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Argus Americas Crude Summit

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January 16, 3:45 PM

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Join 400+ senior-level oil market participants for the crude supply and trading event of the year!

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The Argus Americas Crude Summit will bring you unmatched insight on the future of the global crude markets and networking with senior executives from across the entire supply chain including oil majors, refiners, midstream and infrastructure organizations, financial institutions and many others.  

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Keynote speaker: Robert Gates

Robert Gates

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership


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Industry dinner speaker: Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns Harvard University

Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
Former White House Special Assistant
Current Harvard Professor 


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Industry speakers you will hear from: 

  • Dan Romasko, President and Chief Executive Officer, Motiva Enterprises LLC
  • Chen Bo, President, UNIPEC
  • Maria Hooper, Vice President Global Trading, Phillips 66
  • Cindy Fisher, VP, US Gulf Coast Crude Trading, Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc.
  • J.Rajaraman, Head of Oil Trading, Shipping and Logistics, Reliance Industries Ltd. 
  • Corey Prologo, Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC
  • Mtro. Juan Carlos Zepeda, President Commissioner, National Hydrocarbons Commission of Mexico
  • Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays
  • Brent Secrest, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Products 
  • Robert Barnes, SVP Commercial – Crude Oil, Magellan
  • Joseph Israel, CEO, Par Petroleum
  • Adam Bedard, CEO, ARB Midstream
  • Vivek Srivastava, Director of Tanker Research, SSY Consultancy & Research 
  • Jarl Pederson, CCO, Port of Corpus Christi

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Gain insight on:

  • The impact of US oil exports on global market dynamics and pricing 
  • President Trump’s energy policy – The first year in review and what to expect next 
  • The future of OPEC’s production strategy – Can OPEC and American shale coexist?
  • Asia’s evolving crude market - How are Asian refiners securing quality crude supply?
  • Developments in Brazil and Venezuela – A look at production, infrastructure and investments
  • Mexican energy reform – What opportunities remain for international companies?
  • Midstream opportunities and build-outs- How have US exports affected the midstream sector?
  • Refining considerations and the future of the fuels market – What does the future hold for refinery demand for crude?

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Companies that attend:

3Macs • Accelerated Transport • ACL • Allegro Development • Alon • Altra Industries • American Railcar Leasing • AmSpec • Anadarko Petroleum Company • ARB Midstream • Arc Logistics Partners • Arc Resources • Argus • ARM Energy Management, LLC • Asphalt & Fuel Supply, LLC • Axeon Specialty Products • Ayalytical Instruments Inc. • Baker & McKenzie • Baker & O’Brien, Inc. • Baker Hughes • BakkenLink Pipeline LLC • BAML • Barclays • BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC • Basin Transload, LLC • BG Group • Big West Oil, LLC • BNSF Railway • BOE Midstream • BP • Brand Energy & Infrastructure • Bridger, LLC • BTG Pactual • Buckeye • Buckeye Partners, L.P. • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management • California Resources Corporation • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers • Canadian Oil Sands Limited • Canadian Pacific • Cargill • Cenovus Energy Inc • Center for a New American Security • Chevron • Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. • CHS, Inc. • CITGO • Citigroup Global Markets Inc • ClipperData • CMDTY Capital • CME Group • Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing • Cogent Energy Solutions, LLC • Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy • Commodity Appointments • Concho Resources Inc. • Connacher Oil and Gas Limited • ConocoPhillips • Continental Resources • Continuum Energy Services • Control Risks • Cosmo Oil • CP Energy • CP Rail • Crescent Point Energy Corp • Crowley Petroleum Services • Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) • CSX Transportation • Delek US • Delta Air Lines, Inc. • Department of Energy • Devon • Devon Energy Corporation • DEWright, Inc. • Dominion Terminal Associates, LLP • DTN • Ducere LLC • Egistix Corporation • EKT Interactive • Enable Midstream Partners, LLC • Enbridge • Energy Aspects • EnergyWire • ENI Trading & Shipping • EnLink Midstream LLC • Equion Energia Limited • Essar Energy Overseas Texas • Euler Hermes • Exergy Resources • ExxonMobil Corporation • Fairway Energy Partners, LLC • Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas • Frontier Energy Services • GA Global Markets • Gaffney, Cline and Associates • GARP • GATX Rail • GE Capital • GE Water & Process Technologies • GEMI - Univ. of Houston • Genscape • Gibson Energy • GKG Law, P.C. • Global Partners LP • Global View • Governor’s Office of Energy Development (Utah) • Great Northern Gathering & Marketing LLC • Greenbrier Companies • GUNVOR SA • Hess Corporation • HollyFrontier Companies • Houston Business Journal • Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Co. • Hunt Refining Company • Huntsman • Husky Oil Operations Limited • ICE • IIR Energy • Imperial Oil Limited • INCA Refining, LLC • Inspectorate • Integrated Energy Companies • IntercontinentalExchange | ICE • Intertek • Irving Oil • Iskandia • Japan Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. • Jefferson Energy Companies • JETRO Chicago • JOGMEC • JX Nippon Oil & Energy USA Inc. • Kansas City Southern Railway • Koch Supply and Trading • Kuwait Petroleum Corporation • LCM Commodities • Link Crude Resources • Lipow Oil Associates LLC • Liquidity Energy • Lodestar Logistics Corporation • Loop LLC • Lukoil • Lukoil Pan Americas, LLC • Lyondellbasell • Macquarie Holdings (U.S.A.) Inc. • Maersk Oil • Magellan Midstream LP • Marathon Oil • Marathon Petroleum Co. LP • Medanito • MEG Energy • Mercuria • MGQ Terminal • MIECO Inc. • Mitsubishi International Corporation • Mitsui Rail Capital • Monroe Energy, LLC • MonteCristoil & Refino Services • Morgan Stanley • MorningStar • Motiva Enterprises • Murex • Murphy Oil Company Ltd. • Muse, Stancil & Co. • Musket Corporation • MV Purchasing, LLC • Nalco Champion • Natixis • Navigator Energy Services • Newfield Exploration Co • Nexen Energy Marketing • NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation • NIC • NNPC • Noble Americas Corp. • NuStar Logistics, L.P. • Nynas • Occidental • Odebrecht Oil & Gas • Oil Price Information Services • Oiltanking USA • One Cypress Energy • OpenLink Energy • Opportune LLP • OSG • Pacer Energy Marketing • Pacific Summit Energy • PBF • PDVSA Petroleo S.A. • Peaker Energy Group LLC • Pembina Midstream • Petro Source Partners, LLC • Petrobras America • Phillips 66 • Pinnacle Energy Marketing / Integrated Energy Companies • Pioneer Solutions • Plains All American Pipeline L.P. & Plains GP Holdings • Ponderosa Advisors LLC • Quorum Business Solutions • Rail Pipeline Group LLC • RBC Capital Markets • Reliance Holding USA • Reuters • RIL USA, INC. • Rio Energy International • Rio Grande Pacific Corporation • Rystad Energy • Sasol • Saugatuck Energy • Savage Services Corporation • Schneider Electric • Shell • Shell Deer Park Refining • Shell Pipeline Company LP • Shell Trading Canada • Shell Trading US Company • SimSci • Southcross Energy • Southwestern Energy Services Co. • Spectra Energy • Saudi Petroleum International • Staoil Marketing and Trading • Statoil • Stupp Corporation • Suit-Kote Corporation • Summit Discovery Resources LLC • Susser Petroleum Partners LP • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP • Talisman (Colombia) Oil & Gas Ltd. • Targa Resources LLC. • Tesoro Refining and Marketing • Texas A&M University • Texas International Terminals • TexPar Energy, LLC • TexStar Midstream • The Greenbrier Companies • Thomson Reuters • ThyssenKrupp North America • Torq Energy Logistics • Total • Total E&P Canada Ltd • Total Petrochemicals and Refining • TouchStar • Trafigura • TrailStone Group • TrailStone NA Logistics, LLC • TransCanada • Trinity Rail • Tristream Energy • Tundra Energy Marketing Limited • Turner, Mason & Co • Ulysses Commodities • Union Pacific Railroad • UOP, a Honeywell Company • Valero Energy Corporation • Vermilion Energy Inc. • Vision Resources, Inc • Vitol • Wall Street Journal • Watco Companies LLC • Wells Fargo Securities • Western Refining Logistics • Westway Group, LLC • Woodward Partners • World Fuel Services • YPF • ZE PowerGroup Inc ...and many more!




