Connecting the upstream and trading communities

As the oil community comes to terms with the past year, the industry faces a long and bumpy road ahead. What lies in store for the markets as the world emerges from a severe economic downturn as a result of the global pandemic, how do we expect the markets to rebound, and where does the energy transition fit into all of this?

Join us to better understand how upstream markets are adapting in this time of great uncertainty.  

Key areas of focus:

- Understand what the key market drivers are for 2021 – explore the geopolitical and macroeconomic landscape; Biden’s first 5 months in presidency, latest OPEC negotiations, and how economic recovery is looking globally

- Explore the current supply landscape; including how market dynamics have shifted amongst all of the chaos

- Gain insights onto the latest demand recovery outlook – including how the downstream industry has coped and adapted in light of recent events.

- Hear perspectives on what might be in store for the industry in the long term, including financing the industry in light of ESG and capex reductions.


This is a content led virtual event bringing together speakers from around the Global petroleum sector.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
  • 10.30 AM Networking time  
  • 11.00 AM Chair's welcoming remarks  
    Andrew Critchlow, Head of News, EMEA S&P Global Platts
Session 1: Macroeconomics, geopolitics and what it means for oil markets
  • 11.10 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Risk management in volatile times  
    Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, Former Director General UK, Ministry of Defence
  • 11.50 AM LEADERS PANEL: Global oil market fundamentals: key market drivers in 2021 • Examining economic recovery: how is this differing around the world?
    • Assess the impact to the global energy market of Joe Biden's recent announcement to curb emissions by 50-52% by 2030
    • Market management: OPEC+ in 2021, and interaction with non-members
    • Sustainability and changing business models to support macroeconomic growth

    Moderated by: Andrew Critchlow, Head of News, EMEA, S&P Global Platts
    Helima Croft, Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
    Michael Cohen, Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining, bp
    Toril Bosoni, Head of Oil Market Division, IEA
    Dr Zhen Wang, President, Energy Economics Institute, CNOOC
    Jeff Currie, Global Head of Commodities Research, Goldman Sachs
  • 12.30 AM Oil assets under fire • Are oil assets facing increasing security risk?
    • How should stakeholders respond?
    • Market management: OPEC+ in 2021, and interaction with non-members
    • What should market participants expect?

    Clay Seigle, Managing Director, Americas, Vortexa

Session 2: Exploring the global supply outlook for crude markets
  • 1 PM US crude supply outlook • How will Biden impact the US supply landscape?
    • As sustainable transport gains momentum, what will that mean for demand forecasts?
    • Comparing and contrasting Shale and OPEC supply
    • The energy transition & US oil

    John Staub, Director, EIA

  • 1:25 PM LEADERS PANEL: Crude supply outlook: making sense of volatility • The shifting dynamics of crude supply over the past year
    • How have trade flows evolved as a result of covid-19
    • Where are growth opportunities for oil?

    Moderated by: Herman Wang, Managing Editor, OPEC and Middle East news, S&P Global Platts
    Dr Fahad Alturki, VP Research, KAPSARC
    Molly Morris, Senior Vice President, Crude, Products and Liquids, Equinor
    Chris Midgley, Head of Global Analytics, S&P Global Platts
    Mike Wittner, Director, Head of Oil Market Research, ICE
    Sergei Vakulenko, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Gazprom Neft
  • 2:05PM Networking break
Session 3: Global demand developments and trends
  • 2:15 PM Chinese oil demand recovery outlook • China’s road to demand recovery
    • Overview of China’s energy demands in 2021
    • Import of oil products: developments and trends

    Yu Jiao,
    Vice President, Economic and Development Research Institute, Middle Distillates, SINOPEC
  • 2:40 PM LEADERS PANEL: Global demand outlook post pandemic • How have refineries adapted to demand losses as a result of covid-19?
    • How will the Middle East’s downstream expansion plans redirect the oil product trade flows globally?
    • The future of mobility in wake of changing consumer working patterns, SAF, EV, and combustion engine bans: what does this mean for downstream markets?
    •What will the downstream industry look like in 10 years?

