Argus Sustainable Marine Fuels Conference

Houston, Texas, US
11-13 September 2024
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Featured speakers for 2024 include:

Jhander Marval
Senior General Manager - Head of CPP Operations, Ultranav

Jhander Marval, born in Venezuela graduated from maritime university of the Caribbean as maritime engineer and 3rd deck officer on 2009.

Sailed 1 year on board a crude oil tanker Bernhard Shulte Shipmanagement Cyprus worldwide.

Joined Ultranav chemical tankers fleet on 2010 till 2017, obtained Chief Officer license in 2016.

From January 2018 till September 2019 working as Bunker Surveyor at Long Beach California.

Joined to Ultranav CPTA in October 2019, Promoted to Head of CPP Operations in December 2022.

Actually, Senior general manager head of CPP operations in CPTA.

Colin Fleming
Senior Manager, Green & Sustainability Planning, Ocean Network Express (ONE)

Colin Fleming is a typical friendly Canadian with atypical positive results in international business. Colin has worked with NYK Line & Ocean Network Express (ONE) for 15 years in various roles. A key role was collaborating with Colleagues & business partners to lead the growth of NYK Line & ONE's North America reefer cargo business over a period of 8 years, now Colin is working with Colleagues & business partners to grow ONE North America's decarbonization program. Colin's current role includes supporting ONE NA to set up its supply chain for green marine fuels in North America

Tomoaki Ichida
Managing Executive Officer (Americas), Mitsui O.S.K Lines

Tomoaki Ichida has been a Managing Executive Officer of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) since
April 2023, responsible for The Americas Area. He also holds the post of president of MOL
(Americas) Holdings, Inc. In addition, he established a corporate venture capital called “MOL
Switch” in May, 2023, and has been leading the company as CEO in order to invest to the
climate tech area by collaboration with startups.
He joined MOL in 1992 and began his career in the human resource division. After a couple of
months, he was moved to container ships business and worked for about 9 years including 4
years stint serving at MOL subsidiary in Thailand.
In 2001, he returned to MOL Tokyo headquarters and placed in charge of the human resource
division again. In 2004, he was transferred to Tanker Division and started his carrier in Energy
business section. He was in charge of chartering, operation, and fleet planning in methanol
tankers and clean product tankers business as managerial role. During the period, he was
seconded to MOL subsidiary in London in 2011 and was appointed as General Manager in
Tanker Division. After that, he was seconded to Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd. in 2018 and assigned as
General Manager of Corporate Planning Division. During his assignment in Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd.
he established e5 Lab Inc., which develop and promote the electrification and digitalization in
In 2020, he returned to MOL Tokyo headquarters and took the role of General Manger of the
Energy Business Strategy Division, and in 2022 he was appointed as Executive Officer of MOL.

Galen Hon
Office of Environment & Innovation, United States Maritime Administration (MARAD)

Morgan Hughes
New Energy Business Development Manager, Woodside Energy

Elizabeth Moody
Energy Seeding Manager, Sumitomo Corporation

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Batista Moody, with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has cultivated a significant career path through strategic positions at Siemens, Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), and now at Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA). As Senior Manager in the Energy Seeding Department since October of last year, Lizzy plays a pivotal role in promoting SCOA's sustainability, social performance, and ESG efforts, with a special focus on decarbonizing the marine bunkering industry. Her current role emphasizes the use of RNG/LNG and alternative fuels like ammonia to mitigate the industry’s environmental impacts. Lizzy and the Energy Seeding Department support SCOA's engagement in ammonia bunkering by specifically assisting in the facilitation of North American consortia, aiming to establish ammonia as a viable green fuel option for the marine sector. Sumitomo Corporation has engaged in consortia globally, including those in Asia and the Middle East. In her discussion, Lizzy will share valuable insights into ammonia bunkering, underlining the importance of regional collaboration and strategic alliances in advancing the decarbonization of the marine industry.


Desmond Tay
Regional Director (Americas), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Cliff Keeler
Vice President Business Development, SunGas Renewables

Mr. Keeler is the Vice President of Business Development for SunGas Renewables, a clean energy and technology solutions company, providing, developing, and operating proven technology systems that transform sustainably sourced renewable feedstocks into a wide range of clean fuels. Mr. Keeler brings 36 years of leadership, technology, and operations experience to SunGas. Prior to his role at SunGas Renewables, Mr. Keeler held senior positions at Reliance Industries, Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, and Dow Chemical for commercialization, technology development, operations, and licensing of gasification technology.

