S&P Global Commodity Insights Experts

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S&P Global Commodity Insights offers end-to-end petrochemical market expertise—from feedstocks to end-use chemical markets, as well as transportation/delivery systems. The new organization brings together the speed of Platts’ short-term market reports, benchmark pricing, and a growing list of lower-carbon price assessments, with the power of IHS Markit’s short-term, medium-and long-term market analysis and forecasts. 

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  • Alvin Ang, Director, Inorganics APAC

    Alvin joined S&P Global in September 2022 as the Director of Inorganics covering Asia Pacific. Earlier, Alvin was engaged in APAC strategic marketing at Avery Dennison. Before that, he led APAC market intelligence at Braskem where he also performed business development in solvents and kickstarted a venture based on a closed-loop plastic management platform concept he successfully pitched to the top executives. At SABIC, Alvin was the global lead for polypropylene market intelligence providing short and long-term outlooks as well as conducted market studies for several multi-billion dollars projects. Previously, Alvin was Principal Analyst at IHS (formerly CMAI) covering aromatics, authoring market reports and annual studies. 

    Alvin has presented at various events on petrochemical markets and sustainability. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Singapore and an MBA from the University of Birmingham. 

    Contact: alvin.ang@spglobal.com

  • Mark Astley, Editor, Ammonia, Fertecon

    Mark has several years of experience as a price reporter and is currently responsible for S&P Global’s weekly current information report on the ammonia market. He joined Fertecon (acquired by IHS Markit in 2019 and now part of S&P Global) in October 2016, initially covering the nitrates fertilizer market for four years and before assuming editorship of the weekly ammonia report. After graduating with a degree in journalism and prior to joining Fertecon, Mark worked as editor of a dairy industry website and as a deputy section editor at a leading British agriculture magazine. 

    Contact: mark.astley@spglobal.com

  • Krispen Atkinson, Associate Director

    Mr. Atkinson is a senior consultant within the Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream and Chemicals (OMDC) consulting team, specialising in shipping analytics, vessel technologies, marine fuel and maritime consulting. Prior to joining the OMDC team, Mr. Atkinson spent 13 years in the IHS Markit Maritime & Trade department, leading several teams in the data and analytics, before moving to maritime consulting, where he led projects on port development, future ship size forecasts and vessel equipment insight. He brings considerable experience in vessel movement data analysis, tanker vetting, fleet forecasting, port development due diligence and marine fuel forecasting, He has worked with IHS Maritime & Trade, formerly Lloyd’s Register – Fairplay since 2005, bringing extensive knowledge of the shipping industry through personal interest pursuits. 

    Contact: krispen.atkinson@spglobal.com

  • Kitiya Atthayuwat, Consulting Principal

    Kitiya currently serves as Consulting Principal at S&P Global Commodity Insights (previously IHS Chemical Consulting). She has more than 10 years’ experience in petrochemical consulting business. She worked as an analyst and consultant at Nexant Asia Limited during 2011-2018. She then joined IHS Markit in September 2018. She has been involved in numerous engagements in chemical technology and specialty chemicals as well as mainstream petrochemical commodities. Her expertise covers various chemical value chains such as olefin, polyolefin, C4 and synthetic rubbers, vinyls, styrenics, phenol and derivatives, PO/polyols, polymers (e.g., PC, PMMA, ABS and PVC), aromatics, etc. She also has led and managed team members to conduct market study, price forecast, competitiveness analysis, feasibility study as well as economic and financial evaluation for several major petrochemical companies in Asia. 

    Contact: Kitiya.Atthayuwat@spglobal.com

  • Sam Aworinde, Associate Director, Chemical Consulting

    Dr. Aworinde works in the Chemical Consulting practice at S&P Global Commodity Insights in London and has more than 10 years of consulting, engineering, process R&D, project and operational experience across the chemical and energy industries. His consulting experience covers technical and economic evaluation of chemical process technologies, feasibility and configuration studies for new petrochemical investment projects, technical due diligence for M&A transaction support, lender’s technical advisory for chemicals projects, as well as market and competitive landscape analysis.He has a deep industry knowledge and broad understanding of various petrochemical value chains and feedstocks as well as emerging topics in the chemical industry, ranging from decarbonization solutions (CCUS, electrification, low-carbon hydrogen etc) to sustainable technologies focused on processing of alternative feedstocks such as bio-based and circular materials and waste plastic processing.Dr. Aworinde holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. 

    Contact: Sam.Aworinde@spglobal.com

  • Susan Bell, Director, Polymer Processes, Process Economics Program

    Susan Bell is the Director of Polymer Processes for S&P Global’s Process Economics Program (PEP). She has more than 25 years of experience in the global chemicals industry. Since joining S&P Global (formerly SRI Consulting) in 2001, she has focused on polymer process technology working on consulting projects and authoring multi-client studies providing technical and process economic evaluation of commercial and emerging chemical technologies. Her past projects include plastic recycling, renewable polymer and chemical, polymer nanocomposites, polyolefins, polyethylene terephthalate and polycarbonate. 

    Before joining S&P Global, she held technical positions at ExxonMobil Chemical Company and ARCO Chemical Company. Dr. Bell received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia School of Engineering, New York City, New York. 

    Contact: susan.bell@spglobal.com

  • Adam Bland, Executive Director, Specialty Chemicals

    Adam Stephen Bland joined IHS Markit in 2013, bringing with him more than 20 years of commercial experience in the global chemicals industry. As Executive Director, he is the global lead for the company’s area of Specialty Chemicals. He started his career working in intellectual property for Allied Colloids Ltd, UK before moving to Basel, Switzerland to join Ciba Specialty Chemicals and the Global Leadership Team for the Paper Division. He has held senior management positions as Head of Global Product Management, and Head of Strategic Marketing for Operating Divisions within Ciba and BASF, where he also served as a member of the Corporate Sales & Marketing Board. Adam has a Master of Arts in chemistry from Oxford University, Brasenose College and a MBA from Bradford University School of Management. 

    Contact: Adam.Bland@spglobal.com

  • Karine Boccara, Executive Director, Chemical Consulting

    Karine is an Executive Director in the S&P Global Chemical Consulting team, based in London, UK. She has 25 years industrial experience in the chemical and natural gas industries covering consulting in most commodity chemicals and some specialty chemicals, and process design. Karine has led a multitude of projects to help producers develop new investment projects, review the impact of market outlooks, carry out market research, compare the benefits of different technologies, and review and enhance their supply and sales strategies. She has worked with lenders in providing market support for project finance; she has assisted private equity investors in the review and evaluation of businesses and assets. Over the last 3 years, Karine has led the development and management of cross-team consulting projects to support clients seeking to understand opportunities and threats linked to the Energy Transition (ET), and options to improve feedstock supply sustainability, such as via bio and circular routes. This type of work necessitates an understanding beyond traditional value chains, looking more broadly at the impact of ET on Energy & Natural Resources. As a result, Karine has been leading collaborative projects leveraging the expertise of S&P Global across Chemicals, Downstream Refining, Natural Gas, Hydrogen, Ammonia, Biofuels, Renewable Power and S&P Global Energy & Climate Scenarios. 

    Contact: Karine.Boccara@spglobal.com

  • Tatiana Bondar, Associate Director, Fibers markets

    Tatiana is the Associate Director of the S&P Global Chemicals Insights team, accountable for Fibers markets. She joined S&P Global in 2023 to handle Polyester & Nylon textile derivatives – fibers, filament and industrial yarns. 

    Tatiana used to work for vertically integrated petrochemical companies – Dow Chemical, Sibur – for the last 8 years in different Sales and Marketing roles. She managed product portfolio of various commodity chemicals – growing the business in revenues and margins, acting as a business development project lead and market intelligence provider. Polymers product family was Tatiana’s focus for the last 3 years, specifically in Nonwovens and Textile applications. She looked after and enhanced PET, PP, PE product offering for Hygiene & Medical, Home textiles & Apparel, Geotextiles, Construction & Argo textiles, Automotive end-markets. She was conducting market research, creating product portfolio strategy, and implementing new product roll outs by bringing together R&D, technical service and manufacturing teams. 

