Reigniting Operations and Reemerging Post-Pandemic

Where does the Americas energy sector stand amid a global pandemic? The Americas Petroleum and Energy Virtual Conference provides comprehensive coverage of the entire energy slate: oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals. We’ll bring together an established community of petroleum players to network and discuss how the energy sector will reignite operations, reboot business models, and eventually reemerge post-pandemic.

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Comprehensive energy analysis:

— Diving down the barrel: Where are traders finding value?
— U.S. upstream:
Driving cost efficiencies, finding access to capital
— Brazilian supply:
Fuel market impacts of Petrobras’ refinery divestments
— Chinese demand:
Trade deal dynamics; evolving Chinese choices of crude suppliers
— India demand:
Is India the long-term growth market for oil demand?
— Refining:
Reformatting for renewable fuels amid a sustainability shift
— Petrochemicals:
A long road ahead for aromatics; trajectory for recovery
— Shipping:
Floating storage and marine fuel price dynamics
— LNG:
Global demand doldrums; are Atlantic cargoes a bright spot?
— O&G and the energy transition:
Achieving synergies between carbon-efficient E&P, renewables, and hydrogen


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Tuesday, January 26

Geared towards those who want a review of market fundamentals, day one provides attendees with a foundation of Americas natural gas, crude and NGL/LPG supply and demand knowledge as well as an examination of where the petroleum sector fits into the energy transition. These sessions, led by our S&P Global Platts experts, will set the stage for the higher-level industry discussions that follow on days two and three.

  • 09:00 am Virtual Environment Opens: Open Your Briefcase, Meet Your Peers, Plan Your Day & Network
  • 09:45 am Opening remarks
    Joel Hanley, Senior Director, Crude Oil,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 10:00 am A Review of Key Market Drivers for Oil and Gas Markets — Oil markets in turmoil: A commodities review of 2020
    — Demand & supply drivers in key oil markets
    — The performance of price benchmarks in the demand shock
    Joel Hanley, Senior Director, Crude Oil,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 10:30 am BREAKOUTS
    A. Current Crude Oil Market Dynamics

    — What’s driving prices in regional crude markets across North America
    — Key developments in the global crude market
    — What will the recovery from Covid-19 look like?
    — The outlook for supply from the Permian and elsewhere
    — What does this mean for prices and margins?
    — Platts AGS and a better definition of its WTI Midland assessments
    Laura Huchzermeyer, Managing Editor, Americas Crude,
    S&P Global Platts

    B. Current Natural Gas Market Dynamics

    How does the US natural gas market look through the core winter months?
    — Interplay of crude oil pricing & increasing export demand on domestic gas pricing
    — Has a global natural gas market finally emerged, including pricing influences from Asia to US?
    Ryan Ouwkerk, Manager, Americas Natural Gas Pricing,
    S&P Global Platts

    C. Current NGLs Market Dynamics

    — North America NGL supply will slump into 2021 on lagging rig count
    — Ethane markets face upward pressure on reduced wellhead supply, higher natural gas prices
    — International LPG markets are tight and freight rates are high; 2021 could be tighter
    — Natural gasoline and naphtha markets remain oversupplied, but for how long?
    Austin Rial, Senior NGL Analyst,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 11:10 am Virtual Exhibit Hall Networking
  • 11:30 am BREAKOUTS
    A. Crude Oil Markets Outlook

    The prospect for oil demand post-tumultuous 2020
    — Supply growth in the wake of weak demand
    — US shale production and takeaway
    — The highs and lows of US crude oil imports and exports
    Jenna Delaney, Team Lead, North American Oil Analytics,
    S&P Global Platts

    B. Natural Gas Market Outlook

    — Henry Hub prices turn bullish for this winter and next summer amid flagging associated gas production
    — Can dry gas plays respond in 2021?
    — Gas-to-coal switching emerges, with large levels of fuel switching needed next year, as well as cuts to LNG exports
    — $3 gas likely under normal weather, with further upside possible
    Luke Jackson, Team Lead, North American Natural Gas,
    S&P Global Platts

