24 января - 25 января 2022
In-person: Houston, Texas, US & Online Access

Argus Americas Crude Summit

Special guest speaker:

Mike Pompeo
Former Secretary of State (2018-2021), Former Director of the CIA (2017-2018)
Mike Pompeo is the first American to have served as both Secretary of State and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During his time in office, the world witnessed the emergence of the US as a massive energy exporter, and a realignment of US foreign policy to put America first. He also oversaw a shift in Washington’s relations with China, including the implem...
Mike Pompeo is the first American to have served as both Secretary of State and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During his time in office, the world witnessed the emergence of the US as a massive energy exporter, and a realignment of US foreign policy to put America first. He also oversaw a shift in Washington’s relations with China, including the implementation of a wide-ranging trade deal. As Director of the CIA, Mike delivered intelligence to inform the decision making of America's senior leaders. Four times, Kansas elected Mike to represent their 4th Congressional District as a member of the US House of Representatives. In Congress, he served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the Special Committee that investigated the death of four Americans during the attack on two US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. As a teenager, Mike enrolled at the West Point Military Academy. He graduated first in his class in 1986 and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the Fourth Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, Mike graduated from Harvard Law School, where he edited the Harvard Law Review. Mike later returned to his mother's family roots in Kansas and founded Thayer Aerospace, which manufactures components for commercial and military aircraft, serving as Chief Executive for over half a decade. He then became President of Sentry International, an oil field equipment and service company.

Industry keynote speakers:

Vicki Hollub
President and Chief Executive Officer, Occidental
Vicki Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015. During her 35-year career with Occidental, Ms. Hollub has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Most recent...
Vicki Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015. During her 35-year career with Occidental, Ms. Hollub has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Most recently, she served as Occidental’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s oil and gas, chemical and midstream operations. Ms. Hollub previously was Senior Executive Vice President, Occidental, and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, where she was responsible for operations in the U.S., the Middle East region and Latin America. Prior to that, she held a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Vice President, Occidental, and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, Americas; Vice President, Occidental, and Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations, Oxy Oil and Gas; Executive Vice President, California Operations; and President and General Manager of the company’s Permian Basin operations. Ms. Hollub started her career at Cities Service, which was acquired by Occidental. Ms. Hollub serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute and Lockheed Martin. She is the chair of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the U.S. chair for the U.S.-Colombia Business Council. Ms. Hollub is also a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and the World Economic Forum, where she serves on the stewardship board for the Platform for Shaping the Future of Energy and Materials. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ms. Hollub holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering. She was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows.
Ryan Lance
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ConocoPhillips
Ryan M. Lance has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company, since 2012. Ryan is a petroleum engineer with 36 years of oil and natural gas industry experience in senior management and technical positions with ConocoPhillips, predecessor Phillips Petroleum and various divisions of ...
Ryan M. Lance has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company, since 2012. Ryan is a petroleum engineer with 36 years of oil and natural gas industry experience in senior management and technical positions with ConocoPhillips, predecessor Phillips Petroleum and various divisions of ARCO. His past ConocoPhillips executive assignment included responsibility for international exploration and production, regional responsibility at various times for Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America, and responsibility for technology, major projects, downstream strategy and specialty functions. Externally, Ryan is a board member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and trustee of both the George H.W. Bush Library Foundation and PGA Reach. He is also an advocate for charities benefiting youth through his service on the board of Spindletop International and the Montana Tech Foundation, and on the advisory council of the University of Texas Energy Institute. He is a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute currently serving on its Executive Committee, and currently chairs the National Petroleum Council’s Agenda Committee. Ryan is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech in Butte in 1984.

Expert speakers include:

Micheal Dunn
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Williams
Micheal started his current role in February 2017. He has direct oversight of the operational aspects of the business, focusing on achieving regulatory compliance and optimising operations to enhance Williams’ competitive advantage and advance the execution of Williams’ long-term strategy. Prior to his current role, Micheal served as President of Questar Pipeline and Execu...
Micheal started his current role in February 2017. He has direct oversight of the operational aspects of the business, focusing on achieving regulatory compliance and optimising operations to enhance Williams’ competitive advantage and advance the execution of Williams’ long-term strategy. Prior to his current role, Micheal served as President of Questar Pipeline and Executive Vice President of Questar Corporation. From 2010 to 2015, he served as president and Chief Executive of PacifiCorp Energy, a multi-state regulated electric power generating company and a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. In 2007-10, Micheal was president of Kern River Gas Transmission Company, also a Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary. In this role, he provided overall leadership for this major interstate natural gas pipeline company. Micheal began his career with Williams and spent 14 years with the company in its gas pipeline business, first as an Operations Engineer in Hutchinson, Kansas, then as a Construction Engineer and Chief Inspector in Utah during the construction of the Kern River Gas Transmission System. He was a field operations supervisor in Wyoming for two years and spent another three years as Manager of Project Management. Dunn graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma.
