroleum industry with extensive knowledge of crude oil and oil products in the Caspian, Black Sea, Mediterranean markets.
Mr. Azimov was a key player during the crucial stage of SOCAR Trading’s independence as a company. In early stages of its establishment, SOCAR Trading’s main objective was to market oil and oil products of SOCAR, its parent company - something that SOCAR Trading continues to do at present. Over the years of successful business development, SOCAR Trading’s new goal is to originate third-party trade operations from the company’s own angle of vision. Therefore, SOCAR Trading currently actively develops its activity which targets the consumer directly.
In parallel, the company is actively investing in infrastructure to supplement its trading operations such as tank farms and terminals in the Middle East, Africa and Northern Europe as well as a number of LNG to Power projects in the Mediterranean and South East Asia.
Adi Imsirovic, Head of Oil Trading, Gazprom Marketing And Trading
Adi Imsirovic is a head of oil trading at Gazprom Marketing & Trading in London. He has worked both in London and Singapore, where he spent over 13 years. Adi is a Fulbright scholar and studied at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard. He also part time lectures in Energy Economics and Environmental and Resource Economics at Surrey University, England.
David Fyfe, Chief Economist, Gunvor
David Fyfe has 30 years of experience in oil and energy market analysis. As Chief Economist for Gunvor he oversees the Group's research effort, providing advice for the CEO, senior management and traders. He also articulates Gunvor's view on market and strategic trends for industrial and financial partners, as well as to outside audiences. Previously, David was Editor of the IEA's influential Oil Market Report and Head of the IEA's Oil Markets Division, based in Paris. Prior to that he spent a combined 17 years with major energy industry consultants PEL and EMC, advising clients in the oil, gas, coal and power sectors, as well as investors, financial institutions and governments. His career began working with a group of upstream service providers to North Sea oil and gas producers. He has a BSc in Geology & Environmental Sciences, and an MSc in Energy Policy & Economics from Imperial College, University of London.
Puneet Kumar, Vice President – Crude Oil and Feedstock Trading, Reliance Industries
Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Executive Director (Operations), Indian Oil Corp
Shrikant Madhav graduated in Chemical Engineering from and Diploma In Business Management. He joined Indian Oil Corporation Limited in 1987 and worked in various positions at Panipat Refinery/ Refinery Head Quarters Delhi/Panipat Naphtha Cracker in Production/Process projects & Technical Services). He was involved in the commissioning of the Panipat Refinery units as well as the Units of Panipat Naphtha Cracker, and was Head of Mathura Refinery. He is presently the Executive Director (Operations) at IOCL Refinery Headquarters in New Delhi.
Jeffrey Currie, Global Head of Commodities Research, Goldman Sachs
Jeff is the global head of Commodities Research in the Global Investment Research (GIR) Division. He is responsible for conducting research on commodity market dynamics in the context of corporate risk management programs, short and long-term commodity investment strategies and asset allocation. Jeff is also a member of the GIR Client and Business Standards Committee, the Growth Markets Executive Committee and the Macro Executive Committee.
Previously, Jeff was the European co-head of Economics, Commodities and Strategy Research from 2010 to 2012 and based in London, where he resided since 2003. Over the years, the commodities research team has consistently been ranked number one under Jeff’s direction and in 2011 he was named the CNBC Analyst of the Year by City A.M. Jeff joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008.
Prior to joining the firm, Jeff taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in microeconomics and econometrics at The University of Chicago and served as the associate editor of Resource and Energy Economics. Jeff also worked as a consulting economist, specializing in energy and other microeconomic issues, at Ernst and Young, LLP and Economic Insight, Inc. In addition, he has advised numerous government agencies in the United States, European Union and Russia.
Jeff earned a PhD in Economics from The University of Chicago in 1996.
Ed Morse, Global Head, Commodities, Citi Research
Ed Morse built the Commodities Research Strategy team at Citi as Global Head of Commodities Research since 2011, having previously built similar groups both at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, covering the full panoply of financially traded commodities. He brings to his analysis a unique breadth of experience extending from academia and think tanks to government, business, consulting and publishing. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy, and in management at Phillips Petroleum Co. A co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly" and President of Energy Intelligence Group, he also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and assisting in the negotiations of its initial export contracts as well as helping the UN Security Council design the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq and assisting in its negotiations with Baghdad to achieve its agreement. Morse has frequently written Op-Ed and guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often appears as a commentator for Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS and other media outlets. The author or co-author of numerous books and articles on energy, commodities and international affairs, he is Chair of the New York Energy Forum and a member of the Advisory Board for the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.
