May 2021
Virtual event

Argus Bitumen & Asphalt Live - Virtual Conference

Speakers

Tom Schmitt
Retired President, Hunt Refining
Tom Schmitt retired as president of Hunt Refining in July 2020, after taking up the role in 2015. He was previously senior vice-president of for Hunt in Kurdistan. Tom began his career as a petroleum engineer with Atlantic Richfield in 1979 and worked in production, drilling, operations and reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery research, strategic planning and acqu...
Tom Schmitt retired as president of Hunt Refining in July 2020, after taking up the role in 2015. He was previously senior vice-president of for Hunt in Kurdistan. Tom began his career as a petroleum engineer with Atlantic Richfield in 1979 and worked in production, drilling, operations and reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery research, strategic planning and acquisition evaluation. In 1996, he left the oil industry for a career on Wall Street, joining AllianceBernstein and quickly becoming co-manager of its Global Research Growth Fund, which managed assets worth more than $65bn in 2008. Tom was responsible for the fund's energy and natural resource investments, and in 2008 he founded energy and natural resource investment firm Taum Sauk Capital Management. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Tom is currently an energy consultant and a small commercial real-estate developer.
Sebastien Le Corre
Bitumen International Supply Manager, Total
Mr Sebastien LE CORRE joined the TOTAL Refining & Chemicals division in 2000. He held several positions in operation on site (Port-Arthur refinery in Texas, Normandy and Donges refineries in France) or in supply & strategy at the headquarter in Paris. In 2019, Mr LE CORRE joined the TOTAL Bitumen Business line as head of the Department in charge of the Bitumen Supply of al...
Mr Sebastien LE CORRE joined the TOTAL Refining & Chemicals division in 2000. He held several positions in operation on site (Port-Arthur refinery in Texas, Normandy and Donges refineries in France) or in supply & strategy at the headquarter in Paris. In 2019, Mr LE CORRE joined the TOTAL Bitumen Business line as head of the Department in charge of the Bitumen Supply of all TOTAL affiliates. He is graduated from Mines de St-Etienne engineering school and IFP-school, and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics.
CK Lim
CEO and Founder, Hiin Holdings
Mr. CK Lim began his career with Cosmic Oil (S) Pte Ltd overseeing the manufacturing, sales and operation of Cosmic Lubricants and Cosmic Specialty Asphalts division. In 2003, he took on responsibilities for Hiin Holdings' Bitumen Trade & Charter Division managing the regional trades and the company's asphalt tanker fleet. Under his leadership, the division doubled its tra...
Mr. CK Lim began his career with Cosmic Oil (S) Pte Ltd overseeing the manufacturing, sales and operation of Cosmic Lubricants and Cosmic Specialty Asphalts division. In 2003, he took on responsibilities for Hiin Holdings' Bitumen Trade & Charter Division managing the regional trades and the company's asphalt tanker fleet. Under his leadership, the division doubled its trading volume and enlarged its trading territory from S.E Asia to the whole of East Asia. From 2006 to 2010, Mr Lim joined the Singapore Civil Service holding leadership roles in Healthcare, Community Development, and Industry Development where he enjoyed his work developing and implementing innovative policy initiatives that benefit Singapore. In 2010, he was appointed by Hiin Holdings' leadership to be its Executive Director and became the Chief Executive Officer in 2014."
Bennie Greyling
Managing Director, Much Asphalt
Bennie Greyling is the Managing Director of Much Asphalt, the largest hot mix asphalt producer in Southern Africa. He obtained a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 and has dedicated his career to Much Asphalt and the road construction industry for the past 32 years. Much Asphalt was founded in 1965 by the amalgamation of two road construction companies. Ben...
Bennie Greyling is the Managing Director of Much Asphalt, the largest hot mix asphalt producer in Southern Africa. He obtained a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 and has dedicated his career to Much Asphalt and the road construction industry for the past 32 years. Much Asphalt was founded in 1965 by the amalgamation of two road construction companies. Bennie’s first position at Much Asphalt was as a Trainee on a major road surfacing contract in the then South West Africa, now Namibia and has held various positions in Much Asphalt as part of his career path which covered all the aspects of the business and experienced the expansion of the company from five branches in 1990 to 20 currently. His career has seen him playing an important role in a number of high profile airport runway contracts as well as major highway construction work as well as being the driving force behind expanding the company’s products and innovations.
Hari Kalla
Administrator for Infrastructure, Federal Highway Administration
Hari Kalla is the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Associate Administrator for Infrastructure. In this position, he provides leadership to FHWA programs in highway; pavement; materials; bridges, tunnels, and other structures; asset management and related engineering activities; and transportation performance management. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineeri...
Hari Kalla is the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Associate Administrator for Infrastructure. In this position, he provides leadership to FHWA programs in highway; pavement; materials; bridges, tunnels, and other structures; asset management and related engineering activities; and transportation performance management. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York.
