22 January - 24 January 2019
Houston, Texas

Argus Americas Crude Summit

Guest keynote speaker

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster
26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Until recently, H.R. McMaster was the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. From 2014 to 2017 McMaster designed the future Army as Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General...
Until recently, H.R. McMaster was the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. From 2014 to 2017 McMaster designed the future Army as Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command. As Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the Army’s infantry, armor, and cavalry force. His extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime includes Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; Commander, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 -2006; and Commander, Eagle Troop Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990-1991. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan. H.R. led important strategic assessments including the revision of Iraq strategy during the ‘surge’ of 2007 and efforts to develop security forces and governmental institutions in post-war Iraq. In 2009-2010 he led an assessment and planning effort to develop a comprehensive strategy for the greater Middle East. McMaster was as an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996 where he taught undergraduate courses in military history and history of the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as a graduate course on the history of military leadership for officers enrolled in the Columbia University MBA program. H.R. has published scores of essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare in many publications including Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He was a contributing editor for Survival magazine from 2010-2017, and is a current Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution. His award-winning book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam, is a New York Times bestseller. H.R. was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His military awards include the Silver Star Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.

Industry dinner speaker

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...
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 acclaimed and award-winning 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.

Conference speakers

Harold Hamm
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Continental Resources
Harold Hamm is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, he was the last of 13 children born to sharecroppers. He went to work in the oil fields as a teenager and established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. Today, Continental Resources is a top-10 oil producer in the United States and is publi...
Harold Hamm is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, he was the last of 13 children born to sharecroppers. He went to work in the oil fields as a teenager and established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. Today, Continental Resources is a top-10 oil producer in the United States and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Hamm serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance (DEPA). Through DEPA, Mr. Hamm is widely recognized as the man who worked tirelessly to help lift America's 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. He also serves on the board of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and America First Policies. Platts Global Energy Awards honored Mr. Hamm with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his legacy of leadership, innovation and commitment to bringing America to energy independence. He has also been named one of TIME Magazine's “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association. Mr. Hamm’s global perspective on the geopolitics of oil and gas, his commitment to U.S. energy independence and his legacy of U.S. job growth has led to numerous awards and recognitions, including the U.S. Steel Tubular Products “Chief Roughneck Award”, Oil and Gas Investor magazine's “Executive of the Year,” Western Energy Alliance's “Wildcatter of the Year,” and the Platts Global Energy Awards “CEO of the Year” (while Continental Resources was also named “Energy Company of the Year.”)
S. Thangapandian
Chief Executive Officer, Essar Oil (UK)
S Thangapandian is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Essar Oil UK. Previously Group Director at Gulf Petrochem, he has around 35 years experience of selling, marketing and trading oil in India, the Middle East and Nigeria with a number of companies. He established Petrofina in India and was part of the team that launched Gulf Oil in India. Having started his car...
S Thangapandian is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Essar Oil UK. Previously Group Director at Gulf Petrochem, he has around 35 years experience of selling, marketing and trading oil in India, the Middle East and Nigeria with a number of companies. He established Petrofina in India and was part of the team that launched Gulf Oil in India. Having started his career with Indian refiner HPCL, he subsequently worked at Reliance Industries and TotalFinaElf, among others.
Brent Secrest
Senior VP Commercial, Enterprise Products
Brent Secrest has served as Senior Vice President, Commercial since July 2018. He has commercial responsibility for Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing, NGL Assets and Terminals, Crude Oil Assets and Terminals and Enterprise’s Trucking and Marine Divisions. Brent previously served as Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing from May ...
Brent Secrest has served as Senior Vice President, Commercial since July 2018. He has commercial responsibility for Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing, NGL Assets and Terminals, Crude Oil Assets and Terminals and Enterprise’s Trucking and Marine Divisions. Brent previously served as Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing from May 2016 to June 2018, as Vice President, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing from October 2015 to May 2016 and as Vice President, Crude Oil Pipelines and Terminals from October 2012 to October 2015. Brent also has served in various other leadership positions, including in the areas of NGL marketing and supply, commercial development, distribution, and business analysis. Mr. Secrest has over 20 years experience in the energy industry and began his career at Basis Petroleum Inc. prior to joining Enterprise in 1996.
Helima Croft
Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross‐commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to ...
Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross‐commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to oil and natural gas. She also is a CNBC contributor, a member of the channel’s exclusive family of experts, is on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Helima joined RBC Capital Markets from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Central Intelligence Agency, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career and received her PhD in economic history from Princeton in 2001.
