May 2023
Location TBC

Argus Bitumen & Asphalt Europe Conference

2022 Speakers included:

Mario Sandor
Head of Business Management Asphalt Performance, EMEA, BASF
Mario studied chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He obtained his doctorate in analytical chemistry and researched postdoctoral at Lehigh University in the US. Mario joined BASF in 1998 and since then has held various positions, e.g. New Business Development, Head of Sales automotive fluids, Head of Marketing Polyalcohols. He is a member of various a...
Mario studied chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He obtained his doctorate in analytical chemistry and researched postdoctoral at Lehigh University in the US. Mario joined BASF in 1998 and since then has held various positions, e.g. New Business Development, Head of Sales automotive fluids, Head of Marketing Polyalcohols. He is a member of various associations, including the European Asphalt Association (EAPA), the German Asphalt Association (DAV) and the International Association of Laboratories and Experts for Building Materials (RILEM).
Keyvan Hedvat
Europe/Africa Editor, Bitumen, Argus
Keyvan joined Argus in June 2007 as part of the company’s European oil products team, reporting on naphtha, jet fuel and distillate markets before switching to coverage of the fuel oil market and subsequently vacuum gasoil. He has been reporting on European and African bitumen and asphalt markets since 2009, editing the Europe/Africa section of the weekly Argus Asphalt Rep...
Keyvan joined Argus in June 2007 as part of the company’s European oil products team, reporting on naphtha, jet fuel and distillate markets before switching to coverage of the fuel oil market and subsequently vacuum gasoil. He has been reporting on European and African bitumen and asphalt markets since 2009, editing the Europe/Africa section of the weekly Argus Asphalt Report, and subsequently Argus Bitumen, and helping to enhance the publication. Before joining Argus, Keyvan spent 10 years as a Senior Energy Correspondent with Reuters news agency in London before it was merged to form Thomson Reuters. At Reuters, Keyvan reported on physical and swaps markets for the full spectrum of oil products and led a team of products reporters. He previously reported on the petrochemicals and oil products markets at the London office of Dow Jones.
Sebastien Le Corre
Bitumen International Supply Manager, TotalEnergies
Mr Sebastien LE CORRE joined the TOTAL Refining & Chemicals division in 2000. He held several positions in operation on site (Port-Arthur refinery in Texas, Normandy and Donges refineries in France) or in supply & strategy at the headquarter in Paris. In 2019, Mr LE CORRE joined the TOTAL Bitumen Business line as head of the Department in charge of the Bitumen Supply of al...
Mr Sebastien LE CORRE joined the TOTAL Refining & Chemicals division in 2000. He held several positions in operation on site (Port-Arthur refinery in Texas, Normandy and Donges refineries in France) or in supply & strategy at the headquarter in Paris. In 2019, Mr LE CORRE joined the TOTAL Bitumen Business line as head of the Department in charge of the Bitumen Supply of all TOTAL affiliates. He is graduated from Mines de St-Etienne engineering school and IFP-school, and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics.
Fredrik Norrman
Nordic Bitumen Manager, Skanska
Frederik Norrman has 20 years of experience as a Global Procurement Officer. He has spent the past 10 years at Skanska, covering asphalt. Frederik started at the company as an Area Purchasing Manager, having previously worked in the international defence industry. Frederik leads a team that is developing the Nordic market and Skanska, enabling multiple bitumen supply. He w...
Frederik Norrman has 20 years of experience as a Global Procurement Officer. He has spent the past 10 years at Skanska, covering asphalt. Frederik started at the company as an Area Purchasing Manager, having previously worked in the international defence industry. Frederik leads a team that is developing the Nordic market and Skanska, enabling multiple bitumen supply. He was a finalist in Sweden’s best negotiator award for 2013, the Swedish procurement award for all branches and categories.
Jean-Louis Pettier
Bitumen Group Category Manager, Icopal
Jean-Louis Pettier is Group Category Manager within BMI, in charge of bitumen procurement globally. He has a background in chemical engineering and has worked in the oil industry for 25 years. Jean-Louis was previously Refinery Planning Manager for Petroplus and held a number of positions at Shell, including Supply-Trading Integration Manager, UK-Ireland Supply Optimisatio...
Jean-Louis Pettier is Group Category Manager within BMI, in charge of bitumen procurement globally. He has a background in chemical engineering and has worked in the oil industry for 25 years. Jean-Louis was previously Refinery Planning Manager for Petroplus and held a number of positions at Shell, including Supply-Trading Integration Manager, UK-Ireland Supply Optimisation Manager and Europe Bitumen Supply Chain Manager. He was also General Manager of the Société Provencale des Bitumes in France.
