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January 16, 3:45 PM

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The Argus Americas LPG Summit is set to kick off the 2018 NGL year with proprietary analysis, deep market insights and great networking with your customers and industry colleagues.

Hear the latest perspectives on how LPG is trading internationally and the fundamentals shaping North American propane to international markets.

Featuring perspectives from: 

  • Keynote: Dr. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) 
  • Industry Dinner Guest: Nicholas Burns, Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs 
  • Robert Sawchuk, Business Director, BASF Total Petrochemicals LLC 
  • Manav Lahoti, Business Director, DowDuPont
  • Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays 
  • Oeyvind Lindeman, Chief Commercial Officer, Navigator Gas
  • Luis Landeros, President, LPGas Distributors Association
  • Nick Black, Principal LPG, Argus Consulting
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This event is located in downtown Houston during Argus Petroleum Markets Week. Join domestic suppliers, international buyers and participants from the LPG, crude and petroleum markets to network and access critical market insight. . 

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Topics to be discussed include:

  • Ethylene terminals and ethylene production: How much ethane can petrochemicals absorb?
  • PDH projects: Imported feedstocks in China and demand for US, Middle Eastern and Canadian supply
  • Permian boom: Infrastructure to support Permian NGLs takeaway capacity and export destinations
  • LPG trading in Mexico: Propane demand, distribution and supply chain challenges
  • Asian demand: Outlook for India's growing LPG market and far east demand

Why attend:

  • Two full days of industry content so you can access the latest LPG market insight from industry speakers and Argus' deep global markets coverage
  • Join the coveted perspectives from Argus Petroleum Markets Week Keynote and Industry Dinner speakers
  • Meet with hundreds of participants across the LPG, crude and refined products market
  • Bonus content including a special focus on LPG trading in Mexico
  • Set your contracts and get business done 

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Argus NGL Americas

Argus assesses international LPG prices each day, including the key European indexes and benchmarks. The Argus Far East Index price is also used as a reference in contracts for LPG markets east of Suez. 
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Brought to you by Publisher of:

Argus International LPG
Argus NGL Americas

Argus assesses international LPG prices each day, including the key European indexes and benchmarks. The Argus Far East Index price is also used as a reference in contracts for LPG markets east of Suez. 
Learn more

Brought to you by Publisher of:

Argus International LPG
Argus NGL Americas

Argus assesses international LPG prices each day, including the key European indexes and benchmarks. The Argus Far East Index price is also used as a reference in contracts for LPG markets east of Suez. 
Learn more

Tuesday, January 16
13:30 Registration Opens
17:00 - 19:00 Opening Night Reception
19:00 - 21:00 Industry Dinner

Sponsored by ICE

*$185 per person - tables available for purchase. Please contact

Guest Speaker:
Nicholas Burns

• Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
• Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
• Former White House Special Assistant
• Current Harvard Professor

Wednesday, January 17
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 09:30 Opening Address

Guest Speaker:
Robert GatesSecretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

09:30 - 10:30 Keynote Session 1: Global Oil Market Dynamics

  • Global arbitrage opportunities: What are the trading opportunities for US supply in the international market? How do the Middle East and other regions compete
  • OPEC strategy: Oil exports from the US are rising dramatically, rivaling several OPEC member countries. Even so, OPEC and participating non-OPEC producers have largely complied with their late-2016 agreement to cut supply. Will cooperation or competition prevail as the market balances? What are the challenges that OPEC is facing to sustain global supply discipline?