Brian Mandell
Senior VP of Marketing and Commercial, Phillips 66
Brian Mandell is senior vice president, Marketing and Commercial for Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. Mandell has more than 25 years of experience in various Marketing, Commercial and Midstream roles. Previously, Mandell served as senior vice president, Commercial; president, Global Marketing; and global trading lead, Clean Products...
Brian Mandell is senior vice president, Marketing and Commercial for Phillips 66, a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. Mandell has more than 25 years of experience in various Marketing, Commercial and Midstream roles. Previously, Mandell served as senior vice president, Commercial; president, Global Marketing; and global trading lead, Clean Products, Commercial. Prior to joining Phillips 66 in May 2012, he worked for ConocoPhillips as manager, U.S. Gasoline Trading. There, Mandell served in the Commercial NGL group and was named manager of NGL Trading after working as manager of Processing Assets and Business Development. Mandell began his career with Conoco in 1991 working in various Marketing roles across the U.S. In 1998, he transferred to the Commercial organization as a market analyst and subsequently worked in a variety of trading roles including derivatives and clean products trading. He serves on the board of directors of DCP Partners Midstream, the board of the Fuels Institute and the board of Child Advocates. He previously served on the board of The Petrochemical Feedstock Association of the Americas. Mandell attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986 and an MBA in 1990.
Rick Marriner
Trading Manager, Motiva Enterprises
Rick Marriner has spent over 20 years in the business of trading fuel oil, residuals, intermediates, and feedstocks, and has led trading teams through multiple large, structured multi-year deals in the global oil trading market; he has built trading floors from ground level in the United States and Europe. With a passion for cultivating talent, he finds fulfillment in coac...
Rick Marriner has spent over 20 years in the business of trading fuel oil, residuals, intermediates, and feedstocks, and has led trading teams through multiple large, structured multi-year deals in the global oil trading market; he has built trading floors from ground level in the United States and Europe. With a passion for cultivating talent, he finds fulfillment in coaching his traders in developing their commercial and trading skills, and is regularly invited to contribute seminar lectures in Economics courses at universities. Known for his ability to simplify the complex with stories and visuals, Rick’s tool-kit provides a whole new way of sharing insights and analyzing business problems and ideas. For Motiva Enterprises, Rick helped lead and develop a fully-functional trading floor in under six months, increasing daily trade capacity for residual and feedstocks to over 225,000 barrels per day. To date, he and his team are supporting products, intermediates, residuals and specialty grades as well as the associated derivatives to serve the largest refinery in the United States. With his partnerships with other international trading houses Rick has helped expand the business from serving US Gulf Refiners to regional and international markets, with oil sourced from Russia and Europe as well as going out to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. As a result of Rick’s adaptive leadership style and negotiation skills, his team was able to procure direct country-level deals across North America, South America and the Caribbean. Before joining Motiva Enterprises, Rick spent over 18 years with Shell Trading. With his prior bunkering experience, he began as a front-line trader of high and low sulfur fuel oils and relative derivatives for multiple Shell refineries in the US West Coast and US Gulf Coast. As part of the global team, he traded the US leg of the larger integrated international trading positions, working daily with Shell trading floors in Europe and Asia. In 2004, he effectively led the opening of the trading activity in the Argos Terminal with VGO and Residual Fuel Supplies in the Netherlands, and further helped secure trading partnerships across Europe. At the height of 2007, his team was trading multiple VLCC’s per month of residual oils for arbitrage out of Europe to Asia via Singapore. Back in the USA, as a Business Architect and Trading Subject Matter Expert, he was able to fully integrate one of the most sophisticated financial risk management engines into Shell Trading’s crude oil trading business. Thereafter, Rick was elected as a shareholder representative for the Retail Joint Venture interests of Shell Oil in 2011. With the boards of these companies, he contributed to the alignment of strategy, governance, and controls to acquire the best possible value on assets and supply agreements, abiding by safety and ethical values to deliver optimal returns to shareholders. The core competencies Rick possesses extend well beyond oil trading, marine chartering and operations management. As part of his work in innovation and entrepreneurship, Rick has supported the Houston GameChangers community through projects ranging from rapid ideation screening, machine learning on the semantic web for trading signal determination, energy storage through gravity and hydraulics, and re-growing soil carbon to reduce atmospheric CO2. Rick serves on the Board of Directors for commercial ventures in Aviation, Hospitality and Personal Security. Rick earned his MBA with a focus on Finance and Investments from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA after receiving his B.S. in Transportation and Logistics from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Along with his diploma, he earned his License as a Third Mate in the US Merchant Marine and his Commission as an Officer in the US Navy. Rick was honorably discharged from the Armed Services in 2007 as a Lieutenant Commander. He is an ongoing learner who engages in professional development to fine-tune his skills. Rick stays current with industry and business trends, and parlays his knowledge into incredible results for the divisions he leads. For relaxation, Rick enjoys rock-climbing, scuba diving, flying small planes, playing the guitar, and reading. Rick lives in Fulshear, Texas with his wife Keira, their happy collection of five children and Squirrel, their dog.