Dave Bennett
Managing Director, National Asphalt
Dave has 21 years’ experience in road construction. Currently manages a large asphalt supply company National Asphalt as part of the listed Raubex Group. He holds a BSc. Engineering degree (Civil), a post graduate in structural design from Paris France (CHEC – Centre Des Haute Etude de la Construction - CHEBAP) and an Executive Masters in Business Administration.
Dave has 21 years’ experience in road construction. Currently manages a large asphalt supply company National Asphalt as part of the listed Raubex Group. He holds a BSc. Engineering degree (Civil), a post graduate in structural design from Paris France (CHEC – Centre Des Haute Etude de la Construction - CHEBAP) and an Executive Masters in Business Administration.
Richard Taylor
Global Technical Development Manager, Shell
Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of construction materials experience, having worked as a Materials Engineer on many major civil engineering projects (motorways, tunnels, airfields, ports) and later specializing in research and technical development of construction materials. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (First Class with Honours) and in 2007 graduated with a ...
Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of construction materials experience, having worked as a Materials Engineer on many major civil engineering projects (motorways, tunnels, airfields, ports) and later specializing in research and technical development of construction materials. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (First Class with Honours) and in 2007 graduated with a Ph.D from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He currently holds the role of Global Technology Development Manager for Shell Specialities and is responsible for the commercialization of new technologies and materials. Richard is a Fellow of The Institute of Asphalt Technology, a Member of the Institute Environmental Management and Assessment of and was honoured to receive the Howard Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers, London as co-author and part of a project team focused on increasing recycling and sustainability in surface course materials.
Valerio Fortino
Head of Programming for Italian Refineries, Eni S.p.A.
Valerio joined Eni in 2007 covering various roles in the supply department, acquiring expertise on the markets and the specifications of various products, with a particular focus on bitumen and base lube. He is now responsible for optimising the refinery margin of Eni’s industrial assets in Sannazzaro, Milazzo, Livorno and Taranto. With his team they select the most profit...
Valerio joined Eni in 2007 covering various roles in the supply department, acquiring expertise on the markets and the specifications of various products, with a particular focus on bitumen and base lube. He is now responsible for optimising the refinery margin of Eni’s industrial assets in Sannazzaro, Milazzo, Livorno and Taranto. With his team they select the most profitable crude oil slate in different markets (Mediterranean, northern Europe, Arabian Gulf, west Africa, North America) and define the program of production of fuels and special products to maximise margins, and supply the retail, wholesale and trading markets.
A S Prabhakar
Deputy General Manager – Bitumen, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
Mr. A S Prabhakar is a person who is very passionate about Bitumen. He is presently the Deputy General Manager, Bitumen and handles all the bitumen related activities at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), an integrated petroleum refining and marketing company in India. He is a Civil Engineering graduate from the prestigious IIT-BHU and has been with HPCL for ...
Mr. A S Prabhakar is a person who is very passionate about Bitumen. He is presently the Deputy General Manager, Bitumen and handles all the bitumen related activities at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), an integrated petroleum refining and marketing company in India. He is a Civil Engineering graduate from the prestigious IIT-BHU and has been with HPCL for more than 30 years. In HPCL, he has handled bitumen and bituminous products in various capacities for more than 20 years. He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hindustan Colas Ltd., a joint venture of HPCL and Colas SA, which is into the business of manufacturing and marketing Value Added Bituminous Binders like Bitumen Emulsions and Modified Bitumens. In HPCL and in Hindustan Colas he has undertaken numerous initiatives in the field of Bitumen Quality, development of new Products and Processes, Product Placement Cost optimization and development of Flexible Product Placement Model to place optimum product at the right locations considering the seasonal variations in demand across various geographies in India. He has spearheaded the introduction of Crumb Rubber Modified Bitumen India. He has also played an active role in the shift from Penetration Grade Bitumen to Viscosity Grade Bitumens. He also played a pivotal role in introducing coastal movement of Bitumen in India. He has been a Council Member of the Indian Roads Congress and is also a member of the sub-committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards for Bituminous Binders. He has been a regular speaker at many of the Bitumen conferences in Asia.
Yury Burenko
Trading Director, DYM Resources
Yury manages bitumen and petcoke trading activities at DYM Resources. He and his partner incorporated DYM Resources in 2016, with a trading focus on niche oil products originating in countries formerly in the Soviet Union. Yury deals with materials linked to vacuum residue processing — bitumen and petcoke — with main destination markets in Europe and southeast Asia. Yury h...
Yury manages bitumen and petcoke trading activities at DYM Resources. He and his partner incorporated DYM Resources in 2016, with a trading focus on niche oil products originating in countries formerly in the Soviet Union. Yury deals with materials linked to vacuum residue processing — bitumen and petcoke — with main destination markets in Europe and southeast Asia. Yury has degrees in customs regulations and logistics management and has been involved in commodities trading for more than 10 years.
Laurent Sourlin
Africa Bitumen Manager, Shell
Laurent Sourlin has worked for Shell in sales and marketing positions in Europe and in the retail and lubricants businesses in the US. His roles at Shell have included managing sales teams, International Key Accounts and various marketing projects. He worked for five years to grow the Shell Retail business in Africa with Shell’s licensee, Vivo Energy. In his current role a...
