07 September - 09 September 2022
In-person: Seattle, Washington, US

Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit

Confirmed speakers

Eugenio Blazquez
Head of Fuels, Holcim
Head of Fuels for Holcim Group being responsible for coal, petcoke and liquid fuels spent at global level. Eugenio has more than 20 yearsí experience in the cement industry holding different management positions in Asia, Americas and Europe. He possesses extensive expertise in Energy Global markets, International Trading of Commodities and Building Materials industry.
Head of Fuels for Holcim Group being responsible for coal, petcoke and liquid fuels spent at global level. Eugenio has more than 20 yearsí experience in the cement industry holding different management positions in Asia, Americas and Europe. He possesses extensive expertise in Energy Global markets, International Trading of Commodities and Building Materials industry.
Luciano
Feitosa
Since 2020, as Head of Petcoke at Vibra Energia (ex-BR), Luciano is responsible for planning, pricing, buying decisions and supporting the commercial/business areas. Worked for 22 Years in Petrobras Distribuidora (BR), largest Brazilian fuel distribution company, in operational, logistics and commercial areas. Responsible for marketing locally from 2016 until 2021 Petrobr...
Since 2020, as Head of Petcoke at Vibra Energia (ex-BR), Luciano is responsible for planning, pricing, buying decisions and supporting the commercial/business areas. Worked for 22 Years in Petrobras Distribuidora (BR), largest Brazilian fuel distribution company, in operational, logistics and commercial areas. Responsible for marketing locally from 2016 until 2021 Petrobras Petcoke production directed for the domestic market (except for calcining). Luciano has a Degree in Economics from UFRJ – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, MBA in Logistics from COPPEAD UFRJ, MBA in Transport Business from COPPE UFRJ, and Logistics Executive Course from University of Nevada, Reno.
Umut Aydin
Head of Fuels West, HCT (HeidelbergCement Group)
Umut leads the trading desk in HC Trading that is responsible for the trading of solid fuels (i.e. coal and petcoke) within Atlantic markets, including Europe, Africa and the Americas. His responsibilities also include the procurement of seaborne coal and petcoke to all HeidelbergCement plants in the region. Umut joined HC Trading in 2009, and since then he has taken diffe...
Umut leads the trading desk in HC Trading that is responsible for the trading of solid fuels (i.e. coal and petcoke) within Atlantic markets, including Europe, Africa and the Americas. His responsibilities also include the procurement of seaborne coal and petcoke to all HeidelbergCement plants in the region. Umut joined HC Trading in 2009, and since then he has taken different roles, mainly various trader roles in coal and petcoke trading for HeidelbergCement, in which he was appointed as the department head in 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Bilkent University in Turkey together with Master of Science degrees from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, thePolytechnic University of Milan and Polytechnic University ofMadrid. He lived in six different countries before finally moving to Germany in 2021 to work at the company headquarters in Heidelberg.
Roberto Schurmann
Global Head of Trading, Votorantim Cement Trading
Head of the Global Trading for fuels and cementitious products for the Votorantim Cimentos Group. Responsible for the international trading, including sourcing, shipping and international logistics. Member of the Board of Votorantim Cement Trading. Before joining Votorantim in 2014, Roberto worked for Holcim Spain and Holcim Trading for 13 years. Roberto has a Bachelor...
Head of the Global Trading for fuels and cementitious products for the Votorantim Cimentos Group. Responsible for the international trading, including sourcing, shipping and international logistics. Member of the Board of Votorantim Cement Trading. Before joining Votorantim in 2014, Roberto worked for Holcim Spain and Holcim Trading for 13 years. Roberto has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, an MBA from ICADE and IE in Madrid Spain, as well as an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School and Corporate Finance Program from the London Business School. Has lived and studied in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, US and UK
Isaac Hankes
Senior Weather Analyst, Refinitiv
Positioned within the Agriculture and Weather research team at Refinitiv, an LSEG business, Isaac Hankes leads weather forecasting efforts specializing in seasonal outlooks. Isaac Hankes is an atmospheric scientist with 15 years of experience working to provide insight on the intersection between anomalous weather (heat waves, drought, flooding, hurricanes, cold air outbre...
