Expert Sessions - On Demand

70+ presentations offer a deep drive into individual industry products, topics and markets, with essential supply and demand and pricing intelligence.

The Expert Session recordings and downloadable slides and data will be made available the week of March 1 via the virtual platform and provide essential background reading for optimizing your participation at WPC 2021 Check back often for new sessions and speakers. Much more to come!

Executive Conference

  • Executive Conference

    • Global Economy- Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS Markit 
    • Changing geopolitical landscape and the impact on regional relationships around the globe- Carlos Pascual, Senior Vice President, Global Energy, IHS Markit 
    • Energy transition & implications for crude oil markets -Jim Burkhard, Vice President, IHS Markit 
    • State of the Gobal Chemical Industry - Mark Eramo, Global Vice President, Energy and Chemicals, IHS Markit

Live Expert Panels

  • Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates

    • Propylene Oxide & Polyether Polyols: A Market in Transition - David Brown, Associate Director, Chemicals, IHS Markit 
    • Isocyanates - James Elliot, Associate Director, IHS Markit 
    • Global Benzene Outlook - Pablo Giorgi, Executive Director, Global BTX- Aromatics, IHS Markit 
    • Global Styrene: Get Ready for Rapid Changes - Peter Feng, Executive Director, Styrenics, IHS Markit 
    • Developments in Cumene, Phenol, and Acetone - David Potter, Executive Director Phenolics EMEA, IHS Markit 
    • Paraxylene - Duncan Clark, Vice President, Aromatics and Fibers, IHS Markit 
    • Global PTA and PET Outlook- Ashish Pujari, Vice President, Asia Aromatics, IHS Markit 
    • Prospects for Ethylene Oxide and Derivatives - Alan Lu, Executive Director, EO Derivatives, IHS Markit 
    • Global Polyester Fibers Outlook- Prem Chitkara, Executive Director, Polyester and Nylon Fibers EMEA, IHS Markit 
    • Global Nylon Fibers and Feedstocks Outlook -Meiko Woo, Executive Director, Fibers, IHS Markit
    • Trends in Gasoline - Daniel Evans, Vice President, Global Head of Refining and Marketing, IHS Markit
  • Inorganics & Derivatives

    • Caustic Soda Trade: Factors that Alter Inter-Regional Dynamics and the Road Ahead – Lina Suraz, Director - Global Chlor Alkali Vinyls, IHS Markit 
    • Europe: What the Green Deal Means for Chlor-Vinyls Market Evolution – Francesco Martello, Principal Analyst, Chlor-Alkali and Bleaching Chemicals, IHS Markit 
    • How will Mainland China's Drive to Carbon Neutrality Change the Face of the Asian Vinyls Market? - Gordon Kuo, Research and Analysis Associate Director, IHS Markit 
    • Global Caustic Soda Market Status & Outlook: On the Backside of COVID-19 – Nick Kovics, Executive Director, Global Chlor-alkali Service Leader, IHS Markit 
    • Global Vinyls Status & Outlook: The Shape of Recovery – Ana Lopez, Director, Americas Chlorine and Vinyls, IHS Markit 
    • Asia: Evolving Landscape and Implications for the Chlor-alkali & Vinyls Markets – Eddie Kok, Executive Director, Global Vinyls Market, IHS Markit 
    • PVC: An Analysis of Growth by Applications, Established and Emerging – Henry Warren, Director, Chlor-alkali and Vinyls EMEA, IHS Markit 
    • Outlook for the Soda Ash Market - Growth for Global Sustainability – Marguerite Morrin, Executive Director, Soda Ash, IHS Markit  
    • Outlook on global pulp and paper markets - Arnaud Franco, Director Pulp and Paper, Numera Analytics
  • Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

    • Acrylonitrile – Kevin Longworth, Associate Director - Acrylonitrile Service Lead, IHS Markit 
    • Acrylates – Mike Park, Associate Director, Global Olefins, IHS Markit
    • Global Ethylene Outlook – Steve Lewandowski, Vice President, Olefins, OMDC, IHS Markit 
    • Global Propylene Outlook – Carlo Barrasa, Executive Director, Propylene, IHS Markit 
    • Global Polyethylene Outlook – Nick Vafiadis, Vice President, Plastics, IHS Markit 
    • Global Polypropylene Outlook – Joel Morales, Executive Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit 
    • EMEA Ethylene and Propylene – Matthew Thoelke, Executive Director, Olefins & Derivatives, Europe, Middle East & Africa, IHS Markit Global Butadiene Market – Bill Hyde, Executive Director, Olefins & Elastomers, IHS Markit 
    • Global Methanol - Mike Nash, Vice President, Global Syngas, IHS Markit 
    • Global Rubber Market Outlook – Remko Koster, Research and Analysis Associate Director, Olefins, IHS Markit 
    • Feedstocks – Walt Hart, Vice President and Chief Strategist, Global NGLs, IHS Markit 
    • Asia Ethylene and Propylene – William Chen, Director, China Research, IHS Markit 
    • Oxos - Denis Poussin, Director, Global Acrylates and SAP, IHS Markit
  • Specialties & Intermediates