Laurent Sourlin has worked for Shell in sales and marketing positions in Europe and in the retail and lubricants businesses in the US. His roles at Shell have included managing sales teams, International Key Accounts and various marketing projects. He worked for five years to grow the Shell Retail business in Africa with Shell’s licensee, Vivo Energy. In his current role as African Bitumen Manager, he leads a team that contributes to the growth of the continent by providing Shell quality products and a first-class supply chain to Shell customers. The team is supported by bitumen research centres and laboratories around the world.
Alberto Forni
Business Development Manager, Shell
Alberto has been working in the bitumen business for over ten years in supply and business development, with management responsibilities covering Europe, North America and the Far East. Prior to this Alberto held different positions in Shell’s refining and supply chain businesses in Germany and Italy.
Alberto has been working in the bitumen business for over ten years in supply and business development, with management responsibilities covering Europe, North America and the Far East. Prior to this Alberto held different positions in Shell’s refining and supply chain businesses in Germany and Italy.
Chanine Williams
Investment Principal, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
Chanine joined African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) in 2009 as an Analyst and is responsible for analysing and assessing investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring, valuation and realisation of investments. Chanine is a director of three toll road concessionaires and several renewable energy companies in South Africa. Chanine wa...
Chanine joined African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) in 2009 as an Analyst and is responsible for analysing and assessing investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring, valuation and realisation of investments. Chanine is a director of three toll road concessionaires and several renewable energy companies in South Africa. Chanine was initially involved in the fundraising of the African Infrastructure Investment Fund 2, the fourth fund in the AIIM stable and the secondary market acquisition of further toll road interests in respect of the South Africa Infrastructure Fund, one of AIIM’s oldest funds. More recently, Chanine has led the exit strategy of another two funds within the AIIM funds under management.
Frank Cawkell
Vice President, Suit-Kote, former Exxon Mobil
Frank is the Vice President at Suit-Kote, focusing on sustainability and business growth. He previously worked for Imperial/ExxonMobil, where he retired after 36 years. He served as Americas Asphalt Manager covering Canada, the US, and Central/South America regions. Frank is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical En...
Frank is the Vice President at Suit-Kote, focusing on sustainability and business growth. He previously worked for Imperial/ExxonMobil, where he retired after 36 years. He served as Americas Asphalt Manager covering Canada, the US, and Central/South America regions. Frank is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering. He also has an MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Jay Hansen
Executive Vice President, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
Jay was named NAPA’s Executive Vice President in November 2011. He joined the firm in November 1998 as Vice President for Government Affairs after more than 12 years working in Congress on transportation issues. Jay has led the industry’s efforts to secure Federal highway funding, worked to defeat harmful pavement-type selection mandates, secured asphalt pavement research...
Jay was named NAPA’s Executive Vice President in November 2011. He joined the firm in November 1998 as Vice President for Government Affairs after more than 12 years working in Congress on transportation issues. Jay has led the industry’s efforts to secure Federal highway funding, worked to defeat harmful pavement-type selection mandates, secured asphalt pavement research and deployment funding, and arranged for the construction of an asphalt pavement exhibit at the National Museum of American History, which attracts over 4mn visitors annually.
Erik Denneman
Global Technical Manager, Puma Bitumen
Dr Erik Denneman is the Global Technical Manager at Puma Bitumen. He is responsible for driving Puma Bitumen’s commitment to product development innovation and rigorous quality management. Before joining Puma Erik was the Director Technology & Leadership at the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association. Erik is a Chartered Engineer based in Melbourne, Australia and has previ...
Dr Erik Denneman is the Global Technical Manager at Puma Bitumen. He is responsible for driving Puma Bitumen’s commitment to product development innovation and rigorous quality management. Before joining Puma Erik was the Director Technology & Leadership at the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association. Erik is a Chartered Engineer based in Melbourne, Australia and has previously worked in the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa.
Paul Prendergast
NZ Bitumen Manager, Z Energy Limited
Paul has been in the oil industry for 27 years, with 20 years in bitumen in both Australia and New Zealand. Both countries have moved away from predominantly manufacturing bitumen through domestic refineries to importing bitumen, driven by refinery economics. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the decision to stop manufacturing bitumen at Refining NZ in 2020 and move to a 1...
Paul has been in the oil industry for 27 years, with 20 years in bitumen in both Australia and New Zealand. Both countries have moved away from predominantly manufacturing bitumen through domestic refineries to importing bitumen, driven by refinery economics. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the decision to stop manufacturing bitumen at Refining NZ in 2020 and move to a 100% import model.
Anton Beloshapkin
Head of New Markets Development, Gazpromneft – Bitumen Materials
Anton Beloshapkin is Head of New Markets Developments at Gazpromneft – Bitumen Materials LLC and has been in this position since 2014. Prior to this position, he held other positions within Gazprom Neft Group. Anton received higher education in management at Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and Finances (FINEC) and a PhD in economics at Saint-Petersburg State...
