The 21st ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Speakers The 21st ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Speakers

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Victor Zhuravskiy worked as a motorman for various Russian shipping companies between 1984 -1986.   Between 1986 - 1991 he attended the State Maritime Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia, where he graduated as a Marine Engineer. He then worked as a sea going marine engineer for various international shipping companies from 1991-1995   From 1995 – 2008 he was BP Marine’s Sales and Marketing Manager for Russia, Baltic States and Azerbaijan. He has been CEO o...more
Geeta Agashe & Associates, LLC
Geeta S. Agashe (President of Geeta Agashe & Associates, LLC), is a globally renowned and recognized expert in the entire finished lubricants value chain including lubricant basestocks (paraffinic, naphthenic, aromatic, Gas-To-Liquid, bio, as well as synthetic), lubricant and fuel additives, finished lubricants (automotive and industrial), waxes (both petroleum and synthetic incl. Gas-To-Liquid), process oils and other specialties. She is considered an expert in fast developing as well...more
Department Manager, Base Oil and Finished Lubricant Department
Ahmed joined Saudi Aramco in 1989 during which he assumed several roles including the General Supervisor of Computer Application & Systems Technology. In 2005 he moved to the marketing arm of Saudi Aramco and in 2006 he joined Chevron Oil Company in California with the Market Intelligence & Strategic Studies Department. He was then appointed as Senior Marketing Manager at Saudi Petroleum International in New York, managing the sales and marketing activities of Saudi Aramco...more
Managing Director
Stephen Ames is the Managing Director of SBA Consulting. Prior to establishing his own company, Stephen enjoyed a successful 34 year career in the petroleum industry with Gulf Oil Corporation, Standard Oil Company of Ohio and most recently with BP; the last 20 of those years in the management of their lubricants businesses. He also held positions of responsibility in refining, supply, marine, oil trading as well as commercial and retail marketing. Stephen established SBA Consu...more
Technical Director, Product Sustainability Services
Michael Collins, is a Technical Director at Environmental Resources Management (ERM).  He has over 20 years advising business and government clients on Product Stewardship, Product Sustainability and Waste Management issues, using a toolbox including life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting and cost benefit analysis techniques.     Michael was the lead LCA Practitioner for the recent API Used Oil Life Cycle Assessment Study.  Some of his other clients include ...more
Senior Advisor-Basestocks & Specialties
X B Cox is Senior Advisor-Basestocks & Specialties for ExxonMobil, located in Fairfax, Virginia. A PhD chemist who joined Exxon in 1985, X B has experience in research, project development, and strategic planning, and has worked in the basestocks business for almost 20 years.
Head of Middle East Markets
Mr. Dalla Giovanna is currently working for establishing an alliance of Companies led by EGEO OIL with the aim of developing and operating Re-refining technologies all over the World. He is also Honorary President of the European Association of Lubricants Producers (UEIL) and he has been President of GEIR the European Group of Lubricant Re-refiners belonging to UEIL. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Energetic specialization. He started his career as Project Manager of...more
President & Technical Consultant
Dr Harry Ernest Henderson received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Windsor in 1977, after which he spent 19 years with Imperial Oil and Exxon in Research, Marketing, Logistics and Technical Services activities in both domestic and international regions.  In 1997, Dr Henderson joined Petro-Canada as Manager for their Group III development, and later was Research Director at Syntroleum Corporation and their Fischer-Tropsch GTL upgrading programs. During his career of 36+ y...more
Regional Executive Market Manager
Yannick Jullien is the Lubes Customer Technical Support Manager responsible for a team of technologists and chemists in charge of developing fit for purpose solutions to respond to the customer needs in EMEA. He studied chemistry at the organic chemistry laboratory of Metz-Nancy’s university and finished his PhD thesis in 1998. He then joined Shell Additives as a Sales Account Manager and transitioned to Infineum in 1999 after the company was formed. In 2007 Yannick moved to ...more
Senior Markets Editor
Jasmine Khoo is a senior editor at ICIS and has been tracking diverse petrochemical markets for the last six years. Her rich experience crosses different value chains including base oils, butanediol, engineering plastics, aromatics and the vinyls  chain. She has also worked on downstream derivatives such as epichlorohydrin, epoxy resins, maleic anhydride and paraffin wax. She has an honours degree in political science, with focus on political economics, from the National Universit...more
Desmond (Des) King is president of Chevron Oronite Co. LLC, a position he has held since September, 2013. Previously King served as president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) since 2009, a division of Chevron that champions innovation, commercialization and integration of emerging technologies and related new business models within the corporation. From 1994 to 2001 King served in a variety of leadership positions, including general manager of Alberta Envirofuels in Edmonton and ma...more