    • Specialties Chemicals Industry Overview - Winners and Losers in the COVID World – Adam Bland, Executive Director, IHS Markit 
    • Institutional & Industrial Cleaning during the pandemic and beyond – Elvira Greiner, Research and Analysis Associate Director, IHS Markit 
    • Masks: non-wovens fabrics markets amid the new normal in the COVID-19 era - Suchada Passararat, Technical Research Associate Director, IHS Markit 
    • Food additives – Marifaith Hackett, Executive Director, Renewables & Nutrition, IHS Markit 
    • Water Management Chemicals - Aida Jebens, Director, Specialty Chemicals, IHS Markit 
    • Coatings - Akihiro Kishi, Research and Analysis Associate Director, IHS Markit 
    • Engineering Resins – Brendan Dooley, Global Director, Engineering Plastics, IHS Markit 
    • High Performance Thermoplastics – Baljit Kaur, Principal Research Analyst, IHS Markit 
    • Battery Materials – Celine Buechel, Principal Research Analyst, IHS Markit and Lukasz Bednarski, Senior Research Analyst, Lithium & Battery Materials, IHS Markit 
    • Aceytls – Julian Skibitzki, Associate Director, IHS Markit
  • Feedstocks & Refining Integration

    • Reinventing the fuels refinery: refining-petchemical integration supply, investments, and long term trends – Ricardo Castillo, Consulting Associate Director, Downstream, IHS Markit and Pablo Giorgi, Executive Director, Global BTX- Aromatics, IHS Markit 
    • Crude Oil Market Outlook - Aaron Brady, Vice President Energy, IHS Markit
    • Naphtha availability: The driver for deeper integration? – Premasish Das, Executive Director, Energy, IHS Markit 
    • Oil, feedstocks and the energy transition: Progress made and paths forward – Kurt Barrow, Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream Insights, IHS Markit 
    • US Gas supply outlook – Matthew Palmer, Senior Director, Global Gas 
    • US Ethane exports to Asia outlook – Yanyu He, Executive Director, Asia Pacific/Middle East NGL Service, IHS Markit 
    • Decarbonization and peak oil demand: Will transportation lead the way? – Sandeep Sayal, Vice President, Downstream Energy Research, IHS Markit
    • Global Coal – Speaker to be announced 
    • US NGL Supply – Darryl Rogers, Vice President, Midstream Oil & NGL Research and Consulting, IHS Markit and Veeral Mehta, Director, Natural Gas Liquids Research and Consulting, IHS Markit 
    • Reinventing the fuels refinery: refining-petrochemical integration technology and economics review – Stephen Jew, Associate Director, Energy Downstream Research, IHS Markit 
    • Ref-petchem integration -autonomy scenario - Saurabh Dimri, Manager Reserach & Analysis, Downstream Consulting, IHS Markit

Special Programs

  • Technology Seminar

    • Plastics Chemical Recycling – Jonny Goyal, Principal Research Analyst, IHS Markit 
    • Refinery Reconfiguration for Chemicals Production-  COTC Developments and Trends - Soumitro Nagal, Principal Research Analyst, Process Economics Program (PEP), and Rajesh Verma, Principal Research Analyst, Process Economics Program (PEP), IHS Markit 
    • FCC for Maximum Chemicals Production - Rajeev Singh, Principal Research Analyst and Gajendra Kumar, Principal Research Analyst in the Process Economics Program (PEP), IHS Markit
  • Transportation & Logistics Summit

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  • Sustainability and the Circular Economy

    • Policy & Infrastructure Development – Robin Waters, Director, Plastics Planning and Analysis, IHS Markit 
    • Chemicals Net Zero Policy Direction – Terry Glass, Executive Director Plastics, IHS Markit
    • European Circular Economy - Kaushik Mitra, Research & Analysis Director, Polyolefins, IHS Markit
    • Chemical Process Technology and Framework for Commercial Viability - Anthony Palmer, Vice President, Chemical Consulting, IHS Markit
    • Strategic Issues for Plastics & Carbon - Dewey Johnson, Vice President, Base Chemicals and Plastics, IHS Markit
  • China Forum

    • Impact of low oil prices on coal chemicals in mainland China – William Chen, Director China Research, IHS Markit 
    • Impact of low oil prices on methanol and acetyls in post-COVID mainland China - Xiaomeng Ma, Director, Methanol, Base Chemicals, IHS Markit and Leshan Hou, Executive Director, Acetyls, Asia, IHS Markit 
    • How will mainland China fulfill it's pledge to go carbon neutral by 2061 - Xizhou Zhou, Vice President Research and Analysis, Upstream Consulting, IHS Markit
    • Implications of the 14th 5-Year Plan for the post-COVID economy in mainland China - Yating Xu, Senior Economist, IHS Markit
    • The advent of mega refinery/petchem complexes and looming clash between the independent and national oil companies - Fengli Shi, Principal Research Analyst, IHS Markit
    • Sustainability and plastics circularity in mainland China - Guanglian Pang, Vice Secretary General and Director of International Affairs CPCIF
    • Strategic transformation of Wanhua Chemical in post-COVID era - Peter Huo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd.
    • Chemical investment opportunities in post-COVID China - Tanaveer Rahman, HSBC
    • Topic to be determined - Vivien Yang, Executive Director Specialties, IHS Markit
    • How Digitalization Will Revolutionize the Chemical Industry in Post-COVID China - Shan Cui, CEO, Supcon