Colin Parfitt
Vice President, Midstream, Chevron
Colin E. Parfitt, 57, is vice president of Midstream, a position he has held since 2019. He is responsible for the company’s shipping, pipeline, power and energy management and supply and trading operating units. Previously Parfitt was president of Supply and Trading where he was responsible for Chevron’s global trading activities for crude oil, feedstocks, refined product...
Colin E. Parfitt, 57, is vice president of Midstream, a position he has held since 2019. He is responsible for the company’s shipping, pipeline, power and energy management and supply and trading operating units. Previously Parfitt was president of Supply and Trading where he was responsible for Chevron’s global trading activities for crude oil, feedstocks, refined products, natural gas and gas liquids to support the company’s crude and gas production operations and refining and marketing network.Prior to that role Parfitt was vice president, Sales & Marketing, for Chevron Oronite Company LLC. He has also served as vice president of Americas Products, vice president of Finished Lubricants and president of Fuel and Marine Marketing. Parfitt joined Chevron in 1995 as manager, Crude Oil Trading, with Chevron International Oil Company based in London. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Exeter in England and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College in England.
Colin Gruending
Executive Vice President & President, Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge
Colin was appointed Executive Vice President and President, Liquids Pipelines, on October 1, 2021, with executive operational and commercial oversight for a pipeline network that transports about 25% of the crude oil produced in North America. Previously, Colin served more than two years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, with oversight for all the C...
Colin was appointed Executive Vice President and President, Liquids Pipelines, on October 1, 2021, with executive operational and commercial oversight for a pipeline network that transports about 25% of the crude oil produced in North America. Previously, Colin served more than two years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, with oversight for all the Company’s financial affairs including investor relations, financial reporting, financial planning, treasury, tax, insurance, risk and audit management functions as well as implementation of the company’s ERP transformation system and Sustained Business Optimization initiative.
Helen Currie
Chief Economist, ConocoPhillips
ConocoPhillips' Chief Economist Helen Currie oversees long range planning, strategic initiatives and scenarios and advises on investment and public policy issues. With over 25 years of experience in business, government and academia, Currie brings valuable perspectives to corporate planning and strategy. Prior leadership roles in energy include BD/M&A strategy,...
ConocoPhillips' Chief Economist Helen Currie oversees long range planning, strategic initiatives and scenarios and advises on investment and public policy issues. With over 25 years of experience in business, government and academia, Currie brings valuable perspectives to corporate planning and strategy. Prior leadership roles in energy include BD/M&A strategy, upstream and downstream business analysis, commercial risk management and markets analysis. Before joining the energy industry, Currie held roles in academia as a finance professor and in government as an economic analyst. She has published work in finance and management journals and energy industry research. Dr. Currie is a frequent speaker at industry venues and guest university lecturer. She is a member of the Mississippi State University Foundation Board of Directors and College of Business Executive Advisory Board as well as the University of Texas Energy Institute Executive Advisory Board. She was named as one of Oil & Gas Investor’s Top 25 Influential Women in Energy in 2018.
Bevin Wirzba
Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, and President of Liquids Pipelines, TC Energy
In his current role, Bevin is responsible for TC Energy’s Liquids transportation business. Prior to this appointment, Bevin was Senior Vice-President of Liquids Pipelines, accountable for the profitability and commercial management of TC Energy’s liquids pipelines. Before joining TC Energy in 2019, Bevin was a senior executive leading the commercial functions of an interme...
In his current role, Bevin is responsible for TC Energy’s Liquids transportation business. Prior to this appointment, Bevin was Senior Vice-President of Liquids Pipelines, accountable for the profitability and commercial management of TC Energy’s liquids pipelines. Before joining TC Energy in 2019, Bevin was a senior executive leading the commercial functions of an intermediate upstream producer. He previously held the role of Managing Director in energy advisory for a global investment bank and began his career with a major integrated energy corporation with multi-disciplinary roles across North America and internationally. Bevin holds a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Alberta, a Master’s in business administration from the Edinburgh Business School and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
Helima Croft
Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross‐commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to ...
Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross‐commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to oil and natural gas. She also is a CNBC contributor, a member of the channel’s exclusive family of experts, is on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Helima joined RBC Capital Markets from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Central Intelligence Agency, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career and received her PhD in economic history from Princeton in 2001.
Alipio Ferreira
Head of Global Trading, Petrobras
Alipio Ferreira is an Engineer and experienced trader of crude oil and derivatives with Master Degree in Business Administration and Advanced Strategic Management (COPPEAD-UFRJ) and +35 years of experience in the oil industry, 22 of which in management and top management positions at Petrobras and its affiliates: CEO of Petrobras' Singapore branch (2020-2021); Executive Di...
Alipio Ferreira is an Engineer and experienced trader of crude oil and derivatives with Master Degree in Business Administration and Advanced Strategic Management (COPPEAD-UFRJ) and +35 years of experience in the oil industry, 22 of which in management and top management positions at Petrobras and its affiliates: CEO of Petrobras' Singapore branch (2020-2021); Executive Director of Operations and Logistics at Petrobras Distribuidora S.A. (fuel distribution unit)(2018-2019); Downstream VP of Petrobras America Inc., in Houston (2015-2018); Director of Braskem S.A. (Petrochemical branch) (2012-2015) and Chairman of Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores - FCC (catalyst producer) (2005-2012).
