Plenary Day

September 9 – 11, 2024
Marriott Marquis
Houston, TX

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Plenary Day

Tuesday, 10 September
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Dewey Johnson, Sr. Vice President, Global Base Chemicals Insight, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS
Adrian Cooper, CEO, Oxford Economics
Lars Eirik Nicolaisen, Deputy CEO, Rystad Energy 
Gordon Fairclough, World Coverage Chief, The Wall Street Journal 
Moderator: Dewey Johnson, Sr. Vice President, Global Base Chemicals Insight, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS
Moderator: Chris Matthews, Editor, US Energy, The Wall Street Journal

Speakers:
Avi Salzman, Senior Writer, Barrons
Greg Ip, Chief Economics Commentator and Deputy Economics Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Make new connections or join familiar faces during this dedicated networking break. Sessions to resume at 11:00 AM.
Peter R. Huntsman, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, Huntsman Corporation

Peter R. Huntsman, CEO of Huntsman Corporation will join Chemical Market Analytics SVP Dewey Johnson for a Keynote “Fireside Chat” to open Plenary Day of the 2024 World Chemical Forum.  Mr. Huntsman will share his perspectives on the chemical industry as global markets recover from a commodity chemical trough and address new opportunities and challenges for the future.


Moderator: Dewey Johnson, Sr. Vice President, Global Base Chemicals Insight, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Sudipta Bhattacharya, CEO, Adani Group
Bernd Schütz, Executive Commercial Director Polyolefins, Grupa Azoty

Through a dialogue with key chemical industry leaders from different regions globally, hear unique perspectives on regional insights and trends, that impact your business. What are the regional opportunities and challenges that companies have to contend with? How do these conflate with the realities of competing globally? How are companies in the region planning their strategies? Who will be the winners and losers?

Sessions to resume at 2:15 pm
Moderator: Nick Vafiadis, Vice President, Plastics & Polymers, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Maximillian Grasserbauer, Senior Vice President Circular Economy, OMV
David Clark, Vice President, Sustainability, AMCOR

The chemical industry is facing several transformational challenges that lurk uncomfortably on the horizon. Decarbonization & Plastics Recycling are two of the major themes that the industry is under significant pressure to address. The lack of regulatory maturity that underpins the economic investment justification on both fronts is a challenge. In its absence, a first-mover position is a risk that several industry players seem, unwilling to dive into with full commitment. However, the pressure on industry and government seems to be increasing. How can the industry chart pathways to address these challenges effectively?

Moderator: Dewey Johnson, Sr. Vice President, Global Base Chemicals Insight, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Speakers:
David Badal, Managing Director and Head of Global Chemicals, Morgan Stanley
RB Balaji, Chief Industry Advisor, Global Manufacturing and Co-Lead, Green Hydrogen Hub, International Finance Corporation
Jerome Fileni, Head of Chemicals, HSBC

The financial sector is a crucial partner to the chemical sector – whether it is project financing or working capital financing. The chemical industry has historically performed above the equity market over the long term. Is that paradigm still valid? With seminal changes such as the energy transition and circularity pressures on the horizon, what are the prospects for the chemical industry from an investment perspective? As the center of gravity of demand increasingly shifts to Asia, and an increasingly polarised trade environment is likely, how will chemical investments be impacted? Join us for a discussion with eminent experts from the financial sector. 

Make new connections or join familiar faces during this dedicated networking break. Sessions to resume at 4:45 PM.
Moderator: John Mathew, Vice President Global Business Development, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Speakers to be announced

Chemical commodities are amongst the most efficient supply chains in the era of globalization. Chemical Market Analytics estimates that upward of 40% of base chemicals are traded globally – i.e. consumed in a different geography from their manufacture. Recent “hot” conflicts, notably the Israel-Gaza crisis & to a lesser extent the Russia-Ukraine crisis have had an impact on chemical supply chains resulting in significant increases in supply chain costs & shipping times. While these seem to have been factored in, there are still several risks and transformational challenges that could shape chemical supply chains in the future. Rising trade conflict could impact the efficiency of chemical supply chains, and may force transformational changes. The need to address decarbonization & sustainability challenges applies to chemical supply chains too. Join us in a discussion with industry experts and supply chain professionals to discuss these issues.