Tracy Sadowski
Financial Planning and Economics Leader, Monroe Energy, Trainer Refinery
Tracy manages the production of forward-looking financial information and any analysis used to support the strategic decision making process. She also manages the Yield Accounting Department, ensuring proper controls for custody transfers, daily and monthly charge and yield reporting, Foreign Trade Zone, and Customs compliance. Prior to joining Monroe, Tracy held several...
Tracy manages the production of forward-looking financial information and any analysis used to support the strategic decision making process. She also manages the Yield Accounting Department, ensuring proper controls for custody transfers, daily and monthly charge and yield reporting, Foreign Trade Zone, and Customs compliance. Prior to joining Monroe, Tracy held several positions at Sunoco, Inc. and Philadelphia Energy Solutions, both in Philadelphia, PA. During her tenure with the two companies, she gained extensive experience in finance, process engineering, business development, and economics and planning. Tracy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration, from Drexel University.
Pedro Antonio Merino Garcia
Chief Economist, Repsol
Corey Prologo
Head of Oil Trading for North America and Head of the Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC
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 ...
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.
Giselle Coelho
Global Crude Oil Trading Manager, Petrobras
Giselle Coelho is graduated in Chemical Engineering from UFRJ, she also holds Master’s degrees in Marketing (USP) and Management (FDC). She has been in Refining, Logistics and Trading management roles for the last 18 years in Petrobras. She is currently responsable for Petrobras’ global crude oil trading activities.
Giselle Coelho is graduated in Chemical Engineering from UFRJ, she also holds Master’s degrees in Marketing (USP) and Management (FDC). She has been in Refining, Logistics and Trading management roles for the last 18 years in Petrobras. She is currently responsable for Petrobras’ global crude oil trading activities.
Horace Hobbs
Chief Economist, Phillips 66
Horace Hobbs joined Phillips 66 as the Chief Economist after the Company was spun from ConcocoPhillips . He is primarily focused on long range planning and capital allocation for the global portfolio of Phillips 66’s downstream businesses. He has spent his entire thirty-five year career in the energy industry, primarily as a management consultant, and also as an operating ...
Horace Hobbs joined Phillips 66 as the Chief Economist after the Company was spun from ConcocoPhillips . He is primarily focused on long range planning and capital allocation for the global portfolio of Phillips 66’s downstream businesses. He has spent his entire thirty-five year career in the energy industry, primarily as a management consultant, and also as an operating executive. Prior to joining Phillips 66, Horace was Managing Director of Muse Stancil & Co, a boutique, global consulting firm, where he was focused on downstream strategy and provided a broad array of merger, acquisition, and divestiture advisory services. He provided industry analysis and business planning support for operating companies, project and technology developers, equity investors, and financial institutions. Horace spent five years as part of the start up executive team for Longhorn Pipeline and was previously employed as a downstream industry consultant at Wright Killen & Co. and The Pace Consultants (Now Jacobs Consultancy). He spent the early years of his career as a chemical engineer involved in process design and advanced process control applications. He has testified as a downstream industry expert before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), The California Public Utility Commission, and the National Energy Board of Canada. He regularly addresses a variety of audiences on topics related to global energy markets and economics. Horace holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and is licensed by the State of Texas to practice engineering.
Mark Roles
Vice President Commercial Crude Oil, Magellan Midstream
Mikhail Shapiro
Head of IMO 2020 Implementation, Glencore
Mikhail Shapiro heads up Glencore’s IMO 2020 preparations as well as the Marine Fuels department. Mikhail has been in the industry for over 15 years and has held multiple roles, including: marine fuels marketing, oil operations, fuel blending, vessel chartering as well as derivative and physical oil trading in various regions around the world. Mikhail is a member of the IS...