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Registration Rates and Prices:

 
Standard Registration (After December 15th)
$2,295 
Onsite Registration $2,495


Additional Bookable Items:

Industry Dinner $185

For group rates please contact us at: email icon conferencesales@argusmedia.com

*Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Terms and Conditions

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas Crude Summit is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the crude markets including supply/demand fundamentals, North American infrastructure dynamics as well as understanding the complexities of global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application

Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Disclaimer

The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018
13:30 Registration Opens 
17:00 - 19:00 Opening Night Reception 
19:00 - 22:00
Industry Dinner

*$185 per person - tables available for purchase. Please contact sponsorship@argusmedia.com 

Guest speaker: 

Nicholas Burns


  • Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
  • Former White House Special Assistant 
  • Current Harvard Professor 

Sponsored by ICE

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Adrian Binks,
Chairman and CEO, Argus 
08:40 - 09:30 Keynote Address: 

Robert Gates


Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

09:30 - 10:30 Keynote Session 1: Global Oil Market Dynamics

  • Global arbitrage opportunities: What are the trading opportunities for US supply in the international market? How do the Middle East and other regions compete? 
  • OPEC strategy: Oil exports from the US are rising dramatically, rivaling several OPEC member countries. Even so, OPEC and participating non-OPEC producers have largely complied with their late-2016 agreement to cut supply. Will cooperation or competition prevail as the market balances? What are the challenges that OPEC is facing to sustain global supply discipline?
Speakers:
Corey Prologo,
Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC
Michael Cohen,
Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays
10:30 - 11:00 Break

Sponsored by Oiltanking
11:00 - 12:30 Keynote Session 2: Demand from Asia Pacific

  • Asia’s evolving crude supplies: How are Asia’s buyers securing quality crude supply and what are their challenges? What impacts will the new MARPOL bunker fuel specifications have on crude imports into Asia?
  • India – Increasing crude trade flows from North America: A refiner’s perspective.
Speakers:
Chen Bo, President, UNIPEC
Rajaraman J., Head – Physical Trading, Reliance Industries Ltd.
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and Presentation

Managing Risk in an Uncertain World

In the petroleum and petrochemical markets, we have come to expect extreme price volatility due to extreme weather events, macroeconomic pressures, geopolitical issues, capital flows and currency fluctuations which frequently cause dramatic swings in underlying values. But how do you effectively manage your risk in this market, whether you are a consumer or producer? Explore the challenges and opportunities in using financial risk management strategies to create a boost to your bottom line in an otherwise challenging market environment.

Speaker:
Gregory Broussard
, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill
14:00 - 15:00 Session 3: Global Rebalancing, North America’s Competitiveness and International Strategies

  • Lower forever? What is the outlook for global crude production, demand and pricing? How will US production shift global dynamics? Can both OPEC and shale sources coexist? 
  • North American crude production break-even economics: What are the production break-evens in the US and Canada? How are operators improving efficiencies?
Speakers:
Amrita Sen,
Co-founder and Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
Bernadette Johnson,
VP Market Intelligence, Drilling Info, Inc.
15:00 - 15:30 Break

Sponsored by Genscape 
15:30 - 17:00 Session 4: Latin America- Investment Opportunities and Upstream Developments

  • How is Mexico defining royalties, production taxes, and other fiscal aspects of the bidding rounds? What are the main opportunities for international companies who have not yet participated in the bidding rounds? How might the Trump administration impact Mexican policy? 
  • Developments in Brazil and Venezuela: What is the outlook for Brazilian crude production, infrastructure build outs and investment? Will Venezuelan upstream and downstream sectors recover? How could US sanctions on Venezuela impact crude imports?
Speakers:
Santiago Llano Zapatero,
Partner, Ritch Mueller
Schreiner Parker
, Vice President, Latin America, Rystad Energy
17:00 Closing Annoucements

Stephen Jones,
SVP, Petroleum, Argus
17:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception 
Thursday, January 18, 2018
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:35 Opening Remarks

Stephen Jones,
SVP, Petroleum, Argus 
08:35 - 09:15 Keynote Address: The Future of North America’s Refining Sector

How will future federal policies, feedstock economics and new marine fuel specifications impact the refining sector? What are the global opportunities for US refined products?