Benjamin Parrish
Project Manager, Kirby Corp

Ben Parrish is the Project Manager for Kirby’s ESG initiatives across its marine businesses. Mr. Parrish is responsible for developing and managing decarbonization projects between Kirby and its customers and suppliers along with research and analysis of emerging markets and technologies in the energy transition space. Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. Parrish managed the repair department for Kirby’s shipyard, San Jac Marine from 2017. His career took its start aboard inland towing vessels where he earned his USCG, Masters, Inland Towing license before transitioning to shoreside operations management. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.


Russell Sachs
Fuel Oil Trader, Maersk

Jonathan Howe
Managing Director, Marathon Capital

Katrine Stenvang
Senior Manager, Business Development, Orsted

Katrine Stenvang is the Senior Manager, Business Development, for Ørsted's Power-to-X Americas business, focusing on renewable hydrogen and e-fuels production to help decarbonize the hard-to-abate industry sectors such as the maritime industry. In this role she leads the business development team and is responsible for originating and developing early stage opportunities within renewable hydrogen, eMethanol and eAmmonia. Katrine has been with Ørsted for seven years, having led strategic projects and business development activities within Ørsted’s offshore wind business before her current role. Katrine holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Economics and Business Administration.

Jan League
Detachment Chief, U.S. Coast Guard

Tsuyoshi Ohkawa
Vice President, Business Development, NYK Energy Transport

Tsuyoshi is President of NYK Energy Transport (USA), responsible for energy-related business including LNG, crude and products tankers, offshore and clean energy. He joined NYK in 2006 and has spent more than 18 years in the finance, dry bulk, legal and green business sectors. Tsuyoshi started his new assignment in Houston in April 2022. Before that, he was project manager at NYK Tokyo Green Business and launched LNG bunkering business activities in Japan.

Harold Boyer
Head of Commercial – MST, AET

Kyriakos Metaxas
Chief Investment Officer, Arista Group

Doug Downing
Chief Financial Officer, Canal Barge

Josh Messner
Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, United States Department of Energy

Mr. Josh Messner is a technology manager with the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and holds a Project Management Professional certification. Working out of the Golden Field Office located in Golden, CO, Josh is responsible for a number of projects within BETO’s Systems Development & Integration (formerly the Advanced Development & Optimization) Program. He focuses primarily on strategies for scaling-up and reducing risks for biofuels and bioproducts. Josh is active in BETO’s efforts in biofuels for marine use, national laboratories process development units, and the utilization of high performance computing strategies to reduce scale-up risk. Prior to working at DOE, Josh received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with an interdisciplinary study in biotechnology from Colorado State University.

Lucian Go
Environmental Program Manager, Port of Seattle

Emily Newes
Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Emily Newes is the Integrated Modeling & Economic Analysis Group Manager in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL, where she has worked since 2009. She specializes in system dynamics modeling and was awarded the System Dynamics Society Application Award in 2018. She has 20+ years of experience in energy modeling, analysis, and data. She currently leads bioeconomy scenario analysis and modeling projects funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of State, focusing primarily on potential biofuel deployment in the aviation and maritime industries. She was recently awarded a DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award as part of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Grand Challenge Team. She serves as chair of the alternative aviation fuel subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board. Emily received a BA in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University and an MS in Mineral Economics with a focus in Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines.

Guido Cardullo
Head of Business Development, Fratelli Cosulich

Guido Cardullo is the Head of Business Development of Fratelli Cosulich, a world leading bunker trading company with offices in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Dubai, Athens, Genoa, Monaco, Paris and New York.
Before that, he was Managing Director of the Singapore office of Fratelli Cosulich, where they operate as a physical supplier with a fleet of 5 owned bunker barges.
Mr Cardullo joined Fratelli Cosulich in 2011.

