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Argus Methanol Forum 2017

Confirmed Speakers 
Ted Fishman
Ted Fishman
, Global Economic Expert and Author China, Inc. and Shock of Gray

Ted C. Fishman's best-selling book China, Inc., How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, has helped describe for the world the effects of China's momentous change on the lives and businesses of people everywhere. In addition to its success in America, the book, translated and published in 24 languages, is an international best seller. CNN International called China, Inc. “the bible on the changes in modern China.” There are Chinese editions in both The People's Republic and Taiwan, where the book has gained an enthusiastic following.

Fishman is also the author of Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World's Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation (October 2010), an influential, provocative look at how the world is changing as a result of population aging. The National Chamber Foundation (the think tank of the US Chamber of Commerce) placed the book at the top of its 2011 list of books every government and business leader ought to read. Reviewing Shock of Gray in The Los Angeles Times, Claire Panosian Dunavan, professor of medicine, infectious diseases and global health at UCLA, wrote: “[If ] I could choose one book this year as required reading for medical students and colleagues, this would be it. No, I take that back. Add undergrads to the list. They might as well get ready too. Fasten your seatbelts, kids. It's going to be a bumpy ride.”

Fishman's writing is noted for taking seemingly vastly complex topics and making them understandable and meaningful for a general audience. Fishman is particularly interested in how big global economic trends bear on people's everyday experience. His essays and reports appear in many of the world's most prominent journals, including The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, National Geographic, Harper's, INC and The Times of London, among many others. (Fishman’s humorous writing has appeared in Esquire and The National Lampoon.) His commentaries have been featured on Public Radio International's This American Life and American Public Media's Marketplace. He has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, TODAY, PBS NewHour, CNN, Fox, NPR and the BBC. Fishman has testified before Senate and Congressional committees and commissions and consults on both China and global demographic change with a wide range of government officials, including some of America's and the world’s most influential office holders.

As a public speaker, Fishman is lively, stimulating and entertaining. He addresses a wide range of audiences around the world, including corporate and trade gatherings, top tier financial firms, philanthropies, economic development agencies, large civic gatherings and universities. His presentations combine engaging story telling with a wide ranging knowledge about the world economy, putting into context his audiences' top concerns and exploring how they relate to big, global economic trends. Audiences praise him for his knowledge, wit and down to earth style. Clients laud Fishman for the enthusiasm he has for learning about their organization’s and incorporating their concerns into his talks. Question and answer periods are inevitably engaging.

A former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he ran his own futures and options trading firm. Fishman is a graduate of Princeton and has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Fishman also served a faculty director at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, for which he has helped run immersive programs on China for global executives. He has lived and worked in Japan and Indonesia. Fishman lives in his hometown, Chicago.
Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels
Rebecca Boudreaux, PhD,
President, Oberon Fuels

Trained as a chemist, Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. is an entrepreneurial, technology executive with a unique blend of technical skills and business development expertise. She has served on the management team or Board of Directors of various startup companies in the clean tech, life sciences, high tech, and non-profit sectors. Presently, she is President and Director of Oberon Fuels, a California-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as a cleaner, alternative to diesel. In her role at Oberon, Dr. Boudreaux leads the customer development and strategic partnering efforts with OEMs, feedstock suppliers, and trucking companies. Additionally, she oversees the regulatory processes for the use of DME as a fuel including EPA Renewable Fuel Standard compliance and ASTM specification development.

In 2004, Dr. Boudreaux co-founded Intezyne Technologies, which developed polymer-based drug delivery systems to make existing cancer drugs work better. She served as CFO for four years and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Boudreaux has a broad range of academic and industrial experience, having performed research at MIT, Princeton University, University of Southern Mississippi, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and National Starch and Chemical. She earned a B.S. in Polymer Science (magna cum laude) from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Boudreaux is an invited lecturer around the world, exploring the interface of science, business, and entrepreneurship in the energy and non-profit sectors. She has co-authored six peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 12 patents and applications. Dr. Boudreaux is the Chair of the International DME Association, Chair of the ASTM International DME Taskforce, and Executive Committee member for the Advanced Biofuels Association. She presently serves as a Board Director for UrbanPromise International, an organization working in Malawi, Honduras, Canada, and the US to develop emerging leaders who will break the poverty cycle for children in under-resourced, urban communities.
Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute
Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute 

Greg Dolan has held a variety of senior management positions with the Methanol Institute over the past 18 years. In June 2014, he was appointed as permanent CEO of the global methanol industry trade association, after serving as Acting CEO for four years. Mr. Dolan manages MI’s offices in Washington, Singapore and Brussels, while directing international governmental relations, media relations, public education and outreach efforts. He has presented papers on methanol-related topics at over 50 international conferences, authored magazine articles, and written book chapters on the methanol industry. Mr. Dolan came to MI after spending a decade in a variety of public information positions in New York State, including the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Transportation, and the Energy Research and Development Authority. Mr. Dolan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University, and did extensive post graduate work in Political Communication at the State University of New York-Albany.
Mark Gyetvay
Mark Gyetvay
, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Novatek

Mr. Gyetvay worked in various capacities at a number of independent oil and gas companies in the United States where he specialized in financial and economic analysis for both upstream and downstream segments of the petroleum industry, as well as a former partner in PWC’s Petroleum practice based in Moscow from 1995 to 2003.