Anton Beloshapkin is Head of New Markets Developments at Gazpromneft – Bitumen Materials LLC and has been in this position since 2014. Prior to this position, he held other positions within Gazprom Neft Group. Anton received higher education in management at Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and Finances (FINEC) and a PhD in economics at Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics.
Guido Biaggio
Vice Director and Head of the Infrastructure Division East, Federal Office of Roads, Switzerland
Guido has been in his current role since 2015 and is based in Bern, Switzerland. From 1995-2015 he held a number of posts at LGV Construction, including Deputy Director and CEO. From 2002-2015 Guido was a lecturer and examiner at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, as well as for the CAS in Construction Supervision. Guido has a Master’s deg...
Guido has been in his current role since 2015 and is based in Bern, Switzerland. From 1995-2015 he held a number of posts at LGV Construction, including Deputy Director and CEO. From 2002-2015 Guido was a lecturer and examiner at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, as well as for the CAS in Construction Supervision. Guido has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and a CAS in Public Governance and Administration from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Sergio Bovo
CEO, Alma Petroli
After a master’s degree with honours in chemical engineering, Sergio has developed his career in the oil midstream and downstream. He has held various managerial and senior positions in refining, distribution and trading companies. After working in Asia, where he led the affiliates of a multinational classification and certification group, he joined Alma Petroli, an oil re...
After a master’s degree with honours in chemical engineering, Sergio has developed his career in the oil midstream and downstream. He has held various managerial and senior positions in refining, distribution and trading companies. After working in Asia, where he led the affiliates of a multinational classification and certification group, he joined Alma Petroli, an oil refining and bitumen producing company based in Ravenna, Italy, in 2016. He served as General Manager until May 2018 and is now Chief Executive of the company.
Keyvan Hedvat
Europe/Africa Editor, Bitumen, Argus
Keyvan joined Argus in June 2007 as part of the company’s European oil products team, reporting on naphtha, jet fuel and distillate markets before switching to coverage of the fuel oil market and subsequently vacuum gasoil. He has been reporting on European and African bitumen and asphalt markets since 2009, editing the Europe/Africa section of the weekly Argus Asphalt Rep...
Keyvan joined Argus in June 2007 as part of the company’s European oil products team, reporting on naphtha, jet fuel and distillate markets before switching to coverage of the fuel oil market and subsequently vacuum gasoil. He has been reporting on European and African bitumen and asphalt markets since 2009, editing the Europe/Africa section of the weekly Argus Asphalt Report, and subsequently Argus Bitumen, and helping to enhance the publication. Before joining Argus, Keyvan spent 10 years as a Senior Energy Correspondent with Reuters news agency in London before it was merged to form Thomson Reuters. At Reuters, Keyvan reported on physical and swaps markets for the full spectrum of oil products and led a team of products reporters. He previously reported on the petrochemicals and oil products markets at the London office of Dow Jones.
Zhai Ning
Director, Sunshine Oil
Zhai Ning has more than a decade of experience both in commercial trading of oil and LNG, and in investment in energy including oil and gas upstream, midstream, refining and pipelines. He has worked for various global organisations, including BP, Gazprom and Broad Energy, and is currently director and head of trading at Sunshine Oil, the overseas affiliate of one of the la...
Zhai Ning has more than a decade of experience both in commercial trading of oil and LNG, and in investment in energy including oil and gas upstream, midstream, refining and pipelines. He has worked for various global organisations, including BP, Gazprom and Broad Energy, and is currently director and head of trading at Sunshine Oil, the overseas affiliate of one of the largest independent petrochemical companies in China.
José Javier García Pardenilla
Managing Director, Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial
Graduate in chemistry and MBA, currently one of the principals investigators of the MIT project Mastering Asphalt performance Javier is part of Ferrovial being Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. He began his career in Ditecpesa’s te...
Graduate in chemistry and MBA, currently one of the principals investigators of the MIT project Mastering Asphalt performance Javier is part of Ferrovial being Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. He began his career in Ditecpesa’s technical department in 1997, and subsequently worked in the company’s industrial, financial and commercial departments before taking on his current role. Javier has also helped manage the purchase of asphalt products for Ditecpesa’s parent company Ferrovial for projects throughout the world, focusing on the technological development of pavements and associated environmental concerns. Javier has outstanding knowledge of the construction and operation facilities of asphalt products including bitumen terminals, polymer modified bitumen and emulsion plants. He is also a specialist in climate change, content strategy and industrial health and safety. Recently has led the development of the first smart asphalt pavement for Steering in Self-Driving Cars.
Alison Black
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, American Road & Transportation Builders Association
Alison oversees ARTBA’s transportation investment advocacy centre, the transportation officials and the research and education divisions. She manages the association’s economics staff and is responsible for over 100 studies examining national and state transportation funding and investment patterns, including the association’s landmark economic profile of the transportatio...