Corey Prologo, Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC
Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays 

Stephen Jones
, Senior Vice President, Petroleum, Argus

10:30 - 11:00 Break

Sponsored by Oiltanking

11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: LPG Market Dynamics and Regions to Watch

  • Global LPG outlook: With the increasing availability of LPG out of the US, the Middle East and other regions, where is the incremental demand growing, and is growth sustainable over the coming years?
  • India rising: India's demand is growing and is now passing Japan as the #2 importer for LPG. But most term contracts are currently going to major Middle East exporters. What is LPG consumption, production and imports?
  • Autogas market: How much growth might we see in autogas demand for transportation fuels? What are the government incentives by region? How is the alternative fuel and battery powered vehicle market impacting autogas?
Nick Black, Principal LPG, Argus Consulting
Hemal Sanghani, Chief Executive Officer, Arihant Global 
Cécile Nourigat, Autogas Manager, World LPG Association 

Nick Black, Principal LPG, Argus Consulting
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and Presentation: Managing Risk in an Uncertain World

  • In the petroleum and petrochemical markets, we have come to expect extreme price volatility due to extreme weather events, macroeconomic pressures, geopolitical issues, capital flows and currency fluctuations which frequently cause dramatic swings in underlying values. But how do you effectively manage your risk in this market, whether you are a consumer or producer? Explore the challenges and opportunities in using financial risk management strategies to create a boost to your bottom line in an otherwise challenging market environment.
Gregory Broussard, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill

Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President, Business Development, Argus
14:00 - 15:30 Session 3: Opportunities for LPG in Mexico – Trading, Supply and Distribution

  • LPG distribution in Mexico: How does LPG distribution work in Mexico? How is pricing structured and what are the obstacles for market participants competing in the current system?
  • Developing a supply portfolio: Since Mexico’s deregulation, buyers are now exposed to the risk that Pemex used to handle. How can buyers manage their currency price risk and get fully integrated into the North American market? What are some of the strategies for the upcoming propane year?
  • Supply chain logistics: From origination to destination, understand the dynamics of moving North American propane by rail into the Mexican market

Luis Landeros, President, LPGas Distributors Association
David Schultz, Gas and Power, New World Fuel
Jay Harbison, Jr.
, President, 4J Energy
Ross Weisser,
VP and Principal, 4J Energy

Amy Strahan, Editor Petrochemicals, Argus

15:30 - 16:00 Break

Sponsored by Genscape

16:00 - 17:00 Session 4: Infrastructure Investment and Market Access

  • Infrastructure to support the Permian boom: Production is surging in the prolific Permian basin where operating costs are low and rig counts are growing. What is pipeline capacity for NGLs and where is it headed? How much is going to Houston and how much is going to Corpus Christi?
  • LPG rail car market: What are the projected rail movements of LPG and the cars required for those movements?
Ajey Chandra, Vice President, Managing Director, Muse Stancil, & Co.
Dan Penovich, President, Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC

Nick Black, Principal LPG, Argus Consulting
17:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception

Sponsored by capSpire

Thursday, January 18
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 10:30
Session 5: Petrochemical Demand

  • Global demand: Growing PDH capacity in China and other regions increasingly relies on imported feedstock. What is driving demand and how big is the opportunity for supply from the US vs the Middle East? And how will Canada fit into this picture? 
  • Naphtha market: Will the naphtha market continue to be well supplied? What are the commercial considerations for feedstock selection in petrochemical operations?
  • Cracker optimization: How are petrochemicals optimizing their cracker operations in a high capacity NGL market?
  • Ethylene production: Case study of DowDuPont's world-scale ethylene production facility and outlook for ethane demand
Paige Morse, VP, Propylene & Derivatives, Argus Consulting
Robert Campbell, Head of Oil Products Research, Energy Aspects
Robert Sawchuk, Business Director, BASF Total Petrochemicals LLC
Manav Lahoti, Business Director, Dow US Olefins, Aromatics and Alternatives

Paige Morse, VP, Propylene & Derivatives, Argus Consulting
10:30 - 11:00 Break 

Sponsored by Port of Corpus Christi

11:00 - 12:30 Session 6: Freight Market Outlook

  • Shipping capacity for exports: Proposed ethylene export terminals will be a new route for petrochemical companies looking to diversify their product exports. What new projects are coming online and what is the shipping capability to handle ethylene supply in the export market? 
  • The latest on the Panama Canal – Traffic, tolls and other considerations: What are the limitations on LPG vessels through the canal? What is the booking process? What is the schedule ahead of time fee? How long is the waiting time? What happens if there is a delay?
  • Seaborne market: What are the fundamentals shaping North American propane to Asia and when might the ARB widen? What might that mean for propane exports this season?
Oeyvind Lindeman, Chief Commercial Officer, Navigator Gas
Ing. Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA, Industrial Engineer, Maritime Advisors and Developers
Craig Whitley, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Energy Consultants, LLC

