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Americas Chemicals and Polymers Conference

September 14 - October 29

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About the Conference:

Our new flagship conference for Americas combines three of our most popular events into one. Benefit from our integrated analysis across the chemicals and polymers value chains, on top of the commodity insights our Olefins, Polyester, and Thermoplastics Conference series has always delivered.

Hear from senior industry leaders and our experts about how the market is developing in response to:

  • Covid-19 and next steps to recovery
  • Growing impact of sustainability commitments
  • Refinery to petrochemical integration and the evolution of feedstock trends

The conference will include sessions focused on base chemical, polymer, and key application markets, deep dives into emerging trends and technologies, and discussions on the hottest topics facing the industry.

Day one: the bigger picture.
Our experts’ detailed integrated views of how the industry is evolving, from petroleum feedstocks through to plastics applications.

Day two: your piece of the puzzle.
Dive even deeper with short and mid-term views across our three content streams and take the opportunity to build your own agenda.

  • 200+

    Attendees from across the chemicals industry

  • 100+

    Companies attending

  • 40+

    In depth presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions

  • 10+

    Hours to organise meeting with speakers and fellow attendees

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Agenda

9:00 AM

CT

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Session 1: The Big Picture

Steven Prusak

Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Technology

Chevron Phillips Chemicals

Matthew Chadwick

Vice President, Head of Petrochemical Research

Wood Mackenzie

Nathan Schaffer

Vice President Petrochemicals

Wood Mackenzie

9:45 AM

CT

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Panel Discussion: A sustainable future - polymer value chains in 2040

Jennifer Louie

Executive Director

Closed Loop Partners

Avik Dey

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Nova Chemicals

Alexandra Tennant

Sr. Research Analyst, PET/RPET

Wood Mackenzie

10:30 AM

CT

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Interactive Session - Scope 3 for plastic waste: tracking plastic from cradle to grave

Steve Jenkins

VP Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

Olivia Loa

Research Associate

Wood Mackenzie

Edward Gibbs

Chemicals Sales – Europe & Americas

Wood Mackenzie

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Interactive Session - 20 trillion bottles: what might packaging redesign initiatives mean for polymer demand?

Andrew Brown

Senior Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Sandheep Sebastian

Senior Data Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Janine Hughes

Chemicals Sales Manager

Wood Mackenzie

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Interactive Session - Navigating the pending downturn: analyzing economics and asset competitiveness across key petrochemical value chains

Patrick Kirby

Principal Analyst - EMEARC Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Hugh Hartzog

Senior Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals

Wood Mackenzie

Beth Daniel

Chemicals Account Manager

Wood Mackenzie

10:50 AM

CT

10:50 AM - 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM

CT

11:05 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 2: Americas Industry View

Peter Martin

Director, Head of Economics

Wood Mackenzie

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets, Downstream Global SME

Wood Mackenzie

9:00 AM

CT

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Panel Discussion: Strategies for Resilience in a Disrupted World

Nathan Schaffer

Vice President Petrochemicals

Wood Mackenzie

Sanjay Moolji

Global Director – Business Development, Tricon

Tricon

Rocky Vermani

SVP, Supply Chain & Procurement

Nova Chemicals

Benjamin Whiting

MD and Head of Chemicals & Plastics

PNC Bank

Marc Nicolas

Global Business Director

Albemarle Corporation

9:45 AM

CT

9:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Session 1 – Polyester Stream

Alexandra Tennant

Sr. Research Analyst, PET/RPET

Wood Mackenzie

Steve Wilkerson

Principal Analyst, EO/EG

Wood Mackenzie

Charles Neivert

Managing Director | Equity Research | Chemicals/Agriculture

Piper Sandler & Co

Hugh Hartzog

Senior Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals

Wood Mackenzie

Gustavo Hernandez

Araomatics Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

9:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Session 1 – Olefins and Base Chemicals Stream

Patrick Kirby

Principal Analyst - EMEARC Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Michael Camarada

Senior Research Analyst, Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Charles Neivert

Managing Director | Equity Research | Chemicals/Agriculture

Piper Sandler & Co

Gustavo Hernandez

Araomatics Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Carlos Monreal

Chairman & CEO

Plastic Energy

Nathan Schaffer

Vice President Petrochemicals

Wood Mackenzie

9:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Session 1 – Thermoplastics Stream

Quentin De Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Lisa Kennedy

Director Business Development

Genomatica

Guy Bailey

Head of Intermediates and Applications

Wood Mackenzie

11:35 AM

CT

11:35 AM - 12:15 PM

Break

12:15 PM

CT

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Panel Discussion: A Sustainable Present - How Are Corporate Targets and Legislation Driving Change in Polymer Value Chains Today?

Cam Pascual

Senior Program Officer Plastic & Material Science

World Wildlife Fund

John Bissell

Co-Founder & CEO

Origin Materials

Andrew Brown

Senior Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

1:00 PM

CT

1:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Session 2 – Olefins and Base Chemicals Stream

Robert Flores

Vice President of Sustainability

Berry Global, Inc.

Mariana Moreira

Senior Analyst, Films & Flexible Packaging

Wood Mackenzie

Ashish Chitalia

Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Nathan Schaffer

Vice President Petrochemicals

Wood Mackenzie

1:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Session 2 –Thermoplastics Stream

Ram Chandrasekaran

Head of Road Transport

Wood Mackenzie

Lei Liu

Business Consultant – PBT Business

Wood Mackenzie

Liam Barbary

Company Director

Benchmark

Guy Bailey

Head of Intermediates and Applications

Wood Mackenzie

l murphy

Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

1:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Session 2 – Polyester Stream

Hugo Christiaen

Director Corporate Social Responsibility

TWE Group

Bruna Angel

Principal Analyst - Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Shruthi Vangipuram

Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Qamreen Parker

Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Gustavo Hernandez

Araomatics Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

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Why attend?