Speaker:

Dan Romasko, President and Chief Executive Officer, Motiva Enterprises LLC

09:15 - 09:45 Fireside Chat: The Impact of Oil Exports and Changing Infrastructure Needs on the Midstream Sector 

What opportunities have US oil exports created for the midstream sector? What infrastructure is still needed to best move oil from producing basins to export terminals? Will foreign investors become involved in transportation projects in the US to help expedite larger export volumes?

Speaker:
Robert Barnes
, SVP Commercial - Crude Oil, Magellan 
09:45 - 10:15 Break 

Sponsored by Port of Corpus Christi 
10:15 - 10:45 Fireside Chat: Evolving Crude Export Infrastructure

What new terminal expansion projects will come to fruition? How many barrels of crude can the US Gulf coast sustainably export per day? What are the different advantages in exporting from Corpus Christi, Port of Houston and Port Arthur? What other ports and export locations might develop in the coming years?

Speaker:
Brent Secrest
, SVP, Enterprise Products
10:45 - 12:15 Session 5: Moving Crude to Market – Pipeline Expansions and Global Shipping Economics 
  • Increasing crude exports on port developments and traffic: How have increasing crude exports impacted port traffic and demurrage times? How has strong production from the Permian and Eagle Ford impacted export growth? What developments are ports investing in to more efficiently move crude oil to global markets?
  • Piping the Permian and Canadian developments: What expansion projects are in the works to move crude from the Permian to Houston, Cushing and Corpus Christi? What is the status of the Keystone? What is the future of pipeline capacity out of western Canada and how will this impact rail transportation? 
  • Global freight rates and shipping economics: What is the outlook for freight rates from the Gulf coast and Corpus Christi to Europe, Asia and Latin America? How are US crude exports disrupting traditional trade patterns? Will the rise of a backhaul help or hinder the supply and demand balance?
Speakers:
Jarl Pederson,
CCO, Port of Corpus Christi
Adam Bedard,
CEO, ARB Midstream
Vivek Srivastava,
Director of Tanker Research, SSY Consultancy & Research
12:15 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and Women in Crude Oil Session

In partnership with WEN and Girls Inc.

Maria Hooper, Vice President Global Trading, Phillips 66
Cindy Fisher,
VP, US Gulf Coast Crude Trading/Latin America, Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc.
Nicole O’Brien,
Director of Commercial Operations, Synergy Crude Resources, LLC

Moderator: Vanessa Viola, SVP Business Development Latin America, Argus
14:00 - 14:30 Presentation: The Evolving Role of the US Gulf Coast and the Impact on Crude Pricing

How are market dynamics impacting crude pricing and what is the evolving role of the US Gulf coast as a global benchmark?

Speaker:
Dr. Phil Verleger,
Owner and President, PKVerleger LLC and Visting Fellow, Colorado School of Mines
14:30 - 15:30 Session 6: US Refining Considerations and the Future of the Fuels Market

  • Global refined products demand: How will China and India’s refining sectors impact global refining? Will the growth in refined products exports to Latin America continue? What other regions might emerge as demand centers? 
  • The future of the transportation fuels mix: The global transportation sector is continuing to evolve to meet increasing emissions standards. What might this mean for diesel and gasoline demand? When will there be an increase in consumer adoption of electric, natural gas and renewable diesel vehicles? 
Speakers:
Joseph Israel,
CEO, Par Petroleum
Ed Arnold,
Senior Consultant, Argus
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:30 Closing Address: Looking Forward 

Will OPEC, shale, and peak demand keep oil prices stable indefinitely?

Speaker:
Robert McNally, Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group 
16:30 Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes 

Stephen Jones,
SVP, Petroleum, Argus 
17:00 - 19:00 Carl McCain Winter Cocktail Reception
Complimentary for all conference delegates

*Program subject to change




2018 Keynote Speaker
Robert Gates

Robert Gates


Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership



Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush.

On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Before becoming secretary of defense in 2006, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University, the nation’s seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency on August 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.

Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, the White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.

Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the President and deputy national security adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989 until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.

Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has three times received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. In April, 2016, he became the inaugural recipient of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Annual Prize, in recognition of his distinguished record of promoting the importance of geostrategic thinking with a transcending moral purpose.

He has authored three memoirs - Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (2014), a straightforward, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War (1996) which details his career as a CIA officer at the center of power during a time when the threat of global annihilation informed America’s every move, and A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service (January 2016), in which Gates draws on years of exceptional experience to offer readers a powerful, informative and pragmatic look at leadership.

Until becoming secretary of defense, Gates served as chairman of the independent trustees of The Fidelity Funds, the nation’s largest mutual fund company, and on the board of directors of NACCO Industries, Inc., Brinker International, Inc. and Parker Drilling Company.

Gates currently serves on the board of directors of Starbucks and is partner in the consulting firm, RHG LLC, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others. He has also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education, the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land- Grant Colleges. He has also been president of the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Eagle Scout Association.

A native of Kansas, Gates received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, his master’s degree in history from Indiana University and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. Gates was installed as chancellor of the college of William & Mary, beginning in February 2012. He is the first William & Mary alumnus in the modern era to serve as chancellor of the college.

In 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.