Philippe Moseley
Policy Officer, Construction Unit, European Commission DG Grow
Philippe Moseley works in Brussels at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). He is responsible for policies relating to the digital and green transition of the construction industry. Prior to joining the Commission in 2014, Philippe practised as an architect and urbanist in the private sector for ov...
Philippe Moseley works in Brussels at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). He is responsible for policies relating to the digital and green transition of the construction industry. Prior to joining the Commission in 2014, Philippe practised as an architect and urbanist in the private sector for over 15 years, designing buildings and infrastructure projects across Europe. He holds Masters degrees in architecture (Royal College of Art, London) and in urbanism (KU Leuven university, Belgium).
Hassan Tabatabaee
Global Technical Manager - Asphalt Solutions, Cargill
Dr. Hassan Tabatabaee, is the Global Technology Manager for Asphalt Solutions at Cargill Industrial Specialties. He has a PhD degree in Bituminous Materials and Engineering, and MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering. His publications and patents focus on bitumen chemistry, rheological and analytical characterization, and micromechanical models for bitumen distress mechani...
Dr. Hassan Tabatabaee, is the Global Technology Manager for Asphalt Solutions at Cargill Industrial Specialties. He has a PhD degree in Bituminous Materials and Engineering, and MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering. His publications and patents focus on bitumen chemistry, rheological and analytical characterization, and micromechanical models for bitumen distress mechanisms, aging, recycling, and rejuvenation.
Jean-Nicolas Desprez
EUAF Technical Manager, Shell Construction and Road
Jean-Nicolas started his career in ExxonMobil before joining Shell in 2003. He spent 15 years specializing in base oils, working in various refineries in France, The Netherlands and Singapore. In 2018, he joined Shell Specialties (Bitumen and Sulphur) as Bitumen Senior Application Specialist for France and BENELUX. In this position, he supported customers with answers to t...
Jean-Nicolas started his career in ExxonMobil before joining Shell in 2003. He spent 15 years specializing in base oils, working in various refineries in France, The Netherlands and Singapore. In 2018, he joined Shell Specialties (Bitumen and Sulphur) as Bitumen Senior Application Specialist for France and BENELUX. In this position, he supported customers with answers to their technical needs on bitumen and on asphalt mix design. Jean-Nicolas also delivered training on bitumen manufacturing and bitumen special products to students in engineering schools, and to professionals coming into the industry and wanting to develop their knowledge. Currently, Jean-Nicolas, is the EUAF Technical Manager for Bitumen and Sulphur, and is leading a team providing technical support to the European and South African customers of the construction and road sectors. In addition, his team has a key role in developing and supporting the launch of new products and technologies with a strong focus on sustainability and decarbonization.
Lorenzo Benussi
Charter, Iver Ships B.V.
Since 2010 in Shipping, Operations and Chartering experiences with offshore and deepsea Vessels. Since 2018 working as Charterer for Iver Ships
Since 2010 in Shipping, Operations and Chartering experiences with offshore and deepsea Vessels. Since 2018 working as Charterer for Iver Ships
Richard Taylor
Global Technology Development Manager, Shell Construction and Road
Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of construction materials experience, having worked as a Materials Engineer on many major civil engineering projects (motorways, tunnels, airfields, ports) and later specializing in research and technical development of construction materials. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (First Class with Honours) and in 2007 graduated with a ...
Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of construction materials experience, having worked as a Materials Engineer on many major civil engineering projects (motorways, tunnels, airfields, ports) and later specializing in research and technical development of construction materials. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (First Class with Honours) and in 2007 graduated with a Ph.D from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He currently holds the role of Global Technology Development Manager for Shell Specialities and is responsible for the commercialization of new technologies and materials. Richard is a Fellow of The Institute of Asphalt Technology, a Member of the Institute Environmental Management and Assessment of and was honoured to receive the Howard Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers, London as co-author and part of a project team focused on increasing recycling and sustainability in surface course materials.
Arnaud Wache
Business Development Manager at Continental Bitumen Colas
Arnaud Waché has 22 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. After performing in various management position within Shell, Petroineos, LBC Tank Terminals and Lyondellbasell, Arnaud joined Continental Bitumen in June 2020. He is in charge of business development. Continental Bitumen is a COLAS subsidiary in charge of supply of bitumen for Europe, Africa and the Mi...
Arnaud Waché has 22 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. After performing in various management position within Shell, Petroineos, LBC Tank Terminals and Lyondellbasell, Arnaud joined Continental Bitumen in June 2020. He is in charge of business development. Continental Bitumen is a COLAS subsidiary in charge of supply of bitumen for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
Jan-Erik Lundmark
Senior Advisor Pavement Maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration
Jan-Erik Lundmark is a civil engineer at Luleå Technical University in Sweden. He has worked with road maintenance for 12 years as a contractor and 8 years in department of maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration. He is responsible for strategic questions include planning and maintaining 80 000 km of paved roads, road markings and road network measurements.