  • Hear from our industry experts and guest speakers as they present integrated analysis across chemicals and polymers value chains
  • Have access to content across 3 streams: Olefins & Derivatives, Polyester and Thermoplastics - build your own agenda by selecting sessions that best suit your content needs
  • Be part of a global network, connect, learn and share with attendees across the world - gain access to industry peers via our event communities and 1:1 meeting tool
  • One

    Integrated industry view

  • Two

    Days of analysis and discussion

  • Three

    Content streams to choose from

Regional Focus

Recovery and regulations: how will they impact North American petrochemical investments?

The pandemic led to structural shifts in global polymer demand and consequently the petrochemical industry. As the economic recovery in North America sets in, the industry is likely to face new regulations demanding a more sustainable plastics value chain, increasing competition from new investments in China, and further supply chain volatility brought about by weather and trade-related disruptions.

What will it take to be a winner in this new normal?  And what decisions today can provide robust capital and portfolio allocation to survive future volatility?

Conference Topics

What does the growth of electric vehicles mean for petrochemical feedstocks?

As fuel demand slows and then declines, petrochemicals are seen as a key source of growth for oil demand. We’ll explore what this means for the evolution of petrochemical feedstocks, and at what a winning strategy for integrated companies might look like.

How does a carbon-based industry adapt to a net zero world?

With carbon embedded in the heart of polymer value chains, how can the industry contribute to the journey to net zero? We’ll look at how leading companies are addressing the challenge, and at which technologies will play a key role in the transition.

What does a resilient chemicals business look like in a world of overcapacity and black swan events?

2020 will live long in the memory, but weather and logistics shocks in Q1 2021 show that operational risks are not going away. With several segments of the industry facing structural over-supply as well, we’ll examine what it takes to build a resilient business in the current environment.

Can consumer brands meet their sustainability goals?

As commitments to address packaging waste stack up, how likely is it that the system can rise to the challenge? In the conference, we’ll explore the key pivot points in the industry and new technologies and materials that could contribute to the goal of a more sustainable industry.

 

Chemicals and Polymers Conference

A wider view. The same sharp focus.

Quentin De Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Quentin has over 30 years’ experience in the chemical industry in both France and Brazil, most recently with Rhodia, part of Solvay Group. Having held positions in marketing and market intelligence processing and tools, he has extensive project management, chemical process management and R&D experience. A Chemical Engineer graduation from UNICAMP (Campinas State University), Quentin holds an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

l murphy

Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Laura joined Wood Mackenzie in 2017 after more than 25 years in the nylon and polyester industrial fiber business. Prior to joining Woodmac, she worked for DuPont, Kordsa, Hailide America, and most recently Nexis Fibers. Her roles have included everything from process engineer to shift supervisor to market manager. Laura grew up in Rhode Island and received a chemical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In her spare time, she is an avid underwater photographer and is currently trying to improve her golf handicap. She enjoys the occasional glass of pinot noir in her suburban Philadelphia home.

Ashish Chitalia

Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Currently leads Wood Mackenzie’s polyolefins service, with a decade of experience in research and consulting for the commodity and specialty polyolefins; has developed strategic research tools and analytics products to integrate commodity polyolefins into the existing Wood Mackenzie chemical research Has a broad background with projects ranging from refining to petrochemicals, solvents to specialty polymers and catalysts to plastics converted goods Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Ashish held several roles at Chemical Market Resources, Inc. Here, he consulted numerous clients with market entry strategy, mergers and acquisition, project feasibility, opportunity analysis, technology evaluation and market assessment of chemicals, polyolefins and catalysts sector. Graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BS and MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Nathan Schaffer

Vice President Petrochemicals

Wood Mackenzie

Nathan Schaffer is Vice President of Petrochemicals at Wood Mackenzie with over 25 years of industry experience in the upstream, refining and petrochemicals businesses. Most recently, he was a Partner at a boutique energy consulting firm focused on the changing dynamics of the oil and gas value chain. Nathan previously was a Director at PFC Energy (now IHS Markit) where he headed the North America downstream consulting practice. Prior to that, Nathan worked at ExxonMobil as a senior financial advisor with various assignments in the areas of refining and midstream. He began his career as a process engineer at Stone & Webster where he played key technical and managerial roles in a large number of global ethylene projects. Nathan holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an M.B.A from the University of Houston.

Gustavo Hernandez

Araomatics Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Gustavo Hernandez has 30 years of experience in the petrochemical industries. Gustavo joined Wood Mackenzie in 2019 joining the Research team in Houston after a long career of 30 years in Alpek based in Monterrey, Mexico where he was the technology licensing VP for Alpek. Between 1999-2011, Gustavo held various positions within Alpek, from managing all operations at Alpek’s Hong Kong office (covering from Japan to Indonesia and India) and later when returning to the Mexican head office for Alpek, Gustavo was in charge of coordinating all commercial operations with all customers. Since 2011, Gustavo was he head of the technology licensing business unit for Alpek’s PTA and PET technologies. Gustavo’s key area of expertise is in the polyester business where he has been called upon to advise clients in the technology, planning and commercial aspects in the industry. Prior to 199, Gustavo had a 11-year career with Petrotemex (part of Alpek) where he held various positions in commercial team handling PTA and PET.