Alison oversees ARTBA’s transportation investment advocacy centre, the transportation officials and the research and education divisions. She manages the association’s economics staff and is responsible for over 100 studies examining national and state transportation funding and investment patterns, including the association’s landmark economic profile of the transportation construction industry, state bridge condition profiles, federal-aid highway dashboard, and annual modal forecast.
Jan-Erik Lundmark
Senior Advisor Pavement Maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration
Jan-Erik Lundmark is a civil engineer at Luleå Technical University in Sweden. He has worked with road maintenance for 12 years as a contractor and 8 years in department of maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration. He is responsible for strategic questions include planning and maintaining 80 000 km of paved roads, road markings and road network measurements.
Jan-Erik Lundmark is a civil engineer at Luleå Technical University in Sweden. He has worked with road maintenance for 12 years as a contractor and 8 years in department of maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration. He is responsible for strategic questions include planning and maintaining 80 000 km of paved roads, road markings and road network measurements.
Mario Sandor
Head of Business Management Asphalt Performance, EMEA, BASF
Mario studied chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He obtained his doctorate in analytical chemistry and researched postdoctoral at Lehigh University in the US. Mario joined BASF in 1998 and since then has held various positions, e.g. New Business Development, Head of Sales automotive fluids, Head of Marketing Polyalcohols. He is a member of various a...
Mario studied chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He obtained his doctorate in analytical chemistry and researched postdoctoral at Lehigh University in the US. Mario joined BASF in 1998 and since then has held various positions, e.g. New Business Development, Head of Sales automotive fluids, Head of Marketing Polyalcohols. He is a member of various associations, including the European Asphalt Association (EAPA), the German Asphalt Association (DAV) and the International Association of Laboratories and Experts for Building Materials (RILEM).
Bill Caradus
National Manager Bitumen & Pacific Operations, Fulton Hogan Ltd
Bill has been a senior manager since 2002 and has over 27 years’ experience with Fulton Hogan. Since 2011, he has been responsible for the strategic management and oversight of Fulton Hogan’s New Zealand bitumen operations, including bitumen supply, storage, processing and distribution, technical aspects, training and health and safety standards, and liaison with Fulton Ho...
Bill has been a senior manager since 2002 and has over 27 years’ experience with Fulton Hogan. Since 2011, he has been responsible for the strategic management and oversight of Fulton Hogan’s New Zealand bitumen operations, including bitumen supply, storage, processing and distribution, technical aspects, training and health and safety standards, and liaison with Fulton Hogan Australia team members. He is currently leading Fulton Hogan’s development of bitumen importation, and is part of the team reviewing strategic direction amid the current changes in New Zealand’s bitumen supply. He has also conducted an overview of Fulton Hogan’s Pacific operations, including spending three years resident in Fiji managing the company’s local business.
Fredrik Norrman
Nordic Bitumen Manager, Skanska
Frederik Norrman has 20 years of experience as a Global Procurement Officer. He has spent the past 10 years at Skanska, covering asphalt. Frederik started at the company as an Area Purchasing Manager, having previously worked in the international defence industry. Frederik leads a team that is developing the Nordic market and Skanska, enabling multiple bitumen supply. He w...
Frederik Norrman has 20 years of experience as a Global Procurement Officer. He has spent the past 10 years at Skanska, covering asphalt. Frederik started at the company as an Area Purchasing Manager, having previously worked in the international defence industry. Frederik leads a team that is developing the Nordic market and Skanska, enabling multiple bitumen supply. He was a finalist in Sweden’s best negotiator award for 2013, the Swedish procurement award for all branches and categories.
Eivind Olav Andersen
Technical Director, Veidekke
Eivind has worked in the road construction industry since 1990, specialising in asphalt technology and bitumen, initially in research and then as Technical Manager for Shell Bitumen in the Nordics. In 2008, he joined Norwegian construction firm Veidekke, where he is now Technical Director, with responsibility for bitumen procurement, hedging and bitumen operations.
Eivind has worked in the road construction industry since 1990, specialising in asphalt technology and bitumen, initially in research and then as Technical Manager for Shell Bitumen in the Nordics. In 2008, he joined Norwegian construction firm Veidekke, where he is now Technical Director, with responsibility for bitumen procurement, hedging and bitumen operations.
Richard Willis
Vice President for Engineering, Research and Technology, NAPA
Richard Willis serves as the NAPA expert on mix design, recycled materials, life-cycle cost analysis, and pavement design. He serves as the staff liaison for NAPA’s Committee for Asphalt Research and Technology; Council for Engineering, Research, and Sustainability; Workforce Development Committee; and Pavement Economics Committee Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Task Force as wel...
Richard Willis serves as the NAPA expert on mix design, recycled materials, life-cycle cost analysis, and pavement design. He serves as the staff liaison for NAPA’s Committee for Asphalt Research and Technology; Council for Engineering, Research, and Sustainability; Workforce Development Committee; and Pavement Economics Committee Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Task Force as well as being a co-host of NAPA’s “Pave it Black” podcast. Richard has a passion for teaching and is consistently educating the industry on NAPA’s initiatives and priorities across the country. Before joining NAPA, Richard worked as an Associate Research Professor at the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. While at NCAT, he conducted research on topics related to recycled materials, sustainability, laboratory mixture characterization, and life-cycle assessment. He served as the Principal Investigator on National Cooperative Highway Research Program project 9-55 on the use of recycled asphalt shingles in asphalt mixtures with warm mix before joining NAPA and led many of the asphalt industry research projects on pavement vehicle interaction.
