Expert Sessions - On Demand

70+ presentations offer a deep dive 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
    • Infrastructure and plant logistics as a catalyst for growth, sustainability and digitalization - Eelco Hoekstra, Chairman Executive Board and CEO, Royal Vopak

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 Suarez, 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  
    • Global Paper and Board Outlook and Impact on Kraft Pulping - Arnaud Franco, Director Pulp and Paper, Numera Analytics
    • Industry and consumer insights on sustainability - Ned Monroe, President and CEO, The Vinyl Institute
    • Sugar and Ethanol Outlook - Rafael Marchetto, Commercial Manager, Usina Coruripe
    • Indian Vinyl & Chlor Alkali Industry - Ramkumar Shankar, Managing Director, Chemplast Sanmar Limited
  • 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 
    • Nonwoven fabrics amid the COVID-19 era - Suchada Passararat, Technical Research Associate Director, IHS Markit 
    • Comfort food: coping with the pandemic with help from food additives – Marifaith Hackett, Executive Director, Renewables & Nutrition, IHS Markit 
    • Making every drop count with water treatment chemicals - Aida Jebens, Director, Specialty Chemicals, IHS Markit 
    • Paints and Coatings Markets - Akihiro Kishi, Research and Analysis Associate Director, IHS Markit 
    • What lies ahead for engineering thermoplastics? After a year of demand collapse and shortages and rising prices, what is the outlook for the next two years? – Brendan Dooley, Global Director, Engineering Plastics, IHS Markit 
    • Polyurethane End Use Sectors  – Baljit Kaur, Associate Director, IHS Markit 
    • Charging Up: Growth in Battery Raw Materials – Celine Buechel, Principal Research Analyst, IHS Markit and Lukasz Bednarski, Senior Research Analyst, Lithium & Battery Materials, IHS Markit 
    • 2020 – An Exceptional Year -  The Impact on the Acetyls Industry – 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 and LPG:  Competitive alternatives to serve Asian demand, chemicals and beyond? – 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
    • US NGL supply and availability post COVID-19:  What the current situation and possible outcomes? – Darryl Rogers, Vice President, Midstream Oil & NGL 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 Research & Analysis, Downstream Consulting, IHS Markit

Special Programs

  • Technology Seminar

    • Plastic Chemical Recycling (Pyrolysis & Gasification) – Jonny Goyal, Associate Director, Process Economic Program, IHS Markit
    • Refinery Reconfiguration for Chemicals Production-  COTC Developments and Trends - Soumitro Nagal, Principal Research Analyst, Process Economics Program (PEP), and Rajesh Verma, Associate Director, Process Economics Program (PEP), IHS Markit 
    • Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) for maximum chemical production - Rajeev Singh, Principal Research Analyst and Gajendra Kumar, Associate Director, IHS Markit
    • Designing Petrochemical Plants to “Net Zero” - David Gaertner, Vice President, Scheinder Electric
    • Plastics Recycling with our Lummus New Hope Technology - Jo Portela, CTO, Lummus Technology
    • Crude to Chemicals - Ujjal Mukherjee, Vice President and Managing Director, Chevron Lummus Global
    • Advances in Green Ammonia - Paolo Brunengo,Director, Ammonia, Syngas and Fertilizer Technology, KBR
    • Cat-HTR – an innovative Plastic Recycling Technology - Francis Tsang, Senior Director, Plastic Recycling Technology, KBR
  • Sustainability and the Circular Economy

    • Sustainability & the circular economy – policy and infrastructure – 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
    • Circular Economy for Development - Samu Salo, Senior Industry Specialist, IFC
    • Driving Circularity: Plastics as a Renewable Resource - Tim Stedman, CEO, Agilyx
    • Advancing Sustainability at LyondellBasell - Ganesh Nagarajan, Associate Director, Polymers Business Development and Projects, LyondellBasell
    • The role of plastic producers in the transition towards a circular economy for plastics - Sander Defruyt, Lead of the New Plastics Economy Initiative, Ellen McArthur
    • Aligning the Infrastructure for Circularity - DK Agarwal, CEO, Indorama Ventures PLC
    • ESG and the Capital Markets - How Financial Factors Impact your Access to Capital - Kevin Roy, Vice President, Global Corporate Solutions, IHS Markit
  • China Forum

    • Impact of Low Oil Prices and Energy Transition on Coal Chemicals in China – William Chen, Director China Research, IHS Markit 
    • Methanol Market Trend in China Post-COVID and Oil Market Crash - Xiaomeng Ma, Director, Methanol, Base Chemicals, IHS Markit
    • Impact of Low Oil Prices on Acetyls in Post-COVID China - Leshan Hou, Executive Director, Acetyls, Asia, IHS Markit
    • China’s Post-Pandemic Economic Outlook - Yating Xu, Senior Economist, IHS Markit
    • What Does the Future Look Like with the Advent of Mega Refinery/Petrochemical Complexes - Fenglei Shi, Director, IHS Markit
    • Sustainability and Plastics Circularity in China - Guanglian Pang, Executive Board Member, 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 China Post-COVID and Oil Market Crash - Tanveer Rahman, Head, Chemicals Asia & Oil & Gas SE Asia, HSBC
    • Growth prospects of specialty chemicals in post-COVID mainland China - Vivien Yang, Executive Director Specialties, IHS Markit
    • Outlook of Ethane Export to China Post-COVID-19 and Oil Market Crash - Ken Squire, Vice President, Energy Transfer
    • How Will Digitalization Revolutionize the Chemical Industry in Post-COVID China - Shan Cui, CEO, Supcon
  • Fertilizers & Agribusiness Seminar

    • EU policy update and direction - Steve Gillman, Agri-Food Policy and Sustainability Correspondent, IHS Markit
    • How policy direction could impact fertilizer markets - phosphorus recycling  and /or water-soluble fertilizers - Alberto Persona, Principal Analyst, Phosphate and Potash, IHS Markit
    • Direction in green and blue ammonia - Georgy Eliseev, Principal Ammonia Analyst, IHS Markit
    • Sustainable agriculture and its impact on agro-chemicals - Jonathan Shoham, Senior Consultant Analyst, IHS Markit
    • Policy impacts on other crop inputs/agrichemicals - Christoph Berg, Managing Director, F.O. Licht, IHS Markit