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Argus Americas Crude Summit 2018

2018 Speakers
Dan Romasko
Dan Romasko, President and CEO, Motiva Enterprises LLC

Dan Romasko was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Motiva Enterprises LLC in February 2014. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva is a leading refiner, distributor and marketer of transportation fuels and lubricant base oils in the Eastern, Southern, and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Motiva is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. affiliates of Saudi Aramco.

Prior to his current role, Dan was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Tesoro Corporation with accountability for the refining, marketing, logistics and marine organizations. In addition, he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Tesoro Logistics LP. Before joining Tesoro, Dan held the positions of Vice President, Operations Integrity and Vice President, Technical Operations and Competence at Suncor Energy.

Dan began his career with ConocoPhillips, serving the company through leadership positions in mid-stream, supply and trading, global specialty products, and refining during his 20-year tenure.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University. 
Chen Bo
Chen Bo,
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 and Deputy General Manager of UNIPEC.

Mr. Chen has extensive working experience in international crude oil, natural gas trading and transportation as well as international storage logistics. Mr. Chen has maintained a good relationship with the world’s major oil producers, large oil companies and large trading companies.
J Rajaraman
J Rajaraman, Head of Oil Trading, Shipping and Logistics, Reliance Industries Ltd.

J Rajaraman (Raja) heads Physical Trading for Refining business of Reliance Industries Limited, India and is based out of Mumbai. In this role, he oversees crude purchases, product exports, ship chartering and cargo operations functions for Reliance’s Refining business.

Raja has over 3 decades of experience in the Oil trading and marketing area in India and has been with Reliance for over 2 decades. In his prior role in Reliance, he was overseeing crude oil trading and operations for Reliance.

He is a mechanical engineer by training.
Brent Secrest
Brent Secrest,
Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing, Enterprise Products

Mr. Secrest has served as Senior Vice President of Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing for Enterprise Products since May 2016. He has responsibility for Crude Oil Pipelines and Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing as well as the Enterprise Trucking and Marine divisions. Mr. Secrest previously served as Vice President, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing from October 2015 to May 2016 and as Vice President, Crude Oil Pipelines and Terminals from October 2012 to October 2015. He has also served in various other leadership positions, including in the areas of NGL marketing and supply, commercial development, distribution, and business analysis. Mr. Secrest has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and began his career at Basis Petroleum Inc. prior to joining Enterprise in 1996.
Robert Barnes
Robert Barnes,
SVP, Commercial-Crude, Magellan

Robert (Robb) L. Barnes currently serves as SVP, Commercial – Crude Oil and has served in such capacity since 2014. He previously served as VP, Commercial – Crude Oil and Marine Terminals for Magellan from 2011 through 2014. From 2007 through 2011, he served as VP, Terminals and, from 2003 through 2007, as Director, Marine Terminal Services. Prior to joining Magellan, he worked in various staff and management positions within marketing, business and commercial development, operations and environmental since joining The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) in 1987.
Chandra Dev Singh
Chandra Dev Singh, Head of Derivatives - Risk Management, Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd

Chandra Dev Singh has over twenty one years of professional experience in Oil & Gas Sector, predominantly in Energy Risk Management. He leads a team which is responsible of hedging of refinery margins (GRM), freight, bunkers and outright petroleum products like Naphtha, Fuel Oil, precious metal and structured product solutions to industrial and commercial sectors. He is having exhaustive knowledge of financial risks, hedge accounting standards, OTC energy market compliance and regulations as well as hands-on experience in the field of Market and Credit Risk Management, “Energy Trading and Risk Management, (ETRM)” application, precious metal and also providing structured product solutions to industrial and commercial sectors. In order to hedge intelligently and effectively, He constantly keeps informed on global oil fundamentals, technical and short and long term refinery outlook. He interacts a lot with technical experts, oil trade analysts and heads of market research all over the World.

Mr. Singh holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, India and a Master’s degree in Financial Management from Jamanalal Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India. He is also a certified “Energy Risk Professional (ERP)” from Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Inc., New Jersey, USA.

He has been invited as a speaker on the subjects of Oil, Petroleum Products, Downstream, LNG, “Energy Trading and Risk Management” applications and Risk Management in many international conferences in Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro and London.
Corey Prologo
Corey Prologo,
Director of Oil Trading, North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading

Corey is the Head of Oil Trading for North America and Head of the Houston branch office at Trafigura Trading LLC. He joined Trafigura 2011, and moved to the Geneva office in 2012 as a trader on the Gasoline team. In May, 2013 Corey was named Co-Head of Gasoline trading in Geneva and was promoted to the sole Head later that year. He moved to Houston to take up his current role in August 2016.