    C. NGLs Dynamics and Market Outlook

    — Ethane demand rising steadily in 2021-2022 on exports and new US demand projects
    — LPG finding its own fundamentals on gas-linked supply and firm res/comm and PDH demand.
    — Butane markets uncertain on motor gasoline recovery and could marginally find more res/comm or petrochemical demand
    — Natural gasoline and naphthas continue to show divergent market paths as petrochemicals remain strong and refineries reorganize
    Andrew Neal, Manager, Global NGLs,
    S&P Global Platts

  • 12:15 pm Global LNG Outlook
    — Global LNG market recovery
    — US LNG exports and netbacks
    — Summer 2021 outlook and beyond
    Ross Wyeno, Chief Analyst, Americas LNG Analytics,
    S&P Global Platts

  • 1:00 pm 1:1 Sessions with our Analysts
  • 2:00 pm Close of Day One
Wednesday, January 27
  • 08:30 am Virtual Environment Opens: Open Your Briefcase, Meet Your Peers, Plan Your Day & Network
  • 09:15 am Chairman’s Welcome Remarks Richard Swann, , Global Director, Clean Refined Products,
    S&P Global Platts

  • 09:30 am Special Address H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General,
    Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

  • 10:00 am CEO Dialogue: India, the Long-Term Growth Center for Global Oil DemandModerator: Vera Blei, Global Director, Oil Markets,
    S&P Global Platts
    SM Vaidya, CEO and Chairman,
    Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

  • 10:30 am U.S. E&P: A Macro-Industry PerspectiveModerator: Richard Swann, , Global Director, Clean Refined Products,
    S&P Global Platts
    Harold Hamm, Executive Chairman,
    Continental Resources

  • 10:50 am Diving Down the Barrel: Where’s the Value Now?
    — Latest developments in the crude and refined product markets
    — Impacts of volatility in prices and flows due to COVID
    — Values driving petrochemical integration efforts
    — Addressing arbitrage
    — Assessing value within the barrel amid the pandemic
    Moderator: Matthew Eversman, Associate Director, Crude, Fuel Oil, and Bunker Markets,
    S&P Global Platts
    Rick Marriner, Vice President & Director, Oil Products & Petrochemicals Trading,
    Motiva Trading, LLC
    Zach Stansbury, Senior Trader,
    GCC Bunkers
    Mitch Kawaguchi, General Manager Crude Oil & Tanker,
    COSMO Oil

  • 11:25 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall Networking
  • 11:30 am Trends Shaping Up in the Oil Markets for 2021 Jim Mitchell, Head of Oil Analysts for the Americas,

  • 12:15 pm BREAKOUTS
    A. Commodity Trading and COVID

    — What is the current status of the pandemic? How have traders responded?
    — How are stakeholders preparing for commodity market recovery?
    — Has COVID accelerated or decelerated plans toward digitized business models for trading firms?
    Moderator: Joshua Brown, Manager, US Distillates & Latin Products,
    S&P Global Platts
    Arnaud Stevens, Head of Global Trade, Americas,
    Natixis CIB Americas
    Greg Newman, CEO,
    Onyx Capital Group

    B. A New Risk/Reward Equation for the Modern Petroleum Sector Investor

    — Understanding how the pandemic crisis is different than the 2014 collapse
    — Breaking through the growing credibility gap between the E&P industry and Wall Street: How can the sector regain investor confidence?
    — ESG reporting: How to avoid green washing
    Moderator: Drew Lichter, Head of ESG,
    Mobius Risk Group
    Doug Leggate, Managing Director, Head of U.S. Oil and Gas Equity,
    Bank of America
    Elree Winnett Seelig, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance for Markets and Securities Services,

    C. The Role of the Petroleum Industry in the Energy Transition

    — Leveraging synergies between carbon-efficient E&P technology, CCUS, renewable power/fuels, and hydrogen
    — What is the role of natural gas in the energy transition?
    — Can COVID be a catalyst for change? What should a climate-progressive multi-energy company look like post-pandemic?
    Moderator: Zavier Francis, Director, Business Development,
    Solomon Peter Investments
    Luis Cabra, Executive Managing Director, Technology Development, Resources and Sustainability,
    Daniel D. Droog, Vice President, Energy Transition & Senior Managing Counsel, Strategy and Policy,

  • 1:00 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall Networking
  • 1:30 pm BREAKOUTS
    A. Latin American Petroleum Outlook: Brazil and Guyana