Mike Wittner, Managing Director, Global Head of Oil Research, Societe Generale
Mike Wittner is the Global Head of Oil Research for Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking. Mike is directly responsible for short-term and long-term global oil market analysis and forecasting.
He has been ranked in the top 4 for oil market research in 2009-2017, according to Risk and Energy Risk magazines, including five consecutive years at #1 in 2013-2017. Since 2011, Mike has also been consistently in the top 5 for crude oil price forecast accuracy in Bloomberg’s quarterly ranking of the “best forecasters of energy prices”.
With more than 20 years of experience in oil market analysis and, before that, 8 years of experience in the geosciences, Mike has extensive knowledge of the global and regional crude oil and refined product markets, geopolitics, and non-fundamental oil market drivers. He joined Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in 2007 from Credit Agricole, where he held a similar position. Prior to that, he held senior analytical positions at Koch Supply & Trading, the International Energy Agency, and PIRA Energy Group. Before getting his MBA, he worked as a geologist and project manager for an engineering firm and as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Mike holds a BS in Geology from Cornell University and a MBA in International Business from George Washington University.
Mike is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. His commentaries on oil market developments are frequently quoted in the international media and he appears regularly on television news programs. Media interviews have included CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, the BBC, the CBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Economist, Business Week, the wire services, and the energy trade press.
Paul Horsnell, Global Head of Commodities Research, Standard Chartered
Paul is the Head of Commodities Research for Standard Chartered Bank and is based in London. His team covers the key metals and energy markets with analysts based in Singapore, Shanghai, New York and London. He joined Standard Chartered in 2013. Paul was previously Head of Commodities Research at Barclays, and Head of Energy Research at JPMorgan. Prior to becoming a financial analyst, he was a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies for ten years, where he authored books on the Brent oil market and on Asian energy markets. Paul holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a doctorate in Economics from Oxford University.
Horace Hobbs, Chief Economist, Phillips 66
Horace Hobbs joined Phillips 66 as the Chief Economist in October of 2013. He is primarily focused on long range planning and capital allocation for the global portfolio of Phillips 66 businesses. He has spent his entire thirty year career in the energy industry, primarily as a management consultant, and also as an operating executive. Prior to joining Phillips 66, Horace was Managing Director of Muse Stancil & Co, a boutique, global consulting firm, where he was focused on downstream strategy and provided a broad array of merger, acquisition, and divestiture advisory services. He provided industry analysis and business planning support for operating
companies, project and technology developers, equity investors, and financial institutions.
Horace spent five years as part of the startup executive team for Longhorn Pipeline and was previously employed as a downstream industry consultant at Wright Killen & Co. and The Pace Consultants (Now Jacobs Consultancy).
He spent the early years of his career as a chemical engineer involved in process design and advanced process control applications. He has testified as a downstream industry expert before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), The California Public Utility Commission, and the National Energy Board of Canada. He regularly addresses a variety of audiences on topics related to global energy markets and economics. Horace holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and is licensed by the State of Texas to practice engineering.
Stefano Grasso, General Manager – Singapore, Eni Trading & Shipping
Stefano Grasso is the General Manager of eni Trading & Shipping Singapore, the London-based company in charge of commodity trading for Eni. The company handles trading on all Eni flows of oil, products, gas, power and emissions; shipping and logistics; and hedging for eni business units.
Stefano originally was hired in Eni Trading & Shipping in 2011. Between 2011 and 2016, he covered roles in Business Development and Origination with responsibility for the Houston, London, Moscow and Singapore offices.
Prior to joining eni in 2011, Stefano was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. where he worked on several energy related engagements.
He graduated in Economics from University of Genoa in 2005 and gained an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, New York, USA, in 2009.
Andreas de Vries, Head of Performance Analysis, Qatar Petroleum
Drawing on 15 years of international experience, across four cultural regions, Andreas helps corporate leaders in the Energy industry to formulate strategies for success, and translate these into concrete action and practical results, by aligning people behind strategic objectives, breaking down functional silos, fostering cross-functional cooperation and focusing an organization's improvement energy on the things that have the biggest impact on the results.
