25 May - 27 May 2021
Virtual event

Argus Bitumen & Asphalt Live - Virtual Conference

Speakers

Tom Schmitt
Retired President, Hunt Refining
Tom Schmitt retired as president of Hunt Refining in July 2020, after taking up the role in 2015. He was previously senior vice-president of for Hunt in Kurdistan. Tom began his career as a petroleum engineer with Atlantic Richfield in 1979 and worked in production, drilling, operations and reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery research, strategic planning and acqu...
Tom Schmitt retired as president of Hunt Refining in July 2020, after taking up the role in 2015. He was previously senior vice-president of for Hunt in Kurdistan. Tom began his career as a petroleum engineer with Atlantic Richfield in 1979 and worked in production, drilling, operations and reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery research, strategic planning and acquisition evaluation. In 1996, he left the oil industry for a career on Wall Street, joining AllianceBernstein and quickly becoming co-manager of its Global Research Growth Fund, which managed assets worth more than $65bn in 2008. Tom was responsible for the fund's energy and natural resource investments, and in 2008 he founded energy and natural resource investment firm Taum Sauk Capital Management. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Tom is currently an energy consultant and a small commercial real-estate developer.
Hari Kalla
Administrator for Infrastructure, Federal Highway Administration
Hari Kalla is the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Associate Administrator for Infrastructure. In this position, he provides leadership to FHWA programs in highway; pavement; materials; bridges, tunnels, and other structures; asset management and related engineering activities; and transportation performance management. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineeri...
Hari Kalla is the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Associate Administrator for Infrastructure. In this position, he provides leadership to FHWA programs in highway; pavement; materials; bridges, tunnels, and other structures; asset management and related engineering activities; and transportation performance management. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York.
Jonathan Weston
Editor, Argus Bitumen, Argus
Yury Burenko
Trading Director, DYM Resources
Yury manages bitumen and petcoke trading activities at DYM Resources. He and his partner incorporated DYM Resources in 2016, with a trading focus on niche oil products originating in countries formerly in the Soviet Union. Yury deals with materials linked to vacuum residue processing — bitumen and petcoke — with main destination markets in Europe and southeast Asia. Yury h...
Yury manages bitumen and petcoke trading activities at DYM Resources. He and his partner incorporated DYM Resources in 2016, with a trading focus on niche oil products originating in countries formerly in the Soviet Union. Yury deals with materials linked to vacuum residue processing — bitumen and petcoke — with main destination markets in Europe and southeast Asia. Yury has degrees in customs regulations and logistics management and has been involved in commodities trading for more than 10 years.
Ronnie Muthusamy
Bitumen Sales Specialist, Chemicals and Special Products Department, Engen
Ronnie has 34 years of industrial experience in food, medical and petrochemical environments. He joined Engen Petroleum in 1989 from Sasol Synthetic Fuels Refinery and held various positions. Ronnie has represented the industry in various forums related to the transportation of bitumen as well as the development of technical guidelines and specifications. He is a certified...
Ronnie has 34 years of industrial experience in food, medical and petrochemical environments. He joined Engen Petroleum in 1989 from Sasol Synthetic Fuels Refinery and held various positions. Ronnie has represented the industry in various forums related to the transportation of bitumen as well as the development of technical guidelines and specifications. He is a certified quality systems auditor and trainer on bitumen HSEQ aspects. Ronnie holds national diplomas in analytical chemistry and medical technology, and a national higher diploma in quality management from Durban University of Technology.
Chanine Williams
Investment Principal, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
Chanine joined African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) in 2009 as an Analyst and is responsible for analysing and assessing investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring, valuation and realisation of investments. Chanine is a director of three toll road concessionaires and several renewable energy companies in South Africa. Chanine wa...
Chanine joined African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) in 2009 as an Analyst and is responsible for analysing and assessing investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring, valuation and realisation of investments. Chanine is a director of three toll road concessionaires and several renewable energy companies in South Africa. Chanine was initially involved in the fundraising of the African Infrastructure Investment Fund 2, the fourth fund in the AIIM stable and the secondary market acquisition of further toll road interests in respect of the South Africa Infrastructure Fund, one of AIIM’s oldest funds. More recently, Chanine has led the exit strategy of another two funds within the AIIM funds under management.
Frank Cawkell
Vice President, Suit-Kote, former Exxon Mobil
Frank is the Vice President at Suit-Kote, focusing on sustainability and business growth. He previously worked for Imperial/ExxonMobil, where he retired after 36 years. He served as Americas Asphalt Manager covering Canada, the US, and Central/South America regions. Frank is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical En...
Frank is the Vice President at Suit-Kote, focusing on sustainability and business growth. He previously worked for Imperial/ExxonMobil, where he retired after 36 years. He served as Americas Asphalt Manager covering Canada, the US, and Central/South America regions. Frank is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering. He also has an MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Jay Hansen
Executive Vice President, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