Steve Weber, VP Petrochemicals, Argus Consulting
12:30 - 14:15 Lunch

In partnership with WEN and Girls Inc.
14:15 - 15:15 Argus Open Markets and World Seaborne LPG Trade

  • Understand how LPG is trading internationally for seaborne cargoes and why global markets are netting forward North American exports to consumer markets
Alan Hayes
, Business Development Manager, Argus
15:15 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:30 Closing Address: Looking Forward - Will OPEC, shale, and peak demand keep oil prices stable indefinitely?

Robert McNally, Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group

Stephen Jones, SVP, Petroleum, Argus
16:30 Conference Concludes

*Program subject to change

2018 Speakers
Michael D. Cohen Head of Energy Markets Research at Barclays Capital
Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays

Michael Cohen is a Director and Head of Energy Markets Research at Barclays and is responsible for the firm’s oil and natural gas market forecasts. Based in New York, Mr. Cohen is also responsible for the firm’s research covering upstream, midstream, and downstream developments in North American energy markets. He is the lead author of Barclays’ flagship oil market monthly publication, The Blue Drum, and he also advises top management of Barclays’ broad reaching client base on global energy market developments. He is also a consultant to the National Intelligence Council and has been invited to speak to graduate students at Stanford, Columbia, and Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Barclays Capital in August 2013, Mr. Cohen spent two years as a senior member of the Oil Industries and Markets Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he was a principal author of the industry benchmark Oil Market Report and Medium Term Oil Market Report. Mr. Cohen also worked for seven years with the US Department of Energy as an economist with the Energy Information Administration and with the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He also has experience in gas and power markets as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power and as a consultant on electricity market design with LECG.

Mr. Cohen received an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, and a BSBA in Economics and BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Hemal Sanghani
Hemal Sanghani,
Chief Executive Officer, Arihant Global

Hemal Sanghani has more than 2 decades of experience in Energy & Petrochemicals Trade with a special focus on Indian subcontinent. He was formerly Head of India / South Asia for Energy & Petrochemicals with FORTUNE 500 Giants like SK Group ( of South Korea ), Tomen Corp (now Toyota Group) etc. & since 2001 has been representing FORTUNE 500 Global Energy majors like SK Group, Total Oil , Nynas etc. for Indian since last 15 years.

He is an International Speaker on Energy & Petrochemicals Industry at Global Conferences, is Advisor on Strategy with a keen interest in Geopolitics.

His Company advises & helps FORTUNE 500 Giants on how to navigate & penetrate complicated Indian & Middle East market handling their Products Marketing & Research. For Clients he is involved in developing a Stable & Competitive Sourcing / Strategy.
Cecile Nourigat
Cécile Nourigat, Autogas Manager, World LPG Association

Ms Cécile Nourigat is the World LPG Association (WLPGA) Autogas Manager since January 2016. She is responsible for the promotion of LPG as transport fuel globally through advocacy and communications activities. Prior to joining the LPG sector, she worked in a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, running political communications campaigns on a variety of issues linked to the European Union environment, transport and energy policy.

Cécile holds a post-graduate degree from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and also obtained a Master’s degree in political science in France.
Manav Lahoti
, Business Director, Dow US Olefins, Aromatics and Alternatives

Manav Lahoti, is the Commercial Director managing U.S. Olefins. In this role, Manav leads the long-term U.S. supply strategies for ethylene and propylene, oversees the U.S. ethylene and propylene derivative envelopes and drives commercial activities related to Dow’s investments in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Manav joined Dow in 1998 as an engineer involved in the startup and commissioning of a new polyethylene plant in Prentiss, Canada. In 2006, Manav transitioned into Hydrocarbons as the ethylene planner for Canada. He then assumed the role of North America ethylene planner and relocated to Houston, Texas. He became the global supply chain leader for Feedstocks & Energy in 2007 and transitioned into naphtha commercial manager responsibilities in 2010. In 2012, Manav assumed the senior commercial manager II role for U.S. Olefins and moved to an Associate Commercial Director for U.S. Aromatics role in 2013.