    — How has Brazil’s E&P sector adapted operationally to COVID?
    — What is the status of Brazil’s E&P projects?
    — How can Brazil increase its competitiveness in the Americas O&G marketplace?
    — How is Brazil’s E&P sector responding to the energy transition and sustainability efforts?
    — Breakeven analysis
    — Exploration roadmap
    — Prospects in reserve
    — Can Guyana avoid the “resource curse”?
    Moderator: Richard Capuchino, Senior Analyst, Price Assessments/Pricing – Americas Oil,
    S&P Global Platts
    Decio Oddone, CEO,
    Enauta Energy
    Lenin H. Balza, Energy Economist,
    Inter-American Development Bank

    B. China Petroleum Outlook

    — Chinese demand for U.S. oil: Trade deal dynamics
    — Evolving Chinese choice of crude importers
    — How is China’s energy footprint changing?
    Moderator: Joel Hanley, Global Director, Crude & Fuel Oil,
    S&P Global Platts
    Dr. Fairy Wang Pei, Director of Economics,
    UNIPEC Research and Strategy Dept.
    Simon James, Vice President, Crude Trading and Refinery Optimization,

  • 2:15 pm Fireside Chat and Live Q&A with NFL Legend Bill Cowher, 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Super Bowl-winning Head Coach, CBS NFL Analyst
    — What did the NFL do right this year to get through the season? Which team really had the “home field” advantage amid a lack of crowds? What drives a Super Bowl-winning team culture? How can companies take lessons from the Steelers’ team philosophy and apply it to their own business? Tune in as Bill gives us a glimpse into his life as an NFL coach, his thoughts on leadership, and on life as we know it in 2021.
    ModeratorJohn Kingston, Editor at Large,

  • 2:45 pm Live Q&A + Closing Remarks
  • 3:00 pm Close of Day Two
Thursday, January 28
  • 09:00 am Virtual Environment Opens: Open Your Briefcase, Meet Your Peers, Plan Your Day & Network
  • 09:45 am Chairman’s Welcome RemarksJoel Hanley, Senior Director, Crude Oil,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 10:00 am A Refinery’s Road to Renewable FuelsJeremy Baines, President,
    NESTE US; Chairperson,
    NESTE Canada

  • 10:35 am BREAKOUTS
    A. Midstream Operations: Defining Natural Gas’ Role in the Energy Transition

    Maintaining the midstream business model amid the pandemic
    —Maximizing asset value while supporting ESG goals
    — Defining the role of natural gas in the energy transition
    Moderator: Michelle Brocklesby, Director,
    ESGSteven J. Kean, CEO,
    Kinder Morgan
    Chad J. Zamarin, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Development,
    The Williams Companies

    B. Petrochemicals: A Long Road Ahead for Aromatics

    — Aromatics and gasoline component prices reached historic lows due to COVID. What is the trajectory for recovery? Will there be demand destruction?
    — Emerging aromatics production in Asia and its impacts
    — MTBE: Will there be export demand from Latin America? Will rangebound methanol feedstock prices boost MTBE margins?
    Moderator:Matthew Cook, Associate Editorial Director - Americas Petrochemicals,
    S&P Global Platts
    Matthew George, General Manager (Petrochemicals),
    Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
    Kevin Allen, Global Lead, Aromatics,
    S&P Global Platts

  • 11:15 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall Networking
  • 11:30 am BREAKOUTS
    A. The Future of Sustainable Fuels

    — Where is demand for biodiesel growing the fastest?
    — The drivers of sustainable aviation fuel: Regulation, technology, incentives, and perceptions
    Moderator: Matthew Kohlman, Associate Editorial Director, Clean Fuels,
    S&P Global PlattsRobert Boyd, Assistant Director Aviation Environment,
    International Air Transport Association (IATA)
    Natalie Merrill, Vice President, Business Development & Optimization,
    Renewable Energy Group