Dewey Johnson, Sr. Vice President, Global Base Chemicals Insight, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS  
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Session Speakers

David Badal Managing Director, Global Head of Chemicals Morgan Stanley

David Badal is the Managing Director and Global Head of Chemical at Morgan Stanley. David joined Morgan Stanley in 2013. He spent 14 years as a Chemicals Investment Banker at JPMorgan. Prior to JPMorgan, David was a Chemical Engineer, managing the day-to-day operations of two chemicals facilities for Monsanto at its Chocolate Bayou facility in Alvin, Texas for 4 years. David received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis with cum laude honors. He completed his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Dr Ramabhadran (RB) Balaji Chief Industry Advisor, Global Manufacturing and Co-Lead Green Hydrogen Hub International Finance Corporation

RB leads the IFC’s efforts in shaping the transformation of the Manufacturing Industry to reduce its environmental footprint while sustainably producing the critical products needed for everyday life. RB is passionate about development and dedicates about half of his time in IFC to developing Manufacturing in Africa. RB joined IFC in 2012 after a long career in the Chemicals Industry in R&D, Technology Development, Technology Marketing, Licensing and Technology Transfer, IP Management, and Corporate Strategy. As Chief Industry Advisor to the Global Chemicals and Fertilizers Investment portfolio of IFC, he guides the investment teams and decision-making committees throughout the lifecycle of IFC’s investment including Business Development, Due Diligence, Project Execution and Portfolio Supervision. He has lived and worked in four countries and has done business in over 50 countries. Current areas of focus:
  • Decarbonization solutions for heavy industries such as energy efficiency, green hydrogen, flared gas reduction, renewable and bio-energy incorporation
  • Circularity and Resource Efficiency in Manufacturing
  • Fertilizers, agrochemicals, and climate smart agriculture for food and climate security
  • Bio-derived and bio-degradable chemicals to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels
  • Sustainable and sensible deployment of green hydrogen
  • Paris Agreement alignment leadership for IFC investments in Manufacturing
RB holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the U. of Akron, Ohio, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the U. of Connecticut, and a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the U. of Madras, India. He has published his research in several scientific journals and presented at various academic and industry conferences; he also holds many patents for his work on specialty polymer films.

Sudipta Bhattacharya Chief Technology Officer & Chief Executive Officer North America Adani Group

Sudipta Bhattacharya is the Group’s Chief Technology Officer and the Chief Executive Officer for North America. He manages several of the global new Business Development initiatives, Innovation and Strategic Communications initiatives. The Adani Group is currently India's fastest growing conglomerate. As CTO, Mr. Bhattacharya leads the Group’s digital transformation and is responsible for digital businesses and functions that span Information Technology, Analytics, Operational Technology, Cybersecurity and Next Generation Data Centers. The technology team at Adani is also building the world’s largest industry cloud platform, setting up an AI & Cybersecurity Lab to expand the group's foray into adjacent technology businesses. As CEO (North America), Mr. Bhattacharya is responsible for the Adani Group’s International business development activities including building partnerships and joint ventures with global companies. Prior to the Adani Group, Mr. Bhattacharya was CEO of the Invensys' Controls and Automation Technology business units, having conceptualized and then led the internal merger of four of the Invensys divisions to form Invensys Operations Management, later acquired by Schneider Electric in 2013 for $5.2 billion. Prior to Invensys, Mr. Bhattacharya was Senior VP for SAP's Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing and Engineering product portfolios that had combined revenues of $3 billion.

David Clark Vice President Sustainability Amcor

David leads Amcor’s global sustainability agenda. He works closely with the global packaging company’s innovation, procurement, operations and other functions to integrate more sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor’s product development and operations. He is active in Amcor’s global sustainability partnerships with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, and others. He leads the company’s program to achieve its Global Commitment to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, to increase the use of recycled content, and collaborate to drive up rates of recycling around the world.

