The 6th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference :: Speakers The 6th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference :: Speakers

Markets Editor
ICIS
Izham Ahmad is a Markets Editor at ICIS and is currently responsible for the Base Oils market in the Middle East region. Izham also covers the Middle East markets for isocyanates and polyols, as well as the biodiesel and ethanol markets for the Asia Pacific region.   Izham is based in Singapore and holds a degree in Economics from The University of Adelaide in Australia. He started his career as a journalist in 1999, while he was then based in Jakarta, Indonesia.  &nb...more
Director
VVF SINGAPORE
S. Hari graduated in Chemical Engineering from UDCT, Mumbai (currently referred as ICT) a globally acclaimed institute for Chemical Engineering and Technology. During his career of around 35 years he has had the opportunity of handling  oleochemicals, surfactants, anionic, cationic and non-ionic, catering to diverse industries like home, personal care, leather, textiles, plastics to name a few.  He started his career with P&G, followed by  Castrol, Aegis, Drachem, SM Zsc...more
Senior Economist
Bloomberg Intelligence
Tamara is Bloomberg's economist for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She has been a professional economist since 1986, covering the mature economies and emerging markets of Europe and Asia. Tamara focused on currency and fixed income strategy between 2002 and 2014, during which time she accumulated a strong track record for her trade ideas.    In previous roles, Tamara was deputy head of the International Monetary Fund’s Investment Unit in Washington, DC. She was...more
Director-Advanced Oleochemical Technology
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Dr Zainab Idris was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1965. Zainab attended the Laurentian University of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada for her Bachelor Degree in Chemistry in 1988. She served as a Production Chemist in Rubberex (M) and Rubberthread (M) Sdn Bhd, companies under IGB Group for 2 years. She then joined Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (then known as PORIM) and obtained her Master in Science Degree from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 1998. In 2000, PORIM merged with Palm Oi...more
Head of South East Asia
LMC International
Dr Julian McGill is the Head of South East Asia at LMC International. He is in charge of research and business development for the ASEAN region. He and his team are based in Kuala Lumpur. He focuses primarily on vegetable oils, oleochemicals, rubber and high protein feed markets (such as aquafeed). His main research interest is in understanding how growers and processors manage to achieve superior margins, despite operating in a commodity market. Dr McGill holds an M.A. (Honours) in Ec...more
Asst. Vice President - Marketing
Godrej Industries Limited
Managing Director
Hancole Corporation
Marco Reyes is the Managing Director of HanCole Corporation in the Philippines and also the President of HanCole Industries Limited based in Hong Kong.  HanCole is a supplier of Oils & Fats (such as Coconut Oils and Palm Olein), Oleochemicals (such as fatty acids, fatty alcohols, methyl esters, and glycerines), Surfactants (such as SLS, SLES, Amides), Cosmetic Raw Materials (such as MCT and IPM) and Food Ingredients (such as shortenings).  Their markets are the Americas (USA,...more
Global Strategy Owner - Oleochemicals
Johnson & Johnson
Sri, a dual degree graduate in Economics and Business Management from the Singapore Management University, is currently pursuing his Global Executive Masters of Business Administration with INSEAD. With over a decade of experience in leading global sourcing strategies for a number of MNCs including Procter & Gamble and Amcor, Sri takes pride in revamping categories into agile, end-to-end focused engines of growth and value for his organizations.  Currently, he leads the Gl...more
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Market Engagement Director
ICIS
Steve started off as a price reporter with ICIS, and remembers fondly his time covering the oleochemicals portfolio as his first new report launch was the Asia Pacific Glycerine report back in 1997. Steve now works in business development and strategy, ensuring ICIS benchmarks and analytics are at the core of decision making activities for ICIS customers globally. He has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is passionate about developing markets.
Chief Executive Officer
IFFCO (S.E.A) Sdn Bhd
Mr P.R. Thakore has over 28 years of experience in the Palm Oil Industry and is currently employed as Chief Executive Officer with Iffco (S.E.A.) Sdn Bhd.   He has been active in palm oil industry being associated with Palm Oil Refiners’ Association of Malaysia (PORAM) as past Chairman of Technical & Commercial Committee, present Chairman of Contracts Committee and is on PORAM’s Arbitrators’ Panel. He has been a regular speaker in International...more
Senior Consultant, Chemicals, Materials & Food
Frost & Sullivan
Nikhil Vallabhan is a Senior Consultant in the Chemicals, Materials & Food practice of Frost & Sullivan, based out of KL, Malaysia. Nikhil has close to seven years of experience spanning sectors such as Metallurgical Coke, Automotive & Industrial Lubricants, Polyurethanes and LAB.   His role in Frost & Sullivan focuses on consulting for companies in the petrochemicals sector in Asia Pacific across verticals such as Geographic Expansion, Technology Due Dilig...more
Outreach and Engagement Manager
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Sri Gayathri (Gaya) Velayutham joined the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2016 as the Outreach & Engagement Manager for the ASEAN region. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Gaya works closely with RSPO stakeholders to help catalyze all RSPO’s engagement activities through active collaboration, stakeholder engagement and creating strategic partnerships.   Prior to joining RSPO, Gaya was the Head of Communications & Resource Development with the oldest intercultu...more
Markets Editor
ICIS
Jackie Wong is currently the market editor for Asia Pacific glycerine, fatty acids, fatty alcohols and soap noodles reports. Before joining ICIS, he spent 5 years as an editor for trade titles covering the woodworking and food manufacturing sectors.   Jackie graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) degree and a specialisation in biomedical engineering.
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