Mac Marshall
VP Market Intelligence, United Soybean Board

Marinus Jansen
Global Marine Technology Steward, Caterpillar Marine

Jon Scharingson
Executive Director Strategic Initiatives, Chevron-Renewable Energy Group

Jon Scharingson is the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives for Chevron Renewable Energy Group. Chevron REG is one of the nation’s leading producer and marketers of biodiesel selling 621 million gallons of biodiesel, renewable diesel and blends in 2021. As Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives Scharingson oversees the company’s sales business development activities and is responsible for collaborations and strategic alliances in new market segments. Prior to joining REG, Mr. Scharingson spent 17 years in the seeds, crop protection and the agriculture biotechnology industries, having worked for Imperial Chemical Industries, AstraZeneca and Syngenta. He held several senior management roles in business strategy, business development and marketing. Mr. Scharingson has a BBA in Management and an MBA in Marketing from Iowa State University.

Thomas Damsgaard
Head of Americas, BIMCO

Tony Odak
Chief Operating Officer, Stone Oil

ANTHONY J. ODAK has been the Chief Operating Officer at John W. Stone Oil Distributor LLC., in Gretna, LA since 2008. Mr. Odak obtained his BS degree in Marine Systems Engineering and USCG Unlimited HP Engineering License, from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1996 and received his MBA in Finance from Tulane University in 2006. Mr. Odak oversee the operations of Stone Oil’s inland fleet (17 boats, 49 barges), offshore fleet (5 units), and 15 docks and terminals located throughout the lower Mississippi river, Intracoastal Waterway, and Gulf of Mexico. He also serves as the company’s Director of Business Development. Over the years his professional background has included marine surveyor for the American Bureau of Shipping, Owner of Holly Marine Towing, and Territory Manager for ExxonMobil with specialization in Marine Lubricants and Marine Fuels. Mr. Odak has written and presented widely on various aspects of Marine Fuel, and is an expert witness in various cases related to the subjects. He is a participating member of the USCG CTAC and TSAC committees and has co-chaired multiple IMO and USCG Subcommittees related to LNG as a Marine Fuel, and LNG Bunkering, as well as Traditional Marine Bunkering, Midstreaming and SIMOPS. Most recently he has accepted a position with the Board of Advisors at the US Department of Energy Marine Decarbonization Team.

Dario Formenti
System Manager Sustainable Fuels, International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)

Dario has worked for global certification body the ISCC since 2022, focusing on the maritime and aviation sectors, and biofuels and power-to-liquid technologies in particular. He previously worked as a researcher at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, specialising in sustainable and green chemistry and power-to-X technologies. Dario has a PhD in chemical science from the University of Milan and the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis.

William Boatwright
Senior Manager-Logistics and Climate Solutions, Norden

William Boatwright is the Senior Commercial Manager for Climate Solutions at NORDEN. He has been with NORDEN for over 10 years in both operational and chartering roles. His focus over the past few years has been for long term project development and helping clients understand new and upcoming climate regulations and reduce their emission intensity. William holds a bachelor of science in Marine Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime college.

Monte Shaw
Executive Director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

Mr. Shaw has worked on behalf of the biofuels industry for 25 years, serving as the Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) since 2005.

Working with a team of three colleagues to pursue IRFA’s mission of fostering the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry, Mr. Shaw is responsible for the management, policy and political agenda, and trade efforts of IRFA.

Previously, Mr. Shaw spent nearly six years as Director of Communications for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) in Washington, DC. He began his career by working for the campaigns and official offices of numerous candidates and elected officials, including Steve Forbes, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, U.S. Senator Bob Dole, and U.S. Rep. Jim Lightfoot.

Mr. Shaw was raised on a corn and soybean farm just outside of the southwest Iowa town of Shenandoah, where he still helps his father and brother bring in the harvest. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. He currently resides in West Des Moines with his wife Tina, daughter Eden, son Max, and rescue dog Jackson.

Cheng Zhaopeng
General Manager, Shanghai Biobased Biotechnology Co

Expert from the Biomass Energy Branch of the China Association for the Promotion of Industry, engaged in high-value utilization of organic waste such as garbage and straw. With 20 years of enterprise experience in research and development investment in biofuels such as bio methanol, electronic methanol, biogas, and biodiesel, skilled in research on alternative fuels for ships and aircraft.


