10 junio - 12 junio 2024
Houston, Texas, US

Argus Clean Ammonia North America Conference

Argus Clean Ammonia Conferences advisory board 

Argus is pleased to announce the Argus Clean Ammonia Conferences advisory board. This board is made up of senior industry professionals from across the clean ammonia supply chain who help shape our conference.

The Argus advisory board will allow us to work together with the industry to develop the Argus’ clean ammonia event portfolio, to ensure these conferences create the most valuable event possible, for the industry in this important and rapidly developing space. 

Advisory board

Tobias Birwe
Head of Sales, Fertilizer and Methanol, Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions
Tobias has worked at Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions since 2003, and has been involved in large-scale EPC jobs in the fertilizer industry. He started his career as process engineer developing ammonia plants based on Thyssenkrupp’s uhde ammonia technology. After spending a year in Saudi Arabia on a commissioning job for the Ma’aden 1 ammonia complex, he joined Thyssenkrup...
Tobias has worked at Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions since 2003, and has been involved in large-scale EPC jobs in the fertilizer industry. He started his career as process engineer developing ammonia plants based on Thyssenkrupp’s uhde ammonia technology. After spending a year in Saudi Arabia on a commissioning job for the Ma’aden 1 ammonia complex, he joined Thyssenkrupp’s sales department, and since 2015 has headed its fertilizer and methanol unit. He has a diploma in industrial engineering from Germany’s Technical University Braunschweig.
Trevor Brown
Executive Director, Ammonia Energy Association
Trevor Brown, CFA is the Executive Director of the Ammonia Energy Association, a global industry group that promotes the responsible use of ammonia in a sustainable energy economy. He is also an independent ammonia industry analyst; in 2013, he founded AmmoniaIndustry.com, a website that provides data on capital investments in new ammonia plants, as well as on research and...
Trevor Brown, CFA is the Executive Director of the Ammonia Energy Association, a global industry group that promotes the responsible use of ammonia in a sustainable energy economy. He is also an independent ammonia industry analyst; in 2013, he founded AmmoniaIndustry.com, a website that provides data on capital investments in new ammonia plants, as well as on research and development in new ammonia production technology. Since 2012, he has been an agitator for the commercialization of sustainable ammonia synthesis technologies.
Alicia Eastman
President, InterContinental Energy
Before co-founding InterContinental Energy in 2014, Alicia led investment and strategy in global markets for 20 years, managing private equity funds, market entry and finance for multinational companies and institutional investors across Australasia including the Middle East. Alicia led international strategy and acquisitions at Elan Biopharmaceuticals and was vice-preside...
Before co-founding InterContinental Energy in 2014, Alicia led investment and strategy in global markets for 20 years, managing private equity funds, market entry and finance for multinational companies and institutional investors across Australasia including the Middle East. Alicia led international strategy and acquisitions at Elan Biopharmaceuticals and was vice-president of Prudential Asia Infrastructure Mezzanine Capital Fund. She was a founding principal at NetFuel Ventures and has held international strategy and investment positions at Gemini, Lend Lease and AirTouch International (Vodafone). Alicia currently sits on multiple industry and charity boards, steering committees, advisory boards and councils, and is a frequent speaker at clean hydrogen, ammonia and sustainability events. She holds a BSc in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
ElSayed Ashraf Hassan
Chief Strategy Officer, Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO)
Elsayed joined the company in 2017 and is currently responsible for Qafco’s strategic planning, business development, risk management and cyber-security governance functions. Before this, Elsayed was chief strategy officer for Oryx GTL. Elsayed started his career with QatarEnergy’s Offshore Operations (then QGPC) in 1988, working under the operations directorate. He gradu...