From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Gyetvay was a member of NOVATEK’s Board of Directors and served as the Chairman on the Strategy and Investment Committee. Since July 2010, he became Deputy Chairman of NOVATEK’s Management Board. He has been consistently recognized by Investor Relations Magazine as one of the best CFO’s in Russia and the CIS by winning numerous awards and accolades, and was recognized twice by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the Top Five CFO’s in Europe’s Oil and Gas sector. Mr. Gyetvay was recently the recipient of the Finance Monthly 2015 and 2016 “Best CFO – Russia” and “Game Changer Award – Russia ” 2017.
Brendan K Collins
Brendan Collins
, Environment & Natural Resources Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Brendan Collins is an environmental lawyer and leader of Ballard Spahr's Manufacturing Industry Group. He devotes his practice primarily to clients in the electric power sector and oil and gas industry. Mr. Collins advises clients on permitting issues, regulatory matters, as well as government affairs, and has litigated civil, criminal and administrative matters in state and federal courts.
Jesse Hensley
Jesse E. Hensley, Ph.D., PE, NREL

Jesse Hensley manages the Catalysis Research & Engineering group within the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His group works extensively with catalysts that convert biomass to fuels and chemicals via thermal (non-biological) pathways; from fundamentals at the atomic scale to demonstration at the pilot scale. His research focuses on catalytic syngas to gasoline and distillate technologies. He concurrently develops customized equipment for catalyst evaluation. Jesse received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2007.
Tim Cesarek
Tim Cesarek
, Senior Vice President, Enerkem

 As Senior Vice President, Business Development, Tim Cesarek leads the development and implementation of Enerkem’s global business and partner strategy.

Mr. Cesarek has over 25 years of experience in business development, private equity and corporate venture capital. Before joining Enerkem in 2012, he was Managing Director of the Organic Growth Group at Waste Management, responsible for the Organics Recycling business and investment in growth opportunities to optimize the value from waste material, particularly through its conversion into biofuels, renewable chemicals, fertilizer and energy. Prior to joining Waste Management, Mr. Cesarek was President of the corporate venture group of Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in North America with businesses across chemicals, fuels, polymers, wood resin products and consumer products. He has also served on a number of boards of directors.

Mr. Cesarek obtained a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a Masters in Business from Pepperdine University.
Jim Loney
Jim Loney
, PE, Director, Process Engineering, Fluor

Jim focuses on the development and execution of methanol projects as well as other types of syngas processing projects including fertilizers and power. He has executed projects which capture carbon dioxide from reformer flue gas and projects which include 90% carbon dioxide capture from gasifier generated syngas streams. Jim has executed project phases ranging from conceptual studies and detailed engineering all the way through commissioning and operations. Jim has contributed to the success of a number of lump-sum projects and he loves to go to the field to support projects during the critical early of stages operation. Jim graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering.
Bernadette Johnson Managing Partner Ponderosa Advisors
Bernadette Johnson
, VP - Market Intelligence, Drilling Info, Inc.

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 over 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 expertise spans: financial trading, production forecasts, demand forecasts by sector, 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.
Brian Pieri
Brian Pieri
, Marketing - NG, NGL and Crude, LINN Energy, LLC

With over 20 years energy industry experience, Brian has bought, transported, stored, and sold natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in each region of the United States. With an extensive background in physical commodities, he also incorporates complex financial products to hedge risk, optimize upside, and capture value. Beyond commercial commodity activities, he has provided vision and development for midstream projects ranging from small projects to large scale infrastructures. Holding positions with upstream, midstream, downstream, and trading companies allowed Brian the unique perspective of varying roles in the value chain from production to consumption of Natural Gas, Crude, and NGLs.

Frank Bakker
Frank Bakker
, CEO, US Methanol LLC

Frank Bakker joined US Methanol as Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. US Methanol is moving two mothballed methanol plants, one from Brazil and one from Slovenia, into the USA. Mr. Bakker has 28 years of experience in the chemical industry. Prior to joining US Methanol, Mr. Bakker was President, CEO and Director of OCI Partners LP, where he spent 6 years building the company and overseeing the successful restoration of a mothballed methanol and ammonia plant in Beaumont, Texas.