Positioned within the Agriculture and Weather research team at Refinitiv, an LSEG business, Isaac Hankes leads weather forecasting efforts specializing in seasonal outlooks. Isaac Hankes is an atmospheric scientist with 15 years of experience working to provide insight on the intersection between anomalous weather (heat waves, drought, flooding, hurricanes, cold air outbreaks, severe weather, etc.) and its impacts on commodities markets (agriculture, energy, shipping, etc.). His past (publications) and ongoing research (articles) at Refinitiv reflect a commitment to improving the understanding and communication of weather risks based on the latest statistical/numerical modeling techniques available.
Haroldo Andrade
Trading Manager, Unimetal Group
Haroldo Andrade joined Unimetal Group, last year, as its Trading Manager, in charge of the medium and high green petcoke purchases and the eventual sales of the ultra-low sulfur green petcoke, produced by Petrobras refineries. Since the beginning of this year, he is also in charge of the Unimetal Inc implementation in US, targeting calcined petcoke and synthetic graphite m...
Haroldo Andrade joined Unimetal Group, last year, as its Trading Manager, in charge of the medium and high green petcoke purchases and the eventual sales of the ultra-low sulfur green petcoke, produced by Petrobras refineries. Since the beginning of this year, he is also in charge of the Unimetal Inc implementation in US, targeting calcined petcoke and synthetic graphite markets. Before Unimetal, he worked for several Petrobras parent companies, including Petrobras America in Houston, Petrobras Global Trading (located in Rotterdam), Petrobras Holding and it´s subsidiary BR in Brazil, as the Head of Specialty products Trading, including green petcoke. Haroldo Andrade is one of the most experienced professionals and a reference in the petcoke market, with a strong network, remarkable trading records and a solid reputation.
Yury
Burenko
Yury manages bitumen and petcoke trading activities at DYM Resources. He obtained his degrees in customs regulations and Logistics management. After his studies, Yury has been involved in commodities trading for more than 10 years now. In 2016 Yury and his partner incorporated DYM Resources company with a trading focus on niche oil products originating from ex former U...
Yury manages bitumen and petcoke trading activities at DYM Resources. He obtained his degrees in customs regulations and Logistics management. After his studies, Yury has been involved in commodities trading for more than 10 years now. In 2016 Yury and his partner incorporated DYM Resources company with a trading focus on niche oil products originating from ex former USSR countries. Now Yury is dealing with materials linked to Vacuum Residue processing – bitumen and petcoke. Main destination markets are Europe and South East Asia.
Yao Zhao
Managing Director, Vantage Point Group Holding
Yao Zhao is the Managing Director at Vantage Point Group Holding since 2014. He has been heavily involved in the Aluminum Industry for the last 15 years and the Petroleum Coke Industry for the last 6 years.
Yao Zhao is the Managing Director at Vantage Point Group Holding since 2014. He has been heavily involved in the Aluminum Industry for the last 15 years and the Petroleum Coke Industry for the last 6 years.
George Varghese Erumeda
Associate - Market Development, SAIF
George has over 18 years of experience in the cement industry. He was previously the Director for Energy and Strategic Sourcing at LafargeHolcim Group for operations in the Middle East, Africa, India and central Europe. For the past seven years George was based in Egypt, facing the challenges of the fuel crisis for the cement industry. He played a leadership role in the fu...
George has over 18 years of experience in the cement industry. He was previously the Director for Energy and Strategic Sourcing at LafargeHolcim Group for operations in the Middle East, Africa, India and central Europe. For the past seven years George was based in Egypt, facing the challenges of the fuel crisis for the cement industry. He played a leadership role in the fuel-mix evolution for LafargeHolcim operations in Egypt and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. George was previously with the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) and Pearson Education in various capacities in Africa and the Middle East. George has served as chairperson for various industrial associations and government advisory committees on energy optimisation strategies in several countries in the region. George has a degree in chemistry, is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in the UK, and has MBA in international business management.
Christopher
Schuck
As head of the US Cargo Desk for Oldendorff Carriers in Stamford, CT, Chris is responsible for US based import/export trades, including solid fuels, across all asset sizes handy to cape. The cargo desk has a relationship driven approach, fostering shared growth that is both sustainable and mutually beneficial. Prior to joining Oldendorff in 2012, Chris worked for the Mos...
