SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

Keynote Speech & Panel Discussion

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
Time: 10:30-12:00
Venue: Grand Ballroom, 5F

Keynote Speaker

Yen-Shiang Shih

Chairman, Sustainable Circular Economy Development Association
Chair Professor, Business Management of Chung Yuan Christian University

Dr. Shih was Chairman of Sinotech Engineering Consultants Inc. in 2014-2016. Dr. Shih served as Minister of Economic Affairs, Chairman of CPC Corporation, Director General of Tobacco and Wine Bureau, Director General of Industrial Development Bureau, Director General of Small and Medium Enterprises Administration and other posts in 1986-2013. Dr. Shih was Professor at Taiwan Institute of Technology in 1979-1986. Dr. Shih received his bachelor’s degree from Taiwan University and PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Shih earned numerous awards, including Distinguished Civil Services Award, Chemical Engineering Medal, Science and Technology Management Medal.

Keynote Speech & Panel Discussion Moderator

Douglas Tong Hsu

Chairman, Far Eastern Group

Born in Shanghai, China, Douglas Tong Hsu (Doug/Douglas) traces his family roots to Hong Kong and Taiwan. After moving with his parents to Taiwan and growing up learning entrepreneurial ventures alongside Yu-ziang Hsu, his father and the founder of Far Eastern Group (“FEG”), Mr. Hsu has not only upheld the rich legacy handed down by his father who built the Group’s foundation in Shanghai and then relocated to Taiwan; he was also able to adopt agile and proactive growth strategies and transform FEG into one of the largest, most diversified, and globalized conglomerates based in Taiwan, China, Southeast Asia, and North America encompassing ten major industries, all respectfully world-ranked.

Panel Discussion Panelist

Mark Eramo

Vice President, Global Chemical Business Development, IHS Markit

Based in Houston, TX, Mark Eramo joined IHS Markit in May 2011 following the acquisition of Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI). In this current role which began in August 2015, Mark leads a global team that is working with existing and new clients to development and strengthen the business relationships at the executive levels, and to ensure a full understanding of the breadth of the IHS offerings for the Chemical Industry. Prior to this role, Mark had responsibility for the IHS Chemical market insight teams located in every major region that provide in-depth market research and analysis on nearly 300 chemical and plastics products. Mark worked at CMAI (Chemical Market Associates) for more than 13 years, where, in his last role as executive vice president, he was responsible for CMAI's global market advisory services covering base chemicals, intermediates and plastics markets. Mark also served on the Board of CMAI. Before joining CMAI, Mark worked for more than twelve years in the chemical industry with Vista Chemical Company holding positions in technical sales, customer service and product management. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, US, where he also enjoyed playing football for the Big Red.

Panel Discussion Panelist

John Richardson

Senior Consultant, Asia, ICIS

John Richardson is a highly experienced consultant, who has been working in the industry for 21 years. Based in Asia-Pacific, John has deep knowledge of the companies and people who have transformed the region into the world’s major production and consumption region. His views are highly valued by senior executives, who appreciate his balanced and independent approach. John leads the development of the ICIS multi-client business, and is the author of the highly regarded ICIS Asian PE and PP price forecasting reports. John has also co-authored an e-book, Boom, Gloom and the New Normal, with Paul Hodges of International eChem. John is a regular contributor to the ICIS magazine, ICIS Chemical Business and the online ICIS Insight service. Before joining ICIS, John worked for the BBC and UK national and local newspapers

Panel Discussion Panelist

Charies Fryer

Chairman, Tecnon OrbiChem

Charies Fryer is the founder of Tecnon OrbiChem. He is now principally involved in the company’s Individual Project Studies business. He also still contributes to the Polyamide & Intermediates consultancy service, a field in which he is a recognised world authority. Charles has been involved in scores of major chemical research projects over some 40 years of activity with Tecnon OrbiChem and has presented countless papers at international conferences. His career in the chemical industry started with ICI plc at the Corporate Research Laboratories in Runcorn, UK, working on transition metal catalysts. Charles has degrees in Chemistry from Oxford University, UK, and the University of Florence, Italy, and was a Research Fellow in nuclear resonance spectroscopy at Warwick University, UK.

Panel Discussion Panelist

Vanessa Ronsisvalle

Associate Editorial Director, Petrochemicals Asia, S&P Global Platts

Vanessa Ronsisvalle has been working for S&P Global Platts for 12 years. She joined Platts in 2004 as an oil reporter covering residual fuels, naphtha, jet fuel and biofuels. Vanessa moved to Singapore in 2012 and joined S&P Global Platts Price Group as an oil and shipping methodology and operations specialist and moved to her role as Associate Editorial Director, Petrochemicals Asia in November 2017. Prior to joining S&P Global Platts Vanessa was an oil broker, broking residual fuels and jet fuel in Mediterranean for 8 years. Vanessa is from New Zealand but has spent most of her life in the United Kingdom and currently resides in Singapore.