Mikhail Shapiro heads up Glencore’s IMO 2020 preparations as well as the Marine Fuels department. Mikhail has been in the industry for over 15 years and has held multiple roles, including: marine fuels marketing, oil operations, fuel blending, vessel chartering as well as derivative and physical oil trading in various regions around the world. Mikhail is a member of the ISO marine fuels specifications working group. Glencore is one of the world’s leading marketers of physical commodities, sourcing commodities and products from a global supplier base and selling them to customers all over the world. Glencore transports commodities by sea, rail and truck, storing them, processing them, and delivering them to the customers. Glencore has a substantial shipping portfolio and access to a range of logistics, storage and investment capabilities. The network includes a marine fuels supply system in several main bunkering hubs.
Marc Refsoe Holm
Regional Trading Head Americas, Maersk Oil Trading
Marc Refsoe Holm has 10 years in the Residual fuel oil and bunker industry. He is currently heading up Maersk Oil Trading’s US resid desk and has been trading US resid markets the last 5 years. Previously Marc has led large scale business development project in the Singapore, Rotterdam and US fuel oil markets. He is an active market participant in the major US and Latin...
Marc Refsoe Holm has 10 years in the Residual fuel oil and bunker industry. He is currently heading up Maersk Oil Trading’s US resid desk and has been trading US resid markets the last 5 years. Previously Marc has led large scale business development project in the Singapore, Rotterdam and US fuel oil markets. He is an active market participant in the major US and Latin American bunker markets moving more than 9 mill bbls of marine fuel per year.
Lee Fuller
Executive Vice President, Independent Petroleum Association of America
Fuller has more than 25 years of experience in federal policy issues. Fuller served as staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works including as the Minority Staff Director, serving under Senator Lloyd Bentsen. During this time, Fuller was involved with all major legislation developed by the Committee. Subsequent to his service in Congress, Full...
Fuller has more than 25 years of experience in federal policy issues. Fuller served as staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works including as the Minority Staff Director, serving under Senator Lloyd Bentsen. During this time, Fuller was involved with all major legislation developed by the Committee. Subsequent to his service in Congress, Fuller has served as a vice president of the Smith-Free Group (and its predecessor organizations, Walker Free Associates and Charls E. Walker Associates) and of Jellinek, Schwartz and Connolly, Inc., and as a senior legislative associate with Van Scoyoc Associates. At these firms he concentrated on developing, implementing and advocating policy strategies for clients involved with environmental legislation including proposals to restructure the regulation of oil and gas production wastes, the application of Superfund to oil and gas production facilities, and the air toxic provisions of the Clean Air Act as they apply to oil and gas production facilities. Before coming to Washington, Fuller worked for Exxon Company, USA, at its Baytown, Texas, refinery providing technical support for process operations and managing environmental compliance issues. He graduated from Lehigh University as a Chemical Engineer.
Andrew Lipow
President, Lipow Oil Associates
Andrew Lipow is the President of Lipow Oil Associates, a consulting firm which he founded in May 2004. Lipow Oil Associates specializes in refinery operations, bulk liquid storage terminals and provides expertise in crude oil and petroleum product trading opportunities. Mr. Lipow is also familiar with the blending of ethanol and biodiesel and its limitations and can provid...
Andrew Lipow is the President of Lipow Oil Associates, a consulting firm which he founded in May 2004. Lipow Oil Associates specializes in refinery operations, bulk liquid storage terminals and provides expertise in crude oil and petroleum product trading opportunities. Mr. Lipow is also familiar with the blending of ethanol and biodiesel and its limitations and can provide guidance on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Mr. Lipow has also provided consulting services for entities involved in the acquisition of refining and midstream assets. Prior to that, for seven years Mr. Lipow traded crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel and distillate at Vitol, a privately held trading company. In addition, he traded oil based commodities at Basis Petroleum and J. Aron. He also has supply and refining experience from his 16 year tenure at Amoco Oil Company and Amoco Corporation. Mr. Lipow has a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Lipow is a frequent guest on Fox Business News and CNBC, and has appeared on the nightly newscasts of the major networks. Mr Lipow has written articles for trade magazines and is regularly quoted by Platts, OPIS and Argus has participated in industry forums sponsored by these trade organizations. Mr. Lipow is frequently cited by The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and Reuters for comments regarding recent news events.