    As a Polyethylene Terephthalate marketing expert Tatiana supported recycled PET resin commissioning at Polyef Plant of Sibur in 2022, liaising with processors, end-users and B2C audience via educational market campaign. 

    Contact: Tatiana.Bondar@spglobal.com

  • Aaron Brady, Vice President, Energy Oil Market Services

    Aaron Brady is Executive Director of Crude Oil Markets Research in the S&P Global Boston, MA office. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in the oil and gas industries. He joined IHS Markit in 2004. Aaron oversees the S&P Global North American Crude Oil research service and is a key contributor to the Global Oil Market Short-Term outlook. He is also a key contributor to S&P Global “Annual Strategic Workbook” long-term oil outlook and has been the author of many strategic reports. He also oversees short-term crude pricing projections and modeling. Aaron holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. 

    Contact: Aaron.Brady@spglobal.com

  • Ricardo Castillo, Director, Research Projects – Fuels, Chemicals & Resource Solutions

    Ricardo is a Director of Research Projects in Houston for S&P Global Commodity Insights – Downstream Energy. Ricardo managed the delivery of our refinery and petrochemical integration subscriptions study called “From Fuels to Chemicals” and also provides research and consulting services to energy companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. Ricardo has nearly 20 years of varied and practical experience having worked on Refinery and Petrochemical projects in 30+ countries, 5 continents, and 50+ projects, helping clients make decisions and plan for an unknown future. His varied experience includes developing projects from initial conceptualization through execution both as a Market and Technical advisor. Ricardo started his career with UOP working both in Research and Development of new technologies and Field Operating Services. He joined Purvin & Gertz before being acquired by IHS Markit. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison. 

    Contact: Ricardo.Castillo@spglobal.com

  • Richard Charlesworth, Executive Director, Industry Processes and Cost Analytics

    Dr. Charlesworth leads the Industry Processes and Cost Analytics (IPCA) group with S&P Global Commodity Insights. The IPCA group is responsible for technology related products and solutions, namely the Process Economics Program (PEP), Competitive Cost and Margin Analytics (CCMAs), Refinery Cost and Margin Analytics (RCMA) and Refinery & Petrochemical Integrator & Decarbonizer (RAPID). 

    He joined S&P Global in 2009. He led many consulting projects across different petrochemical streams that have included market studies, feasibility studies, technology selection studies, feedstock sourcing and pricing studies, marketing strategies, logistics reviews, capital estimates and integration assessments. Many projects have included technology assessment and selection, full financial modeling and production cash cost comparisons of facilities. Prior to S&P Global he worked for Nexant, responsible for selling and executing single and multi-client consulting services where he worked on feasibility studies, feedstock strategy projects, independent technical consultant assignments and company refinancing projects. 

    After completing a PhD in Chemical Engineering as part of a project with British Gas, Richard began his career in 1996 with BP Chemicals in Hull, UK, where he worked for five years as a process engineer on acetic acid and vinyl acetate manufacturing plants and pilot plants. In 2001 he moved into the commercial side of the company and held various financial analyst positions in Solvents and Industrial Chemicals and was logistics performance manager for BP's European polymer and solvents assets. 

    Dr. Richard also worked for Ineos Olefins' financial and planning group and was responsible for the short, medium and long term financials for all Ineos' steam crackers in Europe. During this time, he was the lead in developing the Olefins long-term strategy financials, the financial lead for due diligence for the acquisition of a steam cracker complex and led the Olefins annual financial planning process.

  • Stuti Chawla, Managing Editor Petrochemicals and Container Shipping

    Stuti Chawla heads the Commodity Insights petrochemicals pricing team in Asia that is spread over Singapore and India. She also leads the Asia container freight team that is responsible for container freight pricing and news. Stuti has over 20 years of experience in the commodity markets. In her previous stints, she was heading the commodity vertical for a market news and data company, leading policy news and market coverage for around 40 commodities. 

    Contact: stuti.chawla@spglobal.com

  • Aaron Cheong, Senior Analyst

    Aaron is a Senior Analyst with the Platts Analytics’ Petrochemicals team. His current focus is on the petchem feedstocks and market analytics. Prior to joining S&P Global Commodity Insights, he worked in various research houses covering both the petrochemicals and oil product markets and other corporate roles within the industry. His work experiences spanned across both the refining and petrochemicals sectors. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), holds a MSc in Applied Finance from the Singapore Management University and has a Chemical Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore.

    Contact: aaron.cheong@spglobal.com

  • Dipti Davé, Associate, Director, Process Economics Program

    Dipti Davé currently based in California, USA serves as an Associate Director of Process Economics Program (PEP) within the Industry Process and Cost Analysis (IPCA). With over two decades of professional experience, she has worked in various capacities for esteemed companies in the fields of engineering, construction, steel finishing, and the food industry, including Worley Parsons, Bechtel, USS-POSCO, and Frito-Lay. 

    She contributes to Techno-Economic independent studies on commercial and emerging topics of interest to the industry such as Blue Hydrogen, Low-Carbon Methanol, Carbon Dioxide Capture from Corn Based-Ethanol and Natural Gas Processing. Including Haldor Topsoe’s TREMP™ and Davy Methanation for synthetic natural gas process technologies. She analyzes the impact of changes in processes, feedstocks, energy prices and government regulations on the economic landscape of chemical and fuel production, benefitting clients on a global scale. Ms. Davé holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. 

    Contact: dipti.dave@spglobal.com

  • Aaron Duffus, Forecasting Systems & Data Analytics Director

    Aaron is the Forecasting Systems & Data Analytics Director within Fuels, Chemicals & Resource Solutions at S&P Global. Based in the United Kingdom he is responsible for the implementation of technology solutions offering critical insights to drive product growth. He joined Rushmore Reviews, a legacy IHS Markit company, in 2013, with past responsibilities across the upstream and chemicals sectors. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Aberdeen and a Master of Science with distinction in Data Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University. 

    Contact: Aaron.Duffus@spglobal.com

  • Vipra Dhawan, Senior Research Analyst II

    Vipra is leading the Assets/DCP India team under the FCRS division of S&P Commodity Insights segment for the last 3 years. In her current role, she is primarily responsible for updating and maintaining the database service that provides coverage of the international chemical industry, including information about the chemical producers, their plant locations, and products. Additionally, she is also leading the quality control and quality assurance side of the data. S&P Global Commodity Insights manages a portfolio of over 21000 chemical products on DCP browser on Connect. Prior to this, she was working as a Senior Associate with Corporate Profiles GICS & Industry Classification division under the S&P Market Intelligence segment for 8 years. She graduated in Pharmacy, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree from Delhi, India. 

    Contact: Vipra.Dhawan@spglobal.com

  • Katie Elliot, Director, Aromatics

    With over eighteen years’ experience in the petroleum and petrochemicals industry, Katie currently serves as a Director, Aromatics in S&P Global’s Commodity Insights division in London, UK. Katie joined IHS Markit Chemical (now S&P Global) in 2014, and spent five years carrying out detailed analysis of the aromatics industry in EMEA followed by three years providing single client feasibility, market, due diligence and other studies, covering a range of chemical markets in IHS Markit Chemical’s consulting division until 2022. Before joining S&P Global, Katie worked for an integrated major oil and petrochemical producer for over ten years, including five years in aromatics trading, product management and strategy. 

    Contact: katie.elliot@spglobal.com

  • Shaohua Feng, Director of Polymers, Asia Pacific

    Dr. Shaohua Feng currently serves as Director of Polymers, Asia Pacific, S&P Global Commodity Insights. He is based in Singapore, and responsible for developing market research, analytics and insights capabilities and services for polymers and plastics with the focus on supply/demand forecasting, plastics recycling, and circular economy and sustainability in petrochemical and polymer industry. He joined IHS Markit as Director of Chemical Consulting in April 2020 and has more than 20 years of experience in petrochemical and specialty chemical industry. He spent majority of his career time with Singapore’ A*STAR, Huntsman Performance Products, Shell Chemicals and Eastman Chemical in various commercial and strategy roles – R&D, business development, product management, marketing, sales and intelligence. 