Prior to joining Trafigura, Corey worked at BP for 9 years in the gasoline team and moved to the Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Singapore offices during this time. Corey has a degree in Finance from Bowling Green University, Ohio.
Helima Croft, Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
Helima Croft,
Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital

Helima joined RBC from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research specializing in geopolitics and energy. Helima’s team was responsible for the firm’s research covering oil, natural gas, base, and precious metals, as well as the economics and politics of key commodity producing countries in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence group. Earlier in her career, Helima held positions at the Council on Foreign Relations and the CIA, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities.

As of September 2015 Helima became an exclusive CNBC Contributor, joining the ranks of the TV channel’s exclusive guests. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career, including Breaking Energy’s Top Ten New York Women in Energy. She is also a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received her PhD in Economic History from Princeton in 2001.
Amrita Sen Energy Aspects
Amrita Sen,
Co-Founder & Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Amrita Sen is the founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and 10 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News, and at leading industry events as a speaker, and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets.
Bob McNally
Robert McNally,
Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group

Robert McNally is the founder and President of Rapidan Energy Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 26-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policymaking.

Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotions to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990.
Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.

He is the author of the book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2017.

Mr. McNally is married and has three children.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel, CEO, Par Petroleum

Joseph Israel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings, focused on refining, marketing, and logistics. Mr. Israel’s 20 plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes a successful track record of structuring and leading petroleum refining, marketing and asphalt operations, as well as driving profitable corporate development initiatives. Prior to joining Par in January 2015, Mr. Israel served as Senior Vice President at Hunt Refining Company, where he led operations planning, crude oil supply, marketing and business strategy. Previously, between the years of 2000 and 2008, Mr. Israel served as VP of M&A and Business Development for Alon USA, a US refiner and marketer, and as Chief Operating Officer for the company between 2008 and 2011. Mr. Israel holds his Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Adam Bedard
Adam Bedard, CEO, ARB Midstream

Adam Bedard is a co-founder, member of the Board of Directors of Denver-based ARB Midstream, LLC, and the company’s Chief Executive Officer. ARB Midstream, founded in 2014 and based in Denver, CO, is a private equity backed, midstream and logistics company focused on crude oil, gas liquids and refined markets in the inland corridor of North America. ARB has successfully completed over $150MM in acquisitions and new build projects. Most recently, ARB acquired the Platte River Gathering System, and 157,000 b/d gathering system located in the heart of the DJ Basin, one of the most prolific shale plays in North America. Mr. Bedard’s background includes over 20 years of experience with a focus on strategic analysis of the North American energy markets. Immediately prior to forming ARB Midstream, he was the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Market Analysis for NGL Energy Partners. Mr. Bedard as a B.S. in Civil Engineering from CU Colorado, is a certified Professional Engineer, and has an MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Kjetil Solbraekke
Kjetil Solbraekke, Senior Vice President South America, Rystad Energy

Broad experience from leading positions in the Oil and Gas business over 25 years. CEO upstream experience from Norway and Brazil, as well as extensive experience in M&A, Corporate finance, and Governmental relations. Been responsible for change management processes and providing new strategic direction for Governments, National companies, private and listed companies in Norway and abroad. Responsible for the acquisition of the Peregrino field with Norsk Hydro in Brazil in 2005, for setting up the organisation who delivered the field development plan, and had it approved by the Brazilian authorities in 2007. The project was at that time the largest project worldwide for Norsk Hydro. The project was included in Statoil at the time of the merger in 2008. Worked internationally in UK and Brazil over the last 9 years. Have previously been in the following positions : CEO in Panoro Energy and SINTEF do Brasil, SVP in Statoil and Norsk Hydro, CFO in Norsk Hydro, Assistant director general in the Ministry of Petroleum and energy in Norway.
Philip Verleger
Dr. Phil Verleger,
Owner and President, PKVerleger LLC and Visiting Fellow, Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr., has studied and written about energy markets since 1971. His earliest research, published in 1973, addressed the determinants of gasoline demand. It is still cited today. Since 1971, he has published two books and numerous articles and papers on the evolution of energy markets. Many of these have influenced the thinking about and development of these markets, especially his papers on how energy went from being a monopolized good to a real commodity and the transformation’s consequences.

Dr. Verleger played a critical role in creating the oil futures markets. His most recent research has shown that the crude oil price collapse that began in 2014 shares many characteristics with the subprime housing debacle that precipitated Lehman Brothers’ failure and the Great Recession of 2009. This new research suggests the oil price decline will have very long-lasting and negative implications for much of the energy sector, even if prices rebound periodically.

