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IHS 2016 Latin America LPG Seminar and Workshops

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Nov 07-09, 2016
Buenos Aires, Argentina

IHS is presenting the 2016 Latin America LPG Seminar and Workshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Rafael Amiel

Director, IHS Markit Economics

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.

Jack Brewster

Latin American Editor, OPIS LPG Report, OPIS

Jack came out of retirement to take the OPIS position in 2012. The best thing about the job is that it allowed him to remain in Colombia in the beautiful city of Bucaramanga.

Jack’s primary career in the NGL space was as editor of Gas Processors Report, a newsletter he founded in 1983. He wrote every issue of the newsletter for 17 years and then sold the publication to Hart Energy in 2000.

From 1980-1982, Jack worked on the executive staff of Gas Processors Association in Tulsa OK. Among his responsibilities was working as a meeting planner on the GPA Annual Convention.

Jack is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Economics.

Francisco Garcia B

LPG Purchasing Deputy Manager, Lipigas

Francisco Garcia is the LPG Purchasing Deputy Manager at Empresas Lipigas. He is responsible for LPG Supply through local and overseas purchasing. Mr. Garcia has 10 years experience in hydrocarbons purchasing and waterborne operations.

Before joining Lipigas in 2015, Mr. Garcia worked in Shell Chile as Supply Fuels Chief where he was responsible for fuels purchasing and middle distillates imports. Previously, Francisco began his career as Finance Analyst.

Mr. Garcia is a graduate from the Economy and Business School at University of Chile, with a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Master in Finance. He also holds an MBA degree from Católica University (Chile).

Adrian Calcaneo

Senior Consultant, Midstream Oil & NGL Consulting, IHS Markit

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.

Roberto Carnicer

President, Hub Energia S.A. and Director, the Energy Department, Austral University

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.

Debnil Chowdhury

Director, Natural Gas Liquids Research, IHS Markit

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.

Rob Donaldson

Vice President, NGL Domestic & International Marketing and Transportation, Targa Resources

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.

Aaron Doughty

Manager, NGL Business Development, Phillips 66

Aaron Doughty is Manager, NGL Business Development at Phillips 66 where he is responsible for developing new NGL midstream assets. Prior to this role, he was Freeport Project Integration Manager where he oversaw development of the company’s Freeport, Texas LPG Export Terminal. He has over 25 years of experience in various business and operating roles within the energy and petrochemical industries.

Prior to joining Phillips 66, Aaron was Director of Business Development for Reliant Energy. Earlier in his career, he was with TOTAL where he held various leadership roles in energy services, eBusiness and aromatic chemicals. He also represented TOTAL’s interest on the American Chemistry Council’s Energy Board.

Aaron started his career in operations at Dow Chemical in Freeport where he worked a rotating shift while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Houston. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University.

Joe Fasullo

Manager of International NGLs, Enterprise Products Partners

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.

Jake Fuller

Senior Analyst, IHS

Jake Fuller, Senior Analyst, IHS, is a specialist in downstream oil focused on the Latin American region. He works in the IHS Energy Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream group and is the Principle Analyst for the Refining and Marketing – Latin America team. Mr. Fuller is a Principle Author of Downstream Country Reports, Quarterly Trend Reports and Strategic Memos to help inform IHS clients of the broad range of dynamics driving the downstream business in Latin America. He is also an important contributor to IHS Energy’s Annual Strategic Workbook which provides clients with a detailed long-term outlook for crude oil and oil products pricing, supply and demand. Mr. Fuller has also contributed to several consulting projects including due diligence for merger and acquisition support, cost of supply estimating and forecasting, retail fuel price forecasting, and providing a deep analysis of fuel price regulations.