    Contact: Shaohua.Feng@spglobal.com

  • Sally Fu, Director, Olefins and Derivatives

    Ning Fu has been in the chemical industry for over 18 years. She spent majority of her career time with EVONIK, IHS, SABIC and bp in commercial and marketing roles – R&D, marketing and intelligence. Ning has a chemical engineering master’s degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University. 

    Contact: ning.fu@spglobal.com

  • Elvira Greiner, Research and Analysis Associate Director

    Elvira Greiner brings 20+ years of experience in market research and analysis for the chemical industry. Her professional expertise includes competitive analysis, identifying market trends, and forecasting chemical market growth for a wide variety of chemicals. She has led and conducted primary and secondary market research on over 50 multi-client studies with emphasis on solvents, surfactants and their raw materials, and organic intermediates. She has a strong chemical background, including an MS in Analytical Chemistry from University of California, Davis. 

    Contact: elvira.greiner@spglobal.com

  • Maoshi Guan, Executive Director, Specialty Chemicals

    Dr. Guan is Executive Director, Specialty Chemicals – Resins and Coatings, within the S&P Commodity Insights. He joined IHS Chemical in 2014 and brings over 15 years of in-depth industry experience in surface finishing, automotive, and chemical industries. His current focus is coatings and associated raw materials. He has authored a broad range of reports for the Chemical Economics Handbook (CEH) and Specialty Chemicals Update Program (SCUP). 

    Prior to joining S&P, Maoshi held various positions at Lacks Enterprises in Michigan, US and Total (China) in areas of research and development, product management, and business development. 

    He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from China University of Petroleum and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, US. 

    Contact: maoshi.guan@spglobal.com

  • Shiva Gupta, Director of Oil Markets, Downstream and Chemicals

    Shiva Gupta is a director of oil markets, downstream and chemicals at S&P Global Commodity Insights. Mr. Gupta manages marine industry fuel demand for the Annual Strategic Workbook and focuses on alternative fuels and clean tech investment across the downstream industries. He provides consulting support for refinery assets and supply, including trade. He joined IHS Markit in 2012 and, since that time, has provided research and analysis and published weekly and monthly reports for the petrochemical group. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Gupta held process engineering and business development roles at Lummus Technology and was manager of operation at Reliance Industries Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India, and an MBA from Management Development Institute, India. He is based in southern California, United States. 

    Contact: shiva.gupta@spglobal.com


  • Marifaith Hackett, Executive Director, Renewables & Nutrition

    Dr. Marifaith Hackett is Executive Director, Specialty Chemicals—Renewables and Nutrition. She has more than 30 years of experience in the global chemicals industry. Marifaith leads IHS Markit’s Renewables and Nutrition team, which analyzes the bio-based chemicals, bioplastics, and biofuels industries as well as food and nutrition markets. Before joining IHS Markit, Marifaith was a product manager and market/technology analyst at several consulting, manufacturing, and Internet companies. She started her career as a research chemist in the New Products R&D division of Amoco Chemical Company. Dr. Hackett's credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., US, an MBA from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., US, and a doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., US. 

    Contact: marifaith.hackett@spglobal.com

  • Walt Hart, Olefins Americas Lead

    During the past 16 years, Dr. Walt Hart has worked as a consultant and researcher in the chemical and energy industries, with a focus on petrochemical feedstocks and NGLs. Prior to leading Americas Olefins, he led the Industry Executive Advisory efforts for S&P Global Fuels, Chemicals and Resources in Europe and Africa; and earlier he served as Global NGL/LPG Business Lead and Chief Strategist, wherein he led subscription services, bespoke consulting, three annual international conferences and training workshops. During 14 years at The Dow Chemical Company/ Union Carbide and 2 years at Owens Corning Fiberglas, he worked in ethylene feedstock optimization, process engineering, technical sales, R&D, finance, and strategic planning. He has taught at the undergraduate level. Dr. Hart is a registered professional engineer and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He holds a BS, chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Charleston, and a PhD, chemical engineering from West Virginia University. 

    Contact: walt.hart@spglobal.com

  • Bernd Helbing, C4s & Elastomers Lead

    Bernd is the EMEA C4´s and Elastomers consultant for the S&P Global Chemicals Insights team. He joined S&P Global in 2023 to lead the Global C4´s and Elastomers team. 

    His main responsibility in the past started with company Henkel KGaA, Düsseldorf, in the area of sales (5 years’ experience in the construction of an entire sales organization and structure for Henkel in Russia). Additional more than 10 years’ experience in the strategic raw materials purchase department for Henkel KGaA, Düsseldorf. Bernd had worked several years with his own company in the area of synthetic rubber and their feedstocks, mainly C4 and butadiene. 

    During this period Bernd acquire a sustained experience of raw materials especially from the C2/C3 and C4 chain. He was responsible to complete studies of the European raw material market and to implement tools which allowed reacting timely to market developments and influences, either on the economic side or on supply/demand. In his time with his own company, he was responsible to explore the market on the C4 and butadiene chain and to provide to secure the production dispose on the supply chain side. For the sales side he was responsible to focus the market drivers for the derivatives worldwide. For former IHS Markit his responsibilities require input to the Global C4 Olefins and Elastomers Report, Global Outlook - Feedstocks, Elastomers and Rubber, World Analysis for butadiene and business advisory work. 

    Contact: bernd.helbing@spglobal.com

  • Heike Held, Research & Analysis Associate Director

    Heike Held is a Research and Analysis Associate Director at S&P Global Commodity Insights, formerly IHS Markit. She is part of the inorganic chemicals, minerals and mining team and co-authors a broad range of reports for the Chemical Economics Handbook (CEH) and Specialty Chemicals Update Program (SCUP). Prior to joining IHS Markit in January 2019, Heike worked at Genentech, Inc. as R&D chemist, and at various higher education institutions. She holds a diploma in chemistry from the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany and a doctoral degree in chemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. 

    Contact: heike.held@spglobal.com

  • Yi-Jeng Huang, Americas Lead, Methanol & Derivatives

    Yi-Jeng currently serves as the Lead for Methanol & Derivatives, Americas, based in Toronto, Canada. Yi-Jeng joined S&P Global Commodity Insights (previously Platts) in 2015, as a Senior Pricing Specialist, focused on several commodities including polyolefins and methanol. He moved to cover Agriculture and Petrochemicals as a Structured Market Engagement specialist before transitioning to an Analyst for Platts Analytics, Global Petrochemicals team, specializing in supply/demand modeling and forecasting. 

    He has 10 years of experience in the commodity sector, and another decade of scientific/research experience. 

    Contact: yi.jeng.huang@spglobal.com

  • Max Ismagilov, Senior Research Analyst, Urea, Fertecon

    Max leads the long-term analysis of the global urea market at S&P Global Commodity Insights’ Fertilizer (Fertecon) team. As a key member of the Fertecon’s nitrogen team, he is responsible for producing the quarterly Urea Outlook Reports which include detailed analyses of supply and demand, trade, production costs, and prices, as well as medium- and long-term forecasts.Max has 20 years of experience in market analysis, industry research, and strategic marketing. Prior to joining IHS Markit (now part of S&P Global Commodity Insights) in January 2021, he performed a variety of market analysis and marketing roles while working for leading producers in the fertilizer (URALCHEM), advanced materials (Materia and HaloPolymer), industrial minerals (P. W. Gillibrand Co.) and packaging (PCBK Group) industries.Mr. Ismagilov holds a Master of Science in Sociology from Perm State University and a Certificate in General Chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University. He also served as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoset Division. 