Prior to OCI, Mr. Bakker worked at DSM for 22 years where he served in variety of operational and managerial roles including Manufacturing Director and Site Manager for a thermoplastic elastomer plant in Massachusetts and Site Manager DSM Neoresins.

He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Twente University.
Mark Fields
Mark Fields
, President - Energy and Chemicals - Americas, Fluor

Mark Fields is the president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in the Americas region. He is responsible for business development and operations in the upstream and downstream oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical industries in North, South and Latin America. Since joining Fluor in 1981, Mr. Fields has held a variety of roles globally in project and construction management, project controls, estimating, materials management and commissioning/start-up management. Prior to assuming his current position, he was senior vice president and project director for the Tengizchevroil megaproject in Kazakhstan.

With more than 20 years on international projects, Mr. Fields has served as program manager for a new refinery development, project general manager for the Saudi Kayan petrochemicals complex and project manager and general construction manager for the Jubail United Petrochemical Company petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Fields has led upstream, refining, mining, chemical and petrochemical projects, with a number of projects executed on a lump-sum basis.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Purdue University and has attended executive management programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Wharton School of Business and INSEAD.
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Dr. Charlie Yao
, Chief Executive Officer, Yuhuang Chemical, Inc.

Dr. Charlie Yao joined Yuhuang Chemical Inc., the United States subsidiary of the privately held Chinese Fortune 500 Company, Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Ltd. Co., in 2014 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining YCI, Dr. Yao earned a BS degree in Chemistry from China's Wuhan University, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Houston, and an MBA from the University of Texas-Austin. During a 25-year career at Shell Chemicals, he became recognized for his extensive experience in the technical, manufacturing, and business aspects of the chemical and petrochemical industries.

Dr. Yao has served as the president of Chinese Association of Professionals in Science and Technology (CAPST). He is a recipient of the Distinguished International Alumni Award from the University of Houston, where he serves on the Board of the College of Technology.

Vitalii Protasov
 Vitalii Protasov, Business Development Director, Baltic Gas Chemical Company

In his current role, Vitalii is responsible for commercial and investment issues of BGCC methanol project in Ust-Luga as well as strategy and new projects development. He has worked in BGCC since 2015. Prior to this role, Vitalii served as a Head of Strategic Marketing in SIBUR. His main area of responsibility was long-term analysis of hydrocarbon and petrochemical markets, company’s future risks and perspectives.

Before joining SIBUR in 2011, he worked in Department of Energy at the Institute for Energy and Finance Foundation in Moscow, and his last position was Head of Energy Markets Division. Vitalii was a member of the Thematic Group on Strategies, Forecasts and Scenarios of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue. He has received master degree in economics in National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Vitalii is the author of nearly 30 publications on energy economics.
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Gene Gebolys
, Founder, President, CEO, World Energy

Mr. Gebolys has championed biodiesel’s development in the U.S. and throughout the world for over twenty years. In 1998, he founded World Energy. A widely recognized industry leader, World Energy has been named Platt’s Global Downstream Energy Company of the Year and The US Department of Energy’s National Stakeholder of the Year.

Mr. Gebolys was the founding Chairman of the National Biodiesel Political Action Committee and was a founding Commissioner of the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission (BQ-9000). He was Chair of the National Biodiesel Board’s Regulatory Committee for five years during the establishment of the industry’s most critical public policy supports including the establishment of the Blenders Tax Credit and the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard. Mr. Gebolys has Chaired the industry’s RFS Task Force since its inception in 2009 overseeing the US biodiesel industry’s efforts on all issues relating to the industry’s most important public policy issue. He remains active in in the most critical matters impacting biofuel industry growth domestically and around the world.

Prior to founding World Energy, Mr. Gebolys was Vice President for Alternative Fuels for Twin Rivers Technologies Inc., the country’s first stand-alone biodiesel business. He holds degrees from Harvard University and The Ohio State University in Public Administration, Economics, and Business Management.

Thomas Kevin Swift, American Chemistry Council
Dr. Thomas Kevin Swift,
Chief Economist and Managing Director, American Chemistry Council

Dr. Kevin Swift is the chief economist at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) where he is responsible for economic and other analyses dealing with markets, raw materials, trade, tax, energy, and competition and innovation, as well as monitoring business conditions and identifying emerging trends for the domestic and global chemical sector. Dr. Swift disseminates economic and societal contributions of the business of chemistry and general information about the industry to ACC member companies, the media, Wall Street analysts, the academic community and the public in general. Prior to joining the ACC, Dr. Swift held executive and senior level positions at several business research companies. He started his career at Dow Chemical USA.