Shawn Grau

LPG Regional Desk Lead and Senior Trader, Trafigura Shawn Grau is the LPG Regional Desk Lead and Senior Trader for Trafigura AG, a role in which he oversees North American trading activities with a particular focus on Mexico, Caribbean, Central American and South American Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) markets. Additionally, Shawn commercially manages all LPG activities related to Trafigura Terminals in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to joining Trafigura AG in 2011, Shawn worked for five years at Shell Trading, where he was responsible for the North America LPG trading book and condensates. Shawn began his career in the energy industry as a process engineer at the M.W. Kellogg Company and later worked in hydrocarbon engineering, olefin operations and hydrocarbon commercial management roles at Dow Chemical. Shawn holds an MBA from the University of Houston Bauer School of Business and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Scott Gray

Senior Director, Waterborne, IHS Markit

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.

Luis Landeros

President, Asociacion de Distribuidores de Gas LP (ADG)

Bio coming soon.

Walt Hart, Ph.D.

Vice President, Natural Gas Liquids, IHS Markit Walt Hart, Ph.D. is vice president of Natural Gas Liquids Research at IHS Markit.

Marco Antonio Martinez

Engineer, Tropigas de El Salvador

Mr. Martinez is a Mechanical Engineer (Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, UCA), Master Degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in Finances (Instituto Superior de Economía y Administración de Empresas, ISEADE E.S.)

He has 3 years of experience in the food industry, in the engineering department of production lines and facilities and 24 years of experience in the LPG Industry. Started in Grupo Tropigas de El Salvador in 1993, and for 13 years has worked as Corporate Director and Country Director in El Salvador. Experience in Direction, Distribution and Sales departments in domestic and bulk markets, Administration, Finances, Maritime Terminal Administration, International Business, etc.

Main achievements in the LPG Industry include: Expansion and construction of bottling plants and the Maritime Terminal, part of the Trading International team, Coordinating supply chain logistics through the Maritime Terminal, Institutional Relationships with Central American Governments, etc.

Tom Manning

Senior Director, NGL Consulting, IHS

Thomas J. Manning, Senior Director, NGL Consulting, IHS, has over 50 years of experience in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries.

Mr. Manning is responsible for directing many of the company’s long range studies that investigate future trends in the industry. As a Consultant, he has directed a number of single client presentations as well as multiclient studies and reports on supply, demand, pricing and marketing of petrochemicals, refined products, natural gas liquids, crude oil and natural gas. Before joining IHS, he was with Purvin & Gertz, acquired by IHS in 2011. Previously he was with Pace Consulting. He began his career at Monsanto.

Mr. Manning holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University and a MBA from the University of Houston.

Oscar Munoz

Expert Commissioner, Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission (CREG)

Oscar Munoz studied as a Petroleum Engineer at the University of America and has a specialization in Branch Production Reservoir Exploitation. He began his career working for the Colombian Petroleum Company, Ecopetrol as a Production Engineer. From there, he worked as a Reservoir Engineer, Casanare Field - Meta at the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy. He has held another role at the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy as the Deputy Director of Hydrocarbons. In this role he has held three specializations: Operations Engineer - Refinery Sebastopol, Consultant for Oil and Gas companies and as Expert Commissioner for the Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission.

Ryo Okumura

General Manager, LPG Trade and Supply Dept., Gyxis Corporation

Ryo Okumura currently works for Gyxis Corporation in Tokyo and is responsible for LPG imports and trading. From 1996-2015, he held various positions at Sumitomo Corporation. Originally, he was based in Tokyo and was engaged in LPG import and trading, then in 2007 he went to Sumitomo Corporation Europe, London, engaged in LPG trading until he moved to Gyxis in his current role during 2015.

German Ortiz

CEO, Newgen Consultants

German has a BS in Economy (Andes University) and master’s degree in Public Services (utilities). He has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector in Colombia. He has been both a government consultant and a private sector executive.

Mr. Ortiz has worked as a consultant for IHS, for the Ministry of Mines and Energy as the Colombian Strategic Oil-Gas-Power-Pines Project Manager, the Regulatory Commission for Gas and Energy (CREG), and the National Planning Department (DNP) and the Hydrocarbons National Agency (ANH). He has also been a consultant to the USAID (United States Agency for International Development), Aecom International Development and BOC Gases. Mr. Ortiz has been CEO of several LPG Companies in Colombia and in the last two years he is CEO of Newgen Consultancy focused in the oil, gas and power generation sectors.