Jan-Erik Lundmark is a civil engineer at Luleå Technical University in Sweden. He has worked with road maintenance for 12 years as a contractor and 8 years in department of maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration. He is responsible for strategic questions include planning and maintaining 80 000 km of paved roads, road markings and road network measurements.
Ulrich Nanz
Sales Manager Sulphur & Chemicals, IPCO
Ulrich Nanz is Sales Manager Sulphur & Chemicals at IPCO, a position he has held since 2005, and has played a leading role in the company’s success in supplying sulphur solidification and handling systems to many of the world’s major refinery projects. He joined IPCO in 1991 after graduating from the University of Stuttgart with a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering. ...
Ulrich Nanz is Sales Manager Sulphur & Chemicals at IPCO, a position he has held since 2005, and has played a leading role in the company’s success in supplying sulphur solidification and handling systems to many of the world’s major refinery projects. He joined IPCO in 1991 after graduating from the University of Stuttgart with a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After starting his career in the order handling and design department, he progressed to the sales department for international projects and then gained extensive field experience in his role as Sales Manager with a strong focus on Asia.
Sebastian Miesem
Senior Technical Marketing Manager
Education in building materials testing for bituminous masses in 2000. In 2012 graduation in asphalt technology and since 2013 active in several committees of the German Road Research Association, was already head of the working group technology in associations and 4 years German delegate for European standards. Author and co-author in technical journals and speaker at nat...
Education in building materials testing for bituminous masses in 2000. In 2012 graduation in asphalt technology and since 2013 active in several committees of the German Road Research Association, was already head of the working group technology in associations and 4 years German delegate for European standards. Author and co-author in technical journals and speaker at national and international congresses. Since April 2021 Senior Technical Marketing Manager at BASF Asphalt Performance.
Jon Whittall
Managing Director, TEC Container Solutions
Jon has worked in the bitumen industry for nearly 10 years. He started off establishing supply and logistics operations in the region of west Africa, and now at TEC as an equipment and solutions provider, helping customers to overcome challenges in Africa, southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. TEC has since become the market leader in bitumen container sup...
Jon has worked in the bitumen industry for nearly 10 years. He started off establishing supply and logistics operations in the region of west Africa, and now at TEC as an equipment and solutions provider, helping customers to overcome challenges in Africa, southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. TEC has since become the market leader in bitumen container supply, especially following the success of the BitutainerTM range.
Leo Brons
CEO, Service Terminal Rotterdam
STR is a modern independent fuel storage terminal, strategically located in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest and best-connected oil trading hub. The site currently operates a fuel oil terminal and uniquely has land and berthing capabilities to expand into a bitumen terminal, which will be connected to all kind of modes of transport. Sea going vess...
STR is a modern independent fuel storage terminal, strategically located in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest and best-connected oil trading hub. The site currently operates a fuel oil terminal and uniquely has land and berthing capabilities to expand into a bitumen terminal, which will be connected to all kind of modes of transport. Sea going vessels, barges, rail and road. (@ Argus something like this?
José Javier García Pardenilla
Managing Director, Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial
Graduate in chemistry and MBA, currently one of the principals investigators of the MIT project Mastering Asphalt performance Javier is part of Ferrovial being Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. He began his career in Ditecpesa’s te...
Graduate in chemistry and MBA, currently one of the principals investigators of the MIT project Mastering Asphalt performance Javier is part of Ferrovial being Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. He began his career in Ditecpesa’s technical department in 1997, and subsequently worked in the company’s industrial, financial and commercial departments before taking on his current role. Javier has also helped manage the purchase of asphalt products for Ditecpesa’s parent company Ferrovial for projects throughout the world, focusing on the technological development of pavements and associated environmental concerns. Javier has outstanding knowledge of the construction and operation facilities of asphalt products including bitumen terminals, polymer modified bitumen and emulsion plants. He is also a specialist in climate change, content strategy and industrial health and safety. Recently has led the development of the first smart asphalt pavement for Steering in Self-Driving Cars.
Johan Van Roey
Sales Manager BENELUX Industry Business, Owens Corning
Lives in Belgium, close to Antwerp. Degree in Civil Construction Engineering. Worked from 1993 till 2004 as a project manager for FOURISOL NV, an industrial insulation contractor and from 2004 till 2016 for KAEFER Belgium NV, as Head of the insulation department. In this role responsible for mayor projects and shut-downs not only for Insulation, but also for Scaffolding, A...