Steve Wilkerson

Principal Analyst, EO/EG

Wood Mackenzie

Steve joined Wood Mackenzie in 2020, with 12 previous years of experience in the chemical industry. He was most recently with Helm US Corp. as Product Manager for the Glycol’s North America business, where he managed a large portfolio of glycol products for domestic and international distribution. Prior to his years with Helm he worked for Berryman Chemical Inc., a world scale manufacturer of oilfield chemicals. He is currently responsible for Ethylene Oxide and Ethylene Oxide derivatives analysis in the Americas region. His experience ranges within the chemicals business segments and their activities on Ethylene Glycol products. With a wealth of experience being involved in accounting, chemical blending and distribution, sales and procurement he can provide an inside perspective on EO/EG market analysis. Steve has a MS in accounting from The University of Houston Clear Lake campus and a bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Science from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Timur joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals team in 2015, following the acquisition of PCI Group by Wood Mackenzie. He started at PCI in January, 2015 as a Business Analyst, responsible for preparing cost models, analysis of price tendencies and market situation in the nylon chain from petrochemical feedstock to fibres and engineering plastics. Prior to PCI, Timur was 7 years with SIBUR petrochemical company as a leading researcher, responsible for exploring business opportunities and leading in-house and collaborative R&D teams. He participated in feasibility studies, market analysis and chemical process evaluations. Timur graduated from the Moscow State University with a Specialist’s degree in Chemistry, and earned his doctor degree in Petroleum Chemistry from the Institute of Petroleum Chemistry, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science.

Lei Liu

Business Consultant – PBT Business

Wood Mackenzie

Lei joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals team in August 2018 as a Business Consultant. He is currently taking care of the PBT research in Asia region, including market study, pricing analysis, supply/demand analysis and other studies related to PBT and its intermediates. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Lei was 6 years with Bayer firstly as a Senior Process Engineer and later Operational Excellence Consultant. He has experience in process design & optimization in both polymer industry and fine chemicals industry. He is also experienced in Lean Six Sigma methodology and have led projects in various fields such as production, logistics, and corporate functions. Lei graduated from Tsing University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and then got his PhD degree also in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore.

Alexandra Tennant

Sr. Research Analyst, PET/RPET

Wood Mackenzie

Alexandra Tennant is a Senior Analyst with Wood Mackenzie covering PET and RPET for Mexico and South America. Alexandra initially joined the Houston office of Wood Mackenzie in 2018 in Consulting. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Alexandra was with ExxonMobil Chemical's Controller's organization beginning as a Financial Analyst for manufacturing sites and eventually as Global Financial Coordinator for the Chemicals Company. She began her career as a consultant at Accenture focused on energy and related manufacturing clients.   Alexandra holds a Bachelors of Arts degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Vanderbilt University in Economics and the History of Art as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the School of Management at Yale University.

Bruna Angel

Principal Analyst - Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Education: Bruna Angel has Masters degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and in Agricultural Economics from the USA. Bruna was involved in the econometric modelling of agricultural commodities at the Center for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD) at Iowa State University, USA. Industry Experience: Between 1990 and 2000 Bruna worked with The Woolmark Company developing supply, demand and price analysis and forecasts for key players in the wool market. She has travelled extensively in China, Australia and South America. Consulting Experience: Bruna has been with Wood MacKenzie since 2001 (originally with PCI Fibres) working on natural fibres and their interaction with man-made fibres, on trade data and trade policy issues and contributing to our single client projects in the man-made fibre area. She is a specialist in spun yarn markets involving all the main chemical fibres and natural fibres. She also provides important consulting advice on current trade-issues across regions and products involving fibres, textiles and apparel.

Hugo Christiaen

Director Corporate Social Responsibility

TWE Group

Hugo Christiaen studied Master of engineering and started his career in 1982. From 1987 he has been active in the textile nonwovens business and remained active there ever since. Hugo started his career within the nonwovens business at the nonwovens division of the British Vita company as Purchasing manager for the Belgian plant. Over the years many different managerial functions came, from operations over R&D, marketing and sales. From 2004 onwards, Hugo was appointed Procurement Director of the nonwovens division of British Vita, with several plants in the US and Europe. In 2006, British Vita was acquired by one of the world’s largest venture capitalist firm Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and the company name of British Vita was transformed to The Vita Group. Within the procurement community of TPG, Hugo represented The Vita Group as Procurement director for the entire group. In September 2012, the nonwovens division of The Vita Group was taken over by the TWE Group, with headquarters in Emsdetten, Germany, and Hugo became Strategic Procurement Director of the TWE Group with 12 nonwoven producing plants active in three continents, the US, Europe and Asia. Last year, in March 2020, Hugo changed position and became Director CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) for the TWE Group, responsible for sustainability. Hugo is a Belgian resident.