Elsayed joined the company in 2017 and is currently responsible for Qafco’s strategic planning, business development, risk management and cyber-security governance functions. Before this, Elsayed was chief strategy officer for Oryx GTL. Elsayed started his career with QatarEnergy’s Offshore Operations (then QGPC) in 1988, working under the operations directorate. He graduated from Qatar University in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Cornelius Matthes
CEO, Dii Desert Energy
Erik Mayer
VP Clean Energy Solutions, CF Industries
Jack Merriott
Manager - Consulting Services, Argus
Jack Merriott has ten years’ experience working in strategy consulting, strategic planning and market intelligence, spanning fertilizers, industrial products and consumer goods and is responsible for low carbon consulting projects at Argus Media, spanning green hydrogen, green ammonia and carbon markets. Prior to joining Argus, he was a Manager at Integer Research with res...
Jack Merriott has ten years’ experience working in strategy consulting, strategic planning and market intelligence, spanning fertilizers, industrial products and consumer goods and is responsible for low carbon consulting projects at Argus Media, spanning green hydrogen, green ammonia and carbon markets. Prior to joining Argus, he was a Manager at Integer Research with responsibility for consulting projects in Europe and the America. Jack is a graduate of Oxford University and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Benedikt Messner
Senior Vice President, Uniper Global Commodities
Benedikt Messner is Senior Vice-President in Global Origination and LNG at Uniper Global Commodities SE, based in Düsseldorf, Germany. In this role, Benedikt primarily focuses on building a portfolio of renewable power purchase agreements, global green hydrogen-related projects and offtake agreements. His interests extend into clean technology and energy transition venture...
Benedikt Messner is Senior Vice-President in Global Origination and LNG at Uniper Global Commodities SE, based in Düsseldorf, Germany. In this role, Benedikt primarily focuses on building a portfolio of renewable power purchase agreements, global green hydrogen-related projects and offtake agreements. His interests extend into clean technology and energy transition ventures. Benedikt was General Manager at Enerjisa in Turkey until July 2016, which is a joint venture between Germany utility Eon and Turkish conglomerate Sabanci. Before joining Enerjisa in 2013, Benedikt was Origination Director at Eon Global Commodities in Düsseldorf. Before that, he held various managerial roles, including leading the power trading desks at Eon, Acton Energy and Enron Europe. Benedikt has a master’s degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
Steve Petridis
Special Advisor to the Chairman, Air Products
Steve has over 40 years’ experience of the oil and gas and chemicals industries. He has been involved in exploration, industrial gases, low-carbon project development, hazardous waste and industrial services, green and blue hydrogen, green and blue ammonia, and carbon capture and sequestration. His recent assignments include managing the $2bn Jazan air separation project i...
Steve has over 40 years’ experience of the oil and gas and chemicals industries. He has been involved in exploration, industrial gases, low-carbon project development, hazardous waste and industrial services, green and blue hydrogen, green and blue ammonia, and carbon capture and sequestration. His recent assignments include managing the $2bn Jazan air separation project in Saudi Arabia. He also helped develop the Helios green ammonia project at Saudi Arabia’s Neom site and was involved in establishing a global supply chain to transport the ammonia to global demand centres, where hydrogen can be extracted for use as a transport fuel. Steve has held senior positions at BOC, Messer, Gulf Cryo, Shell Oil Products, Schlumberger and Romic Environmental Technologies, and has worked all over the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Salford, an MSc in power systems from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a chartered engineer in the UK.
Vibeke Rasmussen
SVP Product Management and Certification, Yara Clean Ammonia
Vibeke joined Yara in 2014, where she has been working within R&D as head of the NPK and environmental technologies department, and as product quality director prior to joining the Yara Clean Ammonia team. Prior to joining Yara, Vibeke worked within the waste and water industry for many years, where she also held managerial positions. She was managing director for Norwegia...