Andreas is also a widely published author on the subjects Energy Strategy and the Art & Science of Strategy Management. His views on Energy Strategy have appeared in LNG Journal, Elektor Magazine, OilVoice, OilPrice.com, Yahoo Finance, The Fuse, Energy Post, ZeroHedge, Energy Collective, Cleantechnica and SeekingAlpha, while his articles on Strategy Management have been published by the Strategy Channel of The Innovation Enterprise, Chief Executive Magazine and “Strategically Speaking” Magazine. Currently, Andreas heads Strategic Performance Management for Qatar Petroleum in Doha, Qatar.
Gabor Kenessey, General Manager Supply Chain Management, ORPIC - Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company
Gabor Kenessey currently acts as GM SCM at Orpic (www.orpic.om). SCM at Orpic is managing the hydrocarbon feedstock supply, inbound logistics, planning and optimization, scheduling, outbound logistics and sales and marketing of the refined petroleum products and petrochemicals.
Gabor Kenessey worked for more than 12 years with MOL, a Hungarian integrated oil and gas company. His most recent role was Vice President, Supply Chain Management of the MOL Group. In this role, he was accountable for the optimization of the downstream and petrochemical segments of the business, including 5 refineries and 2 petrochemical complexes. His earlier assignments were VP Hydrocarbon Logistics and Manager Hydrocarbon Inventory.
Before joining MOL, Gabor Kenessey worked for an independent inspection company as manager of the Chemical Department, as well as in the academic sector, conducting research and lecturing at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.
Gabor holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and M.Sc. in Biochemical Engineering as well as Ph.D. from Technical University of Budapest and has a C.Sc. in Chemistry from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Peg Mackey, Chief OPEC Oil Analyst, Senior Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency
Peg Mackey is a Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where she provides short and medium term oil production outlooks on OPEC member countries and oil markets. She has more than 25 years of experience in oil and energy market analysis, with a particular focus on the Middle East and OPEC, partly based in the UAE. Prior to joining the IEA, Peg travelled extensively on reporting assignments for Reuters and Energy Intelligence, developing expertise on Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia. She began her career in the late 1980s as part of the Platts price reporting and analysis team.
Olivier Hoang, Analyst, Cargill
Olivier graduated from a French engineering school, specialized in applied mathematics. He started his career in the banking industry, in derivatives products: equity derivatives, then exotic credit. Since 8 years, Olivier works in the oil industry at Cargill, having covered different functions: risk analyst first, fundamental analyst then head of oil analysis. Olivier covered many parts of the barrel: fuel oil, distillates, lpg/naphtha and now crude oil.
Shaia Hosseinzadeh, Managing Director, Head of Energy & Natural Resources, WL Ross & Co.
Mr. Hosseinzadeh is a Managing Director at WL Ross. He leads the Firm’s
private equity and distressed credit activities in Energy and Natural
Resources and he is a member of the Firm’s Energy Investment Committee.
Since joining WL Ross in 2010, Mr. Hosseinzadeh has been involved in the
Firm’s investments in the oil, gas, energy services, natural resources, power and aerospace sectors. Mr. Hosseinzadeh has over 19 years of experience with private equity, mergers, acquisitions and financial restructurings.
Prior to joining WL Ross, Mr. Hosseinzadeh was employed by Apollo Global
Management in New York. Prior to that, Mr. Hosseinzadeh worked in the
Investment Banking and Leveraged Finance Group at Credit Suisse First
Boston. In addition to his board positions with portfolio companies, he is also
a member of the Brookings Institute Energy Security Task Force and serves as a sustaining board member of Youth Inc.
Mr. Hosseinzadeh received his MSc in Economics and Philosophy and his BSc in Economics from the London School Economics.
Saurabh Agarwal, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus
Saurabh N. Agarwal joined Warburg Pincus in 2009 and is based in Singapore, where he relocated from New York in 2017. Mr. Agarwal focuses on investments in Southeast Asia and also leads the firm’s energy investments across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he worked at McKinsey & Company in New Jersey and New Delhi, and Temasek Holdings in Mumbai. Mr. Agarwal is currently a Director of Solar Mosaic and previously served on the boards of several energy companies, including CASA Exploration, Competitive Power Ventures, Delonex Energy, RimRock Oil & Gas, RS Energy Group,Trident Energy, Velvet Energy and Venari Resources.