    Contact: max.ismagilov@spglobal.com

  • Pooja Jain, Principal Research Analyst, Polymer, Asia

    Pooja Jain is a Polymer SME at S&P Global’s Commodity Insights division in Gurgaon, India. She is a chemical engineer and has 12+ years of experience in the refinery and petrochemical industry. Pooja started her career as a production engineer working in the petrochemical complex at Indian Oil Corporation and later moved to project management role where she worked on several mega-scale petrochemical projects. After working in the field for close to 6 years, she moved to consulting and joined KPMG as an ENR strategy consultant. Pooja has got a good exposure of both the operations and business side of the energy industry from these varied experiences. 

    Contact: pooja.jain@spglobal.com

  • Aida Jebens, Director, Specialty Chemicals Insights

    Aida Jebens authors market research studies for IHS Markit’s Specialty Chemicals Update Program (SCUP). She has more than twenty years of experience in developing and managing information and projections of manufacturing markets and technical trends. Since joining IHS in 2012, Aida has led and participated in a variety of specialty and commodity chemical projects. Her product coverage includes biocides, catalysts, corrosion inhibitors, cosmetic chemicals, electronic chemicals, lubricating oil additives, printing inks, paper chemicals, synthetic lubricants, textile chemicals, and water management chemicals. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Aida worked in various research and project management capacities at Infonetics Research, a telecommunications market research company; VLSI Research, a market research firm specializing in semiconductors and equipment industry; and SRI Consulting. 

    Contact: Aida.jebens@spglobal.com

  • Stephen Jew, Executive Director, Global Refining and Marketing Research

    Stephen Jew is an executive director with the energy downstream research team at S&P Global – Commodities Insights. Mr. Jew is the global lead on the Short-Term and Long-Term Crude and Refined Product Prices and Margins service. He supports various research and consulting projects in the crude, biofuels, lubricants, and downstream oil business. Mr. Jew has provided commercial and technical assistance to client business strategy, including due diligence assistance related to energy mergers and acquisitions, project feasibility, financial and sensitivity analysis, and price forecast modeling. Before joining S&P Global, he worked for UOP, a Honeywell Company. While at UOP, Mr. Jew was a senior field operating technical engineer, assisting customers globally with refinery unit start-ups, troubleshooting, and operations. His primary downstream technical knowledge is in fluidized catalytic cracking and reforming complexes while having considerable experience with other parts of the refinery ecosystem. Prior to this position, he worked in UOP’s hydroprocessing R&D group and aromatics engineering department. Mr. Jew holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. 

    Contact: stephen.jew@spglobal.com

  • Paul Joo, Director, Olefin and Olefin derivatives, APAC

    Paul has been involved in the chemical industry for 3.5 decades. His career began at Daelim Industry, a large-scale steam cracker in Korea in the early 1990s. He has been trading chemicals spanning from olefins, BTX to polymers and has worked in Beijing for 9 years in the chemical businesses. At Yeocheon NCC, he oversaw overall sales and feedstock procurements as VP and is renowned as a petrochemical veteran in Nort East Asia’s chemical industry. 

    Contact: paul.joo@spglobal.com

  • Rahul Kapoor, Vice President, Head of Shipping Analytics & Research

    Rahul is the Global Lead, Shipping Analytics & Research at Fuels, Chemicals, and Resource Solutions (FCRS) for S&P Global Commodity Insights. Based in Singapore, he heads an integrated shipping analytics research and data science teams. As a business lead, he is responsible for growth of analytics products in Cargo & Vessel Intelligence and Freight Market Analytics. A subject matter expert in the maritime industry and financial markets, Rahul is a thought leader with proven credentials in market analysis forecasting, shipping economics and commodity market developments. He is a regular speaker at major conferences and client events globally, and is frequently interviewed by both print and visual media. Most recently, he was at Bloomberg Intelligence and earlier headed Drewry Financial Research Services Ltd. He has also worked as senior equities analyst at RS Platou Markets and Nomura. Rahul holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from BITS, Pilani and a Postgraduate in Management from IMI, New Delhi, India. 

    Contact: rahul.kapoor@spglobal.com

  • Baljit Kaur, Principal Research Analyst

    Baljit joined S&P Global (legacy IHS Markit) as a Research Analyst. As a Principal Research Analyst, her focus is in the Specialty Chemicals department of polymers and elastomers; mainly specialty elastomers and high-performance thermoplastics marketing research reports for global clients. Her expertise includes primary and secondary research, as well as forecast analysis. Baljit received a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of California, Riverside.

    Contact: Baljit.Kaur@spglobal.com

  • Mike Kelly, Director, Strategic Analytics and Process Technology

    Mr. Kelly serves as Director of Strategic Analytics and Process Technology in the chemicals group at IHS Markit. He currently leads development efforts around analytic solutions providing detailed insight into the competitive landscape of the global refining and chemical industries in the areas of process technology, process economics, and asset/company level profitability. He is also responsible for preparing techno-economic evaluations of commercial and emerging process technologies, with a recent focus on propane dehydrogenation technologies. He joined IHS Markit (legacy CMAI) in 2000, with past responsibilities for market analysis in the areas of energy, olefins, and aromatics along with supply/demand, production cost, and price forecast modeling development. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas. 

    Contact: mike.b.kelly@spglobal.com

  • Sana Khan, Agribusiness Consultant

    Sana Khan is an agribusiness expert in the North American Consulting Team. Her experience in agribusiness is diversified from working in private sector, government and international development in various subject matter e.g., agricultural policy, new technologies and more. She also has cross-cutting experience in climate related initiatives from working at the World Bank and Ministry of Agriculture in Canada. Sana’s experience involves business strategy, market assessments, program evaluation and indicator development. 

    Contact: Sana.Khan@spglobal.com

  • Gajendra Kumar, Director, Process Economics Program

    Gajendra is based in New Delhi, India, and is currently working as a Director in the Process Economics Program team at S&P Global. He is responsible for techno-economic evaluations focused on refinery and petrochemical commercial and emerging technologies. His work involves process design, cost engineering, competitive analyses, patent evaluations, recommended licensing, and technology direction. Some of his notable past projects have involved technologies related to residue upgrading, Gas-to-Liquid fuels, LNG, and, more recently, sustainable fuels. He has more than 21 years of experience in the downstream sector, and his area of expertise includes process economics studies, process design, process simulation and optimization, and engineering studies. Before his current role at S&P Global, he has worked with Reliance Industries, Honeywell, Kellogg Brown & Root, and CB&I. Gajendra holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). 

    Contact: gajendra.kumar@spglobal.com

  • Yazmine Khan, Associate Director, Aromatics

    With over twelve years’ experience in the petrochemicals consulting industry, Yazmine currently serves as an Associate Director, Aromatics in S&P Global’s Commodity Insights division in London, UK. Yazmine started her career with CMAI (which became IHS Markit Chemical) in 2010, and spent several years as an analyst working in the consulting team and the soda ash team before moving to the aromatics team, where she carried out detailed analysis of the fibre feedstock industry in EMEA. This was followed by six years at Tecnon Orbichem covering a range of chemical markets including aromatics, unsaturated polyester resins, plasticisers and oxo-alcohols. 

    Contact: yazmine.khan@spglobal.com

  • Kate Lee, Associate Director, Aromatics

    Kate joined S&P Global Commodity Insights in Singapore as principle research analyst in aromatics, in October 2022. She first entered the petrochemical industry in 2006 when she joined OceanConnect in Singapore to be part of a lean team that started up its petrochemicals broking desk. In that role, she brokered across the entire BTX chain of toluene, benzene, xylenes and styrene monomer, as well as gasoline blending components, for the Asia market, bringing that desk from creation to recognition. 

    This 16-year journey in the petrochemicals industry took her from being a petrochemicals broker, to trader, to price assessment and market reporter and now to analysis and forecasting. As a trader for a Middle East-based solvents distributor, not only did she expand its Asia-based list of suppliers, she was also part of a two-man team that started its Asia petrochemicals trading desk. Her past 8 years were spent at Argus Media, building up her expertise in price assessments. She also enjoyed covering the seismic changes in the aromatics and olefins markets. Her portfolio at Argus spanned toluene, mixed xylenes, MTBE, ethylene, benzene and styrene monomer. 