Naomi Esfahani
Senior Advisory of Corporate Strategy, MEG Energy
Naomi Esfahani is Senior Advisor of Corporate Strategy at MEG Energy, responsible for commodity markets and price outlook in strategic initiatives around capital planning and financial hedging activities. Prior to MEG, Naomi worked at Suncor Energy Supply, Trading & Optimization as a key contributor to corporate’s long range plan with focus on price outlook and economic va...
Naomi Esfahani is Senior Advisor of Corporate Strategy at MEG Energy, responsible for commodity markets and price outlook in strategic initiatives around capital planning and financial hedging activities. Prior to MEG, Naomi worked at Suncor Energy Supply, Trading & Optimization as a key contributor to corporate’s long range plan with focus on price outlook and economic valuation of upstream and downstream capital projects. Her prior roles include market risk oversight and credit risk applications at BP Integrated Supply and Trading, and technical consulting for risk management at SAS Advanced Analytics. She started her career as a mechanical/automation engineer at Schlumberger Technology Center based in Tokyo and worked in several R&D projects within Wireline and D&M service segments. Naomi holds Bachelor and Master of Science in Robotics and Automation Engineering from Tohoku University of Japan, Master of Mathematical Finance, and PhD in Operations Research from the University of Southern California.
Adam Arthur
Executive Vice President – Crude Oil & Canada, Energy Transfer
Adam Arthur was recently named Executive Vice President for Energy Transfer in January 2021. In this role he has responsibility for all commercial functions within Energy Transfer’s crude oil organization including, gathering, business development and marketing & trading activities. Prior to this, Mr. Arthur served as Senior Vice President of Business Development. He joi...
Adam Arthur was recently named Executive Vice President for Energy Transfer in January 2021. In this role he has responsibility for all commercial functions within Energy Transfer’s crude oil organization including, gathering, business development and marketing & trading activities. Prior to this, Mr. Arthur served as Senior Vice President of Business Development. He joined Energy Transfer in 2012 and has served in various capacities during his nine year tenure. He earned an MBA and a BS in Marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Mr. Arthur serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Energy Transfer Canada, a gathering and processing business that provides midstream solutions in Western Canada. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orbit Gulf Coast NGL Exports, LLC, which provides ethane supply from the Gulf Coast to China’s first 100% ethane to ethylene cracker. Mr. Arthur’s experience includes cross-commodity business development on both regulated and non-regulated assets.
Nasser Malik
Corporate Bank Head, Sustainability & Corporate Transitions, Citi
Nasser Malik was recently appointed Corporate Bank Head, Sustainability & Corporate Transitions at Citi. Prior this role, he was the global head of Structured Debt, a specialized financing platform that spans project and infrastructure finance, financing for transportation assets, structured corporate finance as well as ESG strategy for Citi’s Financing & Securitization bu...
Nasser Malik was recently appointed Corporate Bank Head, Sustainability & Corporate Transitions at Citi. Prior this role, he was the global head of Structured Debt, a specialized financing platform that spans project and infrastructure finance, financing for transportation assets, structured corporate finance as well as ESG strategy for Citi’s Financing & Securitization businesses. Nasser has been with Citigroup for 34 years, based in Toronto, New York, and London. Nasser holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Ozzie Pagan
Head of Commodity Financing Americas, Macquarie Group
In the Americas, Ozzie Pagan heads the Commodity and Upstream Financing teams. These groups focus on finance and risk management solutions for commodity clients and those needing solutions for their evolving energy transition goals. Mr. Pagan has a proven track record of value creation through structured solutions. He has worked in the energy sector since 1988 and has the ...
In the Americas, Ozzie Pagan heads the Commodity and Upstream Financing teams. These groups focus on finance and risk management solutions for commodity clients and those needing solutions for their evolving energy transition goals. Mr. Pagan has a proven track record of value creation through structured solutions. He has worked in the energy sector since 1988 and has the benefit of diverse experiences that include business development, commodity finance, project financing, principal investing and risk management. Mr. Pagan joined Macquarie in 2009 from Constellation Energy where he helped develop and leads the commodity finance effort in the Americas. Ozzie earned his B.S. Electrical Engineering from Florida International University, Miami, Florida.
Sean Strawbridge
Chief Executive Officer, Port of Corpus Christi
Sean has over 30 years of experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and the private sector, holding senior leadership roles in business & corporate development, large infrastructure development, capital structuring, operations, and public/private partnerships. In his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Corpus Ch...