Mr. Agarwal holds a B. Tech. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in microelectronics from IIT Bombay, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Jason Cheng, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Kerogen Capital
Jason is the Managing Partner and co-Founder of Kerogen Capital a private equity manager formed around 10 years ago with a focus on international energy and currently has over $2.0 b in assets under management. Jason is responsible for the daily operations of the firm and sits on the Investment Committee. Jason has over 20 years of commercial experience across investments, operations and investment banking. He previously worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in the Energy and Natural Resources group and prior to this at Schroders, in the Energy team and Asian M&A team. He holds a Masters of Commerce Degree (Finance and Management) from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Economics and Econometrics) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Vincent Chan, Senior Managing Director, Head of Asia, Samena Capital
Vincent Chan is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Asia for Samena Capital Hong Kong Limited. Samena Capital is a principal investment group, which invests across multiple asset classes including private equity and corporate credit within the Subcontinent, Asia, Middle East and North Africa (the SAMENA region). It has US$745m of assets under management, committed by a unique shareholder and investor network consisting of prominent business families and entrepreneurs across the SAMENA region.
Vincent was the Founding CEO for 8 years and currently is the Non-Executive Chairman of Spring Capital, an independent private equity firm that invests exclusively in China. He has 24 years of Asia experience in private equity and has made over 45 investments in growth companies in China. Vincent was previously a Managing Director and an Investment Committee Member of JAFCO Asia, serving as the Co-head of the Asian private equity funds for 7 years. In the China context, Vincent is a Member of Chengdu Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He was named a Top 10 Venture Capitalist in China by Zero2IPO in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. He was also selected as one of the 10 “Most Influential Venture Capitalists in China” by Top Capital in 2005 and was ranked Number 9th as China Best Venture Capitalists by Forbes Magazine in December 2015. He received the award as the 2011 Outstanding Alumni of the University of Manchester.
Frank Inouye, Managing Director, Azipac Exploration
Frank has 35+ years of experience in the international energy upstream. Frank is currently the Managing Director of AziPac Ltd and SVP Corporate Development for Azimuth. He a long-standing and proven track record in the oil industry and in-depth experience in business and corporate development. Frank has worked extensively in Canada, Australia, Europe, Asia, North Africa and South America and has a proven track record of building and managing asset portfolios for both private and public E&P companies. Frank has previously held senior management positions in Premier Oil, Samudra Energy and Coastal Energy, a company which he founded in 2004.
Dave Ernsberger, Global Head of Energy Pricing and Co-Head of Content, S&P Global Platts
Dave Ernsberger is Global Head of Energy Pricing and Co-Head of Content for S&P Global Platts, a division of S&P Global and the leading global provider of information and benchmarks for the energy and commodity markets. Based in London, Dave assumed overall responsibility for Platts Western hemisphere energy news and pricing across oil, generating fuels and petrochemicals in November 2016 and is a member of the Platts Executive Committee.
Prior to this role, Dave was Global Head of Oil Content, responsible for Platts news, pricing and analytics for two years. Before relocating to London in 2010, Dave was Senior Editorial Director for Asia, managing Platts’ editorial and analytical groups in Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and China.
Dave joined Platts in 1996 as a metals reporter, and, in 1999, took on responsibility for Platts new European power start-up ventures as editor-in-chief, launching coverage of the deregulating electricity and natural gas markets in the European Union. Dave relocated to Houston in 2001 as bureau chief, before moving to Singapore in November 2003.
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and politics from Warwick University, and a master’s degree in international relations from Southampton University, England.
Alan Bannister, Regional Director, Oil Content, Asia and Middle East, S&P Global Platts
Alan Bannister is based in Singapore as the Regional Director of Oil Content. His team covers oil price assessments and analytics in the Middle East and Asia. Complementing the established Dubai crude and Singapore refined benchmarks, Alan is overseeing a new team in Tokyo assessing Japanese refined products markets. Following the successful launch of Platts ‘China Oil Analytics’ the oil analytics team is being expanded to extend coverage to Singapore and the Middle East. Prior to joining Platts his career included ten years of trading and brokerage of power and emissions markets in Europe and eight years of futures brokerage, sales and product development in oil and gas markets in Asia. Most recently he ran CME’s Nymex business in Asia.