Chemical Marketing Seminar 1
Sponsored by IHS Markit

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 9:00-11:00
Venue: Grand Ballroom, 5F

Moderator

Brad Wigle

Senior Vice President IHS Markit, Global Head of Sales, Energy & Resources

Brad leads the global sales organization and sits on the Energy & Resources Business Leadership team as Global Head of Sales. He has the responsibility for leading the global sales teams as well as engaging with our major customers to provide solutions and answers to make strategic choices. In the past few years Brad in addition to leading global sales, has been a key consultant in the C5 derivatives area with clients around the world. Brad is an international leader with more than 30 years in the chemical and energy industry in a variety of commercial and business roles. More than 28 years working for Eastman Chemical in a variety of roles including commercial, marketing, business, business development and sales operations. Spent 8 years in Asia running the adhesives and polymers business for Eastman Chemical where the focus was on driving turnaround on profitability. With 14 years of adhesive raw material business, his exposure to the C5 and C9 streams is extensive. Over his career with Eastman Brad’s spent much time on growth strategy work across both specialty and commodity businesses and growth with global customers. Brad holds a degree in Honors Chemistry from University of Waterloo, Canada and has advanced education courses from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

Speaker

Kurt Barrow

Topic: Energy Expectations for 2019 & IMO Implications for the Chemical Industry

Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream Insights, IHS Markit

Kurt Barrow is a Vice President for IHS Markit, where he leads the Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream Insights group. This global team provides industry-leading market analysis that is based on industry fundamentals and differentiates short-term market dislocations from longer-term industry trends. Kurt is actively involved in the research and advises executives on strategic business implications. Kurt began his career as an engineer at the Exxon Baytown Refinery and was a Vice President at Purvin & Gertz.

Speaker

Mark Eramo

Topic: State of The Global Chemical Industry

Vice President, Global Chemical Business Development, IHS Markit

Based in Houston, TX, he joined IHS Markit in May 2011 following the acquisition of Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI). In this current role which began in August 2015, Mark leads a global team that is working with existing and new clients to development and strengthen the business relationships at the executive levels, and to ensure a full understanding of the breadth of the IHS offerings for the Chemical Industry. Prior to this role, Mark had responsibility for the IHS Chemical market insight teams located in every major region that provide in-depth market research and analysis on nearly 300 chemical and plastics products. Mark worked at CMAI (Chemical Market Associates) for more than 13 years, where, in his last role as executive vice president, he was responsible for CMAI's global market advisory services covering base chemicals, intermediates and plastics markets. Mark also served on the Board of CMAI. Before joining CMAI, Mark worked for more than twelve years in the chemical industry with Vista Chemical Company holding positions in technical sales, customer service and product management. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, US, where he also enjoyed playing football for the Big Red.

Speaker

Dewey Johnson

Topic: Plastics Sustainability from a Petrochemical Perspective

Vice President, Base Chemicals and Plastics, IHS Markit

Dewey Johnson is the vice-president for Base Chemicals at IHS Markit. Dewey is responsible for global insight and research covering the major chemical value chains including aromatics and fibers, olefins and derivatives, inorganics (chlor-alkali, vinyls, and soda ash), plastics and polymers, and syn-gas chemicals (methanol, acetyls, and ammonia). Based in Houston, Dewey joined IHS (formerly CMAI), in 2009. His experience in the petrochemical industry covers all aspects of the business — financial, commercial, operations, research, strategy design and business planning, business development, as well as consultancy. Dewey received BS and MS engineering degrees from Tennessee Technological University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He also earned an MBA in General Management. Dewey has been a frequent guest lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, UVA Darden School of Management, and SUNY at Albany School of Public Policy.

Speaker

Tony Potter

Topic: Technological Development from Energy to Chemical

Global Vice President, Specialty Chemicals, IHS Markit

Mr. Tony Potter serves as global vice president at IHS Markit, leading specialty chemical research and analysis in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Potter has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His expertise includes market analysis, strategy development and investment analysis. He has led numerous studies, including project feasibility through acting as market and technical consultant to lenders, market and competitive analysis, benchmarking, organizational design and strategy development. He currently leads chemical research and analysis teams in with teams in Singapore and Tokyo. Mr. Potter previously ran his own independent consulting practice, specializing in competitive and economic analysis of the oil, petrochemical and polymer industries, including business interruption loss analysis for the insurance industry and benchmarking of the global aromatics industry. He began his career in 1983 as a graduate recruit with Exxon Chemical in the UK, where he held a number of plant supervision, project management and planning management positions before transferring to Exxon's European head office in Brussels to work as an investment planning manager for the Basic Chemicals business group and industry analysis manager. Mr. Potter holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering (Hons.) from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.

