16 October - 18 October 2018
Le Richemond Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland

Argus Global Crude 2018 - Geneva

Confirmed speakers

David Alexander
Vice-President, Haverly Systems
David Alexander has been with Haverly Systems Inc for nearly 25 years, 2 years based in England and the rest in New Jersey USA. Before that he worked for 9 years in New Zealand, primarily for Shell NZ. He has extensive experience in the supply planning and scheduling area of the Oil Industry. With Haverly he has been mostly involved with Crude Assay Management and has prov...
David Alexander has been with Haverly Systems Inc for nearly 25 years, 2 years based in England and the rest in New Jersey USA. Before that he worked for 9 years in New Zealand, primarily for Shell NZ. He has extensive experience in the supply planning and scheduling area of the Oil Industry. With Haverly he has been mostly involved with Crude Assay Management and has provided consulting/training for oil refineries, laboratories, research centers, oil trading companies, and corporate offices in over 50 countries. He also manages the development of H/CAMS and co-invented the H/COMET web product that has become very popular over the last 10 years. David has a BE in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University New Zealand.
James Foster
Trading Manager, BP
James has worked for BP for 23 years in supply and trading. Prior to joining the crude team in 2014, he focused on products, specifically middle distillates. James traded in London and Chicago for eight years before moving into trading management in 2002, when he took over running BP’s global middle distillates team.
James has worked for BP for 23 years in supply and trading. Prior to joining the crude team in 2014, he focused on products, specifically middle distillates. James traded in London and Chicago for eight years before moving into trading management in 2002, when he took over running BP’s global middle distillates team.
David Fyfe
Oil Economist
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.
Ben Holt
Group Oil Marketing and Offtake Manager, Tullow Oil
Ben is Head of Marketing and Offtake at Tullow, a UK-based exploration and production company with interests mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South America. He is responsible for the company’s oil sales, cargo scheduling, price risk management and market insight. Ben has over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry, and was previously Vice-President, Downstream Con...
Ben is Head of Marketing and Offtake at Tullow, a UK-based exploration and production company with interests mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South America. He is responsible for the company’s oil sales, cargo scheduling, price risk management and market insight. Ben has over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry, and was previously Vice-President, Downstream Consulting at Wood Mackenzie, leading a variety of transaction support, strategy and other projects, particularly with regards to oil markets and infrastructure. He spent 15 years at North Sea producer Enterprise, latterly as Head of Marketing for oil and natural gas liquids sales and trading, handling some 250,000 b/d. Ben's early career was at BP, working in oil trading and refinery supply.
Alastair Houlding
Head of Trade & Commodity Finance, ING
Alastair heads up ING’s commodity business in Switzerland covering the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He started his career in 1986 with ANZ Grindlays Bank in London, with stints in Dubai and Melbourne before joining ING in London in 1993. He was ING’s regional representative in southern and eastern Africa based in Harare before returning in 1999 to ultimate...
Alastair heads up ING’s commodity business in Switzerland covering the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He started his career in 1986 with ANZ Grindlays Bank in London, with stints in Dubai and Melbourne before joining ING in London in 1993. He was ING’s regional representative in southern and eastern Africa based in Harare before returning in 1999 to ultimately run ING’s commodity finance operation in London. From 2009, Alastair was Senior Credit Officer for ING’s commodity finance business based in Amsterdam before moving to Switzerland in late 2014.
Owain Johnson
Managing Director, Energy Research and Product Development, CME Group
Owain’s team ensures the integrity of CME's energy futures benchmarks, including WTI, Henry Hub, DME Oman and Rbob. It develops new risk management products for the global energy industry as well as undertaking original research. Owain was previously Managing Director at Dubai exchange DME and Executive Director of CME Group Singapore. He is a member of the International A...
Owain’s team ensures the integrity of CME's energy futures benchmarks, including WTI, Henry Hub, DME Oman and Rbob. It develops new risk management products for the global energy industry as well as undertaking original research. Owain was previously Managing Director at Dubai exchange DME and Executive Director of CME Group Singapore. He is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics, the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and is the author of The Price Reporters: A Guide to PRAs and Commodity Benchmarks. He studied at Cambridge University.
Vladimir Langhamer
Head of Trading, OMV Supply & Trading
Vladimir Langhamer is a downstream oil professional with broad experience across crude oil & products trading and sales, crude & feedstock optimization, risk management and operations. Starting his career in 2006 with OMV. Vladimir has been working to develop a new LP based crude scheduling solution, has developed new sales channels for excess production of white and h...
Vladimir Langhamer is a downstream oil professional with broad experience across crude oil & products trading and sales, crude & feedstock optimization, risk management and operations. Starting his career in 2006 with OMV. Vladimir has been working to develop a new LP based crude scheduling solution, has developed new sales channels for excess production of white and heavy products and has been acting as Managing director of OMV’s trading arm in Switzerland. After his return to Vienna, he has been managing a team tasked with optimization of crude & feedstock supply for OMV western refineries in Austria and Germany, connected inventory and price risk management, origination and emissions hedging. Vladimir has currently transferred to London as Trading Manager of OMV’s trading office in London.