2018 Speakers
Dan Romasko
Dan Romasko, President and CEO, Motiva Enterprises LLC

Dan Romasko was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Motiva Enterprises LLC in February 2014. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva is a leading refiner, distributor and marketer of transportation fuels and lubricant base oils in the Eastern, Southern, and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Motiva is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. affiliates of Saudi Aramco.

Prior to his current role, Dan was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Tesoro Corporation with accountability for the refining, marketing, logistics and marine organizations. In addition, he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Tesoro Logistics LP. Before joining Tesoro, Dan held the positions of Vice President, Operations Integrity and Vice President, Technical Operations and Competence at Suncor Energy.

Dan began his career with ConocoPhillips, serving the company through leadership positions in mid-stream, supply and trading, global specialty products, and refining during his 20-year tenure.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University. 
Chen Bo
Chen Bo,
President, UNIPEC

Mr. Chen has been working in China Petrochemical Corporation. He has been Executive Director, President of UNIPEC since April 2014. Mr. Chen is also the Chairman of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited.

Since joining UNIPEC in 1993, he has successively held various positions, Business Manager of Crude Oil department of UNIPEC, Business Manager and Deputy Manager of UNIPEC Asia Company Limited, Deputy Manager and Manager of Crude Oil Department of UNIPEC, Assistant to General Manager of UNIPEC and Deputy General Manager of UNIPEC.

Mr. Chen has extensive working experience in international crude oil, natural gas trading and transportation as well as international storage logistics. Mr. Chen has maintained a good relationship with the world’s major oil producers, large oil companies and large trading companies.
J Rajaraman
J Rajaraman, Head of Oil Trading, Shipping and Logistics, Reliance Industries Ltd.

J Rajaraman (Raja) heads Physical Trading for Refining business of Reliance Industries Limited, India and is based out of Mumbai. In this role, he oversees crude purchases, product exports, ship chartering and cargo operations functions for Reliance’s Refining business.

Raja has over 3 decades of experience in the Oil trading and marketing area in India and has been with Reliance for over 2 decades. In his prior role in Reliance, he was overseeing crude oil trading and operations for Reliance.

He is a mechanical engineer by training.
Brent Secrest
Brent Secrest,
Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing, Enterprise Products

Mr. Secrest has served as Senior Vice President of Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing for Enterprise Products since May 2016. He has responsibility for Crude Oil Pipelines and Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing as well as the Enterprise Trucking and Marine divisions. Mr. Secrest previously served as Vice President, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing from October 2015 to May 2016 and as Vice President, Crude Oil Pipelines and Terminals from October 2012 to October 2015. He has also served in various other leadership positions, including in the areas of NGL marketing and supply, commercial development, distribution, and business analysis. Mr. Secrest has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and began his career at Basis Petroleum Inc. prior to joining Enterprise in 1996.
Cindy Fisher, VP, US Gulf Coast Crude Trading, Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc.

Cindy Fisher is Vice President of U.S. Gulf Coast Marketing for Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc. (OEMI), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Occidental), an international oil and gas exploration and production company and one of the largest in the U.S., based on equity market capitalization. She is responsible for Permian Basin marketing efforts on the U.S. Gulf Coast both via pipeline and for export from Houston and Ingleside (Corpus Christi). In addition to marketing Occidental’s waterborne oil to Canada, Latin America and Europe, Ms. Fisher works closely with Occidental’s Singapore office to coordinate sales into Asia. Ms. Fisher also has held responsibility for leading OEMI’s fundamental analysis on behalf of OEMI. Prior to joining Occidental in 2013, she accumulated extensive experience in the energy industry through her tenure in the energy trading and marketing sector with Koch and Koch affiliates, where she started her career in 1987. Ms. Fisher received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wichita State University. 
Maria Hooper, Vice President, Global Trading, Phillips 66

Maria A. Hooper is vice president, Global Trading, for Phillips 66. A petroleum engineer, Hooper has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Phillips 66 and assuming her current role in May 2012, Hooper had worked in various commercial trading roles for ConocoPhillips, including lead, Global Crude Oil Trading, general manager, US Clean Products Supply and Trading and manager, Distillate Trading. Previous roles at various energy companies included reservoir engineering and natural gas trading. Hooper earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985.  
Nicole O'Brien, Director of Commercial Operations, Synergy's Crude Resources, LLC

Nicole O’Brien has over 13 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry. She is currently a Director of Commercial Operations at Synergy Crude Resources, LLC. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing and executing Synergy’s crude oil and condensate export cargo brokerage services to the global energy market. Synergy Crude Resources specializes in matching buyers and sellers across the global value chain and adds value to transactions by providing market liquidity, price transparency and quality and logistics experience.

In her previous role, she was a Manager of Crude Supply and Trading at Valero Energy Corporation. Nicole was responsible for managing, executing and purchasing Valero’s USGC light sweet crude oil supply and export program for Valero’s refineries in the USGC, Canada and Europe.

Nicole has expertise in developing and maintaining productive business relationships; negotiating complicated crude oil contracts, and has a deep understanding of logistics, quality and hedging of crude oil. She has experience in US, North Sea and West African crude oil transactions.

Nicole is passionate about promoting opportunities and advancement for youth, STEM education, minorities and women. She currently serves as Board Member of Girls Inc of San Antonio, Secretary/Chief of Staff of Women’s Energy Network of South Texas, President of Millennials Matter, and Team Leader for United Way of Bexar County Metro Campaign. She is a member of Women’s United and Emerging Leaders Council of United Way Bexar County, Alamo City Republican Women’s Club, the Plaza Club of San Antonio, and Oak Hills Church of San Antonio. She is actively participating in the political arena to enable positive and productive change for our local and national communities.

A native Texan, Nicole was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She has a Master’s of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University, a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and graduated from Business Careers High School in San Antonio.

