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Argus Americas Crude Summit 2018

2018 Speakers
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.
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.


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