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Argus Rio Crude Conference 2016

2016 Speaker Faculty

Mike Muller, VP Crude Trading & Supply, Shell Trading
Keynote: Mike Muller, VP Crude Trading & Supply, Shell Trading

Michael Muller joined Shell 27 years ago after graduating from Cambridge University. He has served on the Global Leadership Team of Shell’s trading division since 1999. Better known to colleagues as Mike, he is the VP Crude Trading managing a business that handles more than 8 million barrels of crude per day. In this role, he oversees a global team of trading, supply and risk management professionals spread across 10 offices including major oil trading hubs such as Houston and London. In prior roles he managed the Atlantic Basin Crude Oil Trading and Supply business, Shell’s North Sea, Futures, Swaps and Options Trading business, and led Shell’s Global Chemical Feedstock Trading Business. In the 1990s he managed Shell’s Trading and Supply team in Melbourne and was then posted to Singapore to establish a cross-business development presence in South East Asia. Michael is based in London. He is married and has a daughter.

Renato Bertani, Chief Executive Officer, Barra Energia, Brazil
Renato Bertani,
Chief Executive Officer, Barra Energia, Brazil 

Renato T. Bertani holds B. Sci degree in Geology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and a PH. D. in Sedimentary Geology and Geochemistry from the University of Illinois, USA. He has over 35 years of international experience in exploration and production projects, acquisitions and divestments in several Latin American countries, , West Africa, UK, and the USA Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Bertani took over as the CEO of Barra Energia, a new E&P company with focus in oil and gas industry of Brazil in May 2010 and has since then developed the company’s strategy, assembled a team of high quality and experienced industry professionals and implemented a very successful business plan.

He previously served for 31 years in various technical and high level managerial positions with Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company. Among such positions were President of Petrobras America, Inc., a subsidiary of the Brazilian state company based in Houston, Managing Director of Petrobras UK and Director of International E&P activities for the Petrobras Group.

In December of 2011 Mr. Bertani was elected President of the World Petroleum Council, an organization that congregates 65 member countries whose main objectives are to promote the development of oil and gas resources to the benefit of mankind and promote the debate of the global energy issues. He previously served as Vice President of the WPC since 2005 and was responsible for the technical program for the World Petroleum Congresses that took place in Doha, Qatar, in 2011, and Madrid, Spain, in 2008. He serves in the advisory board of the Maguire Energy Institute of the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He served as a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston from 2003 to 2006, as President of the Brazil Texas Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2007, and as Director of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute from 1995 to 1997.
Alvaro Efrain Téllez Rangel, Mexican Energy Expert, Consultant, Former Director of CRE
Alvaro Efrain Téllez Rangel
, Mexican Energy Expert, Consultant, Former Director of CRE

Efrain Tellez holds a degree in Actuarial Science and also a Master Degree in Economics. His main professional career has been developed at the energy sector for more than 19 years. He is a specialist in industrial organization, economic regulation of monopolies, markets and competition promotion in the energy sector. Until April, 2016, he was Head of the Regulation Unit at the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) in Mexico. Among other activities, he was in charge of designing the economic regulatory framework and coordinate the CRE’s participation in the development of public policy in the energy sector; also provided advisory in economic and regulatory matters to the President, Commissioners, and other main Divisions at the CRE. Currently he is independent consultant in infrastructure development, markets and regulation in Mexico.
Jose Maria de Novaes, CEO, Porto Central
José Maria de Novaes,
CEO, Porto Central

Jose Maria was born in Cachoeiro do Itapemirim, in the South of the State of Espirito Santo. After obtaining his Civil Engineering and Economy Degrees from the Federal University of Espirito Santo, in Vitoria, he joined giant mining and logistics company Vale in 1986.

His 18 year career in Vale led him to work in several areas including Pelletizing, Ports and the Procurement Department. After leaving Vale in 2003, he became a partner and Director in the metal mechanic factory and assembly company METALMEC - Consórcio Metal-Mecânico do Espírito Santo, which was one of the local suppliers to Vale, ArcelorMittal and Petrobras.

In 2011 he started the project to build a Maritime Terminal in Presidente Kennedy. In 2014 the Port of Rotterdam joined the project as a shareholder, transforming the project into a worldclass multipurpose deep-water port project, Porto Central.
Ann Rapheal, GM - Crude Oil Trading, Essar Oil Limited
Ann Rapheal,
GM - Crude Oil Trading, Essar Oil Limited  

Ann Rapheal is a post graduate in Marketing Management with over 15years experience - mainly in the Petroleum Industry. She leads the crude oil purchase and optimization function for the Essar Oil Limited refinery in India. She has been instrumental in optimizing the crude slate for the refinery, thereby ensuring among the best refinery margins among the industry.