Patricia Garip
Contributing Latin American Editor, Argus
Journalist Patricia Garip has been covering energy for 25 years, with a focus on Latin America. She is currently Argus Media contributing editor based in Bogotá, and regularly authors features, editorials and blogs. She previously served as Latin America bureau chief in Santiago, and UN correspondent in New York. Prior to Argus, Patricia reported for VenEconomy and other m...
Journalist Patricia Garip has been covering energy for 25 years, with a focus on Latin America. She is currently Argus Media contributing editor based in Bogotá, and regularly authors features, editorials and blogs. She previously served as Latin America bureau chief in Santiago, and UN correspondent in New York. Prior to Argus, Patricia reported for VenEconomy and other media out of Caracas, and for Energy Intelligence Group and Reuters in New York. Patricia has a BA in Communication Arts from Villanova University and an MA in International Relations, specializing in the Middle East, from the University of Chicago.
Philip Verleger
Owner and President, Visiting Fellow, PKVerleger LLC and Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr., has studied and written about energy markets since 1971. His earliest research, published in 1973, addressed the determinants of gasoline demand. It is still cited today. Since 1971, he has published two books and numerous articles and papers on the evolution of energy markets. Many of these have influenced the thinking about and development of...
Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr., has studied and written about energy markets since 1971. His earliest research, published in 1973, addressed the determinants of gasoline demand. It is still cited today. Since 1971, he has published two books and numerous articles and papers on the evolution of energy markets. Many of these have influenced the thinking about and development of these markets, especially his papers on how energy went from being a monopolized good to a real commodity and the transformation’s consequences. Dr. Verleger played a critical role in creating the oil futures markets. His most recent research has shown that the crude oil price collapse that began in 2014 shares many characteristics with the subprime housing debacle that precipitated Lehman Brothers’ failure and the Great Recession of 2009. This new research suggests the oil price decline will have very long-lasting and negative implications for much of the energy sector, even if prices rebound periodically. Dr. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1971. He began his work on energy as a consultant to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project in 1972. He then served as a Senior Staff Economist on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the Office of Energy Policy at the US Treasury in President Carter’s administration Dr. Verleger has been a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at the School of Organization and Management at Yale University and a Vice President in the Commodities Division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is now Owner and President of PKVerleger LLC. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Verleger served as the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. From 1985 to 2012, he was affiliated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, most recently as a Senior Fellow.
Francisco Monaldi, Ph.D.
Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, Baker Institute
Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., is the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice University. He is a nonresident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a visiting professor at the School of Governm...
Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., is the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice University. He is a nonresident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a visiting professor at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. Monaldi is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela. From 2013 to 2016, he was a visiting professor of energy policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an associate of the Geopolitics of Energy Project and the Roy Family Fellow at the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 2012 to 2013, he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Between 2013 and 2014, he was an adjunct professor of international energy policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 2008 to 2009, he was a visiting professor of the political economy of oil at Stanford University and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and Universidad ESAN in Lima. Between 2002 and 2012 Monaldi was an associate professor of political economy at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas. He is a leading scholar on the politics and economics of the oil industry and oil wealth management in Latin America and developing countries. He has consulted with numerous international institutions, governments and companies, including The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF Development Bank of Latin America, Saudi Aramco, Equinor, Chevron, and Shell. He holds a Ph.D. in political science (political economy) from Stanford University, an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University and a B.A. in economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.
James Gooder
Vice-President, Crude, Argus
James is responsible for business development in southern Europe and Africa. James has been with the company since 2004 performing several editorial roles, including editing European electricity and emissions market publications. From 2007-10, he was the editor of the daily Argus Crude report, managing a global team of reporters and developing new crude price assessments. ...
James is responsible for business development in southern Europe and Africa. James has been with the company since 2004 performing several editorial roles, including editing European electricity and emissions market publications. From 2007-10, he was the editor of the daily Argus Crude report, managing a global team of reporters and developing new crude price assessments. Prior to joining Argus, James worked as a teacher, speechwriter and journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from Manchester University and a master’s degree in international journalism from City University, London.
Alejandro Barbajosa
Vice President, Crude and LPG - Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Argus
Alejandro Barbajosa joined the Argus London headquarters in April 2007 where he specialized in Opec, IEA and Atlantic basin crude markets before taking his current business development responsibilities in Singapore in 2011 with a focus on Asian crude. Alejandro completed a masters in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics, before returning to his n...