Dr. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1971. He began his work on energy as a consultant to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project in 1972. He then served as a Senior Staff Economist on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the Office of Energy Policy at the US Treasury in President Carter’s administration

Dr. Verleger has been a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at the School of Organization and Management at Yale University and a Vice President in the Commodities Division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is now Owner and President of PKVerleger LLC. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Verleger served as the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. From 1985 to 2012, he was affiliated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, most recently as a Senior Fellow.
Vivek Srivastava
Vivek Srivastava,
Director of Tanker Research, SSY Consultancy & Research

Vivek is Director of Tanker Research at Simpson Spence Young (SSY) Shipbrokers in London, where he leads a global team of analysts producing consultancy and research for oil and tanker markets. He regularly presents on industry economics and fundamentals to SSY's oil and gas, trading and shipowning clients. He is responsible for SSY's forecasts, heads up consultancy and edits all reports and publications on tankers. As well as its regular research, he is also spearheading SSY's initiative to reimagine analytics in shipping for the era of big data.

Prior to joining SSY in September 2017, Vivek was at Tufton Oceanic in London for 9 years, conducting shipping industry research for hedge fund and private equity investment strategies, and at Maritime Strategies International for 5 years, modelling and writing economics reports. He holds an MSc. in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, City University and a B.A. Hons. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Keble College, Oxford University.
Gregory Broussard
Gregory Broussard, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill Risk Management

Gregory Broussard recently joined Cargill Risk Management, a global leader in providing risk management solutions. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities in both North and South America. Having worked as both a trader and an originator over the last 15 years, Greg has developed extensive capital markets experience across multiple asset classes including foreign exchange, interest rates, emerging markets and commodities. Greg is a native Houstonian who received his undergraduate degree in business from Baylor University and his MBA in capital markets from Rice University. Mr. Broussard is based in Cargill's Houston office.
Jarl Pedersen
Jarl Pedersen,
Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Corpus Christi

Jarl Pedersen is the Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, where he is charting and directing one of the largest energy ports towards the future. He is devising strategies relating to development and marketing the port, while cultivating long lasting relationships with major customers.

Most recently, Mr. Pedersen served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for NEST of Norway where he was responsible for global market strategy and commercialization of an innovative thermal energy storage technology. Prior to that he served as Vice President of International Business Development for Xtreme Power in Austin, where he generated a pipeline of business development opportunities for battery energy storage systems for renewable energy integration.

Prior to that Mr. Pedersen was Director of Business Development with Shell Energy North America in Houston, where he was responsible for structured transactions, business development and asset marketing of Shell’s natural gas fired power portfolio in North America.

Mr. Pedersen serves as an advisory member to the City of Corpus Christi Transportation Advisory Commission. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the City of Corpus Christi Downtown Management District, and the College and Career Advisory Council for the Calallen Independent School District.

Mr. Pedersen earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems from the Technical University of Denmark, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business and Trade from the Copenhagen Business School and completed the Executive Program in Management from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles.
Santiago Zapatero
Santiago Llano Zapatero, Partner, Ritch Mueller

Santiago joined Ritch Mueller as a partner in 2017. Previously, Santiago was based out of the Houston office of Ernst & Young LLP in the international tax practice (Latin American Business Center) for almost three years. Santiago was also member of the team that lead the efforts of Ernst & Young LLP towards investment projects in Mexico derived from the recent Energy Reform.

Before joining Ernst & Young LLP, Santiago worked in two well-known tax and legal advisory firms in Mexico City as senior associate in the tax consulting and transfer pricing practice areas.

Santiago has provided tax advice to local and multinational companies engaged in different sectors, such as energy, real estate, financial services, manufacturing, among others.

Santiago obtained a BS in Accounting from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City as well as a Master´s in Tax Law from the same university.
Euan Craik, Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus
Euan Craik, CEO, Americas, Argus

Euan Craik is chief executive of Argus Media Inc. Based in Houston, Euan has led Argus in the Americas since 2006, expanding its geographic reach and the breadth of its services. Euan joined Argus in 1996, initially as a specialist on the Russian oil and gas industries. From 2000, Euan served as Argus’ Executive Editor, based in London.

In the early nineties, Euan worked in business journalism in Moscow, initially at the first post-Soviet business newspaper, Kommersant, then at the English-language Moscow Times. He was later awarded a fellowship at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics.
Jeff Kralowetz Vice President Business Development Argus
Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President, Business Development, Argus

Jeff leads Argus business development in crude oil and NGL markets in North America. He opened Argus’ office in Calgary in 2010, and oversaw the expansion of crude oil and NGL price indices in Canada through the beginning of 2013. Previously, Jeff served as Argus’ news editor for the Americas.

A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Jeff served 5 years as an aviation officer. He holds a master of arts degree from Baylor University.
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Edward Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering upstream, refining, petrochemicals, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, feasibility studies, risk analysis, and project valuations working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.

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