Essar is India’s second largest private sector oil refinery with a capacity of 405 KBPSD. Essar Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate with investments in the sectors of steel, energy, infrastructure and services. With operations in more than 25 countries, Essar employs over 60,000 people and has aggregate revenues of around $35 billion.
Aakash Doshi, Director, Citi  

Aakash Doshi is a commodities strategist for Citi Research in New York. As part of the global commodity research team, he focuses on macro commodities strategy, investor trading flows, energy and agriculture sectors. He is regularly cited for commentary or interviewed on television and in print media such as Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC. Prior to joining Citi, Aakash was a special situations analyst at a New York and London-based credit hedge fund, credit derivatives trader at UBS Investment Bank and in asset management sales at Alliance-Bernstein. Aakash has a master’s degree in international finance from Columbia University and began his career on the shortterm interest rate trading desk for GMAC. He enjoys skiing, travel and cooking.
Edson Nakagawa, Technical and Audit Director, PPSA
Edson Nakagawa,
Technical and Audit Director, PPSA

Edson Nakagawa has been PPSA´s (Pré-sal Petróleo S.A.) technical and audit director, since its establishment in November 2013. PSSA is a State organization in charge of managing the pre-salt production sharing agreements in Brazil and the commercialization of the State´s oil and gas. In addition, PPSA represents the State in unitization agreements in the pre-salt area. Previously, Edson worked for Petrobras (1980-2000), mostly in the development of deepwater technologies and for the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, 2000-2012), having reached the position of director of the petroleum and geothermal research portfolio. Finally, he joined General Electric Global Research Center (2012-13) as the director of subsea technologies development.
Edson has BSc in Civil Engineering (EEP, São Paulo), MSc (UFOP, Minas Gerais) and PhD in Petroleum Engineering (LSU, Louisiana).
Christopher Louney, Commodity Strategist, RBC Capital Markets
Christopher Louney,
Commodity Strategist, RBC Capital Markets 

Working on our Commodity Strategy team, Christopher is responsible for both energy and metals coverage as well as crosscommodity investment flows analysis. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, he worked at Barclays on the Commodities Research team where he was a lead analyst covering natural gas and precious metals, in addition to commodity investment flows. Christopher graduated with a BA from Cornell University where he double‐majored in Economics and China and Asia Pacific Studies. He is frequently quoted in top news media (including but not limited to Bloomberg, Financial Times, CNBC, Reuters, etc.) and has appeared on television networks such as BNN. He is currently a candidate in the CFA program.

 Helder Queiroz, former ANP director and professor at the Federal University, Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Economics

Dr. Helder Queiroz Pinto Junior is an economist and has a Master of Sciences degree in Energy Planning (COPPE/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). After his M. SC degree he worked two years in Eletrobras on National Energy Efficiency Program (1986-1988). He did his PhD in Energy Economics at Université de Grenoble, France (1989-1993). Since 1994, he has been a Professor and a Research Economist with the Energy Economics Group, Institute of Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He was Research Director at Institute of Economics between 2002 and 2003. Between 1998 and 2000, he was also an advisor to the President of National Petroleum Agency (ANP).   He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (January-October 2001). Between 2003 and 2007 he participated annually as a Professor in the Energy Regulation Course promoted by the University of Sherbrooke/Montreal. In 2010 he was indicated as Academic Chair of 33rd International Association of Energy Economists (IAEE) Conference, held in June 2010 in  Rio de Janeiro. Between June 2011 and June 2015, he served as Director of ANP (National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels) . During this period, he was also member of  “CMSE – Comitê de Monitoramento do Setor Elétrico” coordinated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME).


Naomi Esfahani, Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.
Naomi Esfahani,
Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. 

Naomi Esfahani is a global crude oil markets analyst with Suncor Energy based in Calgary, Canada, and is responsible for providing short and long term crude oil markets outlook. She is also a regional director of Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA).

Naomi started her career as an engineer at Schlumberger Technology Center based in Tokyo and was involved in development projects with oilfields application particularly in wireline and drilling and measurement services. Prior to joining Suncor, she was a risk analyst at BP’s Integrated Supply and Trading Group, and her responsibilities included market risk oversight and credit risk projects. Naomi has also worked as a SAS Analytics consultant with primary focus of developing advanced analytics for market and credit risk and front office applications.

Naomi holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Robotics and Automation Engineering from Tohoku University (Japan), a Master of Mathematical Finance and a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Southern California (USA).
Nathan Frisbee, Senior Analyst, Global Energy Economics, International Energy Agency
Nathan Frisbee,
Senior Analyst, Global Energy Economics, International Energy Agency 

Nathan Frisbee is an oil and gas analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France. He earned a degree in Civil Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in California, and has 20 years of experience in the Exploration and Production sector with Schlumberger. Nathan’s responsibilities at the IEA include North America oil supply analysis, upstream investment and coverage of focus countries for the World Energy Outlook publication.
Felipe dos Santos, Equity Research Vice President, Latin America, JP Morgan

Felipe Santos joined the research team of J.P. Morgan in São Paulo in 2010, and is covering Latin American Oil, Gas, Petrochemical and Services companies since then. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Felipe worked at Raymond James, covering O&G companies for 6 years having worked at Unibanco, Santander and PricewaterhouseCoopers in São Paulo. Felipe holds a degree in Accountancy from Catholic University, São Paulo, with a Master’s degree in Macroeconomics and in Finance from IBMEC in São Paulo.