Matthew Chadwick

Vice President, Head of Petrochemical Research

Wood Mackenzie

Matthew currently leads Wood Mackenzie’s global Petrochemicals Research business. His expertise lies in analysing commercial and strategic issues for refiners, chemical manufacturers and related businesses. Having lived and worked in Europe, Singapore and the US, Matthew blends close to 20 years’ experience in diverse operating environments with global market expertise. Matthew has helped clients answer critical questions in all areas of the oil value chain, from crude production through infrastructure, refining and petrochemicals. He has led numerous high-profile consulting projects providing commercial and strategic advice; plus transaction, valuation and financing support. Chemical companies, national and international oil companies, independent refiners, investment banks, private equity companies, upstream producers, and midstream operators have all sought his advice to help evaluate the best directions for their businesses. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Matthew worked for ExxonMobil. This experience affords him deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by operators of major energy installations. He has a First Class honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Glasgow. He is a Chartered Engineer and an alumnus of London Business School.

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets, Downstream Global SME

Wood Mackenzie

Alan is VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets. As Downstream Global SME, he is responsible for formulating Wood Mackenzie’s research outlook and integrated cross-sector perspectives on this global sector. Alan Gelder joined Wood Mackenzie’s Downstream Consulting team in 2005 and became global head in 2009. He transitioned into research upon his return from Houston in 2011 and was Global Head of Refining and Chemicals. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Alan had 10 years of industry consulting after working for ExxonMobil in a variety of project planning and technical process design roles. Alan has a first class Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London, supplemented by an MBA from Henley Management College.

Catherine Tan

Principal Analyst – Chemicals

Wood Mackenzie

Catherine joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals Research team as an analyst in March 2013. She played a major role in building the global olefins service for Wood Mackenzie and is responsible for ethylene and propylene analysis in Asia. In her role Catherine has also supported single-client work for project prefeasibility studies, identify market opportunities and developed cost models and price forecasts. She has also provided basic petrochemicals training sessions to an industry audience. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, she was with SABIC for 3 years, where she was the Market Intelligence Manager supporting the Functional Chemicals portfolio for Performance Chemicals. She was responsible for market analysis, price forecasts, competitor analysis, project assessments and evaluation of M&A opportunities. Product coverage included ethylene and propylene derivatives such as Linear Alpha Olefins, ethylene oxide derivatives and oxo alcohols. Before SABIC, she was with Chemical Market Associates Inc (CMAI) for 4 years as a Research Associate supporting Asian aromatics (BTX, styrene, phenol), where she was responsible for short and long term market analysis. Catherine graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Shruthi Vangipuram

Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Shruthi joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemical Research team as an Associate in June of 2018. Shruthi leads research coverage for the Americas benzene, styrene and derivative markets. She also supports long-term research analysis for the ethylene and propylene markets. Prior to joining Woodmac, Shruthi was a researcher at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her research focused on the future of Petrochemicals as a key revenue generator in the Oil & Gas industry. Shruthi graduated from Rice University in 2018 with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2016

Hugh Hartzog

Senior Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals

Wood Mackenzie

Hugh joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemical Research team as an analyst in October of 2018, where he has played a pivotal role in building out the global aromatics service for Wood Mackenzie. His primary product coverage centers around mixed xylenes and paraxylene for the Americas. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie in 2018, Hugh worked as lead cost control engineer and accounting manager for Performance Contractors, Inc., overseeing the cost forecasting, budgeting, and control for large capital industrial construction projects along the US Gulf South. After joining Wood Mackenzie, Hugh initially took responsibility for coverage of short-term benzene markets in North America before moving to focus primarily on xylenes coverage. Hugh also helps develop new chemical research products and services and provides ad hoc analysis for chemicals consulting projects. Hugh graduated from Louisiana State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and completed a Master of Science in Finance from Tulane University in 2018.

Mariana Moreira

Senior Analyst, Films & Flexible Packaging

Wood Mackenzie

Mariana is a Senior Research Analyst within Wood Chemicals; she joined the team in 2020. Mariana's research focuses on regional and global markets for Films & Flexible Packaging, providing short-term supply, demand and price monitoring and long-term strategic outlooks. Prior to this, Mariana was a Senior Research Analyst at IHS Markit where she was the regional expert for the South American chlor-alkali market while also covering bleaching chemicals markets in Europe and South America. Mariana holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.

Steven Prusak

Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Technology

Chevron Phillips Chemicals

Steven Prusak is senior vice president of corporate planning and technology at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. In this capacity, he leads the company’s corporate planning and development and research and technology functions. A 30-year industry veteran, Prusak previously served as general manager of corporate planning and development. Further, he has been instrumental in leading company efforts to unlock value by advancing innovation and continuous improvement of business processes and operations. Among his past company roles, Prusak was co-project director for Chevron Phillips Chemical’s $6.5 billion U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project completed in 2018. His project responsibilities included health and safety, commercial development, financial analysis and asset integration into the company’s portfolio. In addition to his more recent leadership roles, he once managed the olefins business and corporate reporting. Prusak began his career in 1990 with ARCO Chemical Company as a process engineer. During his tenure, he progressed through roles of increasing responsibility, including his transfer to The Hague in The Netherlands as lead process engineer. He later joined Chevron Phillips Chemical soon after its inception. Prusak holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Shushant Gupta

Research Director – Asia Pacific, Refining and oils market

Wood Mackenzie

Sushant has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry with strong focus on refining, crude oil and chemicals industry. He established and grew Wood Mackenzie’s downstream oils/refining research practice in Asia. Sushant heads up the team in Asia which is responsible to pull together the analysis of the key trends and issues in the oils and refining market both regionally and globally. Sushant has authored a series of research and consulting reports, which creates great commercial value to the clients. Sushant is a recognized expert in refining and oils market and is often interviewed by Media such as CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, and Wall Street Journal. He is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches for many industrial conferences and discussion with senior clients. Sushant joined Wood Mackenzie in 2007 after working for five years with Singapore Refining Company where he gained extensive experience in crude evaluation and purchase, refinery production planning, refinery economics, and product supply planning. He also has over three years of experience with Schenectady International group – India, a leading petrochemicals manufacturer in India. Sushant holds a First class masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Michael McDermott

