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Argus Americas Crude Summit 2018

2017 Speakers
Jim Teague
A.J. "Jim" Teague, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Products Partners

Effective January 1, 2016 Mr. Teague was elected Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise GP and has been on the Board of Directors of EPGP since July 2008. He was elected Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Enterprise GP in November 2010 and served as Executive Vice President of EPGP from November 1999 to November 2010. Mr. Teague joined Enterprise in connection with its purchase of certain midstream energy assets from affiliates of Shell Oil Company in 1999. From 1998 to 1999, he served as President of Tejas Natural Gas Liquids, LLC, then an affiliate of Shell. From 1997 to 1998, he was President of Marketing and Trading for MAPCO, Inc. Prior to 1997 he spent 22 years with Dow Chemical in various roles including Vice President, Hydrocarbon Feedstocks. Mr. Teague was a Naval Officer and served in an attack helicopter squadron in Vietnam.
Ed Morse
Dr. Edward L. Morse, Managing Director Global Head - Commodities, Citi Research

Ed Morse built the Commodities Research Strategy team at Citi as Global Head of Commodities Research since 2011, having previously built similar groups both at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, covering the full panoply of financially traded commodities. He brings to his analysis a unique breadth of experience extending from academia and think tanks to government, business, consulting and publishing. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy, and in management at Phillips Petroleum Co. A co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly" and President of Energy Intelligence Group, he also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and assisting in the negotiations of its initial export contracts as well as helping the UN Security Council design the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq and assisting in its negotiations with Baghdad to achieve its agreement. Morse has frequently written Op-Ed and guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often appears as a commentator for Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS and other media outlets. The author or co-author of numerous books and articles on energy, commodities and international affairs, he is Chair of the New York Energy Forum and a member of the Advisory Board for the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.
CJ Warner
Cynthia (CJ) Warner
, Executive Vice President, Operations, Tesoro

Cynthia (CJ) Warner is Executive Vice President, Operations for Tesoro Corporation. She oversees Tesoro’s Refining; Logistics; and Environment, Health Safety Security groups, providing leadership that promotes safe, compliant, reliable execution and drives operating efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to her current role, Ms. Warner served as Tesoro’s Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, where she led the Company’s strategic growth initiatives. She joined the Company in 2014, bringing more than 30 years of experience in energy, oil refining and marketing, and related technology development.

Prior to Tesoro, Ms. Warner held executive leadership roles at several global energy companies. Most recently, she was Chairman and CEO of Sapphire Energy from 2012 to 2014, after joining as President in 2009, where she led the emerging biofuels company’s ongoing technology development and transition to commercial-scale algae bio mass and renewable crude oil production.

Prior to Sapphire Energy, Ms. Warner served as Group Vice President of Global Refining and Group Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, Environmental and Technology for British Petroleum (BP). During her 10-year tenure, she oversaw refining operations in five continents and led a ground-breaking cooperative effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shape an industry-wide framework for clean air improvements.

Ms. Warner began her career as a chemical engineer at UOP, followed by several years in operational leadership roles at Amoco. She is a featured leader in the 2008 book Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence (Harvard Business Press) and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business in 2010.

In addition to Tesoro, Ms. Warner serves as Chairman of the Board for Sapphire Energy, a position she has held since 2010, and as a member of the Board of Directors for IDEX Corporation. She is also a member of the National Petroleum Council and President Obama’s National Clean Energy Policy advisory body.

Ms. Warner earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Stephen Wolfe
Stephen Wolfe, Lead Researcher and Strategist, Trafigura Group

Stephen Wolfe is a lead researcher and strategist with Trafigura Group, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading houses, where he has helped build out the company’s research division over the last six years. Mr. Wolfe helps construct the firm’s views on petroleum commodities and related arbitrage, and assists Management in the company’s investment strategy. He is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, and provides research to many of the firm’s stakeholders and affiliates. Prior to his role with Trafigura, Mr. Wolfe served eight years with Conocophillips Company, mostly as a crude oil trader, and had key roles with Halliburton KBR, Anadarko Petroleum and Enron Corp. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BBA from Lamar University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant registered in Texas. Mr. Wolfe lives with his wife and two daughters in Kingwood, Texas.
Jacob Dweck
Jacob Dweck, Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Jacob (Jake) Dweck is a leading US energy lawyer and thought leader. For over 40 years, Jake has counseled the who’s who in the industry at the intersection of business and regulation, including major engagements in policy issues, regulatory proceedings, infrastructure and commercial transactions, dispute resolution and bankruptcy. His practice extends to oil and gas, LNG, electric power, and renewable energy Jake’s recent successes include obtaining from the U.S. Department of Commerce the groundbreaking Enterprise classification—the first time the U.S. Government allowed the export of light crude oil—and the criteria for the re-export of Canadian crude oil. (Congress lifted the crude oil exports ban effective 2016.)