Chemical Marketing Seminar 2
Sponsored by ICIS

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 11:15-12:45
Venue: Grand Ballroom, 5F

Speaker

John Richardson

Topic: Demand Challenges and Opportunities

Senior Consultant, Asia, ICIS

John Richardson is a highly experienced consultant, who has been working in the industry for 21 years. Based in Asia-Pacific, John has deep knowledge of the companies and people who have transformed the region into the world’s major production and consumption region. His views are highly valued by senior executives, who appreciate his balanced and independent approach. John leads the development of the ICIS multi-client business, and is the author of the highly regarded ICIS Asian PE and PP price forecasting reports. John has also co-authored an e-book, Boom, Gloom and the New Normal, with Paul Hodges of International eChem. John is a regular contributor to the ICIS magazine, ICIS Chemical Business and the online ICIS Insight service. Before joining ICIS, John worked for the BBC and UK national and local newspapers

Speaker

Balasubramaniam Ramani

Topic: Steam Cracker and Aromatics Opportunities and Challenges

Senior Consulting Manager, Asia, ICIS

Balasubramaniam Ramani is a Senior Consulting Manager with over 12 years of rich and varied experience in Strategic Research & Consulting, Project Management and Project Delivery. At ICIS Consulting, Bala is responsible for leading the consulting team in Asia across Business Development, Operational and Project Management & Execution aspects of Consulting in Asia (excluding China). He has Led and successfully delivered several significant consulting projects of varying scale and complexity both at regional as well as global level covering Project feasibility, Business viability, Price Forecasts, Project Economics, Cost competitiveness, Market Entry / Expansion Strategy, Business Planning and Strategic Roadmap. He is a chemical engineer with a Global MBA in marketing.

Speaker

Stefano Zehnder

Topic: The Feedstock Picture

Vice President, Global Refining & Petrochemical Feedstocks, ICIS

Stefano Zehnder is a senior member of the ICIS team involved in Consulting, globally responsible for the areas of Refining and Petrochemical Feedstocks. He has close to 30 years of experience researching these fields and the energy sectors, contributing to ICIS price forecast and Supply/Demand scenarios. Stefano participates to consulting projects, involving National and International Oil Companies, Financial Institutions and major petrochemical producers. Advisory experience includes feasibility studies, long term planning and evaluation of strategic opportunities. He regularly contributes publications and presentations to industry bodies.

Chemical Marketing Seminar 3
Sponsored by Tecnon OrbiChem

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 14:00-15:30
Venue: Grand Ballroom, 5F

Speaker

Roger Lee

Topic: Petrochemicals – The Growth Area that Refiners will Need

Managing Director, Tecnon Orbichem

Roger Lee joined Tecnon OrbiChem in 1988, since when he has worked as a consultant covering a wide range of products, principally in the polyester and intermediates business area. In 1996, he became Director Fibres & Intermediates Consulting Services. During 2005 and 2006, as Director Overseas Operations and Database Services, Roger was instrumental in establishing the company’s office in Shanghai. He was appointed Managing Director in 2006.
Roger holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University, a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, University of London and a M.A. in Chinese from Leeds University.

Speaker

Charles Fryer

Topic: New Feedstocks for the Chemical Industry

Chairman, Tecnon Orbichem

Charles Fryer is the founder of Tecnon OrbiChem. He is now principally involved in the company’s Individual Project Studies business. He also still contributes to the Polyamide & Intermediates consultancy service, a field in which he is a recognised world authority. Charles has been involved in scores of major chemical research projects over some 40 years of activity with Tecnon OrbiChem and has presented countless papers at international conferences. His career in the chemical industry started with ICI plc at the Corporate Research Laboratories in Runcorn, UK, working on transition metal catalysts.
Charles has degrees in Chemistry from Oxford University, UK, and the University of Florence, Italy, and was a Research Fellow in nuclear resonance spectroscopy at Warwick University, UK.

Speaker

Matthew Hartley

Topic: Disruptive Technologies Reshape the Chemical Industry

Senior Consultant - Individual Project Studies, Tecnon Orbichem

Matthew Hartley is a senior consultant for Tecnon OrbiChem’s Individual Client Study business. With 8 years in chemicals and energy consulting in the private and public sectors, he has experience in technical, economic and business feasibility studies, business strategy and finance due diligence projects across a range of industries and technologies. A number of recent assignments have focussed on renewable energy and green and bio chemical technology contributing towards a broad understanding of the global chemical and energy industries. Matthew has a degree in in Chemistry from Kings College London and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, UK.

Speaker

Gillian Tweddle

Topic: Advanced Processing of Plastics Materials

Business Manager – Individual Project Studies, Tecnon Orbichem

Gillian Tweddle joined Tecnon OrbiChem in June 2006 as Business Manager for Polyester & Intermediates consulting services. She has been Business Manager for Individual Project Studies since 2011 and has managed numerous studies and provided consulting for a wide range of chemical intermediates and feedstocks in that time.
Gillian has 30 years' experience in the chemical industry, starting her career with ICI and gaining experience in nylon intermediates, acrylics and polyester. She has experience in various plant design, operations, plant commissioning, project technical management and technology licensing roles, including a two year secondment to Taiwan for PTA plant commissioning with ICI/DuPont. After leaving DuPont in 2002 she worked as an independent consultant including providing strategic market research and production cost analysis reports on various chemicals and specialty chemicals.