    She graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with a business studies degree, with a major in marketing and is currently refreshing her knowledge by doing a PowerMBA. Prior to entering the petrochemicals industry, she has a broad range of experiences in conference management, marketing of research level medical books and journals, and advertising sales for publications targeted at the purveyors of luxury. 

    Contact: kate.lee@spglobal.com

  • Kevin Lindemer, Executive Director, Downstream Americas Consulting

    Kevin Lindemer is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is a Vice President in IHS Markit’s Downstream Energy Consulting Practice. He has over 35 years of industry and consulting experience. Prior to joining IHS Markit in 2013, Mr. Lindemer was with Cambridge Energy Research Associates for 14 years where he started and managed its downstream oil consulting service and with Global Insight for three years where he managed its energy research and consulting practice. He also founded and ran his own energy consulting company for five years. Mr. Lindemer has also worked in strategic planning and business development roles for CENEX Harvest States (CHS) in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Irving Oil in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Mr. Lindemer has worked across the energy industry and his experience is broad-based. He works with a variety of companies around the world on strategy development, strategic planning, market analysis and due diligence. Mr. Lindemer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wyoming. 

    Contact: Kevin.Lindemer@spglobal.com

  • Michael Malveda, Executive Director, Specialty Chemicals

    Mike Malveda currently leads global research for various chemical intermediates, fibers and films products. He brings 20+ years of experience in market research and analysis for the chemical industry. Mike has led and conducted primary and secondary market research on over 25 multi-client studies covering petroleum-based materials, bio-based chemicals, and food products. 

    Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Malveda worked in a laboratory setting for both the electronic chemicals and chemical environmental testing fields. Mike holds a BS in Bioresource Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University. 

    Contact: michael.malveda@spglobal.com

  • Olivier Maronneaud, Global Analytics Lead, Methanol & Plastic Circularity

    Olivier Maronneaud leads the practice covering the methanol industry and its downstream derivatives as well as the research relative to plastic circularity within S&P Commodity Insight. Olivier joined the company, previously called IHS Markit in 2013 and spent 4 years in the research and analytics team with a focus on the methanol and acetyls industries. Between 2017 and 2021, Olivier worked in the chemical consulting practice, leading bespoke projects and studies for clients in the EMEA region. Olivier started his career working for Arkema in France where he was product manager for PVC with both commercial and marketing responsibilities. Olivier graduated in business administration from Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. 

    Contact: olivier.maronneaud@spglobal.com

  • Michel Molinier, Director, Americas Aromatics and Derivatives

    Michel Molinier has 25 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, first with Elf Atochem, then with ExxonMobil Chemical Company (EMCC), and more recently as a consultant for Axens North America. During his years at EMCC, Michel primarily worked in basic chemicals, including aromatics, olefins and methanol. Michel successively managed catalyst supply for aromatics processes, technical support for aromatics and alkylation processes, licensing technical sales, new process commercialization, partnerships development and competitive intelligence. He also supported the aromatics base business strategy through industry dynamics, forecast and situation analysis studies. Michel has co-authored 2 book chapters, 35 articles and 28 US patents.Michel holds a M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux (France), a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry from Philipps Universität Marburg (Germany) and a Certificate in Japanese Studies from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). 

    Contact: michel.molinier@spglobal.com

  • Ryan Monis, Director, Chemical Consulting

    Ryan works as a Director in Commodity Insights Chemical Consulting business. Ryan spends the majority of his time working with clients on investment related projects, mergers and acquisitions, market studies, project financing, and technology assessments. 

    Ryan is an expert in fertilisers and in particular Ammonia, Urea, and other products along the ammonia chain. The role of blue and green ammonia in the coming decades supporting energy markets is a new area. 

    Apart from fertiliser projects, Ryan also contributes to a wide variety of projects for both commodity and specialty chemicals, including inorganic chemistry such as fluorine, soda ash, and lithium chemicals . His work experience before moving to consultancy was in the mining sector, working in as process engineer in South Africa, Ireland and the UK. 

    Contact: ryan.monis@spglobal.com

  • Mark Morgan, Vice President, Specialty Chemicals and Renewables Consulting

    Dr. Morgan has dedicated more than two decades to consulting in specialty chemicals, process technology and industrial biotechnology. In addition, to chemicals consulting, he supports work in other IHS Markit business units where chemicals and materials are involved, in particular Aerospace, Defence and Security (AD&S). In 2011, he joined Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) to lead its global activities in renewables. Previously, he was with Chem Systems, a leading boutique consulting firm serving chemicals and allied industries. His work covered lenders advisory work, M&A due diligence, project feasibility, technology validation and valuation, legal work and more. Following service in the army, he began has chemicals career with BP undertaking blue sky research as well as plant support, together with taking new ideas from concept to commercialization. Dr. Morgan earned his doctorate in chemical physics at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. 

    He leads consulting projects in all regions in specialty chemicals, biotechnology, renewables and advanced materials. He has strong experience across multiple specialty chemical value chains; linear alpha olefins, detergent alcohols, surfactants, nutraceuticals, the C4 chain, the C5 chain, specialty aromatics, biodegradable polymers, bio-based building blocks, engineering polymers, higher performance materials, carbon fibre, construction chemicals, food/feed additives, valorizing cracker by-product streams, etc. Mark has also undertaken lenders advisory work - commercial and technical for small and large capital projects, as well as supporting due diligence processes in M&A transactions, venture capital, etc. 

    Contact: mark.morgan@spglobal.com

  • John Mulholland, Vice President, Chemicals, Strategy and Energy Transition

    John serves as Vice President, Chemicals - Strategy Consulting and Energy Transition. He is responsible for the sales and delivery of S&P Global strategy engagements globally. With more than 25 years in chemical and related industries, John has extensive experience in advising senior industry executives on critical strategic issues and complex business challenges. In addition, John holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and a B.S., Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan. 

    Contact: john.mulholland@spglobal.com

  • Rajiv Narang, Executive Director, Process Economic Program

    Rajiv Narang is based out of New Delhi, India presently working as an Executive Director of Process Economics Program, at IHS Markit. He has worked over the last 35 years with various Energy Companies and Consultancies, like Bechtel, Fluor, Petrofac, ONGC and GAIL, during which he has travelled and worked in many countries. He is leading Asia region’s Process Economics Program, and contributes to Techno-Economic studies on topics of interest to the industry such as Coal Gasification, IMO 2020 options for stake holders, Sulfur and Sulfuric Acid, Lubricating Base Oils, Natural Gas Processing, and recently on Next Generation of Carbon Capture technologies. He has served as Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Northern India Chapter. He is a senior member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Chartered Engineer in UK, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, (IChemE) UK. He completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and holds a MBA degree. His technical papers have been published in many conferences and international journals. 

    Contact: rajiv.narang@spglobal.com

  • Ravi Narayanaswamy, Vice President, Fuels, Chemicals and Resource Solutions (FCRS)

    Mr. Narayanaswamy is a Vice President responsible for Industry Executive relationship for the Fuels, Chemicals and Resources (FCRS) business unit covering Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent and Asia Pacific region. He joined Purvin & Gertz in 2005, which was acquired by IHS Markit in 2011, and in turn acquired by S&P Global in 2022 and is based at their Singapore office. Mr. Narayanaswamy has more than 30 years of diverse oil industry experience spanning both refining and petrochemicals. Mr. Narayanaswamy frequently presents to CEO's and Senior Management of oil companies, and at IHS Markit and other third-party conferences. He previously had Lube basestock Operations and Process Engineering, Production Planning, Asia Pacific Petrochemical Feedstocks Economics and Optimization, and Manufacturing Advisor for Aromatic facilities globally with increasing responsibilities at ExxonMobil, Singapore where he worked for 11 years. Prior to that, he worked at Hindustan Petroleum at their Mumbai refinery, India. Mr. Narayanaswamy holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA. 