She is blessed to be married with four young children, and has the strong support of her mother, family and close friends.
Robert Barnes
Robert Barnes,
SVP, Commercial-Crude, Magellan

Robert (Robb) L. Barnes currently serves as SVP, Commercial – Crude Oil and has served in such capacity since 2014. He previously served as VP, Commercial – Crude Oil and Marine Terminals for Magellan from 2011 through 2014. From 2007 through 2011, he served as VP, Terminals and, from 2003 through 2007, as Director, Marine Terminal Services. Prior to joining Magellan, he worked in various staff and management positions within marketing, business and commercial development, operations and environmental since joining The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) in 1987.
Corey Prologo
Corey Prologo,
Director of Oil Trading, North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading

Corey is the Head of Oil Trading for North America and Head of the Houston branch office at Trafigura Trading LLC. He joined Trafigura 2011, and moved to the Geneva office in 2012 as a trader on the Gasoline team. In May, 2013 Corey was named Co-Head of Gasoline trading in Geneva and was promoted to the sole Head later that year. He moved to Houston to take up his current role in August 2016.

Prior to joining Trafigura, Corey worked at BP for 9 years in the gasoline team and moved to the Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Singapore offices during this time. Corey has a degree in Finance from Bowling Green University, Ohio.
Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays

Michael Cohen is a Director and Head of Energy Markets Research at Barclays and is responsible for the firm’s oil and natural gas market forecasts. Based in New York, Mr. Cohen is also responsible for the firm’s research covering upstream, midstream, and downstream developments in North American energy markets. He is the lead author of Barclays’ flagship oil market monthly publication, The Blue Drum, and he also advises top management of Barclays’ broad reaching client base on global energy market developments. He is also a consultant to the National Intelligence Council and has been invited to speak to graduate students at Stanford, Columbia, and Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Barclays Capital in August 2013, Mr. Cohen spent two years as a senior member of the Oil Industries and Markets Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he was a principal author of the industry benchmark Oil Market Report and Medium Term Oil Market Report. Mr. Cohen also worked for seven years with the US Department of Energy as an economist with the Energy Information Administration and with the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He also has experience in gas and power markets as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power and as a consultant on electricity market design with LECG.

Mr. Cohen received an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, and a BSBA in Economics and BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Amrita Sen Energy Aspects
Amrita Sen,
Co-Founder & Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Amrita Sen is the founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and 10 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News, and at leading industry events as a speaker, and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets.
Bob McNally
Robert McNally,
Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group

Robert McNally is the founder and President of Rapidan Energy Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 26-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policymaking.

Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotions to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990.
Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.

He is the author of the book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2017.

Mr. McNally is married and has three children.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel, CEO, Par Petroleum

Joseph Israel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings, focused on refining, marketing, and logistics. Mr. Israel’s 20 plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes a successful track record of structuring and leading petroleum refining, marketing and asphalt operations, as well as driving profitable corporate development initiatives. Prior to joining Par in January 2015, Mr. Israel served as Senior Vice President at Hunt Refining Company, where he led operations planning, crude oil supply, marketing and business strategy. Previously, between the years of 2000 and 2008, Mr. Israel served as VP of M&A and Business Development for Alon USA, a US refiner and marketer, and as Chief Operating Officer for the company between 2008 and 2011. Mr. Israel holds his Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Adam Bedard
Adam Bedard, CEO, ARB Midstream

Adam Bedard is a co-founder, member of the Board of Directors of Denver-based ARB Midstream, LLC, and the company’s Chief Executive Officer. ARB Midstream, founded in 2014 and based in Denver, CO, is a private equity backed, midstream and logistics company focused on crude oil, gas liquids and refined markets in the inland corridor of North America. ARB has successfully completed over $150MM in acquisitions and new build projects. Most recently, ARB acquired the Platte River Gathering System, and 157,000 b/d gathering system located in the heart of the DJ Basin, one of the most prolific shale plays in North America. Mr. Bedard’s background includes over 20 years of experience with a focus on strategic analysis of the North American energy markets. Immediately prior to forming ARB Midstream, he was the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Market Analysis for NGL Energy Partners. Mr. Bedard as a B.S. in Civil Engineering from CU Colorado, is a certified Professional Engineer, and has an MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Schreiner Parker, Vice President Latin America, Rystad Energy

Schreiner began working for Rystad Energy in January of 2016 with a focus in Latin America. After graduating with honors from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Portuguese, Schreiner spent a number of years working for a top U.K. based oil and gas research and consulting firm in their Rio de Janeiro office. Responsibilities included developing dynamic relationships with national oil companies, governments and independent E&P’s on the continent, helping them make empirically based strategic decisions through various consulting and data driven engagements. In 2014 Schreiner left that firm to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Oil and Gas Management from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Philip Verleger
Dr. Phil Verleger,
Owner and President, PKVerleger LLC and Visiting Fellow, Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr., has studied and written about energy markets since 1971. His earliest research, published in 1973, addressed the determinants of gasoline demand. It is still cited today. Since 1971, he has published two books and numerous articles and papers on the evolution of energy markets. Many of these have influenced the thinking about and development of these markets, especially his papers on how energy went from being a monopolized good to a real commodity and the transformation’s consequences.

Dr. Verleger played a critical role in creating the oil futures markets. His most recent research has shown that the crude oil price collapse that began in 2014 shares many characteristics with the subprime housing debacle that precipitated Lehman Brothers’ failure and the Great Recession of 2009. This new research suggests the oil price decline will have very long-lasting and negative implications for much of the energy sector, even if prices rebound periodically.

Dr. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1971. He began his work on energy as a consultant to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project in 1972. He then served as a Senior Staff Economist on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the Office of Energy Policy at the US Treasury in President Carter’s administration

Dr. Verleger has been a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at the School of Organization and Management at Yale University and a Vice President in the Commodities Division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is now Owner and President of PKVerleger LLC. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Verleger served as the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. From 1985 to 2012, he was affiliated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, most recently as a Senior Fellow.
Vivek Srivastava
Vivek Srivastava,
Director of Tanker Research, SSY Consultancy & Research

Vivek is Director of Tanker Research at Simpson Spence Young (SSY) Shipbrokers in London, where he leads a global team of analysts producing consultancy and research for oil and tanker markets. He regularly presents on industry economics and fundamentals to SSY's oil and gas, trading and shipowning clients. He is responsible for SSY's forecasts, heads up consultancy and edits all reports and publications on tankers. As well as its regular research, he is also spearheading SSY's initiative to reimagine analytics in shipping for the era of big data.

