03 February - 05 February 2020
Houston, Texas, US

Argus Americas Crude Summit

Speakers

Marianne Kah
Advisory Board Member and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy
Marianne Kah is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Advisory Board member at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She had been the Chief Economist of ConocoPhillips at its Houston headquarters for 25 years where she was responsible for developing the company’s market outlooks for oil and natural gas, and was the company’s expert in scenario planning. She also communicate...
Marianne Kah is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Advisory Board member at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She had been the Chief Economist of ConocoPhillips at its Houston headquarters for 25 years where she was responsible for developing the company’s market outlooks for oil and natural gas, and was the company’s expert in scenario planning. She also communicated her views to numerous external stakeholders, including Energy Ministers, legislators, think tanks and governments. She is also a Director of Petroleum Geo-Services and Allegheny Technologies.
Michael Tran
Managing Director, Global Energy Strategy
Michael Tran is a Managing Director within the Energy Strategy Research team at RBC Capital Markets based in New York. He is responsible for views pertaining to global energy markets including macro supply and demand fundamentals. He was formerly in a similar capacity at CIBC World Markets where he was part of a team that was previously voted most accurate forecaster of WT...
Michael Tran is a Managing Director within the Energy Strategy Research team at RBC Capital Markets based in New York. He is responsible for views pertaining to global energy markets including macro supply and demand fundamentals. He was formerly in a similar capacity at CIBC World Markets where he was part of a team that was previously voted most accurate forecaster of WTI oil prices by Bloomberg. Prior to that, he worked on the energy sales and trading desk at CIBC in Calgary and UBS Investment Bank in London. He has also held various roles at BP and has experience in energy investment banking. Mr. Tran's energy views are frequently quoted in media outlets and he routinely appears on television networks like Bloomberg and BNN. Mr. Tran frequently provides market insight to the Alberta government on issues pertaining to energy policy and budgeting. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Energy Forum and is a member of the Energy Advisory Board for Orbital Insight, an Artificial Intelligence tech company specializing in geospatial analytics. He is also a former co-chair of the Commodities committee for New York Energy Week. He graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Economics.
Mitch Kawaguchi
Head of Crude Oil Trading, Cosmo Oil
Mr Kawaguchi has 26 years of experience in Crude/Petroleum Product trading and marketing at Japanese refiner, Cosmo Oil Co.,Ltd. He joined the Tokyo branch in 1993 as a Marketing staff , and his previous roles include Assistant Manager at Aviation Fuel Marketing in Cosmo Tokyo HQ 1996-2000, Manager of derivative trading at Cosmo Oil of USA (New York office) 2003-2006. Fo...
Mr Kawaguchi has 26 years of experience in Crude/Petroleum Product trading and marketing at Japanese refiner, Cosmo Oil Co.,Ltd. He joined the Tokyo branch in 1993 as a Marketing staff , and his previous roles include Assistant Manager at Aviation Fuel Marketing in Cosmo Tokyo HQ 1996-2000, Manager of derivative trading at Cosmo Oil of USA (New York office) 2003-2006. Following this he was in charge of developing petroleum products marketing network in the states of California, USA as Chief Operation Officer of Cosmo Oil of USA 2006-2010. Following this, he was Group manager at the Products Trading Department, in Cosmo Tokyo HQ 2010-2014, Vice President of Cosmo Oil International Pte. Ltd 2014-2017, before being appointed to his current role since 2017. He has graduated Tsukuba University with a Linguistics major in 1990, followed by spending a year at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute with a Chinese Language major 1991, before acquiring his B.A in Language Education on 1993.
Mary Kogut Brawley, P.C.
Partner, Debt Finance, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Mary’s practice spans a wide array of debt financing transactions, including the representation of private equity funds, hedge funds, mezzanine funds and private and public companies. Mary has successfully handled complex financings in connection with leveraged buyouts, public offerings, reserve-based financings and refinancings, and restructurings (including in-court and...
Mary’s practice spans a wide array of debt financing transactions, including the representation of private equity funds, hedge funds, mezzanine funds and private and public companies. Mary has successfully handled complex financings in connection with leveraged buyouts, public offerings, reserve-based financings and refinancings, and restructurings (including in-court and out-of-court restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings, and exit financings). Known for her unique ability to calmly and masterfully advocate for clients in high stakes negotiations, Mary is a “go to” attorney for complex transactions. With clients ranging from EIG Global Energy Partners and Sanchez Energy Corporation to Apollo Global Management and LINN Energy, Mary has been involved in some of the most high profile recent acquisition-related financings and restructurings in the energy industry.
Pedro Manrique
Business Development, Ecopetrol
Pedro Manrique was appointed as the Commercial and Marketing Vice President of the Ecopetrol Group in April of 2017. He is also a member of Cartagena refinery, Cenit and Invercolsa board of directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Industrial University of Santander, holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Un...
Pedro Manrique was appointed as the Commercial and Marketing Vice President of the Ecopetrol Group in April of 2017. He is also a member of Cartagena refinery, Cenit and Invercolsa board of directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Industrial University of Santander, holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in the United States where he was a Fulbright Scholar and an MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He has 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and previously he spent 15 years in the upstream business with Chevron Petroleum Company in different locations and his last assignment was as the Commercial and Business Planning Manager for Chevron Latin America where he also served as a member of the Leadership Team for Chevron Latin America. During his career he also worked with Enron Energy Services as a Risk Manager and as a Business Development Manager at Enron International based in Houston, Texas.
David Fyfe
Chief Economist, Argus
David Fyfe is Group Chief Economist for Argus Media based in London. He has over 30 years of oil, energy and commodity market experience. Prior to joining Argus in April 2019, David spent six years as Chief Economist for global commodity trading firm Gunvor. That was preceded by 10 years at the IEA in Paris, where David headed the IEA’s Oil Industry and Markets Division an...
David Fyfe is Group Chief Economist for Argus Media based in London. He has over 30 years of oil, energy and commodity market experience. Prior to joining Argus in April 2019, David spent six years as Chief Economist for global commodity trading firm Gunvor. That was preceded by 10 years at the IEA in Paris, where David headed the IEA’s Oil Industry and Markets Division and edited the monthly Oil Market Report. He also worked in energy fundamentals consulting and began his career with an engineering consortium supplying North Sea operators. David has a BSc in geological sciences and an MSc in energy policy and economics from Imperial College.
Joseph Israel
President and Chief Executive Officer, Par Petroleum LLC
Joseph Israel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings, focused on refining, commercial, 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 ...
Joseph Israel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings, focused on refining, commercial, 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 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.
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 ...
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.
Vlasios Voudouris
Chief Data Officer, Argus
Vlasios joined Argus from Standard Chartered Bank where he was the head of the quantitative modelling and analytics team. He has expertise in data science for commodity markets and uses insights from data to illuminate trading, hedging and risk management for crude markets. He is the co-author of two books — one on applied data science and one on energy markets. Vlasios ho...
Vlasios joined Argus from Standard Chartered Bank where he was the head of the quantitative modelling and analytics team. He has expertise in data science for commodity markets and uses insights from data to illuminate trading, hedging and risk management for crude markets. He is the co-author of two books — one on applied data science and one on energy markets. Vlasios holds a PhD from City, University of London.