    Contact: ravi.narayanaswamy@spglobal.com

  • Arabinda Nayak, Research and Analysis Associate Director

    Arabinda is presently heading the specialty chemicals research team in Gurgaon. Since joining IHS Markit (Now part of S&P Global) in 2018, he initially worked on Chemical Economics Handbooks (CEH), a leading global chemical business analysis report. He also helped sector experts with India region-specific research, policy analysis, and market size estimation exercises. Before joining S&P Global, he worked with Novozymes, where he held a dual role working with the investor relations and business finance teams. He worked on internal market share and size estimation exercises, delivered thematic research notes for quarterly/annual investor briefs, and provided customized market research and financial analysis to the executive management team. Arabinda has broad industry expertise in chemicals and industrial enzymes. Arabinda takes a keen interest in the field of ESG and sustainability. He holds an MBA, and is a certified investor relation professional from the Bombay stock exchange (BSE). 

    Contact: Arabinda.Nayak@spglobal.com

  • Andrew Neale, Executive Director, Aromatics

    Andrew recently joined S&P Global and leads the EMEA base chemicals commodity insight team, focusing on aromatics markets. Andrew has spent the past decade in the Middle East, most recently working for QatarEnergy where he was responsible for strategy development for the marketing and sales of Qatar’s exports of fuels, petrochemical feedstocks, petrochemicals and fertilisers. Prior to this, he was a Consulting Director at IHS Markit, leading assignments in the Middle East and India covering due diligence, merger support, country master-planning, cost benchmarking and value chain strategy for a diverse set of petrochemicals. Andrew began his career with CMAI (later acquired by IHS Markit) in London where he initially worked on single-client projects and then became responsible for aromatics market coverage and analysis for benzene, styrene and phenol in EMEA. He has a BEng Chemical Engineering from UMIST and a MSc Engineering and Management from the University of Exeter. 

    Contact: andrew.neale@spglobal.com

  • Ha Nguyen, Executive Director, Global Crude Oil Markets

    With international experience in energy market research since 2006, Ha leads the global oil supply and Latin crude oil markets services at S&P Global Commodity Insights. Before joining S&P Global, Ha worked as a consultant and researcher for Purvin & Gertz. She has worked on several refining market studies, merger and acquisition support, replacement cost projects, crude oil valuations, due diligence support and LP modeling. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Houston, United States. 

    Contact: ha.nguyen@spglobal.com

  • Samar Niazi, Global Lead, Aromatics Pricing

    Samar Niazi works as Managing Editor for Asia Aromatics with the Asia Petrochemicals team for Platts S&P Global Insights, a leader in commodities benchmarks worldwide. She is based out of Singapore. She leads the Asian aromatics team that covers aromatics benchmark markets including paraxylene, benzene, mixed xylenes, etc. Before this, she was handling multiple agriculture and biofuels markets in Asia. She has worked at a major commodities trading firm handling oil markets. She joined Platts in October 2015. Samar has an MBA from the Lee Kong Chian School at the Singapore Management University and an undergraduate degree in business from IIUI, Islamabad. 

    Contact: samar.niazi@spglobal.comsamar.niazi@spglobal.com

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  • Emanuel Ormonde, Director, Specialty Chemicals

    Emanuel V. Ormonde currently leads global research for various specialty polymer and elastomer products. He brings 20+ years of experience in market research and analysis for the chemical industry. Emanuel has led and conducted primary and secondary market research on over 40 multi-client studies covering many chemistries. He is also involved in single client consulting projects. Emanuel holds a BS in Biological Sciences from California State University, East Bay. 

    Contact: emanuel.ormonde@spglobal.com

  • Andy Orszynski, Director, Olefins & Derivatives

    Andy leads S&P Global Commodity Insight’s research into Olefin Derivatives and Intermediates, including Ethylene and Propylene Oxides, Glycols and Linear Alpha Olefins. He joined S&P Global in 2023 having spent much of his career at Shell Chemicals. 

    Andy started his career as a Marketer - and then an Economist - within Shell’s Mobility business, before joining Shell Chemicals in 2012 as Sales Manager for Linear Alpha Olefins, Alcohols and Ethoxylates. Subsequently he joined the European Base Chemicals team, leading cracker feedstock projects to establish Ethane imports from North America, as well as new domestic sources of NGL’s and other advantaged feedstocks. After this he managed the Propylene Oxide Glycols and Glycol Ethers business, with overall responsibility for the P&L, manufacturing and supply chains, as well the strategic direction of the product line. 

    His experience across a number of Shell’s value chains has given him a strong insight into integrated value, and deep knowledge of a wide range of derivatives and end uses including Automotive, Building & Construction, Furnishings, Lubricants, Detergents and Solvents. 

    Most recently, Andy led Digitalization and Sustainability projects within Shell Aviation, and has a keen interest in how developments in these areas will impact the Chemical industry in both the near and long-term.

    Contact: andy.orszynski@spglobal.com

  • Matthew Palmer, Executive Director

    Matthew Palmer, Executive Director, S&P Global Commodity Insights, is an authority on North American natural gas markets with upstream oil and gas and financial risk management experience. He leads our America’s Gas & Power natural gas coverage and is an expert at developing fundamentals-based supply, demand, and price forecasts and an understanding of the associated risks. Mr. Palmer has developed a wide range of analytical models and tools to assess markets, has prepared presentations, and has written reports on the natural gas, electric power, and oil markets. This includes broad industry outlooks, regional analyses, and granular market assessments. He has a deep understanding of oil and gas infrastructure, regional supply and demand, and locational price differentials across the United States and Canada. Before joining IHS Markit, Mr. Palmer was Director, Fundamentals, at Encana, where he was responsible for natural gas and power market fundamentals analysis and oversaw Encana’s risk management activities for natural gas. Mr. Palmer began his career with IHS Markit (formerly CERA), where he led the development of natural gas demand forecasts, researched the relationship between oil and natural gas prices, and followed the western North American regional gas market. Mr. Palmer holds a BS and an MS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

    Contact: matthew.palmer@spglobal.com

  • Felipe Perez, Latin America Downstream Strategist

    Felipe Perez is LATAM Downstream Strategist and Director of Oil Markets, Midstream & Downstream for the Americas with S&P Global Commodity Insights. He has over 15 years of experience in consulting in the oil and gas industries, mainly in downstream. His expertise is on Latin America’s refining and fuels markets and connectivity with North America. 

    Contact: felipe.perez@spglobal.com

  • Tony Potter, Vice President, Chemicals, Derivatives, Plastics & Materials

    Tony Potter has over 35 years experience in the chemical industry in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and currently serves as Global Vice President – Chemicals, Derivatives, Plastics & Materials in S&P Global’s Commodity Insights business. Tony joined Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) in March 2006 as Director of Olefins – Europe, Middle East & Africa. In 2009, Tony moved to Dubai as Managing Director, Middle East & India, IHS Chemical Consulting, where he led numerous studies, serving many of the major oil and chemical companies in the Middle East. Tony transferred to Singapore at the beginning of 2013 as Vice President, Asia Pacific, leading the business development activities of the Chemical business until his return to Europe in April 2018 as Global Head of the Specialty Chemicals Insight business. Tony has a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London. 

    Contact: tony.potter@spglobal.com

  • Darryl Rogers, Vice President, Fuels, Chemicals & Resource Solutions

    Darryl leads a team responsible for S&P Global's Commodity Insights business keen on midstream data and global natural gas liquids (“NGL”) providing data and insights to our clients through subscription products and consulting/advisory services. Darryl is responsible and accountable for S&P Global Commodity Insights midstream essentials data and NGL markets portfolio of insights subscription products/services. The NGL markets portfolio of products/services includes NGL Markets, Waterborne LIVE LPG and Ethane, and US NGL Markets Weekly. Darryl along with leading this subscription business serves as a focal point for consulting projects, integrating the unmatched S&P Global Commodity Insights technical and markets experience, insights, and data from our upstream, natural gas, NGL, downstream, and chemicals teams to provide client-focused solutions. 