Sebastian Miesem
Senior Technical Marketing Manager for Asphalt Performance, BASF
Sebastian obtained his degree as Certified Asphalt Technologist at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. With more than 20 years of experience in the asphalt industry and his comprehensive knowledge, he now operates as Senior Technical Marketing Manager at BASF. Sebastian is a German delegate for European Standard “Surface Dressing, Sprays and Slurry Surface (inc...
Sebastian obtained his degree as Certified Asphalt Technologist at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. With more than 20 years of experience in the asphalt industry and his comprehensive knowledge, he now operates as Senior Technical Marketing Manager at BASF. Sebastian is a German delegate for European Standard “Surface Dressing, Sprays and Slurry Surface (incorporate Microsurfacing)” as well as member of the technical committee at Road and Transportation Research Association (FGSV).
Alex Hua
Managing Director, Star Energy
Alex Hua has worked in the oil and petrochemical trading industry for more than 20 years, including 15 years of trading experience in the asphalt industry. Alex set up Star Energy Group, which has become one of the largest asphalt trading companies in Asia-Pacific with trading volumes of around 2mn t/yr. In recent years, Alex has been actively involved in storage tank cons...
Alex Hua has worked in the oil and petrochemical trading industry for more than 20 years, including 15 years of trading experience in the asphalt industry. Alex set up Star Energy Group, which has become one of the largest asphalt trading companies in Asia-Pacific with trading volumes of around 2mn t/yr. In recent years, Alex has been actively involved in storage tank construction and logistics development. He is also involved in ‘One Belt One Road’ projects and continues to expand trading activities in the international market.
Mathieu Lasserre
Strategic Procurement Manager, Sogea Satom
Mathieu has been working for SOGEA SATOM across the African continent for over 15 years. He has been running an internal procurement office for close to 10 years. His team is in charge of centralizing the procurement/logistics operations on strategic spend categories for their 20 countries currently in operation, with a central focus on bitumen contracts and supplies.
Mathieu has been working for SOGEA SATOM across the African continent for over 15 years. He has been running an internal procurement office for close to 10 years. His team is in charge of centralizing the procurement/logistics operations on strategic spend categories for their 20 countries currently in operation, with a central focus on bitumen contracts and supplies.
Jon Whittall
Managing Director, TEC Container Solutions
Jon has worked in the bitumen industry for nearly 10 years. He started off establishing supply and logistics operations in the region of west Africa, and now at TEC as an equipment and solutions provider, helping customers to overcome challenges in Africa, southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. TEC has since become the market leader in bitumen container sup...
Jon has worked in the bitumen industry for nearly 10 years. He started off establishing supply and logistics operations in the region of west Africa, and now at TEC as an equipment and solutions provider, helping customers to overcome challenges in Africa, southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. TEC has since become the market leader in bitumen container supply, especially following the success of the BitutainerTM range.
Deon Pagel
Managing Director, Tosas
Deon is a Civil Engineer who graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in the early 80’s. With close on 40 years of experience in the Infrastructure side of the Engineering Industry in South Africa he has been holding the position of Managing Director of Tosas (Pty) Ltd (a subsidiary of the JSE listed Raubex Group) for the past 8 years. Roads are his passi...
Deon is a Civil Engineer who graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in the early 80’s. With close on 40 years of experience in the Infrastructure side of the Engineering Industry in South Africa he has been holding the position of Managing Director of Tosas (Pty) Ltd (a subsidiary of the JSE listed Raubex Group) for the past 8 years. Roads are his passion and it is because of this passion that he received the Sabita Award for excellence in Bitumen Technology for a revolutionary labour based road surfacing device in 2005. Deon has extensive knowledge of the manufacturing of not only bituminous binders but also of asphalt as he was also previously a Director of National Asphalt, also a company of the Raubex Group. He currently also serves as a Director of the Sabita Board and is also Chairman of the Board.
Abdullatif Mohamed
Trader International Sales and Marketing, Bahrain Petroleum Company
Started working for Bapco in Sales Administration section / International Marketing Department in 2006. Part of my job responsibilities were price calculation of crude and petroleum products, preparing contracts, registration of new customers, meeting customers’ requirements and other administration related tasks. In August 2014, moved to the International Sales section wh...