Jake founded Sutherland’s LNG practice and the widely-read LNG Law Blog,, as well as the firm’s robust energy practices in creditors rights (post Enron Bankruptcy), international trade and customs, and oil spill risk management and incident response. Jake also has led Sutherland’s Energy Government Enforcement practice. Throughout his career he has counseled clients before federal agencies, including the CFTC, FERC, EPA, FTC, CBP (U.S. Customs), and DOE. His experience encompasses U.S. trade sanctions and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) matters, anti-boycott regulations, anti-bribery laws (FCPA), and other laws and regulations affecting international transactions. Jake advises energy companies on their implementation of Dodd-Frank Act requirements, including customizing trading compliance programs. He also has directed a significant number of internal investigations on behalf of boards, audit committees and management.
Jake has worked on major energy projects and transactions, ranging from the acquisition and development of the regasification capacity at the Cove Point MD LNG terminal to his current representation of a groundbreaking solar plus storage enterprise. Jake’s litigation experience includes representation of the farmer cooperatives community in the multibillion-dollar Stripper Well Refund Proceedings, and serving as lead counsel in NYMEX v. New Jersey DEP, the Exchange’s successful challenge to New Jersey’s decision to abandon the oxygenated fuels program. Jake now represents clients in federal multi-district litigation involving alleged methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) contamination in various states.

Jake is the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including in 2016 as an “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in for his achievements over the past 20 years in different areas of energy law; the Burton Award for Legal Achievement; and "Groundbreaking Lawyer" by Public Utilities Fortnightly. Jake has contributed to studies by Brookings, the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy and others; presented at numerous conferences, including CERAWeek, EIA events, UT Gas & Power Institute, Texas Bar, Platts and Argus conferences; and is quoted frequently in the WSJ, Financial Times, Houston Chronicle, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other publications. Jake served on the Board of the Canadian American Business Council (2008-14).
Jake is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD 1975), where he served as an editor of the international law review, and the City University of New York (BA 1972, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).
Daniel Gordon, EVP Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings
Dan Gordon, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings

Dan Gordon is Executive Vice President Business Development & Strategy at Delek US Holdings. Delek operates two refineries in the United States with a combined refining capacity of 140,000 bbls/day, along with a variety of midstream and downstream assets. He has been focused in recent years on expanding Delek’s crude operations and capabilities, in particular by developing its crude by rail initiative, which includes the establishment of DK Canada. Prior to this role, Dan has held several senior level roles within Delek including, Vice President of Crude Supply & Trading and Vice President of Fuel Supply and Transportation for Mapco, a 370+ convenience store chain which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delek, overseeing its refined product supply, pricing and distribution.

Dan has earned an MBA from Georgia Tech and BS from the University of Florida.
Brian Jenisch
Brian Jenisch,
Managing Director, Energy Risk Management, Cargill

Brian Jenisch is managing director, energy risk management with Cargill, focusing on North America markets. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities, including crude oil, fuel oil, diesel, gas oil, gasoline, natural gas and resins. Prior to joining Cargill in 2008, Mr. Jenisch was a director, energy origination with Shell Oil Company. A Kansas native, he is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. Mr. Jenisch is based in Cargill's Houston office.
Francisco Salazar
Francisco Salazar, Chair of the Mexican National Committee, World Energy Council

Francisco Salazar is the Chair of the Mexican National Committee of the World Energy Council since 2015. In March 2016 he was appointed as the Coordinator of the International Confederation of Regulators (ICER).

He is an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and the first “Institute of the Americas Regional Energy Integration Non-Resident Fellow”.

From 2005 to 2015 he served as Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) time during which he was an active promoter of the energy reform in Mexico. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Chair of the Ibero-American Energy Regulators Association (ARIAE).

Prior to being a regulator, he served as a Chairman of the Energy Committee at the Chamber of Deputies and was involved in the Chemical Sector for several years.

Mr. Salazar holds an MSc in Public Financial Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, and Diploma studies in Law and Economics from Universities in Mexico and the United Kingdom. He has taught courses on Public Finance and Monetary Economics, and written on energy and environmental policy and regulation.
Brian Freed
Brian Freed
, Senior Vice President of Western US Commercial Operations, Crestwood Equity Partners LP

Brian Freed is the Senior Vice President of Western US Commercial Operations for Crestwood Equity Partners LP. Mr. Freed has been with the Crestwood organization since December 2012 where he previously served as the Vice President of Crude Logistics responsible for the company's commercial, strategic growth and profit & loss-related activities for all of the company’s crude oil business. In his current role, Mr. Freed has business development and commercial responsibilities for all Crestwood’s crude, natural gas, and water assets in the Western US Region as well as all of the company’s crude oil marketing activities. Mr. Freed boasts 23 years of experience which includes senior leadership positions across multiple energy organizations.