Adrian Cooper CEO Oxford Economics

Adrian Cooper is responsible for coordinating and managing Oxford Economics' global economic analysis, forecasting and consultancy activities, and overseeing its global team of over 450 professionals including 300 economists and analysts. He has led Oxford Economics' work on a wide array of consultancy projects, ranging from policy advice to government departments in Europe, the US, Africa, and Asia to detailed analysis of the economic impact of particular industries and investment proposals. Adrian spent the first seven years of his career with HM Treasury, England. During this time, he worked on the analysis of tax and other economic policy changes as part of the preparations for the UK Budget. He was also the coordinator of the government's macroeconomic forecast for two years. Prior to joining Oxford Economics in 1994, Adrian was UK economist for James Capel & Company, responsible for analysing and forecasting the UK economy for institutional investors, as well as briefing Capel's own traders. Adrian was educated at the University of Bristol, England, where he gained a first-class degree in Economics; and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, England, where he achieved a distinction in the MSc in Economics and won the Ely Devons prize for outstanding performance in the degree examinations.

Gordon Fairclough World Coverage Chief The Wall Street Journal

Gordon Fairclough is the world coverage chief for the Wall Street Journal, a position he’s held since 2017.

Drawing on his extensive experience in foreign posts, he directs the Journal’s coverage outside of the United States. He was previously the Journal’s politics and economy editor for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. From 2013 to 2016, Fairclough was the Journal’s South Asia bureau chief. He was part of the Journal’s team in China that won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He has also had postings in the Prague, Seoul and New York.

Fairclough earned his bachelor’s in history from Yale University and a master’s in international economics and foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Maximilian Grasserbauer Senior Vice President Circular Economy OMV

Max Grasserbauer is the Circular Economy director of OMV’s Chemicals & Materials division. Max graduated from the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 and an MBA from Open University, UK, in 2000. He started his career in refinery operations, followed by 20 years of senior leadership roles in areas such as fuels and petrochemical sales, M&A and business development in Europe as well as MEA. In 2020, Max began to apply his extensive experience to OMV’s chemical recycling activities in order to help OMV establish a leading position in the renewable and circular economy. Today he leads a broad portfolio of circular economy initiatives and projects striving to re-invent essentials for a sustainable living.

Peter R. Huntsman Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer Huntsman Corporation

Peter Huntsman is Chairman, President and CEO of Huntsman Corporation, a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2023 revenues of approximately $6 billion. Huntsman Corporation operates more than 60 manufacturing, R&D and operations facilities in approximately 25 countries and employs approximately 6,000 associates within our continuing operations. In addition, Mr. Huntsman is the Chairman and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (“HCF”). HCF raises funds and supports the ongoing research, treatment and educational programs of the world renowned Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is also CEO of the Huntsman Foundation, a private foundation focused on cancer care, mental health, homelessness and a variety of other projects to improve society. Mr. Huntsman is involved as a member on various executive boards and councils. He and his wife are the parents of eight children and have 19 grandchildren

Greg Ip Chief Economics Commentator and Deputy Economics Editor The Wall Street Journal