Prior to joining SSY in September 2017, Vivek was at Tufton Oceanic in London for 9 years, conducting shipping industry research for hedge fund and private equity investment strategies, and at Maritime Strategies International for 5 years, modelling and writing economics reports. He holds an MSc. in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, City University and a B.A. Hons. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Keble College, Oxford University.
Gregory Broussard
Gregory Broussard, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill Risk Management

Gregory Broussard recently joined Cargill Risk Management, a global leader in providing risk management solutions. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities in both North and South America. Having worked as both a trader and an originator over the last 15 years, Greg has developed extensive capital markets experience across multiple asset classes including foreign exchange, interest rates, emerging markets and commodities. Greg is a native Houstonian who received his undergraduate degree in business from Baylor University and his MBA in capital markets from Rice University. Mr. Broussard is based in Cargill's Houston office.
Jarl Pedersen
Jarl Pedersen,
Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Corpus Christi

Jarl Pedersen is the Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, where he is charting and directing one of the largest energy ports towards the future. He is devising strategies relating to development and marketing the port, while cultivating long lasting relationships with major customers.

Most recently, Mr. Pedersen served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for NEST of Norway where he was responsible for global market strategy and commercialization of an innovative thermal energy storage technology. Prior to that he served as Vice President of International Business Development for Xtreme Power in Austin, where he generated a pipeline of business development opportunities for battery energy storage systems for renewable energy integration.

Prior to that Mr. Pedersen was Director of Business Development with Shell Energy North America in Houston, where he was responsible for structured transactions, business development and asset marketing of Shell’s natural gas fired power portfolio in North America.

Mr. Pedersen serves as an advisory member to the City of Corpus Christi Transportation Advisory Commission. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the City of Corpus Christi Downtown Management District, and the College and Career Advisory Council for the Calallen Independent School District.

Mr. Pedersen earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems from the Technical University of Denmark, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business and Trade from the Copenhagen Business School and completed the Executive Program in Management from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles.
Santiago Zapatero
Santiago Llano Zapatero, Partner, Ritch Mueller

Santiago joined Ritch Mueller as a partner in 2017. Previously, Santiago was based out of the Houston office of Ernst & Young LLP in the international tax practice (Latin American Business Center) for almost three years. Santiago was also member of the team that lead the efforts of Ernst & Young LLP towards investment projects in Mexico derived from the recent Energy Reform.

Before joining Ernst & Young LLP, Santiago worked in two well-known tax and legal advisory firms in Mexico City as senior associate in the tax consulting and transfer pricing practice areas.

Santiago has provided tax advice to local and multinational companies engaged in different sectors, such as energy, real estate, financial services, manufacturing, among others.

Santiago obtained a BS in Accounting from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City as well as a Master´s in Tax Law from the same university.
Euan Craik, Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus
Euan Craik, CEO, Americas, Argus

Euan Craik is chief executive of Argus Media Inc. Based in Houston, Euan has led Argus in the Americas since 2006, expanding its geographic reach and the breadth of its services. Euan joined Argus in 1996, initially as a specialist on the Russian oil and gas industries. From 2000, Euan served as Argus’ Executive Editor, based in London.

In the early nineties, Euan worked in business journalism in Moscow, initially at the first post-Soviet business newspaper, Kommersant, then at the English-language Moscow Times. He was later awarded a fellowship at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics.
Stephen Jones, SVP, Petroleum, Argus

Stephen Jones joined Argus in October 2017 as Senior Vice President, leading the business development team for the petroleum sector. Stephen is responsible for Argus solutions that meet the needs of crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids market participants. Stephen has expertise in all aspects of the energy business, having served clients for over 30 years in the industry.

Prior to Argus, Stephen was with Purvin & Gertz and IHS Market for 17 years where he was Vice President of the Refining & Marketing team. His led a large international group that provided research and consulting services to clients in the upstream, crude oil markets, natural gas liquids, chemicals, automotive, maritime, and midstream businesses. Also while at IHS, Stephen led the Energy Product Management team to integrate the legacy PFC Energy, Purvin & Gertz, and CERA market services. Stephen began his career with Exxon at the Baton Rouge Refinery where he held a variety of technical support, business planning, engineering supervision, and operations management positions. He then moved to Exxon’s Refining Headquarters and Supply & Trading team in Houston where he gained expertise in crude oil trading and refinery economics.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.
Jeff Kralowetz Vice President Business Development Argus
Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President, Business Development, Argus

Jeff leads Argus business development in crude oil and NGL markets in North America. He opened Argus’ office in Calgary in 2010, and oversaw the expansion of crude oil and NGL price indices in Canada through the beginning of 2013. Previously, Jeff served as Argus’ news editor for the Americas.

A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Jeff served 5 years as an aviation officer. He holds a master of arts degree from Baylor University.
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Edward Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering upstream, refining, petrochemicals, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, feasibility studies, risk analysis, and project valuations working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.
Alejandro Barbajosa, VP, Crude & LPG - Middle East & Asia-Pacific, Argus

Alejandro Barbajosa joined the Argus London headquarters in April 2007 where he specialised in OPEC, IEA and Atlantic basin crude markets before taking his current business development responsibilities in Singapore in 2011 with a focus on Asian crude. Alejandro completed a masters in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics, before returning to his native Mexico to join PMI, the international trading unit of state oil company Pemex.




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Nicholas Burns Harvard University


Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
Former White House Special Assistant
Current Harvard Professor


Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
 

Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics International, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, The Trilateral Commission, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Atlantic Council, America Abroad Media, the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Gennadius Library. From 2014-2017, he was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State. He is Vice Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States

Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Order of Saint John and Red Sox Nation.

Professor Burns served in the United States government for 27 years. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001–2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997–2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995–1997). He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985–1987) where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern).