Prior to joining Crestwood, Brian served as Vice President of Business Development for Rangeland Energy, the developers of the crude oil loading terminal known as the COLT Hub in Epping, ND. Before joining Rangeland, Brian was CEO of Energy Solutions International (ESI) until September 2010 when ESI was sold to GFI Energy Group and Brian remained as a Director and member of the Audit Committee. While at ESI, Brian lead the merger and recapitalization of ESI with Entessa and took the helm as the CEO of the combined company, completing the integration of the company’s multi-national operations and facilitating a successful exit at a material premium for shareholders. Brian had been co-founder, president and CEO of Entessa since its inception in 2002. Prior to founding Entessa, Brian worked in various management and individual contributor roles for Perot Systems (now Dell) and C-Bridge Internet Solutions.

Before launching his civilian business career, Brian proudly served as a 4 year ROTC scholarship Cadet and was commissioned as a field artillery officer in 1993 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He held many key positions in various fires sections of the 25th Infantry Division. He is a graduate of Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, and Pathfinder School. CPT Brian Freed was honorably discharged in June 1998 and was one of only 326 individuals inducted into the US Army ROTC Hall of Fame in June of 2016. He and his family live in Houston, Texas.
Mile Milisavljecvic
Mile Milisavljevic
, Principal, US Deals Strategy Energy Sector Leader, US Oil and Gas Sector Deals, PwC

Mile Milisavljevic serves as a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he leads Energy sector for Deals Strategy practice. In this role he helps financial and strategic investors identify energy-related market sectors to invest in, diligence investments, and optimize business portfolios. Previously, he was with Bain & Company and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Gary Morgan
Gary Morgan, Director, Analyst Group, Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC

Gary Morgan has an educational background in Economics (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), adding to this a Masters degree in Marine Technology and the Environment – covering areas including maritime transport economics, shipyard production and modelling.

In 2005 he joined Lloyds Register as an analyst working in the business development department, going on to become a market intelligence manager. In this position, Gary played a central role in ship owner/shipyard new business development. A key responsibility included providing detailed strategic analysis which influenced the direction of Lloyds Register’s marine division.

In November 2008 Gary joined Clarksons’ newly established market analysis team as a senior analyst, working closely with the various commercial interests of the Group. In 2010 Gary was appointed director of the analyst team. At the beginning of 2012 Gary moved to Clarksons Houston office to establish an analytical resource for the broking division in the US.
Andy Lipow
Andy Lipow, President, Lipow Oil Associates, LLC

Andrew Lipow is President of Lipow Oil Associates, LLC. He has over thirty years of experience in the petroleum refining, trading and consulting industry. For seven years, Mr. Lipow traded crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel and distillate at Vitol, a privately held trading company. Prior to that, Mr. Lipow traded oil based commodities at Basis Petroleum and J. Aron. His 16 year tenure at Amoco Oil Company and Amoco Corporation provides extensive supply and refining experience including operations on several process units. Mr. Lipow has a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been a contributor to Fox Business News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and other local media outlets and his quotes can frequently be found in articles carried by Bloomberg, AFP, Associated Press and Newsday.
Amrita Sen Energy Aspects
mrita Sen, Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Amrita Sen is the founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and 10 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News, and at leading industry events as a speaker, and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets.
Francisco Monaldi
Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy & Lecturer in Energy Economics, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., is the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute and an adjunct professor of political economy of oil at Rice University. He is an associate in the geopolitics of energy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a faculty associate in energy policy at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, where he directs the Program on Oil and Gas Management and Policy.

Monaldi is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela. From 2013 to 2015, he was a visiting professor of energy policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Roy Family Fellow at the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 2012 to 2013, he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Between 2013 and 2014, he was an adjunct professor of international energy policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 2008 to 2009, he was a visiting professor of the political economy of oil at Stanford University and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva; the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota; and at the Universidad ESAN in Lima.

Between 2002 and 2012 Monaldi was an associate professor of political economy at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas. He is a leading scholar on the politics and economics of the oil industry and oil wealth management in Latin America and developing countries. He has consulted with numerous international institutions, governments and companies, including The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF Development Bank of Latin America, PDVSA, Shell, Total, Statoil, IHS, Wood Mackenzie, Ministry of Petroleum of Saudi Arabia, the governments of Kazakhstan and Albania, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Eurasia Group and Medley Global Advisors.

