November 2023
In-person: Singapore & Online Access

Argus Bitumen & Bituminous Products Asia Conference

2022 Speakers included:

Zhilin Yuan
Global Marketing and Sustainability Manager, Shell Construction and Road
Zhilin has over 15 years commercial experience in the Energy industries, including almost 9 years in the bitumen and asphalt sector. She has been with Shell since 2011, and is currently the global head of marketing and sustainability for Shell’s Construction and Road sector. She is responsible for the overall strategies to develop integrated decarbonisation solutions to he...
Zhilin has over 15 years commercial experience in the Energy industries, including almost 9 years in the bitumen and asphalt sector. She has been with Shell since 2011, and is currently the global head of marketing and sustainability for Shell’s Construction and Road sector. She is responsible for the overall strategies to develop integrated decarbonisation solutions to help the construction sector ecosystem to address the carbon challenges, including low carbon materials, energy products and services solutions. She also drives the advocacy agenda aiming to bring actors across construction value chain together to collaborate on pathways towards net-zero carbon construction.
Riva Siahaan
Director Of Central Marketing & Trading PT Pertamina Patra Niaga
Director Of Central Marketing & Trading PT Pertamina Patra Niaga, Indonesia's leading Bitumen trading company and as sole offtaker from Pertamina Bitumen Refinery. Riva has been working in Bunker Fuel Oil, Marine Logistics, Industrial Fuel, Aviation, and Petrochemical Industry included Bitumen. Riva has made Pertamina Patra Niaga achieved the highest share for the National...
Director Of Central Marketing & Trading PT Pertamina Patra Niaga, Indonesia's leading Bitumen trading company and as sole offtaker from Pertamina Bitumen Refinery. Riva has been working in Bunker Fuel Oil, Marine Logistics, Industrial Fuel, Aviation, and Petrochemical Industry included Bitumen. Riva has made Pertamina Patra Niaga achieved the highest share for the National Asphalt Business around 60% and now seeking development for Modified Natural Asphalt in Indonesia.
Captain Allen Pinto
Captain, Director of Shipping Operations and Head of Bulk Bitumen, Richmond Mercantile
Mr. Allen Pinto has been with Richmond Group since 1999 and oversees the shipping & logistics functions. In addition to commercial management of chartered-in tonnage, Allen also coordinates and supports the groups bulk bitumen trading and supply operations across Southeast Asia, Australia, India and the Middle East. Allen has sailed as a master mariner on chemical and prod...
Mr. Allen Pinto has been with Richmond Group since 1999 and oversees the shipping & logistics functions. In addition to commercial management of chartered-in tonnage, Allen also coordinates and supports the groups bulk bitumen trading and supply operations across Southeast Asia, Australia, India and the Middle East. Allen has sailed as a master mariner on chemical and product tankers and has worked as a Marine Surveyor.
Erik Denneman
Global Technical Manager, Puma Bitumen
Dr Erik Denneman is Global Technical Manager at Puma Bitumen. He directs Puma Bitumen’s R&D program focused on developing ever more sustainable bituminous binders. His team is also responsible for rigorous quality control in Puma’s global supply network. Before joining Puma Erik was Director of Technology & Leadership at the Australian Flexible Pavement Association. His fi...
Dr Erik Denneman is Global Technical Manager at Puma Bitumen. He directs Puma Bitumen’s R&D program focused on developing ever more sustainable bituminous binders. His team is also responsible for rigorous quality control in Puma’s global supply network. Before joining Puma Erik was Director of Technology & Leadership at the Australian Flexible Pavement Association. His field of expertise includes bituminous and concrete material technology, and road pavement design. Erik is a Chartered Professional Engineer based in Melbourne and has previously worked in the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa.
Liu Renjie
Deputy General Manager of LPG, Asphalt and Petrochemicals, PetroChina International
Mr. Liu Renjie is the Deputy General Manager of LPG, Asphalt and Petrochemicals at PetroChina International Singapore. He has 5 years' experience in asphalt importing and SHE future trading.
Mr. Liu Renjie is the Deputy General Manager of LPG, Asphalt and Petrochemicals at PetroChina International Singapore. He has 5 years' experience in asphalt importing and SHE future trading.
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.