Manav earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University (UDCT) and a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. In addition, he has earned an executive MBA through the Dow-DeVos program at Northwood University.
Luis Landeros
Luis Landeros,
President, LPGas Distributors Association

Luis Landeros serves as the president of the board for the LPGas Distributors Association (ADG) in Mexico. He has more than 25 years of experience with retail and consumer distribution companies, serving in project leadership, sales management, sales development, consulting and marketing management, and chief executive positions. The ADG serves to promote and advocate common interest of the four biggest LPG distribution groups of Mexico, concentrating 250 companies with 45 percent of the total market share, nationwide. The ADG actively participated in the elaboration of the Secondary Laws for the Mexican Energy Reform with the Secretariat of Energy, including its Hydrocarbon Regulation, Administrative Rulings and Official LPGas Standards. 
David Schultz
David Schultz,
Gas and Power, New World Fuel

Mr. Schultz’s nearly 40 years of experience in energy has included senior positions in power generation, natural gas pipeline and storage, and LNG segments of the industry. In power generation, he has lead the development of power projects totaling more than $5 billion. In the natural gas industry, he has played a key role in the development, permitting and construction of $2 billion worth of pipeline and gas storage projects. He started Pivotal LNG, a leading merchant provider of LNG. Currently he is a partner in New World Fuel which is a leading importer of LNG, propane and refined products to Mexico.

Mr. Schultz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Diego State University. He has served on various non-profit boards including Texas Energy Museum in Beaumont, Texas.
Jay Harbison
Jay Harbison, Jr.,
President, 4J Energy, LLC

Jay Harbison, President and Founding Member of 4J Energy, LLC, was previously Senior Director for Sunoco Logistics. Prior to Sunoco, Jay was Head of Crude Oil Logistics at EDF Trading in North America. Jay has held a variety of Senior level assignments at TransMontaigne, Texon LP, TransCanada and EOTT. Jay has a successful history of leading start-ups, developing innovative logistical solutions and creating tremendous enterprise value over a short period of time. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Jay has more than 25 years experience in energy logistics and is an expert on crude oil blending and strategy development.
Ross Weisser
J. Ross Weisser,
 VP and Principal, 4J Energy

Ross Weisser, Co-Founder of 4J Energy, LLC, was previously Senior Manager – Lease Acquisition at Sunoco Logistics. Prior to Sunoco, Ross led Business Development projects for the EDF Trading Crude Logistics team. Ross spent 5 years at GasRock Capital where he developed his background in crude oil marketing, project economic analysis, reserve based energy lending, financial and credit analysis and investment banking. A graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, Ross has more than 12 years experience in the crude oil industry.
Nicolas Duque
Ing. Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA,
Industrial Engineer, Maritime Advisors and Developers

Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA, ‎is the Vice President of the Panama Maritime Chamber and currently CCO & Owner of Terramar Oil & Services; a family-owned barge service company with 15 years of experience in Panama.

Terramar is a barge owner and operator company providing expertise as physical bunker supplier, ship to ship (lightering) agency and other services.

Nicolas is an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in maritime administration and holds a post degree on bunkering operations as well as a cursing post degree on superior education.
Craig Whitley, Global LPG Analytics Team Leader, BP
Craig Whitley, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Energy Consultants, LLC

Craig Whitley is President and CEO of World Energy Consultants, LLC. After 45 years of experience working in the U.S. NGL and global LPG industries, Craig recently retired as the Global NGL Analytics leader for BP and launched World Energy Consultants to provide market analysis, feasibility studies, due diligence support, merger acquisition analysis, custom studies, expert testimony, workshops and training programs for private, public and state-owned energy companies. Prior to joining BP in 2010, Craig was a senior partner at the international energy consulting firm of Purvin & Gertz for 18 years. Craig joined Purvin & Gertz in 1993 and headed the company’s LPG consulting practices in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and is well known for his analysis of North American NGL markets.