Started working for Bapco in Sales Administration section / International Marketing Department in 2006. Part of my job responsibilities were price calculation of crude and petroleum products, preparing contracts, registration of new customers, meeting customers’ requirements and other administration related tasks. In August 2014, moved to the International Sales section where I handled the sales of Asphalt, bunker fuel, petroleum products and crude. In Asphalt sales, I follow up with Asphalt customers’ requirements, loading process, generating invoices and documents after loading completion and following up on their financial standing with Bapco for placing new orders. I also deal with customers from petroleum products and crude, assisting them with product requests or queries on BAPCO’s products; executing spot or term deals while keeping up to date with market fundamentals, staying current with market situation. I am also responsible for processing orders from bunker customers, adhering to their loading schedules and executions of payments.
Vincent Frate
Process Engineer and Sales Manager, Poerner
Vincent Frate is a Process Engineer and Sales Manager at Poerner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH. He studied Process and Chemical Engineering at the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium) and the Technical University of Vienna (Austria). After 5 years of working in the design and commissioning of bioethanol plants, Vincent moved in 2011 to Poerner to work in the Sales Departmen...
Vincent Frate is a Process Engineer and Sales Manager at Poerner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH. He studied Process and Chemical Engineering at the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium) and the Technical University of Vienna (Austria). After 5 years of working in the design and commissioning of bioethanol plants, Vincent moved in 2011 to Poerner to work in the Sales Department. Currently, he is Bitumen Technologies Manager and responsible for business development as well as for the offering phase for new projects in the Biturox bitumen (asphalt) blowing technology owned by Poerner and the Poerner Packing Bitumen Bags. Being in contact with clients worldwide, he is used to work with many different bitumen (asphalt) standards and clients’ requirements.
Saied Solomons
Past President, South African Road Federation (SARF) and Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Bitumen Association (SABITA)
Saied has spent 30 years in the oil industry, holding various role at Mobil and Engen covering engineering, distribution, sales and marketing across all product lines. He has been CEO of the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita) for five years, and is President of the South African Road Federation (SARF).
Saied has spent 30 years in the oil industry, holding various role at Mobil and Engen covering engineering, distribution, sales and marketing across all product lines. He has been CEO of the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita) for five years, and is President of the South African Road Federation (SARF).
Michael Ohiani
Director PPP Resource Department, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC)
Mike is Director of the PPP Resource Department, where he is responsible for catalysing public and private expertise and resources towards the structuring and development of federal PPP projects that are bankable and yield value for money for Nigerians. From 2008-15 he headed the commission’s Legal and Governance Unit, which provides informed legal advice and opinions to v...
Mike is Director of the PPP Resource Department, where he is responsible for catalysing public and private expertise and resources towards the structuring and development of federal PPP projects that are bankable and yield value for money for Nigerians. From 2008-15 he headed the commission’s Legal and Governance Unit, which provides informed legal advice and opinions to various departments and units. From 2015 to June 2016 he was Director of the Contract Compliance Department. Before he joined the ICRC he was Team Leader in the Executive Unit at the Debt Management Office, where he had various responsibilities, including participation in bilateral negotiations and managing projects for DFID support programmes. Mike’s first and second degrees are in law, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Edo State University, Ekpoma, respectively.
Alfonso Berrocal
Business Development Manager, Oil Products, Argus
Alfonso has extensive experience working in the oil trading industry, particularly in physical trading. Before joining Argus he traded bitumen for GP Global in Europe. He is currently based in London, with bitumen and speciality products as his main focus.
Alfonso has extensive experience working in the oil trading industry, particularly in physical trading. Before joining Argus he traded bitumen for GP Global in Europe. He is currently based in London, with bitumen and speciality products as his main focus.
Stacy Goldsworthy
Technical Manager, Civil Contractors New Zealand Inc
Stacy started with Civil Contractors New Zealand at the start of 2018 as Technical Manager. Prior to this appoint, Stacy has worked in various areas of the civil engineering and supporting industries. Starting off in a civil engineering laboratory in Hamilton, he worked on a number of, at the time, high profile jobs. After this he turned his hand to crushing and screening ...
Stacy started with Civil Contractors New Zealand at the start of 2018 as Technical Manager. Prior to this appoint, Stacy has worked in various areas of the civil engineering and supporting industries. Starting off in a civil engineering laboratory in Hamilton, he worked on a number of, at the time, high profile jobs. After this he turned his hand to crushing and screening by doing time at Svedala and then Metso Minerals. Originally starting at the Barmac VSi factory in Matamata he worked with the quarry solutions team to develop Metso Minerals quarry product offering. Post this, Stacy worked for Winstone Aggregates and Green Vision Recycling supplying aggregate to the wider industry. Since starting at Civil Contractors New Zealand, Stacy has been involved in the various client and CCNZ lead committees. CCNZ engage with industry, clients and industry stakeholders to provide a collaborative working environment to promote and ensure a sustainable contracting industry.
Alexander Marais
Sales Manager, Sasol
Alex Marais is a qualified scientist. He has over 25 years in the chemical industry. For the past 20 years marketing and sales has become his primary occupation. In Sasol for the past 5 years I have been involved with Sasol’s asphalt product range in Africa, Gulf and South East Asia. My focus at Sasol has been primarily on sustainability throughout the asphalt value chain....