Senior Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Michael joined Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in 2018, bringing seven years of experience in the petrochemical consulting. He is responsible for research and analysis of the polyolefins market in EMEARC and providing support to polyolefins clients worldwide. He provides supporting research for olefins group and has worked to develop sustainability offerings, including experience in the RPET team. He also supports training for clients and colleagues. Michael’s industry experience includes market analysis, supply/demand modelling, pricing, cost models and technology, delivering individually and as a team leader. He has engaged in projects covering a range of various chemicals from olefins to downstream derivatives and polymers. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie Chemicals, Michael established himself in the consultancy industry working for Nexant for almost seven years. At Nexant he achieved the role of Global Manager for the Polyolefins Planning Service, he was a key contributor to Nexant’s Petrochemical Simulator and database, and was the author of reports covering a wide range of topics. Michael also has five years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working as a Group Leader and Chemist for a synthetic chemistry team at Pfizer in Sandwich. He holds a PhD in Organic and Organometallic Chemistry.

Peter Martin

Director, Head of Economics

Wood Mackenzie

Peter joined Wood Mackenzie in September 2010, initially covering European energy markets before moving to the Macroeconomics research team in 2011. Responsible for producing Wood Mackenzie’s macroeconomic outlook to 2050, Peter is experienced in forecasting key macroeconomic metrics: GDP, Industrial Production, fx, and inflation. Peter regularly develops macroeconomic scenarios and sensitivity analysis, examples include: Brexit, Covid-19, European banking crisis, and trade wars. Special interests include the fiscal stability of oil producing economies in the Middle East and Africa and the de-dollarization of commodity markets. Experienced delivering Economic Impact Assessments for upstream oil and gas projects. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Peter was an energy analyst at Scottish Power (Iberdrola). In this role, he was responsible for providing technical and fundamental analysis of European energy markets to the trading desk. Peter holds a MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Economic Management and Policy from Strathclyde Business School.

Qamreen Parker

Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Qamreen joined Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in May 2021, bringing 2 years of experience in petrochemical consulting. She is responsible for research and analysis of the long-term PET/RPET, PX/PTA market services in the EMEARC region and providing support to PET/RPET clients worldwide. Qamreen’s industry experience includes market analysis, supply/demand modelling, pricing, cost models and technology. She has previously engaged in projects covering a range of products in refinery and petrochemicals, including olefins to downstream derivatives and polymers. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie Chemicals, Qamreen established herself in the consultancy industry working for NexantECA for almost 2 years. At NexantECA she was a contributor to NexantECA’s Petrochemical Simulator and database, and was the author of reports covering a wide range of topics, from carbon capture and utilisation to olefins. Qamreen also has three years of experience in academic project management, working as a research project manager at Cardiff University. She holds a PhD in Computational Chemistry, “Modelling Ionic Liquids for Carbon Capture”, from University College London.

Jennifer Louie

Executive Director

Closed Loop Partners

Prior to joining CLP, Jennifer spent the last ten years managing emerging market debt portfolios across both the public and private markets. Her responsibilities spanned across the deal cycle and included fundraising for private debt vehicles. She began her career in New York City at Merrill Lynch focused on business development and proprietary M&A. In more recent years, Jennifer has held executive positions at organizations focused on impact investing and sustainable finance. Jennifer graduated with her B.S. degree in Business Management from Binghamton University.

Avik Dey

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Nova Chemicals

Avik Dey will be responsible for NOVA Chemicals’ finance, strategy, information technology, and government relations teams, reporting to Luis Sierra, President and CEO. He will become a member of NOVA’s senior executive committee and will be based in Calgary, AB. Dey joins the company from the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) where he most recently served as Managing Director, Head of Energy & Resources. While at CPPIB, Dey held numerous board memberships and led the strategy to build the portfolio of one of the world’s leading private investors focused on energy transition. Throughout his 20-year career, Dey has invested over US $9Bn of private and public capital and is an established, highly regarded investor, entrepreneur, and corporate executive. He has held senior financial, accounting and control leadership positions across energy, investment management and professional sports in Canada and the U.S. Dey currently serves as a director of Enactus Canada. He has recently served on the boards of Calpine Corporation, Seven Generations Energy, Wolf Midstream and Chaired the boards of Teine Energy and Crestone Peak Resources. Dey was named to Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.

Sanjay Moolji

Global Director – Business Development, Tricon

Tricon

Sanjay Moolji is the Global Director – Business Development, a key member and architect of Tricon plastics business globally. He joined Tricon in 2009 and is based out of the company Headquarters in Houston. Along with his trading responsibilities he is also leading the new business initiatives for strategic alliances with suppliers all over. Sanjay had his early education in India and is an Economics Graduate from the Calcutta University and has more than 28 years of global experience of Sales and Marketing in Chemical & Petrochemical industry.