Monaldi is on the board of directors of Mercantil, Venezuela’s leading financial group, and other Venezuelan companies and institutions. He has authored numerous academic publications, recently including "Institutional Collapse," in Venezuela before Chavez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse, R. Hausmann and F. Rodriguez, eds. (Penn State University Press, 2014); "Oil Fueled Centralism," in Oil and Gas in Federal Systems, G. Anderson, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2012); and "The Political Economy of Oil Contract Renegotiation in Venezuela," in The Natural Resources Trap: Private Investment without Public Commitment, W. Hogan and F. Struzenegger, eds. (MIT Press, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in political science (political economy) from Stanford University, a Master in International and Development Economics from Yale University, and a B.A. in economics from Universidad Católica Andres Bello (UCAB).
Salvador Ugalde
Salvador Ugalde Mancilla
, Director General, Secretaria de Hacienda y Crédito Público

Mr. Salvador Ugalde Mancilla has successfully contributed in the development and implementation of several projects and public policies of strategic importance, having over 12 years of experience in the Energy Sector.

Salvador Ugalde currently serves as Head of the Hydrocarbon Income Unit in Mexico´s Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, a position to which he was appointed on December 2014. From the Unit’s helm Mr. Ugalde collaborates in the development of the legislative and institutional framework needed for the implementation of Mexico´s Energy Reform, including the design of the economic conditions relative to the contract’s fiscal terms for the exploration and production of hydrocarbon and the tax regime applicable to the assignments held by state enterprises. Previously, he served as General Director at the Non-Tax Policy Unit.

In Mexico’s public sector Mr. Ugalde has served in the Ministry of Energy as Director of New Projects, where he contributed in the design, development and implementation of the model used in the E&P contracts derived from Mexico’s 2008 Energy Reform. He collaborated in the design and negotiation of the bilateral agreement to regulate the exploration of trans-boundary reservoirs with the United States and followed up several committees at Pemex. In the private sector he developed skills related to analysis, development and management of energy projects for over six years.

Mr. Ugalde holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a Master’s in Finance from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), both in Mexico City.
Frank McGann
Frank McGann, Lead Equities Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Frank leads Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s equity coverage of Latin American Oil and Gas and Energy/Petrochemicals and Canadian Oil and Gas stocks. His team currently covers 18 stocks across the region. Frank and his team have been ranked in the Latin America Institutional Investor survey since 1995 and were #1 in the 2016 Latin America Institutional Investor survey.

Based in Buenos Aires, McGann has covered the energy sector since 1994. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 1992, he worked on the buy side in the US. Frank is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a Certified Public Accountant and a CFA charter holder.
Naomi Esfahani, Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.
Naomi Esfahani, Ph.D., Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.

Naomi Esfahani works at Market Analysis and Research group of Suncor Energy Supply Trading and Optimization, and contributes to the corporation’s outlook on short and long term fundamentals of crude oil markets. She is also a regional director of Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA).

Naomi started her career as an engineer at Schlumberger Technology Center based in Tokyo and was involved in technology development projects for oilfields application, particularly in wireline, drilling and measurement services. Prior to joining Suncor, she was a risk analyst at BP Integrated Supply and Trading, and her duties included market risk oversight and credit risk projects. Naomi has also worked as a SAS Institute as a consultant with primary focus of developing advanced analytics for trading and risk management applications.

Naomi holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Robotics and Automation Engineering from Tohoku University (Japan), a Master of Mathematical Finance and a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Southern California (USA).
Oscar Lopez Velarde Perez
Oscar López Velarde, Partner, Ritch Mueller

Oscar López Velarde is a partner of the Mexican law firm Ritch Mueller. Mr. López Velarde is a Mexican licensed attorney that received his law degree from the Iberoamericana University and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University. He has structured all sort of upstream, midstream and downstream deals in Mexico, and it is also very active in the private equity and capital markets space. More recently he has been an active participant in the development of the Mexican Energy Reform, advising most of the companies that participated in Round 1; new midstream and downstream projects and in the development of the new asset class called Fibra E. Prior to joining Ritch Mueller, Mr. López Velarde was the Mexico Leader for the Oil and Gas Industry of one of the big accounting firms.
Bernadette Johnson Managing Partner Ponderosa Advisors
Bernadette Johnson
, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Drilling Info

Bernadette Johnson joined Drilling Info through the acquisition of products and services from Ponderosa Energy. She serves as Vice President, Market Intelligence for Drilling Info and is responsible for helping to grow and expand DI’s analytics offerings, building on the work she did at Ponderosa Energy leading consulting engagements and research efforts. With nearly 10 years experience in the energy industry, Bernadette has earned the reputation of industry expert with extensive experience providing crude, natural gas, and NGL fundamentals analysis and advisory services to various players in the North American and Global energy markets. A regular commentator for and speaker to the energy industry, her specific market involvement spans: financial trading, production forecasts, infrastructure analysis, midstream analysis, storage value analysis, and price forecasts.