    Moderated by: Robert Perkins, Senior Editor, S&P Global Platts
    Vladimir Langhamer, Managing Director, OMV Supply & Trading
    Pedro Antonio Merino Garcia, Chief Economist, Repsol
    Jonathan Wood, Vice-President, Neste
    Nicole Leonard, Head of EMEA Custom Solutions and Cross-Commodity Analytics, S&P Global Platts
  • 3:20PM Networking break
    Optional workshop: Risk Management
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Session 4: Pricing and benchmarks
  • 11.00 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Oil markets in 2021-22
    Marco Dunand, CEO, Mercuria
    Interviewed by: Andrew Critchlow,
    Head of News, EMEA, S&P Global Platts
  • 11.30 AM The evolution of benchmarks
    Vera Blei, Global Director, Oil & LNG Markets, S&P Global Platts
  • 11.55 AM The Prospects of Murban As a Benchmark
    Mike Wittner, Director, Head of Oil Market Research, ICE
  • 12.25 PM Digitalization: the new era of oil market analysis The energy trading landscape is witnessing a profound structural change. At the same time, the variety and the volume of the data that is the essence of the industry, are both growing exponentially. In this new information-rich environment, data is being democratised and profit margins are tightening. The emerging competitive advantage for oil trading companies is the ability to quickly ingest and manage data from different sources, commingle it with proprietary information, and seamlessly distribute the insights generated by this holistic approach across their organisation.

    Alessandro Sanos, CAIA, SCR, Global Director Sales Strategy & Execution, Commodities, Refinitv
  • 12:50 PM Networking break
Session 5: Spotlight on shipping and storage markets
  • 1:15 PM LEADERS PANEL: Exploring the state of play for shipping • An overview of current freight levels
    • What are the key supply and demand factors behind freight levels?
    • • Decarbonization: progress, challenges & opportunities
    • • Technological advances and developments in the industry

    Andrew Scorer, Freight Analytics Lead, S&P Global Platts
    Peter Norfolk,
    Editorial Director, Global Shipping & Freight, S&P Global Platts
    Capt Ron Wood,
    Global Director, Mid-Size Tankers Crude Shipping, AET
    Lois Zabrocky,
    President & CEO, International Seaways, Inc
    Arthur Richier,
    Senior Freight Analyst, Vortexa
  • 2:00 PM LEADERS PANEL: A focus on oil storage markets • Oil storage: the year in review
    • How is the storage industry looking at the development of developing trade flows for products such as biofuels, hydrogen and petrochemicals?

    Hari Dattatreya, Global Oil Director, Vopak
    Jared Pearl, CCO, VTTI
    Nuria Blasco, General Manager, TEPSA
    Daniel Baruch, Director, Chief Economist, Ursa Space Systems Inc
Session 6: Long term energy outlook
  • 2:40 PM Post-Covid energy investments trends
  • Leila Benali, Chief Economist, International Energy Forum
    Interviewed by: Eklvya Gupte, Senior Editor, S&P Global Platts

  • 3:10PM Networking time and close of conference


Chris_Parry180x180.png Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE
Former Director General UK,  Ministry of Defence


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Global Head of Commodities Research, Goldman Sachs


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Global Head of Commodity Strategy,  RBC Capital Markets

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Head of Oil Market Research,  ICE

Michael_Dennison180x180.png Michael Cohen
Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining,  bp

Jared_Pearl_180x180.jpg Jared Pearl
Chief Commercial Officer, VTTI B.V.