Jay was named NAPA’s Executive Vice President in November 2011. He joined the firm in November 1998 as Vice President for Government Affairs after more than 12 years working in Congress on transportation issues. Jay has led the industry’s efforts to secure Federal highway funding, worked to defeat harmful pavement-type selection mandates, secured asphalt pavement research...
Jay was named NAPA’s Executive Vice President in November 2011. He joined the firm in November 1998 as Vice President for Government Affairs after more than 12 years working in Congress on transportation issues. Jay has led the industry’s efforts to secure Federal highway funding, worked to defeat harmful pavement-type selection mandates, secured asphalt pavement research and deployment funding, and arranged for the construction of an asphalt pavement exhibit at the National Museum of American History, which attracts over 4mn visitors annually.
Guido Biaggio
Vice Director and Head of the Infrastructure Division East, Federal Office of Roads, Switzerland
Guido has been in his current role since 2015 and is based in Bern, Switzerland. From 1995-2015 he held a number of posts at LGV Construction, including Deputy Director and CEO. From 2002-2015 Guido was a lecturer and examiner at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, as well as for the CAS in Construction Supervision. Guido has a Master’s deg...
Guido has been in his current role since 2015 and is based in Bern, Switzerland. From 1995-2015 he held a number of posts at LGV Construction, including Deputy Director and CEO. From 2002-2015 Guido was a lecturer and examiner at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, as well as for the CAS in Construction Supervision. Guido has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and a CAS in Public Governance and Administration from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Mario Sandor
Head of Business Management Asphalt Performance, EMEA, BASF
Mario studied chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He obtained his doctorate in analytical chemistry and researched postdoctoral at Lehigh University in the US. Mario joined BASF in 1998 and since then has held various positions, e.g. New Business Development, Head of Sales automotive fluids, Head of Marketing Polyalcohols. He is a member of various a...
Mario studied chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He obtained his doctorate in analytical chemistry and researched postdoctoral at Lehigh University in the US. Mario joined BASF in 1998 and since then has held various positions, e.g. New Business Development, Head of Sales automotive fluids, Head of Marketing Polyalcohols. He is a member of various associations, including the European Asphalt Association (EAPA), the German Asphalt Association (DAV) and the International Association of Laboratories and Experts for Building Materials (RILEM).
Keyvan Hedvat
Europe/Africa Editor, Bitumen, Argus
Keyvan joined Argus in June 2007 as part of the company’s European oil products team, reporting on naphtha, jet fuel and distillate markets before switching to coverage of the fuel oil market and subsequently vacuum gasoil. He has been reporting on European and African bitumen and asphalt markets since 2009, editing the Europe/Africa section of the weekly Argus Asphalt Rep...
Keyvan joined Argus in June 2007 as part of the company’s European oil products team, reporting on naphtha, jet fuel and distillate markets before switching to coverage of the fuel oil market and subsequently vacuum gasoil. He has been reporting on European and African bitumen and asphalt markets since 2009, editing the Europe/Africa section of the weekly Argus Asphalt Report, and subsequently Argus Bitumen, and helping to enhance the publication. Before joining Argus, Keyvan spent 10 years as a Senior Energy Correspondent with Reuters news agency in London before it was merged to form Thomson Reuters. At Reuters, Keyvan reported on physical and swaps markets for the full spectrum of oil products and led a team of products reporters. He previously reported on the petrochemicals and oil products markets at the London office of Dow Jones.
Sergio Bovo
Chief Executive Officer, Alma Petroli
José Javier García Pardenilla
Managing Director, Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial
Graduate in chemistry and MBA, currently one of the principals investigators of the MIT project Mastering Asphalt performance Javier is part of Ferrovial being Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. He began his career in Ditecpesa’s te...
Graduate in chemistry and MBA, currently one of the principals investigators of the MIT project Mastering Asphalt performance Javier is part of Ferrovial being Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. He began his career in Ditecpesa’s technical department in 1997, and subsequently worked in the company’s industrial, financial and commercial departments before taking on his current role. Javier has also helped manage the purchase of asphalt products for Ditecpesa’s parent company Ferrovial for projects throughout the world, focusing on the technological development of pavements and associated environmental concerns. Javier has outstanding knowledge of the construction and operation facilities of asphalt products including bitumen terminals, polymer modified bitumen and emulsion plants. He is also a specialist in climate change, content strategy and industrial health and safety. Recently has led the development of the first smart asphalt pavement for Steering in Self-Driving Cars.
Jan-Erik Lundmark
Senior Advisor Pavement Maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration
Jan-Erik Lundmark is a civil engineer at Luleå Technical University in Sweden. He has worked with road maintenance for 12 years as a contractor and 8 years in department of maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration. He is responsible for strategic questions include planning and maintaining 80 000 km of paved roads, road markings and road network measurements.
Jan-Erik Lundmark is a civil engineer at Luleå Technical University in Sweden. He has worked with road maintenance for 12 years as a contractor and 8 years in department of maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration. He is responsible for strategic questions include planning and maintaining 80 000 km of paved roads, road markings and road network measurements.