Joel Chow

Vice President, APAC Consulting


  • Chemicals
  • Downstream oil refining

Joel Chow has 24 years of experience in the Downstream refining and chemicals industries, having taken on operational, commercial and advisory roles. Joel returned to Wood Mackenzie in 2019 joining the Consulting team in Singapore after spending 4 years in the Middle East. From 2015-19, Joel was with Saudi Aramco based in Saudi Arabia where he was a Senior Advisor in Corporate Planning for Aramco’s investments in the refining and chemicals businesses. He supported the development of strategies for Aramco’s investments in olefins and aromatics globally.

Between 2008-15, Joel held various senior consulting and advisory positions with a number of consulting houses. Joel has managed key studies for international clients involving grass root projects, M&As and business strategies. Joel’s key area of expertise is in the Aromatics and Olefins businesses where he has been called upon to advise clients in the technology, planning and commercial aspects in these industries. Joel has in-depth experience in the assessment of interfacing and integration issues between refining and petrochemicals production.

Prior to 2008, Joel had a 13-year career with ExxonMobil where he held various positions in refining/chemicals operations, technology and commercial roles within Asia and the US. He also worked in the ExxonMobil Basic Chemicals Technology group in Baytown, Texas for a number of years support plants in the US Gulf Coast.

Joel graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Chemical Engineering.