As head of the US Cargo Desk for Oldendorff Carriers in Stamford, CT, Chris is responsible for US based import/export trades, including solid fuels, across all asset sizes handy to cape. The cargo desk has a relationship driven approach, fostering shared growth that is both sustainable and mutually beneficial. Prior to joining Oldendorff in 2012, Chris worked for the Mosaic Company in chartering and the international supply chain to optimize global fertilizer sales and raw material procurement. Chris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Economics and International Relations.
Jack Lifton
Advisor - Physical and Chemical Engineer, One World Lithium
Jack Lifton began his career in 1962 as a physical chemist specializing in the ultra-purification of rare metals and their chemical compounds and alloys for use in the solid-state electronics and energy storage industries. He coined the now widely-used term “technology metals” in 2007 to describe those metals whose electronic properties enable the miniaturization of electr...
Jack Lifton began his career in 1962 as a physical chemist specializing in the ultra-purification of rare metals and their chemical compounds and alloys for use in the solid-state electronics and energy storage industries. He coined the now widely-used term “technology metals” in 2007 to describe those metals whose electronic properties enable the miniaturization of electronic technologies. He also serve as the Editor-in-Chief for InvestorIntel.com, a capital market source. Since his “retirement’ in 1999, he has become, a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of technology metals. Jack is a member of numerous professional societies and a frequent speaker at both professional and industry events on both the markets for technology metals and materials, and on the use of new and newly applied technologies for the extraction, refining and fabrication of rare metals and materials. He serves as Director of the Industrial Policy Institute, which advises governments on the development and implementation of national industrial policies for the management of critical metals and materials.
Lauren Masterson
Editor – Energy Argus Petroleum Coke, Argus
Lauren Masterson has been the editor of Energy Argus Petroleum Coke since the end of 2012, helping to relaunch it as a weekly publication and adding anode-grade market coverage. She started out at Argus covering the US coal markets. Prior to joining Argus, Lauren was the editor of an ocean technology magazine, and she had previously written for political and lifestyle pub...
Lauren Masterson has been the editor of Energy Argus Petroleum Coke since the end of 2012, helping to relaunch it as a weekly publication and adding anode-grade market coverage. She started out at Argus covering the US coal markets. Prior to joining Argus, Lauren was the editor of an ocean technology magazine, and she had previously written for political and lifestyle publications. A native of New York, Lauren has lived in Washington, DC, since 2006.
Hayden Atkins
Senior Consultant, Argus
Hayden leads the forecasting and analytics for the coal and petroleum coke markets, including the monthly publication of Argus Seaborne Thermal Coal Outlook and Argus Petroleum Coke Outlook. Prior to joining Argus, he was a senior commodities analyst working for Macquarie Group where he was responsible for price forecasting, demand and supply of thermal coal, precious meta...
Hayden leads the forecasting and analytics for the coal and petroleum coke markets, including the monthly publication of Argus Seaborne Thermal Coal Outlook and Argus Petroleum Coke Outlook. Prior to joining Argus, he was a senior commodities analyst working for Macquarie Group where he was responsible for price forecasting, demand and supply of thermal coal, precious metals and uranium markets. Hayden holds two BAs from University of Melbourne, one in commerce and the other in information systems.
Firat Ergene
Reporter, Argus
Fırat joined Argus in 2017 as a market reporter in the Coal Daily International report. He follows developments in the Turkish coal market.
Fırat joined Argus in 2017 as a market reporter in the Coal Daily International report. He follows developments in the Turkish coal market.
Nitin Ambhaikar
Managing Director, Exotron Thermal

You will also hear from:

  • Eugenio Blazquez – Global Head of Petroleum Coke Purchasing, Lafarge Holcim 
  • Haroldo Andrade – Trading Manager, Unimetal Group
  • Christopher Schuck – Director, Oldendorff Carriers USA 
  • Robb Heath – Shipbroker, Midship 
  • Dean Foreman – Ph.D. – Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute 
  • Yury Burenko – Managing Director, DYM Resources GmbH 
  • Luciano Feitosa – Head of Petcoke, Vibra Energia 
  • Ranee Brunner – VP Consulting, Argus