Sean has over 30 years of experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and the private sector, holding senior leadership roles in business & corporate development, large infrastructure development, capital structuring, operations, and public/private partnerships. In his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Corpus Christi, Sean leads the third largest port in the United States total waterway tonnage, and the largest gateway for U.S. produced energy exports. With over $1 billion in assets under management, Sean has assembled a high-performance executive team to manage the meteoric growth Port Corpus Christi has experienced with a doubling in tonnage and revenues over his tenure as CEO, positioning the Port of Corpus Christi on the world stage as a leading infrastructure development organization. A veteran of world-class organizations such as the Port of Long Beach, Ports America Group, Oxbow Energy, and Sea-Land Service, Inc., Sean has written extensively on the evolving marine terminal and trade flow paradigms and has been globally recognized for his industry knowledge and large network of professional relationships. Sean is an active member of the South Texas Coastal Bend community and sits on a number of Boards including the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, South Texas Military Task Force Board, the Art Museum of South Texas, the American Heart Association of the Coastal Bend, as well as the Buccaneer Commission and the USS Lexington Board of Directors. Sean was recently appointed to chair the Education Task Force for the Texas Railroad Commission. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He has lived abroad and has conducted business in over 40 countries.
Jason Delorenzo
Managing Partner, EnCap
Before joining EnCap in 1999, Jason spent four years at ING Barings in New York working in corporate finance and specialising in the energy industry. He was an also an associate in the Energy Group at Wells Fargo Bank based in Houston from 1993 to 1995. Jason received a Bachelor of business administration from The University of Texas in Austin. He serves on the board of di...
Before joining EnCap in 1999, Jason spent four years at ING Barings in New York working in corporate finance and specialising in the energy industry. He was an also an associate in the Energy Group at Wells Fargo Bank based in Houston from 1993 to 1995. Jason received a Bachelor of business administration from The University of Texas in Austin. He serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies and is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Houston Producers’ Forum.
Thomas McConnell
Business Development & Origination Lead, Gunvor
As a Houston native Tom started his career off in the southern division land department at Devon Energy while finishing school. After school Tom went into the commercial real estate space for 2 years before returning to Houston to help start the physical trading business at ARM Energy. Tom being the second employee of this group helped build the business lines across Crude...
As a Houston native Tom started his career off in the southern division land department at Devon Energy while finishing school. After school Tom went into the commercial real estate space for 2 years before returning to Houston to help start the physical trading business at ARM Energy. Tom being the second employee of this group helped build the business lines across Crude, Gas, & NGL’s moving his way up the ladder over his 9 ½ years to Vice President of Origination, & Vice President of Crude Energy Services. In Aug 2020 he left ARM to join Gunvor Group Ltd to head up their producer services and origination group. Concentrating on originating Oil, Gas, and NGL’s across the continental US.
Mitch Kawaguchi
General Manager for Crude and Tankers, Cosmo Oil
Mr Kawaguchi has 27 years of experience in Crude/Petroleum Product trading and marketing at Japanese refiner, Cosmo Oil Co.,Ltd. He joined the Tokyo branch in 1993 as a Marketing staff , and his previous roles include Assistant Manager at Aviation Fuel Marketing in Cosmo Tokyo HQ 1996-2000, Manager of derivative trading at Cosmo Oil of USA (New York office) 2003-2006. Foll...
Mr Kawaguchi has 27 years of experience in Crude/Petroleum Product trading and marketing at Japanese refiner, Cosmo Oil Co.,Ltd. He joined the Tokyo branch in 1993 as a Marketing staff , and his previous roles include Assistant Manager at Aviation Fuel Marketing in Cosmo Tokyo HQ 1996-2000, Manager of derivative trading at Cosmo Oil of USA (New York office) 2003-2006. Following this he was in charge of developing petroleum products marketing network in the states of California, USA as Chief Operation Officer of Cosmo Oil of USA 2006-2010. Following this, he was Group manager at the Products Trading Department, in Cosmo Tokyo HQ 2010-2014, Vice President of Cosmo Oil International Pte. Ltd 2014-2017, before being appointed to his current role since 2017. He has graduated Tsukuba University with a Linguistics major in 1990, followed by spending a year at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute with a Chinese Language major 1991, before acquiring his B.A in Language Education on 1993.
Horace Hobbs
Executive Advisor, Pearson Adair & Co.
Horace Hobbs recently retired as Chief Economist at Phillips 66 after a distinguished and unique 37 year career, primarily in consulting, in and around the global energy industry. He joined Phillips 66 after its formation in 2012 to help develop and lead long term planning, capital allocation and corporate development processes. Presently, he consults and provides C suite ...
Horace Hobbs recently retired as Chief Economist at Phillips 66 after a distinguished and unique 37 year career, primarily in consulting, in and around the global energy industry. He joined Phillips 66 after its formation in 2012 to help develop and lead long term planning, capital allocation and corporate development processes. Presently, he consults and provides C suite and ministerial level advisory on topics that require a blend of technical, commercial and global perspective. He is particularly interested in helping companies thrive in the coming energy transition. Prior to Phillips 66, Horace spent approximately 20 years as a management consultant with various firms including Ernst & Young, specializing in downstream strategy, technology development, and transaction support. Additional operating company experience includes an executive role in a midstream partnership of major integrated oils. His early career as a chemical engineer grounded him in systems thinking. Horace has earned global recognition for his expertise in energy economics and the midstream/downstream petroleum segments. He is regularly invited to address a variety of audiences on topics related to global energy markets and economics. He has become a staple at premier events such as CERAWeek, and Argus Summits. Mr. Hobbs has provided testimony as an industry and technical expert in numerous disputes and has testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), The Canadian Energy Regulator (former NEB), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Horace holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and is licensed by the State of Texas as a Professional Engineer.