Octavio Pérez

General Director, AMEXGAS

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.

Pablo Popik

Undersecretary of Refining and Marketing, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Argentina

Undersecretary of Refining and Marketing at the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Argentina since December 2015.

Prior to this, Mr. Popik spent nearly 20 years in the corporate sector serving a variety of roles including Commercial Planning Manager at Axion Energy, Global Business and Global Planning Advisor-Fuels, Industrial Sales Manager and Industrial Pricing Manager at ExxonMobil Corporation, Planning Analyst and Operations Engineer at YPF.

Pablo holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

He also teaches Petroleum Refining and Economics at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.

Rina Quijada

Senior Director, Latin America, IHS Chemical

Dr. Quijada is the former CEO of IntelliChem, Inc., which was acquired by IHS in June 2013.

For the past 33 years, Dr. Quijada has devoted her career to the petrochemical industry, specializing in Latin American markets. Now as part of IHS, she heads our Business Development efforts in Latin America.

Previously she has worked for CMAI and PDVSA’s petrochemical subsidiary, Pequiven. Dr. Quijada earned her PhD in economics in 1992; she has a Master’s degree in International Management at Thunderbird, attended Oxford Graduate Program in 1981; and earned a B.S. in Organic Chemistry at Bryan College, Tennessee, USA in 1980.

Kellee Ann Richards-St Clair

Marketing Officer, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited

Kellee Ann Richards-St Clair is the Marketing Officer at Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited where she is responsible for coordinating and managing of the operational aspects of NGL sales and deliveries.

Prior to that she held the role of Commercial Analyst where she has provided research, analysis and commercial advice on marketing and business development projects. She has over 11 years of experience in the energy industry and has experience in such areas such as contract valuation and management and also risk management at the enterprise and project level. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Ministry of Energy Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago and Shell. Mrs. Richards-St Clair holds a BSc in Chemistry with Management and an MSc (with distinctions) in Project Management from the University of the West Indies. She also holds an MBA (with distinctions) in Sustainable Energy Management from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business where she pursued research in the areas of Green Chemistry for Petrochemical Industries and Energy Economics as it relates to Fiscal and Energy Policies.

Xavier Rodriguez

LPG Consultant

Xavier Rodriguez has worked in the oil and gas industry for 26 years. His most recent collaboration has been in the Ministry of Hydrocarbons of Ecuador, for more than six years and before that he was an official for nearly 20 years at Petroecuador.

He has held the following positions: Undersecretary of Hydrocarbon Derivatives, Undersecretary of Natural Gas and Undersecretary of Oil. He has also functioned as Acting Minister and Vice Minister of Hydrocarbons.

In the Maritime Department of the Management of International Trade at Petroecuador, he served as Head of Vessel Chartering and in the Department of Commercialization, he carried out the duties of purchasing LPG, diesel and gasoline, and selling crude and fuel oil.

He graduated from the Universidad Central del Ecuador in Financial Engineering, where he also obtained a Diploma in Higher Management in Oil Trading. He has attended workshops in Korea (Natural Gas), Brazil (LNG) and at Harvard University (Negotiation).

Juan de Urraza

Manager of Liquids Business, TGS

Juan Ignacio de Urraza obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata in 1992 and a Master degree in Business Administration led by Universidad del Salvador (Argentina) and Universidad de Deusto (Spain) in 1995. He also participated in a Senior Management Program at the Universidad Austral in 2006 and a General Management Program in 2014 at IDEA Institute. He also participated on in the Strategic Management Program at Harvard Extension School in 1993. His working experience started by carrying out Processing Engineering activities in several Petrochemical companies. For the last 20 years his professional work was developed in the Energy market. He worked for the Buenos Aires gas distribution company MetroGAS, at the beginning assuming responsibilities in the technical areas to after taking charge of the sales management of the industrials clients and NGC stations.

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