Chemical Marketing Seminar 4
Sponsored by S&P Global Platts

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 15:45-17:15
Venue: Grand Ballroom, 5F

Speaker

Kang Wu

Topic: Emerging Energy Trends - Increasing Interconnectivity between Energy Sources and Implications for the Petrochemical Sector

Head of Analytics, Asia, S&P Global Platts

Dr. Kang Wu has over 25 years of energy analytics, consulting, and research experience. He conducts studies of energy policies, security, demand, supply, and trade with a special emphasis on oil, gas, coal, and other commodities. Based in Singapore, Kang is part of the S&P Global Platts Analytics global leadership team and is responsible for leading the efforts to grow in East of Suez and developing an integrated commodities view in the region. Prior to joining S&P Platts, He was a director and senior research fellow with King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in charge of a program for doing research on global oil, gas, and coal markets with special focuses on Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Before that he was Vice Chairman in Asia for FGE, an oil and gas consultancy. Kang also held senior fellow and senior advisor roles in energy research and consulting, covering a variety of issues related economic, energy and environmental developments in Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Pacific Island economies, including many years of work at the Honolulu-based East-West Center, an institution established by the US Congress. Kang speaks frequently at international conferences, forums, workshops and training programs. His research has been widely cited by the press and industrial media. In 2003, Kang testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on the impact of China’s energy sector and market developments on the rest of the world. Kang is the author and co-author of numerous research papers, journal articles, project reports, books, book chapters and other publications. Kang holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the US

Speaker

Eshwar Yennigalla

Topic: Game Changers in Petrochemicals: Crude & Recycling

Senior Analyst, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

Eshwar Yennigalla is responsible for refinery petrochemical simulations and forecasts, developing models for short-term and long-term petrochemical outlooks, production cost analysis tools and contributes towards developing new analytics products. He extensively covers the global ethylene and aromatics value chains and is a regular speaker at petrochemical forums.

Speaker

Serena Seng

Topic: US-China Trade Dispute and the Shifts in Global Petrochemicals Trade Flow

Managing Editor, S&P Global Platts

Serena Seng is currently the managing editor of the Asia Petrochemicals team leading a team of editors with a key focus on the Olefins, Polymer and Polyester markets. She joined the Platts Petrochemicals team in May 2015 and was a senior editor covering the aromatics markets, particularly in toluene where she refined the methodology for the CFR China assessments. Prior to joining the Petrochemicals team in 2015, she has spent the last two years as an analyst at The Steel Index, a Platts Metals business unit covering the metallurgical coal markets and has helped launched the CFR China indices, swaps and futures cleared on the Singapore Exchange.

Speaker

Gustav Holmvik

Topic: Preparing for an Asian Dawn

Team Leader, Asia Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

Gustav Holmvik is team leader in the Asian petrochemical team for S&P Global Platts in Singapore. He has worked on several different petrochemical markets ranging from styrene monomer to paraxylene, and from PTA to polystyrene during his 9 years with Platts, and currently covers xylenes. He holds a degree in journalism from Australia’s Monash University, and has previously worked as a reporter in his native Norway.

Committee Meetings

Date: Friday, May 17 2019
Time: 14:00-17:00

Session 1: General Matters and Raw Materials
Venue: Grand Ballroom, 5F

Speaker

Tony Potter

Topic: Key Trend in Global Petrochemicals

Global Vice President, Specialty Chemicals, IHS Markit

Mr. Tony Potter serves as global vice president at IHS Markit, leading specialty chemical research and analysis in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Potter has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His expertise includes market analysis, strategy development and investment analysis. He has led numerous studies, including project feasibility through acting as market and technical consultant to lenders, market and competitive analysis, benchmarking, organizational design and strategy development. He currently leads chemical research and analysis teams in with teams in Singapore and Tokyo. Mr. Potter previously ran his own independent consulting practice, specializing in competitive and economic analysis of the oil, petrochemical and polymer industries, including business interruption loss analysis for the insurance industry and benchmarking of the global aromatics industry. He began his career in 1983 as a graduate recruit with Exxon Chemical in the UK, where he held a number of plant supervision, project management and planning management positions before transferring to Exxon's European head office in Brussels to work as an investment planning manager for the Basic Chemicals business group and industry analysis manager. Mr. Potter holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering (Hons.) from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.