Mikkel Seidelin
Director, Chartering & Freight Trading
Danish National, in the industry for 16 years working for Teekay Tankers in commercial roles spanning from Operations, chartering and Pool Management in London, Vancouver, Houston and Singapore. Have worked across large tanker segments of Aframax, LR2 and Suezmax. Currently leading the Suezmax segment in the Teekay Tankers while also heading up Teekay London. Holds an Exec...
Danish National, in the industry for 16 years working for Teekay Tankers in commercial roles spanning from Operations, chartering and Pool Management in London, Vancouver, Houston and Singapore. Have worked across large tanker segments of Aframax, LR2 and Suezmax. Currently leading the Suezmax segment in the Teekay Tankers while also heading up Teekay London. Holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Andrea Olivi
Global Head of Wet Freight, Trafigura
Andrea was appointed Global Head of Wet Freight for Trafigura in August 2020 and is responsible for leading the provision of shipping and freight services for the Group’s commodity trading teams and third-party clients relating to oil and petroleum products. Andrea joined Trafigura in September 2015 as an oil charterer in the company’s Geneva office, responsible for formu...
Andrea was appointed Global Head of Wet Freight for Trafigura in August 2020 and is responsible for leading the provision of shipping and freight services for the Group’s commodity trading teams and third-party clients relating to oil and petroleum products. Andrea joined Trafigura in September 2015 as an oil charterer in the company’s Geneva office, responsible for formulating and implementing Trafigura Suezmax, Aframax and dirty Handysize global book strategies.
Joseph Israel
President and Chief Executive Officer, 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 25 plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes a successful track record of structuring and leading petroleum downstream operations. Prior to joining Par in 2015, Mr....
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 25 plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes a successful track record of structuring and leading petroleum downstream operations. Prior to joining Par in 2015, Mr. Israel served as Senior Vice President for 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, 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.
George Millas
Chief Commercial Officer, EPIC Midstream
Mr. Millas has over 15 years of business development, origination, and trading experience in the upstream and midstream sectors. Prior to joining EPIC, he served as Vice President of Commercial Operations for Gathering and Processing at Energy Transfer over the Permian Basin. Prior to Energy Transfer, George held senior leadership roles in Business Development with Crest...
Mr. Millas has over 15 years of business development, origination, and trading experience in the upstream and midstream sectors. Prior to joining EPIC, he served as Vice President of Commercial Operations for Gathering and Processing at Energy Transfer over the Permian Basin. Prior to Energy Transfer, George held senior leadership roles in Business Development with Crestwood Equity Partners and Shell Trading. George graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from the University of Texas.
Pedro F Manrique
Commercial and Marketing Vice President, Ecopetrol
Pedro Manrique was appointed as the Commercial and Marketing Vice President of the Ecopetrol Group in April of 2017. He is also a member of Cartagena refinery, Cenit and Invercolsa board of directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Industrial University of Santander, holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Un...
Pedro Manrique was appointed as the Commercial and Marketing Vice President of the Ecopetrol Group in April of 2017. He is also a member of Cartagena refinery, Cenit and Invercolsa board of directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Industrial University of Santander, holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in the United States where he was a Fulbright Scholar and an MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and previously he spent 15 years in the upstream business with Chevron Petroleum Company in different locations and his last assignment was as the Commercial and Business Planning Manager for Chevron Latin America where he also served as a member of the Leadership Team for Chevron Latin America. During his career he also worked with Enron Energy Services as a Risk Manager and as a Business Development Manager at Enron International based in Houston, Texas.
Eric Rubenstein
Managing Partner, New Climate Ventures
Eric Rubenstein is Managing Partner at New Climate Ventures (“NCV”). Launched to tackle climate change with a holistic approach, NCV is the first early-stage venture fund in Texas with a mandate to invest in innovative early-stage startups broadly across the carbon reduction and avoidance ecosystems. NCV had been investing and warehousing deals prior to its October 2021 la...
Eric Rubenstein is Managing Partner at New Climate Ventures (“NCV”). Launched to tackle climate change with a holistic approach, NCV is the first early-stage venture fund in Texas with a mandate to invest in innovative early-stage startups broadly across the carbon reduction and avoidance ecosystems. NCV had been investing and warehousing deals prior to its October 2021 launch, and now has 12 investments that span the areas of climate tech, alternative materials, and food tech, among other emissions avoiding technologies. Prior to founding New Climate Ventures, Eric held roles at Citigroup and Louis Dreyfus in their commodities and energy trading divisions. A psychology major with a focus on behavioral neuroscience, Eric graduated Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree. He later earned his MBA from Temple University with a focus on global business and entrepreneurship.