Greg Ip is chief economics commentator and deputy economics editor for The Wall Street Journal. He writes about U.S. and global economic developments and policy in the weekly Capital Account column and in Real Time Economics, the Wall Street Journal’s economics newsletter, and helps guide the newspaper’s economic coverage. From 2008 to January, 2015, he was U.S. economics editor for The Economist, based in Washington, D.C. Greg has won or shared in several prizes for journalism. He is the author of “The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World” (Wiley, 2010) and “Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe,” (Little, Brown, 2015). A native of Canada, Mr. Ip received a bachelor’s degree in economics and journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Dewey Johnson Senior Vice President, Global Head of Chemical Market Analytics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Dewey Johnson is Senior Vice President & Global Lead of Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company (“Chemical Market Analytics”). IHS Markit Global LLC (“IHS Markit”) was acquired by S&P Global in February 2022. As part of the merger, IHS Markit Base Chemicals was spun off and separately acquired by Dow Jones and renamed “Chemical Market Analytics” in June 2022. Dewey is responsible for the global business, including insight and research covering the major chemical value chains including Aromatics and Fibers, Olefins and Derivatives, Inorganics (chlor-alkali, vinyls, and soda ash), Plastics and Polymers, and Syngas Chemicals (methanol, acetyls, and ammonia). Dewey is based in Houston. Prior to Chemical Market Analytics, Dewey joined IHS Markit (through legacy CMAI) in 2009. His experience in the petrochemical industry covers all aspects of the business- financial, commercial, operations, research, strategy design and business planning, business development, as well as consultancy. Prior to IHS Markit, he was with Eastman Chemical Company, where he spent more than 25 years in strategic and commercial roles with various business groups and corporate functions. Dewey held management positions in commercial development, global sourcing, P&L for key businesses, market development, and market & strategic analysis of chemical markets and businesses. Dewey has led multiple complex engagements in strategy development and execution, global sourcing of Aromatics & olefins derivatives and industrial gases, business simulation & game theory and dynamic modeling, sales/ marketing, and business development. Dewey received BS and MS engineering degrees from Tennessee Technological University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He also earned an MBA in General Management. Dewey has been a frequent guest lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, UVA Darden School of Management, and SUNY at Albany School of Public Policy.

Chris Matthews Editor, U.S. Energy The Wall Street Journal

Chris Matthews leads The Wall Street Journal's U.S. energy coverage from the Journal's bureau in Houston. Chris oversees a team of reporters covering all facets of U.S. energy, including oil and gas, renewables, electrification and the energy transition. He also writes about those industries and issues, with an eye for big-picture stories. Chris has worked at the Journal for more than a decade and previously covered major oil companies, including ExxonMobil and Chevron, as well as shale producers, LNG exporters, and petrochemical companies. He also covered white collar crime, law enforcement and courts in New York and wrote about the U.S. Justice Department's corporate law-enforcement efforts in Washington.

John Mathew Vice President, Business Development Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

John Mathew is Vice President of Business Development at Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company. John Mathew joined Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, A Dow Jones Company, as Vice President (Business Development) starting May-2023. John will be part of the leadership team within CMA and will be based in the Dubai office. John comes with more than three decades of diverse experience in the hydrocarbon downstream industry value chains across the petrochemicals and the oil & gas industry. Prior to joining CMA, John served as the Vice President (International Business Development) within ADNOC's downstream directorate. Having worked with several industry leaders, such as Basell Polyolefins, Saudi Aramco & ADNOC, John comes with extensive global experience and functional competencies within the chemicals industry. John holds a Master of Marketing Management degree and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.

Avi Salzman Senior Writer Barron's

Bio coming soon

Nick Vafiadis Vice President, Global Plastics & Polymers Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Nick Vafiadis is the Vice President of the Plastics & Polymers business at Chemical Market Analytics. 34 years, including critical roles in sales, sales management, product management, and business line management in the plastics, surfactants, and consulting industries. Nick is a 30+ year chemical and plastics industry veteran and manages Chemical Market Analytics' global plastics practice. Nick’s daily responsibilities include analysis, consulting, and reporting on the global polyolefins market and managing global operations associated with producing and developing various plastics reports. Concurrently, he contributes to single-client projects and studies related to the polyolefins industry. In his earlier assignments, he was responsible for consulting duties associated with the Chlor-alkali and vinyl product chain. He has contributed to the Monomers Market Report, the Chlor-Alkali Market Report, and the Global Plastics & Polymers Market Report. He has been with Chemical Market Analytics and its predecessor companies since 2002. Before 2002, he spent twelve years with Vista Chemical Company, where he held assignments in marketing, product management, and sales management in the vinyl and surfactant business areas. Mr. Vafiadis holds a Management BBA from The University of Texas at Austin, United States.
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