Speaker

Shawn Zhang

Topic: New Energy & New Materials in Chinese Market

Project Director, Consulting Division, CNCIC

Shawn Zhang is a project director at the consulting division of China National Chemical Information Centre (CNCIC), Shawn Zhang has accumulated 9 years of market consulting experience and with focus on chemical industry information research, he has do date served as the project leader or one of key consultants in more than 120 consulting projects. Shawn’s area of specialty includes the following: Petrochemical raw materials, specialty resins, coatings, adhesives and packaging materials. Shawn has a master’s degree from the Nankai University.

Speaker

Stefano Zehnder

Topic: Crude Oil-to-Chemicals (COTC) – Reshaping Asia

Vice President Consulting, Global Refining, ICIS

Stefano Zehnder is a senior member of the ICIS team involved in Consulting, globally responsible for the areas of Refining and Petrochemical Feedstocks. He has close to 30 years of experience researching these fields and the energy sectors, contributing to ICIS price forecast and Supply/Demand scenarios. Stefano participates to consulting projects, involving National and International Oil Companies, Financial Institutions and major petrochemical producers. Advisory experience includes feasibility studies, long term planning and evaluation of strategic opportunities. He regularly contributes publications and presentations to industry bodies.

Speaker

Eshwar Yennigalla

Topic: Clean Solutions for the Petrochemical Industry are a Time of Energy Transitions

Analyst, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

Eshwar Yennigalla is responsible for refinery petrochemical simulations and forecasts, developing models for short-term and long-term petrochemical outlooks, production cost analysis tools and contributes towards developing new analytics products. He extensively covers the global ethylene and aromatics value chains and is a regular speaker at petrochemical forums.

Session 2: Polyolefins
Venue: Junior I, 5F

Speaker

Yi Ling Tan

Topic: Polyolefin Market Update and Outlook

Associate Director – Polyolefins, IHS Markit

Yi Ling Tan joined CMAI (now IHS Markit) as Research Analyst of Polyolefins / chlor alkali and vinyls for the Asia Pacific Region in 2010. During the initial years she worked extensively on the price, cost and margin models to develop thorough understanding and insights about the Polyolefins Business. After successive promotions, in February 2016 she assumed independent responsibility as Associate Director – Polyolefins. As a part of her current assignment, apart from leading the specialty polyethylene service for the region, she contributes to various Market Advisory services and supports various consulting activities as a subject matter expert.

Speaker

Peter Huang

Topic: Market Opportunity of Polyolefin Elastomer and Plastomer (POE & POP) in China

CEO, Consulting Division, CNCIC

Peter Huang has been the CEO of China National Chemical Information Centre (CNCIC) Consulting, a position he has held since 2014. An expert in both upstream and downstream fields in the realm of chemical industry, Peter has managed more than 500 consulting projects in petroleum & chemical industry, serving both multinational and local chemical companies. Prior to joining CNCIC Consulting, Peter has accumulated extensive experience at a world-leading management consulting company and an US. chemical industrial consulting company. Peter has a master’s degree from University of Colorado, as well as an MBA degree from York University.

Speaker

Felita Widjaja

Topic: Polymer Business Strategies in the Era of Low Profitability – “Adaptability is the Key.”

Senior Editor, Polyethylene, ICIS

Felita has extensive experience covering the polyethylene markets in Asia. She works closely with her counterparts in Singapore and Shanghai as well as with colleagues from other business units to collaborate on areas ranging from content creation and coverage to market engagement activities which include delivering market presentations at company and industry events, such as the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA), Thai Plastic Industry Association (TPIA), Vietnam Plastic Association (VPA) as well as Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC). Felita co-launched new assessments for the Asia metallocene PE market in 2017 and was a joint recipient of the RBI Brilliance Award in 2016 for market engagement in winning/defending benchmark success in Asia.

Speaker

Heng Hui

Topic: Trends & Environment Impacts in Polyolefin Markets, US-China Trade Tariffs, China Pollution Scrap Ban and Impact and Short-Term Market Outlook

Senior Editor, Petrochemical, S&P Global Platts

Heng Hui is a senior editor in the S&P Global Platts Petrochemical team in Asia reporting on PE, PP and polymer freight. She brings ten years of experience in reporting the petrochemical markets, and has also held posts in administration in government agencies and scientific research in the UK.

Session 3: Styrenics
Venue: Spring-Summer, 3F

Speaker

Kate Lee

Topic: Styrene Monomer: Are the Good Days Over?

Senior Petrochemical Markets Reporter, Argus

Kate Lee joined Argus as a reporter covering styrene and MTBE in 2014 and also covers ethylene. She first entered the petrochemicals industry as a BTX broker, gaining extensive experience as a broker and trader in toluene, benzene, mixed xylenes, mixed aromatics and styrene.

