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Ralf has been working in the maritime industry since 1988. He has spent the last 25 years in LPG operations, chartering and trading, the first nine years at Texaco in London, Tulsa (Oklahoma) and Barbados and the last 16 at Carib LPG Trading Ltd. (part of the Petredec Group) in Barbados.
His current responsibilities include chartering, trading and business development for Central America and the Caribbean.
Ralf has a degree in Shipping Business and Law from The University of Plymouth, a Master in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University and is fluent in German, English and Spanish. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 1993.
In his spare time Ralf runs marathons and plays Segway Polo.
Diego Ciufici N. Alves, Executive Director, AIGLP (Asociación Iberoamericana de Gas Licuado de Petróleo) that covers all Latin American countries plus Portugal and Spain. Today AIGLP has more than 60 members from 15 different countries.
Joined AIGLP in October 2008. He has solid experience in public affairs and governmental relations. Graduated in Business Administration with specialization in International Marketing in ESPM, Brazil. Specialization course in Marketing in Lisbon, Portugal - IADE - Instituto de Artes Visuais, Design e Marketing.
Naoya Yamamoto is a General Manager at Astomos Energy Corporation London Branch.
He joined Idemitsu Kosan CO., LTD. In 1999 and dedicated for oil and gas distribution business in Japan.
After establishment of Astomos in 2006, he started to work in the field of international supply and trading. In his current role, he is responsible for international LPG trading in West of Suez.
In addition, he is focusing on business development such as creating LPG demand.
Jose Morales is President for Admiral LPG Services Inc. a project management and engineering company providing technical and commercial consulting for international energy companies dedicated to liquefied gases, liquid fuels and power generation. Mr. Morales has 30 years of industry experience working on projects in Panama, Puerto Rico, Texas, Dominican Republic and other countries throughout Latin America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Scott Gray is Senior Director of IHS Energy, and is based in the company’s downtown, Houston office. An expert on the LPG industry, Gray recently joined IHS after serving as a partner in Waterborne Energy, which was acquired by IHS in 2013. For the past 23 years, he has focused on the overwater LPG trade and, as the Primary Researcher and Editor of the IHS Waterborne LPG Report, he has a wide-ranging and long-term view of the international LPG marketplace.
Prior to joining Waterborne Energy in May of 1992, Scott spent six years in the petrochemical industry as Editor and then Managing Director of the Houston office for ICIS-LOR, a publisher of petrochemical and energy information. Gray attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
Adrian Calcaneo, Senior Consultant, is the Latin America lead for the IHS NGL and Midstream Oil group, where he provides research, analysis, and consults for clients with a focus on Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
He has 13 years of consulting experience and has worked in Mexico, the United States, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining IHS, Mr. Calcaneo was a Manager for Consulting Delivery with EAG Services, Inc., where he advised clients and provided consulting services for multinational energy companies.
Previously, he conducted quantitative and qualitative research on international trade, energy policy, and global economics to support the design of policy solutions for the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy. He has worked as a Consultant for the Organization for American States, evaluating and making recommendations on the implementation of public policy in the Western Hemisphere. He also has eight years of experience leading a global team on software implementation projects at the Reynolds and Reynolds Company.
Mr. Calcaneo holds a BA from Texas A&M University, a Certificate in Advanced International Affairs and an MPA from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and a Certificate in Data Science from Harvard University. He is a Project Management Professional certified Project Manager and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Amiel is Director, IHS Markit Economics. He is responsible for coordinating the analysis and forecasts of IHS Markit economists and analysts who cover 42 countries in this region, including the Caribbean islands. He holds a PhD in economics from Florida International University (FIU), where he also served as adjunct professor of economics and was a research associate in FIU's Latin American and Caribbean Center.
Mr. Holeman is a Senior Consultant with IHS Markit Oil Markets and Downstream. He has considerable industry experience in fundamentals modeling, forecasting and strategic planning. He contributes to the Waterborne LPG report, specializing in freight and international markets, as well as NGL research, analysis and consulting.
Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Holeman worked for Cheniere. While at Cheniere, Mr. Holeman was a Research Analyst within the Strategic Planning and Business Development group and specialized in global crude oil production and pricing. He also contributed to long- and short-term US natural gas and LNG supply/demand balances and published weekly petroleum and LNG market reports. Prior to this position, Mr. Holeman worked at IHS Markit (legacy Purvin & Gertz) as a Senior Research Analyst supporting NGL subscriptions and consulting projects.
Mr. Holeman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Houston and a Master degree in Economics from Boston College.
Mr. Fasullo is currently responsible for the execution of long-term and spot exports of all NGL cargos from the US Gulf Coast.
Mr. Fasullo joined Enterprise Products in 2011 as the Commercial Analyst for NGL Marketing and Supply supporting the Mont Belvieu, Conway and International NGL markets.
Joseph graduated from the University of Miami in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in International Finance and Marketing. Upon graduation, Mr. Fasullo began his working career in New York City with Credit Suisse Prime Services. There he acted as a Subject Matter Expert for action-oriented hedge funds and prime brokerage clients.
Debnil is the primary author of the North American NGLs research service and is responsible for global feedstocks pricing. He has also directed a number of refined product and NGLs, pricing and market entry strategy studies for clients. He is the primary creator of the IHS proprietary long-term ethane analytics price forecast model, which can be used to provide insight on and quantitatively link ethane supply/demand to long-term pricing. Prior to IHS, he worked at Valero as a Senior Market Analyst, responsible for strategic planning and market analysis support for downstream, renewable, and retail assets globally and at Halliburton-KBR as a Process Engineer in Refining Technology Development.
Debnil holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and Certificate in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Jose Ramon Arango is a Senior Specialist for the Executive Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development of the Panama Canal Authority. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Santa María La Antigua, Master Studies in Maritime Development from the School of Law from the University of Panama. He completed executive programs in Advanced Maritime Economics and Logistics, from the Center of Maritime Economic and Logistics - Erasmus University of Rotterdam, on Pricing Strategies from The Transportation Center of Northwestern University and on Project Management from Texas A&M University.
He has been with the Panama Canal since 1991. Until 2000, he held several positions in Canal Financial Management and Organizational Effectiveness. In 2001, he was transferred to the Executive Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development as an International Trade Analyst for the Liquid Bulk Segment, responsible for research, analysis and management of studies and relevant information about logistics, international trade and world economy and its impact in Canal competitiveness against other routes and liquid bulk transportation alternatives.
Michael Kelly joined the World LP Gas Association in October 2006 as the Director of Market Development. With extensive international experience in environmental policy, public affairs and communications, US born Michael has focused on the interface between business, governments and civil society. He was previously policy manager for the Environment & Energy policy portfolio at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris where he coordinated business delegations to UN negotiations on environment, energy, climate change and sustainable development. He was made Deputy Managing Director of WLPGA in May 2010.An International Affairs Master’s graduate from the George Washington University in Washington DC, Michael is fluent in four languages and has lived and worked professionally in the US, Japan, Taiwan, Italy, the UK and France.
Kim Davies is Head of Corporate Development for Navigator Gas, a leader in the global transportation of liquefied gases. He leads long term business development projects with a specific focus on petrochemicals. He is a chartered accountant with experience of working in global corporates as well as serving with the military on combat operations. He has a BSc in Anthropology from University College London and completed his accountancy qualification with PwC.