Richard Gorry
Head of Product Development, Energy Aspects
Richard Gorry is Head of Product Development at Energy Aspects, the world’s leading energy commodity and macro analytics research house. Richard has been providing analytical and advisory services to the world’s largest energy companies for more than 17 years. He began his career in 2005 as a crude oil analyst with PVM Oil Associates. He later went on to become Head of Con...
Richard Gorry is Head of Product Development at Energy Aspects, the world’s leading energy commodity and macro analytics research house. Richard has been providing analytical and advisory services to the world’s largest energy companies for more than 17 years. He began his career in 2005 as a crude oil analyst with PVM Oil Associates. He later went on to become Head of Consulting at JBC Energy in Austria, where he focused on oil and gas market analysis, energy trading, and risk management. In 2010, Richard established JBC Energy’s Singapore office. In 2022, he joined research powerhouse Energy Aspects, where he is responsible for developing the company’s research products across all energy commodities. Richard is a former lecturer at the Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea.
Mark Ford
General Manager Bitumen and Environmental Solutions New Zealand, Fulton Hogan
Mark Ford, husband, Father, slow ultra-marathon runner and stroke survivor. Mark has overseen Fulton Hogan Bitumen function from a commercial background for seven years. Progressing his career over the past 17 years through Fulton Hogan, Mark has managed the New Zealand, Financial, Strategy and Business Development functions and is now directly responsible for the New Zeal...
Mark Ford, husband, Father, slow ultra-marathon runner and stroke survivor. Mark has overseen Fulton Hogan Bitumen function from a commercial background for seven years. Progressing his career over the past 17 years through Fulton Hogan, Mark has managed the New Zealand, Financial, Strategy and Business Development functions and is now directly responsible for the New Zealand Bitumen and Environmental Solutions Sectors. Environmental Solutions is an innovative area of Fulton Hogan’s customer offerings focused on remediating contaminated land and other sustainable solutions to private and public customers. Mark is responsible for establishing a secure supply of imported Bitumen into Fulton Hogan, New Zealand and overseas the terminal operations. Fulton Hogan is one of New Zealand’s largest distributors and user of bitumen from various terminal ports owned across New Zealand.
Indra Maizir
Vice Director of Business Development and HSSE, DMK Group
Indra is the Vice Director for Business Development and HSSE of DMK Group, one of the prominent asphalt distribution companies in Indonesia. He has been working in the industry since 2007 and has experience working with multinational oil and gas company, asphalt and road technical association. DMK Group currently owns four asphalt bulk terminals in Central Java, Bali, Sumb...
Indra is the Vice Director for Business Development and HSSE of DMK Group, one of the prominent asphalt distribution companies in Indonesia. He has been working in the industry since 2007 and has experience working with multinational oil and gas company, asphalt and road technical association. DMK Group currently owns four asphalt bulk terminals in Central Java, Bali, Sumbawa and Halmahera and recently just completed a Polymer Modified Bitumen plant in Central Java. In addition to supplying national roads, DMK Group is also one of the few companies to be trusted in supplying special projects like toll roads, airport runways and recently Mandalika Racetrack for MotoGP in Lombok.
Dr. Vo Dai Tu
Chief of Research & Development Department, BMT Construction Investment Joint Stock Company
Dr. Vo Dai Tu is working at BMT Group with leadership of the Research & Development Department. Besides, he also works as important positions in many Science Organisations such as Aviation Science and Technology Institute, Vietnam Association on Aviation Science and Technology, University of Transport Technology. Dr. Vo Dai Tu is the first person, who put rutting test for...
Dr. Vo Dai Tu is working at BMT Group with leadership of the Research & Development Department. Besides, he also works as important positions in many Science Organisations such as Aviation Science and Technology Institute, Vietnam Association on Aviation Science and Technology, University of Transport Technology. Dr. Vo Dai Tu is the first person, who put rutting test for asphalt and develop concept “Anti-rutting Asphalt” in Vietnam. Besides he is the writer of Vietnamese Specification for Hot Mix Asphalt Recycling, Specification for HMA using recycle polyethylene as an additive. Scientific activities: Asphalt Pavement Recycling; Research and Production of anti-rutting Bitumen & Asphalt; Bitumen & Emulsified Asphalt Modification using Physical Chemistry Methods, Asphalt Pavement Maintenance Technology, Plastic Recycling for Asphalt. Science publications: being the writer and co-writer of over 40 science publications in internationa journals.