    B. Shipping: Navigating Markets in a Post-IMO 2021 Environment

    — Dirty tankers: Freight jumps on floating storage rush, uncertainty reigns amid coronavirus-related demand slump
    — Clean tankers: Looming uncertainty on how rates will be reciprocated with the wider spectrum of oil products in the west of Suez market
    — LNG tankers: Is there a tug of war between lower-than-expected global demand for LNG, against Atlantic cargoes that may need to load?
    — How has IMO impacted marine fuel price dynamics?
    Moderator: Barbara Troner, Senior Managing Editor, Americas Shipping,
    S&P Global Platts Ben Nolan, Managing Director – Maritime & Energy Infrastructure,
    Randy Giveans, Group Head of Energy Maritime, Shipping Equity Research,

  • 12:15 pm The Future State of Global Energy Markets Chris Midgley, Global Director of Analytics,
    S&P Global Platts

  • 1:00 pm Close of Conference

Special Address

Mohammad Barkindo 150.jpg H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo
Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

His Excellency Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria began his tenure as Secretary General of OPEC on August 1, 2016 and was reappointed as Secretary General for a further three years in 2019. Over the years he also worked in several key roles at OPEC. In 1986, he was appointed to Nigeria’s delegation to OPEC, and from 1993 to 2008, served as Nigeria’s National Representative on the Organization’s Economic Commission Board. In 2006, he was Acting OPEC Secretary General, and represented Nigeria on OPEC’s Board of Governors from 2009 to 2010. From 2009 to 2010, he was Group Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Previous to that, he served as Deputy Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas. Earlier in his career, he was Special Advisor to former Minister of Petroleum Resources and OPEC Secretary General, HE Dr Rilwanu Lukman KBE. Mr. Barkindo has also been leader of Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN climate change negotiations since 1991. He served as Chair of the Group of 77 and China at the UNFCCC and was elected to serve three terms as Vice President of the Conference of the Parties –COP13 (Bali, Indonesia), COP14 (Poznan, Poland) and COP15 (Copenhagen, Denmark), where he chaired the opening session. Since his assumption of office as Secretary General, he remains a leading voice in the long standing quest for more OPEC and non-OPEC cooperation for stable oil markets on a sustainable basis. He is currently the longest serving delegate to OPEC.

Guest speaker

Bill Cowher 150.jpg Bill Cowher
2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Super Bowl-winning Head Coach, CBS NFL Analyst

Whether it’s football, life, or a business, Mr. Cowher believes that everyone should be instilled with three critical points. Everyone needs the right game plan, the right people and environment surrounding them, and the right approach to achieve all your goals. Mr. Cowher overcame adversity and many obstacles to win 161 games as he compiled the right game plan, molded the right players, surrounded himself with the right coaches, and had the attitude and mindset to envision victory every day he stepped on the field. Bill led the Pittsburgh Steelers to their first Super Bowl title in 26 years in 2005. He was the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL before stepping down following the 2006 season after 15 years with the Steelers. His 15 seasons with the Steelers ranks ninth in NFL history for longest head coaching service with one team. Bill was only the team's second head coach since 1969 after taking over for legendary head coach Chuck Noll on January 21, 1992, at the age of 34. (Photo credit: Mary Kouw, CBS)

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SM Vaidya 150.jpg Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
Chairman and CEO, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

Mr. Shrikant Madhav Vaidya is a Chemical Engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. He has over 34 years of extensive experience in refining & petrochemicals operations. He has had a decade-long association with India's largest cracker plant – the Panipat Naphtha Cracker Complex, a major driver of IndianOil's petrochemicals business – right from the drawing board stage. He is among the select technocrats in the Indian oil & gas industry who are proficient in all facets of refinery-petrochemicals integration, desirable for the sustainability of the oil & gas industry in the long-term. Mr. Vaidya is also a Non-Executive Chairman on the Board of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (a Subsidiary of IndianOil), Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. and Indian Oiltanking Ltd. (both Joint Venture Companies). He is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Petronet LNG Ltd. (a Joint Venture of IndianOil).

