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What is the future of exploration? How will the globalization of refining impact world oil markets? What is actually driving wholesale power price suppression in North America?

Energy decision makers around the world turn to IHS Markit for authoritative, reliable and unbiased information and insight. Our senior thought leaders, such as Dr. Daniel Yergin, have spent their careers in the industry and can speak on a wide range of energy topics, from upstream and downstream oil to power, gas, coal and renewables. They also provide high-level, energywide presentations that can help your audience understand the interconnected, dynamic forces that shape energy markets and industry patterns. Their briefings, which harness IHS Markit information, analytics and solutions, can assist your organization to continuously improve strategy and operations across the entire energy value chain.

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  • Receive high-level, global and long-term market insights
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Experts

Jone-Lin Wang, Ph.D.

Dr. Wang currently works with clients on projects relating to North America and global power fundamentals, power acquisition and divestiture, and effects of policies on power systems. During her 20 years at IHS Markit, Dr. Wang first led the North American power team and then built the global power team. She also led the North American power, gas, coal, and renewables research and consulting practice for several years. She has authored or coauthored more than 50 research reports and has spoken frequently at IHS Markit events, industry conferences, and energy companies. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Dr. Wang spent 15 years at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), holding positions including CFO of a joint venture, manager of strategic planning, and senior economist. Previously, Dr. Wang worked on energy emergency planning for the Taiwan government, where she designed and calibrated an input-output industrial model for energy use optimization for the island state. She also taught economics at the University of Southern California. Dr. Wang holds a Bachelor of Science from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, United States, both in economics.

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Susan Farrell

Ms. Farrell heads the IHS Markit Energy and Climate Scenarios, which project three different integrated trajectories for oil, gas, coal, wind, solar, nuclear, and other energy sources out to 2050 at a global and key country level. Low emissions outlooks that meet the Paris Climate targets are also included under two different sets of assumptions. These integrated scenarios and low emissions cases provide energy transition outcomes for fuel changes and GHG emissions that include different climate policy, technolgy and cost assumptions. She also directs the Executive Briefings for Energy service, which provides summaries of IHS Markit views across the energy sector and includes Industry Outlook briefings. Ms. Farrell has extensive experience delivering executive and boards of directors presentations discussing the outlook for energy industry drivers, markets, emissions and company strategies. Previously, Ms. Farrell led the global strategy groups of two major energy service sector companies. She lived and worked in Europe for more than 10 years and traveled extensively in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Ms. Farrell holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brown University and an MBA with a specialization in finance from Boston University, United States.

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Xizhou Zhou

Mr. Zhou has expertise in power and renewable market fundamentals analysis and forecasting, power market design and policy analysis, renewable energy business models, and company strategies, among other areas. He previously headed the firm's Power, Gas, Coal, and Renewables practice in Asia Pacific while based in Beijing, where he significantly expanded the group's research and consulting coverage across the region with new teams established in Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Delhi, Penang, and Brisbane. Mr. Zhou began his career at IHS Markit through one of its predecessor companies, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), as part of its Emerging Markets and Global Power groups in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before that, he worked as a consultant on regulatory economics for Industrial Economics, Inc. in Boston and as a research analyst at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in Spanish, Mr. Zhou holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Environmental Management, both from Yale University in the United States. He serves as an editorial board member of China Petroleum Society's official journal, Guoji Shiyou Jingji (International Petroleum Economics). He is currently based in Washington, DC.

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Shankari Srinivasan

Shankari has specific expertise in global gas market fundamentals analysis, price forecasting, company strategy and scenario planning. She has authored numerous reports. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Ms. Srinivasan was Head of Energy Fundamentals at Centrica in the United Kingdom. She has covered the European gas market for many years and authored a number of reports as researcher and then leader of the European gas practice at CERA, which is now part of IHS Markit. She has also assessed the European and Russian gas markets with the International Energy Agency. Ms. Srinivasan previously worked at a New York brokerage firm as a corporate equity analyst. She holds three degrees from US Universities, a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, a Master of Science from New York University, and a Master of Science from University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an Executive MBA from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

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Daniel Yergin, Ph.D.

The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of "The Prize," and "The Quest," Dr. Yergin is vice chairman of IHS Markit and founded IHS CERA (now part of IHS Markit). He is an authority on energy, international politics and economics. His awards include Lifetime Achievement from the Prime Minister of India and the United States Energy Award for lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

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Atul Arya, Ph.D.