    Contact: darryl.rogers@spglobal.com

  • Juan Sacoto, Senior Vice President and Head of Agribusiness Consulting, North America

    Juan Sacoto, Senior Vice President and Head of Agribusiness Consulting for North America with over 25 years of industry and consulting experience. Mr. Sacoto’s experience involves business strategy, risk management, market feasibility and competitiveness, economic modeling & forecasting, economic development and M&A due diligence. Mr. Sacoto has extensive experience across several regions (US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, Korea, Ukraine, Russia, and Southeast Africa) and is fluent in English and Spanish. Mr. Sacoto received his bachelor's degree in finance and postgraduate degree in business (MBA). Selected ExperienceConsulting and Research: Led and managed a wide variety of regional and global projects across most agribusiness segments including biofuels. - Agriculture inputs - Grain and oilseed processing, animal feed, livestock and meat - Biofuels and biofuel feedstocks (vegetable oils, low carbon feedstocks and new feedstocks) - Sustainability and carbon sequestration- Agribusiness/commodity supply chain economics (grains, proteins, processing, etc.) Strategic Planning: Worked with clients to develop strategic plans for new investments, future growth, new product introduction, risk management, M&A, and general strategic direction. Due Diligence: Performed market and financial due diligence analysis for financing and investment purposes in biofuels, animal waste/rendering, biofuel feedstocks and broader agribusiness.Modeling and forecasting: Develop short-term and long-term supply/demand forecasting analyses for global biofuels and biofuel feedstocks as well as related supply chains. 

    Contact: juan.sacoto@spglobal.com

  • Mukta Sharma, Executive Director

    Mukta Sharma heads up the Chemical Consulting team for Europe and Africa, based in the London office. Mukta leads single-client consulting engagements for investment and strategy related projects as well as supporting clients in business performance analysis and due diligence, market studies, technology and feasibility assessments. She has an MEng in Chemical Engineering with over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry covering business strategy & planning, financial control & performance management, commercial & market analysis, techno-economic analysis, project appraisal and evaluation, process design/engineering and HSE reviews. 

    Contact: mukta.sharma@spglobal.com

  • Sanjay Sharma, Vice President, Chemical & Agribusiness Consulting, Middle East and Indian Sub-continent

    Sanjay Sharma is Head of Chemical and Agribusiness Consulting for Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. He has more than 30+ years of experience in the industry with extensive consulting, strategy development, feasibility studies, competitive analysis, M&A and due diligence experience. He has actively participated in developing strategy, improving business performance, developing and managing joint ventures and alliances and engaging in mergers and acquisitions. Sanjay has managed assignments in Europe, Middle East, India and Asia. 

    Sanjay has been with IHS Markit (a part of S&P Global Commodity Insights, a business division of S&P Global Inc.) since 2006 and held several positions prior to his current role. Previously, Sanjay worked for five years for SABIC where he held investment planner position. Prior to that Sanjay worked for ten years for IPCL (now part of Reliance Industries Limited) where he held variety of Polyolefins project and operations roles. In addition to consulting role, Sanjay has conducted several training courses and is a frequent speaker at various industry forums. Sanjay received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. 

    Contact: sanjay.sharma@spglobal.com

  • Hong (Grace) Shen, Principal Research Analyst, Aromatics

    Grace joined S&P Global Commodity Insights in Dec 2022, based in Shanghai, China. She has 17 years of experience in petrochemical consulting industry, working in Tecnon OrbiChem initially covering the polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 industry chains in Asia, there after leading the market research in China for their bespoke study business during 2012-2019. In recent years, she has been in charge of multi-client market reports on the Asian aromatics markets, phthalic anhydride industry chain, and styrene & UPR industries. Grace has a B.A. in Chemistry and a M.A. in Economics. 

    Contact: hong.shen@spglobal.com

  • Fenglei (Sophie) Shi, Director, Greater China Oil Market Midstream and Downstream

    Fenglei Shi is research director at S&P Global Commodity Insights. The team she leads provides both the long-term and short-term outlooks of the petroleum value chain in the Greater China region. She specializes in analysis on market profitability, trading trends and arbitrage opportunities in Greater China region for both crude and products. Before joining IHS Markit, now part of S&P Global, in June 2018, she had been working as lead China petroleum analyst in Argus Media. Prior to that, she headed cross-energy China coverages as chief editor at China Energy News, the quasi-official newspaper supervised Chinese National Energy Administration. She holds am MA in international journalism from the University of Hong Kong in 2009. 

    Contact: fenglei.shi@spglobal.com

  • Neetu Singh, Senior Research Analyst

    Neetu Singh is an Inorganics SME at S&P Global Commodity Insights division in Gurgaon, India where she is responsible for Chlor-Alkali and Vinyls. She comes with chemical manufacturing experience starting her career with Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Limited where she worked in chemicals insights, energy prices, forex rates and customer experience in the dynamic macroeconomic environment and policies. Neetu has a hand on experience in Specialty chemical reports, data visualization and management as well as analyzing economic scenarios. 

    Contact: Neetu.Singh1@spglobal.com

  • Bala Suresh, Executive Director, S&P Global Commodity Insights

    Bala is currently Global Business Lead for S&P Global's industrial gases and fertilizers business segment where he manages strategy development and supervises a team of experts involved in market analysis and research. Bala has over 25 years of experience in process design, plant economics, marketing research and business development, both in industrial and consulting areas. He started his career in India, working with the petrochemical industry. In 1991, he joined Nuclear Fuel Services in Tennessee, where he was involved in field engineering and also directed business development activities. Bala comes to S&P Global from legacy IHS Markit. He has authored a broad range of reports for the Chemical Economics Handbook (CEH) and the Specialty Chemicals Update Program (SCUP) and is actively involved in expanding client relationships and single client consulting. Bala holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Chemical Engg. and an MBA. 

    Contact: bala.suresh@spglobal.com

  • Richard Swann, Global Director, Clean Refined Products Pricing,

    Richard leads S&P Global Commodity Insights’ global team of market reporters producing all of the Platts clean refined product price assessments and related market analysis and insight. Based in Houston, Richard has previously headed up the company’s oil market reporting in the Americas and been the company’s global director for oil news. Richard joined Platts in 1996 to launch the company’s European Natural Gas Report from London and is a graduate in modern languages from the University of Bristol. 

    Contact: richard.swann@spglobal.com

  • Larry Tan, Chemicals Insight, APAC Lead

    Mr. Larry Tan heads S&P Chemicals Insight APAC Team. He is based in Singapore. Larry has been in the oil and petrochemical industry for over 38 years. His current role is to help downstream companies shape their strategic growth options in the chemicals sector through providing data, analytics and insights. He past work has been in downstream refinery to chemicals like olefins and aromatics petrochemicals, polymers, and derivatives. He has extensive experience in the development and strategic review of business plans, competitor analysis, feedstock supply strategy, development of sales & marketing strategies, identification of new product opportunities, price forecast and strategies, technical and financial assessment of new ventures/ technologies, and bespoke commercial competency skills equipping training workshops. He is frequently invited to speak at both international and regional conferences. 

    Contact: larry.tan@spglobal.com

  • Harry Thomas, Director, Inorganics Americas

    Harry Thomas is the Director of Inorganics in the America’s for the newly formed S&P Global Commodity Insights division. Based from the Houston, TX location, Harry joined S&P in 2022. With 35 years of industry experience between Occidental Chemical and Olin Corporation in Chlor-Alkali, Vinyl’s, Petrochemicals, Specialties and Epoxy Resins, Harry has held a number of prominent and global positions. Most recently he was the President of Epoxy at Olin, with other responsibilities in his tenure involving leading Chlorinated Organics, International, and Corporate Strategy & Growth. Harry led the M&A efforts for Olin during the $6Bn acquisition of Dow Chlorine Products in 2015. Harry has worked for some of the largest producers of Vinyl’s and Chlor- Alkali and the broadest international exporters around the world of EDC, VCM, PVC, LCS and Epoxy Products. Harry holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and an MBA from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He resides out of Dallas, TX. 