Alan Armstrong.jpg Alan Armstrong
President and CEO, The Williams Companies

Mr. Armstrong became president and chief executive officer of Williams in January 2011. Prior to being named CEO, Mr. Armstrong led the Company’s North American midstream and olefins businesses through a period of growth and expansion as Senior Vice President – Midstream. Previously, Mr. Armstrong served as Vice President of Gathering and Processing from 1999 to 2002; Vice President of Commercial Development from 1998 to 1999; Vice President of Retail Energy Services from 1997 to 1998 and Director of Commercial Operations for the company’s midstream business in the Gulf Coast region from 1995 to 1997. He joined Williams in 1986 as an engineer. Mr. Armstrong graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

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Executive Chairman, Continental Resources

Mr. Hamm founded Continental Resources in 1967 and was Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer until January 2020, when he was named Executive Chairman. Mr. Hamm also co-founded and serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance. Through his work with DEPA, Mr. Hamm is widely recognized as the man who led the charge to lift America’s 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Mr. Hamm’s industry leadership also includes serving as past Chairman and present board member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, and as past president of the National Stripper Well Association. In addition, he served as Founder and Chairman of Save Domestic Oil Inc., which successfully brought a trade case against four countries trying to put American oil and gas producers out of business. He has been named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for his creation of thousands of jobs in the oil industry and continuous support of education and diabetes research. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and named the International Energy Policy Conference “Energy Advocate of the Year” as well as being named the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Steve Kean 150.jpg Steven J. Kean
CEO, Kinder Morgan

Mr. Kean is responsible for developing and executing the company's vision and strategy and allocating capital to Kinder Morgan business units in a disciplined manner. He also coordinates the company's efforts to achieve operational excellence. He joined Kinder Morgan in 2002 and has held numerous senior management positions within the company, including Executive Vice President of Operations, President of Natural Gas Pipelines and President of Kinder Morgan, Inc. Mr. Kean has worked in the energy industry since 1985 in various commercial, operational and legal positions, primarily in the wholesale energy and pipeline sectors. He holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa.

Decio Oddone.jpg Decio Oddone
CEO, Enauta Energy

Prior to assuming the position of CEO of Enauta in September 2020, Mr. Décio Fabricio Oddone da Costa was CEO of Petrobras Bolivia, Chairman and CEO of Petrobras Energia, Vice President of Braskem, Director of Prumo Logística and General Director of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas, in the USA, and chaired the Bolivian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and the Argentine Chamber of the Petroleum Industry. Mr. Oddone has a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He studied petroleum engineering at Petrobras, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Advanced Management Program at Insead (Institut Européen D’Administration des Affaires).

Greg Newman.jpg Greg Newman
CEO, Onyx Capital Group

Mr. Newman founded Onyx Capital Group at 26 years old. In almost four years Onyx Commodities, the trading arm of the group, has become the largest liquidity provider in oil swaps. In tandem the brokerage & consulting arm of the business, Onyx Advisory, offers critically acclaimed research and hedging solutions. At just 22, Mr. Newman initiated, started and built out the successful Crude oil desk at Mandara Capital and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Engineering. He values transparency and is on a mission to disrupt the industry to ensure clarity and remove the complexity normally associated with this trade. He is with the top 1% of experts in oil on social media.

Jeremy Baines.jpg Jeremy Baines
President, NESTE US
Chairman, NESTE Canada

Biography coming soon

Luis Cabra.jpg Luis Cabra
Executive Managing Director, Technology Development, Resources and Sustainability, Repsol

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Daniel Droog.jpg Daniel D. Droog
Vice President, Energy Transition & Senior Managing Counsel, Strategy and Policy, Chevron

Mr. Droog leads and directs the company’s strategy, planning and engagement on energy transition issues, as well as analysis of future business opportunities. He manages a multifunctional team that is part of Chevron’s Strategy and Sustainability organization. Mr. Droog also serves as senior managing counsel for Strategy and Policy within the Law Function at Chevron. In that role he guides and counsels the company on strategic enterprise-wide issues. His legal team works closely with the company’s management, corporate and government affairs leaders, strategy and planning group and the technology ventures business. Mr. Droog previously managed policy issues, supervised special projects for the Law Function, and worked on litigation and disputes for the company. Prior to joining Chevron, he practiced law primarily focused on domestic and international energy matters. After graduating summa cum laude from Pepperdine School of Law, Mr. Droog clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Matthew George.jpg Matthew George
General Manager (Petrochemicals), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

Biography coming soon

Rick Mariner.jpg Rick Marriner
Vice President & Director, Oil Products & Petrochemicals Trading, Motiva Trading, LLC

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NGLs Headshot Silhouette - Man_150x150.jpg Simon James
Vice President, Crude Trading and Refinery Optimization, Equinor

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Vice President, Business Development & Optimization, Renewable Energy Group

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Dr Fairy Wang Pei.jpg Dr. Fairy Wang Pei
Director of Economics, UNIPEC

Doctor Fairy Wang Pei is Head of Research and Strategy at Unipec, the trading arm of Sinopec. She has a wealth of experience in oil marketing, oil trading and oil industry analysis. Based at the firm’s Beijing office since 2010, Dr Fairy has been working as a senior analyst, mainly covering oil fundamentals and corporate strategy. Dr Fairy has written many professional articles — she and her team also published China’s first Petroleum Blue Book. Dr Fairy has a PhD in Economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing.