Dr. Arya is Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Strategist at IHS Markit. He is responsible for integrating energy content, analysis and insights across the entire energy value chain and for c-suite client engagements. His areas of expertise include business strategy, commercial analysis, oil markets, energy technologies, climate change and renewables. He has previously led Energy Insight, Research and Analysis and Energy Research teams at IHS Markit. Dr. Arya previously worked for BP for over 20 years in a number of operational, business, technical and strategic positions around the world. His career includes international leadership experience in a diverse array of energy fields spanning strategy development, business planning, field operations and technology commercialization. His experience includes leadership in solar energy development as well as oil and gas. Dr. Arya has previously served on boards of several companies and institutions and is member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies and is 25+ year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is a sought-after speaker and moderator at public conferences, company boards and industry events and a member of the CERAWeek leadership team.He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in engineering.

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Lawrence J. Makovich, Ph.D.

He is an authority on electricity markets, regulation, economics and strategy. His current research focuses on electric power market structures, demand and supply fundamentals, wholesale and retail power markets, emerging technologies, and asset valuations and strategies. Dr. Makovich is currently advising or has recently advised several large utilities in major strategic engagements. He has testified numerous times before the United States Congress on electric power policy and has advised the governments of China and Brazil on power issues. He played a key role in these Energy multiclient studies: "Beyond the Crossroads: The Future Direction of Power Industry Restructuring;" "Crossing the Divide: The Future of Clean Energy;" "Fueling North America's Energy Future: The Unconventional Natural Gas Revolution and the Carbon Agenda;" and "Smart Grid: Closing the Gap Between Perception and Reality." Dr. Makovich has lectured on managerial economics at Northeastern University's Graduate School of Business. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, US; a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, US; and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, US.​

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Kurt Barrow

Mr. Barrow is head of research for crude oil markets, NGLs, refining, and petrochemical feedstocks and has responsibility for joint mobility research with IHS Markit automotive. He leads research activitiies for oil demand forecasting, scenario planning, refining economics, and price forecasting. He supports executives and corporate boards with views on energy transition, refining/petrochemical integration, and market developments in the crude oil and refining sectors. Mr. Barrow began his career as a refining engineer at Exxon and holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.

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Bob Fryklund

Mr. Fryklund is a recognized industry thought leader on all aspects of the Upstream. He advises Boards, CEO's and management teams on strategic direction. He has been involved in many of the industries pivotal projects - TOR acquisition by Petrobras, a$10 billion arbitration; Oil export approval in the US; and restructuring of several of the industries major operators. He focusses on helping companies understand future trends and how to position themselves in the market. He also provides advice on how to build a better narative for shareholders. Mr. Fryklund has 40 yrs in the industry and has been an senior executive at ConocoPhillips as well as at IHS Markit. He sits on four industry Boards and is chair of the supply and demand committee at the Independent Petroluem Association of America (IPAA). He is a frequent industry executive speaker as well as media source for the major outlets. Mr. Fryklund holds a AB in Geology from Hamilton College and lives in Houston.

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Raoul LeBlanc

Mr. LeBlanc's passion lies in the intersection of oil and gas expertise and leading-edge data analytics. He currently leads the development and commercialization of data products that leverage knowledge to make the IHS Markit well and production database insightful for commercial decision makers. Mr. LeBlanc also plays a key role in directing research and forecasting of onshore North America and then delivering an integrated, substantive story to executives and investors. As a veteran of the industry and a former partner at PFC Energy (now IHS Markit), Mr. LeBlanc brings 25 years of experience in strategic and industry analysis. Familiar with a wide range of corporate and market issues, he has extensive experience on issues related to North American independents, upstream assets, and natural gas markets. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. LeBlanc directed Anadarko Petroleum's strategic planning effort, responsible for strategy formulation, portfolio optimization, scenario planning, and competitor analysis. He has worked and studied in Japan, the western Pacific, and Great Britain. Mr. LeBlanc holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in energy and international relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, United States.