Speaker

Rhian O’Connor

Topic: China vs. Southeast Asia in Styrenics Capacity Investment – Two Scenarios

Senior Analyst, ICIS

Rhian O’Connor is a Senior Analyst covering the global styrene and propylene oxide chain. She has over 18 years' experience analyzing trends in the global chemicals industry. She was an Equity Analyst advising clients on chemicals investments and covegrey polyurethanes businesses historically including BASF and Bayer/Covestro. With ICIS, Rhian has worked on a number of single client projects in the propylene oxide and polyols fields across Asia including market overviews and analysis of future investment decisions. She has authogrey a number of pieces on the PO and derivatives market including an in-depth insight "The PO problem". Rhian regularly speaks at conferences on a number of topics including Asian petrochemicals. She was invited to speak at the 2018 APIC conference on Chinese propylene oxide developments.

Speaker

Regina Sher

Topic: Asia Styrenics: US Demand Losing Team, or Catch its Breath?

Associate Editor, S&P Global Platts

Regina Sher joined Platts as an Associate Editor in the Asian Petrochemicals team in September 2018, covering the styrene monomer and its downstream ABS/polystyrene. Prior to her position at Platts, Regina spent approximately four years as a Business Development Analyst at EEX Asia developing business strategies on global oil and tanker freight and derivatives market.

Session 4: PVC
Venue: Fortune-Prosperity, 5F

Speaker

Bemard Law

Topic: Chlor-Allkali: Global PVC Market Heading Toward Tighter Global Balance

Editor Chlor-Alkali Asia, Argus

Bernard Law is Editor, Chlor-Alkali, Asia, based in Singapore. He covers the chlor-alkali and vinyl markets in Asia and was one of the key members of the start-up team for Argus’ newly established Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives services. His in-depth knowledge of and network in the chlor-alkali industry has strengthened Argus’ position in the chlor-alkali and vinyl markets and helped establish the pricing index for the region. Bernard has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical industry in Asia, holding various positions in market and competitive analysis, benchmarking, sales, marketing and business development. Prior to joining Argus in 2017, Bernard worked as a principal analyst for Harriman Chemsult starting in 2004, and subsequently with IHS when the two companies merged. He generated benchmarking pricing and assessments, including the northeast Asia and southeast Asia caustic to alumina indexes. Previously, he spent 13 years working in the specialty and commodity chemicals sector in Asia-Pacific. Bernard graduated with a BSc from the University of Malaya, majoring in mathematics and chemistry.

Speaker

Shiyao Wang

Topic: Will Chinese PVC Industry Continue to Prosper Under New Dynamics?

Senior Consultant, Consulting Division, CNCIC

Shiyao Wan is a Senior Consultant at the consulting division of China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC). Shiyao has more than 8 years of research and consulting experience in chemical industry. Utilizing his petrochemical expertise, he was involved in various petrochemical projects, including C2, C3, C4 and base oil downstream value chains for foreign and state-owned enterprises. His other high profile projects include H Vanadium Titano-Magnetite and TiO2 value chains, especially in the areas of slag recycling and solid waste treatment, and the Chlor-Alkali market and the evolution of policy in China. Prior to joining CNCIC Consulting, Shiyao worked as a visiting researcher at Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany) and an Energy Analyst for International Energy Forum (Saudi Arabia). Shiyao acquired his BA and Meng from the University of Cambridge, UK prior to receiving his PHD degree at the age of 27.

Speaker

Fumiko Dobashi

Topic: Possibility of Recycle PVC: Can Recycle PVC Ease Current PCV Supply Tightness?

Senior Editor, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

Fumiko Dobashi is currently senior editor of the Asia Petrochemicals team, covering ethylene and vinyls chain. She has been reporting petrochemical markets for almost 15 years, covering wide range of products – olefins, polymers, aromatics, as well as intermediates. Fumiko has great experience of presenting about petrochemical markets at key conferences, such as APIC, CMRI as well as K-Fair. Recent APIC topics include “India takes the lead in Asia PVC” (Sapporo, PVC committee) and Asia Olefins: What drives ethylene/butadiene to multi-year high? (Sapporo, Chemical Marketing Seminar). In Kuala Lumpur, Fumiko presented “The Game Changer: Dynamic change in PVC market” (PVC Committee).

Session 5: Synthetic Rubber
Venue: Junior II, 5F

Speaker

Anthony Song

Topic: Asia Synthetic Rubber Market

Associate Director, C4s and Elastomers, IHS Markit

Anthony Song joined IHS Markit Singapore in April 2013 as Senior Manager – Asia Olefins and Elastomers. His responsibility in IHS Markit includes the support of the Asia olefins service leader in the publication of the Asia Market Report – Light Olefins. In addition, he is also responsible for the daily coverage for the butadiene/C4 and elastomers markets in Asia pacific, including the monthly contributions to the Global Outlook for Feedstock (C4) and Elastomers Report.
He started his career as petrochemical trader at Hanwha Corporation in Korea. His duties were to trade EDC/VCM/C4 LPG within Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Later he became trading manager for handling Crude C4/Butadiene/Raffinates, as well as supporting other Olefin products such as Ethylene and Propylene. In 2006, he was sent to Dubai, UAE, as a regional experts program started by Hanwha Group. He has stayed there for nine months to research and develop future strategic item within the Mideast. In 2008, he was sent to Singapore to work at Hanwha International (one of overseas office in Hanwha) as Team Manager handling Olefins and Aromatics. He concentrated on Toluene as well as other C4 Olefins products. From end of 2011 till early 2013, he extended his career as Toluene broker at BNL Chemicals.