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Senior Advisor, Energy Analysis,  IEA

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Global Oil Director, Vopak

Bosoni_Toril_180x180.png Toril Bosoni
Head of Oil Market Division,  IEA

Bosoni_Toril_180x180.png Zhen Wang
President, Energy Economics Institute  CNOC

Alturki-Fahad180x180.png Dr Fahad Alturki
VP Research,  KAPSARC

Molly_Morris_180x180.png Molly Morris
Senior Vice President, Crude, Products and Liquids,  Equinor


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Vice President, Economic and Development Research Institute SINOPEC


Vice president of EDRI(SINOPEC Economics & Development Research Institute Co., Ltd.) with responsibility for strategy & planning of SINOPEC, professorates senior economist, has more than 20 years experience in energy and petrochemical strategy and marketing research. She was graduated from Sichuan University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and from Renmin University of China with a master's degree in Business Administration. In 2011, she went to Stanford Research Institute Consulting Company as a visiting scholar. Participated in or was responsible for a number of strategic planning work of national ministries and Chinese Academy of Engineering(CAE), and worked as a key organizer and the main drafter for SINOPEC’s 13th and 14th five-year plan and SINOPEC Action Plan to 2050.
vladimir_langhamer180x180.png Vladimir Langhamer
Managing Director  OMV Supply & Trading

Merino-Garcia-Pedro-Antonio180x180.png Pedro Antonio Merino Garcia
Chief Economist,  Repsol


Merino-Garcia-Pedro-Antonio180x180.png Alessandro Sanos, CAIA, SCR
Global Director Sales Strategy & Execution, Commodities,  Refinitiv


thorsten_lange_180x180.jpg Thorsten Lange
EVP Renewable Aviation, Neste


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Head of Global Analytics,  S&P Global Platts


Vera_Blei_180x180.png Vera Blei
Global Director, Oil and LNG Markets,  S&P Global Platts

As Global Director, Oil and LNG Markets, Vera is responsible for crude oil and refined product price assessments and oil market reporting around the world at S&P Global Platts. Prior to that, Vera was Content Director – Metals at Platts, responsible for ferrous and non-ferrous metals pricing and news globally. Previously, Vera launched a real-time steel news and price assessment service and was named Steel Journalist of the Year 2016 by the World Steel Association. For over 20 years, Vera has worked in pricing, news, marketing and business development roles across a large portfolio of commodity markets (crude oil, refined products, gas, LNG, coal, power, emissions, ferrous and non-ferrous metals) for organizations including Platts, Gas Strategies and NYMEX. Vera has worked as a freelance journalist in Germany, the UK and Russia.

{47929b6f-726c-4558-894b-250f76d61a7d}_Andrew-Scorer-lg.jpg Andrew Scorer
Freight Analytics Lead, S&P Global Platts

Andrew is passionate about the maritime industry and focused on the development of freight rate forecasts and capturing volatile patterns and trends of freight rates, trade flows and market dynamics. With a solid background in shipping, Andrew has worked in yacht, Royal Navy and shipbroking. Andrew has a wife and two daughters and loves to escape into nature on his mountain bike or trail shoes. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

Peter_Norfolk180x180.png Peter Norfolk
Editorial Director, Global Shipping & Freight, S&P Global Platts

Peter leads the global Platts shipping team, which covers news and pricing across all the main commercial shipping sectors. Peter joined Platts in 2013 having served in a variety of roles providing research and reporting on freight markets since 1998. Prior to joining Platts, Peter was Research Director for Freight Investor Services between 2010 and 2013, where he was responsible for providing market intelligence for FIS's clients and its brokers. Peter covered dry bulk markets as a Director at SSY Consultancy & Research from 2002 to 2010, and covered freight markets for Informa Maritime & Transport and Baltic Publishing in 1998-2002. Peter has a degree in English Language & Literature from Christ Church, at the University of Oxford.

Peter_Norfolk180x180.png Clay Seigle
Managing Director, Americas, Vortexa

Clay is Managing Director of Vortexa’s business in the Americas. He brings 22 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and specialises in oil market intelligence. Prior to joining Vortexa, Clay led the oil businesses at Genscape, monitoring oil storage, transportation and refining. He has previously held positions at DigitalGlobe (now Maxar), IHS Markit, Enron and the US Department of Energy.

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