Mr. Roberto Carnicer is the President of Hub Energia S.A. and also serves as the Director of the Energy Department at Austral University. Mr. Carnicer has developed more than 80 studies for hydrocarbon industry (mainly natural gas, LPG, LNG) in Argentina, Bolivia Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Perú, Paraguay, Uruguay and Central America. He is specialized in regulatory framework, market studies, regional integration, and contracts. He was also director manager in LNG projects and natural gas pipelines projects and is a member of the Energy Institute of the Argentine National Academic of Engineer. Mr. Carnicer has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, Master of Science Degree in Structural Engineering from Universidad Católica Argentina and Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Sciences International Center of Mechanical Sciences from Udine, Italy.
Rob comes to the international LPG market with a wide range of domestic US experience. Rob started his LPG career in 1996 managing railcar fleet logistics with Warren Petroleum Co. in their Western US region. Over the years of marketing for Warren and later Dynegy, he worked directly with refinery services focusing on the butanes and heavier products in the Western US. More recently with Targa Resources, he was focusing on the domestic propane markets and supporting the gas processing and raw NGLs at Targa’s Badlands assets in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. In his current role, Rob is responsible for Targa’s international and domestic marketing and transportation business activities. This includes LPGs from Targa’s Galena Park TX export facility as well as developing other export opportunities. Rob received both BS and MBA Degrees from the University of California at Davis.
Joanna Campos is a senior research analyst with IHS Markit. Ms. Campos supports the team that develops the long term US NGL supply forecast for IHS Markit global NGL balances.
Matik currently holds the position of Vice President Marketing at Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited. PPGPL is the only natural gas processing plant in the Caribbean with a production and export capacity of 70,000 bpd of natural gas liquids. Matik has 13 years of experience in marketing LPG within the Caribbean and Central American region. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer & Electrical Engineering (with honours) and a Master of Business Administration. As a member of the Leadership Team, Matik is responsible for developing and executing PPGPL’s revenue generation strategy.
Mr. Octavio Pérez is General Director for AMEXGAS, the most influential propane association in Mexico with more than 110 propane retailer associates. Prior to joining AMEXGAS, Mr. Pérez founded Mexicogas, a company that provides training opportunities, events and consulting for gas distributors in Mexico and is currently the editor of the magazine Mexicogas. He gained significant experience in the industry working for a propane retailer on the Mexican Pacific coast for 8 years. He received a Naval Engineering degree from the Mexican Naval Academy and an MBA from the Tecnologico de Monterrey.
Mr. Deacon Shorr is the President of Libra Fearnley Energy. He received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Colorado in 1978 and has since held numerous positions within the industry including LPG Broker for Fearnleys New York from 1983-1987, LPG Trader for Trammo Gas London from 1988-1993, Managing Director for Ferrell International from 1993-2005 and President of Libra Fearnley Energy from 2011 till date.
Susana Ivana Cazorla Espinosa is General Coordinator of Permissible Activities in the field of LPG in the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico (CRE). Previously, she was head of the unit of economic analysis and before that, Chief of advisors to the President of the CRE.
At the Ministry of Energy Susana was Director of liaison, statistics and special topics in the General direction of L.P. Gas from February 2008 to April 2011.
Susana studied Bachelor of Economics at the autonomous technological Institute of Mexico and has a Master degree in Economics majoring in public financial policy at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). She took a course on financial programming with the International Monetary Fund.
Peter Hadjipateras is the Corporate Development Manager at Dorian LPG (USA) LLC, and has held this position since 2014. Before taking on his current role at Dorian, Hadjipateras was closely involved in the formation and growth of Dorian LPG Ltd. as a NYSE listed company (LPG) with a fleet of 22 VLGCs. He currently oversees market research within Dorian and focuses on internal development projects. Hadjipateras has seagoing experience on board VLGCs, Pressure LPG vessels, Aframax Tankers and a Fully Ref Juice Carrier, and has spent months at shipyards in Japan and Korea supervising newbuilding constructions. Prior to joining Dorian, Hadjipateras held training positions at RS Platou in Singapore, Barry Rogliano Sales in Shanghai, and Pacific Cargoes Inc. in Washington DC. He has a BA Degree from Georgetown University.