Speaker

Helen Yan

Topic: Will China be the New Game Change in the Global Butadiene Market?

Senior Editor, ICIS

Helen Yan is a senior editor at ICIS and tracks the butadiene and synthetic rubber markets in Asia. Helen is an experienced editor, having covered a wide range of petrochemical products in her tenure with ICIS. She has been with ICIS for about 18 years and have been covering the butadiene ad synthetic rubber markets including styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), polybutadiene rubber (PBR) and acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) for more than 10 years. She is very well established in the Asian butadiene and synthetic rubber market and has an in-depth knowledge and insight of the developments and price trends in Asia.

Speaker

Elizabeth Low

Topic: The Electronic Vehicle (EV) Revolution and the Shift in Trade Dynamics

Editor, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Plattss

Elizabeth Low is the editor and pricing specialist for Platts' butadiene and derivative products, joining the Petrochemicals team in 2018. An experienced journalist and pricing specialist, she spent the last two years in Platts' Metals team covering raw materials for steel, most recently in its leading coking coal index. Before her time at Platts, Elizabeth was deputy editor for a business publication covering the advertising industry, heading a team of news reporters.

Session 6: Synthetic Fibre Raw Materials
Venue: Autumn-Winter, 3F

Speaker

Ding Wei

Topic: Polyester Chain Market Outlook

Director, Aromatics and Fibers, IHS Markit

Ding Wei has more than 14 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, specializing in the polyester value chain. Before joining IHS in February 2012, Mr. Ding worked for DAEWOO, CIXI I&E CO.,LTD and Samyang Corp. in the chemical trading field, specifically in the area of polyester feedstocks. He currently serves as Director of PTA and Derivatives for China in the Aromatics & Fibers Group. Mr. Ding holds a bachelor’s degree in International Trade from Soochow university in China.

Speaker

Jenny Yi

Topic: Asian PX Market Outlook – from the Angle of the PET Value Chain Cycle

Senior analyst, ICIS

Jenny Yi is a senior analyst covering the aromatics and derivatives industry chain with more than 13-year of experience. She is focused on supply& demand analysis and forecasting, particularly for benzene, toluene, xylene, styrene, phenol, acetone, PX, PTA, and PET. Jenny has provided numerous consulting services on aromatics, including a detailed study for a high profile state refinery and chemical producer in China, helping the company to assess and forecast relevant prices.

Speaker

Javier Rivera

Topic: The Global Polyester & Intermediates Industry: Trends & Challenges

Senior Consultant – EG, EO & Derivatives, Caprolactam, Polyamide Resin, Tecnon OrbiChem

Javier Rivera is a Senior Consultant in Tecnon Orbichem’s Polyester (EO, Glycols & Derivatives) and Polyamide (Caprolactam and Polyamide 6 Resin) Consulting Services. His experience includes more than 20 years in the polyester and nylon industries. Javier previously worked for an European industrial company producing polyester and nylon polymers for packaging and textile applications, gaining extensive knowledge and experience of markets all along both product chains. Javier has degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Navarra and UNED, Spain respectively and a PDD from the IESE Business School.

Speaker

Crystal Chiang

Topic: What is the Challenge for Nylon Industry Now?

Asia Director, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals

Dr. Crystal Chiang is a native of Taiwan and graduated with a BS in chemistry from Soochow University in Taipei. And she went on to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Massachusetts, Lowell in United States. After graduation, Crystal worked for BASF Taiwan for her first job in petrochemical industry in 1998, and then moved to only caprolactam producer in Taiwan, CPDC (China Petrochemical Development Corporation) for 7 years. In 2007, Crystal joined CMAI focusing on nylon intermediates, polymers and related businesses in Singapore. She joined PCI continuing her professional life in the nylon industry in 2010. PCI has been acquired by Wood Mackenzie in 2015 and now the company is renamed to Wood Mackenzie Chemicals. Crystal currently lives in Taipei, Taiwan.

Session 7: Chemicals
Venue: Garden Villa, 8F

Speaker

Mahua Chakravarty

Topic: Methanol: How will Methanol Survive the Supply Overflow?

Petrochemical Markets Editor, Argus

Mahua Chakravarty has worked with Argus since 2013 and leads the petrochemicals desk in Asia, covering aromatics, methanol, polymers and olefins. She was previously a senior editor manager with ICIS covering aromatics and other key downstream markets. She has more than 18 years’ experience working as a journalist and editor with various publications in Singapore and India.