Professor Burns has received 12 honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’sDistinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award, and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. He hasa Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College (1978), a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980), and earned a Certificat Pratique de Langue Française at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977). He was a visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in summer 2008.



2018 Event Sponsors 

ICE Intercontinental Exchange is the leading network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses for financial and commodity markets, delivering transparent, reliable data, technology and risk management services to market participants around the world. ICE’s global markets provide direct, electronic access to a range of more than 1,000 energy products across crude and refined oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas, power, coal, petrochemicals and emissions and ICE Futures Europe, London’s leading derivatives exchange is home to Brent and Gasoil futures, the global crude and refined oil benchmarks which represent approximately half of the world’s crude and refined oil futures traded volume.

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Magellan Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. is a publicly traded partnership formed to own, operate and expand a diversified portfolio of energy assets. We currently have over 1,700 employees working in 24 states. Our assets include 2,100 miles of crude oil pipelines and 23 million barrels of total crude oil storage. Magellan also owns and operates the nation’s longest refined products pipeline system. More than half of our potential expansion projects are related to crude oil.

We are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MMP and currently have over 160,000 investors.

For more information, visit:  www.magellanlp.com

Cargill CRMCargill has a longstanding reputation of managing risk across commodities, industries and geographies. For more than 20 years, Cargill's risk management business has been a provider of customized commodity price risk solutions for its customers around the world, including petroleum and petrochemical producers, mid-to-large size corporations, commercial lenders, asset managers and investors. Today, through its 16 offices in 12 countries, Cargill provides price risk management products in over 70 global commodity markets and 25 currencies. In the energy markets, Cargill provides tailored hedging solutions in petroleum, petrochemicals, resins, power and natural gas.

For more information, visit:  www.cargillriskmanagement.com

Cap SpirecapSpire is a global solutions and advisory company that provides the unique combination of industry knowledge and business expertise required to deliver impactful solutions in the energy market. With capSpire’s Lease Crude Optimization product, crude marketers and transportation organizations are able to achieve increased margins by optimizing tactical and strategic decisions. Trusted by Fortune 500 companies, capSpire’s team of industry experts empower clients to take their supply chain and trading operations to the next level by delivering world class solutions that streamline business processes.

For more information, visit:  capSpire.com

Chemex ModularChemex Modular is a leading supplier of new and refurbished modular equipment. Chemex Modular possesses the complete range of engineering and fabrication expertise to provide fully modularized equipment and related engineering support. Whether providing modular process equipment, measurement modules, logistics, identifying a process issue or implementing a planned change, Chemex Modular delivers a customer-specific solution. Our services include, but are not limited to, the following: modular oil refineries and gas processing plants, allocation measurement and LACT systems, and the full range of engineering consulting services, from feasibility studies to detailed engineering design.

For more information, visit:  www.chemexmodular.com

OiltankingOiltanking, a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls, has been active in tank storage logistics since 1972, and is the second-largest independent operator of tank terminals for oils, chemicals and gases worldwide. The company owns and operates 81 terminals in 23 countries with a total storage capacity of 21 million cbm, on five continents – in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India, and the Asia-Pacific region.

At the tank terminals, Oiltanking stores and handles nearly 1,000 different products including crude oil, petroleum products, biofuels, chemicals and gases. The total throughput of all terminals in 2015 was around 128 million tons.

For more information, visit:  www.oiltanking.com

Tarsco, a TF Warren CompanyTarsco, TF Warren Company, has served industrial clients for over 30 years. We offer engineering, and construction of customized, aboveground welded storage tank systems. Tarsco continues to provide the highest level of safety, quality, and on-time performance in every aspect of a project. With operations located throughout the Western Hemisphere, Tarsco is well positioned to deliver unsurpassed service to our domestic and international clients.

For more information, visit:  www.tfwarren.com

Port Corpus ChristiPort Corpus Christi’s vision is to be the energy port of the Americas. As the 4th largest Port in the USA in total tonnage, Port Corpus Christi handles everything from energy to agriculture, and plastics to iron, and very soon also LNG. Port Corpus Christi is the leading crude oil export port, currently testing a massive super tanker, the VLCC Anne. Port Corpus Christi has vast export experience of LPG, frequently loading Very Large Gas Carriers. To support export, the Corpus Christi Ship Channel is fully authorized to 54-feet MLLW, while current channel depth allows maximum 45-foot draft vessels.

For more information, visit:  www.portofcc.com

GenscapeGenscape is the leading global provider of real-time data and intelligence for commodity and energy markets, driven to improve market transparency and efficiency. With thousands of patented monitors strategically deployed worldwide, Genscape is unique in its ability to collect and report proprietary market fundamentals in real-time or near real-time.

Using a combination of infrared diagnostics, electromagnetic frequency monitors, high resolution aerial photography, and near-earth satellite imagery, Genscape has set the standard for accuracy and timeliness in the market for advance notice of changes in oil market fundamentals. Genscape clients are able to make more informed decisions and improve risk management.

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OpenLink logoFor over 25 years, Openlink has provided trading, treasury and risk management solutions for the world’s most sophisticated commodity and energy trading organizations.Openlink’s innovative solutions help clients break down organizational silos and instantaneously connect trading, risk and treasury across multiple asset classes and throughout the front, middle and back office. The Openlink Cloud platform, coupled with our advanced analytics, enables clients to manage large data volumes, take advantage of even the most fleeting of market opportunities, and mitigate risk.

Openlink has topped Chartis’ RiskTech100 Energy Trading Risk Category for the last six years and been named a Leader in Gartner’s Trading Platforms Magic Quadrant. For five consecutive years, Openlink has been named the Commodities Trading Systems Leader in the Risk Technology Rankings and is currently Energy Risk’s Asia Software House of the Year and Asia Risk’s Top Commodity Vendor. Openlink is proud to support more than 38,000 users and more than 600 clients, including 12 of the world's largest commodity/energy companies.