Mike Wittner
Head of Oil Market Research, Intercontinental Exchange
Mike Wittner is Head of Oil Market Research for Intercontinental Exchange. Mike joined ICE in 2019. He leads a robust research effort to continuously analyze and anticipate changes in oil market structure and fundamentals. Mike and his team support oil sales and business development at ICE in creating new contracts and evolving existing contracts, in order to meet the h...
Mike Wittner is Head of Oil Market Research for Intercontinental Exchange. Mike joined ICE in 2019. He leads a robust research effort to continuously analyze and anticipate changes in oil market structure and fundamentals. Mike and his team support oil sales and business development at ICE in creating new contracts and evolving existing contracts, in order to meet the hedging, trading, and investment needs of its customers around the world. With more than 25 years of experience in oil market analysis and, before that, 8 years of experience in the geosciences, Mike has extensive knowledge of the global and regional crude oil and refined product markets, geopolitics, and non-fundamental oil market drivers. From 2007-2019, Mike was the Global Head of Oil Research for Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, where he was a Managing Director. He was directly responsible for short-term and long-term global oil market analysis and forecasting. Mike was ranked in the top 4 for oil market research in 2009-2019, according to Risk and Energy Risk magazines, including 7 consecutive years at #1 in 2013-2019. Before that, he held a similar position at Crédit Agricole, as well as senior analytical roles at Koch Supply & Trading, the International Energy Agency, and PIRA Energy Group (now part of S&P Global Platts). Before getting his MBA, Mike worked as a geologist and project manager for an engineering firm and as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. Mike holds a BS in Geology from Cornell University and a MBA in International Business from George Washington University.
Matt Smith
Lead Oil Analyst, KPLER
Matt Smith is Lead Oil Analyst, Americas at Kpler, the leading provider of data and analytics in commodity markets. Matt’s career started at Royal Bank of Canada in 1998, where he started as a financial analyst, working his way up to portfolio manager in the London investment management team. He managed a client book worth $55 million and gained his investment qualifi...
Matt Smith is Lead Oil Analyst, Americas at Kpler, the leading provider of data and analytics in commodity markets. Matt’s career started at Royal Bank of Canada in 1998, where he started as a financial analyst, working his way up to portfolio manager in the London investment management team. He managed a client book worth $55 million and gained his investment qualifications here. After leaving this role in 2006, he moved to the US and spent 8 years at Schneider Electric / Summit Energy as a Global Commodity Analyst, working as an energy consultant, focusing on commodity research and risk management. After that he moved to ClipperData where he was Director of Commodity Research, specialising in extracting key data themes from technical and fundamental analysis of the global energy market. He was tasked with bringing data to life for external audiences, gaining valuable media experience with the likes of: CNBC, Fox Business, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and The Oil Daily. Matt joined Kpler in September 2021 as Lead Oil Analyst, specialising in the US market. In his current role, he leads the US analytics team, focusing on producing research and providing counsel to key clients on the energy market.
Clay Seigle
Managing Director, Vortexa
Clay is Managing Director of Vortexa’s business in the Americas. He brings 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a specialization in oil market intelligence. Before joining Vortexa, Clay led the oil businesses at Genscape, monitoring oil storage, transportation and refining. He has previously held positions at DigitalGlobe, IHS Markit, Enron and the US D...
Clay is Managing Director of Vortexa’s business in the Americas. He brings 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a specialization in oil market intelligence. Before joining Vortexa, Clay led the oil businesses at Genscape, monitoring oil storage, transportation and refining. He has previously held positions at DigitalGlobe, IHS Markit, Enron and the US Department of Energy. Clay is a member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, the US Association of Energy Economics, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and the Houston Energy Finance Committee. His market analysis has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Clay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Peter Keavey
Managing Director, Global Head of Energy, CME Group
Pete serves as Managing Director, Global Head of Energy Products at CME Group. He is responsible for managing CME Group’s existing suite of energy products, including crude oil, refined products, natural gas, power, natural gas liquids, coal and renewables. In his current role, Keavey also works closely with customers to lead development and execution of new risk managemen...
Pete serves as Managing Director, Global Head of Energy Products at CME Group. He is responsible for managing CME Group’s existing suite of energy products, including crude oil, refined products, natural gas, power, natural gas liquids, coal and renewables. In his current role, Keavey also works closely with customers to lead development and execution of new risk management tools for the energy industry. Keavey has more than 27 years of experience in the futures and options industry, including 15 years as a trader of physical and financial Energy products across the natural gas and crude oil and refined product markets. Prior to joining CME Group in 2013, Keavey was a Portfolio Manager at Graham Capital Management focusing on energy markets. He served as Managing Director and Head of Energy Trading at Scotia Capital from 2008-2011, and has held various commodity trading positions for Enron Corporation, Societe Generale and Lehman Brothers. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.