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Michael Stoppard

Mr. Stoppard is responsible for the development and coordination of IHS Markit's global and interregional coverage of pipeline gas markets and LNG. His expertise also includes long-term scenario planning and the role of natural gas in the Energy Transition. Mr Stoppard has advised some of the world's largest LNG projects across continents. He is a regular speaker and moderator at major C-suite conferences including ADIPEC, the ATCE, CERAWeek, GasTech, SPIEF, and the World Gas Conference. He is the author of numerous IHS Markit reports, including "Two Visions of the Future of LNG," "European Natural Gas: The New Configuration, and "The New Map of Global Gas." He is co-author of the landmark paper "Exploring the Efficient Frontier: A Global Perspective on the Gas & Renewables Partnership". Previously he led the global gas team at IHS Markit CERA (now part of IHS Markit), where he set up the research and consulting business of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Earlier, he had been a research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) where he led the gas program. In addition, he served as a parliamentary special advisor for the House of Commons Trade and Industry Select Committee in the United Kingdom, and as a consultant to the World Bank. Mr. Stoppard holds an honors degree from the University of York, United Kingdom.

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Carlos Pascual

As the energy envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs for the United States, Mr. Pascual established and directed the new Energy Resources Bureau at the U.S. Department of State and was senior advisor to the Secretary of State on energy issues. He had previously been a United States Ambassador to both Mexico and Ukraine and was special assistant to the President and successively as director and then senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council. At the Brookings Institution, Mr. Pascual served as both vice president and director of foreign policy studies and launched the Brookings Energy Security Initiative. He taught and wrote on energy geopolitics at Columbia University. Mr. Pascual created the position of coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization, establishing the State Department's first civilian response capacity to conflicts. He also was the State Department's coordinator for American assistance to Europe and Eurasia. He has also held leadership roles at the U.S. Agency for International Development, including as deputy assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia, chief of policy and strategy for Africa and in field postings in Mozambique, South Africa and Sudan. Mr. Pascual received his Masters of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. His book, Power and Responsibility, won a 2009 award for the best political science book published by an independent publisher.

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Jim Burkhard

Mr. Burkhard is vice president and head of crude oil market and energy and mobility research. He is responsible for the development and coordination of IHS Markit insights and messages for global and regional oil markets and scenarios. His expertise covers geopolitics, industry dynamics, and global oil demand and supply trends. He has more than 20 years of experience in energy markets. He also leads research into how changes in the automotive ecosystem are impacting the future of the energy and automotive industries. He led the ground-breaking IHS Markit study, Reinventing the Wheel (RTW): The future of cars, oil, chemicals, and electric power. RTW has been cited by numerous press outlets around the world including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CNBC, Bloomberg, and media outlets in China, Europe, and India.Mr. Burkhard has led the development of each generation of IHS Markit scenarios that bring together the entirety of IHS Markit energy research to form an integrated global outlook for the future of energy. The 2006 scenarios pointed to a major debt-induced global crisis two years before the 2008 recession; and in 2011, identified the roadmap to $50 oil by 2014/15. Also, in early 2020, his team was the first to identify the scale of production cuts that would materialize in the US and OPEC+ members in the second quarter of the year.Mr. Burkhard has testified before the US Congress on energy issues and is frequently sought for comment by global media. He has participated in several US National Petroleum Council (NPC) studies that provide policy recommendations to the US Secretary of Energy on oil and gas issues. Prior to joining Cambridge Energy Research Associates before its acquisition by IHS Markit, Mr. Burkhard was a member of the US Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa, where he directed infrastructure projects to improve water availability and credit facilities. He holds a BA from Hamline University and an MS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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Roger Diwan

Mr. Diwan has more than 25 years of experience in advising governments, oil and gas companies, and financial institutions on oil markets, geopolitics of oil, and assessment of the strategic shifts of the global oil and gas industry. He leads a team of analysts and strategists to advise asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, and investment banks by providing customized analysis on the oil and gas industry. Recently, Mr. Diwan has been focusing on strategies that investors are implementing to capture value in the energy sector and the implications of the decapitalization of the oil and gas sector and capitalization of the energy transition. He still leads analysis on topics as varied as the global exploration outlook, the geopolitical impact of US shales, China's energy outlook, or the changing strategies of the Gulf national oil companies. Mr. Diwan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Sorbonne University, France, and master's degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, United States, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris, France.

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Briefing Types

Expert briefings come in three general forms:

Energy Expert Briefings
Targeted at planning, business development, fuel purchasing, engineering, and marketing functions
Market fundamentals and industry implications

Energy Board Presentations
Targeted at C-Level and Board of Directors
Market fundamentals and industry implications

Energy Conference Presentations
Targeted at companies and organizations arranging industry conferences and events

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