Alex Marais is a qualified scientist. He has over 25 years in the chemical industry. For the past 20 years marketing and sales has become his primary occupation. In Sasol for the past 5 years I have been involved with Sasol’s asphalt product range in Africa, Gulf and South East Asia. My focus at Sasol has been primarily on sustainability throughout the asphalt value chain. Promoting low CO2 emission, warm mix asphalt, secondary materials back into circuit and safety.
Maria Ahmad
Americas Asphalt Editor, Argus
Maria Ahmad is New York Deputy Bureau Chief at Argus and edits the Americas Asphalt report, overseeing market coverage of asphalt prices and industry news in the US, Canada, and Latin America. She has nearly a decade of experience in covering oil, commodity and financial markets in New York, Houston, and Beijing. Maria is fluent in Mandarin and studied at the Beijing Langu...
Maria Ahmad is New York Deputy Bureau Chief at Argus and edits the Americas Asphalt report, overseeing market coverage of asphalt prices and industry news in the US, Canada, and Latin America. She has nearly a decade of experience in covering oil, commodity and financial markets in New York, Houston, and Beijing. Maria is fluent in Mandarin and studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University and at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Mahua Chakravarty
Editor, Asia Bitumen, Argus
Mahua Chakravarty has worked with Argus since 2013 and is leading the bitumen desk for Asia and the Middle East markets. Prior to moving into this role in October 2020, she was co-leading the Petrochemicals desk within Argus. During these years, she covered a wide spectrum of petrochemical markets from aromatics, methanol, polymers and olefins. Prior to this, she was worki...
Mahua Chakravarty has worked with Argus since 2013 and is leading the bitumen desk for Asia and the Middle East markets. Prior to moving into this role in October 2020, she was co-leading the Petrochemicals desk within Argus. During these years, she covered a wide spectrum of petrochemical markets from aromatics, methanol, polymers and olefins. Prior to this, she was working as a senior editor manager with ICIS and covered the aromatics and some key downstream markets for several years. She has more than 18 years’ experience working as a journalist and editor with various publications in Singapore and India.
Stephen Jones
Senior Vice President, Oil Markets Strategy, Argus
Stephen Jones is Senior Vice President of Oil Markets Strategy at Argus and is based in Houston. Stephen leads engagements with industry stakeholders on strategic matters related to market fundamentals, regulatory developments, and price factors across the petroleum sectors. Stephen joined Argus in 2017 as the manager of the Americas Oil Markets Business Development team ...
Stephen Jones is Senior Vice President of Oil Markets Strategy at Argus and is based in Houston. Stephen leads engagements with industry stakeholders on strategic matters related to market fundamentals, regulatory developments, and price factors across the petroleum sectors. Stephen joined Argus in 2017 as the manager of the Americas Oil Markets Business Development team and became the Global Head of Oil Products in 2018 where he was responsible for Argus pricing solutions for 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 34 years in the industry. Prior to Argus, Stephen was with Purvin & Gertz and IHS Markit for 17 years where he was Vice President of the Refining & Marketing team. He has been an instrumental leader for large international teams, providing 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 with leading the Energy Product Management team and the integration of the legacy PFC Energy, Purvin & Gertz, and CERA market analytical subscription 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 energy market economics. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.
Regina Koh
Reporter, Bitumen, Argus
Regina joined Argus Media Singapore in July 2019 and started covering the Asian bitumen market as a reporter in April 2020. Before becoming a reporter, she was an events producer for B2B conferences across the commodities, telecommunications and rail transport sectors.
Regina joined Argus Media Singapore in July 2019 and started covering the Asian bitumen market as a reporter in April 2020. Before becoming a reporter, she was an events producer for B2B conferences across the commodities, telecommunications and rail transport sectors.
Rômulo Santos Constantino
Technical & Product Manager, Betunel Asfaltos
Rômulo Santos Constantino is graduated in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1987. In 1988 he was approved to work as a researcher at PETROBRAS QUÍMICA (PETROQUISA). He finished the PETROBRAS training course at the end of 1988 and obtained a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering (MSc), in the area of Polymer Science, from the PEQ...
Rômulo Santos Constantino is graduated in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1987. In 1988 he was approved to work as a researcher at PETROBRAS QUÍMICA (PETROQUISA). He finished the PETROBRAS training course at the end of 1988 and obtained a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering (MSc), in the area of Polymer Science, from the PEQ of COPPE/UFRJ in 1990. He worked at Petrobras' Research Center (CENPES), in Rio de Janeiro, until July 2002, in the Product Engineering area (with emphasis on asphalt product development). Since then, he is Technical Manager of Betunel's Technological Development Center in Ribeirão Preto, where he works in the development of asphalt binders for the paving industry. He has published scientific papers on asphalt binders in congresses in Brazil. In 2020 he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Centro Universitário Moura Lacerda. He coordinates IBP's Asphalt Binders task group since 2014. This group is responsible for writing and reviewing the Brazilian technical standards (NBR) related to asphalt binders of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) and the preparation of the Brazilian specifications of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) for both liquefied asphalt binders and asphalt emulsions.