Юан Крейк
Главный исполнительный директор, Америка, Argus
Глобальный руководитель подразделения нефти в Argus, офис в Хьюстоне. Курирует нефтепродукты и нефтехимию, опираясь на более чем 20-летний опыт работы в агентстве. Главный исполнительный директор в Северной и Южной Америке с 2006 г., руководил быстрым ростом бизнеса Argus в Западном полушарии. За время работы Юана в Хьюстоне Argus стал играть ключевую роль в ценообразовани...
Глобальный руководитель подразделения нефти в Argus, офис в Хьюстоне. Курирует нефтепродукты и нефтехимию, опираясь на более чем 20-летний опыт работы в агентстве. Главный исполнительный директор в Северной и Южной Америке с 2006 г., руководил быстрым ростом бизнеса Argus в Западном полушарии. За время работы Юана в Хьюстоне Argus стал играть ключевую роль в ценообразовании на физическом рынке нефти в США и усилил свое присутствие на рынках нефтепродуктов. До переезда в США Юан занимал руководящие должности в Лондоне и Москве и приобрел уникальные знания рынков, которые освещает Argus.
Дэвид Файф
Главный экономист, Argus
Имеет более чем 30-летний опыт работы на рынках энергоносителей. До начала работы в Argus был главным экономистом в Gunvor, одной из крупнейших энергетических торговых компаний. До этого руководил подразделением нефтяной промышленности и рынков в Международном энергетическом агентстве (МЭА) и был редактором влиятельного ежемесячного отчета о состоянии мирового рынка нефти,...
Имеет более чем 30-летний опыт работы на рынках энергоносителей. До начала работы в Argus был главным экономистом в Gunvor, одной из крупнейших энергетических торговых компаний. До этого руководил подразделением нефтяной промышленности и рынков в Международном энергетическом агентстве (МЭА) и был редактором влиятельного ежемесячного отчета о состоянии мирового рынка нефти, выпускаемого этим агентством. Получил степень магистра в области энергетической политики и экономики в Имперском колледже Лондона.
Stephen Jones
Senior Vice President, Oil Markets Strategy, Argus
Stephen Jones is Senior Vice President of Oil Markets Strategy at Argus and is based in Houston. Stephen leads engagements with industry stakeholders on strategic matters related to market fundamentals, regulatory developments, and price factors across the petroleum sectors. Stephen joined Argus in 2017 as the manager of the Americas Oil Markets Business Development team ...
Stephen Jones is Senior Vice President of Oil Markets Strategy at Argus and is based in Houston. Stephen leads engagements with industry stakeholders on strategic matters related to market fundamentals, regulatory developments, and price factors across the petroleum sectors. Stephen joined Argus in 2017 as the manager of the Americas Oil Markets Business Development team and became the Global Head of Oil Products in 2018 where he was responsible for Argus pricing solutions for the rapidly changing trading requirements for gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, marine fuels, base oils, asphalt, refinery feedstocks and biofuels markets. Stephen has expertise in all aspects of the energy business, having served clients for 34 years in the industry. Prior to Argus, Stephen was with Purvin & Gertz and IHS Markit for 17 years where he was Vice President of the Refining & Marketing team. He has been an instrumental leader for large international teams, providing research and consulting services to clients in the upstream, crude oil markets, refining, natural gas liquids, chemicals, automotive, maritime, and midstream businesses. While at IHS Markit, Stephen was charged with leading the Energy Product Management team and the integration of the legacy PFC Energy, Purvin & Gertz, and CERA market analytical subscription services. Stephen began his career in the energy business with Exxon at the world-class Baton Rouge Refinery where he advanced through a variety of technical support, business planning, engineering supervision, and operations management positions. He then held positions in Exxon’s Refining Headquarters and Supply & Trading teams in Houston where he gained expertise in crude oil trading, refinery optimization and energy market economics. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.
Matthew Oatway
SVP North America, Argus
Matthew Oatway is Senior Vice-President of North America at Argus. Based in Houston, Matthew is responsible for leading Argus’ business in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Argus in 2018, Matthew held various market analysis and corporate strategy roles at fundamental data provider Genscape and media company DMGT. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in English L...
Matthew Oatway is Senior Vice-President of North America at Argus. Based in Houston, Matthew is responsible for leading Argus’ business in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Argus in 2018, Matthew held various market analysis and corporate strategy roles at fundamental data provider Genscape and media company DMGT. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College.
Vanessa Viola
Senior Vice-President, Argus, Latin America
Vanessa Viola is the Senior Vice-President of Latin America at Argus. She rejoined Argus in 2011 as our Brazil Country Manager and is now working to expand the company’s business across Latin America. Vanessa initially joined Argus in 2001, working as Deputy Editor of the Argus European Products report and Editor of the Argus International LPG report before leaving in 2005...