Elree Winnett Seelig.jpg Elree Winnett Seelig
Head of Environmental, Social and Governance for Markets and Securities Services, Citi

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Managing Director, Head of U.S. Oil and Gas Equity, Bank of America

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Arnaud Stevens 150.jpg Arnaud Stevens
Head of Global Trade, Americas, Natixis CIB Americas

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Ben Nolan.jpg Ben Nolan
Managing Director – Maritime & Energy Infrastructure, Stifel

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Randy Giveans.jpg Randy Giveans
Group Head of Energy Maritime, Shipping Equity Research, Jefferies

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Energy Economist, Inter-American Development Bank

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Senior Trader, GCC Bunkers

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Robert Boyd 150.jpg Robert Boyd
Assistant Director Aviation Environment, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

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Joel Hanley 150.jpg Joel Hanley
Senior Director, Crude Oil, S&P Global Platts

Mr. Hanley is Global Director for Crude & Fuel Oil Markets at S&P Global Platts, a role that sees him responsible for Platts’ assessment of critical pricing benchmarks around the world. He first joined Platts in 2002, reporting on the crude oil markets of the North Sea, West Africa, Russia and the Middle East. He became Head of Oil Training in 2013 and led the European Crude & Refined Products team from 2015 to 2020. Mr. Hanley has led the evolution of Dated Brent throughout the years and continues to be responsible for further refinements to methodology in both crude and fuel oil specifications and assessments globally. Prior to his work at Platts, Mr. Hanley wrote for EnergyRisk magazine, where he covered risk management and energy market deregulation. He also launched Oil & Gas Technology magazine for the Chinese market.

Laura Huchzermayer 150.jpg Laura Huchzermeyer
Editor in Chief, Crude Oil in the Americas, S&P Global Platts

Ms. Huchzermeyer is the managing editor of the S&P Global Platts Americas crude oil team. She leads a team of pricing specialists who track pricing trends and developments in the North and South American crude markets. She has a background in journalism and business research. She has worked at several daily newspapers in Texas and previously held positions as a researcher and writer at Dun & Bradstreet. She has bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas Tech University.

Ryan Ouwerkerk.jpg Ryan Ouwerkerk
Manager, Americas Natural Gas Pricing, S&P Global Platts

Mr. Ouwerkerk manages the Americas Natural Gas Pricing team in Houston, overseeing S&P Global Platts’ daily and monthly indices for Gas Daily and Inside FERC Gas Market Report. His role also includes driving development of natural gas pricing and market engagement in emerging natural gas markets such as Mexico & Brazil. He previously worked as a researcher at the Center for a New American Security think tank in Washington, D.C., conducting research and developing recommendations to help strengthen US energy policy. A native of Long Island, he has a Bachelor’s in History from Loyola University Maryland and Master’s in Global Affairs and Energy Security from New York University.

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Senior NGL Analyst, S&P Global Platts

Mr. Rial focuses on developing the Global NGL Service's coverage of market-moving events worldwide. He has worked with all aspects of the Global NGL Service's market coverage, including short- and long-term forecasts, spotlights and features, and daily reports. He brings over 12 years of energy industry experience, including three years of working with NOCs in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Rial is a Professional Chemical Engineer and holds bachelor's degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, and is pursuing a second master's in Energy Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.