Project Lead, Custom Research
Kline & Company
With a PhD degree in Macromolecular Chemistry and fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Czech, and Italian, Prague based Dr Sharbel Luzuriaga has been a senior analyst at Kline and Company for over 7 years. His expertise sees him responsible for Kline's flagship chemical titles including the Global Synthetic Latex Report series, Specialty Biocides report and many others. Drawing upon extensive and practical experience working on behalf of a multinational oil major, Dr Sharbel...more
Global Marketing Director
Mike has been with Lubrizol since 1997 and currently leads Lubrizol’s global marketing group having previously led the company’s market insights and market research group.  From 2010 to 2014 Mike led Lubrizol's marketing group in Asia Pacific, initially based in Beijing and later in Singapore. During his time in Asia he became involved with the ICIS Asia base oils conference; first as a speaker and more recently as a member of the organising co...more
Vice President Energy
Ian Moncrieff heads the Energy Practice of Kline’s Management Consulting Division. He has more than 40 years of working in all segments of the energy value chain, from oil and gas production, through refining and marketing, to power and petrochemicals, focusing on the strategic, commercial, and market dimensions of growth and restructuring. He has lived and worked around the world, assisting majors and independents, NOCs, financial players, governments, and multilateral agencies ...more
Head of Economics
Stephen is a professional economist with experience in both the public and private sectors. He has authored research on topics such as monetary and fiscal policy, labour markets, regional development and climate change. He is currently responsible for economic analysis of the UK chemical and pharmaceutical industries and providing analysis for policy areas like regulation, competiveness, energy and trade. Stephen studied law at Stellenbosch, South Africa but following service in the Britis...more
Marketing Director
Valentina Serra-Holm earned a PhD in Chemical Reaction Engineering from Abo Akademi University in Finland in 2000 and a PhD in Chemical Plants from Polytechnic of Turin in Italy in 1997. From 1996 to 2001 she worked as Senior Researcher at Abo Akademi University in Finland. During her academic career, she has published more than 40 scientific papers in the field of industrial catalysis and is co-assignee of a world patent for manufacturing of polyols. In 2001, Dr. Serra-Holm jo...more
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Global Process Oil Business Development & Technology Manager
Independent Consultant
Steve Swedberg earned his Bachelor of Chemistry degree from San Diego State University.  He later pursued graduate studies in Business Administration at California State University at Fullerton.  He also has had special training in field technical services, total quality management, and statistical analysis.  Steve’s 50+ year career included extensive work in the marketing of additives and finished oil products, as well as quality administration and logistics....more
Manager - Europe
Jan Trocki’s distinguished career spans over 35 years in the global fuels & lubricants business.  His experience at Castrol International and BP includes product development, technical support, motorsport, OEM business development, and senior international positions in marketing and customer management in lubricants and BP’s European Fuels Marketing business.     Whilst with SK Lubricants, Korea’s leading producer of Group III base stocks, Jan w...more
Director, Base Oil and Slack Waxes
Denis is in the base oils business since 2009, covering market in Russia, Europe, Turkey, Middle East and Africa. Today he leads base oils and slack waxes project in German trading firm DYM Resources. His focus are base oils and slack waxes from Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Europe and USA. Prior that Denis was business developing manager and trader with German MOGoil, Swiss trading firm Integral Petroleum and UAE based Gulf Petrochem.     Prior to trading Denis learn...more
Managing Director
Szabolcs Vida has been working in the oil and gas industry since 1995, and has extensive experience in the Sales, Marketing, Business and Product Development functions.   He started work at Mobil Oil Hungary in 1995, moving subsequently to various sales & marketing positions within BP and Castrol where he remained until 2009.    In 2011 he moved to MOL-LUB Kft as Head of Product Management, and was made Managing Director in 2013.  
Global Basestocks and Specialties Marketing Manager
Based out of Houston, Texas, Ted Walko is the Global Basestocks & Specialties Marketing Manager at ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Company.     Since assuming the position in January 2016, Ted has led the implementation of the newly created department which is responsible for both product management and market development activities.  Ted oversees new product development and overall product line management, the development and execution of the customer offer and ...more
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