Carlos Monreal

Chairman & CEO

Plastic Energy

Carlos Monreal is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Plastic Energy, one of the world’s leading chemical recycling companies with industrial plants operating since 2015. He has significant experience as a CEO. Engineer by training, he has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years always developing disruptive technologies and providing innovative solutions. He was the founder of companies ranging from the development of GPS applications like precision farming, machine control of fleet management to an EPC company on renewable energy with all of them sharing the principle of Time to Market and replicability of the solutions. Carlos is also founder and CEO of Greenland Capital, a company with the vision to identify and develop disruptive technologies that provide sustainable and economical solutions to the growing challenges of waste and water management and alternative energy management. He studied Business Administration at the University of Navarra (IESE) and Engineering at the University Polytechnic of Madrid and returned there to study waste management in 2014. In his spare time Carlos enjoys skiing, sailing, and quality time with his family.

Liam Barbary

Company Director

Benchmark

Over 15 years in the flexible packaging industry. Having worked for Amcor Flexibles managing the UK dairy and meat market in the and subsequently Suedpack as their Global Key Account Director, Liam has a vast experience in packaging sales to key accounts. In 2011 Liam, along with two business partners, setup Benchmark Consulting and developed the worlds fist web based estimating tool. Today the web-based tool is used by global brand owners and convertors alike, to conduct Should-Cost-Modelling and standardise estimating across multi-site organisations and submit on complex tenders instantaneously.

Robert Flores

Vice President of Sustainability

Berry Global, Inc.

Robert Flores is the Vice President of Sustainability at Berry Global. Flores is leading the Company’s efforts to achieve their ambitious Impact 2025 sustainability strategy. This strategy includes 100% of the fast-moving consumer goods packaging Berry produces to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable and have an average of 10% recycled content as well as reducing Scope 1+2 greenhouse gas emissions by 25% versus a 2016 baseline. Flores works with many other global sustainability leaders as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy working group and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.

Rocky Vermani

SVP, Supply Chain & Procurement

Nova Chemicals

Rocky Vermani, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Procurement, is responsible for driving value creation and enhancing customer experience through all elements of the supply chain. Vermani joined NOVA Chemicals in 1994 as process engineer, and since then served the company in multiple geographies and roles throughout manufacturing, technology licensing, polymer sales and marketing, olefins products business and olefins feedstock & energy acquisition. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the vice president of olefins feedstocks for NOVA Chemicals. His 29 years of broad, global experience in the petrochemical industry has helped him develop perspectives across all key functions of the business. Prior to joining NOVA Chemicals, Vermani worked in the areas of technology development and licensing at DuPont Canada. In his current role, Vermani is focused on drawing on his global insights and relationships to help drive business performance and meet the emerging challenges in the industry through innovation. Vermani is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan where he earned his master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1988 and an MBA in 1990. He currently serves on the board of the Resource Diversification Council for Alberta and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Mount Royal University’s business school.

Cam Pascual

Senior Program Officer Plastic & Material Science

World Wildlife Fund

John Bissell

Co-Founder & CEO

Origin Materials

John Bissell co-founded Origin Materials in November 2008 and has served as its Chief Executive Officer and a member of its board of directors since inception. Mr. Bissell has extensive experience in R&D, engineering, and business development in the chemical industry. In 2008, Mr. Bissell received the People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in 2014, he was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Energy & Industry category. Mr. Bissell holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Andrew Brown

Senior Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Janine Hughes

Chemicals Sales Manager

Wood Mackenzie

Sandheep Sebastian

Senior Data Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Patrick Kirby

Principal Analyst - EMEARC Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Patrick joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals team in 2013 as an experienced chemical industry professional, holding almost a decade of direct experience. Patrick is regularly sought out by clients and the industry for his detailed knowledge and insight into the regional olefins markets. He is a regular speaker at Wood Mackenzie events and external conferences across the olefins and derivatives space. In his current role, Patrick is integral to developing and forming Wood Mackenzie’s light olefins forecast for the EMEARC region. He also holds the responsibility of global service lead for Wood Mackenzie’s ethylene asset analysis. Patrick holds significant experience working in the CIS region. Patrick gained prior chemicals consulting experience with CMAI, where he was involved in leading and performing strategic advisory projects across all of the major petrochemical value chains, with significant project experience in the development of the petrochemical projects in the CIS region. Prior to his working in chemicals research and consulting, Patrick held both project and operations based positions in the olefins division of SABIC – including feedstock flexibility, propylene train de-bottlenecking and butadiene uprate strategic projects. Patrick gained prior olefins industry experience with Huntsman Corporation. Patrick graduated with a first class MEng degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK (formerly UMIST).

Beth Daniel

Chemicals Account Manager

Wood Mackenzie

Steve Jenkins

VP Consulting

Wood Mackenzie

As leader of our chemicals consulting team, Steve has more than 30 years of experience in commercial and strategic analysis, assisting the majors and independent companies in development, investment and commercial planning. Steve has a strong client network in the polyester and intermediates sector in particular, and is adept at helping businesses review and understanding the dynamics of this complex industry. He regularly advises on investment plans, M&A opportunities, long-range business planning and asset competitiveness. He also plays a major role in Wood Mackenzie Chemicals' business development activities in Asia. Steve has particular expertise in paraxylene and its interface with refinery fuels. He has led a range of major consulting studies, including providing petrochemical market analysis and regional strategy insight to clients in Asia. He began his career as a commercial manager with ICI Petrochemicals. Education MA (Hons), Geography, Oriel College, Oxford