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Amber Liu

Topic: The Petrochemical Intermediates Conundrum

Head of Petchem Analytics, Asia, ICIS

Amber Liu is leading Asia Petchem Analytics in ICIS and based in Shanghai, China. She has 14 years of experience in petchem industry and gives business advisory with leading consulting houses cross industries. She is engaged in-depth analytics services including S&D scenarios, price forecasts, market/competitive intelligence, feasibility study and delivered dozens of speeches in key events and conferences. Amber specializes in olefins and derivatives analysis with comprehensive study in diversity of olefins feedstocs, lighter feedstock of crackers, competitiveness analysis of olefins industry and the integrated analysis from olefins to derivatives.

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Angeline Soh

Topic: Is Rationalization the Only Way to Sustainability in the Phenol Market?

Markets Editor, ICIS

Angeline Soh has over five years of experience analyzing and reporting on the Asian phenol and related markets. Based out of Singapore, she also has in-depth knowledge of key solvents markets, including EAC, IPA, and MIBK. In addition, Ann is an active contributor to ICIS News and has experience delivering video presentations.

Session 8: Environmental Issue
Venue: Longevity, 5F

Speaker

Jihoon Kim

Topic: Sustainability in Chemicals

Partner and Managing Director, Seoul, BCG

Jihoon Kim is a Partner and Managing Director in the Seoul office of The Boston Consulting Group. He is an Asia-Pacific topic leader on Chemicals sector of BCG and has worked with major chemical clients globally since 2007.
Jihoon has broad spectrum of experience and knowledge in chemicals, including bulk chemicals and intermediates, polymers, formulations, and inorganic specialties. He is also a core group member of the Industrial goods practice area. Before joining the firm, Jihoon was a Research assistant at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he was awarded his doctorate in Chemical Engineering.
He has a master’s in chemical engineering from University of Michigan and bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University.

Speaker

Arun Rajamani

Topic: Sustainability in Chemicals

Principal, Kuala Lumpur, BCGG

Arun Rajamani is a Principal in The Boston Consulting Group’s Singapore office. He is a core member of BCG's petrochemical group and has worked on several projects in North America, Middle East and South East Asia across all key topics of the petrochemical industry. He has also published several reports and articles with key insights on the Middle East and the Global petrochemical industry. Prior to BCG, Arun worked at The Dow Chemical Company in North America where he has several years of experience working with Dow’s polymer businesses. He was NA Marketing Manager for a specialty plastics portfolio which served the electrical and telecommunication industries. He also developed the strategy for the NA business of Dow’ hot melt adhesives business. Arun also led the development of Business Intelligence function within the then newly established Dow Oil & Gas business serving the industry with oilfield chemicals. Arun has an MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (India).

Speaker

Vicky Su

Topic: Today and Tomorrow: Petrochemical Industry in China – From the Viewpoint of Environmental Protection Storms

Senior Project Director, Consulting Division, CNCIC

Vicky Su is the Marketing Director of the Consulting Division of China National, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to joining CNCIC Consulting in 2015, she accumulated extensive experience in marketing science and product management roles in multinational pharmaceutical companies, responsible for marketing planning and execution, new product development, BD & L, market research and patient-focused programs in multinational pharmaceutical companies. Her industry experience leads her to excel in project management and project director roles specializing in industrial analysis and chemical-related industries. Recent achievements include strategic planning and product portfolio assessment for a petrochemical conglomerate in China; deep-dive value chain analysis for a C3-based product and its derivatives in Greater China and Southeast Asian regions and various policy-related projects for Chemical Parks, and the assessment of product portfolios under recent policy changes. Vicky holds a B.A from National Taiwan University and a M.B.A from Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Speaker

Justin Tsai

Topic: The Green Revolutions of the Far Eastern Group

President, Oriental Union Chemical Corp.

Education:
Master, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Bachelor, Tunghai University, Taiwan
Experience:
President, Oriental Union Chemical Corp.
President, China Petrochemical Development Corp. (CPDC)
Executive VP, CPDC.
VP of Business Unit, CPDC
Director, CPDC Da-Sheh Plant

Speaker

William Bann

Topic: Carbon Dioxide as an Industrial Chemical Feedstock

Business Manager - Acetyls, Polyamide & Intermediates, Epoxy & Engineering Resins, Tecnon OrbiChem

William Bann is responsible for Tecnon OrbiChem’s consulting activities in polyamide & intermediates, methanol, acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer, ethyl and butyl acetate, acetic anhydride and other VAM derivatives such as polyvinyl alcohol. William also manages Tecnon OrbiChem’s Engineering Thermoplastics, Phenol – Acetone and Epoxy Resins businesses. William has been active in monitoring global chemical markets since 1997. He joined Tecnon OrbiChem in 2006, working from Houston, before moving to London in 2008. William is a graduate of Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, and has 25 years’ experience as a journalist.