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Confirmed 2017 speakers

An unrivaled line up of LPG industry thought-leaders. Check back regularly for updates to our announced speakers.

Nick Black VP, LPG Argus Nick Black, Vice President LPG, Argus

Nick Black is vice president, LPG Naphtha and Petrochemicals. Nick has 30 years’ experience in the oil industry and 21 years at Argus. He has an MA degree from Oxford University and speaks at LPG functions across the globe.
Ernst BrandstaetterErnst Brandstaetter, Managing Director, SHV Gas Supply and Risk Management

Ernst Brandstaetter started his career with SHV in 1979. He worked in various positions with Primagaz Austria, before taking the post of Chief Financial Officer in 1981. He was Managing Director of Primagaz Central Europe between 2002 and 2008. Ernst then moved to Paris to assume his current role as General Manager of SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management with offices in Paris, Vienna and Singapore.
Nicola Williams, ClarksonNicola Williams, Director, Clarksons Platou

Nicola Williams is a Director of Clarksons Platou, the world’s largest shipping services provider.

Since joining the gas division in 1999, she has been responsible for analysis of market fundamentals and freight across the gas carrier fleet, LPG, ammonia and petrochemical gas markets. Responsibilities include preparing performance and benchmarking reviews, business development, market analysis, consultancy and logistics strategy evaluation. She speaks regularly at international LPG, ammonia and petrochemical conferences and workshops and is a guest lecturer for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Regent’s University, London.

After completing a postgraduate degree in politics and economics of developing economies at Cambridge University, she joined Clarksons in 1995, where she worked as a tanker analyst in Clarkson Research.
Joe Duffy, Argus DeWitt
Joe Duffy
, Vice President, Olefins, EMEA, Argus DeWitt

Joe Duffy joined Argus DeWitt in 2009 as vice-president ethylene, polymers and derivatives for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He previously worked for ICI, Huntsman and Saudi company Sabic, where he was responsible for the business management of Sabic’s olefins business in Europe. At Argus DeWitt, Joe has worked on a number of consultancy projects covering the structure of the European olefins markets, investment opportunities in the Middle East and the potential for ethane imports to Europe.

Joe is also responsible for the provision of regular client services for ethylene and polymers along with the monthly olefins outlook forecast. Joe has a BSc (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Glasgow.
David Appleton David Appleton, Senior Analyst, Argus Consulting

David Appleton is a Senior Analyst at Argus, specialising in LPG. He is responsible for delivery of the global and European LPG statistical reviews that Argus publishes in partnership with WLPGA and AEGPL each year, as well as leading other LPG projects.

Prior to joining Argus, David spent six years at the European LPG Association, where in his role as public affairs manager, he promoted and defended the interests of the downstream European LPG sector in the Brussels energy policy sphere.
David holds a BscEcon in European Studies and a Masters in International Development.
Kristen Mueller, Argus
Kristen Mueller
, Senior Manager, Argus Consulting Services

Kristen is a Senior Manager in the London office, providing analysis and developing strategy for energy clients. She has developed extensive experience in LPG markets through her work at Argus, including an assessment of future trade flows, pricing and storage requirements for a European distributor and an analysis of the potential to import propane from the US into Egypt with a focus on security of supply and potential customers. 

Prior to Argus, Kristen was a Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, developing market assessments and recommending and implementing revenue growth projects. Kristen has an MBA from London Business School and an MA in Economics & China Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Rob Shuttleworth,UKLPG
Rob Shuttleworth, 
Chief Executive, UKLPG

Rob has been Chief Executive of UKLPG, the trade association for the UK’s LPG industry, since its inception in 2007. UKLPG governs the technical and safety standards for the industry, represents the interests of its members to Government and other stakeholders and communicates to the market as a whole on behalf of the industry.

Rob joined UKLPG from ConocoPhillips where he was Business Unit Manager for their wholesale LPG operation, a post he held from 2001 to 2006. Prior to joining the LPG industry, he held a series of positions within ConocoPhillips including responsibility for Jet petrol sales promotions, forecourt marketing, brand and retail store development as well as bottom line responsibility for North of England and Scottish Jet Company Owned outlets. 

Rob has a background in travel and transport marketing and holds an MA in Geography from the University of Aberdeen.

Borut Sočič, Head of LPG Development, Petrol Slovenia

Borut has worked at Slovenian energy firm Petrol d.d. since 1997 in various capacities, including oil products trading in 1997-2000 and the LPG business since 2001. He is currently head of the LPG department, and is responsible for developing the firm’s LPG business in Slovenia — including autogas, cylinders and bulk supply — as well as in southeast Europe, where Petrol is expanding its presence. He was president of the Slovenian LPG Association in 2010-14. 
Joel Pedessac, General Manager, French Committee of Butane and Propane

Joel Pedessac has been general manager of French LPG association CFBP since 2004. He is a board member of the European LPG Association, a board member and treasurer of the French Gas Association and treasurer of the Energies and Avenir and Coenove associations. He has held a number of positions in the energy industry mainly at Shell and Butagaz during the past 25 years. Joel has an energy and technology degree and an executive MBA from HEC Paris.
Ildefonso E. Sánchez-Romo, Global Head of LPG, Naphtha & Petrochemicals Trading, Repsol
 Guray Isikguner, LPG import manager, OMV Petrol
Diogo Barros, Head of LPG Bulk Business, Galp
Rebecca Ball, Director, Greengear Global
Christophe Casabonne, Global Energy Management, Co-Head NGLs, ENGIE
David-Arthur Nabet, LPG trader, LUKOIL Pan-Americas
Lilian Alexandru, General Manager, Rompetrol Gas

Francesco Franchi, President & CEO, Costiero Gas Livorno

Francis Osborne, Head of forecasting, Crude Oil and Refined Products, Argus Consulting
Thomas Carlisle, Gas Analyst, Gibsons Shipbrokers
 Cécile Nourigat, Autogas Manager, AEGPL
Nikos Xydas,Technical Director, WLPGA

To discuss speaking opportunities at this conference, please contact Tonika Campbell, Conference Producer, using the details below:

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Nick Black, Vice President LPG, Argus

Nick Black is vice president, LPG Naphtha and Petrochemicals. Nick has 30 years’ experience in the oil industry and 21 years at Argus. He has an MA degree from Oxford University and speaks at LPG functions across the globe.

Nick Black, Vice President LPG, Argus

Nick Black is vice president, LPG Naphtha and Petrochemicals. Nick has 30 years’ experience in the oil industry and 21 years at Argus. He has an MA degree from Oxford University and speaks at LPG functions across the globe.

Nick Black, Vice President LPG, Argus

Nick Black is vice president, LPG Naphtha and Petrochemicals. Nick has 30 years’ experience in the oil industry and 21 years at Argus. He has an MA degree from Oxford University and speaks at LPG functions across the globe.

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