Craig is an expert in international LPG markets, having conducted and led consulting assignments in 49 different countries during his 18-year tenure at Purvin & Gertz. He was also very instrumental at growing Purvin & Gertz market forecasting services as founder and Senior Editor of Purvin & Gertz’ North America NGL Market Outlook, Global LPG Market Outlook and Latin America LPG Market Outlook multi-client studies for many years. Immediately prior to his employment with Purvin & Gertz, Craig was President of Bonner & Moore Market Consultants, an international energy-consulting firm headquartered in Houston, TX. During his career he has served as chief executive of several energy firms in the LPG business, including BruinGas, Inc., Trio Energy Company, Trio Chemical Company and Aero Energy, Inc.

Craig’s LPG industry expertise and knowledge encompasses many areas of interest that highlight his widespread industry experience, including: market analysis and forecasting, supply acquisition and distribution, gas processing, LPG and NGL trading and marketing, technical analysis, aerosol propellant production and international LPG trade.

Craig lives in Houston, is married and has 4 children. He holds separate B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Zoology and received his MBA from Ole Miss.  
Ajey Chandra
Ajey Chandra, Vice President, Managing Director, Muse Stancil, & Co.

Mr. Ajey Chandra is a Director of the firm and the Managing Director of the Houston office of Muse, Stancil & Co. where he also leads the Midstream practice area for the firm. Mr. Chandra joined Muse in 2014 after 28 years of experience in various facets of the midstream industry, including operations, engineering, business development, management, and consulting. Mr. Chandra has had a wide variety of assignments covering all aspects of the energy industry during his career, and has had several long term expatriate assignments overseas, including Europe and Southeast Asia. Mr. Chandra’s operating, consulting and management experience includes working at Amoco, Purvin & Gertz, Hess and NextEra Energy Resources prior to joining Muse Stancil. Mr. Chandra has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Mr. Chandra has also attended Executive Education classes at Harvard University, and is a Professional Engineer in Texas.
Daniel Penovich
Dan Penovich,
President, Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC

Dan Penovich is a 35 year veteran of the railcar leasing industry. He is president of Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. and Mitsui and Co. Ltd. both located in Tokyo, Japan.

Dan’s previous work included 12 years at GATX Corporation where he led the North American Sales force and provided support for GATX’s international business development projects. Prior to GATX, he was employed by Union Tank Car for 15 years where he led commercial efforts in the Midwest region. He started his career in the rail car operating leasing business at North American Car Company.

In addition to his work experience Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Logistics from Indiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dan is an active member of the Chicago Traffic Club, New York Traffic Club, National Grain and Feed Association, North American Freight Car Association, Association of American Railroads and a number of other rail shipper organizations. He also has joined the Indiana University-Kelly School of Business Transportation Executive Board. The board’s goal is to promote careers in logistics and supply chain management to students at the Kelly School. Ultimately the board wants the University to establish a major in supply chain and logistics management.

Dan resides in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois with his wife Cindy and has two grown children, Mark and Laura.
Oeyvind Lindeman
Oeyvind Lindeman,
Chief Commercial Officer, Navigator Gas

Mr. Lindeman was appointed Chartering Manager of the Company in November 2007, before being appointed Chief Commercial officer in January 2004. Prior to this, he was employed for five years at A.P. Moller Maersk, a gas transport company as charterer. Mr. Lindeman holds a BA with honours from the University of Strathclyde and an Executive MBA with distinction from Cass Business School.
Robert Campbell
Robert Campbell,
Head of Oil Products Research, Energy Aspects

Robert heads up coverage of global oil products markets. Prior to joining Energy Aspects, Robert worked as an energy journalist for nearly 14 years for Reuters, Petroleum Argus and other publications, where he reported on oil markets and trends from Latin America, London, and New York in addition to temporary assignments worldwide. Most recently he was Oil Markets Columnist at Reuters. Robert holds an MA from McMaster University and a BA from McGill University and is based in New York.
Robert Sawchuk will be speaking on March 15, 2016
Robert Sawchuck,
Business Director, BASF Total Petrochemicals

