Stratas Advisors Industry Symposium

Course Details



The symposium provides a forward-looking assessment of the oil & gas industry across the entire value chain – upstream, midstream and downstream -- and related industries including transportation and petrochemicals. Furthermore, the implications for the GCC region will be considered.


The attendees of the symposium will gain the following insights:
  • Explanation of changing crude oil dynamics
  • Integrated view of future supply/demand conditions and trade flows
  • Evolution of the automotive sector and the impact on the fuel markets
  • Implications for the refining sector
  • Outlook for the petrochemical sector
  • Linkages between upstream, refining and petrochemicals


The symposium will be focused on highlighting and assessing developments pertaining to the downstream and petrochemical sectors, which will of the most interest to mid-level and senior-level professionals who are supporting decision-makers or are themselves decision-makers.

DATE: 10th of December, 2018
VENUE: Awal Ballroom, Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain

For more information and registration, please email Ms. Noor Talal at or call +973 1711 6007.


Introduction and Key Themes
  • Overview of Stratas Advisors
  • Introduce key themes driving the future environment – changing energy mix, shifting energy flows, evolving transport sector, intensifying regulatory environment
08:00 – 08:45
Assessment of Hydrocarbon Supply and Crude Markets
  • Coverage of short-term and longer-term, conventional and unconventional supply, and crude, condensate, natural gas and NGLs
  • Review of CAPEX in different regions
  • Implications for volumes and qualities
08:45 – 09:30
Assessment of Transport Sector
  • Outlook for vehicle fleets and powertrain technologies
  • Assessment of demand for transport fuels
  • Impact of changing fuel specifications
09:30 – 10:15
Networking and refreshments
10:15 – 10:45
Outlook for Refining
  • Coverage of light products, middle distillates and residual products
  • Assessment of processing requirements to meet demand and changing fuel specifications
  • Outlook for CAPEX
10:45 – 11:30
Assessment of NGLs and Feedstocks
  • Coverage of NGL supply by purity products – ethane, propane, butane and C5+
  • Assessment of trade flows
  • Outlook for prices
11:30 - 12:15
Networking and refreshments
12:15 - 13:15
Outlook for Petrochemicals
  • Coverage of olefins and aromatics
  • Assessment of demand growth by region, key markets and future trade flows
  • Outlook for prices
13:15 – 14:00
Opportunities and Challenges Facing GCC-based refiners
  • Appraisal of future market environment
  • Consideration of competitive landscape
  • Outlook for opportunities and challenges
14:00 – 14:45
Final Remarks
  • Recap of key points
  • Final Q & A
14:45 – 15:00


John E. Paisie, President – Stratas Advisors
Mr. Paisie is responsible for managing the study & consulting business worldwide. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, Paisie was a partner with PFC Energy, a strategic consultancy based in Washington, D.C., where he led a global practice focused on helping clients (including IOCs, NOC, independent oil companies and governments) to understand the future market environment and competitive landscape, set the appropriate strategic direction and implement strategic initiatives. He worked more than eight years with IBM Consulting (formerly PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PwC Consulting) as an Associate Partner in the Strategic Change practice focused on the energy sector while residing in Houston, Singapore, Beijing and London. He was also a leader in the Mergers & Acquisition Practice, and participated in several transactions. As an expatriate, he lived in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and China while worked extensively in Latin America. He started his career as an engineer with Sun Oil and worked as a project manager for Saudi Aramco before moving into strategy consulting. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Toledo and his MBA from Purdue University.

Stephen G. Beck, Senior Director, Upstream
Mr. Beck has over 20 years’ experience in energy and financial services including stints with Jefferies and Company and Moody’s Investor Service. Before joining Stratas Advisors, he held a leadership position with IHS Markit. Stephen’s responsibilities include leading the North American Shale Team in developing production forecasting and economic models. He is also involved in broader short-term and long-term forecasting efforts. Stephen received a bachelor of science in finance (minor in economics) from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a former member of the United States Marine Corps where he held the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

George Popps, Director, Midstream
Mr. Popps is the director of Stratas Advisors’ Global LNG and Global Natural Gas services. He focuses primarily on the world trade of LNG and natural gas while also lending expertise in Stratas’ engagements regarding LNG as a fuel. Additionally, Mr. Popps leads Stratas Advisors' business development efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors he spent time in an analytical position with Zeus Intelligence, a Houston-based natural gas research firm. Mr. Popps also has experience on Capitol Hill, having worked in one of the premier boutique government relations and lobbying firms in Washington, D.C., where he covered energy and natural resources as a subject matter policy analyst. He holds a BBA in Finance from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

San Naing, Manager, Downstream Asia
Mr. San has more than 7 years of experience in downstream refining and petrochemical consulting practice. San’s downstream industry research and consulting practice is centered on Asia Pacific region. San started his career as a Senior Analyst with FACTS Global Energy (FGE) in 2006 and spent more than three years between 2011 and 2014 working with oil and chemical shipping consulting companies including Drewry Maritime Services (Asia) Pte., Ltd. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, he was an oil market consultant with KBC Advanced Technologies Pte., Ltd from 2015 to 2017. Before joining FGE, San has worked with ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and market research companies. San received his first degree from Yangon University majoring in International Relations and Master in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore.

Anshuman Agrawal, Manager, Downstream
Mr. Agrawal has more than 12 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, including downstream refining and petrochemicals. His downstream industry research and consulting practice is centered on the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Stratas Advisors, Anshuman worked as a Principal Analyst at IHS Markit where he was involved in techno-economic evaluations and consulting of refinery and petrochemical technologies. Prior to IHS Markit, he worked with Fluor Daniel where he was responsible for proposals and designing downstream refinery units for multinational clients.

Huiming Li, Director, Global Fuel Specifications
Ms. Huiming Li, based in Singapore, directs research and consulting for the Global Fuel Specifications (formerly the International Fuel Quality Center). Li has more than 10 years of experience in the fuels and transport sector. She leads GFS’s mission to improve communications among the refining, automobile and governmental sectors and enhance understanding of fuel-quality issues, and advises GFS clients, companies, governments and non-governmental organizations on fuel quality and policy issues. She also runs the day-to-day operations in the Singapore office. Prior to leading the GFS service, she directed research and consulting on the Asia-Pacific region for its fuels and transport services. Ms. Li was a key author of the annual Global Biofuels Outlook, and has made numerous presentations on global and Asian fuel quality and biofuels developments at regional conferences and strategic meetings with clients. Ms. Li, a native of Singapore, earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in chemical engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Christopher G. Brown, Analyst, Global Automotive
Mr. Brown is a research analyst in the Global Automotive Service focusing on global vehicle forecasting, vehicle policy, and macro-economic analysis. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, he was a Senior Consultant at Capgemini where his roles included financial analysis and forecasting, project management, and organizational transformation in the heavy industrial and automotive component manufacturing industries. Mr. Brown graduated from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in business. Following two years as an investment analyst in high net worth finance, he went on to earn his master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Houston.

  • Stratas Advisors Industry Symposium
  • Duration: 10 DEC 2018
  • Category: Industry Trend