Rajendra Singh Sisodia
Executive Director-ex Indian Oil Corpn Ltd, Chairman-BIF, Strategic Consultant-Cube Highways
Mr. Sisodia is an oil & gas expert with over 37 years’ experience in Upstream & Midstream & Downstream i.e Refineries- BPO, Projects, Petrochemicals, Polymers, Renewable Energy, Alternate Fuels, Gas, Marketing-Retail, Institutional, Lubes, Operations, Supply chain, Logistics etc. A globally distinguished Speaker/Keynote Speaker in 25 International conferences & counting. ...
Mr. Sisodia is an oil & gas expert with over 37 years’ experience in Upstream & Midstream & Downstream i.e Refineries- BPO, Projects, Petrochemicals, Polymers, Renewable Energy, Alternate Fuels, Gas, Marketing-Retail, Institutional, Lubes, Operations, Supply chain, Logistics etc. A globally distinguished Speaker/Keynote Speaker in 25 International conferences & counting. Focusing on topics such as Bitumen (Asphalt), Petrochemicals, Polymers, Hydrogen, Petcoke, RPC, CPC, Needle Coke, Fuel Oils, Bunker Fuels, Sulphur, Bitumen Emulsions, CRMB, PMB, Pavement Technology, IMO2020 Bunker FO, Sulphur, Naphtha, Benzene, Propylene, Digitalisation etc. Member Indian Roads congress (IRC) & Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) (PCD6). Oil Industry Bitumen Coordinator for under Ministry of Petroleum for timely execution of prestigious Golden Quadrilateral Highway Project by NHAI(MORTH). Bitumen Projects at 6 Refineries including planning, execution of Emulsion, CRMB, PMB & Polypackaging Plants. Petcoke Project at Paradip Refinery including planning, execution & commissioning of Piped Conveyor & RRLS. Oil Industry Coordinator for Implementation of environmental regulations on use of Petcoke & FO in NCR. Industries dealt with Road construction, Machinery, Steel, Power, Cement, Shipping & Marine, Textile, Mining, Automobiles, Engineering, Manufacture, Defence, Railways, STUs, Paints, Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals etc. Currently, Mr. Sisodia is engaged in development & modification of Bitumen with Polymers to make Polymer Modified (PMB) and Polymer Modified Bitumen Emulsions in Indian Bitumen market of over 6000 Mn USD.
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).
Deon Pagel
Managing Director, Tosas
Deon started his working career with the Department of Water Affairs as a Civil Engineering Technician in the Earth and Rockfill Dam Division while completing his Degree at the University of Pretoria in the early eighties. His career went from Water to Bitumen since his gradual involvement with the roads industry in the early nineteen nineties. In 2009 he accepted a posit...
Deon started his working career with the Department of Water Affairs as a Civil Engineering Technician in the Earth and Rockfill Dam Division while completing his Degree at the University of Pretoria in the early eighties. His career went from Water to Bitumen since his gradual involvement with the roads industry in the early nineteen nineties. In 2009 he accepted a position as Commercial Manager with National Asphalt (part of the Raubex Group) in 2009. The acquisition of Tosas by the Raubex Group in 2013 led to his appointment as Managing Director. Tosas is the largest supplier of modified bitumen’s and emulsions in southern Africa and owns a large fleet of bitumen distributors, rubber bitumen and polymer modifier plants. Deon is currently also Chairman of the Sabita Board and served in that position before and through the transition period from the major Oil Companies being main sponsors to the current stakeholder position.
Jonathan Weston
Editor, Speciality Products, Argus
Jonathan Weston is the editor of the Argus Bitumen Report, which was launched in January 2015 to cover bitumen markets in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Mideast Gulf. Jonathan also manages the speciality products team at Argus, which covers bitumen, base oils, bunker fuels and waxes. Jonathan previously covered crude oil markets for Argus and before that worked as a ...
Jonathan Weston is the editor of the Argus Bitumen Report, which was launched in January 2015 to cover bitumen markets in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Mideast Gulf. Jonathan also manages the speciality products team at Argus, which covers bitumen, base oils, bunker fuels and waxes. Jonathan previously covered crude oil markets for Argus and before that worked as a stockbroker and newspaper journalist.
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.