Jenna Delaney.jpg Jenna Delaney
Team Lead, North American Oil Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Ms. Delaney is the team lead for North American oil analysis at Platts Analytics, a unit of S&P Global Platts, where she focuses on supply and demand for crude oil, transportation economics, and price fundamentals. She oversees trade flow analysis and differential forecasting in the North American crude oil market, authors the MidContinent Report, and runs the U.S. and Canada Balances by PADD/Region model. Prior to joining Platts Analytics in 2013, Ms. Delaney worked at Musket Corporation, where she assessed risk for both physical and basis trade books, evaluated proposed capital expenditures for the Business Development group, scheduled unit trains, and wrote a daily assessment on moves in the crude oil markets. Ms. Delaney holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a minor in Management Information Systems from The University of Texas at Austin.

Luke Jackson 150.jpg Luke Jackson
Team Lead, North American Natural Gas, S&P Global Platts

Mr. Jackson is a Team Lead on S&P Global Platts’ North American Natural Gas and Power Analytics team, where he is responsible for managing the North American regional natural gas group. In addition, he forecasts US natural gas supply and demand fundamentals, publishes white papers and thought leadership pieces, contributes content to Platts’ Gas Daily publication and supports the buildout of their global analytical arm. He specializes in the North American natural gas market but also has experience covering global LNG, crude oil, and natural gas liquids market dynamics. Over the past eight years, Mr. Jackson worked as a consultant on S&P Global Platts’ Consulting team, delivering customized, in-depth market analytic services and data to consulting clients. In that time, he also served as the lead natural gas analyst for the Northeast, West and Rockies desks. He has been retained for numerous speaking engagements and media interviews with major news outlets such as CNBC, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and Canada’s Business News Network (BNN).

Andrew Neal.jpg Andrew Neal
Manager, Global NGLs, S&P Global Platts

Andrew Neal is the manager of S&P Global Platts Analytics Global NGL team. He oversees the group’s global NGL coverage and is responsible for developing models and reports that reflect Platts’ global product coverage. Prior to becoming manager, he was an Analyst on the NGL team, covering the groups daily, weekly, and monthly reports. At Platts he has presented to clients both domestically and internationally. Before coming to Platts, he was in a research faculty position at Penn State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Earth Science from Cornell University.


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Become a sponsor

Download the brochureDemonstrate your strengths, raise your company profile, and maximize your ROI as we bring key industry players and decision-makers to you. At the S&P Global Platts Americas Petroleum and Energy Virtual Conference, each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their products and services, and distinguish themselves from the competition. We offer a full range of opportunities and packages, and can even tailor solutions to suit your needs.

Download our Americas event portfolio brochure to learn more about our events and who attends.

Contact us to start a conversation about your goals and how you can lead the pack as an event sponsor: Lorne Grout, Senior Commercial Partnerships Manager, at +1 857 383 5702 or [email protected].


Early Bird Rate*
Register by January 8
Standard Rate*
Register by January 25
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We offer three easy ways to register: online, by phone, and by email.

Online: Click here or click any of the "Register Now" buttons
Email: [email protected]
Phone: Toll Free: +1 800 752 8878
Outside the US & Canada:
+1 212 904 3070

What forms of payment do you accept?

For this online event we only accept payment by credit card.

I am no longer able attend. May I send someone else in my place?

If you’re not able to attend, we’re happy to transfer your registration to a member of your organization at no cost, up to 2 business days in advance of the event. Requests must be received in writing via email to [email protected], and are subject to approval. For assistance, you may also reach out by phone: Toll Free: +1 800 752 8878
Outside the US & Canada:
+1 212 904 3070

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Cancellation is not available for this event. Once payment has been made, we are not able to offer a refund. If you're not able to attend or send a colleague in your place, you will still receive access to the on-demand replay of the event and all the materials (included with your registration).

To transfer your registration to a member of your organization at no cost, send your request by email to [email protected] up to 2 business days in advance of the event. Requests are subject to approval. For assistance, you may also reach out by phone: Toll Free: +1 800 752 8878
Outside the US & Canada:
+1 212 904 3070

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Yes, we offer a variety of standard and tailor-made sponsorship opportunities to fit your marketing and business-to-business needs—and your budget. Please reach out directly to the Business Development Manager for this event:

Lorne Grout
Phone: +1 857 383 5702
Email: [email protected]

Are press passes available?

Yes, we allow accredited media writing on behalf of major industry publications to cover the event at no charge. Please reach out to the contact below for press pass approval.

Bel Cevallos
Phone: +1 713 655 2212 
Email: [email protected]

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