John Kingston, Director, Global Market Insights, S&P Global
John Kingston is the Director of Global Market Insights for S&P Global. In this position, as part of the company's team of global economists, he works to identify significant market and industry trends affecting the mission of S&P Global, as well as producing content and forums that can share knowledge across the company's four units and demonstrate that expertise to the world. John joined the corporate team at what is now S&P Global in early 2015, after an almost 30-year career at Platts, the company's energy news and pricing division. He served for a year as President of the company's Institute, before taking on his dual role of Director of Global Market Insights full time. At Platts, he held numerous positions over the years as the company grew tremendously, serving as both Director of News and Director of Oil, where he presented--and continues to do so--on oil markets before audiences and on numerous media outlets. Prior to joining Platts, John worked for American Metal Market and for newspapers in New Jersey and Virginia. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University.
Jonty Rushforth, Director, Oil and Shipping Price Group, S&P Global Platts
Jonty works at Platts as the Director, Oil and Shipping Pricing, managing a global team of analysts that ensure the robustness of Platts oil assessments worldwide. Jonty is currently based in the London office of Platts, and has been with the company for more than ten years. Prior to that, Jonty was based in the Singapore office for seven years, most recently as Editorial Director for Asia and Middle East Oil Markets, managing the market reporting team that assesses crude and products prices across the region; previously he covered power, gas and LNG markets at Platts in London and Singapore. He has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA from Cardiff University in International Journalism.
Song Yenling, Team Leader, Asia Oil Analytics, Team Leader, Asia Oil Analytics
Yen Ling is an oil analyst focusing on China in Platts’ oil analytics division and joined the team in early 2015. She has over 10 years’ experience covering China’s oil and gas markets. She joined Platts in 2012 as chief correspondent for China on the oil news team. She was previously a correspondent with Energy Intelligence Group for seven years.
Nicole Leonard, Senior Project Consultant, S&P Global Platts Commodities Consulting
Ms. Leonard manages projects for the consulting division at S&P Global Platts, a select team of experienced energy experts focused on the delivery of in-depth, customized market analytics to Platts’ client. She specializes in cross-commodity research and analysis and hydrocarbon competition in the global energy markets. She primarily manages projects pertaining to global crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids dynamics, with a focus on global upstream investments, trade flow dynamics, and supply trends. Prior to managing consulting projects, she managed Platts’ upstream analysis for North America. Ms. Leonard holds a B.A. in European Studies from Lake Forest College and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from King's College London, where she focused on oil and gas investments in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Herman Wang, Senior Writer, Oil News, S&P Global Platts
Herman Wang is a London-based senior writer, oil news, for S&P Global Platts, reporting on OPEC. He covers OPEC’s semi-annual ministerial meetings in Vienna, and is the principal editor for Platts’ closely followed monthly OPEC production survey. Prior to this, he was a senior editor for Platts based on Washington, D.C., covering US oil policy. He was a co-creator and co-host of Platts Capitol Crude, The US Oil Policy Podcast, which won the 2015 Jesse H. Neal Award for best webcast. Herman is a Northwestern University alum and worked for daily newspapers in Tennessee, North Carolina and Pennsylvania before joining Platts in 2009.
Gurdeep Singh, Senior Specialist, Price Group, S&P Global Platts
Suzanne Minter, Director Strategic Industry Analysis, S&P Global Platts
Ms. Minter is Director Strategic Industry Analysis. In this role she works with Platts clients to share Platts Analytics’ fundamental view on North American and Global energy markets. Her previous roles with Platts include Manger Oil & Gas Consulting where she primarily managed projects pertaining to natural gas, global crude oil and liquids dynamics, with a focus on upstream investments, trade flow dynamics, and supply/demand trends. She specializes in cross-commodity research and analysis and hydrocarbon competition in the global energy markets.
In April of 2016, Ms. Minter provided expert testimony to the US Senate Energy Subcommittee pertaining to the outlook for the US energy producer. Ms. Minter has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry including marketing and trading natural gas, power and crude oil. She has also held positions in midstream business development and risk management. Ms. Minter attended the University of Texas Austin with a major in Geophysics.
Senior Representative, PIRA, a division of S&P Global Platts