Vibeke joined Yara in 2014, where she has been working within R&D as head of the NPK and environmental technologies department, and as product quality director prior to joining the Yara Clean Ammonia team. Prior to joining Yara, Vibeke worked within the waste and water industry for many years, where she also held managerial positions. She was managing director for Norwegian water and wastewater engineering company BioTek, and was also COO for KrugerKaldnes, which is part of Veolia. Vibeke has an MSc in civil engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and an MBA from Lincoln University.
Ruth Sharpe
Editor - Ammonia, Argus
Ruth has been editor of the Argus Ammonia report since 2017, most recently overseeing the report’s expansion into the green ammonia space. She joined Argus in 2009 and covered the coal, biomass and freight markets in the UK and US, before moving into fertilizers in 2016. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Brunel University London.
Ruth has been editor of the Argus Ammonia report since 2017, most recently overseeing the report’s expansion into the green ammonia space. She joined Argus in 2009 and covered the coal, biomass and freight markets in the UK and US, before moving into fertilizers in 2016. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Brunel University London.
Bunro Shiozawa
Advisory Member, Clean Fuel Ammonia Association and Senior Researcher, International Environment and Economy Institute, Japan
After serving as Deputy Director General for Science and Technology Policy at the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government, Bunro engaged in the Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Programme of the Cabinet Office (SIP) “Energy Carriers” (2014-18) as Deputy Programme Director. This project revealed the potential of ammonia as a CO2-free fuel and H2 carrier and...
After serving as Deputy Director General for Science and Technology Policy at the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government, Bunro engaged in the Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Programme of the Cabinet Office (SIP) “Energy Carriers” (2014-18) as Deputy Programme Director. This project revealed the potential of ammonia as a CO2-free fuel and H2 carrier and triggered Japanese movements towards the introduction of ammonia as a power generation fuel. Bunro has written books and many articles on hydrogen and ammonia, including “Potential of Ammonia as CO2-Free Fuel and Hydrogen Carrier” (Chapter 3 of “CO2 Free Ammonia as an Energy Carrier — Japan’s Insights” (Springer May 2022) and “Implementation of Carbon Neutral Strategy — Electrification, Hydrogen and Ammonia” — (written in Japanese, Energy Forum, March 2021). He is presently acting as an independent expert on hydrogen and ammonia and serving Special Adviser to the Clean Fuel Ammonia Association and Senior Researcher at the International Environment and Economy Institute, Japan.
Akihiko Taniguchi
Senior Supervisor, Enterprise Value Creation Group, JERA
Akihiko has spent 30 years in the energy industry, with Chubu Electric and then JERA, and has been in his current role since April 2020. His focus is LNG — including annual delivery programmes, sale and purchase agreements, and price negotiations with Qatargas — and upstream thermal coal operations in Japan and Australia. He has a bachelor’s degree in law from the Universi...
Akihiko has spent 30 years in the energy industry, with Chubu Electric and then JERA, and has been in his current role since April 2020. His focus is LNG — including annual delivery programmes, sale and purchase agreements, and price negotiations with Qatargas — and upstream thermal coal operations in Japan and Australia. He has a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from the International University of Japan.
Andrea Valentini
VP-Business Development Ammonia, Argus
Andrea Valentini has 15 years of experience of commodities market analysis. He is currently leading Argus' global ammonia business, as well as hydrogen and fertilizers markets in APAC and Middle East. Andrea was also the lead author of the highly regarded Argus Green Ammonia Strategy Report. Prior to joining Argus, he was the head of consulting for Integer Research. He is ...
Andrea Valentini has 15 years of experience of commodities market analysis. He is currently leading Argus' global ammonia business, as well as hydrogen and fertilizers markets in APAC and Middle East. Andrea was also the lead author of the highly regarded Argus Green Ammonia Strategy Report. Prior to joining Argus, he was the head of consulting for Integer Research. He is a regular speaker and industry events and has over 10 years of experience in APAC markets. Andrea is a graduate in Economics from the University of Padua in Italy and holds an MBA from McGill University, Canada.
Marc van Doorn
Vice President, Ammonia Europe