WPC 2020 Online Forum

WPC 2020 Online Forums: Expert Live Dialogues -  Forging a New Future Now and Beyond COVID-19 and the Crude Oil Shock

Our Live Forums will be posted along with the PDF presentations 24 hrs after original recording.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 8:00 am - 9:00 am Houston, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm London, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Singapore

Olefins, Feedstocks and Derivatives: The Market Amid COVID-19 and Depressed Crude Oil Prices 
This Forum will focus on demand, supply vis-a-vis cost advantages, trade, project delays, and sustainability as affected by the highly dynamic short- and long-term outlook.  

Moderator: Bill Hyde, Executive Director, Olefins and Elastomers, IHS Markit 


  • Steve Lewandowski, Vice President, Olefins, Oil Markets, Midstream, and Downstream Chemicals, IHS Markit
  • Carlo Barrasa, Research Director, IHS Markit
  • Nick Vafiadis, Vice President, Plastics, IHS Markit
  • Joel Morales, Executive Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Houston, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm London, 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Singapore

Aromatics and Fiber Intermediates: The New Dynamics in Aromatics after COVID-19
This Forum will delve into how demand for aromatics has been affected by COVID-19, and discuss the world post COVID-19, the risks to operations, as well as the outlook for margins in a new low crude oil environment. 

Moderator: Duncan Clark, Vice President, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit


  • Ashish Pujari, Executive Director, Asia Aromatics, IHS Markit
  • Tison Keel, Executive Director, PET, PTA & EO Derivatives, IHS Markit
  • Peter Feng, Executive Director, Aromatics, IHS Markit
  • David Potter, Executive Director, Aromatics and Fibers, IHS Markit

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 8:00 am - 9:00 am Houston, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm London, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Singapore

Inorganics and Derivatives: Strategic Outlooks for Inorganics Markets
A live Forum exploring critical issues:

  • Update on the impact of COVID-19 and oil prices on the chlor-alkali market
  • Strategic expectations for chlor-alkali, vinyls and soda ash in a post-COVID-19 world
  • Short-term and strategic expectations for the South American chlor-vinyls market
  • China: Short-term and strategic evolution expectations
  • Soda Ash – What will COVID-19 mean for all the new announced capacity?

Moderator: Hazel Kreuz, Vice President, Global Inorganics, IHS Markit


  • Lina Suarez, Executive Director, North America Chlor-alkali, IHS Markit
  • Henry Warren, Director, Director, Chlorine and Vinyls EMEA, IHS Markit
  • Mariana Santos, Principal Analyst, Chlor-Alkali and Bleaching Chemicals, IHS Markit
  • Eddie Kok, Global Director, Vinyls, IHS Markit
  • Marguerite Morrin, Global Director, Soda Ash, IHS Markit

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Houston, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm London, 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Singapore

Refining & Feedstocks Integration: Impact of Energy Transition and Emerging Process Technology on Integration of Refining and Petrochemicals
This Forum will discuss how Energy Transition and emerging process technologies are  encouraging  integration between refining and petrochemicals.

  • What are proven and emerging process technology options for large-scale grassroots plants and brownfield sites?
  • How does COVID-19 change the mid- and longer-term market drivers for integration?
  • Will all the integration investment be in the East, or can some occur in large fuel sites in the West?
  • How do the economics of refining change in a more integrated future world?

Moderator: Blake Eskew, Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream, and Chemicals, IHS Markit


  • Marc Nicolas, Global Business Director, Albemarle Corporation  
  • Keith Couch, Senior Director, Technology Sales, and Integrated Projects, Honeywell UOP
  • Kurt Barrow, Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream Insights, IHS Markit
  • Ravi Narayanaswamy, Vice President, Business Development, IHS Markit
  • Premashish Das, Executive Director, Energy, IHS Markit
  • Chuck Carr, Vice President, Refinery Petrochemical Integration, Chemical Market Services, IHS Markit
  • Sandeep Sayal, Vice President, Downstream Energy Research, IHS Markit
  • Stephen Jew,  Associate Director, Energy Downstream Research, IHS Markit

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 8:00 am - 9:00 am Houston, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm London, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Singapore

China: Rising out of the Ashes
All eyes continue to be on China as the world's largest economy grappled first with the onslaught of the COVID-19 coronavirus that  destroyed demand from the start of 2020 and then the precipitous fall in crude oil prices. This forum will discuss the current situation and critical issues that will have an immediate and long-range impact on China chemical industry, including:

  • Strategic overview of China's economy, energy, refined products, and the chemical industry 
  • Implications of COVID-19 and the crude oil crash 
  • Feasibility of types and sources of feedstocks in today's market: NGLs, naphtha, coal, methanol
  • Cost competitiveness of China under current dynamics 
  • Demand - deferment or destruction? 
  • Sustainability initiatives – plastics and carbon footprint 
  • Looking beyond – preparing for a post-COVID world

Moderator: Garrie Li, Vice President Business Development, Asia, Oil Markets / Midstream / Downstream / Chemicals, IHS Markit


  • Guanglian Pang, Vice Secretary General and Director of International Affairs, CPCIF
  • Yubo Li, CEO & CFO, Jiahua Chemicals Inc.
  • R. J. Chang, Vice President, Process Economics Program (PEP), IHS Markit
  • William Chen, Director, China Research, IHS Markit 
  • Premashish Das, Executive Director, Energy, IHS Markit
  • Alan Lu, Director, Aromatics, IHS Markit

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 8:00 am - 9:15 am Houston, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm London, 9:00 pm - 10:15 pm Singapore

The Chemicals Sustainability Agenda 
Two major forces are affecting the energy and chemicals value chains- climate change and plastics waste. With the pandemic disruption affecting global economies and energy markets, what is the outlook for sustainability initiatives?

For the chemical industry, plastics waste is a significant potential disruptor for the plastics industry and creates plastics demand risk.  Concurrently, climate change has been at the top of the agenda for upstream energy companies, affecting their investment portfolios. Chemicals is dramatically affected with changes in upstream feedstocks and economics as well as transition to low carbon chemicals production. 

This live Forum will explore the key questions: 

  • What are the sustainability priorities in the current environment in 2020/ 2021 and 2022 forward - the plastics challenge, carbon footprint, in the midst of a deep recession, heightened concern for sanitation and health, and low crude and plastics prices?
  • What are and will be the driving forces of company and government policy development?
  • How will priorities likely change for stakeholders including investors, customers, public, government and NGOs? 
  • What is the current state of sustainability policy development and performance metrics?
  • What initiatives and/ or challenges at the company or industry level will be seen in the next two-three years? For example, NGOs- EDF, AEPW (Alliance to Eliminate Plastics Waste) at the industry level Company initiatives – improving plastics circularity, carbon measurement/ tracking/ reduction What do you see as key Barriers/ Setbacks to improved sustainable solutions?
  • Where are the knowledge gaps, for example in technology developments? 

Moderator: Robin Waters, Director, Plastics Planning and Analysis, IHS Markit


  • Susan Farrell, Vice President, Energy and Natural Resources, IHS Markit 
  • Chuck Barlow, Vice President, Sustainability and Environmental Policy, Entergy Corporation
  • Victor Bell, U.S. Managing Director, EPI Lorax
  • Nina Butler, CEO, More Recycling
  • Mark Morgan, Executive Director, IHS Markit

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Houston, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm London, 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Singapore

Latin America Petrochemical Summit: Markets Realign to Process Available Feedstock
The petrochemical industry is going through changes, and external factors will affect markets in Latin America. We will cover the critical issues that may disrupt the way industry does business in the region:

  • COVID-19 impact
  • North America's new production capacity "Open for Business" should change trade flows in Latin America
  • Sustainability issues: How Latin America is preparing for growth
  • Vaca Muerta will foster feedstock diversification despite geopolitics

Moderator: Rina Quijada, Vice President, Business Development Latin America, IHS Markit


  • Rafael Amiel, Director, Latin America & Caribbean Economics, IHS Markit 
  • Felipe Perez, Latin America Downstream Strategist and Research Director, Oil Markets, Midstream, and Downstream Energy, IHS Markit 
  • Adrian Calcaneo, Director, Latin America & the Caribbean NGL Lead, Midstream Oil & NGL, IHS Markit
  • Cleantho de Paiva Leite Filho, Director, Energy, and Strategic Feedstock and External Communications, Braskem Idesa

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 8:00 am - 9:00 am Houston, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm London, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Singapore

Strategic Dialogue: Economy, Geopolitics, Energy, and Chemicals
The devastating impact of COVID-19 on demand and the dramatic collapse in crude oil prices are shaking up the global economy, as well as the energy and chemicals industry. Geopolitics will play a key role in how these key manufacturing areas will shape up. This Forum will explore the impact of the two negative prevailing forces, outline possible scenarios, and provide strategic thinking on navigating the storm and provide guidance for the way forward.