Alessandro Liberati
Global Head of Crude Oil Trading, BB Energy
Alessandro Liberati is the Global Head of Crude Oil Trading at BB Energy. The firm, which trades about 19mn t/yr of crude and oil products, has offices in various locations, including London, Houston and Singapore. Alessandro has worked in the energy sector and trading for more than 30 years. He was the head of crude trading at Eni Trading and Shipping before joining BB En...
Alessandro Liberati is the Global Head of Crude Oil Trading at BB Energy. The firm, which trades about 19mn t/yr of crude and oil products, has offices in various locations, including London, Houston and Singapore. Alessandro has worked in the energy sector and trading for more than 30 years. He was the head of crude trading at Eni Trading and Shipping before joining BB Energy six years ago.
Ben Luckock
Co-Head of Oil Trading, Trafigura
In June 2018 Ben Luckock was appointed Co-Head of Oil Trading, jointly overseeing group oil trading, the global oil central execution desks and the derivatives desks. This follows a period as Co-Head of Trafigura Group Market Risk and six years as Global Head of Crude Oil Trading. Ben also develops and manages strategic commercial relationships in the oil trading activitie...
In June 2018 Ben Luckock was appointed Co-Head of Oil Trading, jointly overseeing group oil trading, the global oil central execution desks and the derivatives desks. This follows a period as Co-Head of Trafigura Group Market Risk and six years as Global Head of Crude Oil Trading. Ben also develops and manages strategic commercial relationships in the oil trading activities of the company and oversees the commercial activity for both Crude and Products for the Trafigura group in Russia amongst other countries. He also takes an interest in all asset classes of the group working closely with the Metals and Minerals trading division. Prior to joining Trafigura in 2007, Ben spent nearly 10 years with BP as a Crude Oil trader, gaining experience working in London, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Established in 1993, Trafigura is a leader in the commodities business. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth in recent years, growing revenue from USD18 billion in 2004 to USD136.4 billion in 2017. The Group’s primary trading businesses are the supply and transport of crude oil, petroleum products, renewable energies, coal, refined metals, ferrous and non-ferrous ores and concentrates.
Alexey Rybnikov
Chief Executive Officer, SPIMEX
Alexey Rybnikov has been president of SPIMEX (St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange) since September 2011. He was previously chief executive of Russian stock exchange RSX in 2009–2011 and prior to that was chief executive of the MICEX Stock Exchange and senior vice-president of MICEX for six years. His earlier career was spent in senior positions at two Russia-b...
Alexey Rybnikov has been president of SPIMEX (St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange) since September 2011. He was previously chief executive of Russian stock exchange RSX in 2009–2011 and prior to that was chief executive of the MICEX Stock Exchange and senior vice-president of MICEX for six years. His earlier career was spent in senior positions at two Russia-based banks, Evrofinance and JP Morgan Bank International, and at NDC. Rybnikov is a member of the Russian Presidential Commission on Fuel and Energy. He graduated in economics from the Moscow State University of International Affairs and earned a PhD from the Institute of US and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Manu Sehgal
Vice-President, Strategy and Feedstock Supply Group, HPCL - Mittal Energy
Manu heads the Strategy and Feedstock Supply Group at HPCL-Mittal (HMEL), where he is responsible for planning and scheduling, crude and feedstock procurement, as well as shipping and associated risk management activities. Manu has 30 years experience in the oil industry. Prior to joining HMEL in 2008, he was seconded from Indian refiner HPCL to the country’s oil ministry,...
Manu heads the Strategy and Feedstock Supply Group at HPCL-Mittal (HMEL), where he is responsible for planning and scheduling, crude and feedstock procurement, as well as shipping and associated risk management activities. Manu has 30 years experience in the oil industry. Prior to joining HMEL in 2008, he was seconded from Indian refiner HPCL to the country’s oil ministry, where he contributed to issues including deregulation, refineries, as well as crude pricing and allocation. At HPCL, he handled the transition from the administered pricing mechanism to the free market for all of the company’s products. Manu has studied at Punjab University and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmadabad, as well as taking courses at Stanford and Harvard.
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.
Souleïma Baddi
Chief Executive Officer, komgo
Adi Imsirovich
Head, Crude Trading, Gazprom Marketing & Trading
Matthew Thompson
Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Argus
Pedro Antonio Merino Garcia
Chief Economist, Repsol
Blaise Morris
Broker, PVM Oil
Mele K. Kyari
Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Department, The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
He was appointed to his current role at Nigerian state-owned oil firm NNPC in 2015 and his duties include recommending and determining appropriate pricing levels for Nigerian crudes, condensates and natural gas liquids. He is also responsible for ensuring products supply to the country through the direct sales/direct purchase arrangement. He joined NNPC in 1991 and has ext...
He was appointed to his current role at Nigerian state-owned oil firm NNPC in 2015 and his duties include recommending and determining appropriate pricing levels for Nigerian crudes, condensates and natural gas liquids. He is also responsible for ensuring products supply to the country through the direct sales/direct purchase arrangement. He joined NNPC in 1991 and has extensive experience of the entire value chain of the oil industry. He was appointed Nigeria’s Opec representative in 2018. He studied Geology at the University of Maiduguri in the northeast of the country.