Prior to joining Ponderosa, and now DI, Bernadette was Senior Research Analyst for Sasco Energy Partners in Westport, CT where she provided analytics and research support for a team of financial traders active in natural gas, power and oil futures markets. Bernadette began her career with BENTEK Energy, LLC as a Senior Energy Analyst, Natural Gas Market Fundamentals and consulting project team lead.

Bernadette holds a MS Degree in International Political Economy of Resources and a BS Degree in Economics, from the Colorado School of Mines.

Carlos Yamamoto
Carlos J. Yamamoto, Consultant, Yamamoto Consulting LLC

Former Vice President for North Latin America at Bureau Veritas Commodities managing strategic planning, P/L operation, new business development, new growth projects and team building in six countries: Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela y Curacao, with a focus in the commodities sector, in particular oil and gas, coal, metals and minerals, agriculture and environmental services.

Prior to his tenure at Bureau Veritas Carlos collaborated for 29 years in the Pemex Group, earning an extensive experience in Mexico’s O&G industry, in several management positions including: tankers management, offshore crude oil operations, petroleum products terminal operations and in charge of the claims and loss control department in PMI. He was chairman of the Committee of Petroleum Measurement Accountability at the American Petroleum Institute from 2004 to 2007 and active member , contributing to the development of standards for the oil industry.

Carlos has a chief officer and engineer degrees from Escuela Nautica Mercante de Veracruz; a maritime law diploma from University of Southampton; and an executive MBA diploma from Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL.

Robert Wimmer
Robert R. Wimmer,
 Director Energy & Environmental Research, Product Regulatory Affairs, Toyota Motor North America

Mr. Wimmer directs Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) Energy and Environmental Research Group. He has been with Toyota since 2003 and currently leads a team of research engineers and scientists assessing how changes in energy and environmental technology, policy and regulation will affect the automotive industry. Research areas include petroleum and alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies, consumer choice and power generation.

Mr. Wimmer is also responsible hybrid, plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicle external affairs and technical activities within Product Regulatory Affairs. He coordinates these with other Toyota divisions in the US and abroad. Additionally, he manages energy collaborations with other corporations, the company’s interaction with the US Department of Energy and a portion of TMNA’s university research activities.

Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Wimmer was Technical Director of Fuel Cell Bus Programs at Georgetown University for twelve years where he provided technical and program management oversight during the design, fabrication and testing of five fuel cell / battery hybrid transit buses.

A native of California, Mr. Wimmer has an MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Mechanical Engineering degree from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Jeff Kralowetz Vice President Business Development Argus
Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President Business Development, Argus Media

Jeff leads Argus business development in crude oil and NGL markets in North America. He opened Argus’ office in Calgary in 2010, and oversaw the expansion of crude oil and NGL price indices in Canada through the beginning of 2013. Previously, Jeff served as Argus’ news editor for the Americas.

A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Jeff served 5 years as an aviation officer. He holds a master of arts degree from Baylor University.

David Ivanovich
David Ivanovich, Washington Bureau Chief, Argus Media

David Ivanovich is Argus’ bureau chief in Washington, where he has covered and edited US energy policy news for nearly 20 years. Ivanovich joined Argus in January 2009, following stints at the Houston Chronicle and the Cincinnati Post. He holds a BS in journalism and a BA in English from Ohio University.

Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Edward Arnold, Vice President Downstream, Argus Consulting Services

Senior Consultant, covering petrochemicals, refining, upstream and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market risk analysis, feasibility studies and project valuations working for Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.
Jaime Brito
Jaime Brito, Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies, Argus

Jaime joined Argus in January 2013 after spending almost 10 years with PFC Energy. Prior to that Jaime worked at Aspentech and PMI Comercio Internacional. Jaime has plenty of experience on the oil sector, especially on market fundamentals, refining economics, forecasting and refining modeling as well commercial strategies for crude or product trade. Jaime has completed projects around the world that vary from feasibility of new refineries to sales of crude pipelines to trading strategies for NOCs and IOCs. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MBA. Fluent in Spanish and English.



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