Ben Padilla
Executive Director, FPG AIM

Tom Strang
Naval Architect, Carnival Corporation & plc

Tom is a chartered Naval Architect who started his career in British Shipbuilders in Barrow-in-Furness. He then joined Lloyd’s Register where he was involved in all aspects of shipbuilding and ship survey, finishing up as a Senior Passenger Ship Specialist. He joined Carnival Corporation & plc in 2000 and has had a variety of senior roles across the group, including three years as SVP Marine Operations for Costa Crociere. Tom is now SVP Maritime Affairs and is primarily engaged leading on Carnival’s decarbonisation strategy (including LNG) and ship recycling.
He chairs several industry committees including the CLIA EU Sustainability Advisory Committee, ICS Passenger Ship Panel, Royal Institution of Naval Architects Environmental Committee and UK Chamber of Shipping Safety and Environmental Committee.

Ralph Matlack
Chief Executive , Fourth Tack

Ralph Matlack is the CEO and founder of Fourth Tack, a pioneering startup committed to accelerating the decarbonization of shipping through an innovative ammonia bunkering solution. With a Bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Santa Clara University, and an Executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics from Copenhagen Business School, Ralph leverages a unique blend of expertise and entrepreneurial drive to propel sustainable transformation within the maritime industry.

Adrian Tolson
Board Member, IBIA

Jim Seely
VP Oil & Gas Solutions, Authentix

Nirmal Gnanapragasam
Principal Scientist, Hydrogen Technologies Branch, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Peter Keller
Chairman, SEA-LNG

Oleksiy Tatarenko
Senior Principal, Climate-Aligned Industries, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Oleksiy Tatarenko is a Principal of the Climate-Aligned Industries Programme at US non-profit Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Oleksiy leads RMI’s Green Hydrogen Catapult, a joint initiative with the UN’s Climate Change High-Level Champions scheme. The programme promotes global adoption of green hydrogen at a scale needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C from pre-industrial averages — the most ambitious pathway under the Paris climate agreement. Oleksiy has 17 years of experience in roles focusing on systems-level transformation of the energy sector and pioneering business models. He previously led the energy transition programme at Shell, spearheading new initiatives in hydrogen and decarbonisation strategies, as well as providing thought leadership as part of Shell’s leadership team. Before that, Oleksiy founded and led a venture that piloted projects to reduce methane gas leakage in Ukraine. As an advisor to the Ukraine’s energy minister, he helped develop national policy on energy security to promote international investment in the sector.

Stefka Wechsler
Marine Fuel Editor and Pricing Analyst, Argus

Stefka Wechsler joined Argus in 2012 as an editor and marine fuel analyst contributing to the daily price and news report Argus Marine Fuels. Formerly a residual fuel oil consultant with Poten & Partners (2006-2012) where she focused on market analysis and scenario planning for fuel oil production, consumption and regulations. While at Poten, she contributed to the monthly Fuel Oil in World Markets and Fuel Oil Opinion reports and co-authored the studies Fuel Oil Prospects 2010-2015, North America ECA 2012-2020 and Marine Fuel Regulations 2010-2025.
Stefka has an extensive network of international marine fuel suppliers, traders, brokers and ship owners and ship charterers. She created and maintains a detailed marine exhaust scrubber database and low-carbon fuels vessels database.
Stefka has an MBA from Fordham University.

David Cummins
President, Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

David Cummins is President of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in Canada and the United States toward net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Prior to his current role, Cummins worked as an executive with Shell with more than 35 years’ experience covering many locations around the world as well as many diverse businesses and skill areas. Cummins was Shell’s Commercial and Business Development Manager for Shipping & Maritime, Americas, and before that served as Vice President of Shell Korea Limited, managing relationships with Korean shipyards and heavy industry. Cummins previously contributed to Shell’s success in technical management, global strategy development, commercial deal making, new business development, strategic customer account management, divestment and portfolio deal teams, capital project planning & execution, and change management/corporate redesign. Cummins is a frequent speaker with various organizations on topics including Shipping Sectoral Decarbonization, Global/International Account Management, Strategy Development, Negotiation/Deal Making and Cultural Differences between Western and Asian Countries. In his personal time Cummins is an avid golfer and photographer and is also sole proprietor of a timber tract operations company in the US.