Lives in Belgium, close to Antwerp. Degree in Civil Construction Engineering. Worked from 1993 till 2004 as a project manager for FOURISOL NV, an industrial insulation contractor and from 2004 till 2016 for KAEFER Belgium NV, as Head of the insulation department. In this role responsible for mayor projects and shut-downs not only for Insulation, but also for Scaffolding, Asbestos Removal, Fireproofing and Heat tracing.
Mikael Arnestrand
Bitumen Manager, Peab Asfalt
Mikael joined Peab Asfalt in 2020. He leads a team that developed and is now implementing a new bitumen supply strategy, including enhanced import capability and an increased number of suppliers. His career has taken in two decades at Nynas, where his roles included Global Supply Chain Manager, European Supply Chain Manager Bitumen, Head of Supply Chain Americas, and Conti...
Mikael joined Peab Asfalt in 2020. He leads a team that developed and is now implementing a new bitumen supply strategy, including enhanced import capability and an increased number of suppliers. His career has taken in two decades at Nynas, where his roles included Global Supply Chain Manager, European Supply Chain Manager Bitumen, Head of Supply Chain Americas, and Continental Bitumen Supply Chain Manager. Mikael has masters degrees in civil engineering and international business administration.
Sergio Bovo
Chief Executive Officer, Alma Petroli
Born in Genova, Italy, in 1968. After a master’s degree with honors in Chemical Engineering he has developed his career in the oil midstream and downstream, where he has covered various C-Level positions in refining, distribution and trading companies. After an experience in Asia, since 2016 he has been with Alma Petroli, highly specialized oil refining and bitumen pro...
Born in Genova, Italy, in 1968. After a master’s degree with honors in Chemical Engineering he has developed his career in the oil midstream and downstream, where he has covered various C-Level positions in refining, distribution and trading companies. After an experience in Asia, since 2016 he has been with Alma Petroli, highly specialized oil refining and bitumen producing company based in Ravenna, Italy, where he has been Chief Executive Officer since 2018. Sergio also serves as Chairman of Alma Services, fully owned by Alma Petroli with activity focused on vetting and bunker.
Rafael Renaudeau
Vice President Bitumen, Nynas
I was Initially trained as chemical engineer and then completed an MBA at INSEAD. Before joining Nynas in 2003 I worked in Sales and Marketing at Air Liquide santé and Arkema. In my time with Nynas, my most significant positions were: Product application manager for Cold and semi warm paving technologies, Supply and Operations Director Bitumen Nordic, Global account & ...
I was Initially trained as chemical engineer and then completed an MBA at INSEAD. Before joining Nynas in 2003 I worked in Sales and Marketing at Air Liquide santé and Arkema. In my time with Nynas, my most significant positions were: Product application manager for Cold and semi warm paving technologies, Supply and Operations Director Bitumen Nordic, Global account & Business Development Director Naphthenics, Regional Director Europe West Naphthenics and I took the position of Vice president Bitumen in September 2021. I studied and lived in France, the UK, Spain and Sweden.
Irina Cotiuga
Technical Manager, NordBit
Irina Cotiuga obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2008. After that, she joined Latexfalt, a Dutch company manufacturing polymer modified bitumen and bituminous emulsions, as Research and Development manager. From mid 2010-2020, the focus of the company was on studying the influence of various raw materials (bitumen from v...
Irina Cotiuga obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2008. After that, she joined Latexfalt, a Dutch company manufacturing polymer modified bitumen and bituminous emulsions, as Research and Development manager. From mid 2010-2020, the focus of the company was on studying the influence of various raw materials (bitumen from various refineries across Europe) on polymer modified bitumen and emulsion formulations, but also on how the refinery materials and processes would influence the sustainability and durability of a particular bitumen. In 2019 she joined the NordBit team as Technical Manager. This position allowed her to use her expertise in designing bituminous materials for various industries, focusing on durability and circularity, but also on low emissions among others.
Jonathan Weston
Editor, Speciality Products, Argus
Jonathan Weston is the editor of the Argus Bitumen Report, which was launched in January 2015 to cover bitumen markets in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Mideast Gulf. Jonathan also manages the speciality products team at Argus, which covers bitumen, base oils, bunker fuels and waxes. Jonathan previously covered crude oil markets for Argus and before that worked as a ...
Jonathan Weston is the editor of the Argus Bitumen Report, which was launched in January 2015 to cover bitumen markets in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Mideast Gulf. Jonathan also manages the speciality products team at Argus, which covers bitumen, base oils, bunker fuels and waxes. Jonathan previously covered crude oil markets for Argus and before that worked as a stockbroker and newspaper journalist.
Morten Kiran
Head of Procurement, Veidekke Infrastructure