Olivia Loa

Research Associate

Wood Mackenzie

Olivia is a research analyst at Wood Mackenzie covering the nascent global chemical services, including our methanol long-term outlook and the sustainability sector in our cross-polymer demand module. Olivia first joined Wood Mackenzie in 2018, originally as a Gas & LNG consultant. Prior to this she was at Virent (now a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum), where she was focused on catalyst synthesis and optimisation for bio-paraxylene production. Education MS, Energy and Earth Resources, University of Texas at Austin BS, Chemical Engineering (Distinction), University of Wisconsin – Madison

Edward Gibbs

Chemicals Sales – Europe & Americas

Wood Mackenzie

Benjamin Whiting

MD and Head of Chemicals & Plastics

PNC Bank

Ben joined PNC in June of 2017 to create PNC’s Chemicals & Plastics industry vertical with a focus on providing strategic advice and ideas to PNC’s clients / prospects and leveraging his extensive corporate and investment banking background in the industry. He is responsible for leading the chemical and plastics efforts at PNC with the primary focus of helping to foster deeper relationships with clients and prospects such that they may achieve their operational and financial goals. Prior to PNC, Ben was a senior member of KeyBanc Capital Markets chemicals practice for 13 years, supporting his clients with M&A advice and execution, as well as with capital raising and commercial banking related solutions. Prior to KeyBanc, Ben worked for Ernst & Young for three years in their assurance and advisory services practice.

Lisa Kennedy

Director Business Development

Genomatica

Lisa Kennedy is Director of Business Development at Genomatica with responsibility to advance partnerships for commercialization of biobased ingredients. She joined Genomatica in 2011 and since that time has launched a biobased nylon development program and established a distribution network to support product roll-out of biobased butylene glycol, a naturally sourced ingredient for the personal care industry. Lisa has been a conduit between brands and technologists, educating parties to the life cycle and sustainability benefits of biobased ingredients. Her previous experience in business development include the assessment of a biobased diacid development pipeline and implementing a corporate brand at Verdezyne. Lisa holds a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University California, San Diego Rady School of Management.

Guy Bailey

Head of Intermediates and Applications

Wood Mackenzie

As our head of Intermediates and Applications, Guy leads a team of analysts focused on plastics, fibres and sustainability in the chemicals value chain. Guy joined Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in December 2018. Prior to this he was the head of analytics at risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft. In this role he led a team responsible for delivering quantitative analytics to support clients from the financial services, corporate and government sectors to measure and mitigate exposure to political, economic, environmental and societal risks. Guy’s previous roles included leading work on regulation at the Confederation of British Industry. Education MSc, Political Science, Birkbeck, University of London MA, History & Politics, University of York BA, History, University of York

Charles Neivert

Managing Director | Equity Research | Chemicals/Agriculture

Piper Sandler & Co

Charles Neivert is currently Managing Director for Equity Research for Chemicals and Agriculture at Piper Sandler. Given the shifting priorities of the industries he covers, he will also be tasked with analyzing the company’s and industry’s ESG initiatives and their impact on company operations and earnings. Prior to joining Piper Sandler, Charles was a Managing Director for equity research at Cowen and Company beginning in 2013. While there, he was tasked with co-ordinating the chemical/energy industry collaboration and was the first on the Street to identify the significance of the shale oil boom and its impact on the US chemical industry. Prior to his time at Cowen he initiated Chemical and Agricultural research at Dahlman Rose, which was acquired by Cowen in 2013. He joined Dahlman Rose in May 2009 as managing director. Mr. Neivert was also an executive director at Morgan Stanley, where he re- launched the firm's commodity, specialty and fertilizer chemical equity research practice. Mr. Neivert also co-founded and was president of New Vernon Associates, an equity research boutique specializing in global chemicals that was awarded Institutional Investor's "Best of the Boutiques and Regionals-Commodity Chemicals" for nine consecutive years. In addition to his equity coverage universe, he also conducted all fundamental chemical industry research on a global level, including the analysis and forecasting of 50 distinct chemicals as well as global forecasting for the major agricultural commodities to drive the equity earnings models. Mr. Neivert earned his bachelor of arts degrees in chemistry and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Camarada

Senior Research Analyst, Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Marc Nicolas

Global Business Director

Albemarle Corporation

Ram Chandrasekaran

Head of Road Transport

Wood Mackenzie

Ram is the global lead for transportation and mobility, based in Houston. He has more than 12 years of experience in the automotive industry, including product development, systems modelling, vehicle prototype testing and battery pack testing and modelling. He also has a wealth of knowledge in government regulations for corporate fleet fuel economy and processes for achieving them. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Ram spent six years at Ford Motor Company, working on tools and methods for predicting thermal response, optimising software release and fuel economy for hybrid and electric vehicles. Education MEM, Master of Engineering Management, Wayne State University MSE, Automotive Systems, University of Michigan BE, Mechanical Engineering, Anna University

Steven Prusak

Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Technology

Chevron Phillips Chemicals

Steven Prusak is senior vice president of corporate planning and technology at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. In this capacity, he leads the company’s corporate planning and development and research and technology functions. A 30-year industry veteran, Prusak previously served as general manager of corporate planning and development. Further, he has been instrumental in leading company efforts to unlock value by advancing innovation and continuous improvement of business processes and operations. Among his past company roles, Prusak was co-project director for Chevron Phillips Chemical’s $6.5 billion U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project completed in 2018. His project responsibilities included health and safety, commercial development, financial analysis and asset integration into the company’s portfolio. In addition to his more recent leadership roles, he once managed the olefins business and corporate reporting. Prusak began his career in 1990 with ARCO Chemical Company as a process engineer. During his tenure, he progressed through roles of increasing responsibility, including his transfer to The Hague in The Netherlands as lead process engineer. He later joined Chevron Phillips Chemical soon after its inception. Prusak holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Hugo Christiaen