R. Sudhakara Rao, Executive Director of Refinery Finance, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. 

Sudhakara Rao R has got extensive knowledge in all Functions of Oil Company including Exploration, Product Sharing Contracts, Crude Transportation, Refining, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Sales Force Management, Marketing
Discipline, Marketing Strategy Planning, Brand Building, Team Building, Enterprise Resource Planning, Logistics, Contracts, Financial Management, Audit, Risk Management, Product Pricing, APM, and Commercial Aspects of Business
Management in Oil Industry. Having worked long time in Consumer sales has good knowledge of businesses related to infrastructure, Power Plants, Automotives, Environmental legislations, bunkering contracts, shipping. Also got in-depth
knowledge of crude oil selection, procurement, back-casting, supply management etc, International crude and products dynamics. He made presentations in various national and international forums on subjects related to oil industry especially in the areas of crude procurement and lubricating oil business.

Decio Oddone, Director of Projects Oil and Gas, Prumo Logística
Decio Oddone,
Director of Projects Oil and Gas, Prumo Logística 

Décio Oddone is Prumo’s O&G Project Director. Graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, with a postgraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from Petrobras, he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in the United States, as well as the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in France. He built his career at Petrobras where he worked for 30 years occupying several executive positions in Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Angola and Libya. He was CEO of Petrobras Bolivia between 1999 and 2004, when he led the deployment of the infrastructure to export gas to Brazil through Gasbol (Bolivia-Brazil). After his move to Rio de Janeiro in 2004, he was responsible for Petrobras operations in Latin America and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Petrobras Energia SA and subsidiaries of Petrobras in Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Chile and Spain. In 2008, he was appointed CEO of Petrobras Energia SA. From 2010 until recently was Vice President of Braskem.
Mauri Lappinen, Advisor on Global Crude, Refining & Lubes

Mauri Lappinen, Independent Consultant on Global Crude, Refining & Lubes

Mauri has 35 years with Exxon, mostly in international operations with Esso Eastern (Houston, TX) and Exxon Company International (Florham Park, NJ), including Refinery Technical Manager and Operations Manager in Thailand, South East Asia Crude Supply Coordinator, Operations Coordinator for 31 manufacturing plants in Exxon's international lubes marketing division, Operations Coordinator for Exxon's Singapore based oil tanker/shipping operations. More recently, Mauri had 8 years of experience as a consultant to the US Dept of Energy, managing a business/technical support contract for the Office of Oil and Gas. Mauri gained his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.
Adrian Lara, Senior Upstream Analyst - Americas, GlobalData Energy
Adrian Lara,
Senior Upstream Analyst - Americas, GlobalData Energy 

Adrian directs GlobalData’s upstream team in charge of conducting quantitative and qualitative research for oil and gas activity in the Americas region. His team monitors the key producing and planned assets in the region and oversees the methodology for specific asset valuations including forecasting assumptions in production and capital expenditure. Adrian has several years of experience as an oil and gas industry analyst, having held different positions within the trading arm of Mexican state-owned company Pemex, where he focused on analysis of oil and gas fundamentals in the context of upstream exporting strategies and international trading. Adrian was also a visiting research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in Oxford, UK, where his research focused on oil supply scenarios in the Western Hemisphere. He has a Master of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, with a specialization in oil and gas from the Institut Français du Pétrole. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Virendra Chauhan, Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
Virendra Chauhan,
Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Virendra’s work at Energy Aspects focuses on global crude supply and demand fundamentals, with a particular emphasis on regional balances, trade flows and benchmarks. His specialism is upstream and shale. He examines the impact of US shale on oil markets producing analysis that is regularly referenced by leading media outlets. His research covers specialist areas such as the economics of global crude production. After starting out as an analyst in London, Virendra moved to Singapore in September 2015 to help establish an Asia office with a focus on developments in the Asian crude markets. Virendra’s approach is to apply data-rich analysis to broader market developments.
Euan Craik, Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus
Euan Craik,
Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus 

Euan Craik is chief executive of Argus Media Inc. in Houston and serves on the Board of Directors of Argus Media Ltd. Since 2006, Euan has led the Argus management team in the Americas, expanding the reach of offices and breadth of services. He 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, where he developed Argus’ LNG coverage and other areas of the global gas and power portfolio. 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.

Simultaneous translation

Simultaneous translation in Spanish and Portuguese will be available onsite throughout the event


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Porto Central


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