    Contact: harry.thomas@spglobal.com

  • Jesse Tijerina, Chemicals Insight, Americas Polyolefins Lead

    Jesse currently serves as Chemical Insights Americas Polyolefins lead at Fuels, Chemicals & Resource Solutions, S&P Global Commodity Insights. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Director in the S&P Global Commodity Insight’s Chemical Consulting group for 10 years, where over the years led consulting projects in the base chemical value chains, primarily in olefins & polyolefins, syngas, chlor-alkali, and aromatics. Jesse also executed projects in market & technical due diligence, technology analysis/selection, project feasibility, and market strategy development. Jesse has 35 years of overall chemical industry experience mostly in polyolefins, including roles in technology sales, business development, operations, and project development & execution. 

    Contact: jesse.tijerina@spglobal.com

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  • Liliana Viciu, Research and Analysis Associate Director

    Dr. Liliana Viciu joined IHS Markit now S&P Global in 2016 bringing with her more than 10 years of advanced chemical knowledge. She works as Associate Director within the Specialty Chemicals division leading the Solvents and Surfactants (S&S) team, which analyses surfactants, household detergents and their raw materials, 1,4-butanediol chain of products, fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorocarbons, chlorinated solvents, as well as linear alpha olefins markets. Before moving to the S&S team in August 2022, Liliana was involved with market research analysis in the field of nutrition and renewable products (bio-based chemicals, biofuels as well as feed and food ingredients). Prior to joining IHS Markit, she worked for nine years as a senior researcher and lecturer at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, in the field of the structure-properties relationship of materials science. She started her career as a researcher at Princeton University and then at Cornell University, United States. Liliana holds a bachelor and master’s degree in chemistry from University of Bucharest, Romania, and received her PhD degree from University of New Orleans, United States. 

    Contact: Liliana.Viciu@spglobal.com

  • Xiaoshu Wang, Analyst, Singapore

    Xiaoshu is part of the Petrochemical Analytics team of S&P Global Commodity Insights, with primary focus on APAC olefin chains and global petrochemical capacities. Her prior experiences ranging from energy commodities to chemicals, with specialties in methanol & derivatives markets and China coal & power industry. She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from National University of Singapore. 

    Contact: xiaoshu.wang@spglobal.com

  • Fang Fang Wang, Associate Director, C4s and Elastomers

    Fang Fang has over 20 years of experience in market research and consulting. She holds a master's degree in economics and has a proven track record of leading strategic consulting engagement, building and expanding business lines, and managing consulting teams. She specializes in the olefins and elastomers industry and has practical research and consulting experience in the automotive industry. 

    Contact: fangfang.wang@spglobal.com

  • Samantha Wietlisbach, Director, Inorganics and Minerals Research and Analysis

    Samantha Wietlisbach joined SRI Consulting (SRIC) in September 2007, initially working for the Directory of Chemical Producers (DCP). Samantha joined the Specialty Chemicals team, mainly working on the CEH (Chemical Economic Handbook) team, specializing is in inorganic chemicals and minerals, including rare earths, magnesium chemicals, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide, aluminum chemicals, lithium, and phosphate chemicals. Samantha is now the leader of the Inorganics and Minerals Specialties team. Before joining IHS Markit, Samantha worked in the research chemicals industry. Samantha has more than 20 years of industrial experience. She has a strong chemical background, including a BSc in Chemical Sciences and an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Salford in the UK. 

    Contact: samantha.wietlisbach@spglobal.com

  • Lisa Wood, Executive Director, Specialty Chemical Consulting

    Ms. Wood serves as Executive Director, Consulting, at S&P Global Commodity Insights, primarily responsible for the sale and execution of specialty chemical consultant engagements in the Americas region. Ms. Wood has a broad knowledge base and experience in specialty organic chemicals, surfactants, oil and mining chemicals. With 15+ years of total combined experience in commercial roles in industry and consulting, Ms. Wood's areas of expertise include: strategy development, competitive & market analysis, market due diligence, business development, and process improvement. Ms. Wood holds a masters degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

    Contact: Lisa.Wood@spglobal.com

  • Rita Wu, Director of Specialty Chemicals

    Rita Wu is Director of Specialty Chemicals industry research programs with a focus on renewable feedstock, low carbon fuel, oleochemical as well as food and nutrition sectors. She leads global research and provides expertise and connections to the Americas market. She has industry research and financial market experiences across integrated oil, gas distribution and chemical industries. Before joining IHS based in California 8 years ago, Rita spent 5 years in the Asia financial capital market as Asia ex-Japan Energy Equity Research lead analyst with Barclays Capital Investment Bank, as well as China Oil and Gas analyst with Yuanta Securities Hong Kong. She was responsible for analyzing major refineries and specialty chemical companies in Asia and providing investment recommendations to the institutional investors. Rita has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Enterprise Management from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 

    Contact: Rita.Wu@spglobal.com

  • Will Xu, Associate Director, Polymers

    Will has more than a decade of petrochemical experience. He started his market intelligent career at IHS Markit and worked across aromatic, MEG, methanol and polyolefin products. After spending years as principal analyst to PO industry he then joined in Yingde Gases, the biggest industrial gases supplier in Asia, as marketing research manager in strategy department. Before coming back to IHS Markit a part of S&P Global, he worked at Wison Engineering as lead of market research department. 

    Contact: Will.Xu@spglobal.com

  • Wei (Vivien) Yang, Executive Director, Specialties

    Vivien Yang researches on China specialty chemicals market in IHS Markit Pure Specialty Chemical Group. Vivien joined legacy SRI Consulting (acquired by IHS Markit in 2010) in 2006 with market research, business strategy, and consulting on specialty chemicals. She has the experience of wide range of specialty chemical industries, including electronic chemicals, lubricants&additives, cosmetic chemicals, water management chemicals, and specialty polymers etc. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Vivien worked on research & development of lubricants and additives in SINOPEC, Research Institute of Petroleum processing. Ms. Yang received a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from Hebei Industrial University, Tianjin, China and Master Degree from Research Institute of Petroleum and Processing, Sinopec. 

    Contact: wei.yang@spglobal.com

  • Eshwar Yennigalla, Senior Analyst, Petrochemicals

    Eshwar Yennigalla is a senior analyst, Petrochemicals at S&P Global Commodity Insights, specializing in aromatics and olefins. Eshwar is responsible for refinery petrochemical simulations and forecasts, developing models for short-term and long-term petrochemical outlooks, production cost analysis tools and contributes to the development new analytics products. He extensively covers the global aromatics and olefins value chains and is a regular speaker at petrochemical forums. 

    After joining Commodity Insights, Eshwar moved to Singapore to cover global petrochemical analysis and promote Commodity Insights’ analytics footprint in Asia, after an earlier spell in Houston. He earned his Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Houston and has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. 

    Contact: eshwar.yennigalla@spglobal.com

  • Xiaodong Zhang, Director, Aromatics

    Xiaodong joined S&P Global Commodity Insights from Shanghai as Director, Aromatics APAC. She focusses on PX/PTA /polyester industry research in Asia, especially in Great China. Xiaodong has been in petroleum and petrochemical industry for almost 3 decades. She started her career in Sinopec and has comprehensive experience in refinery and petrochemical complex which including areas of operation, technical management, engineering and planning etc. After Sinopec, she worked for 3 years with Shenghong Group, a leading private petrochemical company in China for establishment of new PTA and polyester projects and witnessed the quick development of Chinese private enterprises. Before joining S&P, she worked in Petrochemical business of BP for 16 years in various commercial roles, including market analysis and strategy, product sales, commodity procurement and trading etc. 

    Contact: xiaodong.zhang@spglobal.com

  • Jane Zhou, Senior Research Analyst

    Jane is a senior research analyst of the S&P Global Commodity Insights Chemicals team. She joined the organization in November 2017 (at the time IHS Markit), since then she has been responsible for the research and maintenance of world chemical producers and their production capacities, covering base chemicals, specialty chemicals and compounded products. Jane began her early career as an editor and consultant at Chemlinked.com to offer regulatory information services for market entrance of new or hazardous chemical products in the Asia-Pacific region. Jane holds a double degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceuticals and Bachelor of Art in English Literature from Zhejiang University of Technology. 

    Contact: Jane.Zhou@spglobal.com