For more information, visit: www.openlink.com

CQGCQG provides high-performance trade routing, global market data, and advanced technical analysis for professional traders worldwide. CQG partners with more than one hundred FCM environments and provides Direct Market Access to more than forty-five exchanges through its global network of co-located Hosted Exchange Gateways. CQG’s server-side order management tools for spreading, market aggregation, and smart orders are unsurpassed for speed and ease-of-use. CQG's market data feed consolidates more than seventy-five sources, including exchanges worldwide for futures, options, fixed income, foreign exchange, and equities as well as data on debt securities, industry reports, and financial indices. 

For more information, visit:  www.cqg.com

MorningstarMorningstar is a leading provider of high-quality market data, independent research and analytical products. Our clients include some of the world’s largest energy concerns, utilities, hedge funds, mutual funds and banks. We offer a data management solution that gathers and distributes over 3,500 feeds in the power, oil, gas, commodities, equities, futures and weather markets and delivers them to data management systems for historical analysis, risk management and forecasting.

For more information, visit:  about.morningstarcommodity.com

Intertek LozengeTotal Quality. Assured.

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 42,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.

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IIRIIR Energy's provides key supply demand information & insight, for the Petroleum crude oil and oil products marketplace.

Get an accurate w global supply picture by understanding the refinery activity. A comprehensive dataset from the installed capacity and turnaround activity, to closures and new capacity details that move price. With coverage of 95% of the world's oil refineries, users are provided real-time operational status updates for all major global downstream refinery units, including: Crude Distillation Units (CDUs), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCUs), Alkylation Units, Reformers, Cokers, Hydrotreaters and all other primary and secondary units within the refining process, including complete coverage of the ethylene and NGLs market.

Obtain a clear understanding of supply fundamentals to help balance your supply demand models and predict price movements in the petroleum markets by being the expert on refinery status.

Refinery & Petchem runs,by unit, that helps participants in the crude oil, gasoline, diesel and residual fuels trading and marketing sectors make better more informed decisions.

Coverage of the current and accurate details for all planned and unplanned turnarounds with information on all new capacity, de-rates, capital projects, crude slates, capacity reductions and product yields in multiple views, helping traders and analysts predict the impact of physical operating conditions on the price of crude and refined products

PetroCast Live makes understanding the past, current, and future markets easier to quantify and predict by delivering the full supply picture with the most accurate detail in an easy-to-use environment.

For more information, visit:  www.industrialinfo.com

ESAIESAI Energy LLC provides comprehensive analysis of the global, regional, and national petroleum and alternative fuels markets, developed from a proprietary country-by-country fundamentals database that dates back to 1978. ESAI Energy LLC’s principals and associates are trained in market analysis, economics, political science, finance and industrial policy. With this wide ranging expertise, ESAI Energy LLC’s analysts integrate quantitative analysis of proprietary and public source data with trends in policy and regulation to develop a thoughtful projection of petroleum and alternative fuels markets in every country and region. Our forecasts range from two weeks to twenty-five years. ESAI Energy LLC also provides customized consulting on topics such as project feasibility and profitability, market access, political and regulatory issues.

For more information, visit:  www.esai.com

DrillinginfoDrillinginfo delivers business critical insights to oil and gas industries through a state-of-the-art SaaS platform built on industry leading data and analytics. Our solutions deliver value across the energy supply chain empowering exploration and production, oilfield services, midstream, and financial services companies to be more proactive, efficient, and competitive. Drillinginfo offers a suite of products and services that accelerates the process and lowers the cost of identifying the best opportunities, understanding macro and micro market trends, and reducing the risk of energy investments. Drillinginfo services over 3,000 companies from its Austin, Texas-based headquarters with 400 employees world-wide.

For more information, visit:  info.drillinginfo.com

Ursa Space SystemsUrsa’s mission is to deliver global economic transparency that fundamentally changes how markets move and people manage risk. We do that by providing the most reliable and up-to-date information for decision makers across the Energy and Financial sectors for areas of the world that traditionally have poor or nonexistent data. Our global reach, unique processing tools, exclusive partnerships, integration of 3rd party data and extensive radar experience enable us to deliver an industry-leading product that helps our customers make better decisions faster, reduce their risk and differentiate in fast-paced markets.

For more information, visit:  ursaspace.com

TEE logoTexas Energy Enterprises is a major purchaser of crude oil. We are able to offer premium prices by utilizing our extensive partner network. We work hard to combine this with superior service to bring you the best service and pricing available.

Currently, TEE works in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. With timely and dependable service, TEE is able to work with large or small customers to accommodate specific needs.

For more information, visit: www.texasenergyenterprises.com

DTNDTN provides high-quality data, analysis and trading tools available in an integrated and easy-to-use fashion, boosting profitability and giving a competitive edge, in the front-, mid-, or back-office. The DTN vision is to be the independent trusted source of insights to our customers who feed, protect, and fuel the world. DTN empowers our customers with intelligent and actionable insights that exceed their expectations and enable their success daily.

For more information, visit: www.dtn.com


INTL FCStone logoINTL FCStone Inc. (NASDAQ: INTL) is a financial services firm specializing in commodity risk management. We provide clients across the globe with a comprehensive range of customized commodity risk management tools and financial services to help them protect their margins, mitigate price risk, secure budgets and manage volatility.

For more information, visit: www.intlfcstone.com

Q2 technologies logoIncrease the value of your barrels. Based out of Houston, TX since 2001, Q2 Technologies is a chemical company focusing in crude oil and gas sweetening. Through the Enviro-SolveTM process, Q2 Technologies sweetens millions of barrels of liquid hydrocarbons each month at terminals, pipelines, wells and vessels. The company offers turn-key systems and 24/7 treatment capabilities for H2S, Mercaptans and Total Sulphur reduction.

For more information, visit:  q2technologies.com


Hilton Americas
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, Texas 77010

Hilton Americas

Argus Crude reports daily on the global crude oil markets, providing analysis and pricing for more than 80 different internationally-traded crude streams. It is the only way to access the exclusive Argus Sour Crude Index™ (ASCI™).

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