Vanessa Viola is the Senior Vice-President of Latin America at Argus. She rejoined Argus in 2011 as our Brazil Country Manager and is now working to expand the company’s business across Latin America. Vanessa initially joined Argus in 2001, working as Deputy Editor of the Argus European Products report and Editor of the Argus International LPG report before leaving in 2005 to work as an LPG broker with Gibson in London. Prior to her assignments in the UK, Vanessa worked as a political and financial correspondent for Reuters (Brasilia, Sao Paulo), as a financial reporter for Brazil’s leading news agency Agencia Estado and as a press relations officer with energy engineering company Asea Brown Boveri, also based in Sao Paulo. A graduate from Brazil’s Casper Libero University with a BA in social communications, Vanessa has a master’s degree in international journalism from London’s City University. In addition to Portuguese and English, she is fluent in Spanish.
Джефф Краловец
Вице-президент по развитию бизнеса, Argus

Джефф Краловец возглавляет отдел развития бизнеса в сегменте нефти и газоконденсата в Канаде и США. Джефф принимал участие в открытии офиса Argus в Калгари в 2010 г., и отвечал за продвижение нефтяных и газоконденсатных индексов на рынке Канады до начала 2013 г.

Ранее Джефф работал редактором новостей Argus о рынках стран Северной и Южной Америки. Джефф окончил ...

Джефф Краловец возглавляет отдел развития бизнеса в сегменте нефти и газоконденсата в Канаде и США. Джефф принимал участие в открытии офиса Argus в Калгари в 2010 г., и отвечал за продвижение нефтяных и газоконденсатных индексов на рынке Канады до начала 2013 г.

Ранее Джефф работал редактором новостей Argus о рынках стран Северной и Южной Америки. Джефф окончил Военную академию США в Вест-Пойнте и пять лет прослужил офицером авиации. Он получил степень магистра искусств в Бейлорском университете.

Bruce Fulin
Vice President of Crude Oil Business Development, Argus Media
Bruce Fulin is Argus’ Vice President of Crude Oil Business Development. Bruce has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industries focusing on commercial trading, planning and development, coordination of multiple teams, decision-making, economic valuation, consensus-building, and communication skills. Bruce has previously worked with Petrochina, BG Group, Equiva ...
Bruce Fulin is Argus’ Vice President of Crude Oil Business Development. Bruce has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industries focusing on commercial trading, planning and development, coordination of multiple teams, decision-making, economic valuation, consensus-building, and communication skills. Bruce has previously worked with Petrochina, BG Group, Equiva Trading (Shell), ConocoPhillips, and Premcor Oil in crude elated rules. Bruce has an MBA from University of Moscow and a BBA in management from University of Houston.
Alex Younevitch
Head of Freight, Argus
Alex Younevitch is the Global Head of Freight at Argus, responsible for the strategy, editorial coverage, market engagement and adoption of Freight & Transportation services at Argus Media. Prior to joining Argus in February 2020, Alex was head of EMEA shipping at S&P Global Platts, overseeing over 100 of daily freight assessments and three daily publications. He drove the...
Alex Younevitch is the Global Head of Freight at Argus, responsible for the strategy, editorial coverage, market engagement and adoption of Freight & Transportation services at Argus Media. Prior to joining Argus in February 2020, Alex was head of EMEA shipping at S&P Global Platts, overseeing over 100 of daily freight assessments and three daily publications. He drove the rapid expansion of the Platts freight portfolio in the tankers, dry bulk and container markets. Alex previously worked as a tanker broker at Gibson Shipbrokers. Alex has a 1st class BA Honours degree in International Supply Chain and Shipping Management from the University of Plymouth.
Том Рид
Вице-президент, нефть и нефтепродукты, Китай, Argus
Перешел в Argus из британской телекомпании BBC в 2003 г. Работал над корпоративными и европейскими продуктами, а затем возглавил команду аналитиков, работающих с азиатскими рынками нефти и топлива для выработки электроэнергии. Будучи вице-президентом направления нефти и нефтепродуктов в Китае, курирует освещение цен на нефть и аналитику Argus в Китае.
Перешел в Argus из британской телекомпании BBC в 2003 г. Работал над корпоративными и европейскими продуктами, а затем возглавил команду аналитиков, работающих с азиатскими рынками нефти и топлива для выработки электроэнергии. Будучи вице-президентом направления нефти и нефтепродуктов в Китае, курирует освещение цен на нефть и аналитику Argus в Китае.
Karl Kleemeier
Co-Regional Leader & Oil Markets Asia region
Karl Kleemeier is based in Singapore and shares the Head of Argus Asia role with Alan Bannister. Karl heads up business development for the Asian oil sectors with responsibility for crude oil, oil products, biofuels and LPG. Prior to joining Argus in October 2020, Karl spent nearly 20 years with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, where he headed Aramco’s crude oil pricing team. Karl...
Karl Kleemeier is based in Singapore and shares the Head of Argus Asia role with Alan Bannister. Karl heads up business development for the Asian oil sectors with responsibility for crude oil, oil products, biofuels and LPG. Prior to joining Argus in October 2020, Karl spent nearly 20 years with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, where he headed Aramco’s crude oil pricing team. Karl has a degree in chemical engineering, as well as an MBA, and has an extensive background in oil refining and marketing.

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