Alejandro Barbajosa joined the Argus London headquarters in April 2007 where he specialized in Opec, IEA and Atlantic basin crude markets before taking his current business development responsibilities in Singapore in 2011 with a focus on Asian crude. Alejandro completed a masters in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics, before returning to his native Mexico to join PMI, the international trading unit of state oil company Pemex.
Edward Arnold
Senior Consultant - Argus Consulting Services, Americas, Argus
Ed covers upstream, refining, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, project feasibility studies, and new process technology evaluation, working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP/Honeywell. He has provided advisory services for many of the world’s most successful oil production,...
Ed covers upstream, refining, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, project feasibility studies, and new process technology evaluation, working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP/Honeywell. He has provided advisory services for many of the world’s most successful oil production, refining, energy, logistics and bio-fuels organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds and government agencies. Ed holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of California, a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and he received a Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.
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.
Stephen Jones
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Oil Products, Argus
Stephen Jones is Global Head of Oil Products at Argus. Stephen joined Argus in 2017 as Senior Vice President and is based in Houston. He is responsible for Argus pricing solutions that meet the rapidly changing trading requirements for gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, marine fuels, base oils, asphalt, refinery feedstocks and biofuels markets. Stephen has expertise in all asp...
Stephen Jones is Global Head of Oil Products at Argus. Stephen joined Argus in 2017 as Senior Vice President and is based in Houston. He is responsible for Argus pricing solutions that meet the rapidly changing trading requirements for gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, marine fuels, base oils, asphalt, refinery feedstocks and biofuels markets. Stephen has expertise in all aspects of the energy business, having served clients for over 30 years in the industry. Prior to Argus, Stephen was with Purvin & Gertz and IHS Market for 17 years where he was Vice President of the Refining & Marketing team. He has been an instrumental leader for large international teams that provided research and consulting services to clients in the upstream, crude oil markets, refining, natural gas liquids, chemicals, automotive, maritime, and midstream businesses. While at IHS Markit, Stephen was charged leading the Energy Product Management team and the integration of the legacy PFC Energy, Purvin & Gertz, and CERA market services. Stephen began his career in the energy business with Exxon at the world-class Baton Rouge Refinery where he advanced through a variety of technical support, business planning, engineering supervision, and operations management positions. He then held positions in Exxon’s Refining Headquarters and Supply & Trading teams in Houston where he gained expertise in crude oil trading, refinery optimization and market economics. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.
Steve Weber
Vice-President, Petrochemical and Refining Consulting, Argus
Steve Weber is Vice-President of Petrochemical Consulting for Argus DeWitt. Steve began his career with Fina in 1979 as a Process Engineer and had various other assignments in the 1980s in the Economics and Planning and Marine Transportation Groups for Fina in Dallas. In 1989, he moved to the Port Arthur refinery and later became Operations Manager at the site. Steve was n...
Steve Weber is Vice-President of Petrochemical Consulting for Argus DeWitt. Steve began his career with Fina in 1979 as a Process Engineer and had various other assignments in the 1980s in the Economics and Planning and Marine Transportation Groups for Fina in Dallas. In 1989, he moved to the Port Arthur refinery and later became Operations Manager at the site. Steve was named Plant Manager of the Fina/GE Joint Venture Styrene Plant (Cosmar) in 1995 and Refinery Manager at the Big Spring Texas refinery in 1998. In 2000, he returned to Louisiana to manage both the Styrene JV and the Total Petrochemicals Polystyrene Operation. Steve was named Senior Manager of Aromatics for Total in 2005, relocating to Houston. Steve joined DeWitt & Company Inc. in 2011 after spending two years with Solomon Associates in the refining and petrochemical consulting area. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. Steve is responsible for single client studies for refining and petrochemicals in the Americas.
Gus Vasquez
Argus Americas Crude Editor, Argus
Gus Vasquez has been the Argus Americas Crude Editor since the beginning of 2008. Prior to that he was a member of Argus’ European crude team, based out of London, where he covered the North Sea, Mediterra¬nean, Russian and west African crude markets. Before joining Argus in 2006, he spent four years as a market analyst for Venezuela’s national oil company working out o...
Gus Vasquez has been the Argus Americas Crude Editor since the beginning of 2008. Prior to that he was a member of Argus’ European crude team, based out of London, where he covered the North Sea, Mediterra¬nean, Russian and west African crude markets. Before joining Argus in 2006, he spent four years as a market analyst for Venezuela’s national oil company working out of their London office.