Robert Sawchuk is a Business Director at BASF Corporation. Currently, he has business management responsibility for the BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC, a joint venture company between BASF Corporation and Total Petrochemical and Refining USA, Inc., which operates in the refining and petrochemicals segments. Prior to this role, Mr. Sawchuk’s responsibilities included Business and Marketing Management for acrylic monomers and superabsorbent polymers in North and South America, located in Charlotte, NC, and Global Marketing Management for superabsorbent polymers, located in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Mr. Sawchuk earned his Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry from the University of Manitoba, and his Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Sawchuk is Member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Energy Advisory Committee, and is a past Board Member and President of the Southwest Chemical Association. Additionally, Mr. Sawchuk is on the Board of Directors for the Houston Food Bank and Houston Marathon Foundation, and is currently the Texas State Appointee to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone One Board of Directors for the City of Sugar Land, TX.
Paige Morse
Paige Morse,
VP, Propylene & Derivatives, Argus

Paige Morse is responsible for market intelligence and analysis for propylene and related derivatives. She has 25 years in experience in the chemical industry in the US and Europe, and joined Argus in 2016.

She is a strategic thinker with broad experience in business development and corporate planning in chemical and energy markets. Paige has worked in R&D, business development, and marketing at Shell, Dow, Sunoco and Clariant. She has worked on several M&A projects throughout her career, with a focus on acquisition targeting, market and technology assessment, and asset integration. Paige has PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in Ohio.
Nick Black, Principal LPG, Argus
Nick Black, Principal LPG, Argus Consulting Services

Nick Black is Principal LPG. Nick has 30 years’ experience in the oil industry and 26 years at Argus. He has an MA degree from Oxford University and speaks at LPG functions across the globe.

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December 9 - January 15
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January 16, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas LPG Summit is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the LPG market including supply/demand fundamentals, North American infrastructure dynamics as well as understanding the complexities of global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

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Guest speaker: Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns Harvard University

Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics International, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, The Trilateral Commission, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Atlantic Council, America Abroad Media, the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Gennadius Library. From 2014-2017, he was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State. He is Vice Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Order of Saint John and Red Sox Nation.

Professor Burns served in the United States government for 27 years. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001–2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997–2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995–1997). He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985–1987) where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern).

Professor Burns has received 12 honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’sDistinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award, and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. He hasa Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College (1978), a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980), and earned a Certificat Pratique de Langue Française at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977). He was a visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in summer 2008.

2018 Guest Speaker
Robert Gates

Robert Gates

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush.

On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Before becoming secretary of defense in 2006, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University, the nation’s seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency on August 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.

Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, the White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.

Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the President and deputy national security adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989 until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.

Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has three times received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. In April, 2016, he became the inaugural recipient of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Annual Prize, in recognition of his distinguished record of promoting the importance of geostrategic thinking with a transcending moral purpose.

He has authored three memoirs - Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (2014), a straightforward, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War (1996) which details his career as a CIA officer at the center of power during a time when the threat of global annihilation informed America’s every move, and A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service (January 2016), in which Gates draws on years of exceptional experience to offer readers a powerful, informative and pragmatic look at leadership.

Until becoming secretary of defense, Gates served as chairman of the independent trustees of The Fidelity Funds, the nation’s largest mutual fund company, and on the board of directors of NACCO Industries, Inc., Brinker International, Inc. and Parker Drilling Company.

Gates currently serves on the board of directors of Starbucks and is partner in the consulting firm, RHG LLC, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others. He has also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education, the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land- Grant Colleges. He has also been president of the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Eagle Scout Association.

A native of Kansas, Gates received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, his master’s degree in history from Indiana University and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. Gates was installed as chancellor of the college of William & Mary, beginning in February 2012. He is the first William & Mary alumnus in the modern era to serve as chancellor of the college.

In 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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