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9-11 October 2024 · Malta

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World Soda Ash Conference 2024

Alasdair Warren

Alasdair Warren Chief Executive Officer WE Soda

Alasdair Warren is the Chief Executive Officer of WE Soda, based in London, having been appointed in November 2019 and having previously served as a non-executive board director.

Prior to joining WE Soda, Mr. Warren was an investment banker for almost 30 years, most recently as the Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for the European region at Deutsche Bank, based in London, and prior to that as an investment banking partner at Goldman Sachs in London for 11 years, serving in a number of roles, including the Global Head of Financial Sponsor Coverage, the Head of European Equity Capital Markets & Derivatives, and the Co-Head of U.K. Investment Banking.

Mr. Warren holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Nottingham.

Rock Bain

Rock Bain Associate Director China, Soda Ash Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Rock Bian joined the Inorganics group as an Associate Director China in May 2022. He supports the soda ash service in China and also bleach chemicals. He started his career as engineer and project manager in a leading Chinese chemical engineering design institute. He supported and led various engineering, design and construction projects in China and in Tanzania, Africa. After that he took a commercial role in the Suez group, where he joined as a key member in the formation of new company dedicated to providing environment protection services for chemical plants in China. Rock has also had extensive experience in both soda ash and hydrogen peroxide with both Solvay and FMC (now Genesis) and successfully led the development of a greenfield hydrogen plant.

Prior to joining us, Rock had a role in strategic planning and business development for Sinochem International, where he led market research for new business opportunities and planned the subsequent relevant venture developments.

Rock holds a bachelor degree of chemical engineering from Zhengzhou Engineering College and a MBA from Nanjing University.

Jonathan Pascoe

Jonathan Pascoe Associate Director, Thermal Coal Research McCloskey by OPIS

Jonathan Pascoe, Associate Director, Thermal Coal Research, covers all aspects of the global thermal coal market including demand, supply, freight, prices, and cost analysis. Mr. Pascoe is responsible for running the research team’s thermal coal supply and demand model and is managing editor of McCloskey’s Thermal Coal Market Briefing publication. He also contributes strategic reports to McCloskey’s Thermal Coal Research service, and has contributed research to several consulting projects in thermal coal market assessments and price outlooks, coal supply studies, and litigation processes.

Mr. Pascoe holds a BSc in mathematics from the University of Surrey.

Carlo Barrasa

Carlo Barrasa Vice President, Energy Insights Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Carlo Barrasa is the Vice President of Energy Insights at Chemical Market Analytics

In this role, Carlo stewards the development of energy market content to help Chemical Market Analytics’ clients navigate the complexities of the oil, gas & natural gas liquids markets. Previously, Carlo led the North American Light Olefins service, which provides clients with valuable insights into the regional market dynamics of cracker feedstocks, ethylene, and propylene.

Before joining Chemical Market Analytics, Carlo was a Senior Strategy Advisor at Anadarko Petroleum, where he was responsible for guiding the company’s market strategy for its natural gas liquids business. After beginning his career in various downstream and chemical roles with ExxonMobil, Carlo held senior consulting and research positions at IHS Markit legacy companies PFC Energy and CMAI.

Marguerite Morrin

Marguerite Morrin Executive Director, Global Soda Ash Chemical Market Analytics

Marguerite Morrin is the Executive Director at Chemical Market Analytics.

Marguerite has covered all chlor-alkali, vinyls, and related products in the chemicals industry. Her primary focus today is on soda ash. She has also participated in many single-client consulting studies on soda ash and chlor-alkali/vinyls. Ms. Morrin was responsible for launching the Global Soda Ash Service in 2008 and she is the lead consultant in soda ash, who presents many conference papers on the subject.

She joined Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI) in 1990, initially as an analyst in olefins. Since 1994 she was involved in the analysis of the chlor-alkali product area and helped to build and develop this sector within CMAI, which later became part of IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics). Ms. Morrin graduated from University College Dublin, the Republic of Ireland, with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Chemistry and she also holds a Diploma in Business Studies from University College Dublin.


Hasan Copur

Hasan Copur Associate Director, Global Soda Ash Chemical Market Analytics

Hasan is the Associate Director of the Soda Ash team at Chemical Market Analytics.

Hasan is currently working within the Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Team with a focus on global Soda Ash Market Advisory Services.

Over 15 years in commercial roles, Hasan has acquired international experience in the chemicals industry, while holding various sales and business management roles. He engaged in diverse sectors using inorganic chemicals as raw materials and helped develop a portfolio of global clients.

Hasan spent over 10 years with Sisecam, a global glass, and soda ash manufacturer, in its multiple locations managing international sales activities for their chromium chemicals. He spent 4 years in China, leading the regional business. Prior to joining IHS Markit base chemical (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in 2021, he spent 3 years working in trading, overseeing a range of basic chemicals and metals in the international markets.


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