Moderator: Lyn Tattum, Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical, IHS Markit


  • Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS Markit
  • Carlos Pascual, Senior Vice President, Global Energy, IHS Markit
  • Jim Burkhard, Vice President, IHS Markit
  • Mark Eramo, Global Vice President, Energy, and Chemicals, IHS Markit

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 8:00 am - 9:00 am Houston, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm London, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Singapore

Technology Seminar
This Forum will showcase a variety of innovations in process technology (catalyst and process engineering) for the refining, petrochemical, plastics manufacturing industries. It will feature crude-oil-to-chemicals (COTC), plastics chemical recycling, and the impact of carbon, all of which are enablers for social, environmental, and economic sustainability. 

Moderator: Don Bari, Vice President, Technology and Analytics Group, IHS Markit


  • Edward S. Glatzer, Vice President, Technology & Economics, IHS Markit
  • R. J. Chang, Vice President, Process Economics Program (PEP), IHS Markit
  • Natalie Kiser, Director, Strategy, Technology Solutions, KBR
  • Susan Bell, Executive Director, Technology and Analytics Group, IHS Markit

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 9:00 am - 10:15 am Houston, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm London, 10:00 pm - 11:15 pm Singapore

Specialty Chemicals: Sustainability, Mobility, and Materials
A tour through the world of specialty chemicals and intermediates. 

Moderators: Tony Potter, Vice President, Specialty Chemicals, IHS Markit; Adam Bland, Executive Director, IHS Markit


  • Ralf Gubler, Director, Research & Analysis, IHS Markit
  • Marifaith Hackett, Executive Director, Renewables & Nutrition, IHS Markit
  • Adam Bland, Executive Director, IHS Markit
  • Simon Garmston, Executive Director, Global Acrylonitrile, IHS Markit
  • Austin Devaney, Director, Global Inorganics - Lithium & Battery Materials, IHS Markit
  • Samantha Wietlisbach, Director, Minerals Research and Analysis, IHS Markit
  • Stefan Müller, Associate Director, Research & Analysis, IHS Markit
  • Denis Poussin, Director, Global Acrylates and SAP, IHS Markit
  • Brendan Dooley, Global Director, Engineering Plastics, IHS Markit
  • Eric Linak, Executive Director, Resins & Coatings, IHS Markit

Friday, April 17, 2020, 8:00 am - 9:00 am Houston, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm London, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Singapore

Fertilizers and Agri Business: New Directions
Societal change is prompting new directions in the fertilizer sector. This Forum will explore the impact of these shifts, including:  

  • Prospects for green ammonia and sustainable fertilizers and how this will impact nitrogen markets
  • Outlook for a rebalancing in the ammonia market as capacity growth slows
  • Impact of IMO legislation on sulfur
  • What factors will pull the sulfur market out of the doldrums

Moderator: Allan Pickett, Head of Analysis - Phosphates, Sulphur and Potash,  IHS Markit


  • Yuya Pan, Sulphur Analyst, Fertecon, IHS Markit
  • Georgy Eliseev, Principal Analyst, Ammonia, Fertecon, Agribusiness Intelligence, IHS Markit
  • Trevor Brown, Executive Director, Ammonia Energy Association

Friday, April 17, 2020, 9:00 am - 10:00 am Houston, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm London, 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Singapore

Transportation & Logistics 
In today's uncertain environment impacted by COVID-19 and the dramatic fall in crude oil prices, global trade patterns will be increasingly dynamic.  Never have geopolitics been so critical for growth and security for energy markets. This forum will cover:   

  • New technology enablers and how to deal with  disruptive forces impactingexisting business models.  
  • Storage capacity: How are oils and liquids terminals coping with the overflow of global oil and liquid products globally?
  • IMO 2020: Where are we today? 

Moderator: Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, Journal of Commerce, IHS Markit


  • Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services
  • Carlos Pascual, Senior Vice President, Global Energy, IHS Markit
  • Bryan Wahlberg, Director Key Account - Chemical, Kuehne + Nagel
  • Joel Morales, Executive Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit
  • Mike Wiman, Associate Director, Industry Solutions, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
  • Kate Ballengee, Counsel and Director, Business Development, Metro Group Maritime
  • David Cahn, Director, Global Marketing, Elemica
  • Aaron Brady, Vice President, Crude Oil Market Services, IHS Markit

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