Dr. Swift is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and is a member of NABE's panel of 40 professional forecasters and served on the NABE board of directors. He is also a member of the Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists and is a participant in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's forecasters' survey. Dr. Swift is also a member of the Association of Christian Economists, National Economists Club, Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and the United States Association for Energy Economics.

Dr. Swift has authored articles in such diverse journals as: Business Economics, Chemistry Business, Chemical Engineering Progress, Chimica Oggi, Cost Engineering, and Hydrocarbon Processing and has appeared on Bloomberg TV and Nightly Business Report.

Dr. Swift is a graduate of Ashland University with a BA degree and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with an MA degree in Economics. He is also a graduate of Anglia Polytechnic University with a doctorate in business administration (DBA) degree and has completed the Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting Program and other studies at Harvard University as well as studies at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Swift is an adjunct professor of business economics for the MBA program at the University of Mary Washington. He is also a member of the Heritage Council of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Ross Gale
Ross Gale
, Director of Acquisitions, International Process Plants

Ross is the Director of Acquisitions at International Process Plants (IPP). Over the past decade, Ross has joined IPP in focusing on the acquisition and sale of industrial process/manufacturing plants globally in the chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas refining and processing, paper, plastics, mining, and power generation industries, recycling one company's under- or non-performing liability into another's asset. With Methanol as one of his focus industries, Ross has been involved in the sale and relocation of several Methanol plants, including two within the last 18 months. Ross has participated in well over a dozen plant relocations across the world where his clients have been able to save significant lead-time and capital versus building new plants. He works out of IPP’s New Jersey headquarters and is a graduate of Babson College.
Jimmy Levine, Vice President, Olefins - Ethylene
Jimmy Levine,
Vice President, Ethylene and Derivatives, Argus

Jimmy has worked for some of the largest petrochemical companies in the US, and is an expert in all aspects of light olefins, from supply and demand to risk management.

Dave McCaskill, VP Methanol & Derivatives, Argus DeWitt
Dave McCaskill, Vice President - Methanol & Derivatives Service, Argus

Dave McCaskill has been invested in the petrochemical industry for over 35 years. Beginning his long career with Celanese Chemical in 1975, Dave started as a chemical engineer at their Pampa, Texas plant, and steadily progressed through a series of positions ranging from planning, supply chain, field sales and marketing within the organization. Noted positions included Business Manager Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycol and the last several years with the company as Business Manager Methanol & Derivatives. In 2000, Dave moved into the consulting sector and worked with another leading industry consulting organization, heading their Global Methanol service for 10 years. Joining DeWitt & Company in 2010, as Vice President Methanol & Derivatives, Dave continues to be focused on all commercial aspects of the methanol industry—supply, demand, capacity, pricing, cost structure, etc. Dave graduated from the University of Kansas, with a degree in chemical engineering, in 1975.
Roel Salazar, Methanol & Derivatives Consultant, Argus DeWitt
Roel Salazar,
Methanol & Derivatives Consultant, Argus

Roel Salazar, is the Methanol and Derivative Consultant for Argus DeWitt. Roel is responsible for assessing US Methanol spot prices and monthly indexes. Roel is also instrumental in preparing the Annual Global MTBE Report and MTBE Monthly Outlook. Roel joined DeWitt & Company Inc. in 2005 as an Olefins Analyst supporting the Ethylene, Propylene, and Butadiene services. Mr. Salazar joined the Fuels and Octane team in 2011 and has steadily built key client relationships with US MTBE consumers, producers and traders while helping them analyze the global MTBE and Octane markets. Roel’s previous experience includes managing system development projects in several industries. His petrochemical experience includes working at one of Mobil’s ethylene cracker in Houston between 1996 -1997. Mr. Salazar holds an undergraduate degree in Information Systems from the University of Houston.

Becky Zhang
Becky Zhang
, Asia Petrochemical Analyst, Argus

Becky joined Argus in April 2014, and is covering Asia’s methanol, ethylene and propylene markets. She has brought on with eight years of price reporting and market researching experience in petrochemical industry, and is specialised in in-depth analysis of market fundamentals as well as on time market intelligence. Becky has actively built on contact base in Asia, and is a regular presenter in various methanol and olefins conferences. Prior to Argus, Becky worked for ICIS during 2005-2013, covering Asia’s MEG/PTA/polyester markets.

Becky is a chemical engineering graduate from East China University of Science and Technology, and holds two masters’ degrees in Environmental and Energy Engineering from the University of Sheffield (2001-2002) and Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham (2002-2003).


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