Director Corporate Social Responsibility

TWE Group

Hugo Christiaen studied Master of engineering and started his career in 1982. From 1987 he has been active in the textile nonwovens business and remained active there ever since. Hugo started his career within the nonwovens business at the nonwovens division of the British Vita company as Purchasing manager for the Belgian plant. Over the years many different managerial functions came, from operations over R&D, marketing and sales. From 2004 onwards, Hugo was appointed Procurement Director of the nonwovens division of British Vita, with several plants in the US and Europe. In 2006, British Vita was acquired by one of the world’s largest venture capitalist firm Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and the company name of British Vita was transformed to The Vita Group. Within the procurement community of TPG, Hugo represented The Vita Group as Procurement director for the entire group. In September 2012, the nonwovens division of The Vita Group was taken over by the TWE Group, with headquarters in Emsdetten, Germany, and Hugo became Strategic Procurement Director of the TWE Group with 12 nonwoven producing plants active in three continents, the US, Europe and Asia. Last year, in March 2020, Hugo changed position and became Director CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) for the TWE Group, responsible for sustainability. Hugo is a Belgian resident.

Matthew Chadwick

Vice President, Head of Petrochemical Research

Wood Mackenzie

Matthew currently leads Wood Mackenzie’s global Petrochemicals Research business. His expertise lies in analysing commercial and strategic issues for refiners, chemical manufacturers and related businesses. Having lived and worked in Europe, Singapore and the US, Matthew blends close to 20 years’ experience in diverse operating environments with global market expertise. Matthew has helped clients answer critical questions in all areas of the oil value chain, from crude production through infrastructure, refining and petrochemicals. He has led numerous high-profile consulting projects providing commercial and strategic advice; plus transaction, valuation and financing support. Chemical companies, national and international oil companies, independent refiners, investment banks, private equity companies, upstream producers, and midstream operators have all sought his advice to help evaluate the best directions for their businesses. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Matthew worked for ExxonMobil. This experience affords him deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by operators of major energy installations. He has a First Class honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Glasgow. He is a Chartered Engineer and an alumnus of London Business School.

Nathan Schaffer

Vice President Petrochemicals

Wood Mackenzie

Nathan Schaffer is Vice President of Petrochemicals at Wood Mackenzie with over 25 years of industry experience in the upstream, refining and petrochemicals businesses. Most recently, he was a Partner at a boutique energy consulting firm focused on the changing dynamics of the oil and gas value chain. Nathan previously was a Director at PFC Energy (now IHS Markit) where he headed the North America downstream consulting practice. Prior to that, Nathan worked at ExxonMobil as a senior financial advisor with various assignments in the areas of refining and midstream. He began his career as a process engineer at Stone & Webster where he played key technical and managerial roles in a large number of global ethylene projects. Nathan holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an M.B.A from the University of Houston.

Ashish Chitalia

Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Currently leads Wood Mackenzie’s polyolefins service, with a decade of experience in research and consulting for the commodity and specialty polyolefins; has developed strategic research tools and analytics products to integrate commodity polyolefins into the existing Wood Mackenzie chemical research Has a broad background with projects ranging from refining to petrochemicals, solvents to specialty polymers and catalysts to plastics converted goods Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Ashish held several roles at Chemical Market Resources, Inc. Here, he consulted numerous clients with market entry strategy, mergers and acquisition, project feasibility, opportunity analysis, technology evaluation and market assessment of chemicals, polyolefins and catalysts sector. Graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BS and MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Mariana Moreira

Senior Analyst, Films & Flexible Packaging

Wood Mackenzie

Mariana is a Senior Research Analyst within Wood Chemicals; she joined the team in 2020. Mariana's research focuses on regional and global markets for Films & Flexible Packaging, providing short-term supply, demand and price monitoring and long-term strategic outlooks. Prior to this, Mariana was a Senior Research Analyst at IHS Markit where she was the regional expert for the South American chlor-alkali market while also covering bleaching chemicals markets in Europe and South America. Mariana holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.

Alexandra Tennant

Sr. Research Analyst, PET/RPET

Wood Mackenzie

Alexandra Tennant is a Senior Analyst with Wood Mackenzie covering PET and RPET for Mexico and South America. Alexandra initially joined the Houston office of Wood Mackenzie in 2018 in Consulting. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Alexandra was with ExxonMobil Chemical's Controller's organization beginning as a Financial Analyst for manufacturing sites and eventually as Global Financial Coordinator for the Chemicals Company. She began her career as a consultant at Accenture focused on energy and related manufacturing clients.   Alexandra holds a Bachelors of Arts degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Vanderbilt University in Economics and the History of Art as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the School of Management at Yale University.

Shruthi Vangipuram

Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Shruthi joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemical Research team as an Associate in June of 2018. Shruthi leads research coverage for the Americas benzene, styrene and derivative markets. She also supports long-term research analysis for the ethylene and propylene markets. Prior to joining Woodmac, Shruthi was a researcher at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her research focused on the future of Petrochemicals as a key revenue generator in the Oil & Gas industry. Shruthi graduated from Rice University in 2018 with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2016